Hong Kong Recommendations

Hong Kong is a special place near and dear to my heart. My relatives on both sides of the family, including my grandmas, late grandpas, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews, live there. Growing up, I visited every 4 years and then every 2 years and at times twice a year depending on occasion. I have lost count of how many times I have been back. I even have my Hong Kong Permanent Resident Identity Card! This gives me the right to abode in Hong Kong if I ever wanted to move there. It also takes me through the fast lane with Hong Kong citizens at immigration and customs without having to wait in the long line of foreigners with my U.S. passport.

Over the years, I have come to know Hong Kong quite well, especially after spending 5.5 weeks there this past summer for the first time on my own. I wasn’t bound by the schedule of my parents telling me where we were going or what we were doing. I had the opportunity to explore Hong Kong by myself! There was freedom to decide how long or how little I wanted to stay at each place. I visited both the tourist spots and the unbeaten paths with the help of Google Maps so I wouldn’t get lost traveling alone. Right now I have friends visiting there, so I put together a list of my Hong Kong recommendations for transportation, sightseeing, shopping, eats, and churches! Have so much fun in this beautiful city – the Pearl of the Orient!


TRANSPORTATION

First of all, MTR (aka the subway) is the best mode of transportation in Hong Kong. While going on the bus allows you to see the views above ground, I learned that it is common for the elderly to take the bus because they want to avoid walking and congestion and they have the time to wait for the buses to come, which are usually late due to traffic. The MTR is much more reliable and frequent for young, working people who are on a tight schedule to get somewhere on time. My recommendations below will be listed by MTR stations or areas so you can find them. While the traditional linear map for the MTR is displayed in the MTR trains and stations, I have found the circle map below to be much more helpful. You can see how the MTR stations are laid out on a map of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, especially if you are interested in walking around and exploring between MTR stations without having to ride underground for one or two stops. Of course, there are many other options, including the trolley, double decker bus, mini bus, and taxi.

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SIGHTSEEING

Victoria Harbour – view of Hong Kong skyline from Kowloon (Tsim Sha Tsui MTR)

  • Star Ferry Pier Tsim Sha Tsui – take a ferry across Victoria Harbour to Central Pier
  • Former Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower – Hong Kong landmark
  • Avenue of Stars – celebrity walk of fame promenade with hand/footprints and plaques honoring Hong Kong film stars and a Bruce Lee statue with view of Victoria Harbour

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Victoria Peak – beautiful view of Victoria Harbour and the city from Hong Kong Island (Take the bus up from Central MTR and do not take the tram up or else you will be waiting in a long line of tourists. Instead take the tram down for the experience after visiting the peak.)

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Central and Sheung Wan – old Hong Kong (Central MTR or take a ferry across Victoria Harbour from Star Ferry Pier Tsim Sha Tsui to Central Pier)

  • SoHo – tourist spot (Central MTR)

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  • My relatives own and run a preserved meats store in Sheung Wan, so check this video out!

Kowloon Peak / Fei Ngo Shan – view of Victoria Harbour and the city from Kowloon (Car)

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Stanley – popular tourist spot on Hong Kong Island (Car)

Shek O – beach on the southeastern tip of Hong Kong Island (Car)

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Ngong Ping Village – tourist spot with shops, souvenirs, and big Buddha statue (Bus or Ngong Ping 360 cable car ride from Tung Chung MTR)

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SHOPPING

Hollywood Industrial Centre B and C – wholesale shops for the cheapest price you will find for the same girls clothes you will see everywhere else in Hong Kong (Lai Chi Kok MTR)

Mongkok (Mongkok MTR)

  • Fa Yuen Street – fruits and household items in the market stalls, cheap girls clothes at the shops as low as 50 HKD
  • Ladies Market on Tung Choi Street – souvenirs and bargain shopping in the market stalls
  • Argyle Centre – one building with multiple stories of cheap girls clothes
  • Langham Place Shopping Mall – commercial skyscraper complex and shopping mall with many stories and long escalators
  • Flower Market – market with vendors for flowers, plants, and seeds
  • Sneaker Street on Fa Yuen Street – sports shoes and sportswear shops
  • Sim City – electronics, ipad/phone cover cases, technology cables

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Causeway Bay, SOGO, Times Square – shopping area (Causeway Bay MTR)

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Temple Street – night market stalls (Jordan MTR)

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Nathan Road – long street with shopping malls and shops (Tsim Sha Tsui MTR)

Festival Walk – shopping mall (Kowloon Tong MTR)

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IFC – skyscraper and shopping mall (Hong Kong MTR)

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Telford Plaza, Amoy Plaza, Megabox – shopping malls (Kowloon Bay MTR)

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EATS

Fish ball noodle soup next to J&G Fried Chicken (Mongkok MTR, near 26 Tung Choi Street)

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Beef ball noodle soup at Haiphong Road Temporary Market (Tsim Sha Tsui MTR)

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Dim sum (restaurants everywhere) – my grandma’s go to is Jade Garden (Kowloon Bay MTR)

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Hong Kong cafe food like beef chow fun, wonton noodle soup, preserved vegetable and pork chop noodle soup, condensed milk and butter toast with Hong Kong milk tea (cafes everywhere)

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Street food on Fa Yuen Street in Mongkok like curry fish balls, skewers, siu mai, freshly squeezed juices like watermelon and bamboo (Mongkok MTR)

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Cafe De Coral – rice or noodle dishes at this fast food restaurant (multiple locations)

Australian Diary Company – cheap and filling breakfast set with ham and macaroni soup, butter toast, scrambled eggs, and Hong Kong milk tea (Jordan MTR – 47 Parkes St, Jordan, Hong Kong)

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Kam Wah Cafe & Bakery – pineapple bun / bo lau bao with butter, take out to go (Prince Edward or Mongkok MTR)

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Tortoise jelly / gui ling gao at one of the shops in Mongkok (multiple locations)

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Hui Lau Shan – refreshing fruity and mango desserts (multiple locations)

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Jenny’s Bakery – cookies made in Hong Kong (Tsim Sha Tsui MTR – Shop 38, 39, 42 & 43, 2nd Floor Mirador Mansion 54, 64B Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong)

Lan Kwai Fong – party nightlife of Hong Kong (Central MTR)

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Oma’s Kitchen at Park Island – beachside candlelight dinner with view of bridge from Tsing Yi to Lan Tau Island, German restaurant (Bus from Tsing Yi MTR)

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Dragon’s beard candy at one of the street vendors typically found in Mongkok

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Airwaves chewing gum – very strong gum that clears your nasal passages, Menthol & Eucalyptus flavor is most popular and Honey & Lemon flavor is good too, Watsons store may sell it for the cheapest (sold at convenience stores and grocery markets everywhere)

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McDonald’s – try a new item that America does not have like green tea soft serve ice cream, seaweed shake shake fries, or whatever is seasonal (multiple locations) 

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CHURCHES

Kowloon International Baptist Church (Kowloon Tong MTR – 300 Junction Rd, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong)

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Evangelical Community Church (Tsim Sha Tsui MTR – 4/F, YMCA, 41 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong)


PHONE APPS

MTR Mobile – MTR transportation map, schedule, and station exits

OpenRice – Hong Kong’s Yelp for food recommendations

Google Maps – Zoom in to see which MTR stations and exits are closest to your destinations


This list may be edited if I think of something I left out, but feel free to let me know any of your recommendations as well! Have a blast in Hong Kong!! I hope to go back again next year!

If you would like to see my recommendations for other places, so far I have a list for San Diego!

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