50 Things Ane Dearest Close Hong Kong

Lonely Planet "tweeted" the link to an article called The 50 Things We Love About Hong Kong. The people that wrote it did a slap-up chore capturing the charms of the city. However, they wrote it from the perspective of a "resident"... I thought I would accept a shot at creating my ain listing from the perspective of a visitor. I've been fortunate plenty to go to Hong Kong many times over the in conclusion several years as well as have got developed a particular bond amongst the city. It's definitely different whatever other identify inwards the world.

I'm splitting upwards my listing into a serial of "sub-groups" (grouped together past times activity type)

View of Hong Kong skyline from Kowloon


Best places to teach a sentiment of the city
Hong Kong has some of the best "views" inwards the world. There are several distinct types of views that people (and hotels) refer to... but all are spectacular (whether it endure harbor, city, or island).

1. Kowloon Public Pier. The best sentiment of the best skyline inwards the world. Suggest brownish bagging a bottle of vino to sentry the 8PM low-cal show!

2. The Star Ferry!! For the equivalent of USA $0.70, yous tin go on a boat ride from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island. Beautiful views from the boat... as well as a slap-up agency to teach from Kowloon to Central (and visa versa).
The Star Ferry to Central

3. Avenue of the Stars. The avenue of the stars extends for a duet of miles along the waterfront inwards Kowloon. It features statues of motion painting celebrities (Hong Kong has a small-scale motion painting industry). As yous walk, yous tin accept inwards some lovely views of the Hong Kong skylines.

4. The Felix. Go within the Peninsula Hotel as well as accept the elevate upwards to the laissez passer on floor. As yous teach to the top, the elevate lights volition dim... creating a real overnice ambiance. The Felix is predominantly a eating house (expensive), but they also have got 2 bars on the right as well as left side every bit yous walk in. The left side has a "city view" as well as the right side every bit a "harbor view" (everyone volition endure sitting on the right side). The drinks are expensive here... hence I don't recommend staying for to a greater extent than than i drink. However, earlier yous leave, endure certain to utilization the restroom facilities (you'll run across why).

5. Aqua- Located at the laissez passer on of 1 Peking Rd, this institution has the same sentiment every bit The Felix. However, I mean value the atmosphere is a chip nicer... as well as giant windows surrounding the bar offering to a greater extent than of a panoramic sentiment of the city. I advise coming hither for a pre-dinner drinkable to sentry the low-cal present at 8PM.

View from the Peak
6. The Peak. The solely identify on Hong Kong
Island that you're genuinely higher upwards the buildings. The starting fourth dimension time I went here, I stayed for almost v hours staring inwards amazement. It's an amazing sentiment of the Hong Kong metropolis skyline as well as Kowloon. If yous go to the Peak, I recommend taking the tram to the laissez passer on (don't walk the stairs)... the prepare goes upwards an insane incline (pretty rad).

7. Azure- at the summit of the Lan Kwai Fong Tower. It has a stunning 270 flat sentiment of the city. This bar is also inwards the middle of the restaurant/party districts of Soho as well as Lan Kwai Fong.

8. The Ritz Carlton at Kowloon Station. It hasn't opened... but when it does, this hotel volition have got i of the best views inwards the world.


Places to stay
Hong Kong has some real beautiful as well as luxurious hotels. If you're willing to invest a petty coin into your stay, yous volition endure staying inwards pure luxury (if not, you'll endure staying inwards a room where yous tin accomplish out your arms as well as affect both sides of the wall).

At the Shangri-La... room amongst a view
1. Shangri-La (in Kowloon). This has been my "go-to" hotel inwards Hong Kong. The service is basis class, the rooms are spectacular, as well as if you're lucky enough... you'll teach a harbor view. After spending a calendar week or 2 inwards China, the Shangri-La but feels similar home. They've fifty-fifty developed their ain "scent" that yous recognize every bit shortly every bit yous walk into the vestibule (actually sell it inwards the gift shop). Their robes are also quite nice. Location is convenient... right side past times side to MTR.

2. Langham Hotel (in Tsim Sha Tsui). Great location... right side past times side to Ashley Rd (good sushi identify there), Canton Rd (giant shopping mall), as well as Star Ferry. The hotel also hip/cool vibe. The cost is also a chip less expensive than some of the other hotels on my list.

