Hong Kong reminds me of a hyperactive child or a teenager on his first ecstasy. There’s always something going on – blinking, twinkling, vibrating and stealing attention.
It got me so excited, I felt like an adolescent girl before the prom night. Five days that we spent in Hong Kong, we managed to squeeze in a few touristy things.
So here’s my guide to Hong Kong for first-timers:
- Take The Star Ferry
Touristy as it gets but still awesome. For 2,5 HK Dollars (around 0,30 Euros) you can enjoy priceless views on both Kowloon and HK island from Victoria Harbour. If you’re hopelessly romantic, get on board with your significant other and snap some smootching selfies while Symphony of Lights is having an orgy right before your eyes.
- Walk to The Peak
Yes, you read it right. You can use the bus, taxi or Uber. Or even tourist-swarmed Peak Tram. The walk isn’t bad as one would think as it took us an hour and a half to get to the top. But it’s well worth it when the city reveals itself below us.
After a steep climb, we enjoyed the cold beer on the roof of The Peak Galleria next to The Peak Tower. The Peak is a splurgier version and if you wanna dip sushi in soy sauce or eat a steak at the city’s highest point, you’ll pay for it accordingly.
- Ride the tram and Central-Mid-Levels escalators
“Why would I do that Tihana?” you may be wondering.
Two very good reasons, my friend.
First, these trams, also called Ding Dings, are among the oldest double-decker trams in the world so you can stick your elbow out and observe life passing by while resting your behind on the bamboo bench. All that for measly 2,5 HK Dollars (around 0,30 Euros). They connect two parts of HK island riding from Kennedy Town to Shau Kei Wan.
Secondly, Mid-Levels escalators in Central are the longest escalator system in the world. So forget the stairs. That’s so peasant like. Why walk up the hill when you can escalate up the hill. Beat that. During morning rush hour they go down and in the afternoon switch direction to get those tired people home as fast as possible.
- Get deep, down and dirty
Head to Lan Kwai Fong Street or Wan Chai, part od Central. Lan Kwai contains several loud streets with loads of club-restaurants and cheap junk food joints where you can soak up all that alcohol.
Because it was raining and we didn’t feel like cashing out for watered down drinks with a little umbrella so we found good old 7/11. Awesome idea but we weren’t the only one: backpackers already took the best spots. Closest to the refrigerator.
Wan Chai is a bit more obscure with different clubs (but basically the same) scattered around. Kind of clubs where lonely foreigners go to find some company. Wink wink. You know, Filipino, Thai and other girls that’ll help you to get rid of those pesky Dollars.
- Eat in Michelin-starred restaurants
Yes, plural. Hong Kong is well known for the largest number of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world.
The principle is simple: hardly ever menu contains more than ten dishes, food gets to the table fast and after eating, pay at the exit. Sitting for hours is frowned upon. Just eat your heavenly noodle soup and go.
We went to these places.
Hong Kong astonished me and got me drunk a couple of times so I’m pretty sure I’ll be coming back to do some more touristy stuff. But probably not, because let’s be honest, that is what I expect and want from old HK.