This cinematic metropolis presents iconic views, bronze age rock carvings, beautiful rooftop bars and, a bit additional afield, fairly seashores and nice mountaineering
Island fling … the fishing village of Tai O.
Winning tip: Trek to the infinity pool close to Tai O
For a fantastic day, begin within the little fishing village of Tai O, trek across the lake and up in direction of a artifical pool nicknamed “infinity pool”. It’s not too lengthy (round an hour) and has many lovely views of the hills and sea – you’ll be able to even spot the brand new rail observe being constructed from China. Take bus 11 from Tung Chung to Tai O. On weekends and holidays, when there could be lots of people, take the ferry to Mui Wo and take bus 1 to Tai O … and again.
Long Ke Wan seashore
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Long Ke Wan is an unpolluted seashore, with silky sand, crystal blue water and a spectacular view of the South China Sea. Drive there through the shorter East Dam route should you’re with youngsters however it’s value strolling from Sai Wan Pavilion to benefit from the majestic views of High Island Reservoir and a few lovely shoreline. There’s no meals or water on the seashore, so stock up in Sai Kung city. A mountaineering stick might come in helpful to fend off hungry feral cows!
Stay at a coaching lodge
Dining space at T lodge
The T lodge (doubles from £73 room-only) in Pokfulam has fabulous views over the islands. It is a coaching idea lodge, so you’ll be serving to hospitality college students with their course. You get affordable charges for the five-star-standard rooms and meals, and charming service, watched over by the academics. We had a selection of 5 pillows, new bathtub toys each evening, turndown service … luxurious we by no means have been capable of afford anyplace else.
Take the bus to Stanley
Stanley market. Photograph: Alamy
With my Octopus travel card, I took the quantity 6 bus throughout Hong Kong island to Stanley (45-60 minutes). Great views … I acquired off at Stanley Plaza, walked down previous Murray House, visited the Old Tin Hau Temple with its tortoise, then onto Stanley market, the place you should buy reproduction shirts and luggage (open daily, however value getting there early). Look out for the antiques part alongside the seashore, and haggle for outdated Chinese teapots. Lucy’s on the entrance, by the small, picturesque seashore, does nice salads for round £6.50.
Po Toi island
Exposed to the open Pacific, Po Toi island has a windswept, elemental high quality, which is lacking in different elements of Hong Kong. Dramatic cliffs plunge right into a churning sea at Nam Kok, the territory’s southernmost level. A number of hours’ bracing hike will soak up an (allegedly) haunted home, bronze-age rock carvings and a few spectacular rock formations. Birdwatchers take notice: it’s a key stopover for uncommon migratory birds. The small inhabitants lives with out mains water or electrical energy, fishing and gathering the island’s well-known seaweed. Though geographically shut, it’s one million miles from central Hong Kong.
Glide the town escalators
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This distinctive (and free) half-mile, hop on/off journey took us from Queen’s Road to Conduit Road on a sequence of 20 escalators and moving walkways. In morning rush hour, commuters travel from the higher residential districts down into the industrial centre of Hong Kong Island. Around 10.30am, journey course is reversed till midnight. We seen vibrant alleyways, markets and cafes however couldn’t resist sneakier peeks into folks’s properties. There are round 12 exit factors must you be tempted to discover the degrees.
Bonus after an already beautiful hike
Shek O seashore. Photograph: Getty Images
Everyone is aware of concerning the Dragon’s Back: it’s usually voted one of the iconic city hikes. However, what not everybody is aware of is that it’s value leaving the path a bit early to complete on the village of Shek O. Once there you’ll be able to paddle at a fantastic sandy seashore and eat low-cost and scrumptious Thai meals at a spot informatively often called “Shek O Chinese and Thai Restaurant”, have a beer and catch the bus again. Do it in the course of the week if attainable, whereas everybody else is at work.
View of Hong Kong from Jardine’s Lookout. Photograph: Alamy
If have already conquered the extra common stroll as much as the Peak, the Jardine’s Lookout stroll presents an awesome different. This simply accessible route is made up of sections four and 5 of the Hong Kong Trail. Starting out on Black’s Link on tarmac, you go a few high-rises, the Tai Tam reservoirs earlier than hitting the path up in direction of Jardine’s lookout, the place you’ll have a great view of Mount Nicholson and the southern district. At the lookout, you are feeling shut however but removed from the noisy metropolis whereas surrounded within the tranquil nature. It presents an awesome panorama from Central to North Point, and additional north, Kowloon. After descending alongside a mild path and passing an outdated quarry, you head as much as the highest of Mount Butler, which presents nice views of the Tai Tam Reservoir.
Wooloomooloo rooftop bar
If you’ve had your fill of dim sum and mooncake, the steak at Wooloomooloo is nicely value your time; however the 31-floor raise to the bar is value it only for a nightcap. This is definitely the very best rooftop bar in Hong Kong – the service is immediate, the ambiance relaxed and the views beautiful from a terrace unobstructed on three sides.
Top-class dim sum
Tim Ho Wan was till just lately the most affordable one-Michelin star restaurant within the world (it has since been overtaken by a hawker stall in Singapore) and my phrase, it’s a non secular expertise. There’s usually a protracted wait to get in, however you’ll be able to take a ticket and browse a close-by market. Once inside, you’ll be sharing the house with round 30 different folks, and shortly the dim sum you ordered whilst you waited outdoors will start arriving at your desk. Two folks can gorge themselves for about £10. And should you do nothing else, a minimum of get your self the pork bun. I’d return to Hong Kong only for this restaurant!
The Big Buddha may be reached by direct bus from Lantau village. Photograph: Getty Images
Get your Octopus card and take the metro and bus to the village of Lantau. It is such an enormous distinction to HK. The little homes and walkways are all constructed on stilts within the estuary with outdated conventional items and Chinese lifestyle to see. Some small eating places supply good meals and tea. If you’re simply in HK for a number of days it’s well worth the effort to go to this place. You can even get to the Big Buddha on a bus in 20 minutes from Lantau . The two collectively make for an awesome day trip.