Hong Kong is often known as where the East meets West because of the mix in culture between Chinese and Western. The place balances between a very modern way of life while traditional Chinese practices are still retained. It is recognized as Asia’s business hub because of its location and cultural mix and is ranked among the top 10 places in the world to visit for tourists. There are many fun things to do in Hong Kong, no matter indoor or outdoors.
The first popular tourist area on the Hong Kong side is Central, the business (and party!) district of Hong Kong. Here you can experience the world’s longest outdoor escalator system that takes you to the Mid-Levels where you’ll find a great number of bars to choose from. Or take the tram to the Peak and enjoy the view of the city, followed by a tour of the wax museum that features over 100 wax figures of celebrities at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong. Shop for luxury brands at Landmark or enjoy a fancy dinner in Soho followed by a party with other expats and locals in Lan Kwai Fong where there are different weekly events happening including Beer Fests.
When you wake up the next morning, you can hop onto a boat at the Central Pier and spend a lazy day at the beach on Lamma Island. Shek O Beach is also near Central (about a 30 minute taxi ride) where you can relax on the sands of Hong Kong and enjoy a nice dinner while you’re there.
The MTR can take you to almost any part of Hong Kong but it minimizes your chance of seeing what Hong Kong is really like. Instead, try riding the ‘ding-ding’ in Wan Chai – one of the most old school forms of transportation in Hong Kong. Drop by at the Pawn, a famous heritage building that now serves British cuisine. A few steps later, you’ll find yourself in Causeway Bay where bustling tourists line up at Sogo and at Times Square, a 13-story shopping mall where you’ll find high end fashion and boutiques. East of Causeway Bay is another big attraction – The Happy Valley Racecourse and races are held every Wednesday night.
Finish the day with a stroll at Victoria Park, the largest park on Hong Kong Island.
There are many things to do in Hong Kong – no matter it be sightseeing, shopping, or eating. The list of choices are continuous and the cultures that make up the city are very diverse in nature. We see this reflected at the Hive as members from different parts of the globe come to join our community.
Stay tuned for next chapter of Hidden Hong Kong!