As you know, I visited Hong Kong recently, hosted by the lovely folk at Accor, where I hooned around 20 checkpoints in a race against bloggers from six different countries.
Here’s an illustrated guide to the #escapersHK checkpoints in Kowloon we managed to find – little hidden-away parts of Hong Kong that are well known to locals, but maybe not visiting tourists.
Which hidden gems are worth checking out on your next visit to Honkers? Find out here. (All totally kid-friendly too.)
Check Point 1. Australia Dairy Company, Kowloon. One of those crazy-busy cafés, or Cha Chaan Teng as they are known, where you can sample a local favourite: the double boiled egg white milk dessert. This place is incredibly popular, so be prepared to squeeze into a corner and share your table with a few locals. 47-49 Parkes St, MTR Jordan.
Check Point 2. Ladies’ Market, Kowloon. It’s not entirely clear why it’s been assigned the name “Ladies’ market” as they seem to sell everything here from playing cards to t-shirts. It’s a great place to practice your haggling skills. Tung Choi St, MTR Mong Kok
Check Point 3. Temple Street Markets. Colourful local markets with rows and rows of brightly lit stalls filled to the brim and plenty of local delicacies to try from fresh seafood to hotpot dishes. Make sure you wander as far as the Yau Ma Tei area to watch a few impromptu performances and get your fortune told. Temple St, MTR Jordan.
Checkpoint 4. Star Ferry. The Star Ferry has been carrying passengers since 1888 and was rated by National Geographic as one of 50 ‘Places of a Lifetime’ (whatever that means). It’s definitely worth a wander around the terminal and along the promenade to take in the busy harbour and the Hong Kong Island skyline beyond. The very glam Harbour City shopping district is also nearby which makes for grat window shopping and people watching. Star Ferry Pier, MTR Tsim Sha Tsui.
Checkpoint 5. The Avenue of Stars. Not just for the Hollywood-style footpath of stars and the statue of Bruce Lee photo opportunity, but (at least while we were there) there seem to be a few interesting touring exhibitions on display right on the waterfront and of course there’s a lovely view of the Harbour. Promenade, MTR Tsim Sha Tsui.
Checkpoint 6. Jade Market. I love jade, it’s one of my favourite gemstones, the colours and the a cool touch on your skin – I could wander around playing with these strings of beads for hours trying to choose JUST the right one. A miniature old lady here gave me a little cluster of jade chilies for good luck. Now that I know chilies are good luck I’ll eat more of them. Cnr Kansu St and Battery St, MTR Jordan.
Checkpoint 7. Mongkok Street Food. Around the corner from the Ladies Market there is plenty of street food on offer – it all looks and smells delicious and it’s ridiculously cheap. Grab yourself a stick of fish balls (I recommend the spicy sauce), barbeque squid or chicken, maybe some noodles. It’s all good. MTR Mong Kok.
Writer was a guest of Accor Hotels, staying at the Novotel Nathan Road Kowloon and the Novotel Century Hong Kong. #escapersHK was sponsored by Cathay Pacific and the Hong Kong Tourism Board.