Out of the many places that I have visited, Hong Kong is by far the best of the lot. The stunning Hong Kong skyline is an amazing site to see and especially at the night when the lights come on, they are simply wonderful. It may sound a bit odd but Hong Kong’s cosmopolitan populace makes its streets a bustling happening place. Hong Kong is nothing new for me having visited that place at least 4 times during my childhood. It has changed quite a lot since then. At those times there were no Octopus Cards (these cards would come pre stored with an amount, which you could use at convenience stores, to shop, in an MTR and practically anywhere there was a reader). There were not many MTR lines and even the shops stayed open in the night allowing you indulge in.

Probably after a decade we have been going to Hong Kong for our Christmas holidays and this time myself and my sister have bee doing the entire itinerary. We wanted to have as much fun as possible each time we would go there. Every time we visited Hong Kong for the Christmas holidays I would surf the net for several days and find out the places that we have not seen the last time and include them in our itinerary.

We have been to a number of different places in Hong Kong and have loved most of them. Below are a few which I think you will enjoy when you are in Hong Kong as well. This information will help you find your way around Hong Kong and shortlist the places that you would like to see on your trip.

Sai Kung Town

If you are a die hard sea food fan, you ought to visit Sai Kung Town. There is nothing like fresh sea food cooked right in front of you. Showcased on the tanks are sea foods of all types. Dig in and select the sea food that you want to choose and the staff will cook them for you according to your guidance. Cooking fee will be separately levied though. For the people who are on a budget, it is preferred that you opt for only one or two of the sea food that you really enjoy eating. That will ensure that your over all expense is lower. You could opt for rice as some tourists do, but I personally prefer to east my sea food without rice.

Address of the place is: Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong

How to reach the place: go to the MTR station at Diamond Hill a take exit C2. You will notice the Plaza Hollywood. Go on to the bus terminal that is immediately on the left. Take the bus on route KMB 92/96R.

City gate outlets

City gate outlets is actually a shopping mall that houses some of the leading brands. The main attraction for coming to this place is the huge discount that the shops give away all the year round. There are several great brands having their outlets here. However you may not find the exact brand that you are looking for. Also they may not keep the latest in fashion. Well I don’t bother about the latest in fashion. I prefer good, reliable brands and if I can get that at a discounted price, there can be nothing better than that. Check out their official website and find the brands that you are looking for. If you find the ones that you prefer then include this place in your itinerary otherwise this place could be quote boring for you.

Address of the place is: 20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong

How to reach the place: Get to the Tung Chung MTR Station, and take the Exit C (beside Ngong Ping 360)

Po Lin Monastery/Tian Tan Buddha

If you go to Hong Kong and do not see the giant statute of Buddha in Po Lin Monastery, then your trip will not be complete and you will certainly miss an integral part of coming to Asia. This Buddha statute is not the biggest in the world by any stretch of imagination but it is still quite large. There is a staircase that leads to a viewing podium where you ca catch a wonderful glimpse of the surroundings.

Address of the place is: Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

How to reach the place: Go to the Tung Chung MTR Station, and take Exit C. Get on the Lantao Bus route 23 or take the Ngong Ping Cable Car (you can see the cable car station when you reach Exit C at the Tung Chung MTR Station).

Chi Lin Nunnery/Nan Lian Garden

Perched at the heart of Hong Kong is a delightful little Japanese garden. There is a small pagoda and a bridge, several bonsais, a little pond with Kois swimming freely init. There is no entrance fee for the garden and you can visit for taking some lovely pictures in the picturesque garden.

Address of the place is: Diamond Hill, Kowloon, Hong Kong

How to reach the place: Take the Diamond Hill MTR Station and from there to the Exit C2 (you will notice the Plaza Hollywood in front of you), take right and then cross the street to again go left to see the entrance of the garden. There are several signs en-route so you should not have any difficulties.

Avenue of Stars

The Avenue of Stars is the Hong Kong equivalent of the Hollywood walk of fame. If you love Hong Kong movies and celebrities then this is one place that you cannot simply ignore coming to. Stand next to the hand prints of your favorite stars and take a snap. There is also the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade which gives great views of Kowloon. The legendary Bruce Lee is honored by a statute which is also on the promenade. Don’t miss it!

Address of the place is: along Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Kowloon, Hong Kong

How to reach the place: go to the east Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station and take exit J

Golden Shopping Center

Although taking your laptop on a pleasure travel is not advisable, however for a discerning computer freak and for the one who only uses it for business, the Golden Shopping Center is a must come. If it is to do with a computer, you will likely to find it here. You will be immediately be overwhelmed by the clustered shops and busy people who are buying and selling all sorts of computers and computer parts and accessories. There are so many brands that you will be simply lost for choices. So for all computer freaks this is a must come when in Hong Kong!

Address of the place is: Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong

How to reach the place: Go to the Sham Shui Po MTR station and take exit D2 (the market complex is just across the street on the building straight ahead)

Repulse Bay

Repulse bay is a short stop on way to the Stanley Market. You can take great shots of the beach and the Kwun Yam Shrine that is just across to the east. Apart from these two sites there is nothing much to do here, so off we go to Stanley Market.

Address of the place is: Southern District, Hong Kong

How to reach the place: proceed towards Central MTR station and then take the exit A. Go to Exchange Square and take any bus plying on the route 6/6A/6x/260.

Stanley Market

Stanley Market is a shopping area, full of stores selling everything under the sun. However what turn off the attraction of Stanley Market towards shoppers is the exorbitant price and the low quality of merchandise on sale. I saw an article that sells in my country at three times less the price I got at Stanley Market. If you are price and quality conscious Stanley Market will be a real damper.

Address of the place is: Southern District, Hong Kong

How to reach the place: proceed towards Central MTR station and then take the exit A. Go to Exchange Square and take any bus plying on the route 6/6A/6x/260.

Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong has a delightful Disneyland that can not be compared with that of other Disneyland but fun wise this place is just as much fund as anywhere else. This incidentally was the first time that I ever visited Disneyland and when I entered this place I was in tears. this is a child’s dream come true and for the child in every one of us this is a great place to be in. if you are a fan of Mickey and his friends, this is an absolute must come.

Address of the place is: Sunny Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

How to reach the place: proceed towards the Sunny Bay MTR station and follow the signs!

There are some great places to visit other than the ones that I described above:

Ocean Park

Ocean Park is one place in Hong Kong, which every Hong Konger will recommend you to go. In the 1990’s I had visited his place a couple of times and since then I have not been there. So honestly I cannot tell you whether they have done any improvements, which I am sure they may have, and how it is right now.

Address of the place is: Ocean Park, Aberdeen, Hong Kong

How to reach the place: get the details right here!

Update: Check out some of my great experiences at the Ocean park right here.


Some of my friends had recommended this place to me. I was told that this place is a whole lot better than Citygate Outlets.

Address of the place is: 418 Kwun Tong Rd., Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong

How to reach the place: Proceed towards Kwun Tong MTR Station and take the exit A2.

Festival Walk

Attention all tourists! Festival walk is the authentic place to come when you are looking for great shopping discounts. They in fact offer discounts to tourists! To avail all the great discounts on the goodies simply go to the Customer Service Desk at LG2 or UG and show your passport to get the Festival Walk Tourist Passport. This is one place that I am planning to go on my net trip to HK.

Address of the place is: Tat Chee Avenue, Yau Yat Chuen, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

How to reach the place: Proceed towards Kowloon Tong MTR station and then take the exit C.

Hope this list helps everyone who is planning on a visit to this wonderful place. Have I missed anything?




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