Here are some things that you should do when you go to these places that will take you away from the busy city life.
***Before you travel in Hong Kong, download an MTR app to navigate yourself through the subway system.
- Take Bus 15 from Central Station exit A, Pier 5. Double-decker bus with some thrilling views for people with a fear of heights!
- Fight over the best spot with other tourists to take pictures with the day view of the Hong Kong landscape.
- Get dinner at Tsui Wah Restaurant. Suffer from having to choose only one dish from a menu that covers a wide variety of Asian meat, noodle, pasta, soup, curry, and rice dishes.
- Go on a casual walk in the eerie, quiet darkness. It’s in a flat loop, so you won’t get lost.
- Your walk will get rewarded with a beautiful night view of Hong Kong. I definitely recommend the night time more than the day time.
- Wait in line for an hour to get on the Peak Tram. It’s more fast and steep than you think.
Ngong Ping 360
- Take the subway to go to Tung Chung Station. Follow the signs to go to the Ngong Ping 360 on a cable car.
- Tip: Go early! I got there at 10 am and there was no line. But when I was leaving at 12pm, there was an enormous line.
- Be prepared: The cable car ride is 25 minutes. Go to the restroom beforehand and enjoy your view! People will take a bunch of selfies in there.
- Buy a snack along your way to the Giant Buddha.
I got some green milk tea with tapioca!
- Climb 250 steps to meet the Giant Buddha up close.
- Admire some other statues and the view from the top.
- Stop by Po Lin Monastery. Admire the artifacts. Enjoy some vegetarian snacks.
- Take advantage of the free wi-fi at Seven-Eleven and Starbucks
Wong Tai Sin Temple
- Take the subway to go to Wong Tai Sin Station. Exit B2. Make a right, go up a slight slope, and it will be on your left.
- Take a picture with your Chinese Zodiac statue.
- Admire the lanterns.
- Challenge yourself to do some fortune telling.
This one is not as easy as the other ones I know from Japan and Korea.
- Step 1: Grab a cup full of bamboo sticks.
- Step 2: Face the temple and stand on your knees on the cushion.
- Step 3: Shake the cup full of bamboo sticks until only one pops out. Make sure to have a question in mind while you shake it. Seems like if you’re too shake it too steadily, it won’t work. It took me forever to figure that out.
- Step 4: Remember the number on your bamboo stick.
- Step 5: Go to the fortune tellers’ alley and choose one fortune teller to give you a fortune (I’m not sure if any of the fortune tellers speak English…) *This part is not free. 60 HKD for a simple fortune telling & an extra 100 HKD for face reading.
- Take a bunch of beautiful pictures.
Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden
- Take the subway to go to Diamond Hill Station. Exit C2. Follow the signs and you’ll get there within five minutes.
- Diamond Hill Station is one stop away from Wong Tai Sin Station, so I recommend going to these two on the same day.
- Start on your left side to see the Chi Lin Nunnery. It is a quiet, beautiful place.
- Admire the beautiful statue inside the temple.
- Water a small statue by pressing on a button and donate some money. The guide instructed me to press three times.
- Cross the bridge to go to the other side and admire the Nan Lian Garden. There are many beautiful buildings surrounding a pond. They had a stone gallery, bonsai garden, souvenir shop, cafe, and restaurant.
- If it’s the rainy season and you’re wearing shorts, the mosquitoes will love you.
- The background music made the atmosphere more serene.
So these were some quiet and beautiful places that I was able to visit during my short stay. What did I miss? Please recommend me some more places if you know any, so I can go there next time ^^