The pocket guide for you to understand Hong Kong, as well as travelling in the city.
Hong Kong is more than you think!
Hong Kong is a small but great city. For many people in the world, it is a metropolitan full of skyscrapers with high population, and it is a city in mainland China. It is more than that, as it gathers people, cultures and economies from all over the world. It's one of the important global economic centres in the world, which can be comparable to New York and London. We, have strong identity as Hongkongers rather than Chinese.
While rapid urbanisation is still going on, biodiversity and lovely natural views can be maintained in almost half of the city as the former British Hong Kong government designated the land as Country Park. Hongkongers are keeping eyes on the current government to ensure our natural uniqueness will not be destroyed.
Feel free to visit Hong Kong. Stay as long as you can.
Do you know? The city has at least 40% of land which is still with biodiversity. They are not only far from the city but also near to the CBD. Reaching the nature is not as difficult as we think. Give yourself at least 30 minutes to see!
It is quite nice place to escape from the bustling city and its pressure only after 5-10 minute ride from Ma On Shan, and a few steps from the nearest bus stop. The small back garden with tranquility consists of wetland, abandoned pier, cows with a village nearby. There is a beautiful view with a group of mountains...
Dragon's Back is one of the best lookout in Hong Kong. It's also well-known to tourists from overseas, and not far from the city. Within 30-minute walk, you will enjoy the whole view of Shek O, Tai Tam Reservoir and other islands in Hong Kong.
The small hill near Tin Heng Estate can be a ‘back garden’ for residents. It doesn't carry any official name, and you can't search there with any keywords in Google Maps. Within 20 minutes walk from Tin Heng you can enjoy the whole view of Tin Shui Wai and Shenzhen, the mainland city next to Hong Kong. It's also a great sunset spot.
On the first day of the year of monkey, i.e. the lunar new year, my friend and I decided to go hiking as we didn't need to visit relatives. Our route was not that too long but could allow us to enjoy the most beautiful and amazing view we ever have.
Rather than having a target, hop on a transport vehicle and hop off until you want is also a good idea! Don't forget to walk too!
Although my role was to be a 'travel guide', revisiting on foot, i.e. walking in the city, can always let me open my eyes and mind, by observing and discovering things you haven't noticed before, even I have been the exact there for so many times. Walking can also be a source of inspiration, imagination and creativity.
Besides the single fare, the tram company also introduces a 4-day pass ticket which is available on their official website only. So, you can’t buy one somewhere in Hong Kong and I suggest you having it before your trip if you are interested in. Buy it online and let the company mail the ticket to your home with some additional amounts of money.
In Hong Kong, bus is still an important mode of transport even subway covers almost every part of the city. As metropolitan may have the greatest number of double-decker buses in the world, they can't be ignored on the street.
Have a great coffee
More and more independent coffee shops are located in the city. Some of the owners have visions so that they provide more than a great coffee.
You're welcome to sense everything you like! Wong Chuk Hang, the southern part of Hong Kong Island, is a small industrial area. It used not to be an attractive place until there are more new cafes, creative spaces and a commercial tower. Sensory Zero is definitely one of them!
Last year, with my friend's recommendation I went to Urban Coffee Roaster (UCR). It's a special coffee shop with a backpacker hostel Wontonmeen. I was so impressed at that time since they decorated there with the combination of old Hong Kong stuff, and there was a coffee cart in it. The owner was friendly, and the place allowed people to easily chat with each other too. UCR then renovated there and opened its second shop in Tsim Sha Tsui. I visited the first shop again afterwards, and it still surprises me a lot!
Skyscrapers linking up with elevated and underground walkways as well as highways do not mean all. Old buildings and new special architecture can tell us more about the city.
Relax in the city
The fast-pace and crowded city still leaves the room for people to take a rest.