Hong Kong’s Top 5 Must-Do’s
With so much to see and do, it’s difficult to choose just five experiences but here’s my top five must-do’s in Hong Kong.
Visit Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)
Take the spectacular 25-minute Ngong Ping 360 cable car ride over to the majestic Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island and experience a stunning birds eye view of the sea below. The iconic bronze Buddha sits in tranquillity up on the hill with a serene expression and a palm facing outwards, symbolising stability in Hong Kong and peace on earth.
To get there, hop on the MTR over to Tung Chung Station and then get the cable car.
Have a drink (or several) at The Beer Bay
Maybe you’re a homesick Brit or you’ve been travelling for a while and you’re missing the taste of home or even if you just fancy a reasonably priced drink in a nice setting, head over to The Beer Bay. It’s pretty much an expat bar on the waterfront, located at pier 3 and 4, it has a fantastic selection of beers. We had an Old Rosie Cider while watching the ferries. You can also watch the helicopters taking off from the helipad going to Macau.
Go up The Peak
Known to locals simply as The Peak. You can take the funicular up to the top of Victoria Peak and admire the breathtaking views from the top. This is a top tourist destination, and it obviously gets busy, so just suck it up and join the queue because the view is worth it. Learn about the history of Hong Kong and it’s most significant buildings as the audio guide takes you on a tour through the view. Well worth a visit.
Tuck into some food at a Dai Pai Dong
Dai Pai Dong is the name given to the cheap, no-frills, outdoor eateries of Hong Kong. A quintessentially Hong Kong dining experience that shouldn’t be missed.
Where to find them: All over, but some good spots in Temple Street (also location of night market) and Fa Yuen Street.
What to try: Curry Fish Balls, Egg Waffles, Siu Mai (dumplings on a stick with meat filling) Goose Neck and Stinky Tofu, just try it OK.
Take a ride across the water on The Star Ferry
In modern times there are quicker ways to cross over from Kowloon to HK Island and Visa versa, but this historic ferry route which has been in operation since 1888, should be experienced at least once on your trip to Hong Kong. If you haven’t been on The Star Ferry, have you even really been to Hong Kong?
Finally, because I could’t choose just five and because no trip to HK is complete without an egg tart or a pineapple bun.
Where to get it: Kam Wah Cafe
Cram into this rough and ready cafe and rub elbows ( literally) with locals and tourists alike for a pineapple bun with a huge chunk of butter, washed down with some strong milk tea. It’s busy, noisy and the service verges on rude* but it’s pure Hong Kong through and through.
*To everyone, not just tourists, which kind of just made it comical – watch as they literally throw down plates under peoples noses. Part of me admires their ‘fuck you’ attitude.