In January 2014, we arrived in Hong Kong newly married, with absolutely no idea whatsoever on what to expect from this immense city. Four years later, we are still amazed by the 852.
Every time we walk in Hong Kong streets, we discover a hidden park, a new art gallery, a hiking trail, a hip coffee shop... We can't get enough of Hong Kong awesomeness! This city won't stop inspiring us. Now let me share 15 things that will make you fall in love with this city...
01. The most beautiful skyline in the world
The view from Tsim Sha Tsui promenade is astonishing. That's one of the greatest spots to admire Hong Kong's skyline. Every night at 8pm, the Symphony of Lights lights up some of the most iconic skyscrapers of the city. A cruise in Victoria Harbor at dusk is another great option to admire the skyline at his best -see n°04 below.
02. remarkable Tian Tan Buddha
Lantau Island is full of treasures, and Tian Tan Buddha is one of them. It's the largest outdoor bronze statue of Buddha, seated next in the midst of the mountains, next to a beautiful monastery. A great, peaceful place to hike and take photos.
03. mong kok's madness
Mong Kok is one of the most densely populated neighborhood in the world. Lively with colors, markets, mini buses, neon signs, all kind of shops... That's where you can find everything. From real Jade to alive python.
04. The leisurely five minutes ride across the victoria harbor
How can you not fall for Hong Kong when you cross the Victoria Harbor in the authentic Star Ferry? It has been shuttling residents between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon for over 120 years. Today, the Star Ferry is one of the emblems of the city. The double-deckers offers one of the world's most spectacular views...
05. Happy Wednesdays at Happy Valley's Racecourses
There's no mid-week blues in Hong Kong. On Wednesday, it's Happy Valley Racecourses! It combines the thrills of a horse race with a fully immersive social atmosphere, boasting good food, (lots of) drinks, music, shows and more. In short, it's the place to be on a Wednesday in Hong Kong.
06. Dim Sum: a feast of delicious cantonese snacks - The cream of the crop!
You can't visit Hong Kong and not Dim Sum! It's a religion here. Whenever we have friends/family visiting, that's the first thing we do: an authentic Yum Cha experience* (*means drinking tea with Dim Sum). To discover more about Cantonese food, check out my post about the 10 things to eat in Hong Kong.
07. the vintage style tramways
They play an important part in Hong Kong's personality. These double-deck trams have been a form of commuter transport for over 100 years, and there's now also a tourist attraction. They're cheap, and a great way to explore the city. Love them!
08. all the islands - the green part of Hong Kong
Hong Kong isn't all banks and skyscrapers. With over 200 islands, the territory is blessed with plenty of great beaches to swim, sunbathe, surf, kite board and windsurf on, as well as steep mountains. From Hong Kong Island to Sai Kung and Lantau Island, options are endless!
09. In the midst of the uber-crowded urban strip : Central
As its name indicates, Central is the central business district of Hong Kong. You see the famous skyline of Hong Kong? Well, you are now into the skyline. Look up for the futuristic architecture, stunning skyscrapers, luxury hotels, and huge shopping malls... Central is the place to be for lots of things: shopping, banking, partying...
10. chinese new year : the greatest ritual in Hong Kong
It get very, very crowded for Chinese New Year -but it's also super festive! Hong Kong people get really excited during this period. You'll see Lion Dances, Chinese Festivals everywhere, fireworks, flowers, celebrations in temples... Then for the official days of CNY, all the shops will bring down their shutters, and you'll see a ghost city.
You can now buy these illustrations in my shop!
You'll find a range of homeware & stationery products for your perusal -including a beautiful collection of postcards! Stock up on your favorites before they sell out, there are lots of lovelies to go around...