We lived for about 15 months in Hong Kong and man we enjoyed the time!
Discovering Hong Kong is best from Kowloon, that's where real and "old(er)" Hong Kong is and that's why we first resided for a few months at The Harbourview Place. This is a luxury serviced apartment hotel with stunning views on the city and some of the best locations right above a)W Hotel, b) Elements Shopping Mall and c) Kowloon Station. How much better can it get? You have grocery, amazing shopping, plenty of restaurants and take away, a small park, the underground station with best connections in all directions, and, and, and all in one place. Later we were lucky enough to move to a brand new apartment again with stunning views of Victoria Harbour right opposite to the at that time new Kerry Hotel.
Discovering Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a mandatory addition to every nomad's travel list! Not only does it offer stunning photography opportunities we are so keen on, but it also features some of the most diverse culinary experiences with a seafood choice unlike anywhere else, shopping almost like in Dubai,... and what most don't know and probably won't believe fabulous hiking. Yes, you can stay in Hong Kong for a week or two just hiking.
We will share more about our Hong Kong time including recommendations at a later stage. As far as possible with a map and some of our favourite photography locations. For now, we start this relaunch of our website referring to Discover Hong Kong of the better tourism board sites we used and use a lot.
How long to stay? Be it a 48-72 hours jetsetter stop over, a few days for shopping and dining or even one to two weeks of culinary and hiking experiences Hong Kong has something for everyone. Since HKG is one of the worlds main hubs chances are good you'll visit not only once and then next time you'll know your way around a little better again. A recommendation would be to spend at least 4 days, ideally a week to experience a little of everything based on a well researched and planned trip.
When to go? Hong Kong really is a 365/24/7 destination, you can come any time for any duration of stay as there is always something for you to discover. Yes, the summer is hot but not as hot as Dubai. In winter it can get chilly but what's more important to bring a softshell or so to be protected from the wind. More importantly, when NOT to go. In our opinion, there is one main time to avoid and that's public holidays in Mainland China when Hong Kong is flooded with neighbourhood tourism.
How to get around? Don't make the mistake Hong Kong newbies at times make renting a car, there is absolutely no need for it. You can get anywhere faster, reasonably priced by MTR (underground), bus and/or taxi. Even if there is bad weather, Hong Kong has the probably most developed covered walkway system on mothership earth. So don't rent a car unless you absolutely have to as you'll end up part of an endless hunt for parking space that often is priced higher than anywhere else. Just to give you an idea, even our underground parking slot near our apartment was somewhere around the EUR 500 a month. Direct in the building it would have been more like EUR 700 upwards. There are parking slots in Hong Kong for EUR 1000 and beyond a month.
What to see? Hong Kong has attractions for almost everyone. Events, entertainment, culinary experiences all the way to stunning photography spots we enjoy so much. Some listed below and at some point, we intend to find a solution to add a map them.
Budget? As long as you blend in well there really is something for everyone, be it travellers on a budget or the ones only looking hyper-luxurious experiences. Even for entry-level nomads expecting the same food, beverages, etc you're used to at home, you have good chances to find all that in Hong Kong but at a price eg a liter of milk for EUR 3-4.
What to eat? Hong Kong really is a seafood paradise. You will find a choice like in very few destinations. But for the ones not so keen or only once a week seafood candidate like me, Hong Kong has among the most diverse culinary experiences of all the places we have been so far. Even German food can be found authentic here.