Hong Kong travel guide
A first impression of Hong Kong are often the crowded houses, pastel colored facades, filled streets, giant Buddha, central mid-levels escalators and an impressive skyline from the Victoria mountain. Despite the riots, it’s and remains a city that you must have seen in your life.
How to travel to Hong Kong
Hong Kong International Airport is the main airport of Hong Kong.
Upon arrival, it’s best to purchase an Octopus card. You can reload the octopus card and use it for everything: not only for public transport, but also to pay in a store, restaurants, vending machines…
Please note that taxis don’t accept this card! When you leave the city you can return the octopus card and you will receive the purchase amount back. From the airport, trains depart at 10 minute intervals to Kowloon or Hong Kong Island.
Price for adult is HK $110 for child HK $55. ( Octopus Card )
Where to stay in Hong Kong
I stayed on the Kowloon island. I definitely recommend this, you don’t see too many tourists and you are immersed in the bustling life of the locals.
The nicest neighborhoods on Kowloon Island
Yau Ma Tei – Kowloon
Yau Ma Tei and Mongkok have traditionally been working-class neighborhoods.
The highlight of the Yau Ma Tei district is the Temple Street Night Market. It is the ideal place to buy souvenirs, although almost everything is of dubious quality.
Tsim Sha Tsui – Kowloon
Is famous for its iconic view of the city’s harbour.
The nicest neighborhoods on Hong Kong Island
Admiralty and Central District
The districts central and admiralty are the two business districts. you will mainly find skyscrapers here. You will also find a large park in this district. Because this neighborhood is known by tourists for the departure by tram to the Victoria Peak, it is quite busy.
Zoological Botanical Garden
The small zoo has a collection of monkeys, orang-utan reptiles, birds and a botanical garden.
Soho has mainly small narrow streets of a mixing culture, here you will find many art, antiques and souvenir shops.
Old Town Central
Nightlife is always going on in bustling Wan Chai. You will never be bored here with the vintage shops and trendy restaurants. This is one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Hong Kong, with a large selection of great coffee bars, hotspots and vintage boutiques.
Wan Chai market
Sheung Wang & Soho
The Sheung Wan district is known for its dried fish and small antique shops.
Hong Kong’s largest Taoist Temple is also located in this neighborhood. The Man Mo Temple, characterized by its incense roles. What a peaceful atmosphere here! In a Taoist temple, people can make sacrifices to many kinds of gods themselves. They offer incense sticks, fruit, meat, wine, etc. You also see a small “sacrificial place” on almost every house facade.
Kennedy Town & Sai Ying Pun
Explore Yick Cheong Building, also known as the Monster House.
It is not only a human touch, but also a one of the most Instagrammed spots in Hong Kong.
Must – vist
Jockey Club Innovation Tower
Jockey Club Innovation Tower is a part of the Hong Kong University designed by one of my favorite architects Zaha Hadid. The school building is used by students of graphic design, interior design, architecture, product design and count fewer than 15 floors. In terms of interior: very characteristic details of Zaha Hadid is that it allows walls to tilt and deepen into one another, using glass and concrete.
The Chi Lin Nunnery
The Chi Lin Nunnery is a Buddhist temple. It is a large temple complex made of wood. Next to the complex is the Nan Lin Garden. This garden is a kind of oasis in the midst of the countless high-rise apartments of Diamond Hills.
Choi Hung Estate
Choi Hung Estate is an attraction for Instagrammers. But what many don’t know is that it’s one of the oldest public residential areas in Hong Kong.
Tai Kwun Centre of Heritage and Arts
The former Central Police Station that was empty for 12 years, got finally a new destination. In May a museum and an art complex opened. You will find two new buildings dedicated to contemporary art and designed by Herzog & de Meuron. They are two volumes of aluminum (for structural support + sun / rain protection) that float above the surrounding granite walls. In this way old is connected with new. You can visit the old prison for free.
Police Married Quarters
The mission of PMQ is to stimulate local designers, where visitors can become acquainted with a creative lifestyle. The place is also open for exhibitions and events.
The Oldest café in Hong Kong, with his tiled floors, vinyl seating and large second floor windows overlooking to the historic Public Square Street. Enjoy a great cup of coffee!
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The Peak and the Tian Tan Boeddha