A bit of everything on the island of opportunities
The bustling Hong Kong promises an amazing experience to travellers with its towering buildings, glitzy malls, historical gems, mouth-watering food scene and nature adventures, to name a few. With so many offerings, it can get overwhelming especially for first-time visitors. Make your life easier and follow these must-dos for a memorable trip:
1. Hong Kong Disneyland
This goes without saying. When in Hong Kong, Disneyland is a must! Experience the seven lands centred on well-loved Disney films as well as mystery, fantasy, space and adventure! Mickey and Minnie are always around to meet you, while the Cinderella Castle shimmers impressively and the musical firework shows are definitely jaw-dropping!
2. Heritage Tour
Take a five-hour coach tour through the New Territories located between Kowloon Peninsula and Mainland China. Historically, it is the region described in The Convention for the Extension of Hong Kong Territory in 1898. This is the place where traditional Chinese enhanced culture influence can be found. This tour brings to life the customs and cultures and provides a fascinating glimpse of Hong Kong’s rich heritage.
3. Enter the Sky100
4. Gems in the Backstreets
Towering above the city at 393 metres, sky100’s observation deck offers 360-degree views of Hong Kong including the stunning Victoria Harbour. With an elevator that takes you to the 100th floor at a blinding speed of 60 seconds, sky100 is also home to a large-scale interactive multimedia exhibit that offers insight on local history and culture. For a bit of luxury, savour exclusive delicacies amid breathtaking scenery of the city’s skyline at Cafe 100. 4
Get a feel of Hong Kong’s local flavour on a backstreets adventure beyond the tourist trail. Start your journey with a trip on the city’s commuter classic, the Star Ferry, across Victoria Harbour. Then, hop onto the famous double-decker trams to meet a Dai Siu Yan practitioner for a session of ‘villain hitting’, a unique local custom described as voodoo black magic. But be careful, it’s believed to curse your enemies as well as welcome good fortune! Afterwards, enjoy a stroll at Shau Kei Wan, a historic fishing village in the north-eastern corner of the island that retains a timeless aura. Then, walk to Main Street East, a once-infamous hangout for pirates that’s now filled with chic bars and trendy restaurants. After a quick stop at the Shing Wong Temple, dedicated to the guardian god of the city and built in 1877, pay a visit to a local family at nearby Ming Wah Dai, the oldest existing public housing estate in the city. Square up for a game of Hong Kong mahjong and a friendly chat before wrapping up an exciting tour.
5. Giant Buddha on Lantau Island
The journey takes visitors to Hong Kong’s longest beach Cheung Sha, the unique Tai O fishing village with houses on stilts and the winding mountain road to Ngong Ping Plateau, where the majestic Tian Tan Buddha sits near the Po Lin Monastery. Popularly known as the Big Buddha or Giant Buddha, the statue reaches over 34 metres high, making it the world’s largest seated, outdoor bronze Buddha. A cable car from Tung Chung treats visitors with spectacular views of Lantau Island, Ngong Ping Plateau and the South China Sea.
6. Food Trails
Meander through the Central and Sheung Wan neighborhoods of Hong Kong’s business district on a fantastic food-tasting adventure! This four-hour culinary walking tour takes you off the beaten path to six hidden gems, where you’ll savour delicious dim sum, noodle dishes, drinks and dessert. As you explore back alleys and stroll through an open market, admire the colonial architecture and learn more about Hong Kong’s history.
7. Night Cruise
Join the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong with a stroll along the exciting Temple Street Night Market in Kowloon before enjoying sweeping city views over a lovely meal at Hong Kong’s Victoria Peak. Complete your evening with a 55-minute Victoria Harbour cruise aboard a traditional Chinese style tour boat complemented with free-flowing drinks as you witness the mesmerising reflections of Hong Kong’s gorgeous neon lights mirrored on water.
8. Ocean Park
See marine animals such as sea lions, dolphins, penguins and walruses; admire cute giant pandas, sea otters, Chinese alligators, birds of prey and other land critters; hop on amusement park rides like the Hair Raiser roller coaster and the Abyss Turbo Drop, which plunges towards the ground from the height of a 20-storey building and get Instagram-worthy photos overlooking the South China Sea from a cable car or giant outdoor escalator. Ocean Park is a destination not to be missed!
9. Kayaking at Hong Kong Geopark
Tucked away in Sai Kung Country Park, embark on an adventure in search of uninhabited islands, caves and untouched beaches. The area is a sanctuary for marine life and is among the most pristine nature spots in Hong Kong. The wonderful journey to get there is worth the effort, and once you dip your paddle into the clear waters, Hong Kong takes on an entirely new aura. With abundant sea life, scattered coral beds and beaches, kayaking at the Hong Kong Geopark is a full-day of adventures.
10. Search for Pink Dolphins
The Pearl River Delta between Hong Kong and Macau is home to about 1,000 Indo-pacific Humpback dolphins, sousa chinensis. For reasons unknown, the population of this species along the Chinese coast is among the world’s pinkest dolphins – even more striking than the Boto dolphins in South America’s Amazon River. This is the perfect time to unleash the ‘National Geographic explorer’ in you.
GETTING THERE: AirAsia flies to Hong Kong from various destinations. For your chance to book the trip of a lifetime, visit airasia.com