Are you planning a Hong Kong holiday? Discover some of the city’s best views from Victoria Harbour’s Symphony of Lights to Lantau Island’s towering bronze Buddha.
1. Take a tram ride up Victoria Peak
Victoria Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island. On arrival at the base, you’ll be able to step aboard a 1920’s-style tram on one of the world’s oldest funicular railways, which ascends approximately 390 metres above sea level. At the top, you can explore Peak Tower, which houses an array of restaurants, boutique shops and entertainment venues.
As the sun begins to set, head to Hong Kong’s highest viewing terrace, Sky Terrace 428, and enjoy 360-degree views of the city and its surrounds. Finish off your evening with a meal at one of the Peak’s four signature restaurants, all of which boast incredible harbour and city views. Enjoy open-flame thin crust pizzas at Wildfire+, authentic Hong Kong-style fare at Lu Feng, Cajun shrimp or baby back ribs at Bubba Gump Shrimp or fresh nigiri sushi at Fujiyama Mama.
2. Walk along the Dragon’s Back – Hong Kong’s best urban hike
For adventurous travellers, an 8 km hike along the Dragon’s Back, an undulating ridge that offers views of the South China Sea, is the ultimate day trip. Pack some snacks and drinks and set out on this renowned urban hike.
You’ll start out walking through sheltered bamboo groves and dense thickets before reaching a vantage point offering views of Shek O Beach to the east. Continue along the rolling ridge, or ‘dragon’s back’ from Shek O Peak to Wan Cham Shan. The hike comes to a spectacular end at Tai Long Wan, a white-sand beach with azure waters that you’ll want to make the most of after conquering the ‘dragon.’
3. Enjoy a symphony of lights at Victoria Harbour
Every evening at 8 pm, searchlights, laser beams and LED screens create a symphony of colour that bursts from the skyline on either side of Victoria Harbour. This audiovisual feast has set the harbour ablaze every night since 2004, and in 2017 a new soundtrack performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra was created to accompany the show.
You can experience this world-renowned view from Sim Sha Tsui promenade outside the Hong Kong Cultural Centre or from Golden Bauhinia Square. Another great vantage point is from a junk boat cruise on the harbour.
4. Fall in love with Lantau Island
Hong Kong’s largest outlying Island is known for sandy beaches, relaxed fishing villages and breathtaking hikes to giant Buddhist statues and temples. Ferries from the mainland depart regularly, and after the scenic 30-minute trip, you can relax on the golden sands of Cheung Sha beach or take a refreshing dip in the water. Then head to Tai O, a small fishing village where you’ll discover traditional stilt houses and friendly locals.
For a spectacular view of the surrounds, hike up to Po Lin Monastery, or take the 30-minute ride up in a glass-bottomed cable car. The monastery is over a century old and is home to three intricately painted temples as well as a striking 34-metre tall bronze Buddhist statue. If you time it right, you can enjoy a reasonably priced vegetarian lunch at the monastery. Enjoy simple, organic offerings such as thick mushroom soup, sauteed greens and stir-fried vegetables with rice. After lunch, find a quiet place on the temple grounds and wind down before getting the ferry back.
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