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  • Today were taking you on a tour of one of Asia’s most dynamic cities: Hong Kong

  • (香港)!

  • Yes, this is a city of modern skyscrapers and futuristic architecture, but if you scratch

  • beneath the surface and spend a little time here, youll discover pockets of tranquility

  • in the form of incense-filled temples and bonsai gardens, a delicious foodie scene that

  • features budget friendly Michelin-stared restaurants, mountainous islands that are an easy day trip

  • away, antique markets full of treasure, and a dazzling skyline you won’t soon forget.

  • Without further ado, let us show you 25 things to do in Hong Kong:

  • Let’s kick things off at the Peak Tram, where the steep 7 minute ride to Victoria

  • Peak (山頂纜車) gives you some of the best views of the city.

  • So we just finished riding the tram to Victoria Peak (太平山 - 扯旗山) and now we're

  • enjoying the free views.

  • We could be paying more and going up to the sky terrace but we refused because the free

  • views are good enough.

  • Yeah, and if you're willing to walk out a little bit from the complex you'll find that

  • you know the crowds slowly dissipate.

  • And hey we're just by ourselves right now.

  • At 552 meters, the Peak (太平山 - 扯旗山) is the highest mountain on Hong Kong Island

  • (香港島) and its location offers vast views of towering skyscrapers, Victoria Harbour

  • and Kowloon (九龍) off in the distance.

  • For more postcard worthy views of Hong Kong (香港), we also visited Victoria Harbour

  • (維多利亞港) at sunset and then watched as the skies turned from amber to fiery orange.

  • Another event you should definitely make time for is the Symphony of Lights (幻彩詠香江),

  • which is a daily music and light show that encompasses both sides of the harbour.

  • Skyscrapers dazzle with blinking lights and lazer beams, while everyone oooh’s and aaah’s

  • from the waterfront.

  • You can watch the show from either Kowloon (九龍) or Hong Kong Island (香港島),

  • but I personally prefer being on Kowloon since Hong Kong island has the iconic skyline.

  • We are currently in the Nan Lian Garden (南蓮園池) which is right across from the Chi Lin Nunnery

  • (志蓮淨苑).

  • And again like most parks here in Hong Kong it is super peaceful.

  • They have soft music playing.

  • You can hear the birds chirping.

  • There is beautiful flowers.

  • There is like a little golden pagoda in the middle of a lake.

  • So we're going to show you all of that now.

  • After visiting the gardens, we crossed over to the Chi Lin Nunnery (志蓮淨苑), which

  • is a Buddhist temple complex that dates back to the 1930s.

  • What is perhaps most impressive is that the structures were built out of wood but without

  • the use of a single nail!

  • Alright guys we have three words for you!

  • Tim Ho Wan (添好運)!

  • Tell us all about it.

  • What is this place?

  • This is basically one of the best places to try dim sum in all of Hong Kong.

  • Yes.

  • It is a Michelin starred restaurant yet it is affordable.

  • So we're going to go in, we're going to order a lot of food and we're just going to scarf

  • down some dim sum (x點心 - 点心xx).

  • Okay.

  • Oh the joy.

  • Ready.

  • Yeah.

  • Alright guys so we just finished placing our order.

  • And this is what the menu looks like.

  • You basically grab a pencil and you tick off the different dishes you're interested in.

  • The first one has already arrived.

  • Oh wow.

  • So we got a little bit greedy because it is like three in the afternoon.

  • We haven't had lunch yet so we ordered seven different dishes and we're going to be showing

  • you those once they arrive.

  • First one is here and this one is the sticky rice wrapped in a lotus leaf.

  • This is one of our favorite ones.

  • I love this one.

  • So let's not waste any time.

  • Let's just start unfolding this masterpiece.

  • Wow.

  • Lots of steam rising.

  • Ooh!

  • Look at that.

  • It is a huge leaf.

  • It is a huge one.

