Hong Kong has been on my travel list for years. This year, we were finally able to visit this far away destination from which we heard many positive things. Most of all, we couldn’t wait to taste the famous Hong Kong style food! Or take some amazing photographs of the illuminated skyline which we’ve often seen on travel programs and postcards.
HONG KONG FAVORITES
• TAKE THE FERRY TO KOWLOON
Taking the ferry from the terminal at Central to Kowloon was by far one of our highlights in Hong Kong! The ferry leaves very frequently and takes about 10 to 15 minutes to get to Kowloon. We took the ferry approximately an hour before sunset which is absolutely recommendable. While arriving on the other side of the water, you’ll see the lights of the massive buildings in front and behind you lighting up.
Tip: After getting off the ferry, I recommend you to walk to the right, towards the Avenue of the Stars. Buy yourself a couple of drinks (beers/soda’s) at a supermarket and walk along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. Sit down at the waterside and enjoy the breathtaking skyline. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
More tips for Kowloon:
-Walk down The Avenue of the Stars – a tribute to outstanding professional actors in Hong Kong’s film industry.
-Stroll along the various luxury shops if you like to spend your money on exclusive fashion items.
-Take the metro or walk towards ‘Temple Street Night Market’ for some good snacks.
•LIGHT SHOW AT THE RIVER SIDE
Every day at 20:00 hours there’s a light show that you shouldn’t miss! Several skyscrapers and buildings both at Hong Kong and Kowloon waterside entertain you with a remarkable light show. The buildings change colors and shoot laser beams, adding extra atmosphere to the riverside. You might even be lucky and experience fireworks, just like we did when we arrived in Hong Kong during a national holiday.
•SHOPPING AND ARCHITECTURE IN CENTRAL
Get overwhelmed by the enormous modern buildings housing shopping stores and business centers in Central district. There are also many good places in ‘central’ to eat typical Hong Kong style food. The IFC building for example houses a huge shopping mall which is nice to visit for its delicacy supermarket on the ground floor. The mall has an immense terrace overlooking the water and Kowloon. You’re allowed to take food and drinks to the terrace!
•A MUST: EAT DIM SUM AND SAVORY DUMPLINGS
When in Hong Kong, you can’t miss out on tasting some good dumplings and dim sum. We had a great experience at Kings Dumpling in Wai Chan area. It was very affordable and the service and atmosphere in the restaurant were good. You can also taste great dim sum at Tim Ho Wan, personally recommended by my friend Renate (>read her blog).
Wai Chan area
Dumplings – Social Place
2/F, The L. Place, No. 139 Queens Road Central, Hong Kong
More Hong Kong travel tips > read Renate’s blog
WHERE TO STAY
STAY @ Mini Hotel Hong Kong
Browsing through many websites and hotels on Trip Advisor to find a nice hotel in Hong Kong, we noticed that there’s plenty of choice for accommodation. However, most of the hotels were exceeding our budget or they were situated at a bad location. I asked my friend Renate for suggestions since she used to live in Hong Kong for several months. It turned out that she was also traveling to Hong Kong in the same period as we were. What a coincidence! Mini Hotel was one of the hotels she recommended for its excellent location and cool design.
We visited the website and couldn’t choose between the two brand hotels located in Central and Causeway Bay area. We decided to book them both.
MINI HOTEL – CONCEPT
Let me tell you about the concept of Mini Hotel. There are two Mini Hotels in Hong Kong island, known as Mini Hotel Central and Mini Hotel Causeway Bay. The hotels are modernistic, stylish design hotels. The MINI stands for “a home away from home for global explorers who travel the world with open minds”. That perfectly matches us!
MINI also stands for a creative use of space. As you know, Hong Kong is an immense city with millions of inhabitants. This means there’s a lack of space. Mini Hotels are located at the very heart of the city yet they offer rooms at an affordable price. Simply by being creative with space. The rooms are quite smaller than you’re normally used to (note: sizes range according to price). But we think this is compensated by making the rooms cosy, artistic and stylish.
Stylish guest areas
A big plus for both hotels is the lovely ‘guest areas’ where you can relax and enjoy beautiful design. Both lobbies of Central and Causeway Bay are a cool hangout when you return from a day of sightseeing. We loved the stylish furniture, the use of colors and the artistic photographs. Also, at Central you’re able to make use of Apple computers to check your mail or find a good spot to have dinner.
We believe it really added some extra value to our trip to stay at Mini Hotels. We were surrounded by cool art and design, experienced a good service from the staff and were lodged at the best locations. This all without paying too much money.
Mini Hotel Causeway Bay
The theme of Mini Hotel Causeway Bay is ‘Chic & Contemporary’. You immediately notice this when you enter the corridor which is decorated with cool pictures of famous artists. The photo diary below gives you an impression of the hotel.
Location Mini Causeway Bay
A mere 5 minutes walk brings you to MTR Causeway Bay Station and trams.
In the area: there are plenty of dining places, many shopping malls and a vibrant business centre within easy reach.
‘A warm welcome at Mini Hotel Causeway Bay’
Trendy ‘Guest Area’
Sneak preview to our room
Mini Central is located at the very heart of Hong Kong, a short stroll away from luxury shopping malls, the world-class business hub of Central, Soho and Lan Kwai Fong (nightlife area). Also, you can easily walk to the ferry which takes you to Kowloon.
The stylish guest area on the ground floor is very appealing. We really liked the furniture and eclectic decoration. From our room we had a splendid view on Victoria Peak, a mountain in Hong Kong which you can reach by tram. You can make some cool hikes up here, overlooking the Hong Kong skyline.
Find out more about Mini Hotels on their website: www.minihotel.hk. The website is as equally stylish and visually appealing as the hotels 😉
Tip: if you visit Stanley, a charming beachside village on Hong Kong Island’s south coast, you can also stay at the newly opened Mini Studio Stanley. A new blog about Stanley is coming up!
More Hong Kong travel tips:
> You can read Renate’s blog for inspiration and which places to visit when traveling to Hong Kong.
And last but not least, here’s a cool video of Hong Kong by night!