December 3, 2016
Top Five things to do in Hong Kong

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Straight to the Point

Hong Kong is a great bustling metropolitan city to visit in Asia. There’s some great sites to take in and you can see most of the city in just a few days if you hustle!

 

Victoria Harbor


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  • Victoria Harbor is one of the iconic highlights of Hong Kong and is definitely worth a visit. It’s right next to downtown Hong Kong.
  • The views of the harbor and the modern buildings lining its shores are great in both day and night.
  • When you get tired of taking still photos, you can find ship operators that will sail you around the harbor.
  • I took the Star Ferry at night and had a great time. I boarded a vintage Chinese ship with music playing in the background as the ship sailed along the harbor for an hour. Star Ferry was also giving out free wine with the price of the ticket so, yay!

 

Victoria Peak


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  • Victoria Peak is the highest mountain in Hong Kong and gives you a terrific overview of the bustling city.
  • You can get to the top by taking a tram or taxi. The scenic way is to take the tram up the mountain. But you should know that there are often long lines of over an hour for the tram. If you have your heart set on taking the tram, get there bright and early to avoid the crowds.
  • I didn’t want to waste so much time in line so I just took a ten minute taxi ride up.
  • Once you make it to the tram/taxi stop at the top of the mountain, it’s a short walk to the marked camera spots to take in the view and capture photos.
  • If you want to get to the very top of the mountain, you can hike the rest of the way. It took me about 30 minutes to make it all the way to the top by foot. Along the trail I passed by several neat parks and a wedding photo shoot!

 

Big Buddha & Pho Lin Monastery


Cable car up the mountain

Cable car up the mountain


Entrance to the Complex

Entrance to the Complex


  • You can choose between a standard and a glass bottom cable car to reach the top of the mountain. I rode up on a glass bottom car to get the full 360-degree view but they’re both great options. The views to the top are fantastic as you glide atop wide stretches of forests and rivers.
  • The Big Buddha is a giant bronze statue of, you guessed it, Buddha! It’s found on top of a mountain on Lantau Island. Built in 1993, the statute is huge-standing over 110 feet tall and weighing over 250 tons.

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  • You’ll find the Pho Lin Monastery directly across from the Big Buddha. There are locals burning incense around the monastery and the beautiful gold statues and carvings inside the building are definitely worth checking out.
  • When you finish taking in the sites, visit some of the many boutique stores located nearby. I stumbled across a neat tea shop that had dozens of Chinese teas to try.

 

Ozone Bar



  • Fun Fact-The highest bar in the world is located in Hong Kong!
  • Ozone Bar is at the top of the Ritz Carlton in downtown Hong Kong and has amazing views of Victoria Harbor.
  • The cocktails and food here were great and the décor is ultra modern and chic.
  • Try the signature drink at Ozone, the HK Skyline-the cocktail itself is an experience.

 

Tea

  • Try the local Chinese teas! Drinking authentic Chinese tea is a very different experience than drinking tea in the Western world.
  • The tea is brewed differently, it’s poured from one pot to another several times, cups are refilled and emptied several times, and finally when the tea is perfectly steeped it will be poured for you to enjoy-sans sugar

 

 

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