I am a freelance writer born in Johannesburg now living in Melbourne. I love travelling and have lived in London and Taipei as well as travelling in and around South Africa. I have a great interest in exploring and love to share my finds with others.
[ADVERT]Hong Kong is a beautiful, eclectic, modern and historical city rolled into one. Its exciting yet dreamy, new world and antique and somewhere special for you and your love one to explore, enjoy and have fun. This city has numerous romantic spots, dining delights and cultural experiences to share with your partner.
So for your enjoyment I present to you 5 romantic places in Hong Kong.
[ADVERT]Tian Tan or the Big Buddha is an incredible structure located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong. The gorgeous Bronze statue sits atop a lotus flower among the gorgeous mountain scenery near Po Lin Monastery. The 34 meter high statue gives off the quintessential feeling of tranquility and it truly is another experience visiting this amazing man made wonder.
There are 268 steps to reach the statue and its from this location that you and your partner can enjoy the sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and the sea. As you enjoy the breeze of the fresh mountain air you can note that the big Buddha faces north towards China and with a raised hand, inclining face with smiling lips and eyes is to give blessing to the many visitors to the sight everyday.
The Po Lin Monastery that sits opposite the big Buddha is also a beautifully created building that is celebrated for its vegetarian cuisine, aromatic tea and wooden bracelets – a perfect memento of your visit.
Both the big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery is open between 10:00 and 5.30pm Monday to Sunday including public holidays. The cost of visiting the gorgeous Buddha is free but there is a charge to go inside the Buddha.
To reach the big Buddha you can take the Lantau Bus No. 23 at the bus station outside Tung Chung MTR Station to Ngong Ping Bus Terminus, which is a total travelling time of about 45 minutes. www.newlantaobus.com
A final option and the one which I chose was the Lantau Bus No. 21, which you can catch at the bus stop in Tai O to Ngong Ping Bus Terminus that takes about 15 minutes.
Or you could take a Lantau taxi.
Stanley Market and Main Street
Stanley Market is situated in the beautiful seaside town of Stanley. The market itself is made up of small shops and street stalls that sell a huge array of Chinese inspired souvenirs and clothing, oriental ornaments and furnishings, as well as jewelry and brand-name clothing items.
[ADVERT]After wondering through Stanley market you come through to Stanley main street where you can walk along the boardwalk and discover an array of eateries with international inspirations as well as local delicacies. Most of the restaurants have outdoor seating or you can dine inside with the gorgeous view of the peninsula and blue waters. You and your love can dine at Cafe de Paris, Wildfire Restaurant, Saigo at Stanley, Lord Stanley at the Curry Pot, King Ludwigs Beer Hall, The Boathouse Restaurant, Chilli n Spice Restaurant, Smugglers Inn and Pizza Express Stanley, which is the restaurant I chose and truly enjoyed.
Blake pier at Stanley is the perfect finish to your outing with your partner. This gorgeous pier has a thatched roof created in Chinese style with curved edges that make you feel like you are walking back in time. The pier is popular with fisherman who sit peacefully along the piers edge. If you are lucky you may see a few of the exotic fish captured by the fisherman swimming in the buckets they have for this reason. You may also see traditional boats on the water itself sailing in the breeze completing that old worldly feel.
To get to Stanley market (Stanley main street and Blake pier) you can take bus 6, 6A, 6X or 260 from Exchange Square bus terminus in Central. The buses are air-conditioned and quite comfortable for the winding journey. You can also take the fantastic MTR to Chai Wan station. Exit the station through Exit C and catch the green minibus 16M, which will also take you to the Stanley market (although I have been told the green mini buses are not as comfortable as the regular buses).
Hong Kong harbour is one of the most beautiful experiences that you can enjoy in Hong Kong with your partner. During the day it's a truly lovely experience watching the city skyline glimmer off the clear blue water. However the night cruise is simply incredible.
The Star Ferry company run harbour cruise tours across Victoria harbour on their famous 'Shining star' ferry. The best time to go is in the evening when you can join the boat on a circular route over an hour around the Victoria harbour. The cruise stops at Tsim Sha Tsui, Central and Wan Chai, which encompass the harbour's attractions.
[ADVRET]On the cruise you can choose to sit inside among the tables or window booths or on the boats deck on haphazard deck chairs that you can pull close to the boats (sturdy) railing. Here you can watch the famed city skyline light up in front of you with building after building lighting up and changing colours before your eyes.
A symphony of lights cruise is a special evening cruise that highlights one of the worlds biggest laser and light show. You are able to view the symphony of lights from Kowloon bay but it is however quite the experience when viewed from the water. A dazzling experience with participating buildings illuminated in a variety of colours, followed by traditional Chinese colours and a laser extravaganza.
A Single Ride Night Round Trip Ticket adult fare will cost HK$140 and HK$126 concession. The summer schedule times are 6.55pm to 8.55pm. The winter schedule times are 5.55pm to 8.55pm.
A Symphony of Lights Harbour Cruise adult fare will cost HK$160 and HK$144 concession. The summer symphony of lights harbour cruise runs from 7.15pm to 7.55pm irrespective of seasons.
While enjoying the delightful view and sea breeze you can enjoy a complementary drink and snack, which can be collected at any time from the bar using a token provided to you when you purchase your ticket.
Central - mid level escalator
The central escalator is the longest covered people mover or travelator in the world. The amazing escalator covers 800 meters in distance and 135 meters in elevation from one end to the other.
[ADVERT]The best part of the mid-level escalator is simply taking it easy as you take note of the fabulous bars, delicious restaurants and people in the surrounding area. You can start at happy hour, ride your way to dinner and continue on for cake, tea and coffee. To note the mid level escalators were famously a location in the Batman film 'The Dark Knight' released in 2008 and the amazing Chunking Express, which was released in 1994.
The bottom of the escalator is in Central and then you come to Soho.
[ADVERT]Soho is the lively entertainment level near the top of the mid-level escalators. This chic location has a huge variety of cuisine options as well as bars with fantastic happy hours and delightful cocktail menus. There are also numerous boutiques and lovely art galleries as well as a variety of antique shops which you can peruse and after which you can enjoy a luxurious lunch that can easily turn into sun downers with the easy going atmosphere of this divine area.
You and your partner can have a delightful meal for two in one of the up market restaurants and you can then end a splendid meal and evening with a decadent dessert from some of the fabulous cake and coffee specialists.
Restaurants to look out for and enjoy the yummy cuisine include British themed Yorkshire pudding, Al dente Soho, Cecconi's Italian, Soho spice, Le Souk, Gourmet Burger union, Barolo, Just Salad, Antique patisserie, Cicada and Orange tree just to name a few. There really is a style of food to suite any taste.