I just came back from Hong Kong with my friends and we packed in so much in just 3 days! Being one of the most densely populated cities in the world, there is no shortage of sights to see and amazing food choices. Hong Kong has a lot of special types of food that you can only find here so it is worth the travel if you LOVE FOOD!!! I mean who doesn't love food? Here is everything that you need to go before going to Hong Kong!
If you are from the US you do not need a visa but it doesn't hurt to double check!
Day 1: Disney Land Hong Kong, The Peak, and Food venturing!
Buy an octopus card and take the MTR train to Hong Kong Disneyland which is located in Lantau Island has its own dedicated MTR "Disneyland Resort" Line and Station. From Central it will take about 40-45 minutes, and about 35-40 minutes from TST. You can buy tickets when you arrive for HK$589 for a One-Day pass. That is all you need since the park is pretty small and it is easy to get around.
Get an amazing Hong Kong authentic meal from Luk Yu - Central! Make sure to get the pork dumplings and Egg Tart. One of the best Dim Sum I've ever had.
Here there are lots of uneven streets & alleyways to explore. Lots of options to shop from street stalls to markets and antique shops that you can only find in Hong Kong. Expect for you calves to get a good workout because these steps are steep.
Luckily we have friends that are from Hong Kong and drove us up to the top. But there is a bus that can take you up there but be prepared to wait in a very long line. We came on a bad night as it was very misty due to the rain. I plan to return to Hong Kong sometime again before this year is over so hopefully it is clear the next time that I go. But this is a classic tourist spot to get a nice view of the city from above. There are plenty of places to stand and take photos. If you love long exposure shots like me, then make sure to bring a tripod since there is no where to really put down you camera or keep it still.
HONG KONG DESSERT:
I eat mostly a plant based diet so I often times say no to dessert because it has dairy 90% of the time. But a lot of Hong Kong dessert traditionally contains NO dairy! This dessert shop is inside the mall that is next to The Peak viewing area and right underneath Burger King. To the left of my photo I got a tofu pudding with strawberries and to the right I got green tea mochi. I am now addicted to these and crave these all the time. This is a MUST if you are at the Peak already!
Day 2: Day trip to Macau, Portuguese-Chinese Street Food, Avenue of Stars, and Cute Dim Sum
TAKE A FERRY TO MACAU:
Macau is actually another country that is even more densely populated than Hong Kong. It is home to the "Eiffel Tower" in China and amazing Portuguese-Chinese food. You need your passport, Macau local currency (they do accept HK dollars as well), and a really large appetite! You can take a quick 45 minute ferry to this country from HK ferry terminal and it is right next to mainland China which you can spot while walking around Macau. If you speak Portuguese then you are in luck since it is widely spoken here. Macau is basically the "Las Vegas" of China on steroids. So many huge casinos everywhere!
TRY THE STREET FOOD:
The first photo is a box of Portuguese egg tarts that you can get anywhere in Macau. Make sure to stand at the stall with the longest line. There's always a reason why it's so popular. I let my 90% vegan diet go while I was here because I just had to try the flavored pork jerky that was everywhere and the Chinese cookies. I tried some green tea egg rolls that were so good! I was tempted to buy a box but my diet was begging me not to so I didn't.
GO TO PARIS:
Seriously, there is a giant replica of the Eiffel Tower here. Save yourself the trip to the real Paris, France and fool your friends on IG that you are really at the Eiffel Tower! It is not hard to miss since it's right next to all of the casinos and it stands out from the rest of the buildings. James and I have always wanted to go to Paris so I guess we can cross that off our list? Just kidding haha we will make it there to the real one eventually one day!
RUINS OF ST. PAUL'S (SAM BA SING TZIK):
This is a very old church that only has one side remaining. It was first constructed in 1580 bur then the church caught fires in 1595 and 1601. However, reconstruction started in 1602 soon after the church was burnt down. Completed in 1637, the church became the biggest Catholic Church in East Asia at that time. Unfortunately, a violent typhoon hit Macau in 1835 and the church caught fire for the third time leaving its glory a history.
