In 2012, over 48 million visitors entered Hong Kong; it’s undoubtedly one of Asia’s hottest destinations. Emily Jones reveals some of Hong Kong’s lesser-known attractions you might not have thought to visit–but definitely should!
Hong Kong has got to be one of the most exciting cities on earth. The city is principally famous for its awe-inspiring skyline, spectacular harbour, fabulous shopping and bustling lifestyle. With this in mind, here is a quick guide to some of Hong Kong’s best-kept secrets including some wonderful locations that you are not likely to find in your tourist guidebook.
1. Wing Lee Street
This charming narrow street is a great place to visit if you are interested in local architecture. Wing Lee is the only street of its kind left in the city, and famously was the setting of the popular award-winning film Echoes of the Rainbow. The streets’ original architecture dates back to the 1960’s allowing visitors to go back in time in a city predominately famed for its contemporary architecture and constant redevelopment.
Hong Kong’s homegrown Ocean Park is a great place to enjoy a fun-packed family day out. This fabulous theme park is home to some of the city’s greatest roller coasters and cable car rides alongside Hong Kong’s tallest escalators and four adorable and incredibly beautiful giant pandas. Ocean Park, as the name suggests, is situated by the sea meaning that breathtaking views can be enjoyed from the park’s many rides and attractions.
3. The Chi Lin Nunnery
This beautiful nunnery in Diamond Hill is home to a phenomenal traditional Chinese garden which teems with rose-pink blossoms and glorious native trees. Chi Lin also features a contemporary vegetarian restaurant serving light Zen food at unbeatable prices. After having indulged in a little regional cuisine, a relaxing walk around the gardens is the perfect way to spend a peaceful afternoon in Hong Kong.
4. Dundas Street
If you have a sweet tooth then a visit to Dundas Street is a must. Located in Mongkok, Dundas Street is home to a number of superb sweet snack stalls selling delicious bubble tea and colourful cupcakes. You will be spoilt for choice as you explore the spectacular stalls which attract vast numbers of locals looking for a sugary fix. If you are the only member of your party with a sweet tooth, there’s no need to worry as tasty savoury snacks are also on offer here.
This charming seaside village is the perfect place to sit back and relax after having experienced the frenetic Hong Kong city lifestyle. Visitors are able to rent bicycles and pedal boats should they wish to remain active and explore Tai Mei Tuk more thoroughly. Otherwise, they can simply wind down on the pretty and charismatic beaches. The Thai food here is delightful and the natural landscape dotted with colourful houses and towering palm trees is stunning.
There is so much to see and do in Hong Kong that you will no doubt be spoilt for choice during your stay. If you are planning to visit this marvellous city any time soon, check online where you will be able to find many cheap hotels in Hong Kong. Just remember to plan ahead in order to really make the most out of your unforgettable city vacation!