Hong Kong: crowded, frenetic, expensive, delicious.
These words, in no particular order, are what comes to mind when I think of Hong Kong. I had a lot of exploring and eating to do and a short four days in which to do it.
TEMPLE STREET NIGHT MARKET
First stop, Temple Street Night Market. Through the bustling crowds, several restaurants with outdoor tables or stall seating were competing for business. Hungry and tired from travel, I sat at a random table and ordered from the large menu.
After eating, I was better able to handle the noise and immense amount of people. There are many stalls and items to choose from, but staff prefer if you order, eat, and leave quickly. That is exactly what I did.
Aside from eating, there are many things to buy. From clothing to shoes to accessories to housewares, you will find many things and more to practice your haggling skills. This market is most lively from 6pm – 11pm.
Directions: Exit C2 from Jordan MTR station, follow Bowring Street or take exit C from the Yau Ma Tei MTR station and follow Man Ming Lane.
TIAN TAN BUDDHA (BIG BUDDHA)
This gigantic bronze Buddha statue is located at Ngong Ping on Lantau Island. As you can see, the weather was not ideal for a clear view. It did, however, create a kind of mystical, eerie atmosphere which I enjoyed. I was also spared from being flame-broiled by the hot sun thanks to the cloud cover.
Surrounding the Buddha are 6 smaller statues offering gifts such as flowers and incense.
At the base of the Buddha lies the Po Lin monastery. Here, you can view the temple and walk the peaceful wooded paths. Everything is open from 10 am-5:30 pm. You can get here by cable car or by bus. On this particular day, the cable cars were being repaired, so the lines of people waiting for the bus were insanely long. No matter what, this excursion was worth it. Especially to see this random bull running about.
Victoria Peak is the highest mountain on Hong Kong Island, and you will be able to get some amazing views of Victoria Harbor and the Hong Kong skyline. To get here, you can take the Peak Tram from Garden Road. Or, like me, take a taxi. However, do not think you will be able to escape the crowds here; there are throngs of tourists crowding the viewing decks. The view is still worth it.
THE MAIN ATTRACTION: FOOD
Beside the markets, views, temples, ease of transportation, shopping, and energy, food is what will draw you to Hong Kong and keep you coming back for more. Everywhere you go, there is food. Good, delicious food which will have you going back to look at the photos you took just so you can attempt to relive the flavors. If you ever get the chance, go to Hong Kong and try everything.