During my time in Hong Kong recently, I had an absolutely amazing time. I ate Chinese food to my heart’s content, met up with some dear friends and explored the city. While Hong Kong may have a reputation as being an expensive place to live and travel around, there are a few things you can do as a tourist that won’t cost you a single Hong Kong Dollar! Read below to find out more:
Victoria Peak is a mountain in Hong Kong that offers up stunning views of Victoria Harbour and the city of Hong Kong. You can take the Peak Tram from the city to the top, and you can also take a public bus to reach the lofty heights. However, I had read up about a leisurely hiking trail that takes you up to the Peak and gives you amazing views of the city and the water before you even arrive. The Morning Trail is an accessible route that starts from Hatton Road [which you can get to using the #13 bus!] all the way up to the top. While the trail itself is only 2.8km, if you want the scenic route, then it becomes 4km. Once you get to the top of the hill, take the path marked “Lugard Road” and do not turn right. Even though you will be walking for a bit longer, the views are definitely worth it. Provided you go on a clear day, of course! Once you get to the top, you can eat and shop to your heart’s content at the famous Peak Galleria.
TIP: Start the hike during late afternoon to watch the lights of the city turning on and look down below at the city’s magnificent skyline.
As it was constantly raining during my time in Hong Kong, I was sure to make the most of indoor activities. One of my favourite spots was the Hong Kong History Museum, it delves into the past and present of Hong Kong. The history ranges from the creation of Hong Kong as an island and it’s geography. It touches on the people of Hong Kong, and most importantly the political history of the country. It delves into the impact that the British had upon the country, including the two Opium Wars. As per usual, the British weren’t shit. What else is new?
TIP: The Science Museum is just next door, so you can just hop over when you’re done.
If you do an image search on Google of Hong Kong, the most common image you will see is of the amazing skyline at night. Not only are the lights glowing every night from the different buildings in the financial district of Hong Kong, there’s a lovely show put on at 8pm. Take a walk or boat to the Kowloon side of the Harbour and you will be treated to a light show that lasts 15 minutes everyday. It looks absolutely amazing in person, but I’d hate to get stuck with the electric bill!
TIP: Head over around 15 minutes beforehand to get a good spot!
Upon waking up on my first day in Hong Kong, I realised that due to the vastly different time zone [GMT+8] I was up crazy early. As I was staying in Kowloon not too far from the Tsim Sha Tsui station, I figured I’d go for a walk. I went in the direction of East Tsim Sha Tsui towards the Garden of Stars. The Garden is home to hand prints and statues of actors and actresses that made up the cinema of Hong Kong. My favourite piece was, of course, the statue of the amazing Bruce Lee. It was so fun placing my hands where Chow Yun Fat, Jet Li and others had done so before me. As it’s out in the open at the TST Promenade, you can just take a seat and chill looking at the Harbour.
TIP: Have fun checking which star has similar hands to yours by the many hand prints
The Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple, or Wong Tai Sin Temple for short, is home to 3 different religions: Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. It was incredible to walk around this Temple as it is just so beautiful, like something you’d see on a postcard. It was especially interesting for me to see people worshipping in a way I had never seen or experienced before, and I definitely learnt a few new things. Plus it was fun standing with my zodiac sign in the circle of 12.
TIP: Once you’re done, you can go to the Temple Mall right next door and grab something to eat!
Any other free things to do in Hong Kong that have been missed out? Which one[s] were your favourite?