It can be slightly overwhelming for first-time visitors to undertake the behemoth that is Hong Kong. Here are 6 of the island’s highlights that you should not miss out on.
Visit Victoria Peak - No one can resist the draw of a beautiful skyline. Set 552 metres above ground, Victoria Peak offers sweeping views of Hong Kong’s renowned neon-lit cityscape. It is the quintessential duty of every tourist to visit Victoria Peak at least once.
Party at Lan Kwai Fong - The infamous party district has gained a reputation for its rambunctiousness, and not without reason. LKF, as it’s commonly referred to, is packed with over 100 bars and clubs, each with its own ability to inspire inebriation. This is the place to go if you are looking for a thick slice of Hong Kong nightlife.
Eating at a Cha Chaan Teng - A true Hong Kong institution, Cha Chaan Tengs (or tea houses) offer Hong Kong style dishes, as well as some unique Canto-Western reinventions. The menu is eclectic and affordable, with some tea houses even operating 24 hours. It’s both a great all-day dining spot, as well as a haven for the post-party brethren. Visit Tsui Wah or the Australian Dairy Company for an authentic Cha Chaan Teng experience.
Take a side trip to an outlying island - Flocks descend upon Hong Kong Island for its modern pursuits, but for the city-weary folk, there are various soul-replenishing retreats located just a stone’s throw away. Venture out to Lamma or Lantau Island, both with their own brand of beaches and mountain tops. The islands offer hiking, cycling and climbing options too. It’s the perfect remedy for those who need some well-deserved respite from the urban noise.
Watch the Symphony of Lights - It’s no wonder that Hong Kong is nicknamed the Pearl of The Orient; a moniker that pays tribute to the awe-inspiring views on both sides of the harbour. The Symphony of Lights is a 13 minute laser display that takes place every night at 8pm over the infamous skyline. And the best part? It’s completely free.
Catch the display at the Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai.
Eat at a Hipster Restaurant - Cantonese cuisine may keep you struggling with your belt loop for a couple of days, but Hong Kong has a lot more to offer than just traditional fare. There are a host of trendy food concepts such as Ronin, Yardbird and Little Bao that have sprouted up all over the city, and are well worth the time and calories