Hong Kong is great because it is contrasting.
The city is high rise, sky scrapers for days, roof top bars and streets with tower blocks.
But it is also surrounded by mountains, green landscapes and beaches, making it one of the best city skylines I have seen.
There are endless amounts of activities and things to do in Hong Kong.
Here are 5 things that we enjoyed the most whilst exploring Hong Kong.
And a reminder that this is a city designed to be explored. Spend a morning walking the streets, hiking up the tower block stairs and getting lost in the city.
THE DRAGONS BACK HIKE
There are 300 kilometres of dedicated hiking trails in Hong Kong – everything from paved walking paths to forests to mountain top trails.
The Dragon’s Back Hike is a popular Hiking route in Hong Kong. It has incredible views of the coast and beaches of Hong Kong Island that until visiting, I had no idea existed. This route is good for beginners and 8km so should only take a couple of hours. You’ll like this if you enjoy exploring places by foot and there are some amazing views and photo opportunities on the way.
The trail ends at a popular beach, where you can stop for a swim and lunch before returning to Central Hong Kong just a half-hour away. If you set off in the morning you will have the rest of the day to explore too.
Ngong Ping 360
This cable car takes you away from Hong Kong island to the downtown area and lets you see a completely different side to Hong Kong.
This is worth it for the views alone – you will travel over the forests and oceans and at the other side get to see the Big Budda and Po Lin monastery.
We got the cable car one way and then a bus back via a quiet beach town and finished with a swim – would recommend this.
Hong Kong is a food paradise.
And incredible for street food and small independent restaurants tucked away in unexpected places.
We dedicated an afternoon to visiting a few places and trying their specials – always asking the waiter to serve up their recommendations.
Here are a few of our favourites: Tim Ho Wan, Cheung Hing Ki, Fat Boy and Mammy Pancake.
There are two sides to Hong Kong – Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.
You will likely spend the majority of your time in Hong Kong island.
But some of the best views can be found in Kowloon. You can walk down the promenade and take in the views of Hong Kong Island. Time it right and get the Star Ferry over to the island at sunset for incredible views.
Hong Kong is home to some of the best bars in the world.
There are roof top bars with incredible views or small bars down the side streets serving up some of the best negronis we have tried.
Spend an afternoon visiting a few of the bars and time it with a rooftop bar at sunset.
Some of our favourites are Terrible Baby, Suma and Old Mans.