Thinking of Hong Kong?
If you've never been to Hong Kong before it can seem quite daunting as its such a huge, busy city. This trip was the first time I'd ever been so I had this feeling a few times whilst wandering the streets. I visited Hong Kong with Jacob and two of our friends, Jordan and Sophia. We originally planned on staying three nights whilst getting our Chinese visa but in good old Jacob and Hayley style our plans changed. Due to it being Chinese New Year our visa application was submitted too late meaning we would have to stay a total of 7 nights. Which wasn't too much of an issue as there were so many hot spots we wanted to visit and who can complain about being stuck in Hong Kong! Below I have written a few of the spots we visited, the top places we ate and where we stayed!
Places to visit:
Temple Street Market
In the day time this is just a quiet street in Kowloon but wait until it gets dark and this street comes to life! With stall after stall of everything and anything you could ever want to buy, tables you can sit at to taste amazing street food and the sound of haggling at every corner. Its super bright and colourful with lines of flags above giving a closed, intimate feeling. We were super lucky with this as our hotel for the first few nights was based just off Temple Street so we were able to dash in and out of the organised chaos as and when we wanted. Make sure to head here to check out what all the madness is about and maybe grab a few gifts for those back at home.
Lion Head Rock Peak
We woke up at 4am and headed out in the dark to start our hike up to the top of the peak to catch the sun rise above Hong Kong. We started the hike at Wong Tai Sin temple which was a ten minute walk up a winding road until we reached the start of the climb which was mostly made up of steps and mixed terrain. It does get quite difficult towards the end of the hike due to steep steps but its very doable, just insure to take water with you! (I made this mistake!) The hike up lasted around 50 minutes and we reached the top just a few moments before the sun rose above the mountain ahead. The crest of the orange sun peaked over the mountain ahead lighting up the skyscrapers below. It's such a crazy view to witness due to the landscape being made up of so many different aspects. With its crazy green mountain ranges, a city below full of skyscrapers and the sea around it!! One of the most unique and insane views I've ever seen.
Choi Hung Estate
One of the most iconic places in Hong Kong because of its pastel colour flats surrounding a colourful basketball pitch. Grab a basketball and have a play around if you can dodge all the photographers trying to get the perfect shot of the symmetrical lines of the apartments and centre court! The closest tube station is Choi Hung Station and you can reach the basketball court by going up the stairs on the multi story car park.
Oh Mong Kok, a place like no other. The streets are constantly busy which gives it such an electric buzz. The perfect place to shop if you are in need of literally anything! From trainers to pet goldfish, Mong Kok has it all.
Head here for the perfect view over the city. Based on the western side of Hong Kong Island it's one of the best views of the skyscrapers and harbour as it's the highest mountain in the city. There is a viewing deck that you can visit for $50HKD per person and it's defiantly worth it. Head up to watch the sun set and get an awesome view of the city as it turns to darkness and the lights turn on. There is also a light show on every night between 7:30 and 8pm.
Pure Veggie House
This restaurant is based five minutes from the tram station at Victoria Peak on Hong Kong island in the Coda Plaza. They have a huge selection on the menu from noodles, rice, dim sum, dumplings, curry and much more. As there were four of us we got noodles, bbq tofu, bbq aubergine, chilly potatoes and the BEST fried veggie dumpling I have ever had all to share and this was plenty! This food was honestly so delicious I could have sat there and had it all over again! It was one of the pricer meals we had in Hong Kong but it did not disappoint.
N1 Coffee & Co
If you're in need of some western food and good wifi then be sure to head here! They have a small but amazing breakfast menu with avo toast and a full breakfast you'll feel like you're at home. The coffee is also some of the best coffee I had in Hong Kong and they also have Soy milk which is a plus! It's the perfect place to hang out and do some work. The decor is simple with wooden tables and stalls to sit at and the cafe is small which gives a homely feeling.
Urban Coffee Roasters
Again if you're in need of good coffee and a western pick me up then head here! They do everything from soup to pancakes so you'll never be stuck on what to get. Very relaxed feel to it and a quirky rustic decor.
A futuristic diner based in Tsim Sha Tsui, if you're looking for a quick but tasty meal be sure to head here and make sure you try out the Vietnamese spring rolls. They have a huge choice of rice dishes, noddles and soups and the prices are super cheap!
Where we stayed:
Located in Kowloon within walking distance of Tsim Sha Tsui MRT station, this modern hotel with an industrial feeling decor is the best way to escape the business of the streets below. We stayed in one of the 'Greater' Rooms. With a comfy large bed, a breakfast table which can be used as a desk which enabled us to keep up to date with our work. A huge open wardrobe space and a huge waterfall shower, a must after walking around the city all day. In the mornings they provide complimentary croissants, coffee, cereal and orange juice from 7-10 and cookies throughout the day to help keep the sweet tooth happy! Everyone at the Residence G was super helpful and friendly. I honestly can't fault anything about this hotel. The location is perfect, the size and comfort of the room is exactly what you could wish for!