Hong Kong has long been recognized as an exciting tourist destination. I went there earlier this year and I am happy to share my tips on where to go when visiting this fun country. I have already mentioned two attractions in my Part 1 article.
The first place that I am going to talk about is Ngong Ping. I always love going to this place as spiritually for me, I feel enlightened. So where is this place?
1. Ngong Ping
The focal point of this place is the great big outdoor Buddha that can be reached by a load of steps. And nearby is the Po Lin Monastery. The location of these two tourist attractions is on Lantau Island which is nearby to where the Hong Kong International Airport is located.
To get there in an exciting way, you will need to catch the train (also known as MTR) or bus to Tung Chung. From there, you will need to take a short walk to the Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal. Here you will need to line up to get tickets to the cable car and then from there, you will be taken to Lantau Island where the great outdoor Buddha is.
Here is a photo of the view from the line. If you look to the right of the picture, you will see the cable cars.
Credit: View of the cable cars
The ride is an exhilarating 5.7km journey over the water and beautiful habitat. When I went there the last time, we had to line up for about 45 minutes. But it is well worth it. You pay for your tickets for the cable car and you can choose between a normal cable car or a glass bottom one, which will enable you to see right down because the floor is glass. So it is not for the faint hearted.
The journey by cable car to Lantau Island was stunning. When we got to the island, there was a road walkway with a few souvenier shops and small eateries such as “Subway” along the road. Then you will come to the bottom of the stairs and you look above and see the spectacular great outdoor Buddha.
Here is a photo of the great outdoor Buddha. The size of it is amazing and it is truly a breaktaking sight.Credit: Photo of statue of Buddha
There are quite a lot of stairs to get to the top but you can definitely take your time and enjoy the journey up there. Once at the top, you can see a wonderful view over the water and beyond. There are also some other statues of Gods. Before, you were able to throw coins onto the statue and make a wish. But now, that is not allowed. But that doesn’t take away from the splendour of the statues and the great Buddha.
You can choose to go back the same way, but we decided to go back down by a bus. Our bus was full and the journey down probably took 30 minutes. It was a journey down the mountain and involved many turns and winding roads. When at the bottom, you can make a stop by Citigate Outlets which is situated near the Terminal. Citigate Outlets is a large shopping centre which is an outlet, so there are a lot of bargains of designer label goodies. Definitely well worth the visit to quell your shopping addiction.
2) Sky100 Tower
The next place that I am going to talk about is Sky100 which is the tallest tower in Hong Kong and the 7th tallest tower in the world. It is on the 100th floor of the ICC Tower (International Commerce Centre) and is situated on the Kowloon side. To get there you will need to take the MTR to Kowloon Station. From there, you will see a shopping centre that is attached above the station. This shopping centre is called “Elements”. It is a nice shopping centre and definitely worth having a look.
The Sky100 tower is attached to the shopping centre. Once you pay for your tickets, you are taken to an elevator that goes up the tower. It is disappointing that the elevator is not glass and so you cannot see outside as you are going up the elevator. But when you get to the top at the lookout floor, you are blown away by the beautiful view.
Below is a photo of the view from the Sky100 tower. You can see Kowloon and then across the harbour you can see Hong Kong Island. What a magnificent view.Credit: Photo of the view of Hong Kong Island
The floor is not circular like other tall towers that I have been to. Instead, the floor is in a square shape but the windows are glass from ceiling to floor ensuring you a great view. The floor looks more like an empty office floor than a lookout floor. But on every edge you can see Kowloon, the mountains over to the New Territories and of course, you will have a great view over the Hong Kong Island side.
There is a small souvenir shop section and an area where you can take pictures against a backdrop of a typical Hong Kong Tea room and another back drop of Bruce Lee at the Avenue of Stars. This will provide you with a great photo opportunity.
On the day that we went, there were hardly any tourists. So it was almost as if we had the whole floor to ourselves.
Next time you are on your way to Hong Kong, please consider going to these places that I have talked about. You will definitely enjoy your holiday there and I have yet to meet a person that does not like Hong Kong and all that it has to offer. I highly recommend Hong Kong for your next holiday. I know that I will definitely be going back there again and I can’t wait for it.