Hong Kong Faves: Villages and Markets!!

When I found some cheap tickets to Hong Kong, I hopped on them without a moment’s hesitation. Well, I hesitated long enough to check my remaining vacation days, but you get the point.

And although I was only there for 4 days, I really loved the vibe of the city. There’s just so much to see and do, whether you’re in the Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) area, on Hong Kong Island, or take a day trip to one of the neighboring islands.

In addition to the delicious food and gorgeous skyline, here are some of my favorites from my long weekend in Hong Kong:

Lantau Island

Lantau Island is the largest of the Hong Kong Islands and is the home to many popular attractions. I took the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car from the train station to Ngong Ping Village in order to get some great views of the area. Although the cable car was a little expensive at 130 HKD one-way, the view was definitely worth it, and it was much quicker than taking a bus to the village.
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In Ngong Ping Village, we saw the Tian Tan Buddha (a.k.a. the Big Buddha), the Po Lin Monastary, and the Wisdom Path. If you go to see the Buddha, prepare yourself for the 268 steps to the top!

 

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Heyyy Buddha!!

 

 

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Wisdom Path

Then, my friend and I hopped on a bus and headed to Tai O Fishing Village, which is home to the Tanka people. We took a boat ride around the stilted houses that this village is well-known for and then looked through the Tai O Market. This market primarily sells seafood, and I had the chance to try some new foods here as well!

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Stilted houses in Tai O village

 

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Definitely not a fan of cuttlefish….and I’m fully aware that the little boy is judging me for it LOL

Aberdeen Fishing Village

This little village is about a 30 minute bus ride from Hong Kong Station. It’s full of different kinds of boats where some fishermen and their families still actually live and work.

As soon as my friend and I hit the strip, a little old lady came up to us and offered to take us around the village on her Sampan boat. Although there are stops along the strip to catch an “official” tour boat, these ladies are on their hustle and you can end up getting a longer ride around the village for cheaper.

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Markets

I love strolling through street markets, even though I’m not a huge shopper. There’s something about the energy of the market, and the ability to get some things for a steal. Bargaining is key or you’ll be spending a lot more than you should. I love the idea of saving money, so this is right up my alley!

During my time in HK, I went to the Ladies Market and the Temple Street Night Market. Both of these markets are around the TST area, and are great places to buy everything from purses to jewelry to sex toys. Yes, I’m serious.

*If I had more time, I would have also visited Stanley Market on HK Island, since I’ve heard great things about it.*

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Stall after stall filled with all kinds of goods!

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Macau

Ok, I know that Macau isn’t technically in Hong Kong, but it is just a short ferry ride away so it counts.

I ended up liking Macau a lot more than I thought I would. I’d planned to go for a half day, and ended up spending the entire day there exploring. Despite the rain, I loved exploring the adorable streets and buildings!!

I headed to Old Taipa Village, and took some time exploring the area. Such an adorable place!!
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Then I headed back to Macau Island to see the Ruins of St. Paul’s and the Monte Fort (Mount Fortress).  Unfortunately, it began to get a little late so I couldn’t see as many things as I would like. There’s always next time!

 

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Ruins of St. Paul’s

 

These were just a few of my favorite places in/around Hong Kong. Of course, I did the Peak Tram to Victoria’s Peak, but it was so foggy that I couldn’t see anything!! Who knows, maybe if I saw the amazing view I would have been inclined to add it to my list!

Have you ever been to Hong Kong? What are some of your Hong Kong favorites?

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60 thoughts on “Hong Kong Faves: Villages and Markets!!

  1. Brenda says:

    Loved this post! I have always been curious about Macau, since many people say it still preserve some of its Portuguese past with all the Asian vibe. Your pictures are pretty nice! Thanks a lot for sharing!

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    • Mimi_90 says:

      That cuttlefish was huge!!! Thanks!! Overall, it wasn’t as expensive as I thought it would be, but I did pay a bit for the cable car and such. But you can keep prices low eating at small restaurants, staying at an airbnb, and riding public transportation.

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  2. Hannah says:

    omg as someone who does not eat seafood I have never heard of a cuttlefish before, I am amazed by the size of that thing! Fantastic post, makes me want to head to Hong Kong!! Thanks!

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  3. Amandas_Wanderlust says:

    I really enjoyed reading this post, and loved the pictures (especially the giant Buddha). I hadn’t really considered Hong Kong, but maybe I should.

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  4. Laura @ Grassroots Nomad says:

    Gar that cuttlefish looks terrifying! I would have had the same reaction!! The only thing I remember about Hong Kong from my visit when I was 5 is a baked bean flavoured ice cream. After reading this article I really want to go back to see all the things that I either missed or don’t remember! Did you try one of the Michelin starred restaurants? I have a feeling they have the cheapest one in the world there…

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  5. Polina says:

    You brought back some great memories of Tai O and the ferry ride… what an incredible view! I think I need to plan a trip back.. Hong Kong (and around!) has so much to offer!

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  6. julie kern says:

    AHH! your article makes me want to go back so bad! I am so sad I missed the Tai O houses when I was there, so I guess it’s a reason I can actually visit again 🙂 Also amazing photos! XO

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    • Mimi_90 says:

      Thank you!! Yeah, Tai O wasn’t one of the MAJOR attractions, but when I found out about it I had to go. You should definitely go and let me know what you think!!

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  7. Travelerette says:

    Your pictures are adorable! I’ve eaten cuttlefish and I like it, but I wouldn’t want to pick one up! I’ve never been to Hong Kong, but one of my favorite movies is set there (Chungking Express) so I am dying to go!

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    • Mimi_90 says:

      Thanks!! You should definitely go! What did you think about the cuttlefish? (Personally, I’m not a fan LOL) And I’ve never seen that movie, but I’ll check it out!

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    • Mimi_90 says:

      Yess!! You have to let me know what you think of Hong Kong!! Hopefully, the weather will be much better when you go and you can get a great view from the Peak!

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  8. Miriam says:

    I love Hong Kong! I only spent one weekend there and I’ve always wanted to go back! I never thought about going to the fishing villages, it looks so traditional and charming next to those skyscrapers! On my list for next time!

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  9. thetravelpockets says:

    What an amazing looking trip! You’re so brave for holding that cuttlefish! No way ‘d be able to do that 😉

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  10. Tess Andrade says:

    My boyfriend keeps wanting to go to Hong Kong and for some reason it never really had any appeal for me. But I am clearly wrong reading this post! Need to look into travelling there in more detail! Thank you for the inspiration!

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    • Mimi_90 says:

      Haha you guys should definitely go!! You guys can go out to dinner (the food is AMAZING), go to the Peak, boat rides, see the skyline, etc. It would actually be a great place to go with your boyfriend!!

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  11. Miriam says:

    I love HK! I only spent a weekend there and would love to go back! The traditional fishing villages looks adorable – didn’t know such places exist among all the modern skyscrapers !

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  12. missdonni says:

    Oh I ADORE how extremely little of Megalopolis Hong Kong you did! This is the HK I fell in love with, too.

    Next visit, definitely add:
    Lamma Island
    1,000 Monkeys Monastery
    Hiking Dragon’s Back

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    • Mimi_90 says:

      LOL I wish I couldn’t had more time!! I heard about Lamma Island and I wish I could’ve went. I’m definitely going to make another trip and check these spots out!!

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