Our 4 Night Holiday to Hong Kong

Hong Kong, a destination that has featured on many of my travel wish lists including for 2014 and this year!  So I was pretty darn excited to get our 4 night holiday to Hong Kong finally locked in.

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We had decided to stay at my preferred hotel chain and the best located luxury hotel in Hong Kong, The Intercontinental Hong Kong (you can read my full review here) and we weren’t disappointed.

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As we arrived late afternoon into Hong Kong, we managed to grab the light show at 8pm on the waterfront.  We were a little disappointed as it wasn’t as grand as we were expecting it to be, in fact it was pretty pitiful!  Maybe I was expecting too much as everyone else was enjoying the show.

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The next morning we decided to head the markets after getting some pretty grand suggestions on what to visit in Hong Kong from the concierge at the Intercontinental.  G loved the markets and well…I just preferred to photograph the pastel coloured buildings and all the signs!

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As we were on holiday, we weren’t pushing ourselves to see everything in such a short amount of time as we knew Hong Kong was a bit like London; there is just so much to see that you can’t fit it all in a few days.

Years ago on an Amazing Race episode they showed the Junk Boats and the Star Ferries so they were both on my hit list of things I wanted to do.  The concierge recommended the Aqua Luna sunset tour and it was a pretty perfect way to see Hong Kong.

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Jet lag was getting the better of me along with the humidity.  I may have woken up during the night to eat a few gluten free snacks in bed and then G let me sleep in until 11.30am (which he then regretted as I woke up hungry, tired and cranky).  Never approach me when I’m suffering from jet lag.

So my breakfast was actually afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong (full review here).

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A typhoon had been brewing off the coast of Hong Kong and was growing in strength.  Thankfully the Communications Team at the Intercontinental Hong Kong sent me a message to let me know that we needed to start making our way back to the hotel as public transport would be shutting down early that evening.  Hence our great plans of getting to The Peak had to be left for another day…Typhoon No 8 never got hoisted…it visited Shanghai instead!

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We went for a walk past all the buildings on Hong Kong Island as they’re pretty impressive before making our way home.

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So we took the opportunity the catch the star ferry back across to Kowloon and let the typhoon blow through our hair!  G may have lost a few strands…shhh don’t tell him I said that!

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It was a tad choppy…

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…and the clouds were very grey and angry looking!  We had a front row seat thanks to our great view from the hotel.

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As the typhoon had slightly scampered our plans the previous day, we had a bit to fit in on our last day in Hong Kong including seeing the Big Buddha on Lantau Island.

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Thankfully due to the high winds the cable car wasn’t working (there’s the silver lining to the typhoon…I’m afraid of cable cars) so we jumped onto the local bus to get there instead.  I truly fell in love with Hong Kong at this point, Lantau Island is a must if you’re visiting Hong Kong as it shows you a completely different side that you wouldn’t probably be expecting.

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It was just a nice place to wander around and you had the feeling of space…a lot of space.

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We were kinda shocked to learn that the Big Buddha wasn’t that old; actually I was older than the Big Buddha!  I’m 35 just in case you’re wondering…and surprise surprise you don’t have to be in your 20’s to write a blog!

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Don’t miss visiting the Po Lin Monastery either as it’s just stunning.

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Can you believe that this is Hong Kong?

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Heading back to Hong Kong Island we needed a cup of tea…I’m never good at making a decision at the best of times and this menu well was just crazy…I went for a Mint Tea, how blooming original…I actually wanted the sexy tea but they had run out!

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After a few cups of tea (we were rather thirsty), we caught the funicular up to top of The Peak for incredible views over Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.

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Pretty impressive aren’t they…

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…and then of course we needed to eat ice cream but we didn’t order any Doggie Gelato unfortunately…

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…and then we head back down again…it was too hot to walk…like so hot that I felt like I was expanding in the heat!

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I think it’s safe to say we could have fitted in a lot more on our holiday to Hong Kong but a holiday is to relax and we knew we had one more night at the end of our trip to visit to fit in anything else that we wanted to see.

We did shop…we shopped a lot…in air conditioning…Hong Kong in July is hot and humid…at least three showers a day humid.

I loved Hong Kong, it’s crazy and fun and I never felt bored for one moment.

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Have you visited Hong Kong?  What were your impressions of Hong Kong?

xx

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28 Comments

  1. August 3, 2015 / 8:56 AM

    Sounds great – I would love to visit Hong Kong, but I’ve only ever been there in transit, which doesn’t count!
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    • August 3, 2015 / 7:02 PM

      Haha possibly not however you should definitely visit as its a great destination for a few days with loads to do! XX

  2. August 3, 2015 / 9:13 AM

    So glad to see that you enjoyed Hong Kong – where my family is from. I used to visit every year as a child and yes- summers are tortuously hot and humid! It’s a place that holds a lot of special memories for me, especially up at the Peak and on Lantau Island as well.
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    • August 3, 2015 / 7:02 PM

      They are hot and humid, when we returned for one night it was pouring with rain why still being hot and humid. I can see why it holds so many special memories for you, it’s such a special place with so much history x

    • August 3, 2015 / 7:01 PM

      We did Lauren, as you get older you realise that taking holidays at a slower pace is wiser hehe! xx

  3. August 3, 2015 / 10:19 AM

    I can’t remember if I told you but I did the Aqua Luna boat ride too, unfortunately that was when jet lag got the better of me as I fell alseep on the boat! I agree with you about the light show but I thought it looked a bit lame cos of the bad weather! We only had two nights there and I didn’t get to see the big buddha…maybe next time :)
    Lots of love,
    Angie

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    • August 3, 2015 / 7:00 PM

      Haha no you didn’t; I can totally understand the jet lag problem as I really suffered during our four nights in Hong Kong but got better once we moved onto Malaysia which was good. There is so much to see in HK that you definitely need longer there, we didn’t get out to Macau so will definitely try and get back again x

  4. August 3, 2015 / 10:33 AM

    It looks like you had a great trip! I went to HK about 7 years ago for a few nights, we had a fab time! I loved The Peak, but sadly we didn’t get to see the Big Buddha as we just didn’t have time :( I’m saving it for next time!

