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!

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