Insider’s Guide to Hong Kong

While visiting the mainstream attractions of Hong Kong can be fun, it can also be stressful, overwhelming and full of selfie-taking tourists. However, the great thing about this city is that it offers numerous lesser known locations and even amazing spots hidden in plain sight. Embrace these hidden gems in Hong Kong, from food crawling in a local shopping center to taking insta-worthy pics by the waters. Let’s go beyond the tourist-filled sites and explore Hong Kong like a true local with this insider’s guide to Hong Kong!

1. Street Food at Kwai Chung Plaza

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Source: mikemikecat (Flickr)

Hong Kong is known for its delicious street food and tourists are well aware of it. However, for a wider variety of street food with a more authentic flavor, Kwai Chung Plaza is the right place to go. From the exterior, it looks like just another neighborhood shopping center, however, it’s a hidden paradise for street food lovers. You can find almost anything from egg waffles to bizarre options such as pig intestines.

Directions: Right beside Kwai Fong MTR Station Exit D

Why you can’t miss this: FOODIE’S HEAVEN.

2. Chungking Mansions
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Source: Asia Times

It may be notorious for being dodgy, this 17-story building in the heart of TST is actually home to one of the best money-changers in Hong Kong. To save time looking for the best money changers in the building, you can use YBEX app to search in advance and book rates to make sure your experience is secure and the best.

Directions: Walk for around 1 minute from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station exit G

Why you can’t miss this: Good food and good exchange rates!

3. Duen Kee Tea House

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Source: The Straits Times

Nestled on the foot of Hong Kong’s highest peak, this dim sum place makes time stand still. You can see regulars still come here bringing birdcages just like in the old days. The authentic taste and fresh air because of its location are definitely worth stopping by.

Directions: In the middle of nowhere, take a cab from Tsuen Wan
or No. 80 minibus: Get on at Chuen Lung St, get off at the terminus
More information: http://www.16seats.net/eng/gmb/gn_80.html

Why you can’t miss this: Watercress served here is grown at Tai Mo Shan and the taste is just out of the place.

4. Tai Long Wan Beach

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Source: ATmag

This spot made it to this list because it’s breathtaking and is also a challenge to reach. A lot of people refer to this beach as “a slice of Thailand in Hong Kong” and we couldn’t agree more! The view is spectacular with vivid turquoise waters especially when it’s sunny outside. On top of that, you can also see waterfalls situated towards the far end of the beach.

Directions: Take a cab or bus from Sai Kung to Sai Wan Pavilion and hike for under an hour before reaching the beach.

Why you can’t miss this: Possibly the cleanest beach with the clearest water in Hong Kong.

5. Sai Wan Swimming Shed
 

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Source: Webs of Significance

This picturesque spot is the only one of its kind and definitely insta-worthy. Visitors can also go for a refreshing dip in this scenic spot. It used to be a popular swimming pool for Sai Wan residents but recently have garnered the attention of the younger crowd for its scenic view complemented by rusty wooden sheds.

Directions: Walk around 15 minutes from Exit C, Kennedy Town MTR along Victoria Road. Head down the staircase after you see the red and white sign.

Why you can’t miss this: IG Pier. Enough said.

6. Victoria Peak Garden

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Source: Nicole Priest Photography

While Victoria Peak is one of the most well-known places in Hong Kong, a lot of people don’t know the garden located a few minutes of walking from the peak. Once a part of the Governor of Hong Kong’s residence, it offers a serene hideaway from all the tourists flocking to the peak. You can easily think that you’re not in Hong Kong while you’re in this place.

Directions: Walk all the way to the top following Mt. Austin Road from the tram terminus at the peak.

Why you can’t miss this: We all need a hideaway from the crowd.

7. IFC Rooftop

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Source: Sing Tao Daily

This lovely spot is situated on the top floor of one of Hong Kong’s most famous shopping malls, IFC. Unrestricted view over the harbor is complemented with resort style cushioned sofas and tables are free for anybody to use. Bring your own food and drinks if you wish to enjoy the million dollar view at the cheapest cost possible.

Directions: 4th floor of IFC mall. Nearest MTR station: Central or Hong Kong.

Why you can’t miss this: Million dollar view at a bargain.

Insider’s Guide to Hong Kong_YBEX App

There is a major update on YBEX app which makes money exchange much easier and smoother. The mobile app has new features such as favourites which enable users to save favourite money changers. A calculator is also added to make your trip calculation hassle-free. Make sure to prepare well before your trip by downloading the YBEX mobile app, available on the iOS App Store and Google Play Store.

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