Designer Pooja Shroff tells you all about exploring Hong Kong for a short, sweet sojourn.
My trip to Hong Kong was a perfect getaway that combined work with family time! I recently had a show there and figured that it was the perfect excuse to drag my family along for a short break.
I would highly recommend Hong Kong if you’re looking for a hassle-free, short getaway. Just a five-hour-long direct flight from Delhi, the travel part was quite convenient considering that I had my 3-year-old son with us.
Hong Kong is divided into two parts, one is the old town Kowloon and the main town is on the other side of the waterbody. So, basically the boat rides on the Victoria Harbour take you around from the main side to the Kowloon side and vice versa. Normally, hotels in Hong Kong have very stringent policies about the check-in and check-out timings but the hotel that we stayed at was surprisingly accommodating. It was walking distance from the harbour and was very well-connected to all the places in the downtown area.
Lights, Food, Action
We visited the Victoria Harbour on the first day that had a carnival sort of vibe and we enjoyed a Ferris Wheel ride as well as a boat ride to reach the Kowloon side.
On reaching Kowloon, we sat in for the famous light and sound show called Symphony of Lights. The short 9-10 minute long performance is truly beautiful and it takes place every night. Basically, the entire city is supposed to be the stage, so you can watch it from anywhere near the waterfront.
After the performance we made a beeline for the Michelin star awarded restaurant Din Tai Fung for some great oriental fast food. The restaurant is rather vegetarian-friendly with a great variety of Asian vegetables and greens as well as vegan options to offer. During our vacation, we tried authentic Chinese, Japanese, Italian, and even South Indian…we basically kept experimenting with cuisines.
We visited Lan Kwai Fong over the weekend for some great food. Locally it’s called the LKF and it's quite hip and happening place. It’s basically a street that has all the coolest clubs, shisha places, bars and restaurants.
I totally recommend exploring this area if you get the chance though we couldn’t really since we had a toddler in tow. But, we did end up visiting an Indian fusion eatery Jashn and this Japanese restaurant called One that had really really great food.
Hong Kong, Again
Victoria’s Peak was also on our Hong Kong itinerary for Day 3. It’s a huge tourist attraction mostly because it is so picturesque…very Instagram-worthy. The hill has gardens, it is misty and you can see the whole city from that peak.
We also visited the famous Disney land amusement park on our last day- we had a choice between Ocean World and Disneyland but we chose Disneyland as we thought our child would enjoy that more. But then, even we ended up having a lot of fun because there were amusement rides, boat rides on the lake and shows – I especially liked this great Lion King performance that we watched.
However, the Disney Land is huge; we couldn’t even cover the whole of the amusement park in a day.
Although the hot and humid weather in summer was a bit challenging, all in all, our trip was packed with fun and activities. I cannot wait to go back because there is so much more left to see and do in Hong Kong. Now that Macau is only an hour away with the opening of the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge, maybe we can explore it next. And, definitely visit the Ocean World and check out the nightlife.
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