travel | 22 April 2016
We’ve been back in the Netherlands for some time now and ever since we’ve been back we’ve been feeling like we’re missing something. The hustle & bustle, the food, the shops, the views, the noise of people constantly on the move. It took us a while to get used to the slow pace here again. Sometimes I find it so quiet I turn on the tv just to have some background noise. Take me back to Hong Kong please!
I’m excited to start my Hong Kong travel series here and we’re kicking off with Sha Tin. Sha Tin is one of the nine districts located in the New Territories and it is known to be the most populous district in Hong Kong. We spent the first nights of our trip in the Hyatt Regency Sha Tin, where we enjoyed a wonderful stay. Not only is the hotel near an MTR station (2 minute-walk), it also offers an amazing view on Sha Tin Hoi, a cove at the mouth of Shing Mun River.
One of the attractions in Sha Tin is the Sha Tin Racecourse. If there’s one thing Chinese people love, it’s a good bet. If you’re not into that, there’s plenty of other attractions in the neighborhood. The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is a monastery located in the Pai Tau village and it is known for its impressive number of golden Buddha statues (a total of 12,800). Hikers and nature enthousiasts will do good to hike the trail from Sha Tin Pass Road to Kownloon Reservoir, where the Lion Rock, Beacon Hill and Eagle’s Next will provide you with sweeping views of the densely populated areas of Hong Kong.
For those who would rather stay in, the Hyatt Regency Sha Tin has plenty to offer. Food lovers can rejoice in Sha Tin 18, a restaurant serving authentic Dongguan and Northern Chinese cuisine. From a beautiful avocado and king crab dish with a garlic sauce to a traditional Peking Duck platter and wok-fried vermicelli with prawns and pork, the chefs at the restaurant serve an delectable and elegant Chinese menu. The highest praise has to go to the dessert section. The Jasmine milk tea and Chinese wine chocolate ice cream are such refined desserts that it takes serving ice cream to a whole new level.
End your day with a spa treatment at Melo Spa. The spa offers a variety of facial and body treatments that are designed to relief stress and help you reconnect yourself with the nature again. Don’t be surprised if a relaxing treatment at the spa will put you to sleep instantly.
(But enjoy the stunning views from the hotel room before you go off to bed.)
Hong Kong is a big city and it has so much to offer. I may not be Cantonese and I may not speak the language (not well enough to hold a conversation). But Hong Kong has stolen my heart. And I can’t wait to share more with you guys.