From the oldest surviving teaport in the world to the once best urban hike in Asia, here are fun activities to do in Hong Kong.
1. World’s Oldest Surviving Teapot
Once the residence and office of the commander of the British Forces in Hong Kong, Flagstaff house now houses a different segment of history. As a branch of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, it displays a collection of antique Chinese teaware behind the white painted facade of colonial Hong Kong. This includes the world’s oldest known surviving teapot. After looking at the things, it’s time for a taste as the Lock Cha Tea House next door. Sat at the heart of Admiralty, this is hardly an off the beaten track recommendation, but with its carved wooden screens, blue-spattered porcelain and faded wall calligraphy Lok Cha brings authentic Cantonese tea traditions back to life.
2. Mong Kok
Mong Kok is a hive of activity and the streets here come alive with shops, wet markets, restaurants and more. If you’re looking for a place to get great photos of Hong Kong life, bright neon signs and locals on the move, Mong Kok is your destination. Feel confident exploring this area solo on foot, exploring ally-ways and winding streets.
3. Mui Wo
Hong Kong isn’t all about tall skyscrapers y’know! Catch the ferry to Mui Wo to see the city’s other side. Stroll past the rows and rows of bicycles to reach the open air “food court” on the waterfront and then keep on going to reach the villages on stilts. Boats painted in peeling blue, red and canary yellow bob among ladders and balconies laden with house plants and hanging charms. Smoke drifts from temples, innards hang from markets and older men roll dice on tables in the time honoured tradition of simply enjoying the afternoon.
4. Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade
One of the finest city skylines in the world has to be that of Hong Kong Island, and the promenade here is one of the best ways to get an uninterrupted view.
5. Hike the Dragon’s Back
For all its blitz and bling factor, Hong Kong has one of the greatest urban hiking tracks in the world. Once named the ‘best urban hike’ in Asia by TIME magazine, the Dragon’s Back reveals smoke, fire, drama and the divine. Well, OK: mist, clear green paths, the sight of the South China Sea, Stanley and more. You can drop in and out of the sections and cheat to catch a bus home but to do the whole hike, leave yourself a whole day – and take food and water with you.