Hong Kong is one of the most amazing cities in Asia and also a popular stopover destination in Asia. If you have the chance, spend two or three days here!
Where to stay?
There are plenty of hotels in Hong Kong in all price ranges. Most hotels will be found either in Kowloon or on Hong Kong Island. I stayed in the The Luxe Manor hotel on Kimberley Road right in the heart of Kowloon and only two blocks from Nathan Road, on of the main shopping areas in Hong Kong. Here you will find lots of shopping and lots of restaurants of all kind. For me – Kowloon is the perfect place to stay in Hong Kong!
My trip to Hong Kong – Day 1
After two long days of travel from Brussels via Beijing to Hong Kong my first day should be a day out in the city of Hong Kong. I wanted to the the Kowloon Park, pass some of the shopping malls and then go to the ferry to Hong Kong Island. I love to discover a new city without any kind of a sightseeing program, at least on the first day. So you can feel what the city life is like and not just hurry from one sightseeing hot spot to another.
My day started in Kowloon park. A fantastic place to start your day or just have a picnic or watch the birds in the pond. There is also a public swimming pool.
My way took me then to Canton road and to the clock tower where used to be a railway station in the early years. I also visited the Avenue of Stars with the famous Bruce Lee statue.
Hong Kong Island
On Hong Kong Island you will find most of the bank towers and skyscrapers. But there are also small streets with cafes, restaurants and bars. You will even find street markets where you can buy fruits, vegetables and meat along with handbags and shoes. And one very special thing in Hong Kong is the Mid-Level-Escalator. It is next to a road, crosses several other roads and is about 800m long and bringing you 135m up from its start. And last but not least: Its use is free of charge.
You really can get lost in Hong Kong, the city is just overwhelming. I recommend going to the Peak Tram to Victoria Peak early! Earlier than I did! It is definitely the most popular tourist attraction in Hong Kong. Waiting time can easily go to 1 1/2 hour in the afternoon. An alternative is taking the bus (No. 15) from Central right in front of the ferry building.
It was already getting dark when I reached the ferry building. I wanted to enjoy the sunset from the promenade in Kowloon overlooking the skyline of Hong Kong Island.
Day 2: The Giant Buddha Statue of Ngong Ping
A visit to the Big Buddha on Lantau Island is definitely a must-do in Hong Kong. There are guided bus tours but it can also be reached by the cable car from Tung Chung Station. But you have to come either early or late as the waiting lines will be long during the day. But the cable car ride is an absolutely unforgettable experience. It also offers a great view of the airport and allows you to watch the planes climb up into the sky. And you have about 25 min. to enjoy this ride. The longest cable car ride for me so far…
When arriving at the Ngong Ping village you have to pass several stores and restaurants before you get to the Buddha, the climb up to the giant statue can be really hard especially in hot weather and when the sun is burning. But when you have bought a ticket at the ticket counter, you will also be offered free water and a snack at the monastery after your visit.
It was already late when i arrived back at the MTR station. So I decided to have another walk around Kowloon and have some proper dinner with traditional Dim Sum.
Hong Kong is a fantastic city! I sure will come back!