There’s nothing like flying into Hong Kong, the view of the city lining the island from the air is other-worldly.
My overnight flight from London Heathrow to Manila was pretty eventful, and by that, I mean stressful. Philippine airlines have taken a new approach to inflight entertainment in that you have to ask for an electronic device which you’ll then spend the rest of the flight trying to perch on your tiny pull out tray. I opted to read and try to sleep for the entirety of the 14 hour flight. The next obstacle was a closely timed transfer at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport. I read, after booking my flight, that this was one of the most unorganised airports to come to and I would be sure to miss my flight with just 55 minutes to navigate the transfer. Trip Advisor was proved wrong when I awkwardly jogged from the first flight to the gate of my next flight to Hong Kong in just 20 minutes. Ninoy Aquino might be slightly disorganised but the lack of organisation actually made the whole process very speedy.
I arrived into Hong Kong at night, after another two-hour flight from the Philippines. With this transfer, my ticket from London Heathrow to was just £350. And the view of the city at night was worth the wait. The first thing I did in Hong Kong was get a 3-hour facial on the recommendation of a local friend. Although it set me bag 350 Hong Kong Dollars (£35 pounds), my face has never felt cleaner.
In general Hong Kong is a pretty expensive city, and the lack of space makes renting even more problematic. As I was to stay for 4 months, I found a flat on easyroomate, which has many cheaper options for long term stays. If you’re just visiting for a few days, the cheapest option is Micro Hotel near Jordan station. Yes, it’s small enough to be called Micro. Every room is small.
One great cheap tourist attraction, is actually just a form of transport for the locals called the Star Ferry. This boat is another option for traveling from Hong Kong Island to Tsim Sha Tsui as oppose to taking the MTR and costs the same as one MTR stop, 2 HKD (20 pence). This is a great way to see both sides of the city from the water. You can take the ferry from central pier to Tsim Sha Tsui and see the light show from the Tsim Sha Tsui side every night at 8pm.
The great thing about Hong Kong is how accessible hikes and beaches are. One of the most famous hikes is to Victoria Peak. You can get there by walking from Hong Kong University or by taking the tram from Central, and the views at night are outstanding. As the walk is well lit it’s perfectly safe to do this hike at night or sunset. One of the best beaches to visit, within easy distance of the city is Repulse Bay which has a promenade of shops and restaurants and a beautiful open beach from which you can see Ocean Park in the distance.