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We spent about four full days exploring Hong Kong. Part of the time was meeting with some friends and family and the other part of the time we were on our own. The highlight of our trip was probably just walking around and eating lots of good food including a two-star Michelin restaurant, Summer Palace.
We started every morning with a nice big breakfast at the Hyatt and then headed out to explore. I won’t go day by day on what we did, but here are the highlights of our trip:
- Lunch at two-star Michelin restaurant, Summer Palace. This restaurant in the Shangri-la hotel specializes in Guangdong Chinese food including Dim Sum. You would order the dim sum by the piece; it was almost like eating Dim Sum sushi style. Everything we had was very delicious and definitely some of the best Chinese food I’ve had. Unfortunately, I didn’t know much it cost to say whether or not it’s worth it.
- Taking the Star Ferry from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon. This is a typical tourist boat ride to do and a practical way to get from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon. It only costs about 50 cents and you get great views of the Hong Kong skyline. Definitely a Romsdeal!
- Riding the Peak Tram to Victoria Peak and seeing nothing but fog. The view from the peak can be quite scenic, or it could be completely covered in fog. We were unfortunate and had no view at all, but we still were able to take the tram and eat fish balls at the Tsui Hwa restaurant on top.
- Riding the double-decker bus to Stanley Market. You can take the double decker bus from Central to Stanley Market for a change in pace. Stanley market is next to the beach with a bunch of shops and European bars. It was relaxing grabbing a drink and walk up and down the street and chill at the beach. Kind of reminds me of an Asian Santa Monica.
- Going to a German bar with Filipinos singing in Mandarin. This is why I love Hong Kong, there is so much diversity. I never expected to go to a German bar in Hong Kong, let alone see Filipinos singing in Mandarin.
- Getting custom-tailored Suits in Hong Kong. This is the place to get a good quality Italian suit for a fraction of the price. The suit cost about $400 and would easily cost over $1,500 in the US for comparable quality. If anybody wants a reliable recommendation, let me know I can give you the contact info.
- Dialogue in the Dark. This is probably the most unique museum experience that I’ve been to. I recommend not reading reviews on it because it might spoil the experience. Just go, trust me!
- Mingcha Tea House (#1 on tripadvisor). This tea shop serves high quality tea and educates you on different types of tea. It’s quite a nice experience and no pressure at all to buy anything. It does cost about $20 to try the tea regardless how many people are in your party. We bought some gifts and tea for ourselves.
- Soho and Lang Kwai Fong Area. Soho is a hip area in central Hong Kong with trendy restaurants and bars. I was able to eat at one of Hong Kong’s most raved about restaurants, Yardbird. It’s a restaurant that specializes in chicken yakitori. The chicken skewers are meaty, juicy, and delicious. Expect to spend about $40 or $50 for a full meal. It’s well worth it. Lang Kwai Fong is the foreigners bar district where you see all the expats hanging outside talking and drinking. If you ask people what’s the most popular bar here, they will say Club Seven Eleven because everyone just buys drinks and drinks on the street.
- Lots of eating. Here is the instagram video of most of the best foods I ate in Hong Kong.
There’s definitely a good amount of things to do in Hong Kong and four days was perfect. Hong Kong itself is still not that big so you can hit all the main sites in a few days. I wouldn’t mind visiting again, but probably if its on a stopover next time.