Fun and food with family
Hong Kong is a vibrant, exciting city that has so much to offer visitors, it’s difficult to resist dropping everything and flying off this very minute. Here’s the best of Hong Kong that you can enjoy with your family.
1. The thrilling theme parks
image: Hong Kong Disneyland
Theme parks have a variety of activities that could keep everyone in the family entertained for a whole day and more. At Ocean Park, visitors can interact with koalas, or watch Ying Ying and Le Le, the Park’s resident giant pandas, lounge around in their bamboo forest home. Thrill-seekers will love the extreme rides, and the multimedia extravaganza night show Symbio – featuring fire, water, pyrotechnics and animation – is definitely a crowd favourite.
For Disney Fans, you can’t go wrong with Hong Kong Disneyland where crowd-favourites Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, and Buzz Lightyear will awaken the kid in you, whether you’re 5, 10, or 50 years old. The park celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2016, with exciting new shows, activities and merchandise for everyone in the family. There’s the new Fairy Tale Forest, a whimsical Garden with living storybooks of all Disney’s classic tales, and the new Mickey and the Wondrous Book show where you follow Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Olaf on an epic adventure. There’s also a nightly Disney in the Stars fireworks show, complete with a new castle projection show featuring all your favorite characters.
2. The blend of past and present
PMQ was once the campus of Queen’s College that educated business tycoons, and then the Police Married Quarters that housed police officers in the 1950s. Revitalised in 2009, the building has been transformed into a hub with local designer boutiques studios, and shops that stock unique homeware. For something more interactive, mums can attend a jewellery-making or Japanese ikebana floral arrangement workshop, while dad and kids whip up a feast at a cooking class!
3. Admire the cityscape from Hong Kong Island’s highest point
The Peak stands at the highest point of Hong Kong Island, and provides an unfettered view of the city’s spectacular cityscape. The best way to begin the journey is to take the Peak Tram, which has been in operation since 1888, bringing visitors up slopes to the summit. Up on The Peak, you can visit The Peak Galleria’s observation deck to watch scenes from the bustling Victoria Harbour unfold at a distance.
Alternatively, ride the Ngong Ping Crystal Cabin cable car, the clear glass bottom cable car to Lantau Island’s Big Buddha, one of Hong Kong’s most iconic landmarks. The cable car provides a whole new vantage point that the kids will be thrilled with, thanks to the blue waters and lush greenery right under their feet. And when you’re at Ngong Ping Village, take the opportunity to visit the iconic Big Buddha or gather words of wisdom along the Wisdom Path, which has 38 wooden steles adorned with verses from the Heart Sutra.
4. Go cafe-hopping – Hong Kong style
No matter which part of Hong Kong you’re in, you won’t be very far from a Hong Kong cafe, or a cha chaan teng. A quintessential part of local food culture, these earthy cafes serve everything from snacks like French toast and bolo buns, to simple meals of instant noodles or macaroni topped with luncheon meat or grilled chicken – we guarantee you’ll find something to satisfy the tastebuds of even the pickiest eater in your family. Wash your meal down with a silky yin yeung (a mix of coffee and tea with milk) or the classic milk tea.
From The Straits Times, 10 March 2016