Earlier this month, I was in Hong Kong for the third time in a year. It’s a city that never ceases to amaze me – vertiginous buildings against a backdrop of lush mountains, a ubiquitous colonial past that lingers amidst its present-day Chinese governance, the umbrella protests with a non-violence strategy.
It’s a city of contrasts, with a great energy and a non-stop buzz. Here’s the list of my favourite things about HK. Things that make this city so special:
1) The Octopus card
This is the absolute first thing you buy when you get to HK.
This multipurpose card can be used to pay for public transport (MTR, tram, ferries and bus) and can also be used at a whole host of retail outlets. Makes life sooo easy!
2) HK desserts
Try out the colourful local desserts at the many dessert cafes dotted across the city.
A night stroll and a mango-pomelo-sago dessert (a HK favourite). De-lish!
3) The Central Mid-levels escalator
Step onto the world’s longest, covered escalator system and enjoy the passing views of cheerful bars, hipster cafes and charming boutiques.
This 800m (2,600ft) long escalator runs downhill from 6-10am bringing the folks from the top of the hill to the central business district. It then changes directions and goes uphill from 10.30am to mid-night. Nearly 55,000 Hong Kongers use it every day to get to and from work.
Even the Dark Knight (Christian Bale) has filmed on this famous escalator.
4) The tea house
After a visit to the quaint Tea Ware Museum in Hong Kong Park, stop by the LockCha Tea House next-door.
This traditional, Canton-style tea house, offers a wide choice of vegetarian dim sum and over 100 artisanal teas.
I settled for the fragrant rose tea while enjoying the peaceful ambience of the place. A must visit for any tea lover!
More about the Tea Ware Museum in my post 3,000 years of Tea Ware in Hong Kong.
Party at Lan Kwai Fong till the wee hours of morning and then crawl to the nearby Ebeneezer’s outlet for some more booze, and gyros that taste amazing especially when you are drunk 😉
6) The Shanghai pedicure
I’m not really sure how popular the Shanghai pedicure is in Shanghai but it is definitely a HK must-do. More about it in my post, Asia’s World City.
7) The Ding-Ding
This is what the locals call the iconic HK tram.
More about my fun tram ride experience in my post, All aboard the HK tram!
8 ) The gazillion air-conditioning units
If you are walking around HK, there is no escaping the water droplets that trickle down from the overhead air-conditioning units.
I’m yet to master the art of dodging this man-made drizzle. A serious must-do for my next trip 🙂
What would you like to add to this list? Leave me a comment.