I hope you are ready for a huuuuge picture overload from my new favorite city: Hong Kong.
Hong Kong was such an amazing, yet very particular experience. It feels huge, busy, sticky and smelly – nonetheless, it easily conquered my heart. Big city vibes, drinks on rooftops in the heart of the city, crazy parties in LKF, traditional cuisine and beliefs are just a few things that make this place so great. To me it felt like New York in an Asian version, just a tat more individual. Vibrant city life, endless beaches and hikes through the green fields. My list of why Hong Kong should definitely be on your list to visit could go endlessly… I’ve dreamt about visiting HK for such a long time and I’m so happy I finally did. I went all by myself, with my huge backpack, no plan & just a hostel booked…
where to stay?
I did some research before living home, since arriving in the new and unknown without a place to stay is not my thing. Hong Kong is not really like the rest of South East Asia which turned into a backpacker paradise over the last years. In the end, I decided to stay at a hostel called “Yesinn” in Causeway Bay, a super hip neighborhood. I read online that it’s a great place to meet fellow backpackers (which it indeed was).
what to do?
- Watch the skyline perform! Yes, every night the skyscrapers put on a little light and laser show. It’s super weird, nonetheless you should make sure not to miss it.
- Have a drink on a rooftop! HK has more than twice as many skyscrapers than NYC. With that being said, you can imagine how many amazing rooftop bars there are. Make sure to head up early enough to enjoy the sunset over the metropole.
- Go hiking! Honkeys like to stay fit and that’s why they love to go hiking on the weekends. I’ll recommend the Dragon’s back hike. It’s about 2h long and it’s sooo beautiful.
- Visit the Aberdeen Fishing Village! Nowhere in the city modern and tradition clashed stronger against each other than here. Hop on a boat and experience it for yourself.
- Leave the city behind! My favorite moment was actually do leave the city behind and visit a small village called “Tai-O”: life stands still here, try some of the food from the local stalls, head to the beach and dip in…
what to try?
- Dumplings. A must wenn in Hong Kong. I went with a friend who’s local and knows how to read the menu!
- Partying in LKF! LKF stands for Lan Kwai Fong, but is mostly known as the party Mecca in the middle of the city. I went twice in a week and had the best time. Something you shouldn’t miss, but be safe and don’t go by yourself (lots of thief pockets around here!)
- Fried fish bowls. You’ll find these probably on all food stalls in the city since they are nothing special, but rather Hong Kong styled comfort food. Don’t be shy and give it a try!