Whether you’re travelling for work or for a fun bachelor trip with friends, layovers are something that not many of us are fans of. But hey, like most other things, there’s a silver lining to layovers as well. You can steal time off the airport, ditch the Starbucks, and go explore Hong Kong! The city is synonymous to cosmopolitan razzle-dazzle and a lot of amazing eateries. If your layover is anywhere over eight hours, we have a few suggestions for you to take a look at the city. Are there risks of you missing your flight? Not if you run fast enough! By Shubhanjana Das
1. Victoria Peak
Perhaps the first and, considering that you’re there on a layover, the only thing you should consider seeing the city itself. But, from above, at Victoria’s Peak which gives you a chance to look at the fluttering Victoria Bay and the stunning skyline of the city. Get ready to make your Instagram followers very envious!
2. Khan Sham Country Park
Before jet lag starts kicking in, squeeze in some exercise and go hiking at Khan Sham country park to spot some wild macaques, without disturbing them, of course. Take a walk in the wilderness before you set off for a long flight again. Remember to not indulge in feeding the monkeys. It might not go as cutely as you may envision it.
3. Look Around A Local Market
Hong Kong’s markets are where you’ll get to take a glance at the real life of Hong Kong. From delicious street food to fresh local fruits and veggies, and all the drama that comes with it, there’s no way anything else can substitute this experience. Chun Yeung Street, Flower Market, and Gold Fish market are some of the best options if you’re tight on time. Perfect excuse to find some local souvenirs, right? For Hong Kong’s very own version of Times Square, you can visit Causeway Bay where you can find more high-end, branded items.
4. The Big Buddha
The Big Buddha and the Ngong Ping 360 cable car that takes you around it in just 10 minutes from the HKIA. This cable car ride, which takes about half an hour (minus the time you will spend on the queue) covers a distance of six kilometres. Imagine North China Sea below, the expansive sky above, and, as the cable car takes you from Ngong Ping to the Big Buddha, a spectacular site of the city.
5. The Street Food
The reason why this deserves a special mention is because Hong Kong’s street food scene is as crazy as it gets. From bubble tea to stinky tofu, takoyaki balls, and egg puffs, there’s no end to the number of things you can snack on while in Hong Kong, but make sure you don’t miss out on these.