Thursday, 19 December 2013

3 Gems of Hong Kong

When you think Hong Kong. You probably will jump to thoughts of lights, busy streets, the hustle and bustle of city life, but that's not all Hong Kong has to offer. It has 100's of outlying islands. any mountainous treks and there is always something new to discover even in the heart of the city.

1. Lantau Island

Okay, granted this may not be necessarily classed as a 'hidden gem' I want you to hear me out. Most people will travel to Tung Chung on the MTR, hop on the Ngong Ping 360 and take the albeit amazing, but touristy ski lift to the Big Buddha. The MTR is Hong Kong's underground/subway system. Instead of this, I would recommend hopping on the ferry at Central pier no. 3 at a cost of around $HK30, and take a ride to Discovery Bay. Once there, you'll find a tiny village catered to those that live there and for the few tourists that visit. Hop on a bike for $HK5/hour and discover this beautiful  location, just a stones throw away from the crazy city. You'll find the people here more relaxed and chilled, just going about their business carefree. Greeting you as you walk past.

We took the bikes and road off without really knowing where we were going. It's probably best to have an idea of where your going on a random island without many people, but oh well.
After 20 minutes or so we stumbled across a map which mentioned a waterfall nearby, around 10 minutes away by bike, and we decided to head there. It was stunning, just this small stream leading up to an amazing waterfall.

Afterwards, you can take a coach up to the Big Buddha too! So if you wanted to take the Ngong Ping 360 back down you can!

2. The Peak

Everyone knows about The Peak, it's one of the most popular tourist 'attractions' in Hong Kong and quite rightly so. Take the tram up to the top and experience the view that we've all seen on postcards & television. The tram ride is just as unique as the view at the top. We were probably going 45 degrees at one point! 

Once up top, the view is amazing!

3. Dialogue in the Dark

The final gem is Dialogue in the Dark. Without giving to much away, it is something everyone should experience. It is an eye opener and is truly well thought out. I can't really say much more without giving it away, but we decided to take 60 minutes of our day and give it a try, it was one of the most memorable activities whilst in Hong Kong. Check out their website if you want more information!
They also have other locations including Europe, China and South America. So even if you're not heading to Hong Kong, check it out anyway!

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Hidden Gems of Hong Kong: Food

Hong Kong. The city where anyone can make it. The city that literally never sleeps. Ever. It's a city of confusion, fascination and amazement. It's bustling with people, so busy you don't know where to go. But for some reason, it's the most amazing place on earth I have ever visited. Granted, I haven't been to tons of places, but out of the few I have, it is simply stunning.

The Food
Hong Kong was the start of our 6 week journey through South East Asia, and the only thing I could think about was food, bright lights, and more food.

This was our last meal on our final night before heading to Bangkok. We had decided to go back up to The Peak once more and found an amazing restaurant overlooking the entire city. The meal came to around $HK500 (approx. £40 or $US65) and it was amazing. I had never eaten somewhere so fancy before, and the view, well that was worth $500 to begin with. If you ever hear anyone say Hong Kong is expensive, don't believe them. Yes, accommodation may be pricey, but everything else is a steal! Our average meal would cost around $HK40 each, and the ferry cost $HK3 (£0.25!!!).

The view from the restaurant

If you're looking for somewhere to eat in Hong Kong, you only need to walk a few feet from wherever your standing and you'll soon find yourself overwhelmed with choice. But if you want to discover street upon street of food, hop on the MTR and head down to Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui or Jordon. Mong Kok is the most densely populated place on earth, with an insane 340,000 people per Square Mile. To put that into perspective, Manhattan, NY has around 70,000 people per square mile. It's crazy, and awesome!