If you have decided to visit Hong Kong for the first time in your life, you need to ensure to visit the quintessential and iconic sights of the city. This blog is made for the purpose of helping you plan your ideal first trip.
Victoria Peak, or simply “The Peak,” is a must-visit attraction for anybody visiting Honk Kong for the first time, simply for its incredible views. Situated atop the highest point on the Island, The Peak is as scenic as lookouts come. Tourists at this spot are not only treated to a sea of skyscrapers and the city’s beautiful blue water body, but during the day, they can glimpse the green hills of the distant New Territories.
If you have time to spare, head to Lugard Road and stroll along the circular trail to get away from the crowds. The best time to head here is early in the day or right before the sunset.
How to get here: You can get to Victoria Peak by hopping onto Peak Tram or taking bus number 15 from Central. Peak Tram’s base is located within walking distance from the MTR’s Central station. Every day, the tram opens at 7 am and closes at midnight.
Star Ferry is to Hong Kong what Eiffel Tower is to Paris. It is the most popular tourist activity and you definitely need to experience the trip it offers. Star Ferry transports visitors between the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island and in route provides them with the most scenic view of the city. The trip provides wonderful photo opportunities so it will also make for some amazing Instagram-able moments!
How to get here: To catch the Star Ferry you need to get to its terminal at Tsim Sha Tsui pier, near the promenade on the Kowloon Peninsula. Your eventual destination will be either its Central pier or its Wan Chai pier on the Hong Kong Island side.
The Tian Tan is a huge bronze statue of Buddha and is located on Lantau Island. This majestic statue attracts pilgrims from all over Asia. You can climb the 268 steps for a closer look at this remarkable statue, and enjoy the sweeping mountain breeze and the commanding view of surrounding area from its base.
How to get here: Take the MTR subway from Hong Kong station in Central to Tung Chung Station. From Tung Chung station you can go on the Ngong Ping Cable Car or Bus Number 23.
Exploring several of Hong Kong’s neighborhoods on foot is also a good idea. You can visit a great number of sites in Soho and Sheung Wan, which spreads from Man Mo Temple to PMQ. There are several amazing street art pieces to be discovered as well as interesting storefronts to check out. This area is famous as the ‘hipster region’ of Hong Kong and you can catch musical performances and cultural events taking place here throughout the year.
How to get here: From Central, head to the Mid-levels Escalator or walk up through Lan Kwai Fong or Lyndhurst Terrace.
Although Hong Kong is a popular destination throughout the year, if you want to skip the most humid weather then avoid the months from June to mid-August. From September to the end of March is likely the best time for a first time traveler eager to travel without any hindrance from the weather.
Cantonese is the mother tongue of the majority of Hong Kong residents and not everybody on the island is fluent in English. Some useful tips when you find it difficult to converse is to speak slow, use simple words and follow your words with actions. You can also benefit by learning some simple Cantonese phrases.
Useful Cantonese Phrases:
Hello: Nei-hou (sounds like ley-ho)
Thank you: ng-goi (sounds like mmm-goy)
How much? : gei-do-chin (sounds like gay-do-chin)
Can it be cheaper? : Pehng-D-laa (sounds like pang-d-la)
There are many hotel and guesthouses located in Hong Kong. These options range from small, simple rooms to spacious and luxurious accommodations offering harbor view. The difference is of course in the price they charge and the area they are located in.
If you are looking for cheap options look for accommodation in Tsim Sha Tsui area, which is close to several markets and museums and is well-connected with public transport. You can also book your accommodation in advance to get special offers on FindLateHotel.