Why do you want to go to Hong Kong? There could be several reasons: to shop, to food trip, to go on a family vacation, to chill and relax, to enjoy the nightlife, and of course, to visit the happiest place on earth— Disneyland. Disneyland is probably the most popular place to visit in HK especially for people who are young at heart.
But what if, you feel like skipping Disneyland? Where can you go? Don’t worry Loves, HK has a lot more to offer than its theme parks.
Here are five things you can do instead:
Go to Lantau Island
Lantau island is the largest of HK’s islands and is the home of several tourist attractions such as the Hong Kong Disneyland itself. If you want to appreciate nature and HK’s culture, you may opt to try the Ngong Ping 360 (the longest cable car I tried so far), see the Tian Tan Buddha, and check the Wisdom Path. To go to Lantau Island, you can ride the MTR going to Tung Chung Station.
Visit Hong Kong Island and climb the Victoria’s Peak
Well, there are actually more things to do in HK Island. You can shop, take IG-worthy pictures at several wall arts, coffee hunt, and of course, climb the famous Victoria’s Peak. Well, not literally climb but you know what I mean (haha). The Victoria’s Peak is so popular for its panoramic city views and the quickest way to go to the Peak is riding The Peak Tram (we booked it via Klook). Tip: Go to the Peak during the afternoon so you can take both day and night pictures of the city. I also recommend that you go to Peak Tram an hour earlier to avoid all the hassle since the line can be too long.
Take pics at the instagrammable Choi Hung Estate
Choi Hung Estate is one of the oldest public housing estates in HK but became popular among bloggers and photographers for its rainbow-colored homes. In fact, according to several articles, the government decided to paint the estate that way to lift the spirits of its residents. Well, I can say that it will surely lift the spirits of visitors too! The color palette in Choi Hung is very instagrammable so it’s really worth a visit for people who take their IG seriously. It’s super easy to go to Choi Hung, you just have to take the MTR going to the Choi Hung station!
Night Stroll around Tsim Sha Tsui/Kowloon
It was really cold when we went to HK so it was really good to walk around Tsim Sha Tsui/ Kowloon at night. At 9PM onwards, there are still many shops that are open so you could literally walk and try to eat or visit the shops that you’ll see. In fact, we did it every night until 11PM (haha). We visited the Sino Centre to buy authentic One Piece figures. We checked Sasa and Bonjour branches to buy cheap but authentic perfumes and beauty products. We tried the street foods including the Michelin star Lee Keung Kee North Point Egg Waffles. I don’t know, we just felt safe strolling around the area at night!
HK offers a wide selection of good cafes just waiting to be discovered! I blogged about some of the coolest coffee shops in HK, please take time to check them here.
As promised, here’s our itinerary (with estimated time):
- 08:00 PM: arrival at Kowloon from Macau
- 08:30 PM: check in at Pearl Premium Guest House
- 09:00 PM: eat at random restaurant
- 10:00 PM: coffee at N1 Coffee & Co
- 10:30 PM: night stroll/ go to Sino Centre to check authentic One Piece figures
- 12:00 AM: go back to hotel to rest
- 06:00 AM: eat at random restaurant
- 07:00 AM: coffee at % Arabica Hong Kong
- 08:00 AM: travel to Lantau Island
- 09:00 AM: ride Ngong Ping 360
- 10:00 AM: visit the Tian Tan Buddha, Wisdom Path, & Ngong Ping Piazza
- 03:00 PM: travel back to Tsim Sha Tsui
- 04:00 PM: check The Coffee Academics (we didn’t try tho cos there were no chairs)
- 04:15 PM: coffee at 18 Grams Specialty Coffee
- 06:00 PM: dinner at Dim Sum Icon
- 07:00 PM: night stroll/ go back to Sino Centre
- 09:00 PM: coffee at Espresso Alchemy
- 10:00 PM: check Sasa/Bonjour branches around Tsim Sha Tsui
- 11:00 PM: go back to hotel to rest
- 07:00 AM: travel to Hong Kong Island
- 08:00 AM: coffee at The Cupping Room
- 09:00 AM: eat at Michelin star restaurant infront of The Cupping Room (forgot the name)
- 10:00 AM: stroll around the area
- 01:00 PM: lunch at McDonald’s
- 02:00 PM: stroll again
- 03:00 PM: coffee at NOC Coffee Co.
- 04:00 PM: travel to The Peak Tram
- 05:00 PM: arrival at Victoria’s Peak
- 07:00 PM: travel back to Tsim Sha Tsui
- 08:00 PM: eat at random restaurant
- 09:00 PM: night stroll
- 11:00 PM: go back to hotel to rest
- 08:00 AM: travel to Choi Hung Estate
- 09:00 AM: arrival at Choi Hung Estate
- 11:00 AM: eat at McDonald’s
- 12:00 PM: travel to Kowloon
- 01:00 PM: coffee at Knockbox Coffee Company
- 02:00 PM: stroll around Kowloon/ eat at random restaurants
- 06:00 PM: stroll around Avenue of Stars and Garden of Stars
- 08:00 PM: eat dinner at KFC
- 09:00 PM: stroll around the area
- 10:00 PM: go back to hotel to rest
- 06:00 AM: early check-out & travel to HK airport
- 10:40 AM: flight back to Manila
That’s it Loves, hope you find time to check this blog if you’ll be traveling to HK the soonest! Don’t forget to follow @loveexplores on FB and IG!