5 Things to do in Hong Kong
We asked our intern Wendi to tell us about some of his favourite hotspots and hangouts when in Hong Kong:
No, this island isn’t overrun with lamas. Lamma Island is named so because it translates as ‘southern Y’, referring to the shape of the island and its location. If you enjoy long walks and wonderful views, then the island is a rewarding way to spend a day. Take a ferry out to the island to begin your journey, where you will gradually move from rows of shops and places to dine (both eastern and western – this is Hong Kong after all!), to the fishing village of Sok Kwu Wan; here you can learn about the various ways to fish and partake in some of the fresh catch of the day – you’ll have certainly earned it after all that walking! In between, there are several gorgeous beaches to check out including Hung Shing Yeh Beach.
Located in Tin Shui Wai, the Wetland Park is an enlightening day out for people of all ages. As well as learning about the importance of ecological conservation, you can observe a range of animals, from birds and fish, to mammals and amphibians. It’s a must for anyone studying qualifications relating to physical geography or life sciences too. The 61 hectare park has so much to see, that you may even require a second trip! The park also provides a tranquil break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
If you need a break from the city, you can also take the funicular railway up the mountain to Victoria Peak. Starting in the city at Central District, the Tram takes you 1.4 kilometres up the mountain to The Peak to give you the most incredible views of Hong Kong. However, you had better get there early in the morning if you want to avoid a wait – the Tram is incredibly popular among tourists with a reported 11,000 a day! The Tram rises steeply to almost 400 metres above sea level, with buildings even appearing as if they are leaning to one side at times – if you suffer from the occasional bout of vertigo, perhaps consider doing something else. Once at The Peak, you can enjoy the shopping experience, or grab a meal in the evening to see a whole new skyline before you. Meanwhile The Peak Tram Historical Gallery will transport you back through two centuries of Hong Kong history.
You can buy your tickets for the Tram here.
Even if fish isn’t your thing, take a walk down Sai Kung to take in a live seafood market in action – it really is quite a sight, and a lot more impressive than the usually fish counter at your local supermarket! You can see the boats come in with fresh catch, and take in the market atmosphere too. Here, you’ll find a pyramid of see-through glass tanks, showcasing what’s inside, with the stall owners walking across them to fetch customers’ requests. Communicating with them is quite an experience, especially in the sometimes-frantic environment; we recommend lots of pointing and ensuring you know what you want before the wrong fish is killed.
A quick note for eating out in Hong Kong: you should always check your bill as there is a tendency for restaurants to charge for “complimentary” side dishes – don’t simply help yourself, like you would with bread or olives in an American restaurant. If something has been added to your bill which you did not ask for, challenge this.
Hong Kong’s version of the West End or Times Square, this is the only place you need to go for evening socialising. Whether you’re a student clubbing with friends or a young professional seeking refreshment with colleagues after work, you’ll find an establishment to suit your taste in the region’s premiere entertainment hotspot. Located near the Central district, there’s something for everyone with over a hundred bars, restaurants and clubs in this small area, catering to every taste. Make sure to keep your eyes open for a celebrity or three too!
Stuck when it comes to moving around the region? Take a look at our article on transport in Hong Kong.
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