Hongkong isn’t just a city, It’s a whole gamut of cultural and social panoramas waiting to be uncovered in each street that you explore. This super busy, super fast urban hub in the South Asian subcontinent is among the most developed and busy cities in the world with people and skyscrapers mingling gloriously upon its stunning skyline. All those who follow me on Instagram know that I recently went there for my vacation and now that I am back from my trip, here is a list of my top 8 must visit places in Hongkong-
Well for me, the entire trip was planned solely because my daughter wanted to visit Disneyland. Located off the main island in Lantau, Disneyland is worth your while if you have kids or if the kid inside you loves the world of Walt Disney, Marvel, Pixar etc.
Hongkong could very well be synonymous with its hard to miss skyscrapers that look absolutely mind boggling along the waters of Victoria Harbour. Be it broad daylight or evenings when the Neon boards alight the city, the Hongkong Skyline is a jaw dropping sight in the island.
TIAN TAN BUDDHA
You would have to approach this gigantic 110 ft tall statue of Buddha perched up the peaks of Lantau via the Ngong Ping Cable Car that’s 112ft up and 5.7km long. The gondola offers a bird’s eye tour over the lush lands of Lantau and the glistening South China Sea. Its definitely a marvel to look at.
The temples in this part of the world are very different from India. You are supposed to enter with your shoes on and there is a smoking are outside a lot of them! The vibe however in the temples is very peaceful, the smell of incense sticks is very pleasing and their rituals of pleasing the gods are rather fascinating. We saw Man Mo Temple in both HongKong and Macau.
NATHAN ROAD, TIMES SQUARE
I invariably got out my phone to click a few pictures of this street only to discover later that this is actually Hong Kong’s most photographed street. Nathan Road is the showcase for the city’s iconic, neon advertising signs, hustle bustle, queues of people lined up to enter luxury stores like Gucci, LV and what not! There are 5 star hotels along the road, street stalls selling local delicacies and also, On the other hand it has some very India-esque buildings, one of them being Chunking Mansion where we has some exotic Indian food.
Also they have a Times Square in Honkong, not quite as iconic as the real one but no less luxurious looking anyway.
Easily my favorite part of this trip was the visit to Victoria peak, which as the name suggests an area of hills and cool winds. It was raining when we reached there and the journey uphill via the Tram was amazing. Looking down from the Peak tower’s terrace was quite a breathtaking sight but what I loved more was that this are was so green! Victoria Peak has a mall where the famous Madam Tussauds museum is located too, although we skipped it.
FA YUEN STREET
We went to the very famous Ladies Market first, found it a pretty daunting task to haggle with the shopkeepers there and then were guided to a more fashion friendly Fa Yuen street where electronic goods, shoes and fashionable dresses are in galore at very reasonable prices. Otherwise, shopping is rather expensive in Hongkong.
If a beach, sun and sand is what you are looking for, Repulse Bay makes the cut since it is a beach in one of the quieter corners of the city. I personally liked the bay area much more than Kuwloon city where we were putting up but with tour plans, you are mostly going to have to deal with such discrepancies.
So those were my TOP 8 PLACES TO VISIT IN HONGKONG. Do share your comments about your travel experiences to the island nation and stay tuned as we cover Macau next!