If you are planning a trip to Hong Kong, these are my top 5, not to be missed, things to see and do. If you want to read a more in depth post about Hong Kong, you can do so by clicking here.
1. Drink in the highest bar in the world.
Head to the Ozone bar in the Ritz Carlton hotel for an evening of glitz, glamour and incredible views. It takes a couple of lift rides to arrive at the bar, and it is dizzyingly high, but the views across Hong Kong are amazing. Drinks here will set you back a lot, so get saving in advance and maybe drink your cocktail choice slowly, to savour the moment, and to avoid an extortionate bill! Make sure you take a trip to the bathrooms, they are made entirely out of marble and boast an awesome view as well!
2. Take a journey on the Ngong Ping cable car.
The Ngong Ping cable car takes you on a 5.7km journey across Lantau Island. The scenery from the cable car is just stunning and it is definitely worth paying the extra for a crystal cabin, as this comes complete with a glass floor! It also means you avoid the queues! Have your camera ready as you will want to take pictures from every angle.
3. Have your fortune told in Temple Street Night Market.
Temple Street Night Market comes alive after 9pm. It is a constant bustle of people, crazy music and even crazier gadgets. If you head north of the main market street you enter the fortune teller zone. The streets here are lined with booths, each housing a fortune teller offering their own unique style from tarot cards to palm readers to fortunes told by birds. Be warned, not all speak English, so look out for those with signs in English and head for one of them. Make sure you agree a price up front and don’t ask any extra questions, they charge extra per question. So long as you keep your wits about you, this can be an awesome experience. I had my palm read, which was highly entertaining. Apparently I will be proposed to next year? Although not by current boyfriend. For some reason the fortune teller took an instant dislike to my boyfriend and used every opportunity to put him down. Highly entertaining for me. I am guessing it was his constant sneering at the situation that she didn’t like!
4. Have lunch at the Po Lin Monastery.
This is good to combine with a visit to the Big Buddha and the Ngong Ping cable car. The monastery has a restaurant which serves delicious vegetarian food to anyone passing by. I had the most incredible Chinese meal here and didn’t once miss the meat. The lemon tofu was incredible and the sweet dumplings were just heaven. I cannot rave about the food here enough!
5. Visit the floating fishing villages.
If you head out of the centre of Hong Kong, there are a few traditional fishing villages dotted around. Each village is built on the water itself, and the locals will take you out on boats to explore the village. I found it fascinating meandering through the water ‘streets’ past houses, pubs and shops. It was a completely different way of living and one I hope is preserved in the future.
Have you visited Hong Kong? What are your top 5? Any other recommendations?