You have hopefully read part one of ‘5 Days in Hong Kong’ so here’s the rest…
Day 3 came and our jet lag was starting to settle so we got up and out fairly early to head to The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery. The weather was a tad cloudy but the rain hadn’t set in just yet so we opted for the Crystal Cabin on the Ngong Ping Cable Car for these have glass bottoms and really added to the ‘flight’ experience. It takes 25mins to get from downtown Tung Chung to Ngong Ping on Lantau Island so you can just sit back and enjoy the views. As you approach Ngong Ping Village, on a clear day, you’ll see Big Buddha, however we struggled a little as the clouds were rolling in. As you can see below we didn’t have much luck with the cloud lifting during our visit however it was still worth it so don’t let bad weather deter you. After the Big Buddha we visited the Po Lin Monastery which was beautifully ornate although unfortunately we didn’t see any Buddhist monks around. Swiftly the heavens opened and the rain storm began, and it was so bad that the cable car was closed and we had to be coached back down to Tung Chung.
We might have been soaked through but the rain wasn’t letting up so our adventures continued anyhow, and our first stop in Central was Tuk Tuk for a Thai late lunch followed by ‘flower’ ice cream, a wander about and a ride on the Central–Mid-Levels escalator.
We retreated back to the hotel for a well earned rest before drinks at Djaba and a night on the tiles in LKF (Lan Kwai Fong).
Day 4 the weather was terrible to we hot footed it over to Kowloon for lunch then hid from the rain by visiting the Hong Kong Museum of History which is free if you only want to visit the The Hong Kong Story exhibition which leads you through 8 galleries whilst telling you about the environment, culture and development of Hong Kong.
Later on in the evening it was recommended we visit Kennedy Town, which is a small suburb and very lovely by all accounts, we agreed! After a wander around we took the Ding Ding back to Wan Chai and subsequently our hotel.
That evening we had dinner at Linguini Fini before visiting the renowned Iron Fairies (google it!) for a little live music.
Day 5, our final day 🙁 but we knew it was going to be great as it started with a bottomless brunch at Aqua in Kowloon where the food was almost as amazing as the incredible views over to Hong Kong island (tip: ask for a window seat when booking). Also in Kowloon is one of the words highest bars, Ozone, which is inside The Ritz-Carlton, and there was no way I was leaving HK without a visit!
Several cocktails later we headed to Temple Street Night Market (tip: only open 5-11pm) and to my amazement I didn’t buy a single thing! We then headed back to the HK Island to watch the England vs Panama game at Cali Mex before collapsing into bed after an incredible day.
Come morning it was time to head back to the airport and board a flight to Blighty, sad face. Hong Kong was incredible and a trip we will most definitely not forget, and I’d be super keen to visit again in hopefully the not too distant future.