Tiffany was born and raised in Hong Kong and is very passionate about travelling, hiking and great food. Tiffany loves to travel solo and has also lived in France and Switzerland for a short period of time.
Hong Kong city guide by Tiffany Cheng
Hong Kong is a top destination in Asia. You will have missed a lot if you have never visited this city. With its breathtaking skyscrapers, energetic vibe, super-delicious-and-affordable food choices, refreshing hiking routes and pristine sandy beaches – Hong Kong has a lot to offer and you will fall in love with this city soon. I will introduce to you – the 6 best things to do in Hong Kong!
The best breakfast place
Start your day with your ideal breakfast place in Hong Kong. The typical breakfast in Hong Kong is heavily influenced by Western culture: scrambled eggs, toasts, and macaroni with Hong Kong-style roasted pork. The Australia Dairy Company does it the best. Don’t be turned away by the long queues outside the restaurant – this place is horrendously efficient. (Address: G/F, 47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan. Jordan MTR Exit C2)
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The best dim sum places
Hong Kong has the best dim sum in the world. Despite that dim sum is part of Chinese cuisine, dim sum is only prevalent in southern China region such as Guangdong province and Hong Kong. There are in fact, MANY great dim sum places in Hong Kong. For a traditional touch, visit Lin Heung Tea House in Central. This place is crowded and they offer very traditional dim sum. Serve yourself by taking a chop card to the dim sum car and get your favourite dim sum!
(Address: 160-164 Wellington Street, Central. Sheung Wan MTR Exit E2)
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Another more hip and young place for dim sum – Tim Ho Wan – the Dim Sum Specialist. They sell more creative and high quality dim sum. They have 6 restaurants outlets in Hong Kong. Try the one in Hong Kong station – it is the last stop on the Airport Express.
(Address: Shop 12A, L1/F, Hong Kong MTR Station, Central)
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The best boat trip – Star Ferry
You can’t miss out taking the Star Ferry if you ever find yourself in Hong Kong. Star Ferry is a 10-minute journey across the harbour from either Central or Wanchai to Tsim Sha Tsui, or vice versa. It is fascinating to take it both during the day time and night time. Admire our beautiful harbor and the stunning skyscrapers!
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The best view from the top
Have a better bird-eye view of the Victoria Harbour from the highest point on Hong Kong Island – the Peak. Take the Peak Tram from Central up to the Peak. Try to be there early, there is often a long queue. (Address: Garden Road, Central. Get out at Central Exit J and walk about 15 minutes – the route is well-marked)
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The Peak is a hot spot for a great view of Victoria Harbour – it’s good at anytime: no matter sunrise, sunset, day view, night view, everything. Stroll along Luard Road right next to the Peak Tower (1 hour walk to complete this circle of Luard Road) to view the Victoria Harbour at different angles.
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The best beach
Repulse bay may not be the most pristine or serene beach in Hong Kong, but it is the most specular and accessible beach. Spend a lazy afternoon here with great coffee, ice-creams, and a wide selection of culinary treats!
(Address: Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong Island. Take Bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 260 from Exchange Square bus terminus (near MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit D) and alight at Repulse Bay Beach. The journey takes about half an hour.)
The best hike
Selected as the best hiking trail on CNN, Dragon’s Back is an ideal choice for travellers with a tight schedule in Hong Kong. It is around 3 hours hike with moderate difficulty and rewarding views. On a fine day, you will see paragliding enthusiasts soaring in the sky. At the end of the trail, you will arrive at Big Wave Bay – a very beautiful white sand beach and a surfer’s heaven, as it is famous for its “big waves”.
Research on the Dragon Back route on these websites: http://hiking.gov.hk/eng/longtrail/hktrail/hktrail/hktrail08.htm and http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/see-do/great-outdoors/hikes/dragons-back-hiking-tour.jsp
Although Dragon’s Back is very famous among tourists and many often hike without the appropriate gears, it is suggested that you should wear sturdy hiking shoes, or trainers at least, and also bring along a hiking stick with you. The trail may become slippery and muddy on or after rainy days. Bring a lot of water with you to stay hydrated as Hong Kong has a humid climate.
(Transport: Take Bus 9 from Shau Kei Wan mtr, alight at the To Tei Wan station and start hiking. At the end point of the trail, take the red minibus to return to Shau Kei Wan.)
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Another route of my choice is Island Trail 5. It is highly accessible and has a gorgeous view of the city along the route, great for hiking during day and night. This moderately difficult hike takes around 2 hours. The route is very well-maintained while there are quite a number of stairs.
Research on the route here: http://hiking.gov.hk/eng/longtrail/hktrail/hktrail/hktrail05.htm and http://www.hiking-hong-kong.com/hong-kong-trail-stage-5/
Bring your headlights with you if you do night hike. It is absolutely safe to hike at night in Hong Kong while you may encounter some athletes training on the trail. However, it is not advisable to hike alone or without regard to the weather conditions.