How to Spend a Day at Port in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of the most popular cruising ports on a Southeast Asian cruise. With its spectacular location tracing the deep, sheltered waters of Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong has long been a great maritime city. But beyond that magnificent waterfront skyline, for travellers passing through on a day at port it’s all about the shopping, exotic food, history and culture. A fascinating kaleidoscope of experiences waits. Here are some of the best ways to spend a day at port in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is one of the best cities in the world to explore by taste. From spicy Sichuan to Cantonese dim sum, there is a variety of Chinese cuisines on offer and they’ll all leave you begging for more. Yum Cha is an absolute must – a culinary ritual of sorts and a staple in the local dining culture. Yum Cha restaurants are easy to find all over the city. Another highlight is a stop at the unassuming Tim Ho Wan restaurant, a blink and you’ll miss it hole-in-the-wall eatery that comes with Michelin star status. The food is as you’d expect then – amazingly delicious, authentic and as fresh as it comes.
When it comes to shopping, there’s a market, shopping mall or street to meet the needs and wants of every traveller's tastes and budget. Central and Causeway Bay are both great spots to seek out famous brands and high street fashions in air-conditioned comfort, home to enormous shopping meccas like The Landmark, Pacific Place and Times Square. For easy souvenirs and bits and bobs in a bustling atmosphere, don’t miss the colourful Stanley Market, the Ladies Market and Temple Street Night Market. In between, there are more shops and streetside stalls you’re sure to stumble across.
Hong Kong flaunts million-dollar views from many angles, but there’s no denying that the best view can be found atop Victoria Peak. It is the highest point on Hong Kong Island and from the lookout you’ll be rewarded with 360 degree panoramas stretching far off into the distance and into the New Territories. At night, that same view sparkles with new promise, lit up by the sea of city lights. The best way to reach ‘The Peak’ is on the iconic Peak Tram. For over 120 years it has been shuttling people up the steep hillside to discover this truly unforgettable scene.
For those looking to stretch their legs while on shore, head straight for the Tsim Tsa Shui Waterfront for ample strolling time in a prime position. A wonderful promenade stretches from the Star Ferry terminal along the waters of Victoria Harbour and all the way to Hung Hom train station. The highlight along the route is easily the Avenue of Stars – Hong Kong’s version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, paying tribute to the likes of Bruce Lee and Jacky Chan in the form of commemorative plaques, celebrity handprints, movie memorabilia and descriptive milestones.
For a unique Hong Kong experience far from the city hustle, venture into the lush mountain scenery of Lantau Island in search of the Big Buddha – a 34-metre high giant bronze Buddha that draws pilgrims from all over Asia. Next door, the Po Lin Monastery is also fascinating, where you can also sit down to a vegetarian lunch. A magical part of the experience however is getting there with a ride on the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car. It is the longest bi-cable ropeway in Asia and for the entire 25 minute ride offers wonderful views of the island’s greenery far from the towering skyscrapers of downtown Hong Kong.
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