HK is a wildly popular holiday destination for many tourists from around the world, and for good reason. From thrilling roller coasters and day-long hikes to decadent culinary delights, the buzzing city has activities that cater to all ages. Here’s the low-down on food, attractions, and activities that promise you the experience of a lifetime if you’re planning to visit Hong Kong.
If you want breathtaking views of the city’s iconic skyline, Victoria’s Peak is undoubtedly the place to go and easily one of the top things to do in Hong Kong. Gaze across over Victoria port, Kowloon, and Hong Kong Island during the day, or admire the twinkling lights of the skyscrapers at night – the view is equally stunning at any time of day.
The most popular way to head up is via The Peak Tram, as it offers the most picturesque views. Once you arrive at the top, stop for a quick chow break (we vote for Wildfire’s crispy thin-crust pizzas) before taking a relaxing walk along one of the many nature trails.
Lantau Island is an oft-forgotten treasure among tourists. Take the Ngong Ping 360 for the most scenic entrance and check out the Po Lin Monastery, famous for its regal and intricate architecture. The focus in this monastery is definitely the majestic Tian Tan Buddha statue, which looks over the entire island. Climb the 268 steps for a closer look whilst enjoying spectacular views, perfect for selfies.
Next, take a trip to Tai-O village, a nostalgic throwback to Hong Kong’s fishing heritage. Snap some photos of the stilt houses and preserved fish hanging on bamboo poles, and buy some authentic shrimp paste and dried seafood from one of the many stalls dotting the village.
If you love nature, the Lantau Peak and Sunset Peak are some of Hong Kong’s best kept secrets. Get away from the city buzz by taking a hike up the mountains and catch the sunrise if you’re early enough. Prefer lazing on the beach? Cheung Sha Beach is your best bet for prime relaxation along the shore.
If you’re jonesing for an adrenaline rush head to Ocean Park to scream your heart out. You might even be able to enjoy the gorgeous views before your heart ends up in your mouth on the B&M Floorless. Catch your breath from the thrilling rides by visiting fuzzy animals such as koalas and giant pandas who have made Ocean Park their cozy home.
Seeing as Hong Kong is a foodie’s paradise, we would be remiss if we didn’t suggest some of Chope’s all-time favourite haunts:
Dim sum is the quintessential Hong Kong fare – don’t leave without sampling at least one mouthwatering bao or dumpling. Commanding unparalleled views of Hong Kong’s famous Victoria Harbour from its waterfront position, One Harbour’s your star choice for some longs of scrumptious dim sum. Head there after your visit to the Victoria Peak and tuck into yummy dishes like the Slow-Cooked Chicken in Aged “Fa-du” Rice Wine or their selection of mouth-watering dim sum.
Dishes We Love: Double-Boiled Hawaiian Papaya Soup, Slow-Cooked Chicken in Aged “Fa-Du” Rice Wine, Chilled Mango Pudding
If you’re looking for a more affordable option, Yum Cha is your go-to place for great dim sum and other savoury delights. Yum Cha uses only the freshest ingredients and adopts a strict no-MSG policy, perfect for a guilt-free in between meals snack. While the nibbles are the number one reason to dine there, Yum Cha’s stylish decor and tasteful presentation of its toothsome delights is a close second.
Dishes We Love: Chili Pork Dumplings, Crispy Pineapple Puff, Hot Custard Buns, Minced Duck Lettuce Wrap
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Wallet feeling a little light after countless hours of shopping but still craving some scrumptious fare? Try the expertly grilled meats and seafood for crazily affordable prices at The Grill Room. Chow down on their signature Caramelised Pork Ribs; these bad boys are slow-cooked, chargrilled and finally caramelised over searing hot flames with The Grill Room’s top-secret house basting sauce. Yep, that’s your tummy you hear rumbling.
Dishes We Love: Roasted Lamb Rack, Signature Pork Ribs, Slow Cooked Salmon, US Beef Short Rib
Isono Eatery & Bar
Serving up affordable and authentic Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, this classy establishment’s cross-cultural menu features gorgeous homemade pastas, ocean-fresh seafood dishes, and cured and roasted meats. Isono’s your top choice for hearty food that will satisfy cravings of every variety.
Dishes We Love: Truffle Mashed Potatoes, Salted Cod Croquettes, Beef Tartare w/ Organic Egg & Truffle Mayonnaise
*Closed as of January 2017
Street markets are an enduring icon of Hong Kong, making them an absolute must-see for visitors. Check out the intriguing Temple Street Night Market for finds such as antiques, electronics, and souvenir trinkets. The Ladies’ Market is another haunt that first-time tourists should not miss. Featuring a long stretch of stalls laden with souvenirs, bargain clothing, adult toys, and electronics, meandering from stall to stall will keep you occupied for hours. If you have the time, be sure to check out Stanley Market as well.
From designer outlets to chic boutiques selling pieces at Island Beverley by local designers, you’ll be spoilt for choice at this gargantuan shopping haven. Don’t forget to check out Eslite, the famed bookstore hailing from Taiwan for some riveting reads for the trip home.
It’s malls galore in Hong Kong, and here are some you shouldn’t miss. Langham Place at Mongkok has something for everyone and it’s a favourite hangout for locals, tourists and youngsters alike. Check out The One at Tsim Sha Tsui too, for an eclectic mix of large international brands alongside boutiques by local designers. Finally, for the ladies, head to New Town Mall @ Argyle Centre for your fix of crazily affordable clothing and shoes going for as low as 30HKD.