Feeling homesick…is your two-day weekend coming up soon? A taste of western culture is right around the corner in Hong Kong! This city (which was a British colony only until 1997) is one of closest forms of European lifestyle and Western culture in China. Hong Kong is really easy to get to, and only a few hours flight away, making it a perfect weekend getaway if you’re teaching English as a foreign language in China.
The best thing about teaching in China is that you can take short brakes and travel around the country. With our two days off, we decided to take a short trip to Hong Kong and write a quick and easy guide so that you can do the same. Hope you enjoy it!
DAY 1: Arriving in Hong Kong
We arrived in Hong Kong at 11 am and hopped on the airport express for 75 HKD (Hong Kong Dollars) which took us directly to Kowloon. From there we took the free airport shuttle to our hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui. For those who are indecisive about whether to stay on Hong Kong Island or Tsim Sha Tsui don’t let the glamour of the name “Hong Kong” fool you, Tsim Sha Tsui is a great area to stay for an even lower price compared to accommodation on Hong Kong Island. If you want to get back to Hong Kong Island, don’t worry! For a small price of 2.50 HKD, you can take a quick ferry across the river and you can start to explore.
Where To Go On Your First Morning
While on Hong Kong Island first thing to do is visit the famous Victoria’s Peak which is located at the Central metro stop. To get to the top of the Peak, you will need to take the tram. This steep tram ride will take you high above the skyscrapers and will around cost 88 HKD. Once at the top you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the city. After our ride, back down the mountain, we took a relaxing stroll through Hong Kong Park which is located directly across from the trams exit.
An Evening In The City
With the morning and afternoon behind us, we started our evening by exploring the fashion and shopping district in Causeway Bay. Taking a short break from our adventure we stopped at a local restaurant and tried some of Hong Kong’s traditional dishes, “Hong Kong Won Ton noodles”. After, we ventured back to Tsim Sha Tsui to check out their famous Temple Street night market. It had all of the things typical Chinese night markets offer; street food, alcohol, massages, and shops to practice your bargaining skills. The shops were endless, and so was the scent of different types of food. After a long and eventful day, we decided to call it a night.
DAY 2: Sightseeing
We took the metro to Tung Chung to see the Big Buddha which is located on Lantau Island. We were excited to take the cable car with a glass floor, but they are closed for rope construction until June. Fortunately, they did offer bus rides to go to the Big Buddha for $35. The ride did take around 30 minutes, but it was well worth it. The view of the Big Buddha from the bottom was fantastic but did not compare to the view at the top. We found out the Ten Thousand Buddha Monastery and Ngong Ping Village was there as well, so we spent more time here than expected. We then went back to Hong Kong Island and had dinner in Lan Kwai Fong. We got a burger and a beer for $80. We decided we had a long day and took the ferry back to Tsim Sha Tsui to watch the Symphony of Lights on the Hong Kong skyline. It was not what we thought it would be and were a bit disappointed.
Day 3: The Journey Home
We checked out of our hotel and took the metro to the airport. Within no time, we were back in Shanghai and ready for work.
If you are up to the challenge to get everything accomplished in 2 days and don’t mind being on the go then this would be a perfect sight to see on your day off! We had an amazing time.
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Post by Victoria Waller and Gelela Fikre, EF English First Shanghai
Hello! I’m Gelela and I’m a teacher in Shanghai working with kids and teens. I’m from Las Vegas and have a background in healthcare. I enjoy blogging, travelling, and learning new things. For more pictures and posts follow me on Tumblr @ lifeTalesfromawanderer.Tumblr.com and Instagram @vidalalela
Hi! I’m Victoria, a teacher at the EF Kids & Teens centre in Shanghai. I have always been an avid traveller and adventure seeker, but before becoming a teacher I was a Relationship Marketing Manager in Maryland, USA. My hobbies include travelling, blogging, exercising, and listening to music. For more pictures of my latest adventures follow me on Instagram or SnapChat at: Stacie_Victoria