A Short Guide to Hongkong

Hong Kong It’s been more than a year by now since I traveled HK and I couldn’t write any of those odysseys because I got caught up with my hectic schedz. Finally today, I decided to share with you the summary of the famous spots in Hong Kong.

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 efore this trip, we searched and read several blogs to ensure that we can cover all the recommended places and create memories together with hubby. Places with a heart graphics are the most we both enjoyed and if given a chance to visit there again, we will surely explore every area of it.

  1. Ladies Market (Mong Kok)
    SHOPPING! This place has varieties of goods to offer from cute stuff, clothes, appliances and etc., “Just name it, they have it”. If bargaining is one of your skills, then showcase it here. I bought some few items, but I couldn’t really tell if it’s cheap or not for a fact that most visitors in Mong Kok are foreigners rather than locals. MY ADVICE—- when buying, do not directly agree with the price they first quote try to bargain until your reach a good deal. 👍🏻👌🏻

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Business Hours: 

  • Open daily from 11:00 am – 11:30 pm

2. Ngong Ping 360   

It’s a must see attraction located on Lantau Island. Getting into the village requires everyone riding a cable car. I suggest that if you don’t have acrophobia (fear of heights), you should opt for the crystal cable car where you’ll be stepping on a see-through glass floor. Another thing, a big Buddha awaits you there.

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Ngong Ping Village, on the other hand, sits right next to Lantau’s cultural heritage such as Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha.(courtesy of Ngong Ping 360)

Business Hours: 

  • Open daily from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

3. Central-Mid-Level-Escalator

It was my husband’s idea to visit the place because of the Korean TV program—- Running Man filmed exactly here. I said okay and I was also curious since it’s hailed as the longest outdoor escalator in the world. The reason behind this project was to ease the traffic of the city. If you’re also curious if I finished the very peak, Yes I did, but up way is a communal area for the local residents and nothing much special. What I like the place are westernized gastropubs and shops. At first glance, I thought it’s not Hong kong at all. Perhaps, it is a great hub for foreigners like me.

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Business Hours:

  • Downhill direction: Mid-Levels – Central 6am to 10am daily
  • Uphill direction: Central – Mid-Levels 10am to midnight daily

4. Victoria Peak 

The head most tourist attraction in Hong Kong and the most travelers I’ve seen in my whole life queuing just for a ride (Peak Tram). Peak Tram is your quickest access to Victoria peak where it allows you to see the metro while ascending to the tallest mountain in the country.

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Just right within peak tower is the Sky terrace which offers a panoramic view of Victoria bay. If you want to see Hong kong in a smaller perspective then this place is right for you. Another main attraction here is their wax museum or known as Madame Tussaud. You can get a close encounter of your favorite celebrities and personalities made in a wax all in one place.

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Business Hours:

  • PEAK TRAM: 7 am to 12 midnight (Mon – Sun & Public Holidays)
  • SKY TERRACE 428: 10 am to 11 pm (Mon – Fri) ; 8 am to 11 pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)
  • MADAME TUSSAUDS10 am to 10 pm (Mon – Sun & Public Holidays)

5. Victoria Harbour (Tsim Sha Tsui)

Amongst the world’s busiest and 3rd largest harbour in the world can be found in central Hong Kong. This spot boasts the World’s Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show which is popularly known as the ‘Symphony of Lights’.

5-10 minutes by foot is another famous attraction called Avenue of Stars. It’s inspired by Hollywood’s Walk of fame and this spot honors their local celebrities by imprinting their names and signatures on the floor. Unfortunately, for some reason, it wasn’t open to the public. 😢

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The show begins at 8 in the evening, so you better come early to get a good spot! Btw, there’s no any admission fee or whatsoever. It’s an openground.

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Some innate buskers can be seen performing around the area.

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Tsim Sha Tsui is also known as a shopping hub for locals and foreign visitors. While roaming around the area, I found a bunch of people buying this certain brand of ice cream and since it was green tea flavored I had myself too. It was, pricey and for me it had an average taste. 🤷

6.Repulse Bay Beach 

If you are a reserved person and appreciate serenity rather than the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan, I suggest you sojourn this place. It is said to have one of the most expensive real estates in the country. I must say, this is in a class with South Korea’s Haeundae Beach. The less crowded part in Hong Kong that I’ve been to and the best so far in this country (in my humble opinion). I’ve seen many foreigners here not as a tourist, but as residents and I can completely understand why.

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Stanley Market

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Did you know that this is just not a mere architectural design and there’s a story behind that hole? A mountain behind that edifice believed to be a home of a mythical creature, dragon.  This construction is intercepting the dragon’s path towards the sea. To prevent any blockage and for the dragon to move freely they constructed the building by putting a  hole in the middle. This was actually advised by a Feng Shui expert as you know that Chinese are very superstitious in nature.

All the places mentioned above were the famous spots that my hubby and I visited during our vacation. It was actually my second time around because 3 years ago I had a 19-hour layover which gave a chance to visit the happiest place on Earth —- Disneyland! Other attractions that we failed to visit are the Avenue of Stars like what I said from above it was closed for some reason and the Ocean Park. To be honest, I don’t like rides (it makes nauseous), but I do love theme parks. My hubby thought It will be a waste of time to go around Ocean park if I’ll  let him enjoy the rides alone.

Overall, Hong Kong was a fun trip filled with new memories; however, it was quite expensive in terms of hotel and food. My husband thought that the country is more expensive than South Korea which I somehow agree as well.

I hope this summary of my Hong Kong trip will help you decide which where to go. If you think this is helpful let me know in the comment section below.

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11 thoughts on “A Short Guide to Hongkong

  1. Great to see up-close of “the building with a whole.” I visited hong kong in March but didn’t have enough time to get out Repulse Bay. Interestingly, I read that a building (I think it was a bank) refused to create a “hole” to bring good feng shi ended bankrupt.

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    1. Really? But if you have time you should come. Wow! That’s an interesting story. Now I know. 😊

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  2. sorry for the typo! “the building with a hole.” Yeah, interesting concept on the use of creating good Feng Shui. I definitely will visit Repulse Bay, hoping to be back next year in March to visit more of Hong Kong.

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