Following on from my previous Hong Kong and Macau blogs, this one is to let you know what there is to see & do whilst visiting Hong Kong.Starting on the Tsim Sha Tsui side of Hong Kong, my first surprise was to find the Avenue of Comic Stars. Easy to find with these delightful statutes and coloured stairways marking the entrance to the Avenue and park above.
Plenty to see up here with all types of Comic star statues as well as garden areas, dwarfed by the massive high rises in the area. Best of all there is no charge to stroll around or take selfies with Comic star heros.There is so much to see and do in Hong Kong. The harbour is a wonderful place for a stroll, day or night. Photo opportunities abound here.Hong Kong harbour at night is breathtaking. Even in bad weather, fabulous pops of colour make for eyecatching scenery. Here one of the Duk lings brightens the night with its impressive shade of red.
At the time of my visit, the construction around the harbour area was huge. Avenue of movie stars was closed for renovations, as was a large amount of the harbour frontage. Garden and art displays were still dotted around walkways. The one above, depicting the vanishing polar bear, tore at the heartstrings.
Remember the Big Red Bus I referred to in the Hong Kong – “What to Expect Blog” , well it really is a great way to see the islands and tourist spots. Stop at the tram to head up The Peak. An impressive structure, atop the Peak awaits you. The tram ride is steep, with plenty to see along the way. It will look like a crowd of people but don’t worry too much, you don’t seem to have wait much more that about 10-30 minutes with tram arriving about every ten minutes. Definitely worth doing, especially if you choose a Big Red Bus ticket which includes the tram ride.
View from the tram as you head up to the PeakIf you enjoy riding escalators you are in for a treat in Hong Kong. They love their escalators here! This impressive display of escalators gives you an idea of how many levels are contained within the big space boat design of the Peak.
Wth a huge variety of shopping and restaurants, including Bubba Gump Restaurant, Madame Tussaud’s, even a Hard Rock Cafe shop, and market stalls, you won’t be short of things to do. Dining next a window overlooking Hong Kong harbour, is nothing short of exhilarating. Oh and if you settle on Bubba Gump Restaurant, all themed in the Forrest Gump movie, highly suggest the clam soup. I actually went back for another meal just to have this dish again. By far the best seafood chowder ever! Oh and choose a cocktail or drink where you keep the glass. A nice new one will be delivered to your table before you leave.Shopping abounds in Hong Kong, this culture is built around shopping and mass consumerism. Even you dont wish to shop, just going through the shopping centres is an experience on its own. Many brand labels but who knows what types of shops you will see.Ride the ferries and other boats around the harbour, explore the streets, visit the Golden Buddha on Kowloon, or the markets. Plenty of tour options are available too. The one I chose for the first night through Buffalo tours, included a harbour night light cruise – unlimited drinks included, plus a trip by private transport up to the Peak for dinner at Bubba Gump Restaurant and a few minutes soaking up the view from the outside viewing platform. Our final part of the tour was to stop at the night markets. For me this guided tour was enough to give me an overview of how this city was laid out. After that I did not need any tours as it was so very easy to navigate around by myself.
This photo above was taken around 10pm a night, to give you an idea of how busy the streets remain. Certainly one of those cities which never sleep. The clock and fountains, also in the harbour area are beautiful and make a great photographic background. Good luck though finding a time to photograph where there is no-one else in the shot! One comment I heard here, was “everyone is a model”. Certainly seemed like it with the many photo shoots I came acros whilst exploring.
Overall it does depend on what you want to do with your time. If like me, you are happy to wander and see what comes along, well, you are most certainly going to enjoy this city! Don’t forget to leave your postcard to Hong Kong at the harbour. Loved this piece of art too!