5 November 2016

Travel Diaries | Hong Kong

If you follow me on Instagram (@aspiringlondoner), you know that I was travelling across Asia this summer.  My first destination was Hong Kong, and I instantly fell in love!  It’s an amazing city with a great mix of the old and new.  There are influences from the old China dynasty to the new shiny western Hong Kong.  It can be quite confusing knowing where to go when researching, so I’m going to share my top 5 Hong Kong must-see/do!

Big Buddha, Lantau Island, Hong Kong - Aspiring Londoner

Ngong Ping Crystal Cabin Cable Car - Aspiring Londoner

Big Buddha, Lantau Island, Hong Kong - Aspiring Londoner

Big Buddha, Lantau Island, Hong Kong - Aspiring Londoner

1.     Big Buddha, Lantau Island

Big Buddha was easily my top pick for Hong Kong.  I loved the whole experience from getting there to seeing the Big Buddha to exploring the island.  Getting there is easy enough, we took an MTR to Tung Chung Station and take Exit B.  From there, we took the Ngong Ping cable car, which takes about half an hour to get to Lantau Island.  Little tip, get the Crystal Cabin – you won’t regret it!  It basically has glass floor and gives you unbelievable view!
Once you’re at the island, it’s another 8-10 minutes’ walk to the Big Buddha where you climb 268 steps to get to the Buddha statue.  It’s unreal.  The panoramic view from the top is like nothing I’ve seen before!

Queue for Victoria Peak Tram - Aspiring Londoner

Victoria Peak Bubba Gump Shrimp Co Restaurant - Aspiring Londoner

Victoria Peak Bubba Gump Shrimp Co Restaurant View - Aspiring Londoner

Victoria Peak Sky Lounge 428 Hong Kong Skyline View - Aspiring Londoner

2.     Victoria Peak

Hong Kong is known for its skyline, and where better to catch a glimpse of it, if not from the mountain top?!  You can get to the top of the Peak by riding the Peak Tram, a 120-year-old funicular railway.  The queues can be horrendous on weekends and school holidays, and when I say horrendous, I mean 4 hours outside in the humid heat of HK!  So try and time it to avoid busy times.

At the top, the views from the Sky Lounge 428 are just stunning!  Absolutely worth the kind of scary ride of the tram!  To make things even better, there’s a myriad of restaurants at the top, notably Bubba Gump Shrimps Co.!  Being Forrest Gump fans, of course, we dined there and it was a lovely experience.  All in all, the Peak is not one to be missed if you’re in HK.

Nan Lian Garden Hong Kong - Aspiring Londoner

Nan Lian Garden Hong Kong - Aspiring Londoner

Chi Lin Nunnery Hong Kong - Aspiring Londoner

3.     Chi Lin Nunnery/Nan Lian Garden

Chi Lin Nunnery and the Nan Lian Garden were the ones that surprised me the most, pleasantly of course.  It surprised me because, I didn’t expect to find such a serene, peaceful place in the midst of the bustling city that is Hong Kong.  The garden is beautiful, what stood out for me was the nunnery.  From the Lotus pond to the whole atmosphere of the nunnery is such a memorable experience for me.

Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong Skyline - Aspiring Londoner

Symphony of Lights Show Hong Kong Skyline - Aspiring Londoner

4.     ‘A Symphony of Lights’ – Hong Kong Skyline

I mentioned it to be one of the renowned skylines of the world.  Other than the view from the Peak, another brilliant thing to see the light show display ‘A Symphony of Lights’.  It’s on every night at 8pm, free of charge.  You get the best view from the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront and choreographed with music – it really is spectacular!

Causeway Bay Hong Kong - Aspiring Londoner

Causeway Bay Hong Kong Street Vendor - Aspiring Londoner

Causeway Bay Hong Kong Food - Aspiring Londoner

5.     Causeway Bay

Causeway Bay is the shopping central of Hong Kong.  It has shops ranging from luxury high end boutiques to the street style markets where you can bargain iPhone cover prices to your heart’s content.  There are great mixes of brands too including Asian brands and western brands, to be honest I didn’t shop much on my trip, just wanted to mostly people watch and eat!  It was an unique experience and I’d recommend it to everyone who travel!

This was a trip of a lifetime, excluding the 15-hour flight to Hong Kong, everything else far exceeded my expectations!

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