Denoting ‘fragrant harbour’, Hong Kong is a seduction that paints a pretty picture of a never seen before fantasy land of colours, cultures, cuisines and more.
For those seeking to explore Hong Kong, India Outbound has prepared a list of relatively lesser heard activities to undertake in the former British colony. However, first-timers are advised to swing by the magical paradise that is Hong Kong Disneyland and soak in a retail extravaganza at the Temple Street Night Market.
- Sunbathing at Repulse Bay Beach
The best way to start a tour of the sprawling territory and get rid of the jet lag is by visiting the Repulse Bay Beach. The sun-drenched beach detoxifies with its relaxed aura and lush greenery set against a backdrop of upscale residential area. Sunbath for hours on the white sand spread as the sound of the crashing waves becomes music to the ears.
Lined with award-winning restaurants and fancy boutiques, Repulse Bay Beach sets the perfect ending to a tranquil afternoon of sunbathing. From colonial styled shopping arcades, the likes of Repulse Bay to newer wonders, read The Pulse, everything from fancy to needful is present for your needs.
- Hiking and camping at Lantau Island
After a relaxing day at the Repulse Bay Beach, it is time to spice up the trip; awoken the androgynous side with a hiking session at Hong Kong’s second highest peak- Lantau located at Lantau Island. It is best to start climbing around 4 am (according to Hong Kong time) to reach by 6 am, the peak time for witnessing a magnificent sunrise.
Lantau Island has several campsites with some even being free! Away from the hustle bustle of a busy city, the mild wilderness of Lantau Island bewitches with its starry skies and cosy tents. An exciting idea is to camp at the beachside of Pui O. This gives the accumulative chance of camping at the comfort a breezy beachside while enjoying fun barbecues.
However, those in the mood for a ‘woodland retreat’ can choose the Nam Shan Campsite, which also gives a good start to the hiking along Lantau Trail.
- Spiritual cleansing at Po Lin Monastery
For a quiet day head to the remote Po Lin Monastery, that ensures a spiritual healing with the lush and greenery of its flowery gardens surrounded by a carefully set-up Buddhist construction. Home to many monks, the Po Lin is considered to be Hong Kong’s most important Buddhist sanctum. The unique Buddhist iconography attracts pilgrims from all over, thus earning it the nickname of ‘the Buddhist World in the South’.
Opposite to the monastery lies the home to the ‘Big Buddha’. Guarded by lush mountains, the almost hidden Po Lin monastery gained tourist popularity post the installation of the extraordinary Tian Tan Buddha statue or the ‘Big Buddha’ erected in 1993. In order to view the statue in all its magnificence, one has to climb 268 steps from the base. However, once atop, the view of the sweeping mountains and choppy sea is one to behold for a long time to come.
- Stargazing at Madame Tussaud’s Hong Kong
Probably the only celebrity inspired tourist attraction in Hong Kong, this Madame Tussaud’s alike any of its counterparts, does not fail to amuse tourists. This is where Hollywood dreams meet the K-Pop fetish with an undertone of Enter the Dragon vibes. It is perhaps here where your phone gives up from taking innumerable selfies.
Located at the Peak Tower on Hong Kong Island, the wax museum ensures a star-studded journey with its eleven interactive zones, each with its own dedicated theme. Tourists can even take back with them personalised wax figurines, symbolic of the museum and its elements.
- Retail therapy in Stanley Market
Shopping in the streets of Hong Kong is the ideal way to wrap up a long tour! Take a piece of the territory with you, as this vibrant market in the quaint village of Stanley bedazzles you with its sparkly memorabilia. The search for all things big and small and intrinsically ‘local’ ends here as the shops offer choices from jewellery, accessories, and home furnishings to boutiques and branded clothing items. Needless to say, this is where you pick up the souvenirs for the eager family and friends back home, well within your budget.
Satiate the shopper’s hunger by stopping by any of the eateries lining the market area. This is also where you can best taste the local food and observe the local life.
- Bonus: A dim-sum affair at Cheung Chau
The ultimate food destination, Cheung Chau houses some of the best shops for dim-sums. The traditional Chinese dish is best served with tea and is an unmissable delicacy around these parts. Dim-sums are small steamed or fried savoury dumplings that come in a variety of fillings. One of the best varieties to taste at Cheung Chau is the Cantonese dim-sum.
In addition to the dim sum, when at Cheung Chau try fish-balls from Gan Yongtai. A popular snack in Hong Kong, fish-balls either steamed, boiled in stock, is served with curry sauce made from an assortment of seafood, including the squid.