Hong Kong is a no-nonsense city positioned at an intersection of cultures. It’s blunt but beautiful, loud yet strangely pleasing. In Hong Kong, there’s something for every visitor, whatever you intend to do – shop, dine, sightseeing, relax, anything. Run as a special administrative region of China, Hong Kong is made up of four parts: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories and the outlying islands. Sondang Grace Sirait travelled to one of the hottest travel destinations in Asia to check out what it has to offer.

 

Day 1

Ease your way into Hong Kong by making a stop at its iconic landmark on Lantau Island, Hong Kong Disneyland. Only 20 minutes away from the Hong Kong International Airport, on the same island, the place proves to be a major attraction (and the first stop) for families traveling with little children. Even for adults, the theme park can provide the chance to indulge in great fun. It takes a full day to really explore the theme park, so take your time. Besides, the parades usually take place either in the afternoon or in the evening.

There are MTR trains that operate daily every few minutes from early morning until late night between Sunny Bay Station and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, taking you right to the entrance gate of the theme park. There are also hotels available in the area, should you decide to spend the night there.

For those opting to return to the city, why not end the day with a pleasant Hong Kong-style dinner? As a centre of gastronomy, it’s only natural that many Hong Kong restaurants have been bestowed with Michelin stars, more than a third of which are Cantonese.

 

Day 2

Begin the day the local way by eating yum cha. In Cantonese, the term literally means “drink tea” and it refers to a wide range of small dishes usually consumed in the morning along with fragrant tea. From places offering the most Instagram-worthy items to hole-in-the-wall joints, the choice is yours. For one, there’s the world-famous Tim Ho Wan, which has expanded from a humble joint in Mong Kok to six larger locations around Hong Kong. Another favourite is Lin Heung Teahouse in Central.

The best view of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, Victoria Harbour and the outlying islands – some say –is the panorama from Victoria Peak. The quickest and most scenic way to get there would be by hitching a ride on the fifth-generation Peak Tram. Save time and avoid the long queue for tickets by purchasing them online. You might even get good bargains on entrance fees to some other attractions, such as Madame Tussauds and the Trick Eye Museum,which are located at the Peak.

To experience Hong Kong’s world-famous Victoria Harbour from another perspective, hop on the iconic cross-harbour ferry, which has been transferring passengers between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon since 1898. The Star Ferry Company runs 12 double-deck ferries on two routes: between Wanchai and TsimShaTsui and between TsimShaTsui and Central. The ride takes about 10 minutes each way.

Reward yourself with a wholesome seafood dinner at one of the open-air street stalls (dai pa dong) on Woo Sung Street, just parallel to the ever-bustling Temple Street night market. Clogged with stalls and people, you’ll find everything here from fake designer labels to Chinese herbs and fortunetellers.

 

Day 3

They say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In Hong Kong, a traditional breakfast usually includes instant noodles or macaroni with luncheon meat or satay beef, served with milk tea and bread. One thing I would highly recommend is to order pineapple bun, which despite the name, doesn’t have any pineapple in it. The name quirkily comes from the bun’s resemblance to a pineapple. As we do here in Myanmar, the people of Hong Kong like to down their breakfast with a cup of strong milk tea.

In a city with countless shops, markets and malls, shopping is a unique experience. Located just minutes away from each other, connected through the highly efficient MTR train system, there are many shopping areas to choose from depending on your budget. In Hong Kong Island there are Admiralty, Central and SoHo for those without a limit on their credit cards. For others, Causeway Bay and Sheung Wan are equally promising. Over in Kowloon, shoppers often spend hours, if not days, perusing the endless rows of malls in TsimShaTsui, Kowloon East and West as well as Mong Kok.

Everywhere you go in Hong Kong, it’s almost impossible to escape the sight of barbecued meat hanging inside restaurant windows and visible on the street – goose, duck, chicken, and pork – you name it – Hong Kong does it best. Typical “roast meat over rice” dishes would cost you HKD 65 (MMK 11,360). In some joints, meal packages usually come with soup and a beverage.

Travel tip:

Prior to your departure, purchase an Octopus card onlinefor convenient pickup at the airport upon your arrival. It’s an electronic payment system that can be used on Hong Kong’s transport networks – bus, train or tram – in convenience stores, fast food restaurants or supermarkets. You’ll find it super handy!

Getting there:

Myanmar National Airlines and Cathay Dragon offer direct flights from Yangon to Hong Kong. Check their respective schedules for details. Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways have daily connecting flights via Bangkok.

 

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