Cited as one of the world’s 20 dream trails, the route shows off the spectacular coastline of the eastern peninsula in Sai Kung. The trail is full of natural wonders; sea caves, hexagonal rock columns, sea stacks and sandy beaches with crystal clear waters. The first two stages of the Maclehose trail are worth exploring.
The Dragon’s Back Hike has been voted the Best Urban Hike in Asia because of how close it is to the city. Once you’re there however, the hike seems like it’s a world away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Once you clamber to the top, you get a bird’s eye view of Shek O beach, Big Wave Bay Beach and the Shek O Golf Course.
Start with high spirits on the undulating back of the ridge until you reach Shek O Peak. At 284 metres high, the view from the peak will you stop and gaze over Shek O and the Big Wave Bay. You can take a bus after this to Shek O Beach to luxuriate in the sun or you can choose to hike on for 2.5 hours to the Big Wave bay. The trail is easy and you’ll arrive in style with a sense of accomplishment.
Bag some bargain buys at street markets
Though your soul may have reconnected with nature to shun all pretentions, it’s time to steer towards some materialism. Start with Temple Street Night Market for some casual browsing.
You’ll get a taste of culture if you go during early evening to the Cantonese opera happening near Tin Hau temple. There are lots of stalls with palm-reading and tarot-card reading to inform you of your destiny.
About 1.5 kilometres from Temple Street lies the Ladies Market which will make you experience what a real Chinese local market is like. The market is full of curios and feminine clothes though men’s clothes are sold here as well. Drive a hard bargain for some great outfits and keep an eye open for fakes.
If you’re craving some of that famous Hong-Kong seafood, there’s a seafood market between Queen Street and Centre Street. There’s a variety of seafood available from all over the world – dried abalone, dried shrimps, dried fins and even edible bird nests are available here. Bird nests, anyone?
After working up an appetite at the market, you can head to indulge in some serious street food. You might see a lot of items which will make your eyebrows shoot up into your hairline but since you’re here, it’s worth a try.
Egg waffles are one of the most popular street snacks there. The waffle is covered with a crispy egg coating to reveal a soft, egg center. You can pair them with chocolates, sprinkles, fruits, nutella and even savoury items such as bacon or sausage. Head to Lee Keung Kee North Point on King’s Road for the most famous waffles in town.
Pick up some curry fish balls that you can eat on the go. These delectable balls of fish with batter are deep fried and then soaked in a spicy curry so expect your taste buds to go into overload.
If you’re feeling adventurous go for stinky tofu or organs in a pot. Organs in a pot holds offals and other entrails of cow or pig which is mixed together with radishes, peppers and a tangy sauce. It may not look appealing but it’s got a lot of takers.
Round off your meal on a sweet note with fired chestnuts that a lot of hawkers will be pushing at you. Pair them with a mug of hot chocolate and it will begin to feel a lot like Christmas!
Revel in Hong Kong’s festivals
You’ll come to realise once you take part in one of Hong Kong’s festivals, that the place with its numerous festivities has a carnival-esque atmosphere most of the time. There are festivals galore that you should experience to grasp at more of Hong Kong’s culture.