Hong kong

Peak Tram, HONG KONG

The Peak Tram is good fun for young and old. It’s a classic tourist venture in Hong Kong and for good reason. The Tram takes you all the way to Victoria Peak, where you can access the Peak Walk (40min round circuit with views of Victoria Harbour) Madame Tussauds, viewing platforms of the city and other retail.

The tram is popular, so expect queues. One thing they don’t advertise is that you can use your octopus card to purchase a tram ticket (the octopus card is a regular transport tap on/off card). If you don’t have one of those, they sell tickets on site.

Kids love it, and adults do too. A fun day out for everyone!

Disclaimer: This review was also posted by me on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

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Lantau Island, HONG KONG

I didn’t do as much of Lantau Island as I could have, but I left feeling as if I had seen what I needed to see. This island left me with mixed feelings; I was overwhelmed by the attraction of it as a tourist trap. I was curious about the opportunity to visit a local village, but wary that it may be tainted by manufactured superficiality. I was gobsmacked by the amount of retail stores that boasts teachings of piety and self-reflections from Buddha, on commercial wares flogged at obscene prices. I was floored by the irony. And the Starbucks and the wifi. I hope that the Shaolin Monastery practiced Buddha’s ways of freedom from material possessions, but I was uninspired by the copious trinkets and wares for sale. And the fact that the 30m bronze Big Buddha was only erected for the masses in recent decades.

I’m still reeling from the contradiction of it all.

Disclaimer: This review was also posted by me on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

Mongkok, HONG KONG

Mongkok is vibrant energy! It’s the Hong Kong that I pictured in my head, it’s the sounds of life and the smells of old. Martial Arts movie stars could swing through shop windows at any moment. A little girl darts across the street. Sugar cane is pressed. Roast ducks hang in the windows.

Situated in Kowloon Bay, Mongkok is opposite Hong Kong Island and can be accessed by ferry or subway. It’s less western than Hong Kong Island and maintains a strong Asian flavour.

In Mongkok you’ll find cheap Hong Kong street food, sneaker street, goldfish street and the Ladies Markets. The streets are a labyrinth that snake above and below ground. The area has an erratic pulse that moves through the laneway shadows and the thundering trucks.

Go in the late afternoon. Grab a bargain. See the lights buzz and flicker on. A neon wonderland.

Disclaimer: This review was also posted by me on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

Ladies Market, Hong Kong

The Ladies Market in Hong Kong is a great experience. Easy to navigate to, we were able to visit the Ladies Market in the same day we went to Sneaker Street and Goldfish Street. The market is knick-knacks galore, it’s hustle and bustle, it’s loud and colourful. Everything is cheap and ready to be haggled down. It’s perfect for last minute souvenirs. it’s not somewhere to go if you want unique, authentic goods. It’s a bargain paradise for cheap knock-offs.

Underwhelming and cheap, but good fun.

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

Maxim’s Palace Chinese Restaurant, Hong Kong

For the ultimate traditional Dim Sum experience in Hong Kong, you must go to Maxim’s. This restaurant is like a banquet hall, it could easily hold over 600 people with stunning views of Hong Kong. The ladies push silver carts, weaving in and around the tables of laughter. They offer you chicken feet and egg tarts and xiao long bao and all the good things I can’t pronounce. The food is so delicious and tastes authentic, rather than the gimmicky tourist traps you stumble across  elsewhere. It’s hard to find, but you’ll know you’re in the right place from the queues out the door. Leave yourself plenty of time if you can. And don’t fret, the menu is offered in Chinese and English,  otherwise just point and nod and you’ll have a delicious time anyway. A little pricey, but totally worth it.


.Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.


The Coffee Academics, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

The Coffee Academics in Wan Chai, Hong Kong is an excellent brunch spot. The cafe is super trendy, a safe haven for individuals seeking solace in their laptop and wifi. They specialist in a million different coffee brewing methods. Their gourmet coffees are inspired by places around the world and, much to my delight, they actually remind me of those places, like Okinawa with sugar, New Zealand with manuka honey, and Java with pandan and coconut. 

Their brunch menu is to die for. Butterscotch pancakes with espresso butter, or croque madam with aged iberico ham. Delicious. While it’s a little pricey, it’s worth it. I only regret not trying everything off the menu. If I lived in Hong Kong, I’d make this my regular haunt.

**Hit the link for delicious pancakes !


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Star Ferry, Hong Kong

The Star Ferry is a great, economical and efficient way to see Hong Kong from Victoria Harbour. You can get great views of the skyline without having to cough up for a river cruise, plus you can take an iconic mode of transport across to somewhere like Tsim Tsa Shui  (if like us you’re staying on the island). You can always get the subway back. Consider making a trip out of it across to Mongkok and Kowloon Bay.

.Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.