5 of the best things to do in Hong Kong

16 Apr 2013

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The view from Kowloon Shangri-La

Hong Kong is an amazing mix of experiences, from Michelin-star restaurants to peaceful gardens and local markets. If you can’t decide what to do while you’re there, these activities are a good place to start.

Aqua Luna in Hong Kong

Aqua Luna
The Aqua Luna is an “antique” junk boat that does a circuit around Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. The boat is over 70 years old but has been completely renovated and has an open-air upper deck with big lounge chairs (and blankets if it’s cool).

The circuit takes about an hour or you can get off at different points making it easy to explore the local area. Book for late afternoon so you can order a glass of champagne and enjoy the sunset.

Take a walk around the Peak

The Peak
The Peak is Hong Kong’s most popular tourist attraction. There is the usual shopping and dining that Hong Kong is famous for but the stunning view is what makes The Peak worthwhile.

The Peak Tram, which has been operating since 1888, is the best way to get there and the Sky Terrace (Hong Kong’s highest viewing platform) is the best way to see the view. Also take one of the nature walks while you’re up there.

Hong Kong Foodie Tours

Hong Kong Foodie Tasting Tours
Cecilia and Silvana Leung are self-confessed foodies. In 2011 Cecilia founded Hong Kong Foodie Tours and with the help of Silvana created the first Foodie guide. Spend the afternoon with Silvana and she will show you around the old neighbourhoods of Central and Sheung Wan.

Along the way you’ll taste a range of Hong Kong fare including wanton soup, BBQ pork, sugar cane juice and freshly baked egg tart. It’s also a great way to see parts of Hong Kong that aren’t on the regular tourist trail. Believe me when I say that you definitely won’t need dinner after this tour!

Nan Lian Garden & Chi Lin Nunnery

Nan Lian Garden & Chi Lin Nunnery
Hong Kong is filled with beautiful gardens but Nan Lian Garden on Kowloon Island has to be one of the best. The grounds are filled with immaculately maintained gardens, stunning timber structures and peaceful water features. You can also visit Chi Lin Nunnery to observe treasured Buddhist relics. It’s the perfect place to escape the hustle of Hong Kong.

Six Senses Cooking School

Six Senses Cooking School
Local celebrity chef, Denice Wai, is the chief instructor and founder of Six Senses Cooking School. Denice and her team will create a cooking program to suit you, rather than you having to fit into their pre-selected schedule. For example, our program was tailored towards gluten free cooking. Denice will teach you how to cook the dishes you select and then you can sit down with her to enjoy them.

You can read about Denice's pick of the Hong Kong's top restaurants here.

What would you recommend for people visiting Hong Kong?  Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

Hong Kong skyline

Sue Johnson

Sue started her career in travel as a Travel Consultant and is now part of the Travel Associates marketing team. You can email her at sue_johnson@travel-associates.com.au