5 Days with Angel in Hong Kong
Lauren Angel Martin
This was definitely not my first time traveling alone but I still count it as my first Solo Trip and I had a blast! I loved exploring the city, seeing the sites, and learning the history, as well as eating the food! Hong Kong was a lot more diverse than I was expecting and there was no need for a translator. I think this is the best place to go for a first-timer looking to maybe not step ALL the way out of their comfort zone, but just poke their head out.
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Things to do in Hong Kong
Ngong Ping 360 - If you want to visit the GIANT Bronze Buddha, this is the best way to get up there without hiking. I recommend the crystal gondola so you can see the trails and waterfalls below. Buy your tickets early to skip the long line.
Disneyland - Also on Lantau Island, Hong Kong Disney is the smallest (and cheapest) of the 6 Disney theme parks. You can easily do everything in one day, especially with the help of Disney Premier Access.
Victoria Peak - You have two options, you can climb the mountain on your own or take the vintage-styled tram to the top. Either way, you will be met with breathtaking views of the city. When you are done treat yourself to dinner, visit the giant candy store, or take pictures at Madam Tussauds.
Aqualuna Cruise - Want to step back in time? Take a cruise on an authentic red-sailed Chinese junk boat. Set sail on a mermaid and pirate adventure, a dim sum or afternoon tea cruise, or get the best view of the city and Victoria Bay at sunset.
Sky100 Observatory - Check out these 360-degree views from the tallest building in the city and the 10th tallest (by floors) in the world. This may be the best place to sip milk tea and watch the sunset.
Nan Lian Garden & Chi Lin Nunnery - Take a moment to sit, meditate, and take some stunning photos! This Tang Dynasty-designed garden is also free to visit.
Shopping - Hong Kong is one of the most expensive cities in the world because of the amount of designer stores! I saw two Gucci stores in one mall, and the malls are plentiful. A word from the wise: bring an extra suitcase for your treasures.
Food - Hong Kong has so many staple foods that you have to try: Macaroni with a side of Milk Tea for breakfast, wonton soup and dim sum for lunch, afternoon tea, and McDonald's for dinner. No really, even the McDonald's menu is worth checking out.
There are lots of hiking trips and also food tours. I highly recommend Humid with a Chance of Fishballs' food tour. For hiking enthusiasts, you have to do Dragon's Back Trail or the Tai Mo Shan Waterfall hike.
Places to eat and drink in Hong Kong
Chi Lin Vegetarian - Found inside Nan Lian Garden, this vegetarian restaurant serves many of the popular Hong Style fare, including popular dim sum dishes all without meat. $100-$200 HKD
Australian Dairy Company - A popular breakfast spot, known for their Egg Sandwiches and Macaroni Soup. Be ready to wait in a long line though! $50-100 HKD
Haidilao Hot Pot - You can enjoy delicious hot pot and salad bar for two hours for a reasonable price. The food is delicious and the staff is amazing! $200-400 HKD
Fattie's Diner - I know, why go all the way to Hong Kong for American food, but the things that they do with a pancake would blow your mind! $150-$200HKD
DimSum Library - Delicious and beautifully plated dim sum, entrees, and cocktails. Try the Oolong Tea Crème Brule, you won't regret it. $$
Yat Lok Restaurant - Don't let the diner look fool you. This is a Michelin Starred restaurant serving up delectable Chinese barbecue. I recommend the roasted goose or BBQ pork with rice or noodles. $50-$100HDK
Catherine Bakery - Just a simple bakery with some of the most delicious egg tarts and pineapple bread. Which egg tart do you like more the Portuguese or the Traditional?
Mammy Pancake Jordan - Bubble waffles are a popular street food that are available practically everywhere. But the ones near the Temple Street Market are my personal favorites. $1-$50HKD.
Need to Know
For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Sophia Hatchitt’s guide, Weekend Itinerary in Hong Kong.
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