We’re all familiar with Disneyland and Victoria Peak, but believe it or not, Hong Kong has more to offer than the usual city highlights. In the recent “Best of All, It’s in Hong Kong” launch, the city state invites adventurous Pinays to take another refreshing look at this famous tourist getaway, and enjoy it through the eyes of a local by experiencing something different:

1. Have something customized for your home at Harbour City

Take Hong Kong’s famous night markets and outlet stores a notch higher and you’ve got Harbour City, a complex of malls and boutiques that will give you days upon days of endless shopping opportunities. Aside from being a place to buy pasalubong, you can also get kitchen and other home items customized in many of its featured shops. Don’t worry – with so many places to choose from, you’re bound to find the store that offers what you need at the right price.

2. Take a Selfie at Sheung Wan

Sheung Wan is a place where old meets new. Go “colonial chic” as you walk through streets of shops that sell curiosities, cafes that serve craft coffee, and markets that offer the best ingredients for delectable Hong Kong dishes. Don’t forget to take your OOTD photos with the awesome street art as your backdrop and to eat in one of their many homestyle restos!

3. Hike and conquer Dragon’s Back

Not a lot of people know that Hong Kong is home to a lot of beautiful hiking trails, so much so that hiking is coined as “Hong Kong’s Unofficial Pastime.” If you’ve had your fill of the tall skyscrapers for the moment, head outside the city and onto Dragon’s Back, a trail that’s only a train and a bus ride away from the bustling streets of Hong Kong Island. Get the best view of both the metropolis and the sea or even go paragliding if you wish! Just remember to bring water and snacks with you as you’ll be hiking for about four hours!

4. Visit Lamma Island

One of the outlying islands of Hong Kong is Lamma Island, which is only a 30-minute trip away from downtown. Bordered with greenery, this serene venue has very little cars or buses, which makes it a haven for bike-lovers. It’s also one of the top choices to stay for artists and expats looking for a quiet escape.

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