How to See Hong Kong Like a Local
If you’re looking for a city that never sleeps and you’ve already been to New York, may we suggest you visit Honk Kong? It’s one of the most exciting places to travel to, with so much to offer. Often referred to as the city that never sleeps, Hong Kong is an incredibly exciting place to go to and get to know. You can taste some great food, visit amazing attractions and roam around some cool neighbourhoods and thus absorb a lot of Hong Kong culture. Your itinerary will depend on how long your stay is and whether you’re travelling alone or in company of other people. If you want to meet this great city in a slightly different way than most tourists choose, follow these tips and we guarantee you’ll have a great time.
If you love food, you’ll love Hong Kong, because you can find pretty much any type of cuisine here. Not only that, but you’ll also be able to eat some local and international dishes at very reasonable prices. No visit to Hong Kong is complete without the traditional dim sun breakfast. It is best followed by a fresh seafood meal for lunch or dinner. The fast food stalls can be found almost everywhere and you’ll find the food surprisingly fresh and relatively cheap. If, on the other hand, you’d like to treat yourself to an exclusive meal, Hong Kong has many Michelin Star restaurants, including the cheapest one in the world: Tim Ho Wan.
You can find a lot of tips on sightseeing in Hong Kong online, but if you want to listen to locals’ advice, go to the Peak (take the Peak Tram or hike) to watch the sunset and then catch the Star Ferry over to Tsim Sha Tsui to make the most of the nightly light show. However, if you want to avoid all the hustle and bustle, you might want to visit the Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery for a gentle stroll around this traditional Chinese garden and Buddhist temple. Also, you might want to pay a visit to Sha Tin to see the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery where you walk past 10,000 quirky buddhas to reach the monastery at the top. Don’t forget most important sightseeing necessities like comfortable clothes and boots. Also, bring a bottle of water and always have some snacks aside.
Hong Kong is a place that offers the best of two very different worlds, where you can relax or paint the town red, depending on what you want to do. One of the neighbourhoods to visit is definitely Sheung Wan, where you can sip a drink in one of many hip cafes or try char siu rice. If you’re after antiques, make sure you go to Upper Lascar Row. Right next to Sheung Wan is Central, one of the most buzzing neighbourhoods, boasting many restaurants, bars and shops.
Before you retire to your accommodation and order some great Champaign in Honk Kong that can be delivered to your room, you might want to head to the south of the island. What awaits you there are some nice hiking trails and breathtaking views of the area. If you need to unwind, you can visit one of the many beaches along the south coast. Repulse Bay is perfect for those looking for some nice place to eat, while Shek O is famous for beach BBQs. Those travelling with children should probably check out Ocean Park for a fun-filled day.
Hong Kong hosts many cultural festivals and you should time your visit to attend some of them. The city is especially lively and vibrant around Chinese New Year, when red lanterns are scattered all over the city, accompanied by fascinating fire shows and many lion dances in the streets. If you’re after something less conventional, we suggest you visit the Cheung Chau Bun Festival, which involves a 9,000 bun-covered tower and people scrambling up it to collect the imitation buns. There is also the Mid-Autumn Festival, a family-oriented celebration filled with mooncakes, lantern exhibitions in various neighbourhoods, as well as lively fire dragon dances.
Hong Kong is truly an amazing place. You can’t find such great diversity on such a small area anywhere else in the world, which makes it a fantastic destination for all those looking to experience a unique blend of culture, history and entertainment. After all, the number of people visiting Hong Kong has been constantly rising, which means there are good reasons for this increasing interest. So, why wouldn’t you be one of those people who have discovered this fabulous city and fallen in love with it at first sight?