Hong Kong is a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China. Although Hong Kong is technically a part of China, it falls under the ‘one country; two systems’ philosophy. The laws, the regulations, and even the currency are different from the mainland.
Hong Kong, meaning Fragrant Harbour, got its name due to the incense being burned at temples and letting off a pleasant aroma. The city is one of the world’s most densely populated areas, which means when you find out that it’s also the world’s most vertical city it shouldn’t be a surprise. Approximately 8,000 skyscrapers dominate the city, helping to house the 7.4 million residents.
Although I did not have the chance to spend a lot of time in Hong Kong, I was able to see and experience some pretty neat things. Below you’ll find my recommendations listed alphabetically!
Aberdeen is the perfect spot to take in Hong Kong from the water. Hop into a boat, and go for a sampan ride to view the impressiveness of Hong Kong from the water. You also have the option to go eat the iconic Jumbo Floating Restaurant. The Jumbo Floating Restaurant is the world’s largest floating restaurant, boasting three stories.
Contrary to what the name suggests, Ladies’ Market is perfect for all ages and genders. This hustling and bustling market is located in Mong Kong, which means ‘busy corner’, and it definitely lives up to its name. Ladies’ Market is composed of 3 different streets that run parallel to each other – Sneaker Street, Ladies’ Market, and Electronics. Sneaker Street has the most variety and options than anywhere else in the world. How cool is that?!
If you want to try some amazing Peking duck, head over to Peking Garden restaurant. Not only do they have amazing duck, but they have other delicious food options as well. Noodles, dumplings, veggies, chicken, shrimp, and so much more. Honestly though, if you go here and only get one thing – get the Peking duck. It will be so worth it!
Symphony of Lights
The Symphony of Lights is Hong Kong’s way of showing the world its vibrancy. This show is the world’s largest permanent light and sound show, which commences daily each evening at 8:00PM. Forty-two buildings and two attractions are involved with presenting this iconic show. The show only lasts 10 minute due to light pollution restrictions, so make sure you arrive early to get a prime spot and catch the entire show.
The most expensive place to live in Hong Kong is Victoria Peak. The minimum asking price is at least 1 billion Hong Kong dollars, or at least that’s what I was told. Thankfully, we’re not looking to move in, just looking to explore. Victoria Peak is also the tallest mountain in the city, and the most popular tourist attraction in Hong Kong. Once you reach the top, it’s easy to see why! Gazing out at the magnificent city is incredible. Unfortunately, when we went it was a cloudy day, but the views were still impressive. I can only imagine what it would be like to be up there on a bright, clear, and sunny day! Try to get there early, for as the day goes on the lines to go up the tram get ridiculously long!
Hong Kong is such an interesting city. Although it is connected to China, it has its own vibe and spirit. I’d love to go back one day and spend more time exploring all the nooks and crannies! What about you? Have you been to Hong Kong before? What were your first impressions? If you haven’t been before, is it on your bucket list? Let me know your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you!