The Hong Kong skyline is one of the most iconic and memorable skylines in the world. The city and its more than 7 million residents are squeezed into just over 400 square miles, slightly larger than New York City’s 5 boroughs. This makes for a very vertical city, with more than 1,200 buildings rising over 100 m ~ 30 floors!
The Hong Kong Skyline is also unique in that the city is divided in two by Victoria Bay. You could say that Hong Kong actually has two skylines, Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.
Even though we were only there for 48 hours the first time, Mallory and I made the most of our time in Hong Kong. There were a couple things that we didn’t do on our first journey 1. Because the weather didn’t cooperate and 2. Because we just ran out of time.
Both of these activities offered breathtaking views of the city and together cost less than $30 total.
A round trip ticket to the top of Victoria Peak on the peak tram will cost you HK$88 ~$12. If you have watched my vlog of my travel experience between Singapore and Hong Kong you will know that you must have cash for this! The tram ride is pretty quick, and you’ll want to sit on the right side for the most scenic views during both the ascent and descent.
One you reach the tram station at the peak you have to go through an escalator maze to climb 7 more floors to reach the 360 degree views the Sky Terrace 428 observation deck has to offer. The wait for the tram and climbing the escalators is totally worth it. I was lucky with my second trip as it was very clear. You could see Hong Kong, Kowloon, and the mountains in the distance very clearly.
I spent some time taking in the views of the Hong Kong skyline on the north side and Repulse Bay on the south side. I grabbed a beer at Bubba Gump shrimp (because why not?) and made my way back down the mountain to the Central part of Hong Kong to find dinner.
Other than the Hong Kong skyline, there are very few images that are quintessential Hong Kong. The red sail Chinese junk boat, however, is one of those images. Growing up a sailor, and my love of the water made the Aqualuna Harbor cruise a no brainer. I had a couple hours to kill the afternoon I was set to leave Hong Kong, so I bought my ticket online, hopped on the MRT over the the Tsim Sha Tsui station (where we stayed last time).
The Aqualuna offers a few different options based on the day of the week and time of day you want to cruise. The weekday afternoon cruises are the least expensive at HK$130 for an adult ~$17. They also have cruises for the Symphony of Lights show each night for HK$285 ~$38.
The 4 stop circle around Victoria Harbour takes approximately 45 minute to an hour to complete. The boat has plenty of seating and offers a “pirate lunch” with a dim sum basket and a glass of pirate’s punch for HK$78 everyday. Unfortunately it was too windy to put the sails up, but I still enjoyed taking in the sights and chatting with the crew.
As another short trip to Hong Kong came to a close I went to the airport a little early to check out the two Cathay Pacific First Class Lounges before I made my way back to the US.
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