Youth travel guide to Hong Kong, China

by Nataasha Tan

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Hong Kong, the special administrative region within China is a mixture of the old and modern in one city. From dim sum to the neon lights at night to the mountains on Lantau Island, Hong Kong has it all. Having spent a full 5 days 4 nights in Hong Kong, grab yourself a milk tea, while I bring you the top 5 things youth should do while in Hong Kong.

A guide to Hong Kong for young people(or young at heart), written by a young person.

Visit a nightclub in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is famous for its nightlife, with many international DJs visiting the top Hong Kong clubs. Lucky for you, most of the clubs are in the Lan Kwai Fong area which is a short walk away from MTR station, Central. Go for your pre-drinking session in the many bars around the area before heading to the nightclubs. Do note cover charges apply for the nightclubs, but if you’re a lady check out the clubs on a Thursday. Most nightclubs in Hong Kong have their ladies night on a Thursday, which means free entry and free drinks!

Looking to splurge on fancy cocktails and chill vibes? Check out Bitters & Sweets

I highly recommend checking out Zentral for the good atmosphere and friendly clubbers.

a short walk up the hill will bring you to the bar and club district A.K.A Lan Kwai Fong

Lan Kwai Fong

MTR Central Station Exit D2

Bitters & Sweets

1/F, Somptueux Central, 52-54 Wellington Street

Central, Hong Kong

Phone: +852 2788 0103

Zentral

4-5/F.,California Tower

32 D’Aguilar Street

Central, Hong Kong

Phone: + 852 2111 8110

Engage in Street Photography

Looking to take aesthetic street shots for the gram? Well, you’re in luck! Olden, run-down buildings filled with elderly strolling the streets or maybe you prefer towering skyscrapers with youngsters in their streetwear.

Hong Kong has a good mix of both. So whip out your cameras/handphones and get snapping away!

Check out streets like these for some eye-catching shots!

Street shot taken somewhere around Prince Edward Street. Edited with VSCO. Shot on Nikon D5500

A fruit stall in Yau Ma Tei. Shot with Nikon D5500

Taken somewhere around Temple Street Market. Lens flare produced with a pair of sunglasses. Shot with Nikon D5500

Towers somewhere in Central. Shot with my iPhone

Climb to Lantau Peak

Feeling adventurous and need a break from the city hustle and bustle? Why not spend half a day climbing to Lantau Peak!

The 4.5km climb up and down is a test of will. Taking roughly 2.5– 4 hours( depending on how fast you climb) from the starting point of the hike. It’s a scenic route where you can take your time to climb to Lantau Peak. After your descent down from the mountain, you will reach Ngong Ping Village, a quaint town with touristy shops. It is also where the famous Tian Tan Buddha sits atop 268 steps. From Ngong Ping Village, you can take a bus ride to the nearby Tai O Fishing Village to see the small fishing town and snack on some seafood.

Alternatively, if you want to take it easy and relax, take the 1/2 an hour cable car ride, Ngong Ping 360 to see Hong Kong from the sky to reach Ngong Ping Village!

We went on a cloudy day so the view wasn’t that good but go on a clear day and you might get a better view than I did. Check the weather forecast before heading up, the hike may be dangerous in bad weather conditions.

Hike back down from Lantau Peak

Check out the Buddha from afar on your descent down

Ngong Ping Village

Houses on stilts at Tai O Fishing Village

Check out the link for a more detailed guide on the hike and how to get there from mainland Hong Kong. You can opt to take the Lantau Island taxi(blue taxi) from Tung Cheng MTR instead of the bus to save you some time but it will cost you more.

https://www.itishk.com/lantau-peak-lantau-trail/

Tai O Fishing Village

Take bus 21 from Ngong Ping Village. There are many signs around Ngong Ping Village that will direct you to the bus interchanges and give you a guide on how to get to the nearby areas.

Ngong Ping 360

https://www.np360.com.hk/en/

Book your tickets in advance to skip the queues.

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Shoe shop at Sneaker Street

Adidas, Nike, Puma, Vans etc. You name it, Sneaker Street probably has it. Streetwear and “Hypebeast” are terms the youth of this generation have definitely heard of.  From resellers to outlet stores, this long street does not fall short on variety. Many of the shops have discounts on their shoes and a lot of the clothing are on sale too. Truth be told, I flew to Hong Kong with the sole intention of purchasing a pair of sneakers and ended up coming home with 2 new pairs.

Be sure to check out more than one store to compare prices and watch out for non-authentic pairs!

Adidas Outlet at Sneaker Street

Stroll through Hong Kong’s local markets

What better way to get a taste of local life than to visit a local market? Young or old there is surely something for everyone at these markets

Some markets are far from the ordinary like the Goldfish Market and Flower Market. At the Goldfish Market, you can find many different varieties of goldfish and other pets for sale such as cats, dogs, baby alligator snapping turtles and even the elusive axolotl. While at the Flower Market, stop and smell the roses (or the many other flowers that are being sold) as you walk through the busy street where plants are lined up along the sides of the pavements for your viewing. Yuen Po Street Bird Garden is nearby as well but it is temporarily closed for cleaning. Good thing both markets are only a short walk away from each other.

Souvenir enthusiasts fret not there’s also the typical tourist market like Temple Street Market where you can find cheap, uniquely Hong Kong souvenirs and fake goods you can bring back for your friends and family.

Flower Market

A common sight at Goldfish Market

Temple Street Market

Buy a quirky sign from Temple Street Market for your friends or family members!

Goldfish Market, Flower Market

MTR Prince Edward Station, Exit B2

Temple Street Market

Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon

MTR Yau Ma Tei station, Exit C

 

This concludes the 5 top things youth should do while in Hong Kong. If you have more time, definitely do not limit yourself to this list. Hong Kong has so much more to offer. These are just the activities that I felt best suited my age group (18-30y/o) but surely anyone who can appreciate traveling and new experiences will enjoy the list as well.

If I had to pick one activity that I liked the best, it would be the nightclub since it’s nothing like the ones in Singapore. While for the friend I went with, her favourite would be the markets. Each to his own as they say.

I hope this list will help you with your itinerary if you are planning to come to Hong Kong but nonetheless everyone who comes to Hong Kong is sure to have a great time!

by Nataasha Tan

by Nataasha Tan

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Nataasha is your average homegrown Singaporean girl who's an avid amateur photographer, gym newbie, and chemical engineering diploma holder. Her love-hate relationship with traveling is something she must get straight one day.

Read more at natshaelah.com

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