Hong Kong is a thrilling destination, with an exciting mix of cultures, cuisines, fashion and nightlife that has more than enough to keep the average visitor busy for at least several weeks. Whether you are looking to shop for some of the latest designer looks, or you have your heart set on immersing yourself in the local culture, you will find plenty here to keep you entertained.
Sightseeing in Hong Kong has to start with the biggest attraction on the island – The Peak, otherwise known as Victoria Peak, is the highest mountain on the island of Hong Kong and offers some pretty breathtaking views out over the city and its various harbours. The Peak offers visitors a number of things to see and do, including going on a nature walk, visiting the Sky Terrace and taking the historical Peak Tram to the top.
Once you’ve taken in the views then Hong Kong is a great place to flex those credit cards as this is one city where you really can shop until you drop. Whether you’re looking to purchase individual items or gifts from the city’s street markets, or you love the neon glamour of the malls like DFS Galleria and Maritime Square, shopaholics will find lots to buy here. If you’re getting peckish after all that spending then take a trip to Aberdeen in the Southern District and visit the famous floating village. Here you will find the Jumbo Floating Restaurant, which looks like a palace from the forgotten years of imperial China afloat on the water, and does an excellent line in local specialities. After lunch, jump on one of the local ‘sampans’ (a flat bottomed boat) for a tour of the floating village to see what life is really like living on the water.
For those visiting Hong Kong looking for thrills and entertainment, the island has plenty to offer. Ocean Park is a great mix of a wildlife park and an entertainment park, with the chance to see some cuddly pandas up close, as well as rollercoasters that have some of the most spectacular views, where riders can look right out to sea whilst they are hurled around the track. After all that adrenaline, a sedate ride on the Star Line Ferry across the lovely vista of Hong Kong harbour is probably in order – the ferry was founded in 1898 and the trip is considered one of the top ten most exciting ferry rides. If you have a couple of days to spare then taking a boat trip to one of the outlying islands is also an excellent way to see the area – head to Cheung Chau to see the giant Buddha or Lamma Island for eating and hiking.
When night falls, Hong Kong is brimful of bars, from the ubiquitous Irish and English ‘pubs’ to some sophisticated cocktail bars and cosy drinking holes. If you prefer non-alcoholic socialising then coffee bars tend to stay open late and become magnets for local kids looking for somewhere to congregate. In terms of nightclubbing, Hong Kong may not have the comprehensiveness of London or New York but you won’t be short of entertainment here – from legendary institutions like Club 27 to more intimate venues like Drop, there are parties for al types of people in this city. If karaoke is more your thing then Hong Kong has some excellent places to sing your heart out to your favourite tracks – such as J Sound – or you can simply pick one of the glamorous hotel bars for a nightcap.
Sightseeing in Hong Kong is full of fascinating cultural experiences and exciting thrills, as the city has so much to offer all types of travellers, from partygoers through to history enthusiasts. The only issue you’re likely to face is running out of time to see it all.