Hong Kong, the pearl of the Orient, offers a different experience for everyone. For many, it is a modern metropolis, with a million lights, busy streets and an incredible cosmopolitan culture and cuisine. For fitness model and television presenter and actress Bani J, Hong Kong was the place where she had unforgettable experiences in the land, air and water. We had a conversation with her about her trip and found out about the places she went, food she ate and the activities she did while she was there. Here’s a look at some of the best and most memorable place she went to in Hong Kong. CHECK OUT: 10 spectacular waterfront cities in the world! Also Read - Cathay Pacific May Increase Passenger Flights in June if Restrictions Ease
Tian Tan Buddha
Bani at the Tian Tan Buddha, Photograph courtesy: Hong Kong Tourism Board
The massive bronze statue of the Buddha in Ngong Ping, Lantau Island was one of the most memorable parts of her trip, in part because her mother’s a Buddhist. Another special part of her trip? She raced her way up the 268 steps of Big Buddha in two minutes. Also Read - Hong Kong to Ease Quarantine Restrictions on Travellers From Mainland China
From the observation deck of The Peak Tower, Photograph courtesy: Hong Kong Tourism Board
Bani also spent her first day in Hong Kong at The Peak Tower, one of the tallest points in the city. If you’re heading there, take the Peak Tram, one of the oldest funicular railways in the world, like she did. The tram rises to around 1,300 feet above sea level, along a super steep line. Also Read - Pandas FINALLY Mate During COVID-19 Lockdown, Zoo Officials Surprised After Their Efforts Failed For 10 Years
Drinking up at the Mana Cafe, Photograph courtesy: Hong Kong Tourism Board
For all you vegans out there, the Mana Cafe in Poho would be a good place to head to. The cafe claims to have spearheaded the idea of vegan coffee, and according to Bani, everything in the cafe is recycled, with nothing going to waste. Sounds like a great place for an eco-friendly meal.
Emack and Bolio’s
On the colorful streets of Hong Kong, Photograph courtesy: Hong Kong Tourism Board
Located right across where she stayed, Emack and Bolio’s is where Bani went to satisfy her ice cream and craving, apart from sipping on some milk tea and munching on mooncakes. Famous for its massive ice cream cones, Bani’s pick from the place was the Space Cake.
Ce La Vie
A night out at Ce La Vie, Photograph courtesy: Hong Kong Tourism Board
To experience Hong Kong’s nightlife, Bani headed up to Ce La Vie in Hong Kong Central, with a 360-degree view of the city skyline from the open-air rooftop bar and restaurant. It was a spectacular experience for Bani, who got to see the changing colors of Hong Kong’s skyscrapers at night.
Spoilt for choice at Select-18, Photograph courtesy: Hong Kong Tourism Board
Another place that Bani remembers the most from the whole Hong Kong trip? Select-18 in Tai Ping Shan. The little shop, run by an Indian no less according to her, offers new and old finds from all over Hong Kong.
Hk Aqua-Bound Centre
Boarding up off the Hong Kong coast, Photograph courtesy: Hong Kong Tourism Board
Bani, ever thirsty for adventure, quenched her thirst at the Hk Aqua-Bound Centre, a little distance away from the city and closer to the open ocean. She went paddle boarding and she admitted to getting wiped out pretty often when she tried wake boarding. But it’s an experience she won’t forget anytime soon. ALSO READ: VJ Banis Hong Kong Adventure Will Make You Want to Explore the Pearl of the Orient
So those were all the places that Bani ticked off her list when she visited Hong Kong. It’s probably time you ticked them off of yours as well.