July 31, 2017

Top Attractions in Hong Kong

Me with Bruce Lee at the Avenue of Stars in 2013

First visit: January 2009
Photography: Arthur Jeciel & Michael Pannagel

In 2009, I visited Hong Kong for the first time and although it was with the Singelresor group (where we visited Victoria Peak and Golden Bauhinia Square among others) I felt I needed to come back and rediscover it once more, this time without any guide. And so in May 2013, Mike and I were back to this bustling city rich with Asian culture and western influence.


After a long flight from Europe via Frankfurt and Bangkok, we finally arrived in Hong Kong. We only had six nights here (including a day trip to Macau) so we decided to make the most of it. Our first stop was at the fishing village near the Tam Kung Temple in Shau Kei Wan.

The following day, we went to see the Avenue of Stars, located along the Victoria Harbour waterfront. This is pretty much like the Hollywood Walk of fame in Los Angeles.

Clock Tower, one of the iconic landmarks in Hong Kong

Next stop was the 1881 Heritage. From 1880s to 1996, this was the headquarters of the Hong Kong Marine Police. A visit to this place takes you back to Victorian-era Hong Kong.

Taking a boat ferry is definitely one of the most enjoyable ways to discover Hong Kong 😍 

Golden Bauhinia Square

And yes, I just love the tram system here! The ride is very cheap so make sure you get to experience it 👍

The Hong Kong Skyline is beautiful during daytime. But in my opinion, it is much better at night. Don't you agree?

Man Mo Temple, famous for its incense spirals

Another day, another sightseeing. And this time, we visited the Central Mid-Levels escalator, the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world.

While taking the escalators to the junction of Shelley Street and Robinson Road, we came across the Jamia Mosque, Hong Kong's first mosque which was built during the 1840s and extended in 1915.

To be able to have a great view of Hong Kong, I recommend going to ICC's Sky 100 Hong Kong Observation Deck. It offers breathtaking 360 degrees panoramic view of the city and the Victoria Harbour 😉

In the evening, we went to the Mong Kok district which is the shopping district of Hong Kong 😍

Another thing I can suggest is to take a stroll around the city using a local map. It is hard to miss the Bank of China Tower as it is one of the most recognizable skyscrapers in Admiralty, Hong Kong. It was the tallest building in Hong Kong and Asia from 1989 to 1992.

If visiting temples is your thing, the Wong Tai Sin Temple is a well known shrine in Hong Kong which accommodates Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. The temple is located North of Kowloon.

During our last night in Hong Kong, we couldn't afford not visiting the cheapest Michelin star restaurant in the world, the Tim Ho Wan 😋😋 They actually have several branches but we visited the one located inside the IFC Mall at the Central station. The line was long when we arrived but after about half an hour, we were seated and I have to say that it was worth the wait 👍

Hong Kong is one of my favorite destinations because of the excellent food and it's interesting culture.  Almost every restaurant offers the best of Cantonese cuisine, no wonder I put on weight after our trip 😉 The Chinese way of life mixed with the influences from the British has made this city what it is right now, a blend of east and west. Of course, there are a lot more things to do here (which we were not able to do because of the lack of time) like visiting the Dragon's Back, Lantau Island and many more. Hope to do it next time though. Joi gin 😉


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