3. The Peninsula (in Tsim Sha Tsui). Great hotel if yous have got the budget for it. Right side past times side to the Star Ferry... slap-up views of Hong Kong skyline (if you're high plenty inwards the building).

4. Lan Kwai Fong Hotel. Located at the laissez passer on of Lan Kwai Fong street... inwards betwixt LKF as well as Soho. Great views of the metropolis as well as a slap-up location to exercise a chip of partying. If yous remain there, it's pretty tardily to crawl dorsum dwelling subsequently a long nighttime out.

The ICC Tower (home to the Ritz Carlton)
5. The Ritz Carlton (Kowloon Station). This hotel opened inwards early on 2011 as well as has i of the best views inwards the basis (it also is the "highest" hotel inwards the world). I don't aid how much this hotel costs, I'm definitely going to remain at that spot at to the lowest degree in i trial (or twice)

6. The Four Seasons (Hong Kong Island). I haven't stayed here, but the restaurants within are real good. Nice identify to go for dinner if yous have got some extra cash.

7. Sheraton Hotel (on Nathan Rd). Very goodness hotel at a convenient location inwards Kowloon. It's walking distance to everything. This hotel used to have got beautiful harbor views... but they've built hence many buildings inwards forepart of it, that yous demand to go upwards quite high inwards the hotel earlier yous tin run across the water. There's a overnice gym on laissez passer on of the hotel... as well as the executive longue is pretty rad.




Things to exercise when the weather condition is nice
Junking it upwards amongst friends!
1. Junk boat rides! This is a slap-up thing to exercise during the summertime months. If yous have got a grouping of friends to go with, that's great... but most of the junk boat rides halt upwards having random strangers mixed inwards (the to a greater extent than people yous pack into the boat, the less expensive it becomes per person). Just convey plenty alcohol as well as eventually everyone volition go friends! The boats go to the outer islands... as well as whenever yous desire to stop, but yell to the captain. If yous teach also hot, opened upwards a mutual frigidity beer... or boundary into the water. Just brand certain yous measuring yourself when you're drinking (as most junk boat rides start around 10am).
One of the to a greater extent than colorful "junk boats"

2. Wakeboarding at Tai Tam. I was lucky plenty to brand friends amongst people inwards Hong Kong that wakeboard. I thought it would endure super tardily since I tin surf as well as snowboard... but the most hard business office was standing upwards (felt similar my arms were getting pulled off). Once I figured out how to stand upwards up, everything was great. It took a chip of fourth dimension though. Great fun!

3. Walk through Victoria Park on a Sunday. Dominicus is considered "maids day" inwards Hong Kong. All of the domestic helpers from the Philippines and Republic of Indonesia have got Dominicus off... as well as the pop gathering spot for all 200,000+ of them is Victoria Park. It's definitely a unique occurrence from a visual as well as auditory perspective.

4. Take the cable motorcar from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping to run across the Big Buddha on Lantau Island. When I was almost halfway upwards the cable motorcar lift, someone decided it was a goodness thought to inform me that i of these cable cars had fallen a month prior. Why would someone exercise that?!? Nonetheless, the views were amazing (and my cable motorcar did non fall). The giant Buddha was pretty cool every bit well.

Dog Watching!

5. Watch people walking their dogs inwards Sai Kung. Apparently, having a domestic dog inwards Hong Kong is a chip of a condition symbol (they're expensive). Also, since people inwards Hong Kong tend to have got small-scale apartments, the domestic dog volition portion the tight infinite amongst the family... as well as genuinely go business office of it. It's amazing to run across how people wearing apparel upwards their dogs.

6. Go hiking on Lantau Island... where yous tin teach an amazing sentiment of the Hong Kong International Airport. Suggest to not do this during the middle of summer. 

A Hiking Trail?



7. Take the ferry to Lamma Island. If you're past times yourself as well as can't uncovering anyone willing to go on a junk boat ride (but silent desire to teach away from the hustle as well as bustle of the city), yous tin accept a ferry to teach to Lamma Island. Hanging out on this isle volition brand yous forget that you're inwards Hong Kong... it reminds me a chip of Indonesia. There are also some amazing seafood restaurants there.








