Hong Kong is a melting pot where east meets west, island-life meets the mainland and tradition meets modernity. Within the high-rise buildings you’ll find Chinese temples, colonial residences and even the odd zoo.

There are also over 200 outlying Islands (yeah, bet you didn’t know that!) that can only be accessed by boat. Despite all of its diversity, many people rush through Hong Kong, spending on average 3 days in the city before travelling onward. Take your time, no need to rush.

TOP SEVEN TO DO LIST IN HONG KONG:

1.WALK THE DRAGON’S BACK.

A well-known local hike that can end or begin on the beach at Shek O. When on the beach stop for Thai food and find a paddle board from a local to SUP on.

2.CAMP ON TAI LONG WAN

If you’re feeling energetic, go for a hike to balance out all the dim sum you’ve eaten during your stay. Eat at the little beach restaurant, hire a surfboard and wake up at sunrise to a panoramic ocean view.

3.GO OUT

Wan Chai, Lan Kwai Fong and if you’re feeling adventurous, Tsim Sha Tsui. Why? Because you have to, it’s Hong Kong and Hong Kong is popular for its nightlife. Ladies get free drinks on ‘Ladies Nights‘… it’s probably not fair, but just make sure to drink responsibly.

4.EXPLORE CENTRAL

The Central Business District has lots of branded stores, but the best thing to do is wander through “The Lanes” that sell everything from dried fruit to fancy dress. Once you’ve stopped for some noodles in a Dai pai dong, head to the escalator and just take it up to the very top (Conduit Road). Then walk back down (it only goes down in the morning) or hop on a mini bus that will take you back down to Central or to the Star Ferry terminal.

Lantau is a great Island with so much to do and explore. Everyone visits the Big Buddha,but don’t miss out on Tai O, a traditional fishing village built on stilts.

5.TAKE THE LONG ROAD TO STANLEY HARBOUR

Jump on the 6A bus from Exchange Square and enjoy the route as it takes you over to the south side of the island through Repulse Bay and ending at Stanley. Once there walk through the touristy market, buy a cold drink, and sit on the harbour wall feeling smug about knowing all HK’s little secrets.

6.TAKE A JUNK TO LAMMA ISLAND

Eat at one of the seafood restaurants. Some of the restaurants will provide a free junk to take you there and back if you book in advance. Go in the evening so you can see the famous nightly laser show over the skyscraper skyline.

7.OTHER HONG KONG MUST DOS

• Go to the Races at Happy Valley on a Wednesday Night • Go up to the Peak (preferably by the Peak Tram) to take in the view • Go to the roof of the IFC mall and enjoy being able to take your own drinks • Go to one of the many museums in Hong Kong, especially the Heritage Museum (currently featuring Bruce Lee). • Just Go.

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