4 Hong Kong Itineraries for Every Kind of Traveler
Are you an adventure seeker, culture grazer, fancy shopper or history lover?
(SPOT.ph) Hong Kong is a place that juxtaposes culture from the East and West, seamlessly blending ancient and modern sensibilities. Bustling with city life and yet shrouded in an air of mystery, it offers plenty to discover; whether you’re an adventure seeker out for an adrenaline rush, a history lover wanting to learn something new, a fancy shopper on the prowl for the latest finds, or a culture grazer who wants to live like a true local—Hong Kong-style.
Here are four sets of itineraries for different kinds of travelers, which you can use on your next trip.
1. Be thrilled if you’re an Adventure Seeker
If getting an adrenaline rush is part of your agenda, then Ocean Park and Hong Kong Disneyland should automatically be part of your itinerary. Here, you can enjoy exhilarating rides all day and meet heroes from your childhood, on top of the other attractions.
If you want a scenic kind of adventure, board the Tram at the Peak or the Cable Car at Ngong Ping. But if you want something for your inner daredevil that’ll leave you catching your breath—the great outdoors is your best bet.
Experience the thrill of windsurfing on the shores of Big Wave Bay Beach, or go ziplining and abseiling between the rocks and cliffs of Tung Lung Island—complete with the deep blue sea as your backdrop.
2. Get schooled if you’re a History Lover
While Hong Kong offers arguably the most sought-after luxuries of cosmopolitan living, a rich and interesting history colors its cityscape. You’ll learn a lot about Hong Kong’s scintillating past when you visit the numerous museums that’ll impart knowledge and an experience you won’t find in history books.
Hong Kong’s interesting colonial past can still be seen in the remnants of old infrastructures such as the postcard-famous red-brick Clock Tower, which was once part of a busy rail station.
You can also check out exhibits on the evolution of the city at the Hong Kong Museum of History and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. The latter is also known for its exhibition featuring martial artist turned Hollywood actor Bruce Lee.
The University Museum and Art Gallery at the University of Hong Kong is home to priceless ceramics, paintings, sculptures, and other artifacts from as early as the ancient dynasties. If you want to literally go the extra mile and see something big in terms of scale and significance, the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery will make your trip to Lantau Island worthwhile.
3. A retail therapy haven for Fancy Shoppers
You can’t leave Hong Kong without a shopping bag or two—or, to be honest, a chunky piece of luggage—filled with merch from the wide array of shops. If you want affordable and thrifty pieces, head over to the small but trendy stalls of Mong Kok and Sham Shui Po, and put those bargaining skills to good use.
If you want to sample Hong Kong’s homegrown creative scene, Sham Shui Po has concept stores from local designers. It’s also the best place to buy new gadgets without breaking your budget. Stay alert for deals you might not get anywhere else.
As for luxury brands in swanky shops with sophisticated interiors, have your credit cards ready for a trip to Central and Causeway Bay. For something a bit more artsy, the vibrant Old Town Central fits the bill, with its modern take on tradition as seen in the unique independent shops lining its streets.
4. Breathe in the local vibe if you’re a Culture Grazer
The streets of Hong Kong are already an attraction in itself, an exhibit that exemplifies both the old and the new with spots that both tourists and locals alike love to visit. You can go on a picture-perfect stroll down the Old Town Central Art Walk, or visit the Che Kung Temple for a spiritual experience.
Artists and designers have built a home for their visual and performing arts in the old buildings in Old Town Central, breathing new life into the area. Tai Kwun is also a must-visit for its heritage buildings that have been restored and developed into art spaces.
The past and present come together at the historic Central Police Station compound. It also has areas devoted to art galleries and other lifestyle spots. The Hong Kong Museum of Art, on the other hand, is a place for introspection; a must-see for art collectors and enthusiasts.
If you’re on the hunt for authentic local delicacies, Sham Shui Po is a must-visit. You can eat to your heart’s content and fill up on noodles, rice-noodle rolls, rice pudding, different kinds of tofu dishes, dim sum, and more. Cap it off with a few drinks in the evening at Lan Kwai Fong, where over 90 bars and restaurants line up the streets and the nightlife lasts well into the morning.
Keep this list handy and you won’t run out of things to do or places to discover when you visit Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Tourism Board has also prepared different activities for its visitors as part of its Soul Cool campaign, including water sports, refreshing treats to cool down with on a day out and about, and just-as-fun indoor activities.
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