Hong Kong part 2
Hong Kong, the place where my family comes from, a place where I hope to move to at some point. I was there last year where I compiled a list of things to do (check it out here), because there are SO MANY things to do and to eat that you can get lost in it. I went back this year during Chinese New Year. Totally different vibe, very busy, but I had an amazing time, also thanks to my family (received lots of red envelops :D). Most of the stores are closed for a few days. Companies are closed for a week and in China even 2 weeks. So if you don’t have family living there, I don’t necessary recommend you to go during CNY.
Furthermore, we made a day trip to Macau in China with the boat from Hong Kong, I will post my tips in a separate post about this.
Also, check out the first part of my Hong Kong tips (here), because Hong Kong is that awesome!
1. Tsz Shan MonasteryMost people know about the Tian Tan big Buddha in Hong Kong. There is actually one more private and different temple in Tai Po, Tsz Shan Monastery. I was so excited to go there as it has been on my bucket list for a while. It's free to visit this place, but make sure to book you tickets weeks in advance! The whole experience is worth it! It was extra special to have seen sir Li Ka-Shing (the owner, one of the richest persons on planet earth) there. Address: Ngong Ping Rd, Lantau Island Website: www.tszshan.org
2. Sheung ShuiMy family comes from area Sheung Shui, the Northern district of Hong Kong, in New Territories. Not many tourists come to this area, as it is a very local area surrounded by many little villages. It's a side you don't really expect when you think of Hong Kong, much more nature and agriculture. I went here to visit my family. It's really close to the Chinese border, you can actually see the buildings of China when you're on my grandmother's balcony.
3. Kowloon parkI am in Kowloon all the time when I am in Hong Kong, yet it was my first time to walk around in Kowloon park. It's a huge park in the middle of the city, surrounded by tall building. Also, you can spot turtles and flamingo's in the waters!
4. Quarry BayThis place has been so popular due to Instagram that it's forbidden to make pictures here nowadays. It's a shame. But a cool sight to see for sure!
5. HotelsSo many cool hotels you can find in Hong Kong. I stayed at 3 different hotels during my stay. All good for different reasons. Get 25€ discount on all your bookings on Booking.com via my article --> here.
6. L'attitudeSucker for yummy cute desserts like me? I tried the chocolate ice cream with a cotton candy panda bear. I did not per sé expect it, but the ice cream was really good! It was really tempting to order more cute desserts. Address: Shop A, G/F, 19, Cameron Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui Website: lattitude.com.hk
7. Café R&CThis is the address for the cutest (3D) latte art. Address: Causeway Bay, Haven St, 22-24
8. PAN de PainSoufflé pancakes & taro ginger latte. The pancakes are so fluffy here! It's a quite a popular place, so beware of the line. Address: 18 Hanoi Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
10. CommisarryWhen local people tell you where to eat the best red velvet cake in town, you go there! While we were there we couldn't resist to order the cheddar truffle fries and the cha siu taco. All so good! Address: Shop 405, 4/F Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty Website: commissary.hk
11. SabotenThe place to go for Japanese Tonkatsu. The cabbage, miso soup and rice are unlimited ;) Saboten has different locations in Hong Kong. Address: Tern Plaza, /F, 5, Cameron Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
12. The cupping roomA nice place to have lunch or a coffee. I was here with my boyfriend because I wanted to go inside to test the coffee, while he didn't want to order anything. However, apparently it's obligatory to both order something if you want to sit down. So you know ;) Address: 32 Swatow St, Wan Chai
13. GivrésA place for specialty coffee but even more special are the handcrafted rose-shaped gelato in cones or egglets. I couldn't believe they were out of egglets when I was there. I guess I have to go back next time ;) Address: Shop G38 200 Queens Road, Lee Tung St, Causeway Bay Website: www.givres.com
14. Kam Kee CafeA restaurant decorated as if you are having your meal in a tram. It's local food, not at it's finest, but good enough for a "fun" experience. What you can order is the pineapple bun, English milk tea (iced), French toast. Address: 5 Sharp Street East
Cathay PacificI flew with Cathay Pacific from Amsterdam to Hong Kong and back. I got upgraded to premium economy class. Obviously it has more space and as our seat was in the front, I could almost lay down. The food was amazing too, I normally don't eat my plane food, but this time I finished it all!