I will not forget how Hong Kong is being depicted a place to “Eat and shop and shop and eat” (not sure if anyone has seen this commercial?!) A place where great food is around every corner, where you will find wonderful shopping places day and night. I am very sure most of us would have visited Hong Kong before. I shall not bore you with the historical and geographical aspects of this place. It’s a place where you might also bump into a couple of celebrities (if you’re lucky, as I have not even seen one on the streets yet.) and maybe even walked into a street where it’s been featured in one of the scenes in a Hollywood or Hong Kong movies.
You might have read so many articles and blogs sharing about what to do in Hong Kong and I am sure there are many out there who know even more than me. Here, in my humble little blog, I will share with you a little bit of what you can do alternatively, if you are not looking for places to shop or even malls to visit. I shall share with you my short trip to Hong Kong and where I went and perhaps, maybe, it might inspire you to visit these few places the next time you’re there.
Travelling around Hong Kong
The public transport in Hong Kong is similar to what major cities can offer. By foot, with so many links from one famous night market to the next, many would find themselves walking a lot and there are areas with escalators and travellators to ease your sore knees and feet.
There is the MTR (mass Transit Railway), iconic Trams, taxis (which I don’t usually hop on as the rest are sufficient to bring me where I wanna go cheaper) Ferries to cross over to the other side of the island and buses which consist of the usual double decker and the convenient light buses (mini bus).
A place where I would visit every single time when I’m there would be the Wong Tai Sin Temple. The temple claims to ‘make every wish come true upon request’ might have something to do with its popularity. Home to three religions (Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism) its natural setting and beautifully ornamented buildings with the backdrop of high modern apartments give you the serene feeling that time is put to a halt at this very location. It’s a very popular place for prayers, photographs and cultural exchange. Do try to arrive early in the morning to beat the crowd frenzy and I’m sure your prayers will be answered!
Clustered around a section of Des Voeux Road West in Sheung Wan, commonly known as Dried Seafood Street, this is a place where you will be able to buy dried and preserved seafood like scallops and sea cucumber at competitive prices. It is filled with live especially before the Chinese Lunar New Year!
Lamma Island (南丫島), also known as Pok Liu Chau (博寮洲), which is a part of the Islands District, is the third largest island in Hong Kong. A place where you can run away from the bustling city and concrete jungle, immerse yourself into the wonderful nature and some nice seafood. And do you know that famous actor, Chow Yun Fat, grew up in this lovely island?
Tai O is another island that you can get away to for a day at this fishing village. Wonderful villagers who welcome you as you walk around the dirt paths, occasionally walk into the courtyard of someone’s place as they set up make shift stalls selling grilled seafood which is caught locally and dried for later use. Over the years, this place has become one of the main tourist attractions but it is still a place to go to if you prefer a laid back visit and away from modernisation.
Night markets bring live to the city that never sleeps. From the popular Lady Street to the famous Temple Street, who can resist the cool evening weather walking in the market, grabbing cheap bags and accessories, toys for the kids, and even creative souvenirs for your friends and family back home. It’s a place where you can spend hours shopping and I would say it’s definitely much better than our Pasar Malams (night market in Malay) in Singapore.
You should be enjoying yourselves and are you planning to get anything back from Hong Kong? Many would consider ordering roasted goose and some would prefer to get local pastries back. Kee Wah bakery 奇華餅家 suits those who prefers to buy popular Cantonese stuffs back. Beautifully packaged and designed, the products at Kee Wah are suitable for gifts and it’s also available online!
Of course there are so many more places that you can go to and do share with me with the places that you've been to and I can visit the next time. But before I end here, don’t you want to know where I have been for the wonderful good food in Hong Kong? Follow me on my next blog for the Eat Eat Eat Hong Kong!