How to Spend Two Weeks in Hong Kong

How to Spend Two Weeks in Hong Kong

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A few months ago over dinner with a few friends, my best friend Rui told us he was going to Hong Kong this summer. Jokingly, I told him to take me with him. That joke became serious, and we booked our flights for June. It would be my first time in Asia.

The twenty-one hour flight (including a three hour layover) was one of the worst things I’ve ever had to endure. We only slept four hours the night before due to our excitement, and I only had four hours of sleep on the flight (non-consecutively) due to how uncomfortable the seats were.

Hong Kong Flight

I was a little skeptical about taking the MTR at first, but after getting used to it, I much prefer it over the TTC in Toronto. The only thing I could never get used to were the crowds – especially on the subway and during rush hour.

Hong Kong MTR

Hong Kong MTR Hong Kong MTR Tsuen Wan Station

We spent a lot of the first week shopping at different malls and getting a feel of the culture in Hong Kong. I actually preferred the very local malls in Mong Kok as opposed to the bigger ones such as IFC.

Hong Kong Mong Kok

Hong Kong Mong Kok Hong Kong Mong Kok

We didn’t really do any actual touristy activities until we met up with Vivian later during our first week. That day, we went out for dim sum, visited different malls, and explored Victoria Harbour.

Hong Kong MTR Hong Kong 2016

Hong Kong 2016

Hong Kong Victoria Harbour

Hong Kong IFC Mall Hong Kong 2016

Hong Kong 2016

Photo by Vivian K.

We spent our first weekend on a boat with Rui’s family in Sai Kung. I haven’t read for leisure in a long time, and it was nice to be able to relax and read Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story after having it on my bookshelf for years. I saw the movie before and I didn’t like it, but I really enjoyed the book.

Hong Kong 2016

Hong Kong 2016

Afterwards, we went to a seafood restaurant nearby. I saw these beautiful lanterns laid out in front of the water.

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Hong Kong 2016

One night, Rui and I circled around the Times Square area for at least a half hour trying to find Genki Sushi. It ended up being literally right where we started. We called it our “scenic route” and I managed to get some nice photos.

Hong Kong 2016 Hong Kong 2016

We visited Victoria Harbour at nighttime once before, but very briefly. We came back and just sat there on the edge above the water until security asked us to move to a safer spot from behind the gate.

Hong Kong 2016

Everyone convinced me that Hong Kong Disneyland wasn’t that great. We decided to go anyways, and I actually had a wonderful time. It was the first time I’d been to any sort of Disney theme park and it made me feel like a little kid again.

Hong Kong 2016 Hong Kong 2016

Hong Kong Disneyland 2016

Hong Kong Disneyland 2016 Hong Kong Disneyland 2016

Hong Kong 2016

Hong Kong 2016 Hong Kong 2016

We probably finished around 6 or so, but we wandered around and waited until 8:45 to catch the Mickey Mouse Parade and fireworks show. It was worth it.

Hong Kong 2016 Hong Kong 2016

Hong Kong 2016

We visited Cheung Chau Village the next day, and it fascinated me more than any other place in Hong Kong did. It was very local and the atmosphere was completely different from areas of Hong Kong I’d already explored.

Hong Kong Cheung Chau Village

Hong Kong Cheung Chau Village

Hong Kong 2016

Photo by Rui L.

Hong Kong 2016 Hong Kong 2016

We visited Lantau Island on the same day and went to see Ngong Ping Village.

Hong Kong Lantau Island

Hong Kong Lantau Island

Hong Kong Lantau Island Hong Kong Lantau Island

Hong Kong Lantau Island

We walked up to see the Big Buddha statue. The view from up there was beautiful.

Hong Kong Big Buddha Statue

Hong Kong Big Buddha Statue Hong Kong Big Buddha Statue

Hong Kong 2016

We went up on the Ngong Ping 360 gondola afterwards. It was a day full of astonishing views.

Hong Kong Ngong Ping 360 Gondola

Hong Kong Ngong Ping 360 Gondola Hong Kong Ngong Ping 360 Gondola

The day after, we went to go see Victoria Peak. I got at least 10 mosquito bites, but it was worth it for the view.

Hong Kong 2016 Hong Kong Victoria Peak

Hong Kong Victoria Peak

One night, we went on the Ferris wheel in Central. The view was pretty at nighttime, but there were a lot of reflections so we couldn’t get any nice photos.

Hong Kong Ferris Wheel Central

The day before I left, we went to Stanley Park. We thought it was an actual park, but it was just an area. We still had a good time.

Hong Kong Stanley Park

Hong Kong Stanley Park

Hong Kong Stanley Park

Hong Kong Stanley Park

After two weeks in Hong Kong, I came home. It felt really strange to be in a place where the predominant language wasn’t English. The extent of my Cantonese-speaking skills were knowing a few random words here and there, and locals couldn’t even understand me behind my Canadian accent. My friends have called me white-washed many times before, but never have I ever felt as white-washed as I did in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong International Airport

Just weeks ago, I told my parents Vancouver was too boring a city for me because I’d previously contemplated settling down there one day. After being in Hong Kong, I know for sure that I never want to settle anywhere other than in Toronto. The hustle and bustle, the heat and humidity, and the culture shock of Hong Kong is too much for me.

Besides the heat and crowds, I actually did enjoy HK. Rui’s family took us to and told us where all the coolest places were, and I’m really grateful to have met them. Check out my Hong Kong vlogs (part one and part two) to see more!

P.S. if you liked this post, you might like this post on my favourite restaurants in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong two week guide/itinerary

Jessica Lam

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  • Nicole Banuelos

    Looks like an amazing time! Love all the pictures!

  • Oyinkan Ogunleye

    What a dream! ,😍😍😍 to go to the other side of the world. Wow!

  • Andrea

    I would love to visit Hong Kong one day! (and Toronto) Sooner rather than later, to be honest, lol! I’ll save these recommendations for my future trip 🙂

  • thesophiadiaries

    The pictures look amazing!!! I’m making my parents take me there coz i’ve been dying to go haha i really gotta visit toronto some day!! it requires some serious saving and planning tho lol

  • Hong Kong looks amazing but that flight would kill me! I just can’t seem to sleep on planes, so |I would need a day to recover on both sides. I loved your pics, and definitely think I would like to visit HK, but I agree that it might be too much to live there full time!

    • I’m the same way with flights – the one-way flights there and back were absolutely grueling! I definitely think it’s worth visiting at least once though! 🙂