Hong Kong strikes the balance between bustling commercial hub and quintessential South East Asian cultural experience. Here are a few must-see places
Victoria Peak, Hong Kong’s most famous lookout point, is a great spot to watch the sunset andthe perfect place to catch the Symphony of Lights. You can reach the Peak by tram along a 120-year-old railway, or hike up Old Peak Road – but this can be strenuous in Hong Kong’s sweltering heat.
Tim Ho Wan
If you’re in West Kowloon and don’t mind queuing, stop at Tim Ho Wan, the world’s cheapest three-Michelin Star restaurant, for dim sum or try Tin Lung Heen for Michelin Star Cantonese cuisine. West Kowloon is food heaven and you can also opt for one of the many other restaurants, food stalls and takeaways in the district.
Temple Street Night Market comes alive as soon as the sun goes down, with traders and entertainers. This street bazaar is named after the Tin Hau Temple at the heart of this bustling street, you can get your hands on anything from trinkets and teaware to cheap electronics and tantalising local cuisine.
Located in Tsim Sha Tsui of Victoria Park, Central is home to several international business hubs and consulates, and magnificent modern architecture. At least 40 of these iconic buildings are part of Hong Kong’s Symphony of Lights, a dazzling light show that takes place every night in Victoria Harbour. Grab a sundowner and stick around until after sunset to enjoy this stunning display.
The Big Buddha
The 34m Tian Tan Buddha statue next to the Po Lin Monastery in Lantau Island faces North over mainland China, with one hand raised to deliver blessings across the region. You can climb the 268 steps to take a closer look at the remarkable Chinese landmark, or take the Ngong Ping cable car up the side. There is also a popular vegetarian restaurant here.
Che Kung Temple
When you need to slow down and appreciate your surroundings, the Che Kung Temple in Sha Tin is the perfect place to do this. Take a stroll through this centuries-old spiritual structure and admire the colourfully-decorated walls and large statue of Che Kung, a general during the Southern Song Dynasty and considered a god of protection among worshippers.
For a Disneyland experience on-the-go, swing by the popular Enchanted Garden restaurant for a meal and the chance to meet your children’s favourite Disney characters. Be sure to book as Enchanted gets busy. Enjoy the international buffet served in a Victorian-style ambience, while Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck keep the kids occupied.