Hong Kong is a city of mystery, full of contrasts, mysteries and… smog 🙂 Here you will find both huge glass skyscrapers native to Manhattan and crumbling shacks that look like cottages. On the streets you will meet people from all over the world – from native residents, to smelly Western businessmen in pressed shirts, who come here to do their business. It seems to me that this is one of those cities that you either love or hate. I for one am enchanted in a way. I only spent two days there, but I will try to show you what to see in Hong Kong even in such a short time. Most people just drop in here for a few moments, because the city is a very popular airline transfer port. So when planning your trip, it’s worth making a little stopover here and getting to know this amazing Asian metropolis.
HongKong Victoria Peak
It’s worth starting with the fact that Hong Kong’s major attractions are located in two main districts. On the “mainland” in the Kowloon district and on the island. We can move between them in two ways – by subway, or by ferry. I recommend trying the ferry at least once, it’s super cheap (literally a few zlotys), takes a few minutes, but during the cruise you can admire the entire bay.
A classic view of skyscrapers rising up on the opposite shore of the bay. It is from this side that most photos of the business part of the city are taken. At the very south of the Kowloon district you’ll find the harbor, with a very cool observation deck from which you can watch the modern part of Hong Kong. It is also from here that the ferries mentioned earlier leave, connecting the island part of the city with the mainland. I also recommend going here in the evening, as the view of the illuminated skyscrapers is really impressive.
A beautiful and diverse park. Wonderfully cared for and located on a sizable area. Interesting vegetation, colorful birds, butterflies, lakes and cascades. An ideal place for a walk and a rest. You will definitely hit here on the way to the ‘Peak Tram’ stop, which will take you to Victoria Peak.
A hill towering over the city, often in the clouds. It is from here that most of the photos showing the city from above are taken. To get there, the best way is to take a special old-fashioned streetcar, called the Peak Tram. It’s not cheap, as an up and down ticket costs about 50PLN, but otherwise it’s really hard to get there. If you only have the opportunity, book your tickets online in advance. Otherwise, you may find yourself standing in line for tickets for up to an hour and a half. That was the case for me. This is probably the biggest attraction in all of Hong Kong, which is incredibly besieged.
Once you get up there you have the option, either to admire the skyline for a fee from a specially built tower, or from several places that are completely free. Don’t be persuaded that paying to enter the observation deck is the only option. It’s worth taking a few minutes and walking to the Lugard Road Lookout, or at least to the Lions Pavilion point. You will find these places on the map without any problem and on top of that for free. Highly recommended!
Man Mo Temple
Unassuming on the outside, beautiful on the inside. A very interesting temple, full of burning incense, golden ornaments and filled with a wonderful, typically Asian fragrance. Practically glued to one of the apartment blocks, it simply impresses with what it has to offer inside. You can feel the atmosphere of a true Asian temple here.
The area around Centraal and Admiralty subway stations
The so-called business district. This is where most of the glass skyscrapers, which are the landmark of the city, are located. The separation of pedestrian and car traffic is also very interestingly solved. Most of the “sidewalks” are located on the +1 level in relation to the street. This allows people to move freely, without waiting for the green light at the pedestrian crossing. Sometimes, however, it’s not quite so simple to get from point A to B, you can get lost quite easily in the maze of passages, corridors and sidewalks:).
Monster Building – Yick Cheong Building
Another “landmark” of the city on the list of “what to see in Hong Kong”, but still very unpopular with tourists. When I got there, I met only a handful of tourists. The building starred some time ago in the movie Transformers, and it was then that it gained heavily in popularity. In fact, it’s a combination of three, staggered buildings that together house tens of thousands of people. It’s really impressive, but also a little scary. You can reach this building, located in the Quarry Bay district, quietly by subway.
Unique in the world. London has its double-decker buses, and HongKong has its streetcars. A very interesting experience and quite a surprising sight. You can meet them in different parts of the city. It’s worth spending some time and taking a ride on such a streetcar.
Another park, not as large and diverse as HongKong park, but still worth a visit. You can find it in the Kowloon district, near Victoria Harbour. It’s worth coming here for a stroll, or to relax for a while on a bench after a day’s tromping around the city.
Temple Street neighborhood
A little to the north of Kowloon Park you will find Temple Street, in the vicinity of which it is worth going in the evening. Some of the streets in this part of the city turn into a night market, and you can find some really nice places with food along the many narrow streets. An ideal place for dinner.
Hong Kong by Night
HongKong is a city ideal for evening excursions. In fact, anywhere you go will be fun. Illuminated buildings, colorful neon signs and lots of people. Several times during the evening, the so-called Symphony of Lights also takes place in Victoria Bay. To the beat of the music, some of the buildings are engaged in a kind of light dance. It may not make some kind of electrifying impression, but if you are around the port in the evening you can see for yourself :).