Top 8 experiences in Hong Kong
Ultra modern but historical, westernized but culturally rich. If one city has the above attributes it should be Hong Kong. A great variety of food, plenty of shopping options, many things to see/do in Hong Kong makes it a city which should be experienced atleast once in a lifetime.
The following are the top 8 experiences that you should not be missing in Hong Kong.
1. The Nature Shock
You will never expect HK to be such a great place for experiencing the nature. The New Territories and some of the Outlying Islands have pristine beaches and inspiring waking & hiking routes. One of the best beaches in Hong Kong is Clearwater Bay First/Second beach where you can head to enjoy a perfect day out. The sunset at Clearwater is more scenic than any one would expect.
2. Bird’s Eye View from The Peak
A trip to Hong Kong is not complete, if you have not visited the Victoria Peak from where you will get a panoramic view of both HK island as well as Kowloon and also some of the Outlying Islands on a clear day. Getting to The Peak via the Peak Tram can be an experience in itself, from where you will get a dramatic perspective of Hong Kong’s steep terrain.
3. Museums of Hong Kong
HK though small is a apt city for museum lovers as the city boasts of more than 20 top class museums. Most of the top government sponsored museums are free to enter on Wednesday. And there is a museum for every interest meaning there are museums about art, history, science, space, cinema, government services and also for special interests like tea wear and racing.
4. Ngong Ping 360
Take a ride on this 5.7 km long cable car for experiencing visually remarkable 360 degree view of Lantau island and the South China Sea. The first few minutes will provide a great view of Hong Kong’s airport as well as the hilly territory of Lantau and after a while the cable car turns remarkably about 60 degrees to give grand view of Tian Tan Buddha.
5. Dim Sum + Yum Cha
Dim Sum (which literally means ‘touch your heart’) is a Chinese dumpling filled with either meat or other vegetables. In most of the restaurants, different assortments of Dim Sum are brought on a cart to your table from where you can select the ones you like to eat. What goes along with Dim Sum is Yam Cha which is Chinese styled tea which is available in several varieties.
6. Nightlife at Lan Kwai Fong
The is the most happening place in Hong Kong during the night. The street is filled with neon lit vibrant bars with Chinese band playing live international music along with enthusiastic people boozing their beloved drink who want to party all night. While Hong Kong is becoming calm by the evening, this place is coming to life simultaneously. This place is best enjoyed during the mid-nights.
7. Shopping at Night Market
Hong Kong might have hundreds of dazzling air conditioned shopping malls but nothing beats shopping at a night market. The market that never exists in the day, opens itself during the dawn on the Temple Street which access to automobiles is closed. Drop your self there to buy some souvenirs or get to know about your fate at any of the many fortune tellers. Bargain but don’t loose your grace.
8. Taking a Tram
Don’t see trams in HK as just a mode of transport from point A to point B. The trams on the Hong Kong island are iconic and have been in use since 1904. Head to upper deck and grab the first seat to get the best views. No matter where you get in or where you get out the cost of boarding a tram is constant. A trivia about Hong Kong is that the locals call these trams as Ding Ding in a lighter way.