Knowing little more than a few phrases picked up via cultural osmosis – Gung Hay Fat Choy = Happy New Year, Guy Mei Bow = Coconut Bun and Hum Sup Gwuy Lo = Tacky White Person – I set out to discover Hong Kong. Thankfully, my ability to navigate did not rely on my knowledge of the language as almost everyone spoke English.
What makes visiting a world city like Hong Kong fun is getting out and exploring the city. Thanks to the ultra-modern MTR system, getting around is easy! Take the MTR to the Central (Hong Kong Island) to explore the streets. Must-sees for kids include the Mid-Levels Escalators (the world’s longest escalator), Mak’s Noodles, Tai Cheong Bakery and Man Mo Temple.
What is truly amazing about this city of over 7 million people is that you can escape the hustle and bustle with a short ferry ride to one of the 262 outlying islands that make up the New Territories. Just hop on a ferry at the Central Pier and you will find yourself experiencing a completely different side of Hong Kong.
Lamma Island is one of these islands where you can enjoy a walk along a scenic pathway that traverses the island from Yung Shue Wan to Sok Kwu Wan. Visitors can stop at the public beach on the Yung Shue Wan side or continue onto the fishing village of Sok Kwu Wan for a fresh seafood lunch. Ferries depart from both locations so there’s no need to backtrack at the end of the day.
No family visit to Hong Kong is complete without a trip to Ocean Park. Think of it as a marine park meets amusement park. The Waterfront area features your typical aquarium attractions, but the must-see is definitely the giant pandas. A quick cable car ride takes you up and over the mountain to the Summit where you will find rides and the Ocean Wonders show.
For Disney fans, there is also Hong Kong Disneyland. Now if you are expecting something matching the scale of Florida or even California, you may be disappointed because it’s still in the initial stages of development. But if you long to try newer (and I daresay, better) versions of your favorite rides, like Space Mountain, it’s worth the trip!
Other fun things to do and see include the Peak Tram, a funicular up to the Peak area where you can take in panoramic views of the city, Ngong Ping Cable Car to the Tian Tan Buddha, the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour and the Ding Ding Trams, the double-decker streetcars found in Central Hong Kong.
Vacation planning resources:
- Hong Kong Tourism Mobile Apps – Hong Kong Tourism has a series of apps, including Heritage Walks, City Walks, Island Walks and the Travel Pack.
- Little Steps Asia – The definitive guide to what to do, buy and discover in Hong Kong when travelling with kids!
- Form Asia Guidebooks – The Heritage Hiker’s Guide to Hong Kong and The Leisurely Hiker’s Guide to Hong Kong feature beautiful photographs and cultural stories of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong. Asia’s World City is a cosmopolitan of vibrancy, varieties & trendiness. Visitors will be amazed by the unique fusion of east meets west; the diversity of new and old; exquisite culinary experiences & fantastic shopping. Hong Kong offers Every Moment. A Different World. Discover Hong Kong!
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