Our first ever Asia experience was a stop over in Hong Kong. Years ago, Lion with a hangover and me accidentally sleeping totally through the first day ( first time Asia time remember 😉 ) Both on separate trips in 2008 ( yep, we where both for the first time in Australia at the same time, fell in love with the country at the same time, but had to wait another 4 years to fall in love with each other 🙂 ) But, both young with only a backpack on our way to our first big Australia adventure with a stop over in Hong Kong. Our book of stories about all our Australia adventures will be forming a huge part of our website, so stay tuned. Now back to Hong Kong.
Impression of Hong Kong
First impressions of Hong Kong? Well there were actually quite a lot! Smoking hot, busy, people walking, living and sleeping on top of each other, 24/7 something to do, food everywhere and anytime, people everywhere, complex electrical wires through the city, this city is amazing! I want to see much more of the Asian continent! And more of Hong Kong.
Where to stay in Hong Kong
A great hotel to stay in Hong Kong is the Standford Hotel in Kowloon. The Stanford Hotel ( 3 star ) is only a stone trow away from the MTR (see website here) and a few really nice market and shopping area`s. The people are really friendly and the rooms are clean and comfy. They even offer a scheduled free airport shuttle service! For more info about the Standford Hotel and things to do in the surrounded area click here
What to do in Hong Kong
If you are in Hong Kong for a stop over and you don’t want to hassle around with public transport and want to make the best of your (short) time, a city tour is the thing to do for you! There are dozens of tours to choose from, but a half day morning tour would be your best shot. Not to hot, and you get a great impression of the highlights, and you can choose where you want to go in the afternoon and spent some more time. Most of the tours will go to the harbour and you will have a little boat tour so you can check out Hong Kong`s skyline from the water. You can choose for a pre organised tour, if you are not that adventurous or don’t want to hassle around, but if you want a bit more freedom, definitely go for the Hong Kong Big Bus! Click here to check it out
Visiting the Stanley Markets are also a must do when in Hong Kong. These cosy markets have the same vibe as a Turkish bazaar, but without the Appleton and ‘ you are my friend, I have a special price for you’ ( If you have been to Turkey, you know where I am talking about 😉 )
Another highlight in Hong Kong is of course the famous Victoria Peak. You can go up and down with the tram and at the top of the hill you will be rewarded with an amazing view over Hong Kong. If you are lucky there is not much smog and you have got clear skies, so you can make some great pics! Unfortunately we weren’t that lucky and had to deal with clouds, rain and smog, but overall had a great impression of Hong Kong’s massive skyline.
Another thing to do in Hong Kong is of course, shopping! You will find everything in Hong Kong you need from designer brands to typical local Chinese shops and markets with unique items. And no, not only Helly Kitty items 😉 Make sure you leave some space in your suitcase, or even better, come to Hong Kong with an empty suitcase!
The above things to do in Hong Kong are only a few of many things to do in Hong Kong. This is what I experienced in only 2 days during my stop over to Australia and on my first day I accidentally slept till it was dark. You might know what I mean if I say ‘lets have a tiny little power nap after our flight’ and you set your phone to wake you up 2 hours later, but you are so enjoying your comfy hotel bed after 12 hours sitting in Economy class that you snooze in and then you wake up at 19.00 when its dark and you didn’t have had lunch or dinner yet. Yep, well that happened in Hong Kong on my first visit.
But that makes also a good reason to come back and explore Hong Kong a bit further and show you much more of what Hong Kong has to offer! UPDATE: Thats actually going to happen! Sign up and stay tuned about our new Hong Kong Adventure in April 2017.
Do you have any great Insider Tips we shouldn’t miss on our next Hong Kong visit? Let us know in the comments