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Hong Kong For First Timers: 6 Important Suggestions Each Muslim Traveller Wants

The Halal Staff travelled to Hong Kong a couple of weeks in the past and we have been stunned to find how thrilling and Muslim-friendly town is! With an rising variety of prayer services and Halal eating places serving native delicacies, it was very easy to discover Hong Kong. In truth, we beloved the native meals a lot that we’re nonetheless dreaming about it now😜 We travelled round with ease on the general public transport system which was not simply reasonably priced but additionally in depth.

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From must-visit locations (sure, nature spots included!) to common procuring spots, listed here are a few of the ideas we all know you’d must discover Hong Kong with as a lot consolation and ease as we did 😉

1. Should-try Halal Native Meals

It’s no guessing what comes out prime on our listing of necessities! Should you thought you needed to deliver meals from dwelling in your journey, we’re right here to show you completely unsuitable. There’s a lot Halal native meals to strive right here that your tummies will at all times be full and glad🤗 Listed below are a few of the greatest ones (Halal tried and examined!) we’ve rounded up only for you.

P.S. Locals normally stir their chopsticks in a cup of tea earlier than they begin consuming, so do give it a strive!

1a. Wai Kee Duck Rice

Nestled within the higher flooring of Bowrington Market, Wai Kee is touted as probably the greatest duck rice in Hong Kong. Many locals frequent this halal stall and that’s when you realize the meals right here is actually good!

Should you’ve by no means tried duck, there’s little question that Wai Kee will rapidly convert you right into a duck lover😋 The duck pores and skin was brown and juicy, and its meat was so tender and properly marinated that it’ll go away you yearning for extra. In truth, we beloved it a lot that we ordered one other serving!

Oh and ensure you strive their soy sauce hen, wanton noodles and mutton curry rice when you’re there! They’re simply as yummy😍

#Halal Tip: There’s free WiFi at this hawker centre – excellent for importing these yummy duck photos on Instagram!

Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm (solely take-away orders after 5.30pm)
Deal with:  Store 5, Bowrington Street Cooked Meals Centre, 1/F, Bowrington Street Market, 21 Bowrington Street, Wan Chai
Instructions: MTR Causeway Bay Station, exit A – Instances Sq.. A brief 7 min stroll to Bowrington Street Market. The meals centre is situated on the 2nd ground of the Bowrington Street Indoor Market constructing. Enter through the escalator on the Bowrington Street facet of the constructing.

1b. Islamic Centre Canteen

You’ll be able to’t go to the land of dim sum with out feasting on dim sum (after all😉). Positioned inside Masjid Ammar, Islamic Centre Canteen is the go-to place for probably the most genuine Halal dim sum in Hong Kong! Savour their big selection of dim sum which is out there from 10am to 3pm each day. Our private favourites are the siew mai and deep fried shrimp wanton😋 The crisp sound with every chew of the wanton is proof of the way it’s fried to perfection!

We are able to guarantee you that their Cantonese dishes are superb too! It was our first time attempting their dinner menu and we completely beloved the nice mixture of spice of their dishes – we particularly loved the tofu with salt, garlic and chilli! The fried rice was a tad bland however the tasty dishes have been greater than sufficient to enrich it.

And in the event you see a pleasant man seated on the counter, in entrance of the Halal Sticker, don’t overlook to say hello to him! He’s actually pleasant and heat, making you’re feeling proper at dwelling 😊

Opening Hours: 10am to 3pm (dim sum), 6pm to 9pm (solely Cantonese dishes)
Deal with:  fifth ground, Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre, 40 Oi Kwan Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Instructions: MTR Causeway Bay – Exit A. A 10 min stroll to Islamic Centre Canteen

1c. Islam Meals

Identified for its mouthwatering veal goulash (a juicy dough patty crammed with beef), Islam Meals serves genuine Xinjiang delicacies and is so common that it has simply opened one other outlet! It’s a bit arduous to get right here by public transport but it surely’s well worth the hassle😎 The restaurant was full of locals and it was so crowded that we needed to queue to get in!

We lastly understood why this place was common once we sunk our enamel into the veal goulash which was crispy on the skin and juicy on the within – the style was merely indescribable😌 Phrase of warning although! The stew contained in the goulash is sizzling so chew into it slowly.

We personally advocate pairing your goulash with some beef dumpling soup. The soup was tasty and the dumplings have been filled with flavour!

#Halal Tip: The outlet we visited was a bit small so in the event you’d like extra space to get pleasure from your meals, head to their new and greater outlet not far away!