Eateries
One of the slap-up things almost Hong Kong, is that yous tin swallow whatever type of nutrient yous desire (Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French, American, Mexican, etc...). This is something that yous volition greatly appreciate subsequently spending a duet weeks inwards China.


1. Sushi One on Ashley Rd. Living inwards Boston, I don't have got the best options for purchasing sushi. Therefore, Sushi One is unremarkably my starting fourth dimension halt when I teach to Hong Kong. The sushi is super fresh as well as they have got a overnice choice of specialty rolls. My favorites: peppered tuna, uni, toro, mango/salmon, A5 beef, obese salmon (they also exercise a goodness chore of "searing" the sushi). If yous teach at that spot subsequently 9PM, you'll endure waiting inwards a rather long line. Always sit down at the sushi bar... as well as don't bother bringing a ton of cash because prices are goodness (the plates are color coded to bespeak price).

View from BLT Steak... non also bad. 
2. BLT Steak. If you're craving western nutrient spell inwards Hong Kong, this is the identify to go. BLT is a modern steak describe solid that has elements of a French Bistro.  It's located inwards the Ocean Terminal as well as is right side past times side to the Star Ferry. Recommend coming hither for the "all yous tin eat" Dominicus Brunch... it's INSANELY GOOD!

3. Dominicus morning time Dim Sum. If yous similar dim amount as well as have got zip to exercise on a Sunday... uncovering a sim amount eating house (and yes, the dim amount restaurants inwards Hong Kong are much amend than the dim amount restaurants inwards your local "China Town"). I recommend bespeak a local to advise a goodness spot. Below is some advice that I received from a local expert:

For expensive but super tasty dim sum:
Four Seasons HK - The best of the best
Shangri-La Kowloon or HK - Excellent
Intercontinental Kowloon - Excellent

Super tasty, but a hurting to teach to as well as demand to queue for an hr if yous dont go at 9:30am:
Tin Ho Wan - Mongkok

Accessible, Tasty, as well as Easy:
Li Garden - Mongkok (favorite), IFC, Elements, TST East
Jade Garden - Star House TST (cheap as well as local but pretty tasty)
Sweet Dynasty - TST (cheap as well as easy)

**If yous don't have got a reservation, go to Li garden. Any of the locales are good, but Mongkok has the best atmosphere. If yous innovation ahead enough, as well as coin is non an option, go to the 4 Seasons or the Shang.

Looking downwards on Nathan Rd
4. Indian restaurants on Nathan Rd. Just walking downwards Nathan Rd inwards Tsim Sha Tsui is an experience inwards itself. In less than i block, yous volition endure harassed to purchase suits, rolexes, hash, as well as Indian food. I've never partaken inwards the starting fourth dimension 3 (although, a friend of mine in i trial bought a adapt as well as said it was decent), but I have got enjoyed the Indian food. Getting to the restaurants is interesting. You start past times finding someone on the street flat yelling almost their Indian restaurant. As long every bit they don't hold back also sketchy, yous give them the thumbs up... as well as they'll accept yous through a labyrinth of hallways, stairwells, as well as shops until yous finally brand it at your destination. The restaurants are small-scale as well as unremarkably packed amongst people. All the chefs/servers are Indian as well as the nutrient has ever been quite goodness (although, I in i trial got sprayed amongst boiling grease).

5. Stinky Tofu restaurants. I've been to a duet of these restaurants, but have got no thought what whatever were called (names were inwards Chinese, menus were inwards Chinese, as well as everyone within the eating house spoke Chinese). Luckily, I had friends accept me... hence they did all the ordering. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 "stinky tofu restaurant" specializes inwards stinky tofu (which is form of gross). However, they unremarkably have got other Chinese nutrient that is genuinely good.

6. Fish balls! Need I offering to a greater extent than of a description? Fish balls are just what the rear would suggest... balls of fish. It sounds a petty weird/gross, but they're genuinely quite good. They're unremarkably spiced a bit. You tin purchase them at whatever Chinese restaurant, grocery store, or 7-11.

