When I went to visit the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong, it would have been easy for me to become overwhelmed. Luckily, some family friends lived locally and offered to guide me around the city. They planned a very special itinerary for me so I could see what Hong Kong had to offer.
One of the most popular things to do is to visit the bay. I got two great views. One was walking along the Kowloon Boardwalk and the Avenue of Stars. We strolled along one evening to watch the sunset. Just after dark, about 8 pm, there was a beautiful light show. Many of the tall buildings lit up different colors with lasers and even projected image displays. The 20-30 min show was timed to music, and lots of fun to watch.
But I also got to see the bay from above. After a trip up the Peak Tram I saw the spectacular views of all of Hong Kong, both main areas, the bay, and the surrounding islands. Framed by the lush greenery on Victoria Peak, it was a sight to see. We toured about half of the Circle Walk to take in the views. It was an easy trail, but the hot, humid weather tired us out quickly. But when we got too hot we could go into one of the hilltop shopping malls to cool down.
Hong Kong certainly has plenty of shopping. There are malls all over downtown to beckon shoppers in with all sorts of luxury brands. On the streets you can find markets selling just about every good imaginable. Clothes, souvenirs, and small electronics are abundant. But you usually have to haggle over the price. I used the rule a girl from my hostel told me: always start by halving the original offer. Then you have some room to work up.
We went to the Ladies Market and the Temple Street Night Market. They were both big and crowded with booths and shoppers. I got some great deals on things to bring home.
Another popular spot in Hong Kong is the beach. We took the bus around the windy roads to the Stanley Beach area. In addition to a crowded beach, there was also a boardwalk with beautiful water views and a small market. It was a nice area to get away for a bit from the hustle of the city.
Hong Kong itself has a long and interesting history. I spent one afternoon exploring the history museum and another at the maritime museum. Both had very detailed displays with lots of interactive areas. The history museum in particular was entirely built around the theme of each room, with the different time periods housed in full sized replicas of boats, houses, streets, and jungles. It added flair to the museum. I enjoyed both museums a lot.
But above all else, the most important thing to do in Hong Kong is to eat. Hong Kong is a foodie capital of the world, so to miss out on the deliciousness would be a shame. Just like everywhere else, the best meal is brunch. In Hong Kong that means dim sum. You get lots and lots of little dishes like dumplings and pork buns and even egg rolls. Everything we had was so tasty. Other meals followed a similar pattern of including many dishes to be shared by the table, and all of them tasting amazing. I didn’t eat a bad meal the entire time.
One morning for breakfast we stopped by the Honolulu Coffee House for their breakfast specials. I got eggs, bread, and a bowl of instant noodles with bacon. My eyes are now open to all new, noodle-based breakfast options.
After eating, shopping, and sweatily sightseeing my way through the lush metropolis of Hong Kong, I came home with the worldly insight to put bacon in my ramen. Just kidding, I actually learned so much, and cannot wait until the day I get to go back. There are so any things left to see and do in Hong Kong, but I had a wonderful time just scratching the surface.