The Hong Kong Bucket List :Things to Do,See & Eat

Living My Little Adventure.

Hong Kong is a very modern and futuristic City with world class system for transportation and easy accessibility to most of the tourist places. Being listed as one of the most expensive cities to live in, it is not that expensive for a tourist to explore the beauty of it.

First of all you need to have a better idea of the city itself, so you can get everywhere easy and fast. So, Hong Kong is divided into 3 main regions. Sounds like I’m  a geography teacher but still these things make a big difference while you are by your own.

1.Hong Kong Island

2.Kowloon Island

3.New Territories ( Lantau Island)

Most of the attractions in Hong Kong are priced, so getting a ticket before visiting is advisable because nobody wants to stand in a long queue wasting time right?

I used an app called Klook to book most of the attraction. This had the cheapest prices and it also had a deal for 4G SIM, Express train from the Airport and also for the Octopus Card. By the way, the first thing you need to buy is the Octopus card if you choose to use the MRT, its a travel card in which u can load money  at all MRTs or local store and use it for trains (except the Express that connects the City and Airport), buses and most of the places.

Finding a Place to stay:

Finding cheap stay in Hong Kong is easy if you prefer a airbnb home . I chose the Hong Kong Island side,close to the market,so I can buy stuff and cook for myself. Since traveling around the city is much convenient whatever place we choose is going to be  Fine.

Getting around the city is very convenient , all you need to find out is the nearest MRT station. Google Maps is the best way to navigate and Always follow signs and look for them because they are everywhere.

Tourists places to visit in Hong Kong:

VICTORIA PEAK:

Im sure you would’ve seen a million pictures of Victoria Peak if you would’ve searched for places to visit in Hong Kong. Yesss! This place has the most surreal view of the entire city. You can see both Hong Kong Island as well as the Kowloon from the View Point. I would recommend you to reach early and book the ticket in advance because this is one of the main attractions in the city and you can see tourists flooding the place. Also the quick and convenient way to reach the top is by the Peak Tram. It is been operated for years and taking the slanting tram is definetly a different experience right?

Once you reach there you are going to be in awe for sometime with the views. I reached the top during the sunset and left after it was dark.

You also have a Madame Tussards and a 4D adventure Museum if you are interested.

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DISNEYLAND HONGKONG:

One can never get old for Disney and so this is one of the must-do in hongkong. Listed as the smallest disneyworld it has so much to offer  not only for kids but also for Adults. It starts with Main Street USA and then you enter to other six lands like TomorrowLand ,Fantasy Land,Adventure Land,Grizzly Gulch,Mystic Point and Toy story. Each set up either have a thrill ride, Live show or a Screen Show to entertain and “ The Lion King” is one of the bestest live show I’ve ever watched. 

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Plan your day in advance because it takes an entire day to visit disney and they have lot of restaurants inside with all amenities needed. 

Don’t leave the Disneyland without watching the magical Fireworks and Once it is done you gotta run to take the MRT or you will be stuck there forever waiting in line to take the MRT.

NGONG PING & TIAN TAN BIG BUDDHA (LANTAU ISLAND):

On reaching the Ngong Ping Cable car Terminal it is a 25 mins ride from the Tung Chung to Ngong Ping. As Always, Please book your tickets in advance so you get a quick access to the cable car and also try getting a one way ticket in the Crystal cabin where you get a see through floor to enjoy the lush greenery and the cool bird’s eye view.

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Upon reaching Ngong Ping you would be greeted by the culturally themed 1.5 hectare of this tiny village. Walk further to check out the most spectacular 35 meters tall Big Buddha named as the “Ten Engineering Wonders in Hong Kong”.

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It is one of the pleasant place to be in Hong Kong and the Ten Thousand Buddha Monastery is beyond beautiful which is situated right opposite to the Big buddha.

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Victoria harbour :

Since hongkong contains two islands you get to see amazing skyline from both end. Get to the closest Pier and indulge in this beautiful view at night. Symphony of Lights is a laser show that happens at 20:00 PM everyday and holds a record for “Largest Permanent Light and Sound show” by Guinness World Records which last about 15 mins. Honestly, it is not something  to die for because I had too much expectations for this but it turned out to be normal.

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AVENUE OF STARS:

It is a garden with statues and handprints of stars in Hong Kong and the only 2 I recognized was Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee. It was similar to Hollywood Walk of Fame but in Hong Kong Version. 

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MONGKOK :

This area is known for its shopping and its huge varieties of delicacy from street food to luxury dinning. This place has a Flower Market, Bird Market, Goldfish Market and for all the ladies out here, LADIES MARKET.  Find a Mulberry bag for 500 rs  or cute little accessories to carry back home as a souvenir. It is a bit chaos here but worth the shopping experience.

FOOD IN HONGKONG:

Hong Kong is also known for its food and obviously DIM SUM is my favourite of all. No matter whats yours budget ,there’s a way for you to enjoy dim sum in Hong Kong.

Im glad I visited one of the oldest themed eateries called Hello Kitty Chinese cuisine which had the most cutest custard buns , dumplings and the list goes on.

Egg Waffles are a must try too. Yummmyyy!!

 Throughout my trip I survived mostly on street food or since I was staying at home I cooked ( mostly on instant noodles. May be!) and fruits. 

You never get bored of Hong kong and it is a great place to start your first trip alone or with your family. Thanks for Reading. Appreciate it much.

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Tian Tan Buddha : Ngong ping 360 experience and Po Lin Monastery.

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“As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life.”       -Buddha

Tian Tan Buddha :

Big buddha ( also known as) is one of the largest  buddha statues in China, it is 112 ft tall, breathtaking and also an absolutely bliss to stare at. Wondering why Tian tan? Because this statue sits on a base similar to that of Tian tan, the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.

Being the second largest sitting buddha in the world with unbelievable panoramic views, this is a must visit place in Hong Kong. Located  in Lantau Island away from the chaotic city, this place symbolises Peace and happiness.

Ngong Ping 360:

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Cable Car-Ngong Ping Village

There are many ways to get to Ngong Ping, but I would recommend you to take the cable car ride from Tung Chung. I booked my ticket through Klook instantly.

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Also remember to take  the Crystal cabin at least one way because you would definitely regret on missing an amazing bird’s eye view.

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Crystal cabin – has a see through at the bottom as well.

On reaching Ngong ping, you will enter into a tiny yet very cute village with so many souvenir shops and restaurants all around . It may seem bit crowded but if you are lucky like I was, you would be surrounded by very few people. Walk a little further, and there you go, the site of the world largest buddha statue in front of your eyes.

Getting to the Statue :

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Buddha Statue – Before the Climb

You need to climb 268 steps to reach the top and trust me it’s all worth it. The panoramic views and the magnificent buddha statue will definitely awe you.

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Take your time and go around the place, you don’t need an entry ticket to visit the Buddha but if you want to get inside you must get a ticket separately. From the top, check out the views and it’s so freaking beautiful.

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Surreal View from the top

Po Lin Monastery :

Make sure you are visiting Po Lin monastery which is right opposite to Big buddha. I had no idea about this place when I was there and randomly visited it.

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Entrance to Po Lin Monastery

This monastery is home for lot of monks and also for “Ten thousand Buddhas”. As the name specify it consists of a room full of buddhas and it is absolute beauty.

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Can you see the background of the pic, each dot has a buddha statue embedded in it. It was such an calm and peaceful experience visiting Ngong ping and it will remain as one of the peaceful buddha statues I have seen so far.

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Don’t miss this on your list while visiting hong kong. I’m sure you will love it too. Love much and travel much more. Thanks for reading 🙂