If there’s a place in Asia you must visit before you die, Hong Kong should be made a priority on your list.
A well-known cultural kaleidoscope with a sophisticated fusion of both the east and the west, Hong Kong is renowned as one of the most colourful, vibrant, and breathtaking urban centres of the world. Famous for being a ‘shoppers’ paradise’ – there is so much to do and see whilst there. Here are just some of the best things for you to do in Hong Kong during the summer months.
Jump on the Peak Tram
Tie up your explorer boots and delve right in as you prepare to ride the peak tram to the upper levels of Hong Kong Island. Transporting both locals and tourists from from and wide, the seven minute journey up the 1,365 metres hill will give you some of the best views across the entire Hong Kong landscape. Labelled as one of the most iconic and leading tourist spots, the peak tram route is designed to give you an unforgettable experience you won’t forget in a hurry. The tram service has been running for more than 100 years, carrying up to 120 passengers at any given time. If you get on board from the Garden Road terminus in Central, it’s only $45 for a return ticket.
Ride The Star Ferry
Located at Kowloon Point, the Star Ferry is a something all tourists visiting Hong Kong should endure. Famously known as one of the best tourist attractions and sights you are likely to see in the movies, this rather charming method of transportation between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island allows you spectacular views for just a few dollars in return. The route transports passengers across Victoria Harbour, between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon and is is one of the cheapest modes of transport in the entire city. There are currently 12 boats in the Star Ferry fleet and crossing again, takes just seven minutes. So breathe in the sights and have your camera at the ready to snap some of the best shots you’ve ever taken.
Glide Up To The Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)
Drawing visitors in from all over the world, we’re deadly serious when we say you can’t visit Hong Kong without seeing the Tian Tan Buddha. One of the most iconic places on the whole island, we think it should form part of a ritual when visiting.
You won’t regret riding a glass bottom gondola on your way to the Big Buddha – a bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni located at Ngong Ping on Lantau Island.
One of the largest seated Buddha statues in the world, this masterpiece sits 34 metres high, including the base. What’s more, the remarkable bronze statue built in 1993 cost $60 million to make and erect. The overall process to complete the statue took over 12 years. Did you know that made using bronze and gold materials, the head glitters and glows under sunlight? One suggestion would be not to visit in the middle of the day as it can become quite busy. Lunch at the buddhist temple is also a popular choice on the evening.
Release Your Inner Child At Hong Kong DisneyLand
What is a day without smiles and laughter? Because at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort you’re promised to do both – all day long! Famous for being the largest theme park in Hong Kong, the park located on reclaimed land in Penny’s Bay, consists of seven brilliantly themed areas: Toy Story Land, Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Grizzly Gulch and Mystic Point.
With a daily capacity of up to 34,000 people, the 68 acre amusement park is filled with themed areas hosting various rides, shops, restaurants, and live entertainment shows round every corner.
Disneyland promises to bring to life characters and places from Disney’s movies for both children and adults alike. At Sunny Bay, passengers can transfer to the Tung Chung Line, providing access to Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, or Tung Chung. We promise a full day of fun and spectacular rides, so be sure to book your ticket in advance.
Stroll Along Tsim Sha Tsui
As we mentioned at the start of this blog, Hong Kong is world famous for its shopping quarters. Tsim Sha Tsui especially, is known as the major shopping and nightlife district in Kowloon. Ranging from independent shops, to an abundance of eateries and local shops, the neon lit Nathan Road is a hot tourist spot for a few hours of cash spending. Nearby on Canton Road, the luxury shopping malls and Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade are bound to draw you in. Walk just a few hundred steps and you’re likely to find yourself on Victoria Harbour – a popular spot to appreciate Hong Kong’s skyline views, while mainstream events and concerts can be heard being performed at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
Are you visiting Hong Kong this summer? We hope our top tips can give you some inspiration on what to do while there.
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