Give your guests the trip of a lifetime when they visit the 852
Receiving visitor’s always sounds like such a nice idea doesn’t it? At first, you think of old friends crossing an ocean to see you, exploring the city with fresh eyes, and building memories. But then, as the arrival date approaches, you remember having visitors is actually super stressful. They’ve just flown across an ocean to see you – you’re duty bound to make this the best vacation ever! And on top of planning every little moment of their stay, you have a full-time job to boot. That’s a lot to juggle, but Lan Kwai Fong is here to help.
We’ve rounded up the best things to do over five days, so hosting your next visitors will be easier than ever.
Once your guests are settled in and refreshed from their flights, it’s time to head out and start exploring. The first few days are a great time to check off the ‘touristy’ spots (especially if it’s a weekday). Wake up early and take the Peak Tram to the top of Victoria Peak for a little walk and some killer views. When you’re done, head over to Sheung Wan to see the famous Man Mo Temple and grab a bite at local favourites Corner Kitchen Café or Grassroots Pantry. Now it’s time to cross the river. Skip the MTR and opt for the iconic Star Ferry instead. It will take you from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui for just HK$2.70 – best deal in town. Walk around TST and look for bargains, or, head to one of Kowloon’s many markets. We like the Jade Market and Ladies’ Market for souvenirs, and the Flower Market for Instagram. Head to the Temple Street Night Market after dark for cheap beer, delicious dinner and plenty of fortune tellers.
Seeing the Big Buddha is kind of a right of passage, and one that shouldn’t be denied your visitors. If you go on a nice day, this could be one of your favourite outings of the trip. The Tian Tan Buddha statue (aka the Big Buddha) was finished in 1993 and sits over 34 metres high. We highly recommend you book a seat in one of the glass-bottomed Ngong Ping Cable Cars, the easiest way to get up the mountain. Don’t be surprised to see wild cows roaming freely! The Po Lin Monastery is also located here, so you can see active monks going about their day or enjoy a vegetarian meal at the monastery’s restaurant. After the Buddha, head to nearby Tai O fishing village, famed for the stilted homes of the Tanka people. If you’ve got enough energy left over, head back to Hong Kong island for dinner at one of Lan Kwai Fong’s art-inspired restaurants.
Hong Kong is #blessed to have not one, but two amusement parks. If you’ve got the time, and you’ve already hit up the normal tourist spots, take the day and hit up Ocean Park or Hong Kong Disneyland. Ocean Park is a Hong Kong institution, with a beautiful aquarium (and pandas!), live performances and a rollercoaster with a killer view. Hong Kong Disneyland is one of the smallest in the Disney empire, but still worth a visit if you’re craving a dose of feel-good-Disney-magic! Head in early to make the most of it and beat the heat. You can always hit up a beach afterwards!
Okay, now all of the big stuff is over you can relax and take it easy. If it’s a weekend, head to California Tower for one of their famous brunches, or hop on a junk boat if the weather is right! If not, take a stroll through SoHo and grab coffee at Stazione Novella or Fine Print. The beautiful Chi Lin Nunnery and gardens are a great way to spend a relaxing morning. For lunch, head to one of Hong Kong’s many dim sum restaurants and feast on freshly made bao and dumplings. If it’s a Wednesday, finish your night at the Happy Valley Racecourse, or over a nice glass of wine or two at some of Hong Kong’s best wine bars.
You’ve done the tram and the cable cars, had lunch with Mickey and cooed over pandas. Now what? Relax! Hit up a beach, get a foot massage, eat your way through SoHo, head to an aperitivo or luxuriate over the views at a rooftop bar. And of course, don’t forget to bring them to Lan Kwai Fong for one of the most iconic Hong Kong experiences: a night out in LKF!
Hong Kong has so much to offer, you can never run out of ideas! Keep checking LanKwaiFong.com for more exciting ideas and events to hit up around Hong Kong.
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