We recently spent a week in Hong Kong. With a population of over 7 million, Hong Kong is densely populated, but you can still find great areas on the islands for beaches, tropical hikes.
Shopping is the big tourist treat here. We visited the Jade Market, Temple Street Night Market, the Gold fish Market, the Ladies Market, and Stanley Market. Bargaining is the norm here, and some good deals can be had, but you do get what you pay for…. For a real Rolex, visit one of the 29 official Rolex stores in the area!…Just an example of the number of high-end shopping malls and stores. Even Victoria Peak has a mall on top now. After visiting the viewing tower, you can walk a few feet and head to a mall.
Getting around town is a breeze, if you buy an Octopus Card. It’s good on all buses, trains, ferries and even some shopping at 7 -11, etc. Just swipe and go! Saves having to buy individual tickets each time.
Highlights were a visit to Ocean Park, which is similar to Sea World, except they have panda bears! Neat to see them along with some other animals and sea life in the aquariums, along with the dolphin show and tram ride.
Visiting the Tian Tan Buddha is a treat. It’s the largest bronze Buddha in the world, at 112 feet high and weighing 280 tons. The Po Lin Monastery at the base serves up a great vegetarian lunch. It’s an easy trip from Hong Kong, taking the train to the Tung Chung end of the line stop on Lantau Island. From there board the bus to the Buddha.
Another fun day trip is the hydrofoil ferry 40 miles west to Macau, China. Under Portuguese control from the 1500’s until 1999, it is now known for its casinos and luxury hotels. Walking the old city with beautiful cobblestone streets in black and white stripes and seeing the ruins including Monte Fort and Ruins of St. Paul is a great way to stay out of the casinos for a while. The same casinos in Las Vegas are here such as the Venetian, the Wynn, MGM, along with others. We used the casino free shuttles to and from the ferry docks as our transport to town. Rather than spend our time gambling, after seeing the old town we headed to a park and nature walk along the ocean.
View from Victoria Peak