Things to do in Hong Kong
Many expats who live in the thrilling and idiosyncratic city of Hong Kong say that a New York minute is a Hong Kong second. The first thing to hit you as soon as you arrive in the city is the immense energy and this energy never lets up. Apart from shopping there are many things to do in Hong Kong including sightseeing and the latest and hippest crop of bars and restaurants. There are many photo opportunities with landmarks and skylines apart from the countless streets in which you can explore or get lost. There are also the ferry and boat rides and in fact, it is impossible to do everything available in Hong Kong in one trip.
Eat Dim Sum: Dim sum when translated literally means touch your heart, but it actually is a family style meal which consists of dumplings and other dishes served in small plates or steamer baskets. Dim sum originally is a meal to be consumed in the morning or early afternoon, but nowadays you can have it at any time of the day. Some restaurants serve dim sum from push carts while others allow guests to order it from a menu. There are many places in Hong Kong where you can have dim sum, but some restaurants like Tim Ho Wan and Luk Yu Tea house are famous among tourists.
Charter a Junk Boat: Among the various activities in Hong Kong a popular activity for the weekend for the locals is to take an escape from the center of the city by renting a junk boat. Junk boat is a term which is used to describe Chinese fishing boats, but now means any motorized boat which is designed for leisure. Apart from the locals, visitors also partake in this tradition and many companies offer long rides including food and open bar. You can search the internet for such companies but often their websites are in Chinese and your best bet would be to consult your hotel concierge. Riding a junk boat is a great way to enjoy the water and see some places which are off the beaten track.
Hike the Dragon's Back: Some people may consider Hong Kong to be completely urbanized, but there are many options for outdoor lovers as well. One of them is hiking along the 31 mile long Hong Kong trail which cuts through five country parks on the Hong Kong island and the most popular portion of this trail is known as the dragon's back. Reaching Shek O Peak is the highlight of this hike and from here you can enjoy a 360 degree view of beaches, bays, verdant countryside, waterfront communities and the South China Sea. There are both short and long versions of this hike and the shortest version can be completed in 2 hours.