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I could never grow tired of Hong Kong. There’s all the food, the shopping malls, the stunning skyscrapers decorating the skyline – and again, the food. On our recent trip to Vietnam, we had a short stopover in Hong Kong. Well, short, we were there for nearly a week. But since half of a Hong Kong stay is usually spent with family, I’d say it qualifies for a stopover.
Here’s a guide on how to get the best out of your stopover in Hong Kong!
Hong Kong is home to hundreds of shopping malls where you can spend your day going on shopping sprees or just go window shopping (and gaze at the countless stunning window displays). From the IFC mall to Elements, 1881 Heritage, Langham Place and Harbour City, Hong Kong is a shopping paradise. For those looking to go more local, there’s plenty of shopping opportunities in SoHo, Sheung Wan and Wanchai. For specifics, visit Gough Street for designer homeware and hit up Sneakers Street for limited edition sneakers!
2. search for twinkling lights
…and enjoy the Hong Kong skyline from the Victoria Harbour. From either side of the harbour you’ll enjoy a stunning view. But the best (photographic) view is the view from Kowloon on Hong Kong Island. There’s a light show in the evening, a daily draw for tourists, but you can skip it because the sight of the Hong Kong skyline a night is magical already on its own.
3. hunt for (instagrammable) photography spots
Hong Kong is a popular spot for Instagrammers in Asia. The high-rise buildings, the architectural lines, the food, there’s plenty to photograph in Hong Kong. Some of the most popular instagram spots include:
Victoria Peak – (see below)
Yick Fat building (see below) – A stunning architectural site that makes up for one of the most popular instagram photos of Hong Kong. Head to Quarry Bay to photograph this U-shaped building. Get a wide-angle for the best shots and go low, very low on the ground for an ultra-wide.
Plover Cove / Tai O – Quickly becoming a popular place among the hip and young. Take a bus ride to Tai O, a charming fishing village and enjoy a bike ride for the best photos of Plover Cove.
Ngong Ping 360 / Lantau – This cable car ride to on Lantau Island offers a stunning view of the countryside of Hong Kong.
Lion Rock – A popular spot for hikers due to its breathtaking views of the skyscrapers of Kowloon.
Nan Lian Garden – A serene garden in the middle of the city, which seems almost impossible (see Far Eastern Promises).
Jockey Club Innovation Tower – The Zaha Hadid building (home to the HK Polytechnic University) and its stunning iconic Hadid design are a sight of sore eyes. Step inside the building for gorgeous minimal shots.
You’ll find tons of photographic opportunities when walking in Wanchai, SoHo or Kowloon so do not forget your camera, ever in Hong Kong!
One of the reasons why we’re in love with Hong Kong is of course the food. Good food and cheap food equals my kind of food. There’s a big food culture in Hong Kong and what keeps amazing me is how fragrant and fresh the food always is, even at the smallest food stalls. From more fine-dining places like Aberdeen Street Social to relatively cheap (but good) food chains like Cafe de Coral, there’s plenty to choose from. For dessert lovers, I recommend trying iconic Hong Kong desserts at a Honeymoon Dessert or Hui Lau Shan (許留山) joint. And if you have the chance, try the egg waffles (my favorite – but you’ll have to hit the streets for these).
5. Discover the victoria peak
The view from the Peak is undoubtedly one of the best views you can get of the Hong Kong skyline. Hike up the Peak through the various trails leading up to the highest point of Hong Kong or take the popular tram ride. The peak offers a view of the skyscraper mass on one side and a serene view of Aberdeen. One tip: avoid the crowds by taking the earliest tram up and enjoy the peak at sunrise.