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Five Things to do in Hong Kong

Updated on April 29, 2012

Shopping Haven: From Branded Goods to the Night Markets

Hong Kong is widely known as a shopping haven. It has many huge malls like Times Square which offers a one stop offering of clothes, restaurants and entertainment.

On the other hand, Hong Kong also has various markets worth visiting. In the day, visit markets such as the Jade Market in Yau Ma Tei and the Bird Market on Yuen Po Street. When visiting the Ladies' Market (Lui Yan Kai) which has mostly women's clothes on sale as you would have guessed from the name. At the markets, remember to utilise your bargaining skills but do remember that if the sellers are not willing to accept your offer, you should not waste time anymore. Just buy at their higher price or don't buy at all.

Eat, eat and eat Cantonese Cuisine: Dim Sum is a Must

In Hong Kong, you will probably not go wrong with dim sum. Remember to try them for breakfast or brunch. For the main courses, head to the many coffee shops (also known as char chan teng). Ordering by pointing at the menu can be fun and a culinary adventure. After that, treat yourself to some delicious dessert or egg tarts.

Hong Kong: A Food Haven

Hong Kong's Skyline at Night

Hong Kong at night.
Hong Kong at night.

Experience Local Culture and People Watch

After all the shopping and eating, it is time to learn more about Hong Kong and its people. Simply head to the Wong Tai Sin temple. This place of worship is famous among the Hongkongers for fortune-telling. Other places to visit include Happy Valley where you can see the locals betting on horse racing. Great places to people watch include Nathan Road and the Avenue of Stars.

Venture to Suburban Hong Kong

Most people have the impression that Hong Kong is just a concrete city. However, it is much more than that. Head to the suburban areas and the outlying islands. When you are in areas like Lantau, Lamma or Cheung Chau island, you will realise that there is still a place in Hong Kong where it is possible to relax.


Experience the Night Life and View

Hong Kong is a city which never sleeps. Lan Kwai Fong is well known for being a nightlife spot. However, there are other places to head to like Wan chai and Kowloon.

For those who are not into clubbing or drinking, they can choose to enjoy the night view of Hong Kong at the waterfront area. Or for a unique experience, take the Star ferry from Kowloon to Central or vice versa. Take a seat at the top and enjoy the view on a clear night. It is a cheap mode of transport and will allow you to appreciate the harbour's beauty better.


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