How to Travel in Hong Kong – Top 5 Things to Do

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How to Travel in Hong Kong – Top 5 Things to Do

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There will be a big difference if you go to Hong Kong right after seeing the Mainland China. If you already read my article about Beijing, you will see what I am talking about. If China is more traditional when it comes to activities that you can do there, Hong Kong is a modern jungle, where you have a lot of stuff to explore and try.

In this article, I will tell you all about my experience there: about surfing, the second highest bar in the world, the food, Victoria Peak and one of the museums that impressed me. Enjoy the read about how to travel in Hong Kong and let me know what you think in the comment section.

About Hong Kong

Let’s start with some facts about the region, as it’s very important to know where you travel:

  • It was a British colony so you’ll see a lot of similarities, like the red double-deckers or driving on the left side of the road. Their wall outlets are also the same as UK’s.
  • It was returned to China in 1997, but the government is separate from the one of Mainland China.
  • It has the largest number of skyscrapers in the world! I like to call it “the vertical city” as the territory is small so they couldn’t expand horizontally, they chose to build taller buildings.
  • According to Wikipedia, Hong Kong is the world’s fourth-most-densely-populated region. That can be easily explained by the number of skyscrapers.

streets-hk

First Impressions

I arrived here by train, coming from Beijing. And I need to say that after the challenge of Beijing, Hong Kong would be much easier. First of all, everyone spoke English here, which was a relief. I could ask anyone for directions and they would easily explain. I even heard a lot of different languages spoken just by walking on the streets. So the language barrier didn’t exist here.

It is very easy to withdraw money here, as a difference from Beijing. You can also pay by card, but not everywhere, let’s say at restaurants. As an alternative, if you already have the application I told you about, WeChat, you can pay with it as well.

If you are from UK, you will almost feel like home. You’ll see the red double-deckers everywhere and they drive on the left side of the road. They even have double-deckers in the shape of trams. But it’s not the same, though. There are a lot of hills, a lot of skyscrapers and it’s way modern than UK. It can be overwhelming, to be honest, as you see the sky only if you really look up.

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Expect your hotel to have many floors. I was amazed by floor 17 in my hotel, only to find out that it’s literally nothing. The rooms are comfortable and nice but small.

It’s very humid. You can expect rain at any time so better take a rain coat with you or an umbrella. The temperature is high, though, I’ve been here during August.

What Can You Do?

There are many activities that you can do if you like to explore or try new stuff. I will tell you a bit of everything.

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1. Surf – if you are an adrenaline junkie, that’s the thing for you. I have done my first lesson of surf here and caught some good waves afterwards. If you’ll try it for the first time, let me tell you what you’ll need to be safe:

  • Sun protection!! Under no circumstance forget this. The sun is very strong and your skin will get burned.
  • T-shirt – when you get on your board, you might irritate your skin, so better to have a t-shirt or a one piece swimsuit for girls.
  • In case you get burned, you will find Aloe Vera cream at any pharmacy.

2. Second highest bar in the world – You can find it in the Ritz-Carlton hotel, at floor 118, called Ozone. Try their signature cocktails and enjoy the view, it’s spectacular. You almost feel like in a plane.

ozone-hk3. Science Museum – For you inner scientist, visit this museum. It may be one of the best ones that I’ve been to. So if you feel the hunger for some knowledge while traveling, don’t hesitate.

4. Try the local food – From hot pot to dim sum and the seafood, you have to try everything! I promise that you will love them!

dumpling-hk5. Hike the Victoria Peak – You also have the chance of taking a tram up to the hill, but hiking is better, as you’ll enjoy the views more. You might also bump into a boar family if you do it at night. I recommend that you don’t disturb them. You can try the tram, is a wonderful experience, but take it when you go down. You will even avoid the queues like this.

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Go Wild in the Hong Kong Modern Jungle

Hong Kong was an amazing experience and really liked it here. I would definitely come back. I am even thinking about moving there, who knows?

But for a totally unique trip, you should try the surfing, the food, hiking the Victoria Peak, drink a cocktail in the second highest bar in the world and learn some new things at the Science Museum.
I hope my guide on how to travel in Hong Kong helped you!

Have you been in Hong Kong? What else did you like there? Let me know in the comment section!

 

 

 

 

26 Responses

  1. Marlinda Davis says:

    Hey there! Thanks for sharing the top 5 things to do in Hong Kong with me. Its interesting how I can relate to being influenced by British culture as I’m also from a British own territory. I wish we had double decker buses though but I guess Bermuda is to small for them! lol. Hiking Victoria peak sounds interesting. I think I will be adding Hong Kong to my places to visit in my lifetime.

    If you are thinking about moving there even if it is just for a short time go for it! I look forward to following your journey. I love living different places also. Experiencing different cultures is an amazing experience but living and submerging yourself in it is even better!

    Take care 🙂

    Marlinda

  2. Dianne says:

    A fantastic insight into visiting Hong Kong, one day I most definitely will!

    Its crazy to think you can only see the sky if you look up i guess that will take some getting used to but its great that English is spoken so that eliminates the communication barrier so instantly puts me at ease to visit there. The activities look great! 

    Thank you for sharing your experience.

  3. CravenATAT says:

    Hong Kong is on my bucket list for places to go, and your post has made me want to make that trip sooner rather than later! The Ozone sounds amazing – I didn’t realize Hong Kong had the second highest bar in the world, and that is a must see in my opinion. I would love to hike the Victoria Peak and then take the tram down like you mentioned – the views from what I have seen online look amazing! I am a huge food nut too, and the combination of asian and british foods makes my mouth water. Do you have any restaurants in particular that you would recommend for tourists- maybe some hidden gems?

