• Take a ride on the Star Ferry between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon – ok so every tourist knows to do this, but it’s just so great! 26 million people every year can’t be wrong.
• Try Temple Street’s dai pai dong. Dai pai dong is Chinese street food – ok, so it has a bit of a reputation for being a little dodgy but Temple Street’s stalls are pretty safe and it’s definitely worth the experience.
• Visit the Hollywood Road bursting with antiques and Chinese art and crafts (ranging from “What a bargain” to “Ouch!”). Cat Street is also a must stop while in the area – old Chinese propaganda materials are in abundance. The Man Mo Temple is also in the area and is a wonderful sanctuary form the outside world.
• Explore the Mongkok markets are thriving and humming with life and give a great insight into the real Hong Kong. From high quality fakes to goldfish and flowers.
• Dim sum at Luk Yu Teahouse. You’ll be served by impeccable male waiters, most have worked there for decades. Luk Yu is Hong Kong's oldest and one of the most famous tea houses. It’s known for its colonial style, simply sensational dim sum, adherence to tradition and loyal long-time customers, for whom the entire first floor is unofficially reserved.
• Take a visit to Tai O. Located at the western end of Lantau Island, Tai O is often nick-named the Venice of Hong Kong. This bustling fishing village is famous for its dried fish and seafood. To live like a local, take a cruise up the canals followed by a beer and a dinner of dried shrimps and scallops.
• Introduce yourself to Cheung Chau Island. While not as popular as its sister Island Lamma, Cheung Chau is a step back in time where the term ‘it’s always been done this way’ really makes sense! There is both a fast and slow ferry from pier 5 in Central, which means you can zip out in 30 minutes or amble along in an hour. There are no cars on the island which makes it perfect for the mums and dads with little ones! Great beaches, fantastic hikes, and some of the best seafood restaurants in Hong Kong, Cheung Chau offers an authentic experience of the traditional Hong Kong Island life.
• Visit ‘The Peak’ and experience the iconic skyline of Hong Kong. If the sky is clear visit during the day or night, the views are sublime. If a little on the cloudy side (a local term for smog!) maybe leave your visit until the evening where the light show is sure to impress the most well worn traveller. The tram ride to the top is often referred to as a must do, but the sometimes hour wait can make the experience less than memorable. A taxi from Central cost about HK$70.00 with the drive up giving you stunning views from the comfort of an air-conditioned and clean ride! If you must tick the tram ride box, take it down, the queue is shorter!
• Cruise around Hong Kong Island on a tram. These double-deckers have been a part of Hong Kong for over a century. For just HK$2.00 you can ride the 30km track…oh and make sure you enter through the back of the tram and pay at the front as you exit.
• Everyone knows you can get a good suit made in Hong Kong, but every thought of shoes? A visit to Kow Hoo Shoe shop in Central may be the most unique travel souvenir you ever buy!