HONG KONG ENCOUNTER

The most exciting districts of Hong Kong skirt the edge of Victoria Harbor from Central to Wan Chai and Causeway Bay. On the Kowloon side, Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) is one super-dupa shopping area. The Outlying Island of Lamma is also worth a visit.

 

It’s easy to scoot from one area to the next, as the public transport system is efficient and inexpensive. On arrival in Hong Kong grab yourself an “Octopus Card”.   Fittingly named, it will take care of all your travelling needs including buying the odd coffee or snack.

 

Central

Central is the financial hub of Hong Kong.

Shop Brands: Visit the International Finance Centre (IFC) and the shopping mall. It’s a must for fashionistas. The mall features all the international brands and the huge Apple Store is a haven for Apple fanatics.

Eat Fusion: Try the Complicated Noodle on the menu at The Greyhound Café.

Drink Posh: Captain’s Bar at the Mandarin Oriental. The waiter’s in their white colonial coats will pamper to your every need.

Getting there and around: Air-conditioned walkways and escalators, the Mass Transit Railway (MTR), buses and the legendary Hong Kong tram.

 

Causeway Bay

Versatile and extensive shopping area.

Shop Everything-under-the-sun: Times Square. You’ll find it all within a 2 mile radius. State-of-the-art movie theatre, trendy fashion lanes and the Japanese department store, SOGO.

Eat Japanese: Gonpachi at Lee Gardens 2. Try the Spicy Eel Maki Roll HK $ 200 and the homemade Soba noodles HK$120.

Drink New World: Choose a bottle of crisp New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc as you crawl the trendy bars.

Getting there and around: The MTR, buses and the tram.

 

Tsim Sha Tsui

 

Often referred to as the “Dark Side” as it is so close to the Mainland. TST is a vibrant shopping area where absolutely anything and everything is on sale.

Shop and haggle: The Temple Street night market.

Eat Chinese: Eat curried crab sitting on plastic chairs and licking your fingers. HK $100.

Drink High Tea: The one and only High Tea recommended outside of London is here at the world famous Peninsula Hotel.

Getting there and around: The MTR, buses and the every-lasting Star Ferry.

Lamma Island

 

This tiny village, a 30-minute ferry ride from Central, is a great weekend outing. It’s as if suddenly you pressed the “slo-mo” button when you left the pier at Hong Kong.

Shop Niks and Naks: Small pokey shops straddle the village main thoroughfare, selling all kinds of interesting paraphernalia.

Eat Seafood: Man Fung Seafood Restaurant. This family run outdoor café makes the best dry fried calamari in the world. HK $250.

Drink Beer: Try the local Tsing Tao beer available everywhere.

Getting there and around: The Lamma Ferry at Central Pier Number 4 to Yung Shue Wan.

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