Hong Kong is a major Asian urban centre, and while it is a small territory, it is rich in history, sights and activities. This world culinary capital with its iconic skyline, ornate temples, bustling street markets and stimulating museums features architectural landmarks, bohemian beaches, lush mountains and stretches of parks.
Take a seven-minute ride on the world’s steepest funicular railway, the Peak Tram, up to Victoria Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island. This summit offers its visitors 360 degrees views of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, Victoria Harbour, and, if it’s a clear day, Kowloon’s eight mountains.
Head over to Ngong Ping, on the western part of Lantau Island, to see the Tian Tan Buddha (better known as Big Buddha), one of Asia’s most iconic attractions. Walk the 268 steps to where Big Buddha, the beautiful Po Lin Monastery and the Ngong Ping Piazza sit or take a ride up on the gondola lift, the Ngong Ping 360. Along the way, make sure to stop in the Tai O fishing village.
This park offers stunning views of unusual volcanic rock formations from over 140 million years ago and uniquely shaped sandstone made of sedimentary rock from over 400 million years ago. Don’t forget the High Island Reservoir East Dam for breathtaking scenery.
One of the more popular beaches in Hong Kong, Shek O offers a great shore with the rustic charm of the nearby fishing village, and an eclectic dining scene that includes Thai, Chinese and Mediterranean options. For a more challenging adventure, hike nearby Dragon’s Back before relaxing by the water.
Once the sun sets, Hong Kong’s street markets offer visitors a wondrous world of adventures. You can find just about anything at these lively markets. Make sure to check out the Temple Street Market where you can find everything from music and cheap clothes to food, the Ladies Market which is made up of over 100 stalls selling accessories and clothing, and Fa Yuen Street or Sneakers street for every and anything in sportswear.
Hong Kong is a foodie heaven with cuisine options ranging from Cantonese to French, and many of the restaurants receiving the elite Michelin status. Dim sum, the family style mean consisting of dumplings, is an absolutely necessary must-do to complete your Hong Kong experience. Make sure to head to Tim Ho Wan, renowned as the first budget dim sum to receive a Michelin star.
The weather is hot, humid and rainy between June and August, with typhoon season in September. The best time to visit is from October to December when the weather is sunny and pleasant.