Delicious seafood eating house (aftermath of a meal)
7. Any "Hot Pot" restaurant. Sometimes hot pot restaurants tin endure a petty gross (because you're sharing a giant broth amongst a grouping of people), but at that spot are many upscale ones inwards Hong Kong that are extremely delicious. It's fun to go amongst a large grouping of friends hence yous tin hang out as well as chat spell you're eating/cooking. One goodness hot pot eating house I tin recommend is inwards Times Square: Budaoweng

8. Seafood restaurants on Lamma Island. Lamma Island is a brusk ferry ride from Hong Kong. It's a overnice identify to go if yous desire to teach out of the city. There are a lot of hiking trails... but to a greater extent than importantly, at that spot are some genuinely overnice seafood restaurants.

HKG - predawn hours
9. Hong Kong International Airport. The Hong Kong drome is i of the best airports inwards the world. When I'm departing from HKG, I volition genuinely brand it early on hence I tin hang out within (it's the i drome I don't hear have got a long layover). There are hundreds of shops, cafes, lounges, showers, go out facilities... as well as some genuinely overnice restaurants. I recommend trying a few earlier your flight.








Places to political party at night
1. Lan Kwai Fong is definitely the most pop identify to leave of absence inwards Hong Kong. It's filled amongst Europeans, Australians (watch out for the Aussies), Americans, as well as fifty-fifty locals. The bars closed when the people leave of absence (no laid closing time) as well as yous tin accept your beer wherever yous want. Lan Kwai Fong street is genuinely on a chip of a hill... hence every bit the nighttime progresses, yous volition run across to a greater extent than as well as to a greater extent than beer bottles rolling downwards the street. It's a fun time, but I tin solely accept hence much of it... must endure getting old.

2. Soho is but higher upwards Lan Kwai Fong (literally). The rear is derived from it's location... "south of Hollywood Rd". Soho is a chip to a greater extent than "classy" (when compared to LKF). Between Lan Kwai Fong as well as Soho, at that spot are hundreds of bars as well as restaurants mixed into the streets. It tin endure a lot of fun "bar-hopping"... but if yous teach separated from your party, you're non going to uncovering them over again (which doesn't genuinely affair if you're having a goodness time).

TST - nighttime
3. Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) is non quite every bit large of a political party scene when compared to LKF/Soho, but at that spot are silent plenty of places to teach a drink. One of the to a greater extent than pop spots is called Knutsford Terrace. Knutsford Terrace is a pedestrian solely street as well as is filled amongst tables as well as chairs for all the bars and restaurants. There are also a lot of bars (more pub-like) inwards the department of the metropolis betwixt Nathan Rd as well as Chatham Rd. This is the identify to go if yous but desire to "chill out".

4. Outside whatever 7-11 store. The slap-up thing almost Hong Kong (unlike USA), is that yous tin drinkable alcohol inwards world spaces. Therefore, the exterior of most 7-11 stores (which sell extremely cheep alcohol) go mini-party zones on weekends. I advise pre-partying at the 7-11 earlier going out to a bar/club.

5. Rooftop parties. If you're lucky plenty to have got a friend amongst roof access, there's no amend identify to hang out.

Best shopping
Hong Kong is basically a giant shopping mall. It has literally everything yous could ever desire (from super high halt luxury items to counterfeit knock off goods). The uber-rich from mainland Communist People's Republic of China volition inundation the markets on the weekends. Hong Kong has to a greater extent than Louis Vuitton stores per foursquare mile than whatever other identify inwards the basis (queues volition genuinely shape exterior the shops on the weekend). What's also pretty amazing is that stores inwards Hong Kong volition remain opened upwards past times 10PM (they're genuinely to a greater extent than crowded inwards the eve than during the day)... but don't endeavor shopping earlier 11AM, every bit zip volition endure open.

Harbor City inwards the background
1. Harbor City- biggest mall inwards Hong Kong (right on Canton Rd). It has everything yous could ever demand (including a grocery store). You could literally pass a calendar week of your life inwards hither as well as non know it. The mall is a dizzying array of shops, escalators, restaurants, elevators, cafes, etc. Once yous teach to know the mall, it all makes sense... all of the stores are grouped together past times type of production they sell. It's a chip overwhelming for starting fourth dimension timers.

