Hongkong's Mongkok district
First Visit: January 2009
Text and Photography by Arthur Jeciel
13. TOP ATTRACTIONS IN HONGKONG
July 17, 2013 In 2009, I visited Hongkong for the first time and although it was with the Singelresor Group (where we did the basic tour of the city) I felt I needed to come back and rediscover it once more, this time without any guide. And so last May, Mike and I were back to this bustling city rich with Asian culture and western influence.
After a long flight from Europe via Frankfurt and Bangkok, we finally arrived in Hongkong. We only had six nights here (including a day trip to Macau) so we decided to make the most of it. The first stop was at the fishing village near the Tam Kung Temple in Shau Kei Wan.
The following day, we went to see the Avenue of the Stars, located along the Victoria Harbour waterfront. This is pretty much like the Hollywood Walk of fame in Los Angeles.
Next stop was the 1881 Heritage. From 1880s to 1996, this was the headquarters of the Hongkong Marine Police. A visit to this place takes you back to Victorian-era Hongkong.
And yes, I just love the tram system here! The ride is very cheap so make sure you get to experience it.
The Hongkong Skyline is beautiful during daytime. But in my opinion, it is much better at night. Don't you agree?
Another day, another sightseeing. And this time, we visited the Central Mid-Levels escalator, the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world.
While taking the escalators to the junction of Shelley Street and Robinson Road, we came accross the Jamia Mosque, Hongkong's first mosque which was built during the 1840s and extended in 1915.
To be able to have a great view of Hongkong, I recommend to go to ICC's Sky 100 Hongkong Observation Deck. It offers breathtaking 360 degrees panoramic view of the city and the Victoria Harbour.
Another thing I can suggest is to take a stroll around the city using a local map. It is hard to miss the Bank of China Tower as it is one of the most recognizable skyscrapers in Admiralty, Hongkong. It was the tallest building in Hongkong and Asia from 1989 to 1992.
If visiting temples is your thing, the Wong Tai Sin Temple is a well known shrine in Hongkong which accommodates Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. The temple is located North of Kowloon.
During our last night in Hongkong, we couldn't afford not visiting the cheapest Michelin star restaurant in the world, the Tim Ho Wan. They actually have several branches but we visited the one located inside the IFC Mall at the Central station. The line was long when we arrived but after about half an hour, we were seated and I have to say that it was worth the wait.
Hongkong is one of my favorite destinations because of the excellent food and it's interesting culture. Every restaurant offers the best of Cantonese cuisine, no wonder I put on weight after our trip. The Chinese way of life mixed with the influences from the British has made this city what it is right now, a blend of east and west. Of course, there are a lot more things to do here (which we didn't do due to lack of time) like visiting the Dragon's Back, Victoria Peak, Lantau Island and many more. Till next time. Joigin!