  • And there you've got the sticky rice with chicken I believe and a nice mushroom.

  • So we're going to be sharing this.

  • Mmmm.

  • Wow.

  • So good.

  • Well what do you think?

  • I love it.

  • He loves it.

  • And there is more food.

  • Oh my gosh.

  • So I'm just going to use my hand because it is a little bit easier for me.

  • But man these are nice and plump.

  • Yeah.

  • Everything here is plump and stuffed.

  • They do not skimp out here.

  • Mmm.

  • Mmmm.

  • What do you think?

  • There you have it.

  • There is the barbecued bun.

  • This is so fluffy.

  • Oh my gosh.

  • I know.

  • It is a lot fluffier than I remember.

  • Wow.

  • What about the taste?

  • Do you like it?

  • Mmmm.

  • It is really nice because it is like savory inside but then really sweet on the exterior

  • so you get both flavors.

  • It is that contrast that makes it so good.

  • Mmmm.

  • So the next on the menu is one of our absolute favorites.

  • I believe it is called Har Gao and that is basically the almost like shrimp dumplings.

  • Yeah, they are.

  • Shrimp in a little wrapper and they are just so good.

  • Oh my gosh this is a slippery one.

  • Haha.

  • Don't burn yourself.

  • I have a feeling it is going to be really hot.

  • Those are like freshly steamed.

  • Oh man.

  • His eyes are bulging out.

  • That was a big bite.

  • Hahaha.

  • So yeah it is just filled with like so much shrimp and you just bite into it and it is

  • juicy and it is just so flavorful and tasty.

  • It is so plump.

  • It is.

  • Seriously.

  • That is the best way to describe them.

  • Just such plump pieces of shrimp.

  • I think it goes without saying that Tim Ho Wan (添好運) is one of our favourite places

  • for dim sum (點心 - 点心), and it’s worth seeking out if youre ever in Hong

  • Kong (香港)!

  • So next up we're going to watch the Noon Day Gun (午炮).

  • And I have to admit the first time I heard about this attraction I had no idea what it

  • was.

  • Sam actually mentioned it to me last time we were in Hong Kong like three years ago.

  • And I just thought Noon Day Gun (午炮) was a name.

  • To me it sounded like Chinese.

  • But apparently it is a gun that they fire during the day at noon so we're just waiting

  • for that to happen right now.

  • Getting here is a little tricky.

  • I wish I could give you instructions.

  • Um, basically you can probably see the Excelsior Hotel behind me.

  • The Excelsior.

  • Um, you need to go down some tiny side alley and then cross through a tunnel.

  • Um but yeah it is a little bit tricky to find it.

  • We went into like three buildings before we found the right place so you may have to ask

  • around to find it.

  • Um but yeah we're here.

  • We're going to watch this gun be fired.

  • Woah!

  • Well Sam after all of these years you finally got to see the Noon Day Gun again.

  • How was it?

  • Yeah, it must have been like six or seven years ago that I got to experience this.

  • Well my biggest tip for this is when you come here make sure you plug your ears just before

  • the shot.

  • Yes!

  • It is some kind of loud.

  • And it almost makes you like shake.

  • That is how loud it is.

  • It is really powerful.

  • Yeah.

  • It is scary.

  • It is a powerful blast.

  • And it is a very short ceremony.

  • Like he just rings the bell, fires the gun and off he goes.

  • And then you can come in and check this place out.

  • For thirty minutes.

  • You can go and take some pictures of the gun and just walk around.

  • It is pretty cool.

  • Another fun thing to do in Hong Kong is to ride the double decker trams (香港電車).

  • This was one of the earliest forms of transportation in the city, and riding them through the modern

  • financial district feels a bit nostalgic.

  • If youre really looking for something memorable, you can actually hire a party tramway and

  • celebrate with music, drink, and stellar views as you cruise through the city.

