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Hong Kong. Photo: Mostphotos
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Nicole’s top 5 in Hong Kong

Nicole is a 24 year old student spending a semester in Hong Kong as part of her education in Industrial engineering and management at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. And she loves every minute of it!

One Dim Sum restaurant, Hong Kong

Located in Prince Edward, this cheap Michelin start restaurant is a must! Be there early to secure a spot, avoid the peak hours. Be prepared to wait for up to an hour! There are markets nearby, flower market and a clothing market that you can check out in the meantime. It is worth the wait!They have a menu in English with pictures. You have to try the baked barbecue pork buns (Char Siu Chan Bau) and steamed shrimp dumplings (Har Gao). Finish the meal with egg custard buns, (Lai Wong Bao), they are the best in Hong Kong! Ask for a doggy bag if you can’t finish the food.

One Dim Sum

Hongkong, Prince Edward, Playing Field Rd, 15號號 號 地舖 1-2 號 Kenwood Mansion

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Ladies Market in Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Despite the name this market is not only for ladies. It consists of three blocks of everything you can possibly imagine: clothes, accessories, handbags, belts, lighters, electronics etc. Be sure to bargain down the price at least 50 % and ask for ”better quality” and they will bring out their higher quality products. Most of them speak Mandarin and a bit of English besides Cantonese. The price is lower here than at Stanley market and the quality is very similar. I wouldn’t suggest buying electronics here. When you’re done with shopping Mong Kok is the perfect area to go for a massage. Look out for the massage ladies standing between the stalls with signs. One hour is approximately 100 HKD.

Ladies Market

Tung Choi St exit E2 mongkok, Mong Kok, Hongkong

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Ngong Ping 360 Rescue Trail and the Big Buddha in Hong Kong

Located on Lantau Island (same island as the airport) is the Big Buddha or Tian Tan Buddha, a majour tourist attraction since 1993. It can be reached by Ngong Ping 360 cable car or bus, but the best way is to take the Ngong Ping 360 Rescue Trail. It’s a tough walk but the view is amazing, and the reward of finally reaching the little village of Ngong Ping is well worth the 2 hours of hiking. Be sure to visit Po Lin Monastery at the same time.

Ngong Ping 360 Rescue Tral

寶蓮禪寺海會塔, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

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The Hong Kong Museum of History

Visit the permanent exhibition The Hong Kong Story. Allow for at least 3 hours since the exhibitions takes up two floors and the more you learn the more interested you get! Not everyone knows the story of Hong Kong from the early days, and it gets even more intresting with the Opium Wars and Hong Kong becoming a British colony and later on handed back to the Chinese authorities. Entrance and audio guide is so cheap it’s almost free.

The Hong Kong Museum of History

Science Museum Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hongkong

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Felix bar, Hong Kong

There are plenty of sky bars in Hong Kong, some located on Hong Kong Island and some on the Kowloon side. Everyone goes to Ozone, the highest bar in the world, but this cozy bar on top of the Peninsula Hotel allows you to be even closer to the skyline and if you get here by 8pm you can see A symphony of lights from here. They serve classic cocktails with a twist and you can also have dinner here. Before you leave, be sure to visit the magnificent bathrooms! After a drink at Felix you can walk to the Star Ferry nearby and catch the ferry to Central and have dinner in SoHo. The ferry ride is ~3 HKD and something you must do before you leave Hong Kong.

Felix bar

28/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hongkong

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Last edited: August 11, 2017

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