Hong Kong, China

WHY I LOVE

HONG KONG

  1. Convenient – 24 hour dining and an exceptionable metro system that makes you feel driving is a bad idea.
  2. Efficient – If you need a plumber, he will be there first thing in the morning, there is no wait.
  3. The food scene – Hong Kong is home to some of the most food-obsessed people in the world! People are happy to queue for hours to try new food and the “camera eat first” culture.

24 HRS IN HONG KONG

SEE, EAT & DO

A dim-sum restaurant for tea and breakfast. One that has won rave reviews is Tim Ho Wan – it is the only place that has a michelin star for takeaway! You have to try their famous pork buns.

The Peak, the tallest point on HK island. Yes, it is heavily touristy but there’s a walking trail on Lugard Road which is usually quiet, with even better views over the harbour and surrounding islands – guaranteed to be an enjoyable walk.

Mong Kok, one of the very crowded areas in HK, but really comes alive at night with a unique mixture of people from all kinds of backgrounds, with lots of 24-hour places and night entertainment. It’s where you should go if you are craving hot food at 3 AM in the morning.

TOP 3 BEST

SPOTS TO EAT

Sai Kung Seafood Market: One thing Hong Konger’s are very serious about is the freshness – you can pick exactly what you are going to have on your plate while it’s still alive. Restaurant owner’s are usually from a fisherman background, and your food will be freshly cooked in front of you by the seafood experts.

 

Mid range: £15 – £25

Temple Street night market: Go for the Clay Pot / Casserole Rice. I recommend the Four Season Clay Pot. Although Temple street is a tourist attraction, those Clay Pot Rice restaurants have been there for years and still attract many locals to queue every weekend. NOTE: All are cash only.

 

Budget: Under £15

Private kitchens: you never see them on the street, the good ones are mostly hidden inside some industrial or dodgy-looking building, but you can easily find them online and pre-book. Use Openrice – Hong Kong’s most popular dining guide to find places to eat, based on the restaurant reviews written by real local people.

 

Mid range: £15 – £25

ESSENTIALS

The only thing that really costs is accommodation. The hostel system in HK is yet to truly develop and most are in remote areas. Best option is to look at B&B’s. ChungKing Mansion is an option for budget accommodation. It’s in a very good location and the people there are diverse. It’s good for a backpacker but definitely not for a family vacation.

Tsim ShaTsui, Kowloon. More affordable then HK Island. It is next to Victoria Harbour and walking distance to the Temple Street night market.

You can get basically anywhere with public transport – the metro system has a very good coverage of the city, and buses are frequent.

It’s very safe in the city even after midnight, street lights are bright enough for almost every corner in the street, but avoid wandering near the country side as you are not likely to have any phone coverage.

Never negotiate the fare for a taxi ride. Just jump in and start from the flagfall charge.

More cities in the world need to have this option whereby you can check in all your luggage and get your boarding pass at the central train stations ( MTR) in Kowloon and Central and then get on the airport express straight to the international airport. You will skip huge queues and removes a lot of hassle.

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