The proliferation of cheap flights to Hong Kong has made it more accessible than ever and more and more people are choosing to visit either as a destination in its own right or as a stop-over to more distant lands. There is plenty to see and do in Hong Kong on all budgets, but for first time visitors, our top five destinations are as follows.
- Take the tram to Victoria Peak (know to the locals as simply “the Peak”) for some stunning sights and a panoramic view over Victoria Harbour of the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island. Head there at night to make the most of the views and try to pick a day with clear skies to make the most of it.
- Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront is a pedestrianised waterfront affording truly spectacular views of the Hong Kong skyline as well as interesting sights, sounds and smells. Go either during the day or at night for an unforgettable experience. Look out for the Symphony of Lights Laser Show for a spectacular display. You’ll also find the Avenue of Stars where you can be photographed with Bruce Lee or see Jacky Chan’s hand prints – should you want to!
- Enjoy mixing with both locals and tourists at Ladies Market where you’ll find a range of fashion goods at low prices as well as a vibrant atmosphere. Jeans, watches, ties and lots more can be found as well as plenty of bargain street food outlets to enjoy. Open till late at night, you might end up visiting more than once and with an entirely refreshed wardrobe.
- Fancy a dip in the sea? Head over to the curiously named Repulse Bay (named from the 19th century when the British army repulsed attacking pirates) where there is a gentle slope into the sea and plenty of space to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. It can get busy in summer though. Fine dining can be found in the area, or for those who prefer a little DIY, barbecue racks on the beach provide the perfect setting for al fresco food.
- Travellers looking for bargain electrical goods should make their way to Mongkok where there’s a multitude of outlets selling branded electricals at great prices. This is the Hong Kong you’ll recognise from postcards with neon lights, crowded streets, and a frenetic pace of life. Watch our for scammers though and make sure what you’re buying really is a good deal.
There’s plenty more to see and do in Hong Kong and the sights above are just a starting point for those visiting Hong Kong for the first time. Part of the pleasure of this exciting city is to just spend a little time “following your nose” to explore the ever changing environment and discover your own favourites. And, if you don’t have time to see everything you’d like on your first visit, there’s always the option of taking another cheap flight to Hong Kong to catch-up on the bits you’ve missed.