It’s been 3 weeks since I arrived home from Hong Kong and I am counting down the days until I get to visit HKG again (next month). It is indeed one of my favorite cities and I can’t wait to explore more of it. I booked the trip for a really good deal back in March while I was in Portugal with a Multi city search and stop over in Japan. I was able to visit two of my favorite places for the price of one, lovely and I couldn’t pass the opportunity. The fact that I also got to fly OneWorld partner Cathay Pacific was another highlight of my trip, If you have flown Cathay Pacific you can agree with me that they go far and beyond to provide the best customer service possible for their passengers. The trip wasn’t long enough (5 days) but I tried my best to visit some of the major landmarks and tourist attractions in Hong Kong – this post will turn into a part 2 and 3 series about my attractions in Hong Kong and I will be sharing with you what tour I decided to do during my stay for those willing to do the similar attractions that I was able to experience during my visit.
The 3 tourist attractions that I will be covering on Today’s blog post will be the following
- Times Square.
- Stanley Market.
- Arbedeen Boat experience.
- Times Square – Hong Kong.
Lets begin to talk about Times Square Hong Kong, I was staying in Causeway Bay and it was the first “tourist attraction” that was near by from my hotel so I decided to walk around the area and see what is about. Rather than talking about the mall itself because thats what it is, I will share with you all the surroundings of it and what to expect when arriving into Times Square. It was on a weekend when I visited and it was jam packed, I loved being able to experience the local vibe and how the locals get to spend their weekend.
- You can expect to see hundreds of street vendors within the area, it is exciting because you can find anything from clothes to electronics and accessories.
- You will see street food vendors and local food stores, where you will be able to buy soft drinks, snacks, etc.
- Times Square is safe and secure, security is always patrolling the area because of the high profile stores inside and outside the mall.
- Public transportation such as Taxis are always available and there will be no problem catching one, there will be a line to wait strictly just for taxi service.
- Within Time Square you will also be able to visit the Cinema for those interested on watching a film.
- Times Square have special events and promotions for the visitors and locals. Such as Bazaars, Art Competitions, etc.
Overall, Times Square was a pleasant experience – I am not much of a shopper but I also didn’t want to miss the opportunity of seeing one of Hong Kong majors shopping plazas. Also, the highlight of the visit was seeing the locals set up their tables with their own merchandise and showing their talents to the visitors.
- Stanley Market – Hong Kong Island.
Stanley Market is a street market in Stanley on Hong Kong Island, the street is a typical example of a traditional old open-air market in Hong Kong and has since become a major tourist attraction, well known for its bargains. Stanley Market has a variety of stores and each of them offer something different such as: Silk, Jewelry, Chinese wardrobe, art and typical Chinese souvenirs. Besides being such a popular tourist attractions and a “must go” place for the tourist, Stanley also offers a large variety of attractions within the area.
- If you are traveling with kids – the following attractions are fun for the kids. You can visit the famous Stanley main beach which provides fun attraction for the kids.
- For those interested about the history, you can visit the following attractions – Stanley military cemetery, HK Maritime Museum.
- To get to know more of the Culture in Hong Kong – they are 3 great temples to visit, such as: Tin Hau Temple, Tai Wong Ye Temple and Kwun Yum Temple and statue.
- Stanley Market also has a wide selection of restaurants. Ranging from local food, Indian, Italian, Tapas and more.
Stanley market is constantly growing within Hong Kong island and it was indeed one of my favorite places to visit. The people were extremely friendly – Keep in mind that if you are wanting to buy anything from the stores, be sure to negotiate the price. The vendor will usually give you a price and it’s normally “high”, let them know you want a better deal and they will give you it. They want to make the sell rather than losing it.
- Boat cruise around Arbedeen Harbour – Hong Kong.
Arbedeen was one of my favorite tours I got to do during my visit to Hong Kong – the modernity of Arbdeen meets the skyscrapers which overlooks the community living on traditional chinese homes and boats. The boat cruise consisted on touring Aberdeen Bay, one must note the robust lifestyle of Aberdeen Fishing village. The harbour is busy and long. Even if your are willing to walk you won’t experience the essence of it so touring it by boat would be the best and most pleasant way to go. The tour by boat lasted about 20 minutes, you are not required to tip – but if you would like to, you’re more than welcome to.
- Paying for the Sampam ride will be the most exciting way to experience the fishing village of Arbeeden. Do not accept the first price offer, do negotiate the price and once you’re satisfied with the offer, take the deal.
- Within Arbedeen you will be able to see Hong Kong most popular seafood spot and that is the Jumbo Kingdom, considered one of the Worlds largest floating restaurants.
- A few fun facts about the Jumbo Kingdom, the restaurant can set up 2,300 diners – It also includes a tea garden and high quality gourmet style restaurant serving traditional Chinese dishes and fusion dishes.
- When walking around the fishen village of Arbedeen you will see that the sampam boats are parked by the docks and those are the ones who will be taking you around. Each of them offer a different price as well the time of your boat ride. Select the one you’re most satisfied with, I am not saying you should go one by one, but at least have 3 choices to select from and let them know exactly what you want to do. If you don’t want to visit the Jumbo seafood restaurant there will be another floating restaurant called: Tai Bak seafood.
Needless to say, these were a few of the great attractions I was able to get done on day 1 of my trip. Overall, I highly recommend visiting the above attractions to get a feel of what Hong Kong is about. Each attraction is located in different areas of HKG which makes it special because you aren’t “stuck” within the same location for the whole day and you get to experience the culture and lifestyle of the locals.
On a future blog post I will be covering the following attractions:
- Repulse Bay Beach
- The Peak Tram
- Hong Kong Central Ferry Boat cruise.
For those who have been to Hong Kong, what was your favorite tourist attractions? What would you recommend me to visit on my next blog post?