Hong Kong can seem something of a concrete jungle on the face of it. Despite its coastal setting, the former British colony is famous for its skyline, with its towering skyscrapers bursting high up into the air. However, like any good jungle, Hong Kong is teeming with life and all is not what it seems. From sampling the local cuisine to visiting museums and theme parks, here we take a look at some of the best things you can get up to in the jewel of China’s southeast coast.
It can be hard to escape the tall buildings that dominate the sky and glimmer with neon brilliance by night. So why not make the most of them, and strap on your camera ready for a great day of photography? See how the city’s modern skyscrapers stand side-by-side with traditional tong lau buildings, which are different between each floor and window. Gaze up at trees and plants which grow in the most incredible of places, sprouting from concrete and walls, and giving you the chance to snap some wonderful pictures.
Once you delve into Hong Kong’s cuisine, you just won’t be able to get enough of it. Renowned for its inventiveness, and taking influence from Cantonese, French and Japanese food to name a few, there are all kinds of eateries where you could have your fill. Sit down for some dim sum surrounded by locals, or splash out at a multi Michelin-starred restaurant. Then put those concrete towers to good use and head up to a sky bar, where you can share a memorable drink while looking out across the twinkling lights of the city.
Hit the cultural trail
There are plenty of cultural attractions hidden within Hong Kong’s vertical cityscape. Top picks include the Hong Kong Museum of History, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Hong Kong Science Museum. For some wonderful artistic exhibitions, try Hong Kong’s oldest museum, the University Museum and Art Gallery.
Treat the kids
You’ll find lots of attractions to suit the whole family in Hong Kong too. Head to Magical World for a thrilling 4D experience, or the Space Museum on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, which is remarkable both inside and out. For an all-out, fun-packed adventure, set aside a day to go to Disneyland. Your little ones will be smiling from ear-to-ear as they take on the array of rides and attractions, and get to meet their favourite Disney characters.
Search for some peace
After the hustle and bustle of Disneyland, it may well be time to relax your body and mind. Feng shui plays a big part in Hong King life, especially in the city’s temples. You can take the tram to religious centres such as Wong Tai Sin Temple, where you’ll be able to have your future read too. Head to Victoria Park and have a picnic by the lake, play tennis, or even go for a swim. Or if you’d rather sit back and soak up some rays on the beach, head to Repulse Bay where you can recharge your batteries before going for a dip in the sea.
Discover the concrete jungle’s jungle
In some ways, Hong Kong’s concrete jungle is no metaphor. Although it’s one of the most densely populated places on earth, there are large parts of Hong Kong which are uninhabited – around 75% in fact. This is because the land is mountainous, which in turn means that there are lots of great hiking trails you can hit. Make your way up Sunset Peak before climbing over 3,000 feet up Lantau Peak, which is the second highest in Hong Kong. Gaze out across the sea and down over the city below as you take in some unforgettable views.
Whether you’re going for a ride on the Peak Tram, soaking up the sights from the Star Ferry or sipping a cocktail in one of the highest bars in the world, there’s lots to discover in the concrete jungle of Hong Kong.