WHAT TO DO IN HONG KONG? – PART 3

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Hong Kong - Part 3

Second time in Hong Kong this year, it really feels like my second home. One day I hope I can actually call it my home for a while, because I truly love this place. It’s full of life, the food is amazing and there is just so much to do! You won’t get bored in Hong Kong!

It was a very short stay this time of only two days, as it was a stop-over before we headed out to Australia. I have visited Hong Kong many times, preferably every year. Still, my bucket list of things that I want to do here keeps piling up.

 As short as our stay was, I collected my favorites here for you. Also check out part 1 and part 2 of the Hong Kong tips if you haven’t yet

What to do

Lion rock hike (shortest trail)

There are plenty of good hikes to do in Hong Kong. We opted for the Lion Rock this time because you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view over Hong Kong on the top. The shortest trail is over 1km hike.

The closest MTR station Diamond Hill MTR Station or Won Tai Sin MTR station (Exit B3). From here I suggest to take a taxi ride of about 10 minutest to the Lion Rock Community Garden (approximately 2,2-3 HKD (around 0,25€)).

In total we spent 2,5 hours on this trail, going to the top, taking photos and drone shots and then back. It’s a quite easy climb for beginners, you will also see people from all ages doing this hike (most of them were even 60+ age).

The trail is mostly paved and well marked. At the end of the hike you to do a little climb over grevel and rocks.

  • 495 meters above Kowloon
  • Shaped like a laying Lion
  • Level: beginners
  • Time: 2-3 hours (depending on your speed and breaks)
  • Make sure it’s a clear day for the best views
  • Avoid weekends
  • Bring enough water and some snacks that you can eat while enjoying the view on top
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Star ferry

Another cheap way to experience the beautiful Hong Kong skyline is from the ferry. They run a few times per hour and it’s really cheap from 2,5 - 3,5 HKD, depending on the day (during the week is cheaper).

The ride is approximately 8-10 minutes to go from Hong Kong Island (Wan Chai Ferry Pier or Central Pier No. 7) to Kowloon Point Ferry Piers at Salisbury road; Tsim Sha Tsiu. Or the other way around. Find the full schedule here: https://www.travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/hongkong/transportation/ferry.htm

Tip: As the ride was too short for us to take photos, we stayed in the boat and went back and forth again without extra costs :)

Roof terrace at the Excelsior

A local friend of us took us to this rooftop of the Excelsior Hotel. You can sip on a cocktail here with an amazing view of Hong Kong. Note, that this hotel will close its doors in March 2019. So go there while you still have the chance ;)

What to eat 

Little Bao

A hotspot that you will find on a lot of food wish list is Little Bao. Here you can expect modern Chinese dishes, but mainly many variations of bao’s that you can choose.

Steam seafood

My aunt brought us to a local sea food restaurant where you steam all your food. The lowest part of the pan will be filled with rice and herbs. After the steamed food fun above the plate, you will end up to a delicious “congee” beneath, where all the seafood flavor is infused. You can do this at more places in Hong Kong.

Steam Seafood Hotpot Restaurant
Address: 1/F The Bauhinia 5-9, Observatory Ct, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hongkong

2DP Tea & Veggie

What I really miss in the Netherlands are the deserts you can eat in Asia till late in the night. This melon with shaved ice is the perfect example.

Address: 12 Hau Fook St, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hongkong

Athletic juice & espresso bar

You will always find suprising combinations in Hong Kong. These avocado latte I found during my Instagram search. The coffee tastes really good. The avocado tastes like avocado... :) A healthy snack!

Address: 2E Star St, Wan Chai, Hongkong
Website: www.athleticjeb.com

Where to Shop

Laforet mall

Because I flew business class with Cathay Pacific, I was allowed to take back 40 kg. Well, I went there with 25 kg, so the rest we filled with food and late minute shopping in my favorite mall in Hong Kong. Are you looking for fashion by Japanese and Korean designers? Here you will find the boutiques!

Address: 24-26 E Point Rd, Causeway Bay, Hongkong
Website: www.laforet.hk

Cathay Pacific

I feel so blessed to have this partnership with Cathay Pacific. Me and my family have always flown with Cathay Pacific when we go to Hong Kong. It was my first time flying in Business class to Hong Kong though. It was so exciting! It already starts before you have even entered the plane.

The highlights were eating noodles in the air and sleeping horizontally. The service is excellent! 

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*This trip was in collaboration with Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific has daily flights with Boeing 777-300ER  to Hong Kong and to almost 200 destinations worldwide from there on. 
Tickets to Hong Kong in December 2018 start from:

Economy class: €640 ,-.
Premium Economy Class: €1.655 (when booked 1 month ahead) 
Business Class: €2.510 (when booked 2 months ahead)