There’s a lot you can explore on a budget in the vivid city of Hong Kong! After all the exams and papers, whether you are looking for adventure or relaxation, the cosmopolitan city is a great place to be. A food and shopping paradise, Hong Kong is also home to many cultural heritage sites and landscapes of lush green foliage. Celebrate your newfound freedom with your friends and fly to Hong Kong for an unforgettable graduation trip! Here’s our top picks of budget-friendly destinations that won’t obliterate your bank account:
To get the best dazzling night view of the skyline, there’s no better place than the Victoria Peak to be. The famous tourist destination is known for the scenic nature on the mountaintop and spots such as Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, but the jaw-dropping view of the sprawling skyscrapers is what makes it a must-visit. The iconic night view encloses the two sides of the Victoria Harbour, lit up like the stars in a galaxy. To go up to the Peak, you can take the touristy Peak Tram. It is a historic vehicle that takes you up the mountain at a height of 1,300 feet above sea level gradually in 5 minutes. As the tram ascends, the passengers will be treated to the encroaching city view below you, like a welcoming prelude to the mesmerizing view at the top. Be sure to check the weather forecast before you hit the road, as the view will be spoiled on a rainy or foggy day.
Temple Street / Ladies’ Market / Stanley Market
One of the iconic features in Hong Kong is street markets. Stalls lined up the two sides of the streets stand in their own unorganized yet orderly way under neon signs and broad billboards scarring the night sky, a deep dark blue with dazzling city light shining into the distance taking the place of stars. To get a taste of local shopping experience, visit Temple Street, Ladies’ Market and Stanley! You may be able to find a bargain or two during your trip there. Ladies’ Market and Stanley Market are ideal for souvenirs and real bargains, while Temple Street is less conventional, blooming with all sorts of stalls at night, such as fortune-tellers, street eats, and Canton singing houses. If you have the luxury of time, why not visit the markets on three separate days and take in all the spectacles of bustling Cantonese markets?
Ocean Park is a major theme park in Hong Kong and home to a variety of species, hardly visible in the bustling city. For any thrill-seekers and animal lovers, this is a must-go on your bucket list! Meet Giant Panda and Red Panda at the Giant Panda Adventure! They’re are so fluffy and adorable even from afar. There are also all sorts of marine animals here, dolphins, sharks, rays, jellyfish, etc. To go to the popular theme park, you can take the MTR and alight at the Ocean Park Station. To add more to your fun-filled day, do not miss out on the array of adrenaline-fueled rides. Thrill Mountain is the ultimate zone if you yearn for some thrills after visiting adorable animals. Scream at the top of your lungs while hovering over the vast and glittering blue ocean. The view might be upside down – it’s still breathtaking. It is easily accessible. Alternatively, you can also take the bus, depending on your starting point. To avoid crowd, go earlier in the morning. Electronic tickets are available at all 7-Eleven stores in Hong Kong.
The tiny city is blessed with a few outlying islands. For locals, islands like Cheung Chau are one of the destinations for a weekend getaway, which have also grown more popular in recent years among tourists. To experience the laid back and idyllic side of Hong Kong, Cheung Chau is an ideal location on your bucket list. You can easily spend a day here, wandering among local stores and well-preserved streets, like walking down a memory lane literally and retracing the footsteps through miscellaneous old blocks and refurbished buildings. The island is galvanized in a state of old Hong Kong, caressed by briny air and enlivened with effervescent tourists. The annual festival Bun Festival attracts many people to get a glimpse of traditional culture through the Piu Sik Parade and the Bun Scrambling Competition. If you want to experience the fun of buns in Cheung Chau, make sure to come here at the right time! Other enticing locations not to be misses include the Cheung Po Tsai Cave which used to be a hiding place and stash house for a pirate in the nineteenth century. Tin Hau Temple is another important landmark on the island, frequented by visitors. The temple was built to honour the Goddess of the Sea, as islanders wished for her blessing for their many conquests over the sea. You might also want to check out the packed beach while you are there. Although not the best beaches per se in Hong Kong, the Tung Wan Beach and Kwun Yam Beach will pass for a satisfying sun-soaking afternoon. To get to the island, simply take the ferry from the pier at Central. It takes only 35 to 40 minutes.
It’s time to celebrate the end of your struggles in school! Explore the hidden gems in Hong Kong for a unique adventure where East meets West. Are your ready to set off on your well-deserved vacation? Fly with Cathay Pacific for a safe and pleasant journey in the air. Cathay Pacific is one of the safest airlines in the world and you will be pampered with top-notch inflight service and various entertainment options, keeping you cozy for your budget-conscious trip. With Cathay Pacific, passengers can fly with a carefree attitude and land refreshed and ready for adventures. Any trip is only one click away. Book you flight now with your friends on the user-friendly booking system. Early birds get the worms!