The first stop on my Asian adventure was Hong Kong. We had a connecting flight with Eva Airways that connected in Taipei, arriving in Hong Kong bright and early on Saturday morning. We departed Toronto late Thursday night, so Friday wasn’t ever a thing. I will admit, the jet lag was quite extreme. It was literally night and day and it took a while to adjust to the time difference. I did my very best to pull it together, as we only had 2 full days in H.K and I am not one to waste time in bed.
We got off the plane, waited in the massive line to get through customs, once we got through, we hopped on the train which was connected to the airport and took it to the closest stop from our hotel. You can take the subway almost everywhere- but one thing I didn’t know was the subway takes cash only- so ensure you have some spare change hanging around!
YOU ARE IN HONG KONG- NOW WHAT?
Where to stay: We stayed at Hotel Sav. It was a trendy hotel, with a friendly staff in an area close to food and the subway. There are tons of areas you can stay, just do your research to see what type of atmosphere you want.
Hottest areas to hit up for food, drinks and shopping
Lan Kwai Fong, Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay, Mong Kok, Temple street night market
These are all accessible by subway. Just find a stop, get off and wander. There is no shortage of things to see, things to buy or things to eat!
What to do:
What is more magical than Disney? Prices appear to be the same as the US but the park isn’t as big but regardless, we still wanted to check it out! It was not as busy as we thought it would be, so we got through the entire park in about 3 hours! There is a subway that takes you right into the park. Of course we had to go, its he happiest place on earth!
This was another theme park we were told about- people there seemed to like it better than Disney. We didn’t visit this park due to time restrictions, but it has more thrill rides that Disney, but less magic.
Tian Tan Buddah
This is a very large buddah on the top of a hill. We took the bus from the subway stop, since the cable car was under construction, but the cable car looked like it had great views, so if this is an option for you- I would take it! Clearly from the looks of the photo below, the only views I was getting was raindrops.
This is a lookout point overlooking downtown HK- You take a tram up to the top . We went during the day and it was cool, but at night it is all lit up. It is cash only and it can get pretty busy!
This area of HK seemed very authentic and not as touristy as other areas. The architecture here is unreal- tall colorful buildings built super close together. If you are looking for that Insta-worthy shot (of course you do!!) this is the place!
THE INSIDER SCOOP:
-If you are flying from North America, the jet lag will be REAL. Don't plan too many events for the first day, as you will become a zombie and will not be able to function after a while. If time permits, give yourself a day to recover.
-Once you begin your decent in the plane, the views are really cool- it is really mountainous and turquoise water and tons of skyscrapers.
-From the airport you can take train right into downtown HK. There are subways everywhere.
-Carry cash with you- the subway only takes cash and a lot of places only take cash
-This may be obvious to some, but the clothing sizes fit MUCH different here than in North America. I felt obese, as every dress I tried on needed to be an XL in order to fit around my buns! Try everything on before buying!
-Don't be afraid to try the street food, there are some great finds and super cheap! Maybe ask what it is before you buy it so you don't get a surprise when it is in your mouth!
-The food is really interesting- I loved the pork buns- they are big, round and white with red bbq pork inside. Also, what i found strange is that they often would put your coffee in a bag if you order one to go. It appeared no one drank coffee and walked around, like we do at home.
-For breakfast, I always had some sort of noodle dish- bacon and eggs aren’t really a thing here. Everyone basically ate dinner at breakfast time, but i a'int mad about it.