How to Travel in Hong Kong – Top 5 Things to Do
There will be a big difference if you go to Hong Kong right after seeing the Mainland China. If you already read my article about Beijing, you will see what I am talking about. If China is more traditional when it comes to activities that you can do there, Hong Kong is a modern jungle, where you have a lot of stuff to explore and try.
In this article, I will tell you all about my experience there: about surfing, the second highest bar in the world, the food, Victoria Peak and one of the museums that impressed me. Enjoy the read about how to travel in Hong Kong and let me know what you think in the comment section.
About Hong Kong
Let’s start with some facts about the region, as it’s very important to know where you travel:
- It was a British colony so you’ll see a lot of similarities, like the red double-deckers or driving on the left side of the road. Their wall outlets are also the same as UK’s.
- It was returned to China in 1997, but the government is separate from the one of Mainland China.
- It has the largest number of skyscrapers in the world! I like to call it “the vertical city” as the territory is small so they couldn’t expand horizontally, they chose to build taller buildings.
- According to Wikipedia, Hong Kong is the world’s fourth-most-densely-populated region. That can be easily explained by the number of skyscrapers.
I arrived here by train, coming from Beijing. And I need to say that after the challenge of Beijing, Hong Kong would be much easier. First of all, everyone spoke English here, which was a relief. I could ask anyone for directions and they would easily explain. I even heard a lot of different languages spoken just by walking on the streets. So the language barrier didn’t exist here.
It is very easy to withdraw money here, as a difference from Beijing. You can also pay by card, but not everywhere, let’s say at restaurants. As an alternative, if you already have the application I told you about, WeChat, you can pay with it as well.
If you are from UK, you will almost feel like home. You’ll see the red double-deckers everywhere and they drive on the left side of the road. They even have double-deckers in the shape of trams. But it’s not the same, though. There are a lot of hills, a lot of skyscrapers and it’s way modern than UK. It can be overwhelming, to be honest, as you see the sky only if you really look up.
Expect your hotel to have many floors. I was amazed by floor 17 in my hotel, only to find out that it’s literally nothing. The rooms are comfortable and nice but small.
It’s very humid. You can expect rain at any time so better take a rain coat with you or an umbrella. The temperature is high, though, I’ve been here during August.
What Can You Do?
There are many activities that you can do if you like to explore or try new stuff. I will tell you a bit of everything.
1. Surf – if you are an adrenaline junkie, that’s the thing for you. I have done my first lesson of surf here and caught some good waves afterwards. If you’ll try it for the first time, let me tell you what you’ll need to be safe:
- Sun protection!! Under no circumstance forget this. The sun is very strong and your skin will get burned.
- T-shirt – when you get on your board, you might irritate your skin, so better to have a t-shirt or a one piece swimsuit for girls.
- In case you get burned, you will find Aloe Vera cream at any pharmacy.
2. Second highest bar in the world – You can find it in the Ritz-Carlton hotel, at floor 118, called Ozone. Try their signature cocktails and enjoy the view, it’s spectacular. You almost feel like in a plane.
3. Science Museum – For you inner scientist, visit this museum. It may be one of the best ones that I’ve been to. So if you feel the hunger for some knowledge while traveling, don’t hesitate.
4. Try the local food – From hot pot to dim sum and the seafood, you have to try everything! I promise that you will love them!
5. Hike the Victoria Peak – You also have the chance of taking a tram up to the hill, but hiking is better, as you’ll enjoy the views more. You might also bump into a boar family if you do it at night. I recommend that you don’t disturb them. You can try the tram, is a wonderful experience, but take it when you go down. You will even avoid the queues like this.
Go Wild in the Hong Kong Modern Jungle
Hong Kong was an amazing experience and really liked it here. I would definitely come back. I am even thinking about moving there, who knows?
But for a totally unique trip, you should try the surfing, the food, hiking the Victoria Peak, drink a cocktail in the second highest bar in the world and learn some new things at the Science Museum.
I hope my guide on how to travel in Hong Kong helped you!
Have you been in Hong Kong? What else did you like there? Let me know in the comment section!