Hong Kong is known for its city life, gorgeous views, and top tourist attractions. It is a city that provides so much diversity, and gives a well-rounded view of the hustle and bustle paired with the serenity of its Asian location. Hong Kong is clean, efficient, and safe- three things many big cities lack. Since I am currently living in Hong Kong, I thought I would include my favorite things to do and places to visit:
The wet market and Wan Chai market in Wan Chai, Hong Kong
If you want a sneak peek into what life is actually like living in Hong Kong and get a feel for a local market, this is the place to go! It is not your typical tourist attraction, but is something I absolutely love!
The Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden
The Chi Lin Nunnery is a Buddhist temple that was once a retreat for Buddhist nuns, and is located on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong. It is a traditional Buddhist building, and is quite the change from the surrounding city scenery. The Nan Lian Garden is located across the street from the nunnery, and is a Chinese classical garden. When I walk through the beautifully manicured gardens I feel like I am in a scene from the Disney movie Mulan!
The Hong Kong LDS Temple
The Hong Kong temple is such a gorgeous building, and is a stand alone temple; a big deal in a city the size of Hong Kong. The spirit is so strong there, and every time I visit, I am reminded that the spirit is the same no matter where you are in the world.
Big Buddha is located on Lantau Island, and is a HUGE statue of Buddha that looks over the mountains and views of Hong Kong. It is definitely a must-see, and is so unique to the Chinese culture.
Victoria Peak Tram
The tram takes you to see a 360-degree view of Hong Kong, and is quite the picturesque place! If you are looking to take a family picture with the Hong Kong skyline in the background, this is where to go!
The Ladies Market
Talk about knock-offs! This place has everything from backpacks to jewelry to Hong Kong tourist trinkets. It is an entire street lined with stalls, and as long as you are comfortable with bargaining, then this is such an exciting place to visit.
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
This is a Buddhist temple located at the top of a hill. To reach the top, there are 431 (yes, 431) steps to climb. The steps are lined with over 500 gold statues of Buddhist monks, each one unique. I know it seems like quite the hike, but it’s totally worth it! Once at the top, there is a beautiful temple lined from wall to wall and floor to ceiling with ten thousand small buddhas. Also, the view overlooking the lush green landscape is incomparable.Occasionally, there are a few monkeys to see as well!
Visit Central/Mid levels
I feel like you can’t go all the way to Hong Kong and not at least look around Central! It is prime for shopping, and also has a Ferris wheel located right by the water. There is great food, and the longest escalator in the world is located here.
If you ever find yourself in Asia, Hong Kong will surely not disappoint. If you visit, I hope you get the most out of one of the coolest cities in the world- and the place I call home!