Officially known as Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong is an autonomous territory and a former British colony.
It boasts a city skyline that is equally majestic when viewed during the day and at night. With a very efficient train system and various tourist attractions, Hong Kong is a very friendly destination to both visitors and locals. (Click here for a sample DIY Travel itinerary in Hong Kong)
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1. Shop till you drop
With numerous malls, outlet stores, and skyscrapers all over the city, Hong Kong is a shopaholic’s paradise. Get down at Central MTR station and be awed by the number of stores waiting to be checked out. Harbour City mall in Tsim Sha Tsui houses over 700 shops of all kinds, three star hotels and five cinemas. Elements mall in Austin Road is more than one million square feet wide and is divided into five zones inspired by the elements of traditional Chinese culture.
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2. Ride Ngong Ping 360’s crystal cabin
Located in Lantau Island, Ngong Ping 360 is considered as one of the must-see destinations in Hong Kong. Upon reaching the Tung Chung MTR station, walk towards the cable car terminal where you will be offered options on how you can enjoy your visit. Ride the cable car (the crystal one is more exciting), and after 25 minutes, you will arrive in the Ngong Ping Village, a cultural themed village where you can dine and have a great time. A short stroll from the village will take you to the Tian Tan Buddha statue, the Po Lin Monastery, and the Wisdom Path.
Cost: Crystal cabin: HKD $180 one way, HKD $255 round trip
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3. Check out the stilt houses in Tai O
There are two ways to get to Tai O, the oldest fishing village in Hong Kong.
- From Tung Chung town, near the cable car terminal, take Bus 11. Travel time is around 50 minutes. Fare is HKD $11.
- From Ngong Ping Village, take Bus 21. Travel time is around 20 minutes. Fare is HKD $6.30.
Upon arrival in the village, locals will offer you boat rides for HKD $25 per person. They will take you on a tour within the village to check out the stilt houses, and into the open sea for a chance to catch the pink dolphins. Once you are back on land, you may roam around freely to check out stalls selling dried seafood.
4. Test your haggling skills in Temple Street Night Market
Put your haggling skills to the test in the famous Temple Street Night Market, located in the Jordan and Yau Ma Tei areas. It’s a one-stop shop for all your souvenir needs, from phone accessories and gadgets to bags and keychains. If done right, you may haggle up to more than half the original price. After shopping, you may replenish your weary selves with noodles and other delicious treats being sold all over the street.
How to get there: If coming from Yau Ma Tei MTR station, exit at Exit C, turn to Temple Street via Man Ming Lane. If coming from Jordan MTR station, exit at Exit A, turn right on Jordan Road and another right on Temple Street.
5. Try the Hair Raiser in Ocean Park
Hong Kong’s Ocean Park offers many rides for visitors of all ages. For the adrenalin junkie, give the Hair Raiser a try. Located in Thrill Mountain, riders are in for a one-of-a-kind experience as they hurtle, plunge and loop around with their legs in the air at 4G. This attraction will literally raise your hair as you scream and hold on to dear life. Just make sure you are ready to line up for at least an hour as the lines can be extremely long. Don’t worry, it will be all worth it!
How to get there: Take Citybus Route 629 near the Admiralty MTR station or Central. Fare is HKD $10.60 for adults, HKD $5.30 for children.
Ocean Park ticket: HKD $345 for adults, HKD $173 for children 3-11 years old
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6. Watch the fireworks display in HK Disneyland
Cap off your Hong Kong Disneyland visit by watching the amazing ‘Disney In The Stars’ fireworks display above Sleeping Beauty Castle. Breathtaking light and color dance to the tune of classic Disney songs for approximately 12 minutes. Just be ready to brave the intense crowd right after the show as you make your way towards the exit.
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Show starts at 9:00 p.m.
Hong Kong Disneyland ticket: HKD $499 for adults, HKD $355 for children 3-11 years old
7. Be mesmerized by the Hong Kong skyline from The Peak
Hong Kong has one of the most beautiful skylines in the world, and it can be greatly appreciated from The Peak. Take The Peak Tram from the lower terminus located along Garden Road in Central, and you will be welcomed by The Peak Tower at the top. Inside are a wide array of shops and restaurants, as well as the world famous Madame Tussauds wax museum. Bring yourself to Sky Terrace 428, considered as the country’s highest viewing platform that offers a stunning 360-degree panoramic view.
The Peak Tram tickets: HKD $40 round trip, HKD $28 one way (adults), HKD $18 round trip, HKD $11 one way for children and senior citizens.
The Peak Tram and Sky Terrace 428 pass: HKD $83 round trip, HKD $71 one way (adults), HKD $40 round trip, HKD $33 one way for children and senior citizens
Madame Tussauds ticket: HKD $245 for adults, HKD $175 for children and senior citizens (Walk in); HKD $147 for adults, HKD $105 for children and senior citizens (Online)
Whether on a solo trip or with friends and family, you would definitely enjoy your visit to Hong Kong. There are signs everywhere so there is a very slim chance of getting lost. But if you do get lost, consider it as a chance to explore the city and see its hidden gems.
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