Opening Hours (Predominant department): 11.00am to 11.00pm
Deal with: G/F, No. 1 Lung Kong Rd, Kowloon Metropolis, Kowloon – Subsequent to Chow Sang Sang Securities

Opening Hours (New Outlet): 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m
Deal with: G/F, No. 33-35 Tak Ku Ling Rd, Kowloon Metropolis, Kowloon

Instructions: Lok Fu MTR Station – Exit B. 17 min stroll to Islam Meals.

1d. Lee Keung Kee

Lots of you’ve gotten been asking about Muslim-friendly native avenue meals in Hong Kong so we scoured the streets to search out you a few of the greatest🤗 The egg waffles at Lee Keung Kee are a sizzling favorite among the many locals and are so good that they’re listed on the Michelin Hong Kong Road Meals Checklist. We beloved how fluffy and chewy the waffles have been. Eat it whereas it’s piping sizzling!

Be aware: They’ve many shops throughout Hong Kong however we’ve solely confirmed the North Level outlet to be Muslim-friendly.

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 11am, Sunday from 12:30pm
Deal with: 492 King’s Rd, North Level, Hong Kong
Instructions: North Level MTR – Exit B3. Stroll to your left down Nathan Rd.

1e. A1 Tofu Firm

For these craving for a candy deal with, head to A1 Tofu Firm in Sham Shui Po. It’s common for the gentle and velvety clean texture of its bean curd! There’s all kinds of flavours to select from however the locals notably love the black sesame, horlicks and almond paste😋

The very best half is that the store is very easy to search out! It’s situated proper exterior Sham Shui Po MTR Station (Exit C2).

Deal with: G/F, 38 Kweilin Road, Sham Shui Po

2. Travelling Round

We guess you observed how the instructions to the halal eateries are all through public transport. And sure, that’s how in depth the general public transport community in Hong Kong is! You’ll be able to take the MTR (trains) and buses to nearly wherever. The MTR maps makes it very easy to navigate and we love how frequent the trains are😊

#Halal Tip: Obtain the MTR Cell app to plan your journey with the shortest and most cost-effective route!

2a. Airport Specific

From Hong Kong Worldwide Airport, take the Airport Specific and arrive within the metropolis in lower than 24 minutes! The prepare has designated baggage compartments that are actually helpful, particularly for these with massive baggage. We have been actually impressed at how clear and quick the prepare was. There’s additionally free WiFi within the prepare!

An enormous bonus is the USB ports within the first and final vehicles of Airport Specific trains. So in case your digital gadgets want a fast enhance, that is excellent for you😉

2b. Airport Specific Shuttle Bus

For these heading straight to their motels from the Airport, alight at Kowloon or Hong Kong Station and take the free Airport Specific shuttle bus service to your lodge! There are totally different strains for a lot of motels in Hong Kong metropolis. Click on right here to test in case your lodge is included within the listing and which line it’s best to take.

The buses have a chosen baggage compartment too although it was a bit arduous to elevate the baggage (particularly heavy ones!) up the bus steps.

2c. Octopus Card

When you’ve settled down, it’s time to discover all that Hong Kong has to supply! And the most effective (and most reasonably priced manner) to do that is by taking the general public transport. Should you’re planning to depend on public transport to get round, we advocate getting the Octopus Card as a substitute of the Day Go because it’s extra value-for-money. The cardboard can be utilized on all public transport programs (MTR, bus, trams) so it’s actually handy!

You may get the cardboard at any MTR station or on the Airport. Do observe that solely money cost is allowed to buy the cardboard and that there’s a $50 deposit that will likely be refunded once you return the cardboard☺️

#Halal Tip: Should you’re planning to return to Hong Kong (which it’s best to😜), you may wish to preserve the cardboard because the refund is legitimate as much as 1000 days!

2nd. Taxi

Should you do must take a taxi, it’ll be helpful to have the tackle of your vacation spot in Chinese language as native taxi drivers don’t communicate or perceive a lot English. Ask your lodge workers for assist or just Google it! You’ll simply have to indicate the tackle to the drivers when you’re within the taxi and they might know the place to go 😊

3. Should-visit Points of interest

You’re in all probability questioning – however the place do I take all this transport to and what’s there to do in Hong Kong? There’s a lot to do and see in Hong Kong that even our week-long journey was not sufficient to cowl every part😆 So right here’s a few of the must-visit sights within the metropolis!

3a. Hong Kong Disneyland

We consider this famend attraction wants no introduction! It’s a heaven for everybody, and we’re not speaking solely about you Disney followers😉 The rides differ from kid-friendly ones to the acute thrillers so that you may be assured that there are greater than sufficient rides so that you can select from.

