I’m just returning from a short trip to Hong Kong and wanted to share some of my favorite activities to do in Hong Kong
- Victoria Peak is one of highest points in Hong Kong and gives you a full view of Hong Kong, Kowloon, and the Victoria Harbor. This is a light walk around the park and you can take an old school tram.
- Dragon’s Back Hike is a great way to get outdoors in the concrete jungle of Hong Kong. The trail is 31 miles long but it gives you a full view of the city. The popular hike is about two hours but you can make the full hike in about six hours.
- Lantau Island has a 200+ ton bronze buddha statue, nicknamed Big Buddha. You can take the hike here or hop on the Ngong Ping cable car to get to the buddha.
- Hong Kong also has a great number of beaches. Check out Shek O, Stanley, Pui O, or Lamma Island
- Or you can take the a very leisurely stroll along the Central Pier to see both Hong Kong and Kowloon sides of the city.
Riding the Trams – Ding Ding
Locals refer to the trams as “dings dings” for the dinging sound the trams make. This is the oldest form of public transportation in Hong Kong. The trams only run along the coast of Hong Kong Island. You’ll get a great up-close and personal view of local life on the lower level and a fun city view on the upper deck. Check out the tram map and schedule here. The trams will take you through the crowded shopping quarters of Causeway Bay, the financial district of Central, and through to the colonial structures in Wan Chai.
Hong Kong by Night
Central is a popular spot in the evenings for drinks
Hong Kong has a huge foodie culture and there are plenty of great restaurants, but some of my favorite foods are street eats.
- Between Mong Kok’s Ladies Market and Temple Street’s Night Market, you can wander the streets shopping and eating as you go.
- I love getting the curry fish balls, noodles in a bag (you get to pick all your ingredients and they mix it in a little baggy with garlic and oyster sauce), and siu mais.
- Don’t forget to try the egg waffles! They’re available everywhere and are very light and fluffy with crispy edges.
Hong Kong has delicious dimsum, congees, and all kinda of noodles. A few recommendations:
- Lan Fong Yuen is one of my favorite cha chaan tangs. They have great noodles and Hong Kong style French Toast. They do the typical “silk stocking tea” and is very smooth and creamy. From personal experience, I recommend going to their original location in Central; I think the quality of other branches are subpar.
- Ho Hung Kee Congee & Noodle has delicious wonton noodles and congee. I prefer my wonton noodles dry. This place previously was awarded a Michelin star! I recommend the Causeway Bay location in Hysan Place.
- Tsui Wah Restaurant has delicious fish ball and fish cake noodles. It’s very chewy with strong broth. Tsui Wah is a little overrated as far as cha chaan tangs but their fish cake noodles are good.