- Shivani Singh
Hong Kong: City of Skyscrapers
Imagine you have only one day in Hong Kong! What all would you do? What all would you cover in that one day?
Do not under estimate the place, Hong Kong has much to offer within one day. Sitting across the windows of Hong Kong International Airport while waiting for my next flight, I remember catching that first glimpse of the Hong Kong skyline through the steamy windows. And boy! I knew I will come back to explore this country!
So now if you just have one day in Hong Kong, what all would you explore? Let me help you with that. But first a bit about the place. Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, is a special administrative region on the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary in southern China (- as per Wikipedia). However, in its day-to-day existence, Hong Kong actually operates like its own country in many ways.
Let me tell you about the main places in the country that you definitely need to explore:
1. Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
Plan for an early day and head towards Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. You can have one of the finest view of the city’s skylines from here. At its eastern end is the Avenue of Stars, with handprints and statues of celebrities like Jackie Chan.
2. Star Ferry:
No visit to Hong Kong would be complete without at least one trip across Victoria Harbour aboard one of the famous Star Ferries, which have been plying the waters between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon since 1898. Catch the historic Star Ferry over to the Kowloon side, taking in the stunning views of the harbour in all directions. The ferries are colonial relics but also happen to be one of the quickest ways to get across the harbour.
3. Victoria Peak: The pinnacle of Hong Kong Island, offers breathtaking views of the harbour and city. A journey to Hong Kong is not complete without experiencing this place. It offers a view that encapsulates Hong Kong in just one single image!
There are several ways to get to the top of Victoria Peak. The fastest and easiest is to get a taxi from Central, which takes 15 minutes and shouldn’t cost more than $125 HKD.
The other option is to get the Peak Tram, which takes seven minutes to get to The Peak. Add in the time you’ll spend queueing for a ticket and the Peak Trak is usually a little slower than a taxi, although the experience can be fun.
4. Hong Kong Museum of History: It is a museum which preserves Hong Kong’s historical and cultural heritage. It is located next to the Hong Kong Science Museum, in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. I love going to Museums so I loved it.
5. Nathan Road
It is called the Golden Mile of Shopping for its endless string of shops selling everything under the sun: electronics, jewellery, cloths! This place is Kowloon’s most famous street.
6. Temple Street Night Market
From the northern part of Nathan Road it is just walking distance, and for me, this place was more for the view it offers: colorful, chaotic and beautiful! The market opens daily at 4pm, but the real action starts at 7pm.
7. Knutsford Terrace: It is a terrace street, north of Kimberley Road. It is famous for its open-fronted bars, pubs and restaurants.
You can also pre-book a night tour around the city. It can be an evening cruise or just a guide to take you through the coolest areas of Kowloon by night including Yau Mau Tei and the lively Mong Kok area!
Whether it is one day or a long trip, you will love Hong Kong! I really want to go back to explore the place more – to know the culture!
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