5 Not-to-miss Hong Kong Experiences, (From An Expat Who Lives There)

Put away the guidebooks, folks. I’m here to tell you about some really great things that I do here in Hong Kong. These are my top 5 HK experiences, the places I take my guests to! Some you’ll be familiar with, others maybe not. Join me, in my Hong Kong!

#1) Don’t Miss Riding (& getting off!) the Tram.

Hong Kong Tramways, the more than a century-old rail car service that crosses the expanse of Hong Kong Island, is much more than a tourist must-do. With more than 160 of the antique double-decker cars still operating, (and 120 stations), it’s also a convenient and inexpensive transit option for locals.

But, don’t just ride the tram! The key to having the best experience is to hop off at some of the awesome districts along the way. Wanchai is great for markets and outlet shopping. Sheung Wan and Kennedy Town showcase restaurants and cafes representing cuisine from around the world. Causeway Bay is renowned for it’s high-end stores and gourmet food, as well as scenic Victoria Park. Happy Valley’s boutiques and of course horse racing, North Point’s discount street market…there’s just so much to see and do all along the Tram routes. (https://www.hktramways.com/)

#2) Don’t Miss the Outlying Islands.

Most people are unaware that Hong Kong has over 250 islands within it’s borders. Unfortunately, most are small, uninhabited, and reachable only by private boat. You can, however, easily get away from the city to tour the larger islands of Lantau, Lamma, Cheng Chau and Peng Chau. Head to the Central Piers, located on the Hong Kong side, along the harbourfront near the Star Ferry Piers.

Hop on any of the walk-on boats, and you’ll be whisked away from the bustle and crowds to peaceful pathways, and some great local seafood to boot. I’ve blogged previously about my personal favourite, Peng Chau: https://momoffgrid.com/2018/01/05/exploring-hong-kong-beyond-the-usual

You’ll also find out more about the islands here: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/see-do/great-outdoors/outlying-islands/index.jsp

#3) Don’t Miss Exploring Wanchai.

If you’re paying attention here, you’re already on board the Tram, so you know to jump off at Wanchai. So much to see here, from the many clothing outlets to the market, with stalls selling everything from plants to pajamas, t-shirts to toys. The adjacent Wanchai Wet Market is one of the few still fully functional markets of it’s kind in the city, you can read more about that here:

https://momoffgrid.com/2018/02/04/wanchai-wet-market-a-sample-of-old-hong-kong/

#4) Don’t Miss Taking A Junk Cruise.

Getting out in a boat on Victoria Harbour is really the absolute best way to see and appreciate Hong Kong. Local expats enjoy “Junk Boat Season”, (which generally runs May through October), chartering a boat for an afternoon of cruising the local islands, maybe a barbeque, some swimming, and of course lots of boozing. Heaps of fun.

As a tourist, you can get in on some of this fun by booking a ride on Aqua Luna, (https://aqualuna.com.hk/experience), the red-sailed junk you’ve seen in many pictures of Hong Kong’s harbour. Try to book your boarding time around sunset, to fully enjoy twilight on the water, as well as the magnificant light up of the city’s skyscrapers at dusk. Stunning!

#5) Don’t Miss O-Zone Bar at ICC.

Located on the 119th floor of Kowloon’s International Commerce Centre, (ICC), Ritz Carlton’s O-Zone Bar is the perfect spot to grab a cocktail, rest your tired legs, and oh yeah….get a load of that view!

The “highest bar in the world” offers the most phenomenal outlook on to Victoria Harbour and the Central Business District. Look up, and your likely to be able to read the serial number on the belly of a passing jet. The drinks are spendy, and the dress code calls for no shorts or open-toed footwear, but hey, that’s more than forgivable when you’re outside atop one of the world’s tallest buildings. Cheers!

Read more about The Ritz Carlton O-Zone Bar here:

http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/china/hong-kong/dining/ozone

Just a few insider tips for your days in fabulous Hong Kong. Have a great trip!

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