Victoria Peak is a tourist magnet, and pulls in the crowds for good reason: it offers views of the city rivalled only by those from Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) on the opposite side of Victoria Harbour. That said, it’s possible to escape the hordes of selfie-takers should you so wish (and get your 10,000 steps in without breaking much of a sweat).
Hong Kong has miles upon miles of hiking trails, but perhaps the most popular amongst visitors is Dragon’s Back. Whether you’re a Lonely Planet lover or a DK Top 10 devotee, you’ll almost certainly have stumbled upon a passage or two on this well-loved walk as you flicked through your guidebook (or a bookshop’s – I’m not judging) ahead of your trip. I’ve been there, hiked the trail and would happily do so again tomorrow if it weren’t for the fact I’m now 5,000+ miles away.
Hong Kong is towering skyscrapers, colonial relics and ornate temples; it’s also rugged coastline, craggy peaks and beautiful flora. Hong Kong is bubble waffles, yum cha and char siu. Hong Kong is a place I could keep going back to and never tire of.
Located on the southern coast of Hong Kong Island, Stanley draws in a steady crowd of both tourists and locals to its famed street market and coastal promenade. As one of the oldest settlements on Hong Kong Island, Stanley’s rich history is studded with military coups and invasions and once upon a time was no stranger to the presence of 19th century Jack Sparrows.
When Monday rolled round, it was time for us to venture across Victoria Harbour and explore Hong Kong Island. Hong Kong’s second biggest island is a densely populated mass of skyscrapers, colonial relics and legendary landmarks, with a few peaceful green spaces thrown in for good measure.