Recently, I travelled to Hong Kong and I was stunned to see its grandeur as it has the largest number of skyscrapers of any city in the world. I had never imagined the city would feel more like Britain than China and why not because this Chinese special administrative region was under British rule till 1997 which transcend Hong Kong into the most significant financial center in the world.
My itinerary was the direct flight from Mumbai to Hong Kong via Cathay pacific which continued for 8 hours – It is essential to prefer a good airline on such prolong journey and Cathay was the perfect choice. I have my heart set on travelling so the longer the journey the better I feel because for me it’s an opportunity to read my favorite subject without any distraction, and what did I read this time? Well, I chose Hector Gracia’s book called “IKIGAI”- It’s astonishing the way he explained the secret of long and happy life without complicating the subject while guiding towards our well-being.
Upon arrival, I hired a red taxi to “Ramada Hongkong Harbour View” where my husband was already staying for business purpose. The taxi ride costs me around 300 HKD which is expensive than a metro but it’s all worth it when you are exhausted and completely alien to the new land. Ramada is a decent hotel but the bathrooms were so compact and narrow that we hardly could shuffle between commode and bathtub, hence we decided to move into “Holiday Inn Golden Mile” at Tsim She Tsui area. It was spacious and comfortable than Ramada, plus we had an advantage of Tsim Sha Tsui metro station at the back side of the hotel gate which was actually a cherry on the top because we never had to board the taxi again. We purchased octopus card and travelled everywhere through metro and it costs less than 2000 INR per head for the whole trip excluding the airport transfer. Though Ramada rooms are small but it’s still recommendable for budget travellers, but if you’re seeking comfort over price you should totally get into Holiday Inn Golden Mile.
On my very first day while my husband was busy in his business meetings, I decided not to plan many things instead relax and chill till evening and then check out the near by streets and local area. We visited the Lan Kwai Fong; a small square of streets in central Hong Kong renowned for the night life- drinking, clubbing and dining. This area is posh, vibrant and filled with many luxurious brands which translate the profuseness of the city. It’s a shopping haven for shopaholics, you could spot Louis Vuitton, Gucci and many other luxurious brand near Queen’s Road Central.
My reason for this trip to visit the leather market in Hong Kong and I was extremely thrilled for the next day.
Note: I realised the Leather Market might not exciting for everyone as my post is exceeding than normal, therefore I created a different post titled “My Leather Search In Hong Kong“. Now continue below;
After Leather Market we had two more days remaining so we decided to explore some tourist places which includes- Victoria Peak through Tram Ride, Sky terrace (Sky 100), Crystal Cabin Ride to Lantau Island, Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery.
Tian Tan Buddha is little far and takes a whole day to visit the island so it was obvious to visit the Victoria peak and Sky Terrace on single day and Tian Tan Buddha on the other.
Victoria Peak by Tram Ride: It’s a hill on the western half of Hong Kong Island. It is also known as Mount Austin, and locally as The Peak. You have to take a tram to go the peak which makes the experience little more attractive. The peak is all about experiencing the breathtaking skyscrapers from the highest point.
The site had many options to ease out your cravings, we hopped onto Gino’s Gelato’s bubble waffle ice-cream and spotted the perfect corner to witness the beauty of Hong Kong while sipping latte at pacific coffee shop . We both were full and missed a lunch at Gordon Ramsay Bread Street restaurant but you must try them for the whole experience.
Sky terrace or Sky 100 ( Hong Kong Observation Deck): After visiting Victoria Peak in the morning we went for Sky100, The Hong Kong Observation Deck located on the 100th floor of International Commerce Centre, the tallest building in west Kowloon. At 393 metres above sea level, it is the only indoor observation deck in Hong Kong offering 360-degree views of the territory and it’s famous for Victoria Harbour. It’s surreal to visit the site at night.
Crystal Cabin” ride to Ngong Ping Village: The Ngong Ping 360 is a gondola lift on Lantau Island in Hong Kong. Intended to improve tourism to the area, the aerial lift was previously known as Tung Chung Cable Car Project before acquiring the Ngong Ping 360 in April 2005. They have two options of cable car – crystal cabin and non crystal cabin, we combined the crystal cabin while going and non crystal cabin to return back. I was so damn nervous as I could see the height underneath the transparent glass but it was all worth it…Phew!!
Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island: Tian Tan Buddha known as Big Buddha is a large bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong. The statue is sited near Po Lin Monastery and symbolizes the harmonious relationship between man, nature, people and faith. It’s a gigantic statue of Buddha leading by 268 steps.
I loved the Po Lin Monastery, it was serene. we took a little time to sit back while observing the mesmerizing architecture of the temple, no doubt it’s an awe-inspiring place which fills you with the positive energy.
I would have never taken this trip if not for the leather but I’m glad that turns out to be wonderful because Hong Kong is such a glorious place to visit for a short getaway. So If you haven’t been to this place, just pack your bag and shoot for this amazing place.
Note: We could feel the tension of “Hong Kong protest” while returning back as police were patrolling on airport and roads, so please make sure the situation before planning your trip to Hong Kong.