According to recent data, more Indians are flying to Hong Kong than ever before. It is estimated that close to 83,000 Indians visited the city in the first quarter of 2019 alone. It’s no surprise though. Whether you’re a Disney freak, or a follower of Buddha, Hong Kong has something to offer for every kind of traveller. We decided to curate a list of things you could do on your next visit to the ‘Pearl of the Orient.’ By Bayar Jain
1. Tian Tan Buddha Statue
Informally known as the Big Buddha, this 34-metre-high statue is tucked safely in the lush greens of the mountains. Believed to be the second largest outdoor bronze statue of seated Buddha, it took over 12 years for the construction to complete. Although it can be a tiring climb to the top, Buddha’s calm demeanour and the breathtaking view of the Lantau Island below makes it worthwhile.
2. Hong Kong Disneyland
The place of wonder, magic, laughter, and adventure, Hong Kong’s Disneyland is a place where dreams come true. Also located in the heart of Lantau Island, this dreamland is greatly inspired by Chinese customs with the perfect blend of childhood imagination. Ranging from Cinderella’s carousal to Marvel-themed rides, to parades by characters like Mickey-Minnie, and Chip and Dale, this Disneyland has it all.
3. Sai Kung Peninsula
Spread over 7,500 hectares, the Sai Kung Peninsula is dubbed as ‘Hong Kong’s green lungs.’ The rugged terrain of this beauty is juxtaposed with the clear blue beaches and tiny specks of islands. To make the most of your visit, make it a day-long activity replete with picnics, walking trails and treks of the region.
4. Star Ferry
One of the best ways to soak in a city is to sit back and relax. The iconic Star Ferry lets you do just that! Introduced in the 1800s, the ferry is a preferred means of transport for locals shuttling in and out of the main island. Operating every 10 to 12 minutes every day, names such as ‘Shining Star’ and ‘Celestial Star’ glide over the Victoria Harbour.
Pro tip: Try planning your ride ahead. The Hong Kong harbour looks spectacular on a clear night with the city lights twinkling.
5. Temple Street Night Market
As the night falls, the Temple Street of Hong Kong lightens up in its own unique way. Although the chaos of the market ensues from 6 pm every day, the buzz escalates only after the sun bids goodbye. Located close to the Jordon MTR Station, this market is the ‘go-to’ spot for cheap clothes, souvenirs and cooking ware. However, if shopping isn’t your cup of tea, don’t fret. The streets are also lined with open-air food stalls, fortune-tellers, and Cantonese opera artists!
6. Victoria Harbour and the Symphony of Lights
While the Victoria harbour is a dazzling cityscape on its own, it transforms into something surreal every night at 8 pm. A light show accompanied with a sound show illuminates buildings on each end of the harbour. The sensational multimedia extravaganza has been included in the Guinness Book of World Records as the ‘world’s largest permanent light and sound show.’
Pro Tip: The best vantage point for the symphony of lights is from a boat on the harbour.