Hong Kong Tips

July 01, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

It's been a number of years since I've lived in Hong Kong, however I still remember arriving in April 2005 with no clue of what to expect.  I had just accepted an Asia Pacific role based in Hong Kong and my world was about to be turned upside down with new experiences and encounters that would shape my life thereafter.  

However this blog is not about me, I've created it to share my travel tips on what to do and experience in Hong Kong.  Hong Kong is the New York of Asia, no city can compare with its energy, density, excitement, and intrigue.  It has everything and anything a person would seek in a big city, a kaleidoscope of activities for whatever your heart desires.  Here a few things my heart fully enjoyed.

 

Lan Kwai Fong

If you enjoy an ale or more, then there is no better place than Lan Kwai Fong.  Situated on Hong Kong Island it is bar central for Westerners.  Within a radius of 500 metres you will find more bars up and down, above and below than any place I've been in the world.  The best nights are Friday and Saturday, the streets are closed off and people mingle in the street regardless of what bar you've purchased your drinks.  If you're with friends, it's not to be missed.  If you want to find some new friends, then Lan Kwai Fong is one of the best meeting places.

SoHo (South of Hollywood Road on Hong Kong Island)

Another great entertainment spot, within walking distance to Lan Kwai Fong is SoHo.  I often started my night at Stauntons Bar and then grabbed a meal from any of the outstanding restaurants in this area.  SoHo is to food what Lan Kwai Fong is to beer, restaurant central with a number of great wine bars thrown in.  The roads connecting SoHo with Lan Kwai Fong are full of interesting bars and nightclubs, if you spent your night between these two icons of Hong Kong you will have a great time.

Knutsford Terrace (http://goo.gl/maps/LYP3)

If you're looking for the same type of entertainment on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong, then Knutsford Terrace is not a bad alternative.  A lot smaller than SoHo and Lan Kwai Fong, it is a terrace street in Tsim Sha Tsui lined with bars and restaurants. 

Wanchai

If you're still looking for entertainment towards the wee hours, then Wanchai is the place to go.  It is a favourite place for sailors and male tourists, enough said for the reasons why.  However there are some bars that are very funky with great music and live bands.

The Peak (Victoria Peak, Hong Kong)

A big tourist attraction, but definitely lives up to the hype.  It is the best place to view Hong Kong, especially on a clear night - magical.  There are different ways to access the Peak, I strongly recommend the Tram service.  It has been running for 120 years, and the descent is like a ride at a theme park, acutely steep in parts a great view of the island from top to bottom.

I can also recommend The Peak Lookout Restaurant, the Alaskan crab legs were very special.

Stanley  

Hong Kong is full of diversity, outside of the hustle and bustle of the city centre a bus ride to Stanley will take you to a well known market area and local beach.  There are also a number of bars and restaurants along the waterfront promenade.  Definitely worth the trip, my advice is to take a double decker bus and sit upstairs.  The ride along the coastline is breathtaking in parts.

Sai Kung

Sai Kung has evolved from a local fishing village to a seafood restaurant hub.  There are numerous seafood restaurants to choose from and it never disappoints.  If you want to truly experience something different, try a day of sea kayaking and hiking .  It's Hong Kong as you have never seen her before, crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches.  I can recommend Paul Etherington and his team at Kayak and Hike.   

http://www.kayak-and-hike.com

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  Other must do activities:

  • A night at Happy Valley Races
  • Star Ferry ride from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui
  • Cycle around Lantau Island
  • Hike from Discovery Bay to Mui Wo - finish with a beer and BBQ at Silvermine Beach
  • Attend the Hong Kong Sevens Weekend
  • Shop til' you drop - everywhere.....

 


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