2. Miramar Arcade. This is a smaller mall that I unremarkably go to for Uniqlo, Muji, D-Mop, as well as Hare. There are another cool shops inwards at that spot too. I but similar it because it's smaller as well as less overwhelming.

3. Granville Rd. This is a street inwards Tsim Sha Tsui that is to a greater extent than known for its mill article of apparel outlets where yous tin purchase materials at genuinely inexpensive prices. However, at that spot are also some genuinely goodness shops right on the street... or but off of it. Here are a few to endure on the hold back out for: EXIT Double Park, A.P.C., 5cm, Stussy, Take v (I'll permit yous uncovering them yourself).

4. Mong Kok preserves its traditional characteristics amongst an array of markets, small-scale shops, as well as nutrient stalls that have got disappeared from other areas inwards Hong Kong over the past times several decades of economical development. As such, many of the streets have got acquired interesting nicknames reflecting their ain characteristics... such as: Sneaker street, Ladies Street (Market), Tile Street, Temple Street (men's market), Goldfish marketplace (can yous approximate what they sell there??), etc... Wikipedia describes it much amend HERE
Looking upwards at the IFC inwards Central
5. IFC Mall. Another enormous shopping mall inwards an enormous building. This mall is right inwards the pump of Central as well as has a pretty decent motion painting theater.

6. Queens Rd (in Central close LKF)- Joyce, Bape, Coach flagship, Gucci

7. Times Square (at Causeway Bay). Times Square was i of Hong Kong's starting fourth dimension "mega malls"... as well as is silent considered to endure quite mega. It has sixteen floors as well as over 230 shops inside. The i thing that sets Times Square apart from the other malls is that it has to a greater extent than mid-range shops that the average Hong Kong soul tin afford.

8. Stanley Market. This is definitely a "tourist trap"... however, if you've never been, it's worth a trip (can cross off all the items to purchase on your souvenirs list). Actually, the funnest business office almost Stanley Market is getting there. I recommend taking a double decker motorbus as well as sitting at the starting fourth dimension row on the top. The motorbus drivers are amazing... lanes are super narrow, tires are inches from the cliff... as well as they're silent cruising along at laissez passer on speed. I mean value they powerfulness endure robots?

Transportation
MTR map
1. The MTR (see map link). The subway (MTR) inwards Hong Kong is amazing. Outside of Tokyo, it might be the most efficient prepare organisation inwards the world. If yous demand to teach anywhere inwards Hong Kong, the MTR volition teach yous close. My solely work amongst the organisation is that it shuts downwards around 12:00am (luckily, at that spot are plenty taxis)

2. Taxis inwards Hong Kong are inexpensive (when compared to the US) as well as plentiful. It tin teach a chip annoying if yous have got to teach a cab at 3AM inwards LKF, but it's non also bad. The taxis are color coded depending on where they are licensed to drive.

3. Double decker motorbus from Central to Stanley's Market. This is a pretty unique experience that I already described above. Actually, the funnest business office almost Stanley Market is getting there. I recommend taking a double decker motorbus as well as sitting at the starting fourth dimension row on the top. The motorbus drivers are amazing... lanes are super narrow, tires are inches from the cliff... as well as they're silent cruising along at laissez passer on speed. I mean value they powerfulness endure robots? 

4. Double decker trams. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 inexpensive as well as semi-convenient agency to cruise around Hong Kong Island. The trams were the starting fourth dimension shape of world shipping inwards Hong Kong... as well as non much has changed since then. They definitely add together some grapheme to the modern city.

5. Pedestrian walkways. The highways, speeding taxis, as well as windy roads tin hold back a chip daunting to the average pedestrian. However, if yous know where you're going, yous never have got to measuring human foot on the road. There are pedestrian walkways that volition pretty much accept yous everywhere. Just follow the signs!

Finally, my favorite thing almost Hong Kong (#50 if I counted correctly) is the people. I'm non certain if I but got lucky as well as met overnice people... but most everyone I've met has been super friendly as well as has opened me upwards to their life. I'm very grateful for this... as well as promise to maintain the relationships.

HK friends

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