If you are from the Philippines, Hong Kong is likely in your to-go list, and for a handful of fantastic causes. It is rather close to the Philippines, there are low-priced flights going to Hong Kong from Manila, and of course, there are a lot of factors vacationers can do even just for a weekend.
As a solo traveler, I believed I wouldn’t love Hong Kong. I place off going there till two years ago when I managed to purchase a actually low-priced ticket. I believed I would get bored, but boy, was I incorrect about that!
On my second year due to the fact I visited Hong Kong, I’m seeking back and wishing I could go back there once again, this time with buddies. I could take my household, as well the children in my household would unquestionably love not only Disneyland, but Lantau Island as nicely, with its glass-bottomed cable automobiles and the charming Ngong Ping Village.
Here’s what I did in Hong Kong, and what you can do, as well, when you go go to with household and buddies!
Hike solo to Victoria Peak
I wasn’t absolutely alone when I visited Hong Kong. I met up with a blogger buddy, Aileen, on the second half of my remain. Just before she arrived, I decided to go to the a lot-talked about Victoria Peak. The view of the HK skyline from there is iconic and I wanted to see it for myself.
However for me, when I arrived at the terminal for the Peak Tram, there have been hundreds of folks queuing. It took me five seconds to choose that alternatively of waiting in line for hours, I would rather devote that time hiking to Victoria Peak.
How to do it: On the opposite side of The Peak Tram terminus, come across the path that says “No. 1 Tramway Path.” It is a concrete path going up some components would have stairs, other individuals do not.
There are no “trail signs” going up to the Peak. I just followed the path going up. In some instances, when I had to cross the road, I just walked a bit to come across the path once again. Like what I did when I hiked solo to Machu Picchu, I followed the train tracks and saw the tram passing me by sometimes.
There are components exactly where you cannot do it, although, so do a detour and appear for the path going up. At some point, I even asked for directions from two safety guards at a gated neighborhood, and each of them told me there’s no way to go up, and that I must go back.
Naturally, I didn’t think them, and resolved to just appear for the path myself. I located it when I saw Central Green Trail sign. It took me a small more than an hour to attain Victoria Peak from the Peak Tram terminal.
Go window buying with buddies
A different factor I enjoyed was window buying in Hong Kong with buddies. We went to a number of buying malls, noting that whilst some reminded us of Philippine malls, other individuals have been rather various.
The Dragon Centre Mall, for instance, is a big buying center exactly where mainly locals shop. It reminded us of the Philippines, with lots of industrial establishments, vendors stalls, and of course, entertainment choices for the entire household.
The Solo Mall at Radio City, on the other Hand, are complete of specialty shops that you can only come across if you currently know exactly where you want to go. It is absolutely various from what we’d encountered ahead of.
Devote a day at Lantau Island
Lantau Island is unquestionably particular. You will love just about every second of it, from the cable auto going to the island, to your 1st appear of the Significant Buddha, a.k.a., Tian Tan Buddha, which you will attain just after climbing 268 measures.
Most folks quit right here. I would suggest performing what I did, which was to continue walking previous the monastery and into the Wisdom Path. There have been pretty much no one else there and for extended stretches of time, it was just me.
You will not get lost hiking the Wisdom Path as, in contrast to in Victoria Peak, the trail there is clearly marked. You will pass by some abandoned buildings, with trees increasing in and about them. Pretty creepy!
Subsequent time about, when I come back with buddies, I will ask them if we could hike to Lantau Island alternatively of taking the cable auto. That would be an encounter certainly!
Go on a meals trip (of course)
Of course, you must by no means miss going on a meals trip when in Hong Kong. The dim sum and the noodles are absolutely to die for!
If you are on a spending budget, appear out for the reduce lunch prices in the course of tea time, which begins at 3pm. At the time I was there, Yoshinoya had more affordable tea time prices than in the course of lunch or dinner hours.
And whilst Tim Ho Wan is currently in the Philippines, it is nonetheless a will have to to consume there whilst in Hong Kong. It is the world’s least expensive Michelin-starred restaurant (!!!), so unquestionably encounter it for oneself!
I met up with a former perform colleague who’s now primarily based in Hong Kong, and she purchased my lunch at Tim Ho Wan. It was unquestionably a fantastic lunch and I hope to be back in Hong Kong someday to return the treat.
Watch the light and sound show
Head to Tsim Sha Tsui ahead of 8pm and wait for the nightly light and sound show referred to as the Symphony of Lights. There are a number of areas to watch this (absolutely free) show, but the finest ones are outdoors the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront and the promenade at Golden Bauhinia Square in Wanchai.
Alternatively, you can purchase a spot in a single of the lots of sightseeing ferries in the Victoria Harbour.
On hindsight, this would have been a nicer encounter if I have been with buddies. Most of the folks I saw there have been with their partners, households, or buddies, producing the encounter even much more memorable.
When I left Hong Kong just after nine days, I told myself I would be back once again. However, life occurred and I had by no means located the time to go back. I nonetheless hope I can do so someday, in particular in the course of winter time in Hong Kong when hiking with buddies is much more bearable simply because of the cool climate.
If you are interested to go to Hong Kong this winter (December to February), the Hong Kong Tourism Board has a year-finish traveler promo and you can get absolutely free tours from Cathay Pacific, as well. It is the finest time to go to, as the climate is pretty pleasant, with a higher temperature of only 20 °C (68 °F).
Verify out the Tourism Board’s teaser video of Hong Kong. Does not it make you want to go go to?
Have you been to Hong Kong? What are your preferred factors to do there?