About Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a city full of possibilities. There is a vibrant culture with its roots firmly planted in its Chinese traditions to be experienced, a landscape of mountains, sprawling country parks and beaches to be explored, a bright and bustling shopping centre to be indulged in and a culinary scene that is the best in Asia to help satiate your wildest cravings.1. Give in to all your fantasies at Hong Kong's very own Disneyland. The theme park is located on Penny's Bay in the Lantau Island2. Hong Kong has 58 Michelin-starred restaurants. It would be a crime to leave without dining at a few.
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Hong Kong Disneyland
If you have not been to Disneyland, I would suggest you visit this BUT do note this Disneyland will be considered small in comparison to others And if you are visiting Disneyland, do note there are FastPass available for certain rides which allows you to jump the queue. Do check with the counter on this when you purchase your tickets
Madame Tussauds Hong Kong
A few walks and a little shopping in the city after our brunch and we headed for late lunch before going to The Peak for Madame Tussauds wax museum. This place is packed with people and non stop queue. *Tips : To minimise your waiting time to get up The Peak, purchase the Madame Tussauds and tram ticket online! If I'm not mistaken, there are even discount for online purchase.
The ‘Venice of Hong Kong’ aka Tai O, the fishing village of Lantau Island was our next pitstop. Apparently this is the only remaining fishing village in Hong Kong. We took a 20 minutes boat tour (25 HKD), which I felt was a waste of money because neither we saw the interiors of the fishing village nor the Chinese/Pink Dolphins for which the tour was famous for. It’s better to walk around the village, observe the locals, relish the seafood snacks, and have a meal at stilt restaurants than waste money on it.
The Peak Tram, climbs 373 meters (about 1,200 feet) to the top of Hong Kong Island. Originally created for the exclusive use of the British governor and the wealthy Peak residents when it opened in 1888, today it is one of the Hong's most famous attractions. You can hop into the tram from the Central district of Hong Kong and enjoy the ride as you go through mid-levels giving you a spellbinding view of the harbor and the skyline of the city. This is a direct route to reach The Peak, while experiencing the local transportation. The ride is as fun as the destination.
Victoria Park Flower MarketIt's considered auspicious for the Chinese to deck up their homes with new plants and flowers for New Year and cashing in on this ritual there springs up a mammoth annual flower market at Victoria Park for all sorts of plants and flowers: lucky, holy or just plain beautiful. I can honestly say two things about my experiences here: I have never seen so many exotic varieties of flowers and plants together in one place and secondly, I did not really mind the surging crowds which I abhor in my own country.There were lanes and lanes of flower stalls and then there were a few lanes of toy stalls and food stalls. I saw that visual which up until now was familiar only via TV...a large stall with various kinds of dead sea creatures and other insects on trays, manned by very clean looking cooks in aprons who would just fry up and sprinkle some taste enhancing powder on whatever you chose. I had arrived in China...to be sure!
Searching for a quick escape for the weekend? Nothing better than a day-trip to Repulse Bay, an upmarket residential area on the Southern part of Hong Kong Island, which quickly became the sea/sand/sun local escape with its crescent-shaped stretch of sand; one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Facing the beach, colonial-style buildings house designer shops and award-winning restaurants, a reminiscence of the 1920 luxury hotel that once occupied the site. It is here that Le Comptoir group shines and excels in creativity and diversity by offering four different dining experiences for locals and stylish visitors.
Your best bet to moving around in a cost-effective and reliable manner and covering all the places to visit in Hong Kong is by using public transport. Buses and train routes cover most of the island and add to making Hong Kong more accessible.Amazing Things to Do in Hong Kong1. Rent a junk boat and get an offbeat perspective on the city.2. Take a six-hour (or take a short cut) hike to the Dragon's Back, from where you can get a stunning 360 degree view of the city.
Hong Kong Space Museum
This a great museum with great collection. There is also a special room which simulates the gravity of moon (1/6th gravity of Earth). Unluckily my height didn't permit me to go in as the max height to enter was 183 cm. I also spent sometime watching 3D documentary about Earth which was quite informative
Man Mo Temple
Amongst the plethora of antique shops and art galleries around Man Mo temple, one corner building strikes out, especially when looking inside the glass windows: the whole space is covered with artwork set amidst the elegant restaurant setting. At Bibo, the embodiment of understated luxury is a dynamic, groundbreaking realisations of art in all forms — on the wall, on the plate and in the cocktail glass. After entering via a discreet sliding door and descending a flight of stairs, a bohemian-artist world awaits. The design cleverly merges an abandoned tramway company with the work of internationally acclaimed artists, creating the perfect canvas for the unique experience to unfold. Brought together in a space where street art meets fine dining, Bibo evokes a 1930s feel of form and function. From the arched ceiling corners and brass pipes to Versailles style French oak parquet and stone slab dining tables, Bibo’s commitment to French Art Deco is unparalleled. Diners can enjoy the very best of seasonal French gastronomy alongside the works of some of the world’s most renowned artists like Banksy, Damien Hirst, Daniel Arsham, Jeff Koons and Aya Takano, to name but a few. Executive Chef Mutaro Balde, from revered kitchens of three Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse and Joel Robuchon, leads the culinary team in serving his take on ‘fine dining’ with a strong focus on technique, outstanding ingredients and a vow to delivering culinary perfection. Every dish from each of the seasonal menus pays homage to the traditions of French cuisine.
Immerse yourself in another space, with the top-notch Angsana Spa, a tranquil oasis devoted to indulgence and pampering. Within this private retreat, professional therapists from the world-famous Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts offer a range of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments. With all the pleasure of art, food, and massage, it may be difficult to leave this grand hotel, but in order to experience more of what new Hong Kong has to offer, you must. For more gallery hopping combined with shopping sprees around TST (Tsim Sha Tsui), start at K11 art mall, a mix of galleries and stores showing work by Asian artists.
Chi Lin Nunnery
If you have had your fill of the noise and business of HK, then spend atleast half a day, if not more, at these two places, which are next to each other. Calming Buddhist chanting, greenery, the smell of incense and the peace at the Chi Lin nunnery will immediately make you loosen you shoulder, drop you bag and sit down for a bit. You know that the busy city exits just outside the gates and you can see it all around you in the background, but you feel safe and guarded inside. From here, walk over to the other calming place – the Nan Lian Garden. The lack of many people, some water bodies and the many flora around will make you want to spend the day here. Both these places offer free entry too.
Fanling Cow Garden
DAY 4 – RECONNECTING WITH THE PAST OF HONG KONGWith an image of a global financial hub with skyscraper studded skyline, it’s hard to imagine Hong Kong could still be hiding over 800 years old walled villages in its countryside. There are 5 walled villages in Hong Kong – Kat Hing Wai, Fanling Wai, Tsang Tai Uk, Sheung Shui Wai and Nga Tsin Wai Tsuen. These villages were built in a rectangular style and were surrounded by thick walls to hide from the pirates and Chinese dynastic attacks. Though over time the walled villages have mostly demolished and modern structures have come in their place but it was interesting to see how old Chinese people used to live in a community and how the walled village customs were passed down through generations and adapted to a more modern way of life.