A bustling and thriving financial centre, Hong Kong serves as the financial and international gateway for many Asian countries, especially China.
Aside from its professional reputation, Hong Kong is also an exciting country to visit. It’s a wonderful blend of old-world traditional charm, mixed in with an ultra-modern and luxurious lifestyle. It’s also super convenient with an amazing line of public transportation and extremely familiar since a the large number of Western expats live in the country too.
Lucky to have family living in Hong Kong, I was taken on a memorable tour of this little country. There are so many things to see and do, there’s no way I can name them all. Instead, here are my top three must-sees.
Hands down my favourite part of Hong Kong is the skyline! On a clear night the entire city sparkles, and you can feel the energy go all the way to your bones! There are so many good spots to see the skyline, such as Victoria peak or Tsim Sha Tsui harbour. But my two go spots are at Pacific Club and The Ritz-Carlton Café 103.
I know, I know, both of these are extremely posh and pricey selections. To add to the sting, Pacific Club is members-only, but in a country where every square inch is occupied by someone, having some personal space to enjoy it is well worth it (to me at least!).
Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery
A bit of a trek to get to from Central Hong Kong, Tian Tan Buddha is a busy, but comforting attraction to visit. It is pretty chaotic and touristic at the top, with restaurants and souvenir shops everywhere. However, climbing the steps up to the Buddha is refreshing and humbling.
You haven’t experienced Hong Kong until you’ve hopped over to the Kowloon side to see Mong Kok with your own eyes. If the city could get even more crowded, it’s in Mong Kok, a popular shopping area. While Hong Kong has no shortage of shopping areas, Mong Kok is special in that items are sold in designated streets.
Need a new pair of sneakers? Head to Fa Yuen Street. Something for the ladies? There’s Tung Choi Street, also known as the famous Ladies’ Market. They have streets dedicated to birds, turtles, goldfish, electronics and hobby collectibles, just to name a few. Whatever you’re looking for, chances are you’ll find it here.