As a city with over 7 million in residents, life in Hong Kong is such an exciting, fast-paced, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it adventure.
For the first-timer, it may seem difficult to do every activity – shopping, eating, sightseeing and food-tripping – all at once.
Here are 10 things to do in Hong Kong for the first-time traveler:
Literally means “restaurant with a big license plate”, dai pai dong is an open-air stall that serves cooked food. Hong Kongers typically eat here for their breakfast.
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Have a fear of heights? Don’t try bungee-jumping to get rid of it just yet! Start with something simple like a cable car first.
Make your way towards Lantau Island: a bus, a tiring hike uphill or a 5-kilometer cable car ride at the crystal cabin with the glass bottom? For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the crystal cabin at Ngong Ping 360 is your best bet.
The Po Lin Monastery in Lantau Island has one of the biggest bronze statues of Buddha in the sitting position. Known as the Big Buddha, the Tian Tian Buddha is a 202-ton statue situated in the west of the city center.
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Sure, you can spend most of your night shopping at Temple Street Night Market. After you’ve done shopping and hunting for the best sales you could find, you can visit late night fortune tellers – highly regarded in Hong Kong! – and ask about what your fortune has in store for you.
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An ornamental restaurant that floats, Jumbo Floating Restaurant is one of Hong Kong’s most popular dining establishments. And rightfully so, as its construction required over four years and millions of dollars because it was built in the style of an elegant Chinese imperial palace.
Keep your eyes open for celebrities. In the past, icons such as Tom Cruise and even Queen Elizabeth II have dined here!
Victoria Peak (or The Peak) can be accessed by the Peak Tram that operates nonstop from 7AM to midnight. The ride will take seven minutes upwards.
If one of the things you must do in Hong Kong is checking out the skyline and taking a selfie with the breathtaking view as your background, go here.
Made from snake meat and bones and simmered for several hours, the broth in the snake soup is infused with chicken, mushrooms, chopped ginger, lemongrass, and other herbs and spices present in traditional Chinese cuisine.
Where else can you find this authentic Asian delicacy but in Hong Kong? If you’re a foodie, this is one gastronomical adventure you shouldn’t miss.
Sip top-notch cocktails at Ozone bar, located on the 118th floor of the ICC as part of the Hong Kong Ritz-Carlton hotel. Make sure you’ve eaten beforehand, since you’ll be coming here for the view of the Hong Kong skyline anyway.
With its claim to “make every wish come true upon request”, the Wong Tai Sin Temple is home to three religions (Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism). It’s also called the Sik Sik Yuen temple.
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The first Disneyland to be opened in China is calling your name, so go out there and talk to it! Spend the whole day with this classic Disney attraction.
Eat at their Disneyland-themed hotel and enjoy dim sum with the faces of your favorite Disney characters. Or you can also try riding the Space Mountain and the Iron Man Experience.