Beginner’s Guide To Hong Kong with a Teen: Local Advice

You have a couple of days to explore one of the greatest cities of the world, limited amount of time because you are travelling on business, and a curious teen who wants to be entertained. Does it sound familiar?

I experienced this in Hong Kong trying to compile a list of places interesting both for me and my 13-year old. I would not be able to manage without advice from my local friends, and now I want to share this list with you.

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Hong Kong skyline

Theme Parks
Ocean Park

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Ocean Park, Hong Kong www.oceanpark.com.hk

You will definitely need a full day there to take the most of it, so plan your visit to the Ocean Park on weekend or a day-off. Reserve some time to enjoy both the Waterfront and the Summit parts of the park connected by the Cable Car.

Hong Kong Disneyland

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Hong Kong Disneyland, Sleeping Beauty Castle Photo: Scott Cresswell, www.flickr.com/photos/scott-s_photos

Surprisingly, all of my Hong Kong friends advised me against spending too much time there. It’s not that the theme park is not interesting, but if you want to experience something unique that can be seen only in Hong Kong, then it’s not your choice.

Parks
Victoria park

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Victoria Park, Hong Kong www.lcsd.gov.hk

If you are lucky enough, you will have a chance to attend one of the numerous local festivals held regularly in Victoria Park. But locals rate it most as an activity center. Many sport venues offer possibility to play soccer, tennis, basketball, or join a fitness group by your choice — of course, if you are not on a brief exploration tour.

Peak Garden

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Victoria Peak Garden Photo: dailyventure.com

By visiting Peak Garden situated a short walk away from the Peak Tram terminus you will mark the highest point of Hong Kong island off your to-do (to-see) list!

Consider also botanical gardens:

Beaches
Repulse Bay

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Repulse Bay Photo: Daniel Case

Shek O Beach

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Shek O Beach, Hong Kong Photo: Laszlo Ilyes, www.flickr.com/photos/laszlo-photo

The beach is shark-safe (provided with shark prevention nets), swimming is allowed March through November during specified hours (9am — 5pm usually).

Visiting Some Small Island
Cheung Chau

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Cheung Chau, Hong Kong Photo: SoHome Jacaranda Lilau

The most prominent event to visit in Cheung Chau with teens is its annual Bun Festival held in May, and the most popular spot is a pirate hideout Cheung Po Tsai Cave.

For more information about the outlying islands and other great outdoors in Hong Kong I was advised to consult the website officially managed by the state tourism department: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/see-do/great-outdoors/index.jsp

Victoria Harbor Tours

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Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong

There are different cruise options available, so you can choose one that is the most appropriate depending on time, weather, season.

One more great point of view to the Harbor — the Hong Kong Observation Wheel near Central Pier!

Have a Glimpse of Local Life

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North Point street view, Hong Kong

North Point street view, Hong Kong

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Green tea ice cream with grass jelly, Hong Kong

Ice cream, jelly, waffles with fruits, chocolate, jams, cookies, all sweet and amazingly delicious! Before trying more sophisticated options like snake soup or pigeon heads, we were advised by our local friends on ordering desserts and teas as the most safe option, and never were we disappointed with them!

Originally published at www.huffingtonpost.com on December 22, 2017.

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