There’s no denying the magical hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. No wonder people keep coming back to one of Asia’s most treasured hubs. However, as with all places, Hong Kong has a lot more to offer aside from shopping districts, Michelin-starred restaurants, and skyscrapers.
Here are some of Hong Kong’s best kept spots perfect for those looking for something offbeat and unusual.
Nam Sang Wai
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Skip the city buzz and hop on a ferry to explore Nam Sang Wai that nature lovers will surely love. If you’re into cycling, watching birds, and farming, this is the perfect break you need. There are fish ponds in the area, and a glimpse of the Kam Tin River and Shan Pui River will take your worries away. Bird watching is also a popular activity here as the intersection of the Kam Tin and Shan Pui rivers is sanctuary for some migratory birds.
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PMQ or Police Married Quarters was first built in 1951 and has since been restored to be a heritage building for creative industries. Now, PMQ is a creative hub housing high quality brands focusing on design and innovation. It has more than 100 galleries, bookstores, and shops all catering to creative aficionados. Those who love shopping can go here for a more authentic experience.
Kowloon Walled City Park
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Kowloon was first built to be a military base and holds high historical significance. So, going to Hong Kong and immersing yourself in Kowloon’s history is definitely a must-do. Kowloon was also a hub for small businesses. In 1987, it was demolished and later turned to an old remnant of the past. Today, visitors can travel back in time and relive the days when Kowloon used to thrive with opium dens and thousands of immigrants.
Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence
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Want a little bit of adventure? Going to this museum is an adventure in itself because tourists had to go through winding paths, forests, and military remains. The Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence features a dome filled with light and exhibits that showcase Hong Kong’s coastal defense history.
Tin Hau Temple in Lam Tsuen
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Tin Hau temples are abundant in Hong Kong but the one in Lam Tsuen is the most popular because it is home to two wishing trees where visitors can throw joss paper and make a wish. Tin Hau is Goddess of the Sea worshipped by fishermen and other individuals whose life is connected to the sea. The Tin Hau Temple in Lam Tsuen was built during the time of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing dynasty. For those with pleas, hopes, and wishes in life, this is definitely a place you should not miss in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Global GeoPark
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Who would have believed that this geopark is a result of a volcanic explosion more than 100 million years ago? Definitely a must-see for every visitor in Hong Kong, this Global GeoPark will put you in awe with it rock formation of up to 400 metres thick. A fascinating landscape, this park is also a jump off point to one of Hong Kong’s most beautiful beaches, Long Ke.
If you’re planning your trip to Hong Kong, make sure to check out these spots for a truly authentic Hong Kong escapade.