AVENUE OF STARS:
Get back to Hong Kong before 8pm to see the laser show at the Avenue of Stars. Take the ferry to Kowloon from Macau since it'll take you right there. It was a coincidence that shortly after we arrived it happened to be "Earth Hour" which is an event that is held annually encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. as a symbol for their commitment to the planet. This is a rare photo of the Hong Kong Skyline that you can only see for 1 hour of the year. What a unique and special experience this was! We did wait for it to be over so we can see the real thing as well.
EAT ADORABLE DIM SUM AT YUM CHA:
Get the cutest dim sum ever at this restaurant. My favorite ones were the sweet bbq pork pau that looked like little piggies. I almost didn't want to eat them because they were so cute! We went to the one in central and stuffed our faces. We actually arrived 2 minutes after the kitchen closed but after asking nicely they let us make an order if we hurried. I'm so grateful because I really really wanted to go here and they went out of their way so we could have a great experience. Funny story: So James just wanted to order an "iced water" as a drink but they didn't understand what we were saying and very confused with our request so they gave us a pot of boiling water and ice cubes and we both broke out in laughter when we saw what they did!
VISIT THE MONTAE MANSION:
The Google Maps entrance to Montane Mansion is 1028 King’s Rd, Quarry Bay and it is actually pretty easy to find! When you look up from the courtyard you see these stacked apartments that create an interesting sight. The architecture is amazing and a must see if you want to see a typical residential area in Hong Kong. We came at 12:30 am and it was a little dodgy walking here so I don't recommend walking alone.
Day 3: Chinese Brunch, Shopping in Causeway Bay, and Desserts
CARB UP WITH BRUNCH:
I swear we weren't just eating dumplings and Dim Sum the whole time while we were in HK. We've also had a lot of noodles, curries, soups, etc but Dim Sum is cuter to photograph so that's why I have so many photos of just Dim Sum and nothing else hahaha! Anyways, our friends Branda + Leon who are HK locals told us that it is common on a Sunday morning to come with your family to a Dim Sum place and just spend many hours eating food there. We saw a lot of families and children there eating food, laughing, and eating more food! They took us to another place with very cute food that is not only adorable but delicious! This place is called Super Star restaurant- Wan Jai.
SHOP AROUND CAUSEWAY BAY:
Lots of very cute boutiques and stores fill the streets of this area. I'm not very interested in international chains such as H&M, Chanel, etc. When I go shopping in other countries, I like to shop at the cute local boutiques so I can see what is in fashion here and get myself things that I can only get there. I ended up only getting a pair of sunglasses and a lot of medications since Singapore requires a prescription for a lot of the things that I need. I didn't have much room to carry things around with me in HK so I decided to wait to buy much until I come back next time!
GO DESSERT HOPPING AROUND TIN HAU:
So many amazing desserts that I am now addicted to in this area. Come here very hungry and be prepared to try a lot of things! My personal favorite was the sesame glutinous rice balls in ginger sweet soup and the peanut butter chocolate glutinous rice balls in soy milk soup. It is nothing like I've ever had before and very very tasty! The place photographed is called Auntie Sweet- Tin Hau.
Where to Stay in Hong Kong:
James and I wanted to splurge since Hong Kong is known for it's views so we stayed at the EAST Hotel in Hong Kong. We absolutely loved staying in the Harbour View room and waking up to this amazing sight! Thank you to the hotel for the bottle of wine and chocolates. We would definitely stay here again and recommend this place to everyone. The staff was very warm, the bed is soooo comfortable, and they even let us check in early so we could shower since our flight got in at 5 in the morning. Best hotel we've ever stayed at so far! If you are coming to HK then please stay here. The location is great too so you can get anywhere by MTR.
I wish our trip was longer since there was so much more we wish we could have done and seen! Next time I'm in HK I will go on hikes, eat more food, and check out more local boutiques. Thank you Hong Kong for a memorable trip. See you again soon!