Places to See in Hong Kong

Here’s a series of articles on some of the places I’ve explored in Hong Kong – and there are many more that I still have to write about.

The country-side is magnificent, the city vibrant (and spectacular) and the seafood is out of this world – you have to see it, because it’s so different from many peoples’ idea.

For more details, and to see where everything is, I’ve embedded a map of Hong Kong here. It’s a Google map, so you can zoom in or out or change the view. (You’ll need to scroll down a bit to see it).

I’ve marked some places of interest – click on the place markers for a description of each.

Click the headline in the snippets below to read the full article and if you have any questions leave me a comment. I’ll respond as soon as I can!

Live Music at The Wanch.

There’s an abundance of live music available in Wanchai. Venues range from bars where the music is the primary entertainment, through to clubs, where there’s a live band, but their music is often indistinguishable from the disco with which they alternate. There are also some pubs that occasionally have live music – usually a solo […]

Lockhart Road, Wanchai

Wanchai is one of the 3 major nightspots on Hong Kong Island, the other two being Lan Kwai Fong and SOHO (South Of HOllywood Road). While SOHO mainly boasts restaurants (and lots of them), in Lan Kwai Fong and Wanchai the emphasis is on bars, live music and, in Wanchai, discos. Most of the action […]

Saikung Harbour

The Eastern side of Hong Kong is (at least to my mind) a LOT more attractive than the Western side. It’s mountainous, with lots of forestation and a spectacular coastline: lots of inlets, including some pretty big caves, lots of little islands and beautiful bays. Although you can get to Saikung easily via public land […]

Chi Ma Wan Bay on Lantau Island

Most people’s image of Hong Kong usually includes high rise buildings, crowded streets and noisy markets. But there are lots of places where you can get away from the hustle and enjoy some real peace and quiet. I already wrote about Mui Wo and Silvermine Bay here – and they’re well worth a visit for […]

Victoria Peak Hong Kong

Possibly Hong Kong’s most famous landmark, Victoria Peak (known simply as ‘The Peak’), rises 1,800 feet above the harbour and the city below. It’s the hill (mountain) that figures in the background of scores of pictures of Hong Kong, dating back to the beginning of the 1900’s There are 3 ways of getting up there: […]

Giant Buddha Hong Kong

Last week I referred to the Giant Buddha at Po Lin and I promised to cover it in a future article – so here we go. The Giant Buddha is on Lantau Island, and an easy half day out from Hong Kong. There are several ways of reaching it: Ferry to Mui Wo and then […]

Silvermine Bay

In a 45-minute ferry ride from Central you’ll find the peace and tranquility of Mui Wo, on Lantau Island. Lantau is the largest of the 240 odd islands that make up the territory of Hong Kong, and is one of the least densely populated. On the Northern edge of Lantau sits Chek Lap Kok Airport, […]

Hong Kong from Park View

A popular impression of Hong Kong is the glitzy, sky-scraping buildings, crowded streets and colourful overhead signs blaring out their messages. But there’s more. A lot more. Hong Kong boasts some spectacular scenery, some of which is just a 10 minute taxi ride from Central. Most of Hong Kong is very mountainous. The city on […]

Stanley Main Beach
Cheung Chau, Hong Kong

Cheung Chau Island is about a 1-hour ferry trip West from Hong Kong Island (towards Macau). It’s primarily a residential island and much smaller than Lamma. It has a different feel to Lamma (at least to Yung Shu Wan on Lamma), because it’s a lot less cosmopolitan. Lots of shops too, but mostly catering to […]

Central, Hong Kong

Hong Kong equals shopping. And it’s true that a large feature of Hong Kong is its shopping. It’s often why people travel to Hong Kong, and it’s largely what many of the local tours focus on. But Hong Kong has some absolutely spectacular countryside, which you’ll only see if you take a ferry out to […]

The Peak, hong Kong

Welcome to Best Family Vacations in Asia! This is the first in what will be a series of articles recalling the experiences I’ve had over the past 15 years travelling and working in Asia. It’s been a lot of fun and there’ve been some tough times too.  But I wouldn’t have missed it for the […]