There’s no end to the culture you can immerse yourself in as you wander around this incredible city. Get the full Asian market experience, in all its chaotic glory, at Temple Street Night Market (the liveliest night market in Hong Kong), or, by delicious contrast, track down Stanley Village Market. It may be quaint looking, but don’t let that fool you: this place is huge, and offers everything from fashion items to ornaments and souvenirs, so it’s a massive hit with locals, expats and tourists alike as a result.
If it’s temples you’re after, be sure to explore the vibrant Wong Tai Sin Temple, dedicated to the Great Immortal Wong, and the 19th century Man Mo Temple, which pays tribute to the God of Literature, Man, and the God of War, Mo. It’s also worth visiting the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery, if only for the incredible glass-bottomed Ngong Ping 360 cable car ride. The lush, rolling hills and turquoise sea beneath you as you ride are truly unbelievable.
Does exploring ‘Hong Kong’s Ghetto’ pique your interest? While it’s not on everyone’s Hong Kong holiday to do list, Chungking Mansions is a fascinating amalgamation of food stalls, guesthouses, shops and more, and definitely worth a visit if you want to see another side to the city.
Hong Kong is also home to the world’s longest escalator system, Central Mid Level Escalators, and while that may not sound like something you need to tick off, we highly recommend you ‘ride’ it. Not only is it helpful transportation, it’s also pretty fun and a nice, sometimes much needed, opportunity to rest during a long day of exploring the (very hilly) city! Quick tip: the escalator doesn’t ride down before 10am, and trust us when we say that you do not want to take all of those stairs. Time it right.