Hong Kong is the hottest destination in Southeast Asia, making it an ideal place to start off for anyone fascinated about Asia. With a strong sense of history and culture co-existing with the ultra modern designs and first world lifestyle, there is no shortage of sightseeing opportunities and wonderful experiences. Generally, Hong Kong is a costly city, making it into the top five most expensive cities to live in. However, when you know where to go, and eat as the locals, you can be surprised how cheap it can be. Follow through for some of the ways to experience Hong Kong as the locals.
Travel Hong Kong Like a Local
Explore the hidden back streets with a local guide
Hong Kong is a land of public transportation consisting of several underground transit system connecting to an above ground rail. There is also an extensive network of buses to make sure that getting around is easy and efficient. However, instead of jumping on a tour bus and setting off for the normal tourist attractions, you can take short walking tours on the paths of Hong Kong. Because of the over-growing attraction towards these hidden back streets, many local tour companies offer back street short walking tours to help you experience the normal daily lives of people here.
Step into a wet market
In wet markets are where regular Hong Kong shoppers shop for fresh produce cheaply. There are several street markets that open some at daytime and others at night-time. To have the best experience, you can skip the tourist-only market at Mongok’s Ladies market and instead bargain at the neighboring market, Fa Yuen Street where you will buy like the locals. Even if you are not great at learning languages fast, buying anything here will be very easy, even by just pointing at them and indicating the price using fingers.
Eat like a local
Located throughout the city of Hong Kong is Dai Pai Dongs which are market-like groupings of food stalls. Here is where the locals flock during a lunch rush. You will get the opportunity to try different things as you make your nose do the work for you when making decisions. This is where all the local delicacies are found including noodles, fish balls, seafood, dim sum, roasted meats, and stir fries.
Ride on the longest outdoor covered escalator in the world
Hong Kong is quite hilly so getting from one location to another and at the same time having your eyes looking for interesting attractions might be quite a task. However, with the Mid-Level-Escalators which is billed as the longest travelator in the world, you can comfortably travel as you set your eyes open for the vast attractions on the many streets that you will pass.
Experience the Star Ferry at night
In the evening, you can go on an evening ferry ride from Hong Kong Island to the other way round as you experience the bright and colorful Hong Kong skyline. Despite being one of the cheapest ferry rides in the whole world, the journey will be just as smooth as it is interesting. Beside shopping and sightseeing, Hong Kong also has a lot to offer when it comes to spas. With some of the best spas in the world found almost everywhere around Hong Kong offering traditional massage therapies, you will be spoilt for choice.