    C x
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    • August 3, 2015 / 6:59 PM

      You definitely need to head back ;-) The Peak is amazing, those views are killer! xx

  5. August 3, 2015 / 4:29 PM

    Ah I loved reading this Kelly – HK is one of my fave places! I’ve been there twice and am already eager to go back. Its just so great and so varied with the crazy night markets, the bustling city centre and yet Lantau and the countryside so near by. Plus an hour away by hovercraft is Macau.

    One of my favourite places to be in the world is riding the Star Ferry. God knows why but I feel totally relaxed at at peace when I cross the harbour on those rickety old boats!

    HK was my first experience of Asia and started the passion I have for it today. I also had some cray adventures here including accidentally getting stuck in the China immigration line when in Macau and taking a local bus from a HK bus station to discover a largely empty beach an hour’s bus ride away where it was just me, my friend and some local fisherman.

    I could go on and on, but Im sure you get it, I love HK! (even its totally tacky light show! ;) )
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    • August 3, 2015 / 7:05 PM

      I used to work in the shipping industry so all the vessels and ferries really tickled my tail feather as I just loved watching all the activity on the harbour. Like you I loved the Star Ferry, trust me we went on it more than once…I think we did about 6 journeys and its so cheap!

      Haha you sound like you have some great travel stories that you need to share. Next trip I will definitely get to Macau as we didn’t have enough time, unfortunately it was the Big Buddha or Macau and I didn’t want to rush around Macau and not feel like I had truly explored the destination.

      x

  6. August 3, 2015 / 4:39 PM

    Ahhh you’ve made me so much more excited to move there next year!! I visited for a week last year but was great to be reminded of all the beautiful things it has to offer. We were a little disappointed with the Light Show too but hey ho, the elevators and views from the Peak more than made up for it! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

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    • August 3, 2015 / 6:58 PM

      You lucky duck; what a great place to be moving too! The light show was rather disappointing but totally agree with you, the views from the peak definitely make up for it! xx

  7. August 3, 2015 / 9:06 PM

    I absolutely love Hong Kong – have been twice now and both times have loved the hustle and strangely, also the humidity!

    • August 7, 2015 / 5:21 PM

      Haha I know what you mean, I actually embraced the humidity in the end…it was like being back home in Auckland during a humid summers day! xx

    • August 7, 2015 / 5:20 PM

      Haha I love fish pedicures Suze, at our hotel in Malaysia they had a fish pool where they would nibble away at your feet night and day…it was amazing! I don’t think you can beat an Intercontinental hotel now as a chain! xx

  8. August 4, 2015 / 3:06 PM

    Hong Hong looks incredible; it sounds like you had a fabulous few days there.
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    • August 7, 2015 / 5:19 PM

      I know what you mean about the Amazing Race, I haven’t watched it in years – the last time was in Libya of all bloody places! I can see me catching up on you tube haha! We had a fantastic time in Hong Kong and again when we went back for one night only xx

  9. Sheryl Massey
    August 5, 2015 / 12:44 PM

    Hi Kelly, I can relate to you enjoying HK…..we travelled to HK for 2 weeks in Aug in each year 2010/11/12/13…we just love the place….we also love the ferry…..although the underground is amazingly efficient and so clean…the longest you have to wait for a train is about 2 mins! Love Stanley market …..it is a bit different to the first year, it is now mostly under cover…..the bus trip is an experience ..When the humidly got to us we took a cab…..so cheap and always very clean……there is so much to see and I can’t imagine you seeing much in 4 days….we hope to be back next year maybe in Oct as the weather is not so humid.
    The jet boat to Macau is good……the Portugese influence is so interesting…..we got chatted up after we disembarked and ended up overpaying for a private tour……but we saw and learnt a lot, we will definetly return and stay overnight. We love going up to the mid level area, so many little shops, bars and restaurants. I could go on and on, just love the place….Can’t wait to return. 💕

    • September 6, 2015 / 12:14 PM

      I need to go back to Hong Kong Sheryl as we never made it to Macau but I didn’t want to rush around HK too much so we left Macau for another time. Absolutely loved Hong Kong, the star ferry is so much fun and like you said everything is super clean and efficient xx

    • August 7, 2015 / 5:05 PM

      Exactly Jessi, as much as I love city breaks they tend to become quite exhausting xx

  10. December 16, 2015 / 1:28 PM

    I really enjoyed this post Kelly. The Boy is trying to persuade me to go to Hong Kong for a week, and I wasn’t convinced as I thought it was too far to go for only a week. But if you managed to see all of that in just 4 days maybe we’ll be okay.

    Hope you’re having a wonderful time in New Zealand at the moment.

    Sarah Xx

    • December 16, 2015 / 10:14 PM

      Thanks Sarah, definitely head out to Hong Kong as you will love it. I wished we had a full week in Hong Kong as there was still so much that I wanted to see and you can do a day trip to Macau which we never got too do. There are so many afternoon teas to try in Hong Kong as well and they are all about half the price of London so you could treat yourself at least twice!
      I’m loving New Zealand at the moment, I don’t want to leave
      xx