Hong Kong is a tourist’s paradise with attractions to keep any traveller occupied for days. For a first-time visitor, a ride on the Ngong Ping 360 cable car is a must. Especially on a clear day, the views of the Hong Kong skyline are spectacular and the Tian Tan Buddha is well worth a visit. Other tourist hotspots include Disneyland and nearby Macau.
But what else is worth seeing in Hong Kong? Having already seen the main sights on previous visits, one member seeks some insider advice about some of the hidden gems in the Pearl of the Orient.
As a variation on the Hong Kong cable car ride, one member suggests returning by bus to a fishing village for a unique experience.
Take the cable car from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping, walk around the monastery and maybe climb the steps to the Big Buddha. Instead of returning the same way catch the bus from behind Big Buddha to Tai O fishing village. A walk along the streets and a ride in a bum boat is something to experience.
A number of members recommend a visit to one of the islands just off Hong Kong. A ferry trip is inexpensive and gives travellers a taste for a different side of Hong Kong. The seafood alone found on many of these islands is reason enough to visit.
I’d second the ferry trip to an Island idea, my wife and I went to one of the smaller islands (Cheung Chau I think), no need for a tour, we took a ferry, enjoyed the fishing village, walked around, had lunch at one of the many seafood restaurants etc. Quite different to the normal HK experience although it fitted my expectation of what HK was like 50 years ago!
Of course, there are also many different types of tours on offer. For a unique experience, one member suggests a food tour with a local guide. Hong Kong is renowned for its excellent cuisine, and what better way to taste the best of it than with a local?
Mrs mjgriffo and I did a Hong Kong Foodie tour when we were up there in November last year – it was fantastic. The afternoon tour takes you to a bunch of places frequented by the locals that you probably wouldn’t find yourself. Well worth it – in fact it was the best experience of our whole 6 day trip.
Museums are of course scattered around the city too. One that is recommended is the Museum of Coastal Defence, which provides a particularly interesting look at Hong Kong’s role in World War II. And, most museums are free if you happen to visit on a Wednesday.
There are many other exciting things to see and do in vibrant Hong Kong! Add your suggestions to the list, and see what other members have to say HERE.