For years, Filipinos and some travelers have flocked to Hong Kong due to its proximity, visa-free entry, and of course Hong Kong Disneyland which is indeed one of the happiest places in Asia (at least). A small state as it may seem, Hong Kong is packed with rich Asian culture with a bit of British influence. It also offers remarkable and one of a kind experience aside from meeting Mickey Mouse in person.
We stayed in Hong Kong for 4 days and every day we spent there is so worth it. The trip was a healthy mix of both modern city-living and old cultural traditions.
Here are just some of the things you can do while in Hong Kong:
1. Hong Kong Disneyland
We’d be lying if we tell you that we didn’t enjoy Hong Kong Disneyland. Every square meter in Hongkong Disneyland is nothing but fun and wonder. There’s nothing more nostalgic than seeing your childhood icons in action. From The Lion King to the Disney Princesses, and of course Mickey Mouse himself! Youngsters and young-at-hearts will definitely enjoy a day in the happiest place in Hong Kong.
Access & Fees: Lantau Island, Hong Kong | Approximately HKD 600
2. Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
If you are searching for serenity and wouldn’t mind a bit of a hike. Then you should visit this monastery located in Sha Tin District. Take the steep steps uphill with Golden Buddhas surrounding you and you’ll find your way to the temple and its nine-story pagoda. If you are not Buddhist, still pay the respect it fully deserves and try your best not to disturb the devotees of the monastery.
Access & Fees: East Rail, Sha Tin Stop | Free
3. Nan Lian Garden
One of the most underrated places in Hong Kong. Nan Lian Garden is a public garden, carefully landscaped in the style of the Tang Dynasty. Its lush greenery and lotus-filled ponds are sure to give you a peaceful vibe right at the center of the City. A stroll in this park is truly a walk with nature, too!
Access & Fees : MTR Diamond Hill Station Exit C2, Kowloon | Free
4. Chi Lin Nunnery
Connected to the Nan Lian Garden, Chi Lin Nunnery is a large temple complex of wooden architecture which is also renovated in Tang Dynasty style. This temple also has Buddhist relics and temple halls that contain gold, clay, and wooden statues of Sakyamuni Buddha and bodhisattvas.
Access & Fees: MTR Diamond Hill Station Exit C2, Kowloon | Free
5. Mong Kok (Ladies Market)
When you think of Hong Kong, you also think about shopping. Hong Kong is definitely one of the most fashion-forward Asian destinations. If you want to shop without breaking the bank, go to Mong Kok. There’s nothing more orgasmic than the unique blend of shopping, city hustle and bustle, and of course sumptuous street food breaks in between.
Access & Fees: Tuen Wan Line, Mong Kok Station | Free
6. Victoria Peak
We would say this is one of the most iconic places to visit in Hong Kong and totally gives you a different perspective of the autonomous region. From the Victoria Peak, you’ll see the Hong Kong skyline and how it merges seamlessly to the region’s body of water.
Access & Fees: MTR Central | HKD 77 – 90
7. Man Mo Temple
One of the temples located right at Hong Kong’s Hollywood street. This temple has a unique vibe into it. As you enter the temple, you will be welcomed by the scent of burning incense offered by temple-goers, mostly students offering their prayers.
Access & Fees: Hollywood Road, Tai Ping Shan | Free
8. Ngong Ping
Located at the Lan Tau Island, Ngong Ping is the home to the Tian Tian Buddha. One of the largest Buddhas in the world sitting atop a hill. You can also see a different view if you’d opt to ride a cable car going to Ngong Ping Village.
Access & Fees: Lan Tau Island, Tung Chung Stop | HKD 130 – 255 per person (Depending on the type of cable car you’ll ride.
Here are top harv experiences you shouldn’t miss and at least give them a try while in Hong Kong:
1. Evening Harbour Cruise – Hong Kong’s skyline and the busy cityscape are also best seen from the Victoria Harbour at night. You can take Star Ferry’s harbor cruise that costs approximately HKD 160.
2. Peak Tram and Sky Park – Slowly ascend to one of Hong Kong’s highest peaks and see the city’s skyline. The view is specially stunning early in the morning and at dusk. The cost for both the peak tram trip and sky terrace will cost around HKD 77 – 90.
3. Take a Crystal Cabin to Ngong Ping Village – Head to Ngong Ping Village via a glass-bottomed cable-car and experience a bit more thrill which allows you to see a bird’s eye perspective of the Lan Tau Island. One way ticket for a crystal cabin costs HKD 125 (children) to HKD 180 (adult).
Here are some tips you ought to know before going to Hong Kong:
1. Summer season is way too hot. If you’re not ready to roam around Hong Kong under the scorching heat of the sun, then book a tour before or after the summer season.
2. If you’ll be bringing your kids to Hong Kong Disneyland, all the more that you shouldn’t visit during summer.
3. Hong Kong’s transportation system is super easy and simple to understand. But if you are lost, Hong Kong citizens are always willing to help. We bumped into several Hong Kong nationals and they were very friendly and helpful.
4. If you’re shopping in Mong Kok, it wouldn’t hurt bargaining. Some stores might give you discounts especially if you know how to speak their language.
5. Given the need for connectivity, some hotels and even AirBnB include mobile devices with internet access as one of the amenities. Best to check the package inclusions of your hotel booking or check your hotel if they have such provisions.