Massive thanks to Marie for today’s post, An Insider’s Guide to Hong Kong. Hong Kong was the first place I visited in Asia so I can relate to her feeling about needing more eyes and ears to take it all in. Maybe a second stomach for all the amazing food too!
Marie is an illustrator so check out her blog to see some of her fabulous drawings.
Last year we lived in Indonesia and we were looking for a life in a more developed place in Asia. My husband applied to many places and got a job in Hong Kong, which was our first choice!
As a freelancer I can manage my schedule from anywhere and I’m able to visit the city as much as possible. I’m addicted to new discoveries, so this place is perfect for me – it has a lot to offer.
2. How would you describe Hong Kong in 5 words?
3. Give us one reason why you think everyone should visit Hong Kong
Hong Kong is not the city you have in mind. It’s much more than skyscrapers and chinese temples. You’d be surprised.
Take a look at 9 reasons not to come to Hong Kong for a stop over to see what I mean.
One of the best things about Hong Kong is the food, you can eat the best of any country here. There are so many choices, it’s often hard to choose.
One of the specialities in Hong Kong is Dim Sum. It’s a style of Cantonese food prepared as small bite-sized portions, traditionally served in small steamer basket. Din Tai Fong is the place to eat Dim Sum. A Michelin star restaurant, ranked as one of the world’s Top 10 Restaurants by the New York Times -and it’s cheap.
If you’re homesick, you can eat the best pizzas in town at The Kitchen, in Mui Wo.
For great curries, Koh Thaï is ideal, and Nha Trang is a delicious Vietnamese restaurant.
5. What’s an unusual thing most tourists wouldn’t know about in Hong Kong?
Hong Kong is green! 70% of its territories are rural and made up from mountains, forests and islands. A true heaven for hikers.
6. What’s your favourite touristy thing to do in Hong Kong?
Watching the sunset from the Peak. You can live here for years and still be amazed by the view over the city. It’s very special.
7. What should be at the top of your packing list for Hong Kong?
If you come in summer -from June to September – take a small water spray and a little towel in you bag. And wear a quick-drying sports T-shirt. You don’t know what ‘hot and humid’ is until you’ve been in Hong Kong at this time of the year. It’s extreme!
8. Can you share your favourite photo/illustration from Hong Kong and tell us a little about it?
It was my very first day in Hong Kong. I was jetlaged, lost and impressed. I took a bus to Kowloon. It was packed with people, shops, lights, sounds, air-cons, smells, birds, cabs… So many things going on, two eyes and two ears were not enough. This is my first memory in Hong Kong. It was super exciting.
9. What’s your favourite thing to do outside of the city?
A day trip in Sai Kung Peninsula. Take a boat ride, hike, swim, jump in waterfalls, eat around a wood fire and camp on sandy beaches. It’s one of the most beautiful parts of Hong Kong.
10. Can you recommend a cool place to stay in Hong Kong?
The best place to enjoy the city is Soho, Wan Chai or Sheung Wan. It’s the perfect location as it’s near the bars & restaurants, the transport, the old-school double-decker trams and the waterfront.
And if the hotels are expensive, you can easily find a place to stay via AirBnb.
Marie Pottiez is a travel blogger, the founder, author & illustrator behind Miles of Happiness. Curious of everything, she has an unquenchable thirst for discovery and sharing.