Hong Kong Impressions & To-Do List

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Night flight to Hong Kong

9055 km from Munich, Germany → Hong Kong, China. 11:30hr flight time. 

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Good morning Hong Kong!

End of November I had the chance to visit Hong Kong with my boyfriend! We spent three nights in the city before flying back home. Three days is definitely not enough to see everything but we managed to fit in a lot of sightseeing. I’ll be back in Hong Kong a few more times so I’ve written a to-do list for my next visits. Today I want to share my HKG impressions and a to-do list of things you should see when you visit. 

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Rooftop outdoor pool from the Grand Hyatt in HKG

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“You can leave Hong Kong, but it will never leave you.” – Nury Vittachi, Hong Kong: The City of Dreams

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During our layover we explored Hong Kong city and Kowloon island. To get to Kowloon you can easily take a bus or ferry. We opted for a bus tour of HKG city and Kowloon to get a feel for the city on the first day. I’m a fan of hop-on hop-off bus tours!

“A New York minute is a Hong Kong second.”

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Kowloon

Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

At central pier you can get your tickets for a bus tour from Big Bus or Rickshaw Sightseeing. Both offer different tour options for HKG city and Kowloon. We got a day pass and got out at certain stops that we were really interested in.

We got a feel for the city during the bus tour which was great for the first day.

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Central Pier

Central Pier

This is where you can get a ferry to the other islands outlying HKG. It’s also a great way to see the skyline of Kowloon and behind you, HKG city.

It’s about 10 minutes by foot from here into the city for great shopping and restaurants.

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Symphony of Lights

Symphony of Lights Show

Every evening at 8pm, since 2004, the skylines of HKG light up for the Symphony of Lights show. It’s recognized as one of the worlds most spectacular light shows. It’s a free attraction if you’re watching from Kowloon (onto HKG city skyline), from the Peak or by the pier in HKG.

The Star Ferry offers boat tours especially to watch the show from the water. This gives you the opportunity to watch both skylines.

Gelato Roses at Givrés

Home of gelato roses in Hong Kong! We found the prettiest cafe while walking back from a market. I decided to try two flavors, lemon and rose! Almost too pretty to eat. More on Givrés on their homepage here.

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Disney Land

A spontaneous idea of ours was to go to Disney! The amusement park on Lantau Island is easy to get to by subway.

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Golden Bauhinia Square

The bauhinia is the emblem of Hong Kong (featured on both bus tours) and is located at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Internationally, the HKCEC is known as a world-class convention and exhibition center. Everyday you can witness the flag raising ceremony here.

The Peak

Probably one of the most well known thing to do in HKG is go up to the Peak. It’s the highest point on HKG Island and gives you an incredible birds eye view of the city and the outlying islands if the weather permits.

You can either walk up which takes about 2 hours or take a taxi, bus or tram. Riding the Peak Tram is a visual experience on it’s own – another spectacular view of the city from above.

More information and how to get there here.

Shopping

Times Square – a major shopping center in Hong Kong. Good for a rainy day.

1881 Heritage – outdoor shopping complex with high end boutiques and jewelers. The architecture is Victorian.

Temple Street Night Market –  The temple street night market is a popular street bazar where you can find all sorts of trinkets, souvenirs and food. The market is in Kowloon.

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A cloudy day…
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…a sunny day. At the Grand Hyatt in HKG.

To-Do List for my next visit

  • The Peak again, by tram
  • Have high tea at the Peninsula Hotel
  • Day trip to Macau (big hotels, casinos and lots of lights!)
  • More gelato roses at Givrés!

Have you ever been to Hong Kong and do you have any recommendations?

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