After leaving the extreme culture shock of mainland China, where I’d been traveling for the better part of the month, I came into Hong Kong viewing the city the way someone might after finding water in the desert. Is it real? Is my mind tricking me? Do I really see a Thai restaurant selling mango sticky rice over there on the corner? Is this real life?
Yes, the mango sticky rice was indeed delicious. And yes, I did in fact indulge multiple times during my stay in Hong Kong. Are you going to judge me for it? Besides being one of the most delicious snacks I personally think you can find (anywhere), there certainly are plenty of reasons why H.K. should be your next city-destination of choice.
What do curried spaghetti, taco pizza, and Tex-Mex all have in common? Yes, they are all delicious. Yes, you can get them all in Hong Kong. The answer I’m looking for is fusion! They are all fusion foods, much like everything you will find in this city-state. (Sorry for the trick question).
You want Vietnamese? Got it. Thai? Yep. American? For a little higher fee, sure thing, dude. Take a peek down any of the restaurant districts to get your taste buds poppin’.
Districts for yo’ taste buds: Tsim Sha Tsui (TST), Hung Hom, SoHo, and Lan Kwai Fong
If traditional H.K. area food peaks your interest, you certainly can find dumplings galore at every turn (called Dim Sum) as well as tofu pudding, or even…. sharks’ fin soup (Not recommended. Don’t be that guy.)
Don’t forget the cocktails! Head over to the Ozone Bar. Look up: it’s in the 118th of the tallest building. Yám sing! (cheers!)
I hiked with the boyfriend despite the super-high humidity. Not only would I not recommend this, but I also wouldn’t try it in flip flops. I won’t mention who might have done this…..but I bet you can take one guess after looking at my blistered toes at the top of Victoria Peak. Make sure you bring enough water on your trek up to Victoria Peak, and wear sneakers. The road is quite slippery on the way down if wet.
If you are looking for a real workout, head over to Lamma Island really early in the morning and check out the rad views from the top! For a longer trip, take a trip to Lantau island and hike to the Tian Tian Buddha. It will save you around $180 HKD round trip on the cable car.
P..S.: On the way up to Victoria Peak, take a peek in Hong Kong’s Botanical garden, complete with mini-zoo!
Hong Kong has an infamous night life. Get your heels on or your fast hair (gentlemen) and throw yourself around on the dance floors of Volar, Play Club, or Magnum, or any club in Lan Kwai Fung
. If dancing isn’t really your thing, there is also a nightly light show along the water front. Don’t bother if it’s foggy outside though, I was thoroughly disappointed in the lack of anything that happened with the cloud cover.
I hope I convinced y’all to head out to Hong Kong immediately. I promise it won’t be disappointing. Eat, Drink and Enjoy everything it has to offer.