This is my fourth and final instalment on highlighting all the goodies that Hong Kong has to offer. So far I’ve posted a summary, highlighted some great shopping centres, and covered some delicious food. Now it’s time for some tourist attractions.
Hong Kong has something for everyone, from sports fanatics, relaxation seekers, shopaholics, and children.
Here are just three of the attractions that my sister and I visited on our recent Hong Kong adventure.
Situated on Lantau Island is the Giant Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha). I love this attraction so much that I’ve been to it on all three trips I’ve taken to Hong Kong. It’s something about the sheer scale of it that impresses me. It’s made of bronze, is 34 metres high, took 12 years to complete, and has 268 steps you need to climb to reach the top. It’s an experience you have to have, and one you will not regret.
The best way to get here is on the Ngong Ping Cable Car located at Tung Chung MTR station exit B. My sister and I took a Crystal Cabin, which has a glass bottom for the 5.7km (25 minute) journey to the Giant Buddha. Along the way you get some fantastic views of the bay, mountains, the airport, and the Giant Buddha itself.
Upon exiting the cable car, and before reaching the Giant Buddha, take the opportunity to walk through Ngong Ping Village, which has some great restaurants and shops with everything from dog face bags, clothes, shoes, jewellery, chopsticks, homewares, and souvenirs.
For kids of all ages, Disneyland offers a chance to escape the practicalities of life and enter a world of fantasy, colour, and playfulness.
The fun starts the moment you board the train to the park, it’s decked out with Mickey ears, curved seats, and gold statues of Disney characters. The Disney experience starts right from the beginning.
Some of my favourite rides are:
- Runaway Mine Ears (Grizzly Gulch)
- Toy Soldier Parachute Drop (Toy Story Land)
- It’s a Small World, Mad Hatter Tea Cups, and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Fantasyland)
- Space Mountain (my absolute favourite), and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters (Tomorrowland)
What I love about Hong Kong’s Disneyland is hardly any wait time! Maybe it was the time of year but we only ever waited for a maximum of 20 minutes to get onto any ride.
This is a super fun way to spend a day with your children, or with your inner child.
The real reason my sister and I went here was for the afternoon tea as we can never resist the chance for cakes. There are also some fantastic views of the city and Victoria Harbour to take in whilst you cake and coffee your afternoon away. And in true Hong Kong style you access this attraction by walking through the Elements Shopping Centre, which has a fantastic mix of high end and mid-market brands.
There are so many other great things to do in Hong Kong, but hopefully this provides you with a fantastic start.
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