Hong kong

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.

 

 

 

 

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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.


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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.

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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.

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Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

The Peak is a must do in Hong Kong. If you just want to follow the crowds, then the funicular railway will take you right into the heart of a tourist shopping mall with Madame Tussauds and an ultra peak experience. (Beware of the toilets and try to go beforehand, they’re rather scary, scuzzy and all round pretty rough). Looked too tacky for me. 

If you want a unique and local experience, take the Peak walk. It’s about half an hour round trip walking through the forest up there with excellent panoramic views of Victoria Harbour. The track includes great little stops for fitness workouts and picnics too. We got caught in the rain and it started bucketing down, turns out we were in the middle of a rain cloud! Walking in the warm monsoonal rain may sound horrible, but it was truly liberating if not magical. What an experience you’ve just got to embrace- something I’ll never forget.



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Tian Tan (Big Buddha), Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Honestly, it’s majestic when it rises up out of the clouds and it’s stunning when it you stand in front of it and take in the sheer size of this Buddha. However, when put in perspective that it was only constructed in recent history, and placed in such a manufactured tourist town on top of Lantau Island, it’s really not worth the trip. We waited a full hour in queues for the cable car (which was a nice journey) only for the heavens to open up and bucket down as soon as we set foot on the island. I can’t give you a reason to go, as the negatives outweigh the positives of this trip. 


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Goldfish Street, HONG KONG

Goldfish Street in Hong Kong is one of the oddities that makes Mongkok a tourist destination. It gives the city a distinct flavour of traditional customs mixed with modern convenience. It’s not much, the traveler on foot could cover it in about ten minutes. Frogs, snapping turtles, giant tortoises, fish fish fish and more- the variety is great. 

 To the Western eye, the conditions that the animals are kept in are disheartening.  One must consider whether the value of seeing a tourist attraction is worth the heart break of witnessing their living conditions in person. However, it’s a quintessential element of Hong Kong- the frantic energy, the buying and selling, the small pets to a dorm tiny apartments. 
It’s on the way to Sneaker street and the Women’s  markets, so it’s easy to swing by.

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