If you’re scouting to travel abroad soon and want your trip packed with all the things Pinoys love to do—food, shopping, and play—then Hong Kong may just be the perfect destination for you. Giving you the best of both worlds with both natural and man-made sights, East meets West culture, Old world beauty and metropolitan lifestyle, the streets of Asia’s World City are alive, and waiting.
Here, we identify a few places to go to help you make the most of your trip when making Hong Kong your summer destination.
1. Shop for Affordable Gadgets at Sham Shui Po
Sham Shui Po is one of the oldest districts, but here you can find one of the most affordable electronic goods stores in the whole of Hong Kong. Golden Computer Arcade houses most items you would probably see on a technophile’s wishlist, all at a discounted price.
Also along Fuk Wa Street are stalls of street food selling local favorites such as Lung So Tong (sugar strands wrapped around chopped peanuts) and Put Zhai Gou(bowl pudding stuffed with red beans), and even more exotic delicacies such as Zaa Dai Cheung (fried pork intestine) and Ngau Zap (braised cow offal.)
Golden Building, 146–152 Fuk Wah Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
2. See the Great Outdoors in the Southern District
If you want to get away from the metropolis and embrace Hong Kong’s natural beauty, merely a few minutes away from the city is the Southern District, which features reservoirs and country parks that will make you want to get on your feet. One such trail is the Dragon’s Back, which presents you a firsthand view of the south side of Hong Kong’s cascading mountains, making the medium difficulty hike worth it.
You can also choose a more relaxed way to enjoy nature by visiting Turtle Cove Beach, a small, secluded bay that will give you the RnR you need and deserve.
Dragon’s Back, from Shek O Road to Tai Long Wan, Southern District, Hong Kong
Turtle Cove Beach, Tai Tam Road, Stanley, Hong Kong
3. Experience a Shopping Paradise at Tsim Sha Tsui
Nestled along Victoria Harbour in Tsim Sha Tsui is Harbour City, the largest and most diverse shopping center in Hong Kong. A tourist favorite, Harbour City boasts a wide collection of stores spread across 185,000 square meters, made up of luxury fashion brands, electronics stores, and even food outlets. With over 450 stores, it is a shopper’s haven.
After shopping, you can check out Knutsford Terrace where you have the choice of over 30 restaurants serving diverse cuisines from around the world, as well as several bars and clubs to give you a taste of the Hong Kong nightlife.
Harbour City 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui
4. Melting pot of old and new in Wan Chai
One distinctly beautiful thing about Hong Kong is its marriage of old world style and buzzing modernity. A good place to experience this is the neighborhood of Wan Chai.
Star Street Precinct, which is comprised of Star, Moon, and Sun Street, is pedestrian-friendly and filled with trendy gems such as the British shop Monocle, and restaurants such as The Brass Spoon.
A tribute to traditional Wan Chai, Lee Tung Avenue also deserves a spot in your itinerary. Once known as “Wedding Card Avenue,” for being a well-known spot for wedding card printing, Lee Tung Avenue today is a redeveloped walkway which spans 200 meters. Designed to pay homage to 1950s traditional European streetscapes, Lee Tung Avenue has an ideal mix of East meets West with gorgeous red Chinese lanterns amidst European architecture, dotted with sidewalk cafes and gourmet restaurants.
Star Street Precinct, Wan Chai
Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island
5. Eat at One of the World’s Cheapest Michelin Restaurants in Yuen Long
Yuen Long is home to one of the world’s most affordable Michelin restaurants in the world, Ho To Tai Noodle Soup, a small, simple restaurant famous for serving the title dish. Fresh Cantonese wonton noodles and noodles with shrimp roe have made this restaurant a go-to for travelers and gourmands, worthy of a Michelin recommendation for 7 consecutive years since 2011.
You can also visit Hang Heung, a bakery in red-and-gold that is reminiscent of older times. Famous for wife cakes and egg rolls, this well-known bakery is not something to miss when in Yuen Long.
Ho To Tai Noodle Soup 67 Fau Tsoi Street, Yuen Long, New Territories
Hang Heung 64 Castle Peak Road, Yuen Long, New Territories
6. Experience a One of a Kind Festival at the Hong Kong Coliseum
If you’re looking for something unique to cap off your trip, the ICBC (Asia) eSports and Music Festival could do just the trick. The world’s first tournament featuring League of Legends all-stars and champions will be held in Hong Kong on August 4 to 6, with a special stage from SM TOWN performers to boot. Some of the most popular K-pop arists including SUPER JUNIOR – D&E, SUPER JUNIOR – YESUNG, SHINee, f(x) Luna, EXO, Red Velvet, NCT 127, and NCT Dream are set to perform during the event.
The festival will focus on e-Sports, an emerging frontier both for players and fans—with several celebrities such as Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher and Taiwanese star Jay Chou investing in the industry. The global e-Sports audience is projected to balloon to 385 million in 2017, and e-Sports will become an official medal sport at the 2022 Asian Games.