Today were taking you on a tour of one
of Asias most dynamic cities: Hong Kong ()! Yes, this is a city of modern skyscrapers
and futuristic architecture, but if you scratch beneath the surface and spend a little time
here, youll discover pockets of tranquility in the form of incense-filled temples and
bonsai gardens, a delicious foodie scene that features budget friendly Michelin-stared restaurants,
mountainous islands that are an easy day trip away, antique markets full of treasure, and
a dazzling skyline you wont soon forget. Without further ado, let us show you 25 things
to do in Hong Kong: Lets kick things off at the Peak Tram,
where the steep 7 minute ride to Victoria Peak () gives you some of the
best views of the city. So we just finished riding the tram to Victoria
Peak ( – ) and now we're enjoying the free views. We could be paying more and going up to the
sky terrace but we refused because the free views are good enough.
Yeah, and if you're willing to walk out a
little bit from the complex you'll find that you know the crowds slowly dissipate. And hey we're just by ourselves right now. At 552 meters, the Peak ( – )
is the highest mountain on Hong Kong Island () and its location offers vast views
of towering skyscrapers, Victoria Harbour and Kowloon () off in the distance. For more postcard worthy views of Hong Kong
(), we also visited Victoria Harbour () at sunset and then watched
as the skies turned from amber to fiery orange.
Another event you should definitely make time
for is the Symphony of Lights (), which is a daily music and light show that
encompasses both sides of the harbour. Skyscrapers dazzle with blinking lights and
lazer beams, while everyone ooohs and aaahs from the waterfront. You can watch the show from either Kowloon
() or Hong Kong Island (), but I personally prefer being on Kowloon since
Hong Kong island has the iconic skyline. We are currently in the Nan Lian Garden ()
which is right across from the Chi Lin Nunnery ().
And again like most parks here in Hong Kong
it is super peaceful. They have soft music playing. You can hear the birds chirping. There is beautiful flowers.
There is like a little golden pagoda in the
middle of a lake. So we're going to show you all of that now. After visiting the gardens, we crossed over
to the Chi Lin Nunnery (), which is a Buddhist temple complex that dates back
to the 1930s. What is perhaps most impressive is that the
structures were built out of wood but without the use of a single nail! Alright guys we have three words for you! Tim Ho Wan ()! Tell us all about it.
What is this place? This is basically one of the best places to
try dim sum in all of Hong Kong. Yes. It is a Michelin starred restaurant yet it
is affordable. So we're going to go in, we're going to order
a lot of food and we're just going to scarf down some dim sum (x – xx).
Okay. Oh the joy. Ready. Yeah.
Alright guys so we just finished placing our
order. And this is what the menu looks like. You basically grab a pencil and you tick off
the different dishes you're interested in. The first one has already arrived.
Oh wow. So we got a little bit greedy because it is
like three in the afternoon. We haven't had lunch yet so we ordered seven
different dishes and we're going to be showing you those once they arrive. First one is here and this one is the sticky
rice wrapped in a lotus leaf.
This is one of our favorite ones. I love this one. So let's not waste any time. Let's just start unfolding this masterpiece.
Wow. Lots of steam rising. Ooh! Look at that. It is a huge leaf.
It is a huge one. And there you've got the sticky rice with
chicken I believe and a nice mushroom. So we're going to be sharing this. Mmmm.
Wow. So good. Well what do you think? I love it. He loves it.
And there is more food. Oh my gosh. So I'm just going to use my hand because it
is a little bit easier for me. But man these are nice and plump.
Yeah. Everything here is plump and stuffed. They do not skimp out here. Mmm.
Mmmm. What do you think? There you have it. There is the barbecued bun. This is so fluffy.
Oh my gosh. I know. It is a lot fluffier than I remember. Wow.
What about the taste? Do you like it? Mmmm. It is really nice because it is like savory
inside but then really sweet on the exterior so you get both flavors. It is that contrast that makes it so good. Mmmm.
So the next on the menu is one of our absolute
favorites. I believe it is called Har Gao and that is
basically the almost like shrimp dumplings. Yeah, they are. Shrimp in a little wrapper and they are just
Oh my gosh this is a slippery one. Haha. Don't burn yourself. I have a feeling it is going to be really
Those are like freshly steamed. Oh man. His eyes are bulging out. That was a big bite.
Hahaha. So yeah it is just filled with like so much
shrimp and you just bite into it and it is juicy and it is just so flavorful and tasty. It is so plump. It is.
Seriously. That is the best way to describe them. Just such plump pieces of shrimp. I think it goes without saying that Tim Ho
Wan () is one of our favourite places for dim sum ( – ), and its
worth seeking out if youre ever in Hong Kong ()! So next up we're going to watch the Noon Day
And I have to admit the first time I heard
about this attraction I had no idea what it was. Sam actually mentioned it to me last time
we were in Hong Kong like three years ago. And I just thought Noon Day Gun () was
a name. To me it sounded like Chinese.
