April 27, 2015 | By Megan Cheung |
Ready for adventure? Look no further than Hong Kong. This former British colony hits all the right notes, you can’t go wrong. City life, nature, exotic foods and more – just pack your suitcase and get ready to explore. It might seem daunting, but there’s no need to fret. We’re here to tell you why HK will be your best trip yet.
First things first, prepare to meet the perfect blend of East swirled with West. The possibilities are endless, your travel needs can be addressed. Perhaps you’re seeking bustling streets, lined with skyscrapers, designer stores and fresh foreign treats. Or maybe you’d prefer to visit markets in the Mongkok district; shop for jade, goldfish, flowers and bargain electronics. Think oriental culture with a slice of New York. Next stop – dumplings à la cabbage, mushroom and pork!
If you’re a foodie at heart, Hong Kong will be your new heaven. From dim sum to late-night noodles, enjoy yummy dishes 24/7. But those are just snacks, who are we kidding? Feast on a traditional 10-course meal and you’ll be grinning. Salty, savoury, sweet and spicy; there’s steamed fish, Peking duck, no shortage of variety. Of course, “mom and pop” restaurants are a necessity too. Head to Kowloon for a menu authentic and true.
Now let’s talk about some iconic landmarks that you can’t leave without seeing. The Big Buddha on Lantau Island, in our opinion, is worth seeking. Sitting 34 metres high at the top of a staircase, this bronze statue is regal with panoramic views from its base. Lush mountains, historic temples and a neighbouring monastery are just a few finds, so make it a day trip and get there by a scenic cable car ride.
Another must-do is a visit to The Peak. We suggest walking as it’s great for your physique. Take Old Peak Road and set your own pace; it can be leisurely and enjoyable, even locals frequent this place. If you’re short on time, then hop aboard the tram. The visuals are stunning and there are no traffic jams. But why, you ask, must you climb to the top? One answer: the view is spectacular, it never stops! Whether taking photos by day or dining by night, The Peak is something you need to experience by sight.
For something different and a lot more quiet, discover Hong Kong’s hiking trails and its natural climate. The Dragon’s Back, for instance, is a moderate half-day hike; a common spot for outdoor enthusiasts to paraglide and fly kites. It’s not just our favourite though – TIME magazine recommends it, so don't wait – just go.