Catch the Star Ferry
The most economical and charming way to explore Hong Kong, be amongst the twenty million passengers that journey across the harbour on the Star Ferry each year. Star Ferries are a fixture on the Hong Kong harbour having been around for over one hundred years. The ten-minute crossing from Hong Kong Island to Tsim Sha Tsui (the Kowloon side of the harbour) is an awe-inspiring way to see the ‘Symphony of Lights’. Try to time your ferry ride for about 8pm. The noisy engines and the smell of engine fuel are all part of the fun.
Charter a junk boat
The iconic Chinese fishing boats that potter around on Victoria Harbour are affectionately known as a ‘junk boats’. Different companies offer charter options for visitors to experience the harbour in a leisurely fashion. Aqualuna is one such company with packages including champagne or even a 10-course dinner cruise. Visit: http://aqualuna.com.hk/
Check out the permanent exhibition of ‘The Hong Kong Story’ at the Hong Kong Museum of History. If you appreciate nautical history, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum is fittingly located on the harbour by the Star Ferry Terminal in Central. Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum showcases local culture and is a high-point for martial arts fans who wish to see the dedicated ‘Bruce Lee Exhibition’. Keep in mind that many of the museums are free on Wednesdays.
A city that never sleeps, Hong Kong is alive and buzzing at night from late night markets, restaurants, theatres, bars and clubs open to the early hours of the morning. Hong Kong is famous for it’s thriving nightlife. The thoroughfares of Lan Kwai Fong in the Central District are an excellent place to party with the ex-pats. It’s not all exclusive rooftop parties; there are hidden speakeasies, bespoke cocktail bars and themed-venues like the converted underground table tennis hall Ping Pong 29 .
Hit the beach
Escape the hum-drum of the city and relax on one of Hong Kong’s beautiful beaches. Visit the beachside village of Shek O, or explore the stretches of golden sand in Stanley and Repulse Bay. Although a little further away, Tai Long Wan is considered the most beautiful.
Hike the Dragon’s Back
Lace up those boots for a popular hiking route on Hong Kong Island with beautiful coastal scenery. Discover deserted beaches, volcanic landscapes and remote temples. It’s an excellent way to see another side to Hong Kong.
Trip to Tai O
The colourful, stilt houses standing above the body of water give Tai O it’s nickname the ‘ Venice of Hong Kong’. The rickety structures are home to a community of fishermen, so a visit here will give you valuable insight into local life. This makes a pleasant day-trip outside the throng of the metropolis.