A destination abundant in history, heritage, nature and stunning architecture, Hong Kong is fast becoming a must-visit for people from all walks of life. Whilst the best city views in Hong Kong can be found far above its iconic skyline, there are countless places off the beaten track that will not just complete but make your visit to this amazing city.
In this blog post, we reveal just five hidden spots so you can plan your Hong Kong itinerary with ease ahead of your upcoming trip.
Tai Long Wan
Unlike most cities, Hong Kong is well equipped with endless hiking trails, each of which is as picturesque as the last. The diverse landscape offers stunning architecture, mountains and tranquil green spaces in equal measure, allowing you to experience the best of both worlds.
Tai Long Wan is one such hidden gem and one of four isolated beaches in Hong Kong. The journey to Tai Long Wan is definitely worth the effort, and visitors are greeted with white sands and crystal clear waters. Hike or catch a boat from nearby Sai Kung to experience Tai Long Wan for yourself.
Chi Lin Nunnery
The recently renovated nunnery is a beautiful piece of architecture. Its surrounding gardens are filled with Buddhist relics and soothing lotus ponds. Escape the heat and chaos of the city and take in a breath of fresh air at Chi Lin Nunnery in Kowloon. The nearby Nan Lian Garden also provides a serene escape. With 3.5 hectares to explore, you can while away the day in style.
Po Lin Monastery
Concealed by lush green mountains, Po Lin Monastery should be a must-visit. Despite its remote location the monastery has deep roots in the history of Hong Kong, as this excerpt from Solo Backpacker details:
“Located on the Ngong Ping Plateau near the Big Buddha, this monastery is considered as the most important monastery of Hong Kong. Although it was established in 1906 much before the construction of Big Buddha statue in 1993, but the popularity of Big Buddha is stealing the glamour of this monastery. Surrounded by hilly terrains, various trees and flowers, this monastery is a nice place to visit in Hong Kong.”
The outlying islands of Hong Kong provide plenty of inspiration for your itinerary as well as a choice of memorable day trips. Take a bike ride through Cheung Chau, a little island that offers so much in terms of culture. From its exceptional seafood restaurants and Mini Great Wall to its temples, beaches and 19th century pirate’s hideout, Cheung Chau makes for a fascinating getaway.
Cheung Chau’s Bun Festival is certainly worth seeing too if you’re in Hong Kong at the right time. This annual event was named one of the world’s quirkiest local festivals by Time.com.
Ma Dai Stream
Another island destination to get your teeth into, Ma Dai Stream is an oasis not far from the city. The perfect excuse for a summer hike, the clear blue waters of Ma Dai Stream are not only a captivating sight but an excellent place to take a private dip after the long walk.
Want to experience these off the beaten track treasures for yourself? Start planning your trip to Hong Kong today by getting in touch with our team.
Photo by Chris Brown