Hong Kong reminds me very much of NYC, just a little bit more overwhelming. Times Square seems peaceful compared to some places in Hong Kong but once you figure out the train system and learn the neighborhoods it’s a great city to explore with lots to see and do.

SEE ALSO: A First-Timer’s Introduction to Hong Kong

SEE/DO

• Take the Tram to the view from Victoria Peak
• Visit the flamingos in Kowloon Park
• See the Symphony of Lights on Victoria Harbour (every night at 8pm).
• Visit the Avenue of Stars on the water (Promenade, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon).
• Ride the Central-Mid-Levels escalator, the longest outdoor covered escalator in the world.
• Go to Lantau Island to see Big Buddha, (the Ngong Ping Cable Car is the best way, it was closed when I was there but it is a pretty scenic bus ride as well).
• Take the Star Ferry across the harbour (Hong Kong Island to Kowloon).
• Take a day or overnight trip to Macau

EAT/DRINK

• A traditional Hong Kong breakfast at the Australia Dairy Company
• Jimmy Choo high tea at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental hotel
• Dim Sum
• Check out the Lan Kwai Fong (LKF) area for late night eating and drinking

SHOP

• All the shops on Queen’s Road
• COS (74 Queen’s Road Central)
• Island Beverly (1 Great St George Street, Causeway Bay)
• Lane Crawford, Times Square Mall

SEE ALSO: A First-Timer’s Introduction to Hong Kong