Long weekend HK, here we come!
We booked our flight with Spring Airlines and after 2.5 hours we arrive at our destination.
After a subway ride to our hotel we’ve been coming immediately into the hustle and bustle of HK!
We checked in our hotel: “Hotel Rainbow” which we’ve booked with Ctrip.
This hotel has a perfect location. We also had the breakfast included, but we don’t recommend this. You have a lot of more better opportunities to enjoy a nice breakfast outside the hotel.
We first go to the island of Lantau, and with the cable car to Tung Chung.
A stretch of about 5.7 km long. The Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha are located there.
We buy tickets for the ‘Crystal Cabin’, this is in fact equipped with a glass bottom.
A great experience, it’s like we fly over this beautiful scenery..
You can find more information or already buy your tickets here.
Arrived in Tai O Fishing Village, we can see that you can do a lot of other activities.
But we only had time to see the ‘Tian Tan Buddha’.
The bronze statue is a symbol of the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and religion. The Buddha is 34 meters high, on a clear day he can be seen all the way from Macau.
Time for the Po Lin Monastery, which is located opposite the statue. It is one of Hong Kong’s most important Buddhist shrines and is called “The Buddhist World in the South”. The monastery, which is inhabited by many pious monks, is rich in colorful Buddhist images and attractive garden is full of fragrant flowers, birds, … Here you can also satisfy your hunger in the popular vegetarian restaurant.
Temple Street is the next thing that is on our program.
When the sun goes down, the traders have already displayed their goods and opera singers and fortune tellers also come together. There is a popular bazaar in the middle of the street named after the Tun Hau temple. Trinkets, tea sets, watches, cool t-shirts and lots of other thing you can find here.
The atmosphere here is on top and local! Believe us, you want to get lost in these streets…
You also have the ‘Ladies Market’ here in Tung Choi Street.
This 1000 meter-long street has more than 100 stalls full of discount prices. Clothing, handbags, watches, everything you can think of.
We start our next day with a walk through Kowloon Park, which has an area of 13 hectares. A beautiful park with fountains, water features where there are countless turtles. As well as waterfalls, a zoo, flamingos,… and with a little luck, there are people doing some Tai Chi, which is always nice to see!
After our morning walk we go to the ‘Star Ferry’.
For a few euros we’re stabbing the river towards HK Island. Here we get an impressive view of the city skyline. You can also optionally choose to continue sailing to one of the many islands such as Macau.
Click here to find more information about the ferry, the tours they offer and the islands you can visit.
Times Square is the main shopping center here and SOGO the largest department store in HK. In addition, there are many other local retailers and markets.
Save yourself here to take a steep climb and take the Mid-levels Escalator – the longest covered escalator in the world – which runs from Central to Hollywood Road.
We pass the beautiful ‘Man Mo Temple’, the largest temple in Hong Kong.
We also take the tram so we definitely don’t miss anything here.
So many things to do – so little time…
What you definitely can not miss here is the ‘Lan Kwai Fong Street’.
Hong Kong’s most popular entertainment districts. Here you will find more than 90 bars and restaurants. The atmosphere varies from stylish wine tastings to noisy bars who only sell all sort of shots.
Of course, we make a stop at the Hard Rock Cafe here and enjoy a cocktail, we deserved it after a day of 22 km of walking..
After our recuperative refreshment we return by ferry to Kowloon. The skyline has been transformed into a beautiful light show.
There is only one thing on our to-do-list today and that’s DISNEY!
Find all information here about the opening-hours and the price of the tickets.
Our last day has arrived. Our flight to Pudong is scheduled on 17u50, so we still have some time to stroll through the streets here.
Hong Kong is totally different compared to Shanghai but we’re convinced to definitely come back here.
We enjoyed HK to the fullest and we hope you enjoyed reading this!
- Have you ever visited HK or do you have any recommendations what we should visit next time? Please let us know in the comments, thanks!