After discovering some super cheap tickets to Hong Kong, my mum and I found ourselves heading there last minute. Just us two. Something we'd never done before. Without being sure what to expect from Hong Kong I was excited to explore beyond the towering high rise building and discover an intriguing city laden with history, fun and amazing food! 

Visit Tai-O on Lantau Island

I fell in love with Tai-O; this humble fishing town gives you a glimpse into the tight community who places themselves on stilted housing over the calm waters of Lantau Island. Also home to a natural infinity pool nestled between the rocks over looking luscious foliage - what better place to enjoy a refreshing swim than in this wonderful lake? 

How to get here by MTR: Tung Chung Station

 See the Giant Buddha & Take the Glass Floor Cable Car

Climb the 268 steps to visit the mesmerising Tian Tan Buddha, also known as Giant Buddha - the wonderfully peaceful structure placed between green hills and mystical mountains reiterates the symbolic meaning of the harmonious connection between humans and nature. Opt to make your day even more special by taking the glass floor cable car to witness the mountains move beneath your feet. Also located on Lantau Island so squeeze in before/after Tai-O.

How to get here by MTR: Tung Chung Station

Shop your heart out in Mong Kok

An incredible hub for shopping, whether you're looking for clothing, bags, flowers and fish, this vibrant marketplace will have it. Marvel at the quirky energy of Kowloon, whether it's ladies dressed as maids or random men with their belly hanging out (and making creepily strong eye contact with you), grab a bubble tea and enjoy! There are also loads of authentic options for dining, with restaurants filled with locals on every corner, you won't be let down by the delicious options - just be warned there might be a chicken foot or two lurking in your soups...

How to get here by MTR: Kowloon Station

Visit the Vegas of the East in Macau

So technically not in Hong Kong, but this neighbouring city of Macau is just an hour (approx) ferry ride away. This colonial city oozes Portugese influence, almost making you feel like you're in Europe! It's known for the mix of temples and shrines, ruins brimming with history and most famously, the gambling with more revenue being produced here than Las Vegas!

How to get to Macau from Hong Kong: Head to the Shueng Wan MTR station, where you'll find the Hong Kong - Macau Ferry Terminal on Hong Kong Island. Price: 132 to 172 HKD (single trip, economy class).

Take the Tram to Victoria Peak

Use your Octopus card (your MTR pass) to take the tram up or get yourself a return ticket roughly 90 HKD so you can experience the panoramic views of this buzzing city. Not only is it an incredible viewpoint but look no further for the best rooftop bar/restaurant/shopping plaza combination. Grab yourself some dim sum or a cocktail and soak up the views. 

How to get there: Central Station 

Where to Stay in Hong Kong?
It's going to be a toss up on whether to stay on Kowloon or Hong Kong Island. Whilst I stayed in the vibrant area of Wan Chai on HK Island, close to the harbour and buzzing with restaurants, department stores and bars, if you're a backpacker and searching for hostel vibes, I recommend Kowloon. However, with the MTR (underground train) system being so efficient, it'll be easy to navigate around wherever you stay. Try hostels such as:

Hong Kong turned out to be so unexpectedly amazing, from the sights and whir of the city to the food - wow the food! Say goodbye to your sweet & sour chicken because the dishes here are beyond your local takeout.

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