I only had a few days to explore this bustling city. Even though these five days literally flew by, they introduced a total change of scenery and gave me a taste of the unparalleled Hong Kong life.
I stayed at the Shangri-La on Hong Kong Island which is an impressive 56 storey high tower overlooking Kowloon and the Victoria Harbour. If you enjoy panoramic sweeping views and the little extra attention, I highly recommend selecting a Horizon Club room. Located on the highest floors of the hotel, the Horizon Club rooms grant you access to the lounge on the top floor where you can enjoy cocktails and appetisers before heading out to dinner.
There is a lot to do in Hong Kong in terms of sightseeing. Firstly, the Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is a must see. Located on Lantau Island, this 34 metres tall bronze statue symbolises the harmonious relationship between men, nature and faith. A 30 minutes gondola ride will take you there so relax and enjoy the breathtaking views across the city, sea and surrounding mountains. During my stay in Hong Kong, I also somehow got intrigued by the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery which is a subway ride away from the city center. If you are looking for something which combines sightseeing and working out, this is the place for you. Indeed, the walk up to the temple is pretty steep but definitely worth it. As you reach the top of the hill, take a deep breathe and let the peacefulness of the venue soothe you. Hong Kong is also well known for its gigantic shopping malls. The Shangri-La concierge recommended me to go check out Causeway Bay, which is where some of the major ones such as Times Square or SOGO can be found.
The night scene of Hong Kong is also quite vibrant. If you aren’t afraid of heights, cross over the water from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and have a drink at the Ozone Bar nestled on the 118th floor of The Ritz-Carlton. This chic venue is literally the highest bar in the world and offers delicious cocktails such as the Lychee Royale. Cheers!