The Alternative Guide!
Known for its spectacular skyline, sea food and international crowd.
Things to see and do:
Fei Ngo Shan (A big hill with a great view of Hong Kong’s skyline)
Sai Kung (An awesome fishing harbor)
Get a boat from Sai Kung pier to Sharp Bay and then hike to Half Moon Bay (or just get a boat to Half Moon Bay) 30/40 HKD
Head to Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) to see the Island skyline and the ferry)
Walk around the pier on the Island side and get the Star Ferry back (or vice versa to see the Island, or just get the star ferry there and back) 2 HKD each way
Mong Kok (An awesome shopping area- the Ladies Market is also here, where you can buy almost anything)
Things to eat and drink:
Everything! Just go mad!
Hong Kong is simply fabulous. It has the big city vibe, shopping, nightlife and lots of incredible food. But just hidden from the tourist’s eye, lies many hidden gems. You may have seen the rolling green hills on the islands from afar but rarely do tourists witness the stunning beaches that are hidden beneath them. Which is rather unfortunate as seeing these wonders only requires a short boat ride followed by a short hike in some cases.
N.B: If you plan to travel to Hong Kong on a budget, it’s important to note that it’s not an easy endeavor. Travelling around on the MTR, buses and minibuses is actually quite cheap and efficient, but the cost of food and drinks can really add up, and this is where the majority of your money will be spent.
Hong Kong was always going to be a special trip for me, as a good friend of mine lives out there and I had always promised that I would visit him. It was an awesome chance to catch up with him and his beautiful girlfriend and they truly were amazing hosts.
A personal highlight for me was being invited out on a school trip with my friend, his colleagues and their students to watch a play called “17 Border Crossings” which ended up accurately portraying my current lifestyle. Throughout the play the character retold his experiences through a variety of border crossings around the world; describing the places that he visited, the people that he had met, the stories that he was told and the amazing adventures he experienced.
The play was a beautiful reminder of all the highs and lows that I have experienced along my own journey. Whether they were good or bad, they have definitely created some memorable stories.