But apparently it is a gun that they fire
during the day at noon so we're just waiting for that to happen right now. Getting here is a little tricky. I wish I could give you instructions. Um, basically you can probably see the Excelsior
Hotel behind me.
The Excelsior. Um, you need to go down some tiny side alley
and then cross through a tunnel. Um but yeah it is a little bit tricky to find
it. We went into like three buildings before we
found the right place so you may have to ask around to find it.
Um but yeah we're here. We're going to watch this gun be fired. Woah! Well Sam after all of these years you finally
got to see the Noon Day Gun again. How was it? Yeah, it must have been like six or seven
years ago that I got to experience this.
Well my biggest tip for this is when you come
here make sure you plug your ears just before the shot. Yes! It is some kind of loud. And it almost makes you like shake. That is how loud it is.
It is really powerful. Yeah. It is scary. It is a powerful blast.
And it is a very short ceremony. Like he just rings the bell, fires the gun
and off he goes. And then you can come in and check this place
out. For thirty minutes.
You can go and take some pictures of the gun
and just walk around. It is pretty cool. Another fun thing to do in Hong Kong is to
ride the double decker trams (). This was one of the earliest forms of transportation
in the city, and riding them through the modern financial district feels a bit nostalgic.
If youre really looking for something memorable,
you can actually hire a party tramway and celebrate with music, drink, and stellar views
as you cruise through the city. We are currently making our way down Upper
Lascar Row and this is the place to buy souvenirs. There is also some construction happening
so it is bit loud. But basically the street is lined with shops
that sell really high end antiques and then on the street you have like these little tables
where you have old trinkets and just things that would make really cool souvenirs but
also have a history behind them.
So it is worth checking out for sure. I haven't picked up anything but I do see
things that interest me. It is just I don't have a home and I don't
have room in my suitcase. If antiques arent really your thing and
youre looking for something a bit more modern, Causeway Bay () is full of
malls, department stores, and fashion boutiques.
So today we are going in search of free views
of Hong Kong . Always like free stuff. So we're here at Central Plaza ()
and apparently on the forty sixth floor there is a skydeck. So we're going to be checking this out for
the first time.
We've never done this in Hong Kong before. Let's do it. So look at this. We get three hundred and sixty degree views
of Hong Kong from this building and no one is here.
And it is free. More people should know about this place. Seriously guys. Free views of Hong Kong all to yourself.
So this is a bit of a quirky attraction to
be listing, but not every city offers the opportunity to ride a series of escalators
instead of walking up hills. The CentralMid-Levels escalator ()
is the longest covered escalator system in the world, so its worth experiencing at
least once. Just know that there is no escalator going
down, so youll have to take the stairs. Man Mo Temple () dates back to 1847
and it is dedicated to the *** of Literature and the *** of War.
For a little trivia, this temple was once
popular with students looking to succeed in the civil examinations of Imperial China. We are currently inside the Man Mo Temple
() and it is thick with incense in the air. I don't know if you can actually see it. But is almost burns your eyes a little bit
yet it looks magical at the same time.
So it is a weekend in Hong Kong. Tell us what are we up to? Yeah, it is time for some nightlife in Hong
Kong. We're at Lan Kwai Fong and this is probably
the most popular nightlife area in the city. We're not exactly going to paint the town
red but I think we'll get a beer or maybe a glass of wine.
So I'm the kind of person who would rather
be at home in bed reading a book on a Sunday night but apparently that is considered lame. So somebody insisted we check out the nightlife. That is all kinds of nerdy. All kinds of nerdy.
So here we are. The funny thing is it is like seven thirty
PM right now and we're super early. Yeah. It is going to get hopping around nine or
By which time we'll be back. We'll be sleeping by then. Back in the hotel. But anyways cheers.
What did you get? Ah, I got red wine. And I got gin and tonic. Salut. If youre looking to get out of the city
and a little closer to nature, you can ride the aerial tramway (360) to Lantau Island.
Once youre there you can visit the Po Lin
Monastery (), and also visit the Tian Tan Buddha (), better known
as the Big Buddha. So one thing to keep in mind is that if you
visit the Buddha in the morning it is backlit. So if you're a photographer and you want to
be able to take some good shots from the front you may have better luck in the afternoon. Otherwise this is what you'll get.
Time for a little update. Yeah, so we've had a busy day exploring Hong
Kong. Now it is time to go back to our apartment
and this is our favorite way of getting around the city. Is taking the Star Ferry ().
