This is of the most famous places in Hong Kong, and rightly so. Going up to this lookout is like being at the top of the world. The view of Hong Kong's skyscrapers is unbeatable...you can really spend hours there. I went up at night and it was amazing, but it's nice during the day too. There are lots of places near the lookout to get a drink too, and maybe even have dinner with a view afterwards. When you're finished, you can also go down on foot and enjoy the views every step of the way.
and the cable car from Repulse Bay. Definitely worth the trek. We stood in line for quite a while. We took a crystal cable car in Lantau Island up to visit Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery. You'd think only local businesses would be there to keep the quaint village running, but much to my amazement, there was a Starbucks, a 7/11 and a Subway.
I guess all of Hong Kong is exposed to consumerism. It almost feels like many Buddhists make a pilgrimage here. Being surrounded by such vibes, zen people of many different nationalities and hearing monks peacefully chant all while inhaling the peaceful scent of incense was a sensational experience.
My two favorite Skylines in Asia are those of Shanghai and Hong Kong, and this latest addition is so attractive from the continental side and from the island of Hong Kong, which was the birthplace of this colonial city that was British until 1999. At night is particularly attractive, with a show that includes lasers and lit up buildings. There are not many, but this was one of the free things to do in the city.
Right next to the Giant Buddha is this monastery which is a very nice place for visitors to see. The truth is that even though the trip from Hong Kong is long, it is definitely worth it. It is a Buddhist monastery that is quite ornate and well kept. Stop by.
The most characteristic image of Hong Kong and a must-see for all ve have visited HK. At day or night you will find a large number of people walking, tourists and street performers, for example, and you will see how this attraction comes alive. The light show was a little disappointing but it is an amazing place to walk and relax.
One of the most popular parks in the city is this one. Centrally located in the middle of mountainside and offers an exceptional place to relax and enjoy the good viewpoints. With a lake and with small waterfalls, it is the place for locals to have their wedding pictures taken, so do not be surprised if you find a pair of lovers in wedding attire and such. A place to go and see, without a doubt.
The gods Man (literature) and Mo (of war) are the masters of this humble but iconic Hong Kong temple. The interior of the temple is divided into three rooms with red and blue roofs and filled with hanging incense coils that are burning at all times. The atmosphere is a bit stuffy and the smell of incense permeates everything (even your clothes will smell like incense after). It is located west of Central and can be reached from the Metro stop Sheung Wan, after a short walk through a very lively and always busy neighborhood. It is also a good option to visit as well as the famous escalators.
Central is the financial district of Hong Kong, home of skyscrapers and big business, stores and malls, people and crowds. It's an amazing place where the immensity of the buildings and sheer quantity of people never ceases to fascinate me. An absolute must-see and ground zero for exploring the sights of Hong Kong.
Right next to the MTR stop of Wong Tai Sin, at exit B2, this is a fabulous temple full of colours and incense. This Taoist temple has a very traditional style, decorated with large red pillars, yellow and blue roofs, and walls with carvings of dragons. For the more daring the temple has its own corner of soothsayers, where for a few dollars you can learn something of your future.
In the area of Kowloon, close to Nathan Road, you will find the Market of Hong Kong. It´s like one of the markets in Spain but with a lot of bartering. The prices are not like in the rest of China, but rather are more expensive and also they have imitation purses and watches.
The monument to Bruce Lee is, without a doubt, the most famous point on the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui. The sculpture is made of bronze, and was inaugurated in November, 2005. Made by renowned Chinese sculptor Cao Chongen, it shows Bruce Lee in the stature of a warrior, with an incredibly expressive face that really brings the statue to life. It stands 2.5m high, and weighs around 600kg. In the background, on the other side of the harbour, you can see Victoria Harbour. You can't miss this if you're visiting Hong Kong.
The Airport Express is a high-speed train that connects Hong Kong Airport with some key points around the city, like Kowloon and Central. The line runs from the Asia World Expo station to Hong Kong Island, of course through the airport. It is a quick and economic option, because it just takes 25 minutes from end to end of the line.
A very modern airport and it well organized. The truth is that in my case, the bags came through quickly, although it is true that they end up quite a far ways away from the terminal and you need to take the underground to arrive . It is very well connected to Hong Kong by a very fast train, not overly expensive.
SOGO is a Japanese chain store with branches in several Asian countries. It works as a franchise system but maintains the structure of the Japanese business. In a place like Hong Kong, you cannot miss it, actually it has two branches. This corner belongs to the branch that is in Tsim Sha Tsui, Salisbury Road, right at the end of Nathan Road, opposite to the underpass near the Museum of Art. The strange thing about this mall is that it is mostly underground. We entered at street level and the went down three levels to the store. You can see in this video.
The Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens are located among the skyscrapers of Hong Kong's Central District and the contrast of ultra modern city with wild animals and nature needs to be seen to be believed. It's full of hills, though, so make sure to bring comfortable shoes!
If there is something characteristic to Hong Kong, aside from counterfeiting and skyscrapers, it'd be trams. Modern and classic, plain or covered in billboards, narrow or two-story. It is a cheap mode of transport to different areas and a comfortable way to explore the city. Above all, though, it's cheap.
The Hong Kong Soho is where most Westerners go in the city. Located on the hill of Hong Kong, halfway between Central and The Peak, the best and original way to get there is through a spectacular system of escalators that connect everything in an almost miraculous fashion. It is also the perfect place to go for a drink or dinner. However, be warned, it is not cheap. However, it is worth it.