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    6 Things To Do On A Quick Trip To Hong Kong

    6 Things To Do On A Quick Trip To Hong Kong

    The view from the Peak

    Hong Kong is one of the most chaotic, overwhelming, vibrant, cosmopolitan cities we have ever experienced. With its iconic skyline shimmering above the water; the delicious flavors of dim sum wafting through the air, and the unique blending of British and Chinese cultures, Hong Kong is a destination that’s not to be missed — even if it’s just for a quick trip abroad. Here are some tips to help you get started: 

    Visit The Tian Tan Big Buddha 

    The Tian Tan Buddha, otherwise known as just the Big Buddha, is one of the largest Buddhas in the world. Quaintly nestled in the hills of Lantau Island, it’s best to budget at least half a day to visit the mesmerizing sculpture. Once there, you’ll have to commit to climbing hundreds of stairs to access the Buddha’s smiling face, but the reward is well worth the journey. The Big Buddha is, in fact, massive, and the surrounding scenery is nothing less than gorgeous. If you are lucky enough to time your visit to the Buddha on his birthday, you’ll also get to experience pilgrimages, prayers, music, and festivals.  

    Take A Foodie Tour 

    One of our favorite memories from our quick trip to Hong Kong was taking an in-depth tasting tour with Hong Kong Foodie Tours. 

    The half-day tasting experience was a culinary exploration of good eats and genuine Cantonese cuisine led by two local, ultra-knowledgeable guides. Along with the tasty dishes and street eats, we were treated to insight on local history, architecture, and culture. Just be sure to go on an empty stomach, as the tasting tour serves up generous samplings! 

    Walk Around The Peak 

    The Peak is known for its magnificent panorama of Hong Kong. Rising high above the skyscrapers, it is the tallest point in Hong Kong. If you are graced with a rare sunny day, you can even see China extending out into the distance. If the weather is favorable, leave time to enjoy one of the numerous walking trails around the top of the mountain. The relaxing 3.5k Peak Circle Walk is always a popular option and affords stunning views. To reach the top you can choose to go by bus or take the famous Peak Tram. We recommend the latter.  

    Chi Lin Nunnery 

    Located in the heart of bustling Kowloon, the Chi Lin Nunnery is a tranquil Buddhist temple complex— you’d never know you were surrounded by the skyscrapers of modern Hong Kong. There is no admission fee to enter the Chi Lin Nunnery or Nan Lian Gardens; both unquestionably warrant a visit if you are seeking a bit of solitude from the neighboring urban jungle. There is also a vegetarian restaurant at the nunnery that serves up delicious fare. 

    Ladies’ Market

    Welcome to handbag heaven. While the names may claim Mulberry and Chanel, the prices here are inflated, and the quality is poor. Don't be surprised if you find the same products again and again as you continue down the street of the outdoor market, with handbags and women's clothing dominating the stalls. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to visit the market and see what knock-offs you can score. Haggling here is expected, and often the best prices are shouted as you turn to leave. To arrive at the market from the Mongkok MRT station, take the Bank Centre Exit and walk straight half a block. 

    Temple Street Market 

    Back in the Kowloon district, you'll find the iconic Temple Street Market. This is the place to sample local street foods and pick up any electronics or clothing items you couldn’t get your hands on at the Ladies’ Market. Be sure to head here after dark when the real excitement starts. If you don’t have time for a foodie tour, the Temple Street Market is a great place to get adventurous and try something new.  

    For a more in-depth guide to visiting Hong Kong, don’t miss our No-Nonsense Guide to the city.  

    Have you been to Hong Kong? What are your favorite spots in the city? 

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