Star Ferry (). In my opinion it is like iconic transportation
in Hong Kong. You've got to do it. It is cheap it is fun.
You can cross Kowloon to Hong Kong Island
or vice versa. And it is just something we look forward to
doing every time we visit Hong Kong. And the views. If museums are your thing, you can always
pop into the Hong Kong Museum of History () in Tsim Sha Tsui, which looks at Hong Kongs
history and cultural heritage.
The permanent exhibition is free of charge. So right now we're visiting Hong Kong Park
() and this is one of the coolest parks in the city because you are surrounded
by skyscrapers yet you can hear the sounds of nature. They have streams and waterfalls and you can
hear the birds chirping and there is palm trees swaying so it feels very peaceful but
you can still see that Hong Kong is a very modern city and it is not that far away. Inside the park they also have this huge walk
Um and yeah they just have birds flying freely. One just nearly hit someone in the head. And it is pretty cool. They have over six hundred birds in here.
Another cool park you can visit is Kowloon
Park (), which offers a serene escape on the other side of the harbour. For a bit of a splurge and some sugary treats,
we would recommend indulging in afternoon tea. We went to Lion Rock inside the Royal Plaza
Hotel. Alright so I'm so excited the tea is here.
And we each get our own pot. And seriously there is probably like three
cups in here. And they've already poured one. Yours is like the chocolate truffle? It is the chocolate mint truffle.
I don't even know. Oh my gosh. The order. But it smells amazing.
That seems like a bit of a fancy pants tea. Yeah, it smells like melted chocolate with
mint? Does it? I can't say I smell the truffle but I'm not
that familiar with truffle so. Mmmm. That is nice.
The flavor itself isn't very strong but it
is more the aroma that you get before you drink it. And like you don't need any sugar or milk
with this. It is just so good. I love the way it smells.
It smells like the holidays. We are both so giddy right now. The tower of heavenly delights has arrived. Low and behold.
So let's see what can we choose. So we're going to start from the top and work
our way down. So we have some scones, some chips with crab
meat I think. This looks like a mini quiche and then we
have mini burgers.
Mini sliders. What is on the second level? Well, we'll get to that later. But first let's eat from the top alright. And I have a major sweet tooth so I'm starting
with the scone.
I'm just going for it. Why waste any time. So there we have it. There is the little scone.
Going to cut it in half and I've got some
jam here. And I'm really hoping this is clotted cream
and not butter. But it might be butter. I think it may be butter.
Would that be the saddest thing ever? With butter. It is a little sad but I will survive. Hahaha. It is not England so that is okay.
And then some jam. Oh yeah baby. This is what I came for. The scones that is my favorite part of the
whole afternoon tea experience.
So if you don't want your scone Sam I will
take it. Oh, I'll have my scone. I'll gladly relieve you. No worry about that.
This is like one bite. Mmmm. Oh man. That is how it is done.
So I think I have something that might be
a mushroom tart. It has a very um flaky exterior and it looks
like mushrooms on top. So there we go. I don't know if I should do it in one bite
All in one bite. Oh my gosh that is a huge one. One bite. You can handle it Sam.
Oh, keeping things classy. Mmmmm. We'll give you a second to chew it. And search for your words.
So food doesn't go flying everywhere. Right. That would be a civilized way of doing things. So if you've ever had like a thick mushroom
creamy soup before it tastes like that.
And then it just aww the pastry is so buttery
and flaky. And you just bite into it and it just disintegrates
in your mouth. Oh la lah. And you're rolling that mushroom around it
is just aww that is nice.
Rolling it around huh? Rolling it around on your palette. Mmm. And you get the idea. It was an hour of om nom noms! This evening we're taking part in Sam's favorite
Shopping! Oh yeah. Shopping. No, we're headed over to Temple Street Night
Market and we're just going to check it out and see what is happening out there. The market ( – ) itself stretched
for several blocks and offered all kinds of clothes, purses, souvenirs and random knick-knacks.
We also spotted some street karaoke happening
in the area. Lastly, lets talk about transportation. The most effective way to get around Hong
Kong is by MTR (). If youre going to be here a few days and
you dont want to pay for individual tickets each time, you can get an Octopus card ()
and also save on the fare.
As a final piece of advice, try to avoid travelling
in Hong Kong () during rush hour. Youll either feel like a canned sardine
on the subway, or be left behind on the platform like a beached whale because theres no
more room. And thats a wrap for Hong Kong (). We hope that you enjoyed this travel guide
and that it gave you a few ideas of things to do and places to visit on your own trip.
We know we only covered a small fraction of
everything Hong Kong () has to offer, so if you have any other suggestions of things
travellers should experience, feel free to share those in the comments below. Wishing you happy travels and until next time!.