Hong Kong is one of the most memorable cities I’ve visited in Asia and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a visit if you get the chance. It’s certainly one of the most popular cities to visit in this part of the world, and I would go as far as to say it’s my favourite over say Singapore or Bangkok. Why you may ask? Because I love the vibe there. It’s kind of like the New York City of Asia (or maybe San Francisco because of those hills), with lots going on, great shopping and some awesome bars thrown into the mix too.
1. The views are incredible
Hong Kong has many incredible views and one of the most beautiful skylines in the world. Taking the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour is always a lovely experience, and gives you a great view of the bright lights of the city. If you can, make sure you see the Symphony of Lights show, which is a nightly nightly multimedia show involving more than 40 buildings on both sides of the harbour. Involving coloured lights, laser beams and searchlights set to synchronised music, the light show is truly unforgettable. For an even more romantic evening theis really special – you’ll set sail on a red-sail Chinese junk boat, enjoying drinks on the deck while soaking up the views.
2. The food is awesome
Theis really, really tasty. I love the dim sum, especially for breakfast! You can’t leave without trying one of the delicious pork buns, which are meant to be slightly crispy on the outside but nice and fluffy on the inside. You could easily spend your entire time just exploring the food markets and tasting food from the local vendors. Hong Kong has some really swanky restaurants, but the best food (in my opinion) is in the cheaper restaurants with no-frills seating. If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to food here, I’d really recommend doing a food tour with Hong Kong Foodie Tours. You’ll get to try some of the local delicacies, such as dumpling soup, BBQ pork, sugarcane juice, dried fruits and custard tarts.
3. There’s great nightlife…
Hong Kong has a really cool, hipster vibe. If you go out in the evening there are all sorts of cool and trendy bars filled with locals and expats, and if you walk through the city you’ll see lots of people just sitting on the staircases hanging out. Onwe drank cocktails in a rooftop bar called Fu Lu Shou, which is so secret you need a code to get inside the front door. I also really liked Salon Number 10, with its cruise liner-inspired decor, and Sevva – a popular rooftop bar occupying the 25th floor of the Prince’s Building.
4. …And that crazy weird escalator
Hong Kong has the longest outdoor covered elevator in the world so it’s one of those must-do activities while you’re there. The Central–Mid-Levels escalator and walkway system covers over 800 metres in distance and is a great vantage point for taking pictures of the streets below.
5. Cheap electronics for photographers!
First of all Hong Kong has no sales tax. Second of all it’s a photographer’s dream. If you’re looking to pick up a new Sony A7R or whatever brand you choose, Hong Kong has lots of electronics shops where you can pick up cheaper cameras than you can back home. If you’re planning a trip to HK, I’d recommend you wait until you get to Hong Kong to make your new photography purchase.
6. Awesome luxury hotels
Of course, if you’re going to Hong Kong there is no shortage of gorgeous luxury and boutique hotels at reasonable prices. I stayed in the Mandarin Oriental and I have to say, the service was impeccable. When it comes to hotels in Asia, I’ve used Agoda quite a lot as I find them to offer great prices on hotels. If you’re planning to book with them yourself, you can use thisto get some money off your next stay. CTrip is also a great site that lets you book flights, hotels and trains in China, plus it’s written in English so it’s easy to understand. Again,if you want to save some cash, you can find a to apply when you get to the checkout.
So those are 6 great reasons why I love Hong Kong. If you’ve visited HK I’d love to hear what you thought of it!
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