If you’re relishing the escape from the glitz and glamour of central Hong Kong, head a little further into Kowloon and sniff out some truly authentic gems in Sham Shui Po. From thewet market to the tangle of electronics on and the toys, stationery and knock-offs on , anything you could possibly imagine is on sale at rock-bottom prices. By now, you’ve probably worked up a decent appetite, so sate it at Tim Ho Wan, one the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurants (the pork buns are to DIE for).
Stroll through, a delightful hodgepodge of stalls, cafes and mystic arts. Towards the temple you’ll find rows of fortune tellers predicting the future by various weird and wonderful means, including palm reading, ear reading and even bird-assisted tarot card reading.
Head back onto Hong Kong Island for a truly memorable meal at, a boisterous izakaya restaurant with great food, strong cocktails and enough sake to sink a ship. From here, the eclectically cool and trashy bars of and (LKF) will keep you drinking and dancing until your tiny little liver can’t take any more.
If you don’t feel the need to wax-on, wax-off a little when you’re in Bruce Lee’s home city, we don’t understand you and, frankly, we don’t care to. Start your day with the Wing Chun Kung Fu Experience Tour in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. The Yip Man Martial Arts Association — led by Master Sam Lau, a student of Lee’s mentor Grandmaster Yip Man — will put you through your paces like you’re Uma Thurman with a death wish. You can then replenish all those calories with a dim sum lunch before a trip to the ‘Bruce Lee: Kung Fu Art-Life Exhibition’ and a chance to kowtow at Lee’s statue on the.
Get yourself back to Hong Kong Island via the iconic Star Ferry, which bumbles over Victoria Harbour like a drunkard in a barrel every 10 minutes or so. Founded in 1898, the Star Ferry Company still ships 70,000 passengers across the waters each day in the most nostalgic of styles. Buy a ticket, hop onboard and see Hong Kong’s skyline from the water for just a few dollars.
Continue your nostalgic transportation tour on one of Hong Kong’s classic trams, which ply the north corridor of the main island from morning until midnight. Hop on the back, climb to the top deck and prepare to take a time-lapse video to make all your Instagram followers weep. When you’re done, simply saunter downstairs and pay a flat fee of less than HK$3 at the front before disembarking back into reality.
Hop on a bus toand sit on the top deck to take in the south island views over theme park and beaches along the way. We also recommend you spend some time fantasising that you own one of the swanky yachts before heading to the promenade where you can counterbalance the SoHo/LKF debauchery of last night with a nice meal and some sophisticated wine swilling.
Your time is almost up and you’ve STILL not doneor any of Hong Kong’s epic hikes! Make the most of the early morning freshness and conquer two birds with one stone. From Sheung Wan, head straight up the hill, through the university and onto The Peak path. There’ll be a whole lot of sweat and delayed calf ache, but the famous views from the top are well worth it. From here, take the iconic Peak Tram back down, but make sure to get the latest on the tram hiatus as part of ongoing upgrades for a better tourist experience.
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