A Local’s Guide to Experiencing Hong Kong

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A dense urban jungle, Hong Kong is scattered with old, historic temples and structures underneath thousands of skyscrapers, all settled within rainforests and lush nature reserves. Often described as “East meets West”, this beautiful city boasts an incredibly diverse population and a unique blend of its Chinese roots and Western influences from its days as a British colony. Here you can try cuisines from all around the globe, experience some extraordinary natural wonders and spectacular skylines, or simply take in the uniqueness of the city that never sleeps. If you’re wondering how a local spends time in this metropolitan, then keep on reading.

Trying the local cuisine

Hong Kong is truly a food lover’s paradise. You can find just about any type of cuisine here and a wide range of options to suit any budget, but you simply must try Hong Kong’s local cuisine when visiting this city. Whether you opt for a traditional dim sum breakfast at Lin Heung Tea House in Central, to start your day with a truly local experience, a fresh seafood meal to end it, or an egg tart for a tasty snack, the local food in Hong Kong is delicious and very affordable. On the other end of the spectrum, Hong Kong is the home of numerous Michelin Starred restaurants, and unique pop-up bars and kitchens.

Getting around and staying in the city

Hong Kong’s transportation system is simple and efficient – taxis are reasonably priced and the MTR subway system is clean, comfortable and reliable, often praised for being one of the best in the world. Even though the MTR covers most of the city, if you’re not in a hurry, it would be a wonderful idea to hop on a double-decker bus and experience the beauty of Hong Kong from a completely different perspective. Of course, it would be best to find accommodation at an ideal location, such as the incredible Hong Kong Gold Coast hotel, which will make traveling around the city a breeze, while providing you with the most comfortable stay you can imagine.

Interesting sightseeing options

Although there are many famous attractions scattered around the city that are undoubtedly worth a visit, if you are looking for a more authentic experience, take a stroll around Hong Kong’s most interesting neighborhoods. For a lively, yet relaxing, “east meets west” vibe, visit Sheung Wan, where you can get your morning coffee in a modern café, followed by a stop at a local restaurant for a plate of char siu rice. For a completely different feel, you can head to the south side of the island, where you can go on beautiful hikes and take in some awe-inspiring views, or even visit one of the many gorgeous beaches.

Experiencing the local culture

If you’re lucky enough to visit Hong Kong during one of its cultural festivals, you will get the opportunity to truly experience the local culture in a completely authentic way. During Chinese New Year, you can expect to see red lanterns scattered everywhere, lion dances in the streets and the most spectacular firework show you’ll ever experience. One of Hong Kong’s more unconventional festivals, the Cheung Chau Bun involves a 9000 bun-covered tower and people scrambling up it to collect the imitation buns. Finally, the Mid Autumn Festival is a very important family celebration, filled with mooncakes, lantern exhibitions and lively fire dragon dances, a truly special and unique cultural experience.

As long as you step out of the tourist zone, there are plenty of unusual things to do and incredible things to experience in Hong Kong, so make sure you plan your trip to this beautiful city with these great local tips in mind.

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