Hong Kong reminds me so much of New York City! It’s fast and filled with people, cars, big business, restaurants, nightlife and more shopping than you could ever imagine. We took a quick trip there in December and had an amazing journey. We flew Air Canada’s new nonstop route from Vancouver and our flights were perfect! The planes were brand new, the service was on time and 100% pleasant. Shopping, dining, nightlife and luxury are everywhere in Hong Kong and the city’s efficient and simple metro system makes it super easy to explore. (like New York!)
We stayed at a wonderful hotel called Hotel Icon-HK located in an area called Tsim Sha Tsui (TST). It is part of Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of Hotel and Tourism Management. They have 262 rooms, 3 restaurants, a spa, fitness center and rooftop pool with incredible views of Victoria Harbor.
If it’s your first time in Hong Kong, I’d recommend staying in Central Hong Kong, but if you’re traveling and need to be in TST, this hotel is perfect.
Creating a gym that makes you want to work out while traveling is a huge feat. Icon’s fitness center has floor-to-ceiling-windows overlooking the pool and Victoria Harbor.
Hong Kong is such a popular destination, we actually ran into friends of ours while we were there which was very exciting. One of my closest friends, also my college roommate, was staying just 3 minutes from us. We also caught up with friends from New York, who now live in Hong Kong, over dinner at Yardbird. We were so happy to see friendly faces so far from home.
On one of our afternoon’s we decided to be very touristy and went to see one of Hong Kong’s newer attractions, Big Buddha. We took cable cars up and back and saw incredible views, but if you are afraid of heights – do not do this! Above are our feet in the cable car.
Hong Kong’s dining scene is considered one of the best in the world. Needless to say, we ate like kings. Here are a few of our favorites:
There are two locations, one in Central and one in TST. Delicious, upscale, Michelin starred Shanghainese cuisine.
We were lucky to be there during fresh water crab season – October to December!
The Red Pepper:
Very casual, warm, authentic Sichuan restaurant, which opened 42 years ago and remains popular among neighborhood foodies.
Very fun, young, new, loud delicious restaurant, open late and no reservations = long lines but worth it! The menu is for a more adventurous eater; items such as chicken heart, gizzards and knee are featured.
Yokozuna Noodle Shop:
466-472 Nathan Rd, Hong Kong
We stopped here after a very long day. All we wanted was some warm soup for our souls – and that’s exactly what was served.
Tiny, hole-in-wall ramen house. The best Ramen I can ever remember having.
Travel tip: English is spoken almost everywhere by everyone in Hong Kong EXCEPT by taxi drivers. Make sure to always bring a piece of paper (assuming you don’t speak Chinese) with your destination written in Chinese to give to your driver.