It’s a well-known saying that the world is like a book and those who do not travel only see one page. After a few years of closed borders and pandemic restrictions, most of us are dying to start a new and exciting chapter with an overseas holiday.
With a rich cultural history and a fast-paced nightlife, one destination that won’t disappoint is Hong Kong. Many know about Hong Kong for its thriving businesses, such as the one owned by this entrepreneur. But there’s much more than just the vibrant business areas to see in Hong Kong. Here are four destinations you must visit.
1) Kowloon Shopping Street and Hong Kong Island
One of the most exciting parts about visiting a new city is indulging in some retail therapy. Kowloon is a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike, boasting bustling street markets all week long. Don’t forget to stop by the Temple Night Market for amazing street food and even fortune telling.
Once you’ve bartered at these beautiful outdoor markets, step onto the famous Star Ferry and take in the picturesque backdrop of the mountains as you travel to Hong Kong Island. There, you’ll find Landmark Hong Kong, an elite shopping mall containing more than 200 designer brands, including Hermes and Burberry.
2) Victoria Peak
Hong Kong is known for its iconic skyline. Don’t leave the city without taking in the view from Victoria Peak. While a bus or taxi will take you to The Peak, we recommend waiting for the famous Peak Tram. This funicular railway has been in operation since the 1880s, making it one of the oldest of its kind in the world and the views are worth the queues.
At the top, you will be treated to a stunning view of the Hong Kong skyline. Nighttime is best for those wanting to drink in the dazzling city lights. But if you love hiking, head up in the day then take one of the many great hiking trails down through the forest, back to the city below (allow 3.5 hours for the journey).
3) Big Buddha
Big Buddha, also known as Tian Tan Buddha, is another of Hong Kong’s most recognisable landmarks. This enormous, bronzed statue was constructed over a 12-year period and sits at approximately 34 meters high. The statue is said to represent the delicate symbiotic relationship between mankind, nature, and faith.
Put on your hiking shoes before setting out, as visitors wishing to reach the base of Big Buddha need to navigate 268 stairs first! The journey is well worth it when you see your first glimpse of the South China Sea and the Lantau’s mossy mountain. Stop by the Po Lin Monastery on your way down to soak in the rich spirituality of this ancient site.
4) Lan Kwai Fong
To really experience a city, you need to take part in its nightlife. After a day of absorbing culture and visiting ancient monuments, let your hair down with a trip to the historic Lan Kwai Fong district, located in Hong Kong Central. These narrow streets are lined with everything from high class restaurants to authentic bars and pumping clubs. Mix with locals and tourists alike to truly experience the spirit of the city. For additional entertainment, watch for the many talented street performances.
If you’re lucky enough to be traveling during the holidays, Lan Kwai Fong often holds festivals, complete with competitions and stalls. New Year’s Eve will see fireworks light up the area, while Halloween has people dressed as ghouls and angels celebrating in the street.
If you’re looking for an unforgettable holiday destination, put Hong Kong, with its perfect combination of tradition and modernity, at the top of your list.