7 Reasons Why should you visit Hong Kong

Multicultural

Hong Kong is a multicultural city that blends Eastern and Western influences. You can start your day with a coffee in a skyscraper café and then visit a Chinese-style temple in the afternoon. The city’s diverse population ensures that English is widely spoken, making it easy for travelers to communicate. 

 

Culinary

When it comes to food, Hong Kong offers a wide range of options to satisfy your taste buds. Don’t miss out on the local dim sum and fresh seafood. In addition to the local cuisine, you can indulge in authentic dishes from Japan, Korea, India, Thailand,and  the West. Whether you’re in the mood for traditional or international flavors, Hong Kong has it all. 

 

The Shopping / Street Markets

Is shopping your thing, Hong Kong is the place to be. It’s known as a shoppers’ paradise with something for everyone. From trendy boutiques to bustling street markets, you can find everything from designer fashion to electronic gadgets and antiques. Hong Kong’s shopping scene caters to all tastes. Trendsetters from all over the world come to Hong Kong to shop for fashion clothes, electronic goods, watches, cosmetics, and ornaments. You can find some goods sold at prices cheaper than where they were produced in duty-free stores and during the sales season.

And the street markets are a must to visit.

 

Visa-Free Travel

Most foreign visitors can enjoy a 90-day visa-free stay in Hong Kong, including passport holders from America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and EU countries. Visitors from the United Kingdom can stay visa-free for up to 180 days.

 

Family-Friendly: Kids Also Like Hong Kong

Hong Kong is an ideal destination for family tours, with a variety of attractions suitable for children. There are distinctive parks, great museums, and nature reserves. Children will have fun meeting cartoon characters in Disneyland, taking a boat ride at a fishing village, and watching science movies shown on the hemispherical dome of the Hong Kong Space Museum.

**So, whether you’re a foodie, a shopper, a culture enthusiast, or simply seeking adventure, Hong Kong awaits you.

The best time to visit Hong Kong depends on your preferences.

Autumn (October to December):

Autumn offers pleasant temperatures, lower humidity, and clear skies. It’s perfect for outdoor activities.

Moderate crowds, making it a comfortable time to explore.

Spring (March to May):

Spring brings mild temperatures and blooming flowers. It’s a great time for sightseeing. This year the weather was very hot (32-34F)

Winter (December to February):

Winter is cool but not freezing. It’s a good time for hiking and exploring.

Summer (June to August):

Summer is hot and humid, with occasional typhoons. Be prepared for rain.

 

**Remember that Hong Kong is a year-round destination, so choose the time that aligns with your interests and preferences.

The Peak.

The Peak (Victoria Peak), is a must-see destination in Hong Kong.

The breathtaking views of its skyline and harbor. You reach the summit by taking an antique tram, which is a popular way to travel or go by foot. 

If possible, it is best to go up before sunset to see all the high-rises illuminated. However, keep in mind that a long line will form as everyone leaves at the same time.

Opening Hours: 10 am to 11 pm (Mon-Fri), 8 am to 11 pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)

Peak Tickets: Adult HK$88- Can $15.44

                         Child(3-11)-Seniors HK44-Can $7.73

 More on prices.

Ten Thousand Buddha Temple.

A visit to the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is a serene and awe-inspiring experience. The path leading up to the monastery is lined on both sides with golden Buddhas, each unique and in different poses. However, the walk up to the top can be exhausting, especially on a hot day. 

 

Once you reach the top, you might find it deceiving as there isn’t much to see except for rows and rows of small Buddhas inside the temple. Despite its name, the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery has no monks on the site.

Kowloon Walled City Park

A beautiful garden featuring preserved artifacts from the former Kowloon Walled City.

This is a fairly large park in the middle of the city. Located inside Kowloon City District, there are tennis courts, ponds, areas for children to play, and the ruins of an old Chinese military fort.

 

The park has many unique features, my favorite was the floral garden, the chess garden and four-season garden plus the pathways that connect the various areas of the park gives you lots of places to take great photos.

 

This place is worth coming to escape the crowds.

If you’re down for some exploring around Kowloon, this park should definitely be on your list.

TEI MOU KOON Dessert

**Close to the Kowloon park, you will find “Tei Mou Koon Dessert”. 

If you like traditional “Chinese” desserts, this is the place. The shop offers an excellent range of desserts that is served either cold or hot.

Among many things, the shop is particularly famous for its uses of almond, mango, black rice and red beans in desserts.

**This is a cash only place and not very expensive.

Temple Street Night Market

It is perfect for browsing and having a good time. It’s a place to get cheap souvenirs, inexpensive gifts, and enjoy street food. It’s quieter than your typical Chinese shopping street.

 

First-time tourists often head to Temple Street for bargains on items like souvenir T-shirts, suits, jewelry, gadgets, and electronics. Lots of attractive bargains.

 

The Night Market is a lively and vibrant street market that comes alive after dusk.

Nathan Road

Our visit to Nathan Road, Hong Kong, was fantastic. The bustling street offered a vibrant shopping experience with a myriad of shops and a diverse selection of restaurants. Nathan Road is lined with shops, restaurants, and bustling activity.

Nathan Road

The road is home to various landmarks, including the oldest Anglican church in Kowloon, Saint Andrew’s Church. So much to see and enjoy a day visiting.

Pretty much all the stores are expensives..

Cats Tea Room, Tsim Sha Tsui Store 

There is a cat rescue and adoption cafe that has helped 73 stray cats to be adopted since January 2024. They also serve drinks, cakes, and sandwiches.

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Walking around Hong Kong

It has been over 20 years since our last visit to Hong Kong. This time, we are going on a family trip with my two sons, grandson, sister, and my husband. 

On our schedule, we are adding Chiang Mai, Kamphaeng Village and Bangkok.

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octopus card for Hong Kong

Octopus Card

Most places accept cash only, so the best card to have is  a Tourist Octopus Card Explore.

Remember, the Octopus card streamlines your travel experience, saves time, and eliminates the hassle of handling cash. So grab one and explore Hong Kong with ease! 

Tourists can buy one at pretty much any store, airport and metro station.

If you take a bus with an Octopus Card, you need to swipe it both when getting on and getting off the bus. And when entering and exiting the metro, you are supposed to swipe the card. If you wanna buy something with the card, just swipe it when you check out. Need a drink from a machine!!

 

If you don’t want to use the Octopus card and you will travel a lot by tram, metro, buy a one day pass. It will be cheaper than buy everytime you take it and you will need more!!
 
Ibis hotel in Hong Kong

 No. 28 Des Voeux Road West, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

The hotel was close to the metro station, restaurants, and the Top attractions.

*Hong Kong Park..1.9 km

*International Commerce Center…2.1 km

*Kowloon Park…2.7 km

*Central Plaza…2.8 km

*Victoria Park…4.1 km

Plan And Book Your Trip

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6 Responses

  1. I like how you didn’t necessarily make an itinerary but pointed out all of the major attractions that we should see. Hong Kong is definitely on my travel bucket list!

  2. Hong Kong is on my bucket list of places to visit in the coming years, so this read was perfect for me. I can’t wait to get there. Thanks for sharing!

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