First times are always the best. I will always treasure the first time I visited one of the most beautiful and busiest cities in the world.
Hong Kong has a lot of great attractions that a week trip doesn’t seem enough. In my suggestion, it’s ideal to stay longer to see and experience more of Hong Kong.
How long you stay depends on which activities or places you wish to experience. In my case, we (my family) wanted to see more which is why we spent a lot of time walking and shopping. Whenever we get tired, we stop, rest and eat. Haha! It helps to have a well-planned itinerary when you visit.
Since it’s my first time here too, I want to share some of my most favorite moments in Hong Kong. I enjoyed these experiences which I believe (and hope) are the things you shouldn’t miss on your first visit here.
So here it is, let’s check out my lists of things to do in Hong Kong:
See the magical world of Disneyland
Disneyland often comes to mind whenever we hear Hong Kong. It’s probably because it’s the nearest and most accessible Disneyland to us Filipinos.
If you’re a kid at heart, you will love the magic that Disneyland brings. I mean, I should be excited for my little sister but I’m surprised to find myself having fun too!
Seeing the characters I only see in cartoons made me feel like a kid again. Is it just me or adults who have been here felt it too? Haha.
Don’t forget Shopping!
Now here’s another favorite highlight.
Hong Kong has a reputation for being one of the best shopping places in the world.
The city is beaming not only with attractions but also street markets and shopping malls.
If you think shopping in Hong Kong is cheap, you may want to rethink what you mean by ‘cheap’. There are products that cost less but not great in quality while pricey items are likely to last long.
If you’re looking for luxury items, that’s where ‘cheaper’ becomes applicable. Luxury items in Hong Kong often cost less because they don’t have import tax. Usually the price is almost half to what we sell in the Philippines.
Hong Kong is a favored shopping destination because they sell plenty of luxury sold at a lesser price.
Ride the peak tram
I often hear stories of how peak tram is not for those who have motion sickness. I’m prone to travel sickness but I enjoyed riding the tram up to Victoria peak. It’s amazing how the illusion made the buildings seem slanted. It might seem scary at first but it’s refreshing to see the city view as it gets higher.
Have a photo with your favorite celebrity at Madame Tussauds
Want a photo with Jackie Chan? Possible!
Madame Tussauds features wax figures of some of the famous celebrities over the world.
My personal faves were Johnny Depp, the Queen, Jackie Chan and of course, Audrey Hepburn. Visit Madame Tussauds website for list of featured celebrities.
See Victoria harbor during the day and at night
Day or night, Hong Kong city is lively and beautiful. Victoria Harbour is the perfect spot for sightseeing and picture taking. The day features a beautiful view overlooking the harbor and tall buildings.
Night time is usually the liveliest. We watched the Symphony of Lights where building laser lights danced with the music. It was a quick show but we enjoyed seeing and taking photos of the beautiful night lights.
(See more photos of our trip on my Hong Kong blog series)
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