Are you planning a trip to Hong Kong this 2016? Want to check out a place that is not so touristy?
Well, the good news is there are many things to do, see, eat and buy in Hong Kong. No matter how many guidebooks or travel advice you read on Tripadvisor or Lonely Planet about Hong Kong, there are still many sights waiting to be unlocked. On this article, I come up with a list of unusual attractions in Hongkong. Don’t forget to bring out your adventurous side to this amazing city, okay let’s go!
This is the longest outdoor escalator in the world. Yup! Not in only in Asia but in the whole wide world! This covered escalator runs through the whole length of Cochrane Street (between Queen’s Road Central and Hollywood Road) then connects to the entire length of Shelley Street. The total travel time is 20 minutes, but most people prefer to walk while the escalator is moving to save travel time. Batman film The Dark Knight had a screen time on that escalator, Batman is awesome!
This Big Buddha is the second largest seated bronze statue in the world (the tallest one is in Taiwan). You can get there within a few minutes walk from the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car terminal then take the 268 stairs to reach the Buddha. “268 steps?! Are you kidding me?” Relax… The site also features a small winding road for vehicles to accommodate old people and handicapped. There are benches at the top if you want to rest or stay a while to admire the awesome view.
Go to the other side of the harbor, take the Star Ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui to Wan Chai. Escape the congested traffic and go to your destination faster! The ferry operates from Monday to Sunday 7:20 am to 10:50 am, the fare is only 2.50 HKD and free for 65 years old and above. Gorgeous skyscrapers on both sides of the Victoria Harbor will take your breath away. I’m telling you, it is very convenient and comfortable. Find out more about the Star Ferry here.
Temple street night market
If you like to grab a bite late at night, go to Dai Pai Dongs (traditional street-food restaurants) in Temple Street Market. This Hawker Bazaar is open from 2 pm until midnight. You can also buy anything from souvenirs, clothes, handbags, antiques and seafood. If you’re in the mood to predict your future through Chinese astrology, you can find some fortune tellers in the Temple Garden or in their tents along the market street. You can also catch the Cantonese Opera between 8:30 pm until 11:00 pm most nights excluding Wednesdays.
Cha Chaan Teng
Are you a breakfast lover? Cha chaan teng (tea restaurant) are casual dining establishments that don’t just serve tea. You can also order classic scrambled eggs, crispy toasted bread, pork knuckles noodles, egg tarts, spaghetti, pineapple bun and milk tea. They’re not too pricey, you can have a good meal below 50 HKD. I recommend Star Cafe (星座冰室) in Tsim Sha Tsui, their noodles with beef and thick tomato soup is famous in Hong Kong.
Dragon’s back was hailed as the best urban hike in Asia according to Time Magazine. This trail provides breathtaking panoramic views of Shek O, Tai Long Wan, Stanley, Tai Tam, and the South China Sea. You can hike up and down Dragon’s Back trail in less than 90 minutes, including water breaks and taking pictures of course. The quickest way to get there is from Chai Wan MTR station, take Exit C and get a taxi to To Tei Wan.
Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine
This is dim sum restaurant devoted to the cutie pie pussy cat named “Hello Kitty”. If you’re a cat lover or Sanrio fan, you would want to drop by this place. You can eat Hello Kitty’s tasty face (steamed bun called “lau sa bau”), you can see her on plates, chopsticks, wall decor and even in the rest room. If you’re health conscious, don’t worry coz they use healthy ingredients such as organic veggies, coconut oil, and goji juice.
Which of these underrated things to do in Hong Kong do you like the best? Leave your comments in the form below. 😉