Hong Kong is a myriad of people, culture, cuisine and architecture and there is an enormous number of attractions and activities within the bustling islands of Kowloon, the New Territories and Hong Kong Island. It can seem completely overwhelming when planning an itinerary to this incredible country with everything from fake goods markets to dizzying cable cars, horse racing to giant Buddhas. Whilst we by no means visited every attraction in Hong Kong, here are a few recommendations of the activities we did enjoy whilst visiting.
Although a collection of islands, Hong Kong is effortless to navigate with every mode of transport from trams and taxis to ferries and helicopters. Not only is it straightforward, but the public transport is also extremely cheap, making it is simpler than ever to explore all of the incredible districts in Hong Kong. Read our guide to mastering the marvelous MTR, and triumphing the troublesome taxis.
When it comes to food in Hong Kong, you are by no means limited by cuisine types. Being an odd mix of so many different nationalities, there are restaurants from every country across the globe, including absolutely no shortage of traditional Cantonese food. I'll admit that Cantonese was not a high proportion of my diet whilst visiting, but we did try alot of different restaurants, cafes, bars and ice-cream shops, so read our guide on some hot spots to try out whilst in Hong Kong.
Dubbed the Las Vegas of Asia, Macau is a only one hour ferry from Hong Kong and shares its complicated relationship with China. A city lined with extravagant hotels, towering hundreds of floors above the Cotai Strip these establishments have everything your heart could desire, from enormous casinos, shopping centres, pools, bars and restaurants to name the least. These hotels are relatively inexpensive given their luxury and with such close proximity to Hong Kong, this is a perfect getaway for anyone who wants to pretend they have millions to blow in casinos or just sleep in a bed big enough for ten.
A destination long on my bucket list, Hong Kong is an incredible country (technically a SAR), which is evidently still hugely influenced by British culture. A colony only up until 1997, Hong Kong is a strange combination of extremes; overwhelming Asian foods, smells, and people who don’t speak a world of English, but also hundreds of western restaurants, expats and extortionately priced Mark's and Spencer's and Tesco. A collection of islands so radically different to China, Hong Kong is a maze of grungy skyscrapers embellished with aircon units, and leafy palms randomly sprouting in this densely populated destination.