Posted on April 15, 2016 by matcha5admin Share:
Land of dim sum is not all about "买东西吃东西，买东西吃东西” （shop and eat, shop and eat). The tourism tagline we are all so familiar with. Over the years, although it has also become rapidly crowded, please don't avoid this fascinating land. Pass your verdict at the end of our sharing! Join us as we share with you 5 things you can do in this city that never sleeps!
1. Breakfast at Cha Chaan Teng
Experience the local life - take breakfast at Cha Chaan Teng. It's a love-hate relationship with it for us. Servers are generally annoyed with you when you are slow or don't speak Cantonese. But at least we get to experience the "fast and no nonsense" culture in Hong Kong.
Must-haves: Bo Luo Bao, Egg Tart, French Toast with Cheese
Kam Wah Cafe 金華冰廳
47 Bute St, Hong Kong
Opens daily 6:30AM–11:30PM
How to get there: Take the MTR to Prince Edward (太子) and use exit B2 to get to street level (between Tung Choi St and Sai Yeung Choi St). Once you exit, make a U-turn by turning right and crossing over to the other side of the street, then walk straight ahead and turn left when you reach the Bute Street junction.
2. Tung O Ancient Trail
Even more amazing than Hong Kong's noise and congestion is the fact that blissfully untouched nature exists just a short distance away from the most crowded parts of the city that never sleeps. Put on your sports shoes and do one of the hiking trails. Be awed by the breathtaking sights and burn calories at the same time!
Most people know Lantau Island for Big Buddha. But did you know? On Lantau Island, the Tung O Ancient Trail was once an important passage for villagers to commute between Tung Chung and Tai O (a centuries-old fishing village).
The coastal trail starts at busy Tung Chung in the east with planes taking off above, and passes by mangroves and bay. The earlier part of this trail exposes you to about 9 Chinese villages or shanty towns with local food and drinks at cheap prices. While much of the hiking route is of cement pavement, the last mile or two of the hike is over dirt path and tracks. Hold your frowns! :) This is really the best part to see nature at its best! Now, this is what we call having the best of both worlds!
When the going gets tough... All you need is a hand to pull you along and get through it with you.
What greater feeling to have than being on top of the world (literally) with your bff? The long bridge that is under construction on the left of the above picture is a link way between Hong Kong, Zhu Hai and Macau, expected to be completed end of year 2017. You need to get off your butt and walk to see this side of Hong Kong other than skyscrapers and neon lights!
How to embark on this trail:
Find Hau Wong temple near Tung Chung MTR
Hike takes approximately 3-4 hours to complete by walking
Trail ends at Tai O Fishing Village (see below for more details)
3. Tai O Fishing Village
Stilt houses (Pang uks) were once common across Hong kong, but Tai O is now home to the last remaining community of such. Tai O's fishing industry has shrunk dramatically, but many of its local food fares are still sold at hawker stalls. Discover some quaint cafes by the river and enjoy the tranquility away from the city.
Gai Dan Zai (egg waffle) is sold everywhere at street snack stalls throughout Hong Kong. But check out this Gai Dan Zai using charcoal fire!! It's superb - MUST TRY! You can easily find this while walking along the quaint streets at Tai O Fishing Village.
Another must-try street snack at Tai O is Lao Gong Bin (husband cake)!!
Tai O is known for it's fresh seafood as a fishing village, so do try their wide array of BBQ seafood!
How to get there if you do not wish to do the Tung O Ancient Trail hike to get there:
MTR Tung Chung Station. Take bus 11 to Tai O bus terminus (the journey takes approximately 50 minutes). Walk for around five minutes to the Rope-drawn Ferry Bridge and then take a stroll along the waterfront.
MTR Tung Chung Station Exit B. Take Ngong Ping cable car to Ngong Ping Village (approx 25 minutes). Take bus 21 to Tai O terminus (approx 20 minutes) and walk for around five minutes to the Rope-drawn Ferry Bridge and then take a stroll along the waterfront.
4. Central Streets Love
Don't just rush through this urban jungle land, take time to stop by beautiful lanes and streets amidst the towering skyscrapers at Central. We stopped by this lane while on the way to The Peak tram from Central MTR. As much as Hong Kong is known for its tram on Hong Kong Island, many people miss taking the tram with their busy Hong Kong travel schedules. Find time to hop on the tram, sit in silence and just wonder, as it takes you through places on Hong Kong island (recommended weekday off-peak hours).
You can find the tram interactive map here: https://www.hktramways.com/en/interactive-map/
5. Dialogue in the Dark
Picture credit: hitc.com
Have you ever wondered how it's like to be in complete darkness? If you could be bothered to close your eyes for one moment, you'd appreciate that it challenges an entirely different part of your sense, and presents another side of life. Dialogue in the Dark offers the opportunity to explore five different Hong Kong environments using only sounds, smells, temperatures and textures.
Best part? You contribute to the employment of visually-impaired people.
How to get there?
- MTR Mei Foo Station, Exit C1. Turn right and walk along Lai Wan Road, past Lai Chi Kok Government Offices, until you reach The Household Center - Bus 6A from the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry bus terminus and alight at Lai Chi Kok bus terminus
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So, what's your verdict of Hong Kong? :) We hope you enjoyed the list we have put together, and click share to share with your family and friends! If you have discovered other quaint gems in Hong Kong, do share with us and our readers in the comment box below.
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