HELLO HONG KONG – WHERE TO STAY AND WHAT TO DO
Hong Kong is southeastern Chinese city buzzing with people to meet, places to see and food to try!
Vibrant and densely populated, it is a major port, global financial centre and home to many expats.
The majority of people speak English, and all signage is in English so you do not need to worry about any language barriers. Hong Kong has an amazing food, entertainment and shopping scene making it a great place for families to visit for a stop over to another country or for an entire holiday.
Where to stay:
The Salisbury – YMCA
This family-friendly hotel is part of one of the oldest and largest movements for youth in the world; not only are you staying in a great place, but you are staying somewhere that is making a difference.
The hotel is simply stunning with a gym, sauna, large pool, squash courts, rock climbing facility, two amazing restaurants, and even a laundry to do your own washing.
The rooms are also fantastic. Ours had a large king size bed, and a double pull out sofa for the kids with the option of fold out beds.
What to Do:
We did heaps of great things, and could have done a lot more! Here are my top ten things to do:
1. OCEAN PARK
Ocean Park is an amazing, world-acclaimed amusement park set on over 91 hectares of land with sensational views of, you guessed it, the ocean.
Pair this view with the craziest cliff-scaling rollercoaster I have ever been on (known as the Hair Raiser), an awesome cable car and Ocean Express train that takes you from one end of the park to the other and a marine and animal life centre (with pandas, dolphins, sea lions, seals, monkeys and more!) and you’ve got the making of an incredibly educational and entertaining day.
2. NGONG PING 360 Cable Car
Embark on a ride of a life-time with the spectacular 5.7 kilometer 25-minute Skyrail with views of the airport, South China Sea, and mountainous terrain over to Lantau Island. We had a Crystal Cabin which was a little more expensive but meant we could skip the queue and got a bird’s eyes view with a glass bottom cable.
3. NGONG PING VILLAGE – LANTAU ISLAND
Once you hop off the Cable Car you arrive at Lantau Island, a gorgeous little township with restaurants, two theatres (Motion 360 which showed a cute 3D movie for the kids, and Stage 360, a live show with stuntmen performing classic Kung Fu moves).
The best part, however, was the walk up to the giant Tian Tan Buddha-the world’s largest seated, outdoor Bronze Buddha- very impressive!
4. TAI O VILLAGE
This picturesque fishing village is home to some of the country’s best shrimp paste but the locals also sell amazing dried seafood, sea cucumbers, fish, shrimp, mussels and more.
5. DISNEYLAND HONG KONG
Turning 10, this year, Disneyland Hong Kong is in the celebration spirit! For Spring (until 29 May) they have an Easter Extravaganza with more than 100 colourful Disney eggs throughout the seven diverse lands.
Baymax from Big Hero 6 has recently debuted at Disneyland and he gives the best hugs. The boys absolutely loved the rides and seeing all of their favourite characters.
The RC Racer in Toy Story Land, Big Grizzly Mountain mine cars and Space Mountain were clear favourites with the boys. The fireworks and lightshow at the end of the night were amazing to finish a spectacular day of “Happily Ever After”.
6. THE PEAK
You can catch the Peak Tram or a taxi to the top and take in the incredible views of the city and harbour below. There are plenty of other things to see to compliment the trek up including the Trick Eye Museum, and Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum.
There are three main markets, the Ladies Markets, Stanley Street Markets and Temple Street Night Markets with lots of great bargains if you’re willing to haggle.
8. STAR FERRY
This is one of Hong Kong’s most iconic attractions – a must-do at night to view all the pretty city lights.
9. HONG KONG OBSERVATION WHEEL
We could view this from our hotel, so it was a given that we would end up on it at some point! It is massive Ferris Wheel, right on the water giving you sensational views of the city.
The 7th highest commercial building in the world and the tallest building in Hong Kong, Sky100 offers a panoramic view of the heart of the city and Victoria Harbour – sixty seconds and you are 100 floors high.