    • Stefania says:

      Hello! You should definitely visit it! I am waiting for your story as well 🙂 I have tried the restaurant named The Drunken Pot, was amazing! And also has a nice view!

  4. Barry says:

    Beautiful Information regarding your travel to Hong Kong. I haven’t been in Hong Kong before but would love to travel there someday as I would love to have some of these experiences just like you did.

    I’d surf. I never knew the Sun over there is very strong. The sun here in my country is strong too. I’m sure the sun over will not have effect on me 🙂

  5. Alice says:

    Reading your post and looking at these pictures made me miss Hongkong all the more. 

    I used to work in this beautiful yet quite condensed city. I lived here for almost 10 years and I can tell from experience that you will really enjoy the beautiful tourist spots. As you mentioned, the Peak is one of its main tourist attractions and for those who’ve never been to America or Japan, Hongkong Disneyland is something that will arouse their interest.

    It’s been more than 10 years since I left Hongkong and decided to settle back to my homeland. And I would love to visit it again as I can see that there are additional sceneries and theme parks that did not exist in those years that I lived there. I really missed the local foods too,especially dim sum. 

    • Stefania says:

      Hi Alice! Thank you for the read. Indeed there are many activities to try there. Omg and you lived there! That must have been really nice.

  6. Shy says:

    Hong Kong seems like a facinating place to visit.  All the different foods and the culture.  I didn’t know that some people spoke english there.  That is a relief.  I would not be able to visit a place that could not understand me.  I would not be able to understand them either.  The surfing looks like a lot of fun, just don’t forget your sun protection.

    • Stefania says:

      Hi Shy, definitely, you shouldn’t forget the sun protection! It was so easy to communicate there, that’s why I am considering moving there one day! Thanks for the read and happy travels!

  7. Celeste says:

    Wow this was so interesting!

    I am planning on taking a gap year next year and Hong Kong is one of my top places to visit so all of your information was very useful for me! I’ve never really done much travelling myself but I am eager to find out about new cultures! I am also a science enthusiast so I would be very keen to go to the Science Museum! Would you be able to tell me the name of the Science Museum? Also what was your favourite food when you were there?

    • Stefania says:

      Hello Celeste! The museum is just called The Hong Kong Science Museum, like that. It’s only one and it’s easy to find. My favourite food was definitely the hot pot! Loved it!

      Hope you will enjoy HK! Looking forward for your story 🙂

  8. Riaz Shah says:

    Omg that photo of the Hong Skyline is so beautiful that I was tempted to read the whole thing!

    I’ve always wanted to visit there, I have friends living there but I never really got the push because I was doubtful of the people’s English there but after reading through your experience, there’s absolutely nothing for me to worry about I guess. Besides the famous Hong Kong Dim Sum and Chicken Rice, what food would you say is the must-try for anyone visiting?

  9. Mike says:

    Hi Stefania,

    Thanks for the great article and sharing your experiences!  I have always wanted to go to Hong Kong, but it is a scary proposition.  Its nice to hear that most people speak English so if you are lost or need some help that you will be able to get it. I also didn’t realize that they had a surfing culture over there.  This would be something worth checking out for sure.

    Keep the great articles coming!

  10. Fredery says:

    I know that some day I will be able to travel around the world, meet awesome people and try new things. I was thinking about whete I could travel in the future, but I was not sure. Thanks to you I know that I definitively have to go to Hong Kong. Specially for the food! And there was something that called my attention… I never knew I could surf on Hong Kong! Just another reason to way.

    Also the language barrier won’t be a problem

    Thank you! I know where to travel now

  11. Don says:

    Hi Stefania.

    Nice blog.

    While I don’t have any immediate plans to visit Hong Kong, after reading your post, I would certainly put it on my list of future destinations to consider.

    I did come away with some questions maybe you can answer.

    You mentioned that it was humid when you visited in August. What kind of temperatures did you experience? Day time, night time? Were insects an issue?

    If I wanted to explore the 5 things on your list, how many days would you recommend scheduling in Hong Kong to do them without feeling rushed? How long did you visit?

    Did you have any challenges getting to any of the locations that you recommended on your list? For instance, Victoria Peak. Was there is tour you took, or did you have to arrange your own transportation?

    The photos are absolutely beautiful. Are those views that you experience first hand? Would I expect to have views like those?

    Lastly, how was the air quality? I’ve heard it isn’t very good. What did you think? Did you have any issues?

    Hope this isn’t too many questions.

    Thank you,

    don

    • Stefania says:

      Hi Don, so glad that I have inspired you! To answer your questions, I had somewhere around 28 degrees Celsius, if I remember well, but because of the humid air, it seemed hotter. During night time, only a few degrees lower. To be honest I did not encounter to many insects, but maybe I am just lucky, I don’t know.

      My visit was 3 and half days long and I managed to do the 5 things without feeling rushed. It was a relaxed atmosphere actually:)

      About the transport, I had the chance to stay very close to the attractions, but needed to take taxis now and then and I need to say they are very cheap. Another very nice way of transportation was a bus ship, that would take me from the island part of HK to the land, also very cheap. Buses are also ok there but didn’t use them too much.

      The views are amazing, especially from the Victoria Peak! You may feel overwhelmed by the beauty.

      Didn’t notice anything with the air, maybe it was because I didn’t stay for too long. But the air seemed fine.

      Thanks for reading and hope you’ll have an amazing time there. Looking forward for your story!

  12. Chyke says:

    Wow… this is interesting. So they speak English in Honk Kong? Thought everything spoken in far east is like ching chung hu. I love the far east, especially Japan. Try writing something about Japan.

  13. Luka says:

    Good idea where to travel next time! Hong Kong should be really amazing, you described it very well and there are very useful informations for travellers. I`m sure a lot of people will find your article helpful. I like your article!

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