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A World of Wanderlusting: Hong Kong

Our top 3 things to do in Hong Kong! Plus food and lodging recommendations for the savvy traveler.

Hong Kong was one of the big coastal major cities in the world that I hadn’t explored. So naturally when we had to fly through Hong Kong to get to Bali, I figured it would be the perfect excuse to stop over for a couple days and explore.

We stayed in The Conrad which is in downtown Hong Kong and is one of the nicer hotels in the area, and we were most definitely spoiled! Having access to the executive lounge meant complementary drinks, breakfast, and snacks throughout the day. It was glorious!

Make no mistake, Hong Kong is hot, hot, hot and oh-so humid! I couldn’t believe it! We landed and I felt a huge wave of heat take over, it was insane and not what I was expecting at all.

We explored Hong Kong as best as we could in three full days, but there is lots to see and we were dealing with some incredible jet lag… 15 time zones is a lot in one day!

Some of our favorite things in Hong Kong included:

1) Victoria Peak

If you are scared of heights this activity might not be for you. You take a tram all the way up the side of the mountain and enjoy a majestical view from the top! It’s 430 meters up in the air and you have  360 degree view! It’s breathtaking, and as touristy as it is, it’s totally worth it!

2) Buddhist Monastery

This was also an adventure that requires you to go way way up! We took a gondola up another mountain (it’s about 15-20 minutes) and when you reach the top you are in the middle of a Buddhist Monastery.

It’s really cool to walk around and see all of the culture, and if you’re really ambitious you can haul yourself up 365 steps (one for each day of the year) and go check out the Big Buddha! You can order lunch while up in the Buddha, and while we didn’t have time to check this out, I heard it was quite delicious.

3) Aqua Restaurant & The Light Show

Each night in Hong Kong there is a light show you can see from the harbor. One of the gentlemen at our hotel recommended we eat at Aqua while enjoying the light show. Aqua is a splurge of a restaurant, but well worth it.

It is situated on the 29th floor of a building on the harbor and has floor to ceiling windows which you can sit at to watch the show!  I would highly recommend this for a romantic dinner, but call ahead to ensure you can reserve a table by the window! It will not disappoint!

Have you traveled to Hong Kong recently? Share your recommendations with us in the comments!

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Janine Eccleston

Janine is a tax specialist and personal finance blogger for Calgary, AB. She is actively pursuing her CPA designation while fighting her way to financial freedom. She is the Vice-President External for the not-for-profit Her Success and enjoys sharing her financial knowledge with her peers. When she is not at work or studying Janine enjoys traveling, baking, yoga and ending off the day with a glass of wine.