Sometimes it feels like my living stint in Hong Kong was just a far-off dream, melting away as I awoke from a deep slumber on a Wi-Fi fuelled long haul flight from Emirates. And in many ways, it was. Just 16 months amongst my 25 years. Whilst living there, I always felt like the luckiest girl alive, a constant holiday with new things to do, see and eat every day, palm trees and a glimmering water fountain outside my apartment, a quiet beach just a 10-minute minibus ride away. Le sigh. Hong Kong, I miss you.
I’m often asked for recommendations of essential things to do in Hong Kong, especially as the country is just one huge bustling city that can feel quite overwhelming at (all) times and the travel research process can be arduous for countries that have a severe lack in bloody websites of all things. Especially because that’s precisely how I felt when I first arrived. Overwhelmed and unsure of where to begin exploring first.
So, whether you’re after shopping destinations, foodie recommendations or off-the-beaten-track ideas, here are just a handful of the things I’m seriously missing and my take on the ‘usual tourist traps’: