Top Hong Kong experiences you can't miss

Hong kong offers up something to suit everyone's tastes. 

Whether you are a big foodie, an avid nature lover or a shopping fiend, there's truly something for everyone in Hong Kong.

While Hong Kong is relatively small, it packs a massive punch with fun offerings for visitors. Explore alleyways brimming with handmade dumplings or take a stroll past rows of designer stores - the options really are endless in this buzzing city. 

Where to stay

There are two main areas to choose from in Hong Kong - Central and Kowloon. Each area is great for differing reasons.

On Central side, Hotel Madera Hollywood is an eclectic boutique hotel with rooms themed around golden-age greats such as Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin. Located in the heart of Hong Kong's SoHo district, Hotel Madera Hollywood is stumbling distance away from an array of cool bars, trendy restaurants and shopping. As Hong Kong Island is the business hub of the country, you will find a lot of expats here as well. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If you want to be in the heart of somewhere a bit more "local" try the Cordis in Mongkok on Kowloon side. Just across the iconic Victoria Harbour lies a bustling centre of shopping malls and precincts that locals frequent. The Cordis joins the surrounding skyscrapers reaching high into the air to give you a great view over either the sprawling city or the harbour. This 5-star hotel also houses a Michelin Starred restaurant, Ming Court. It's also worth upgrading to get club lounge access so you can admire the incredible view and enjoy a complimentary breakfast and snack. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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What to do

It would be a faux pas to venture to Hong Kong and not enjoy the foodie treasures it has to offer. Hong Kong Foodie Tasting Tours offers a range of food tours from being super adventurous (think snake soup), to something a little tamer (think egg tarts). For something in between, the Sham Shui Po Foodie Tour is a great option as it's known by locals as the ultimate food spot. Try delicious wontons, handmade dumplings, the famous milk tea and so much more - just ensure you arrive hungry.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Work off all the food and get a top view of the city at Victoria Peak. You can either take a steep walk up to the peak or the slightly easier tram option. Once at the top you can have a bite to eat or simply soak up the magnificent sights from the 554m elevation. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Although Hong Kong is a bustling city, abundant nature is never far away. There are many hiking trails just minutes away from the CBD and one of the best is Dragon's Back. An easy grade hike, this trail winds itself alongside the coast - you'll forget that your just a short drive away from the skyscrapers. 

If you time it right, you may just catch the The CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival. Held right by Victoria Harbour, this festival offers the chance to indulge in wine-matched gourmet meals and sample hundreds of top-end wines from around the world. 

Your trip also wouldn't be complete, no matter what your age, to Disneyland. For kids and kids at heart, it truly is the happiest place on earth and you can meet all your favourite characters. While you're in the spirit of things, pop to Ocean Park and marvel at the enormous aquarium, take a ride on the chairlift and experience some thrilling theme park rides. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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What to eat

When you venture to Hong Kong, you simply must try roast goose. Despite what you may think, the meat is delicious and the crispy skin is melt-in-your-mouth. Yat Lok in Central is a favourite but go early as they often sell out and while you're there order the pork belly - equally as delicious and likely to sell out by 7pm. 

Now, you will find an absolute treasure trove of dumplings scattered around Hong Kong, but you must try the ones from Cheung Hing Kee Shanghai Pan Fried Buns. It's a great affordable find and they're some of the best pan-fried dumplings you will lay your hands on. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Now for some classic char siu pork you really can't go past Joy Hing Roasted Meat in Wan Chai. This no-frills restaurant is often packed with locals all clamouring over the juicy pork served on plain rice - one not to be missed. 

To top off the gastronomic tour, you need something sweet and what better than an egg tart? Tai Cheong Bakery in Central is known for their beautifully buttery pastry cases and delicious egg filling and you'll often find a line of people winding out the door and down the street.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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For more inspiration for your Hong Kong trip visit Discover Hong Kong

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