  • We are currently making our way down Upper Lascar Row and this is the place to buy souvenirs.

  • There is also some construction happening so it is bit loud.

  • But basically the street is lined with shops that sell really high end antiques and then

  • on the street you have like these little tables where you have old trinkets and just things

  • that would make really cool souvenirs but also have a history behind them.

  • So it is worth checking out for sure.

  • I haven't picked up anything but I do see things that interest me.

  • It is just I don't have a home and I don't have room in my suitcase.

  • If antiques aren’t really your thing and youre looking for something a bit more

  • modern, Causeway Bay (銅鑼灣) is full of malls, department stores, and fashion boutiques.

  • So today we are going in search of free views of Hong Kong . Always like free stuff.

  • So we're here at Central Plaza (中環廣場) and apparently on the forty sixth floor there

  • is a skydeck.

  • So we're going to be checking this out for the first time.

  • We've never done this in Hong Kong before.

  • Let's do it.

  • So look at this.

  • We get three hundred and sixty degree views of Hong Kong from this building and no one

  • is here.

  • And it is free.

  • More people should know about this place.

  • Seriously guys.

  • Free views of Hong Kong all to yourself.

  • So this is a bit of a quirky attraction to be listing, but not every city offers the

  • opportunity to ride a series of escalators instead of walking up hills.

  • The CentralMid-Levels escalator (中環至半山自動扶梯) is the longest covered escalator system in

  • the world, so it’s worth experiencing at least once.

  • Just know that there is no escalator going down, so youll have to take the stairs.

  • Man Mo Temple (文武廟) dates back to 1847 and it is dedicated to the God of Literature

  • and the God of War.

  • For a little trivia, this temple was once popular with students looking to succeed in

  • the civil examinations of Imperial China.

  • We are currently inside the Man Mo Temple (文武廟) and it is thick with incense in

  • the air.

  • I don't know if you can actually see it.

  • But is almost burns your eyes a little bit yet it looks magical at the same time.

  • So it is a weekend in Hong Kong.

  • Tell us what are we up to?

  • Yeah, it is time for some nightlife in Hong Kong.

  • We're at Lan Kwai Fong and this is probably the most popular nightlife area in the city.

  • We're not exactly going to paint the town red but I think we'll get a beer or maybe

  • a glass of wine.

  • So I'm the kind of person who would rather be at home in bed reading a book on a Sunday

  • night but apparently that is considered lame.

  • So somebody insisted we check out the nightlife.

  • That is all kinds of nerdy.

  • All kinds of nerdy.

  • So here we are.

  • The funny thing is it is like seven thirty PM right now and we're super early.

  • Yeah.

  • It is going to get hopping around nine or ten.

  • By which time we'll be back.

  • We'll be sleeping by then.

  • Back in the hotel.

  • But anyways cheers.

  • What did you get?

  • Ah, I got red wine.

  • And I got gin and tonic.

  • Salut.

  • If youre looking to get out of the city and a little closer to nature, you can ride

  • the aerial tramway (昂坪360) to Lantau Island.

  • Once youre there you can visit the Po Lin Monastery (寶蓮禪寺), and also visit the

  • Tian Tan Buddha (天壇大佛), better known as the Big Buddha.

  • So one thing to keep in mind is that if you visit the Buddha in the morning it is backlit.

  • So if you're a photographer and you want to be able to take some good shots from the front

  • you may have better luck in the afternoon.

  • Otherwise this is what you'll get.

  • Time for a little update.

  • Yeah, so we've had a busy day exploring Hong Kong.

  • Now it is time to go back to our apartment and this is our favorite way of getting around

  • the city.

  • Is taking the Star Ferry (天星小輪).

  • Star Ferry (天星小輪).

  • In my opinion it is like iconic transportation in Hong Kong.

  • You've got to do it.

  • It is cheap it is fun.

  • You can cross Kowloon to Hong Kong Island or vice versa.

  • And