For individuals who love thrilling rides, the RC Racer and Hyperspace Mountain are particular must-rides! Certainly one of our favorite rides was the Huge Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Automobiles. Simply keep in mind earlier than you board it: count on the sudden😌

Should you hate queues, you want to get your FASTPASS tickets which can be found for common rides corresponding to Hyperspace Mountain, Winnie the Pooh and Iron Man Expertise. It’s free and all it’s important to do is head to the ticket machine at these rides to get your FASTPASS tickets, and are available again on the stipulated time!

#Halal Tip: Keep related with Disneyland’s free WiFi! Plus in the event you join the WiFi together with your electronic mail, you’ll obtain a 10% low cost coupon on-line to spend on the merchandise shops.

Be aware: The Disney citadel is closed for renovations and the Fireworks present has been changed (indefinitely) by a Mickey Mouse Projection present.

Opening Hours: Mon to Fri (10.30am to 8pm), Sat and Solar (10.30am to eight.15pm)
Deal with: Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Instructions: Disneyland Resort MTR Station

3b. Ocean Park

Hong Kong’s oldest theme park positively didn’t look its age. We undermined this theme park as we thought there can be nothing a lot to do right here however we have been pleasantly stunned!

The theme park is split into 2 sections – the waterfront and summit. Essentially the most thrilling half is getting from one part to a different and naturally, the cable automotive experience is one of the best ways to benefit from the attractive view of each the park and the breathtaking surrounding surroundings😍

The vehicles may sway barely if the wind is robust however there’s a hand pole in the midst of the cable automotive you can maintain onto. For individuals who are afraid of heights, you may select to take the Ocean Specific, the park’s prepare.

You’ll be amazed at the big variety of sights within the Park. For starters, we beloved their latest experience which combines Digital Actuality and roller-coasters! The experience could look daunting, but it surely’s truly fairly do-able even for many who usually are not massive followers of thrilling rides. What’s extra attention-grabbing is that you simply received’t be capable to even see the observe in the course of the experience as you’ll be sporting the VR headset😱

Aside from the amusement rides, the animals listed here are additionally a must-see. Our private favourites have been the pandas and penguins!

Opening Hours: Mon to Fri (10am to 7pm), Sat and Solar (10am to 9pm)
Deal with: Wong Chuk Dangle, Hong Kong Island
Instructions: MTR Ocean Park Station – Exit B

3c. The Peak

Whether or not it’s night time or day, the Peak is the right place to absorb Hong Kong’s attractive skyline! And it’s not simply the vacation spot which is thrilling but additionally the experience up. The tram strikes upwards on a 45-degree slope so maintain on tight in the event you didn’t handle to get a seat!

Credit score: Hong Kong Tourism Board

We advocate checking the climate earlier than heading up as Hong Kong does get a bit foggy at occasions and also you’d in all probability not get the most effective views.

Opening Hours: Tram – 7am to 12 midnight each day, Sky Terrace – Mon to Fri (10am to 11pm), Sat to Solar and Public Holidays (8am to 11pm)
Deal with: 33 Backyard Street, Central, Hong Kong

3d. Dragon’s Again

Should you thought Hong Kong was simply “one other metropolis crammed with buildings”, you’d be amazed to know that it’s truly the other! This will solely imply one factor – loads of nature spots to discover🤗

We headed as much as Dragon’s Again, one of many simpler climbing spots (excellent for first-time hikers like us!). You’ll be able to select to begin from the very backside of the trek or take Bus 9 as much as the 1-hour trek mark. We’d say the hike up was fairly simple although there have been some components which have been steep and consisted of rocks as a substitute of steps. However we met many households and even aged individuals who have been trekking up so it truly is do-able!

P.S. Make sure to put on cozy footwear to ease your trek.

It could be sensible, nevertheless, to test the climate earlier than heading up. We didn’t handle to benefit from the full great thing about the view because it was actually foggy once we reached the highest😥 However the climate was truly preferrred for a climb because it was actually cooling!

We descended the identical manner we got here up as we had a good itinerary. However in the event you do have extra time in your palms, we advocate heading the total route to finish your trek at Tai Lengthy Wan, a gorgeous seaside the place you may chill out and calm your drained muscle tissue.

4. Buying

Should you didn’t know already, Hong Kong is a procuring haven for all sorts of customers😍 There’s loads of procuring locations on this metropolis that will suit your procuring wants, be it funds or upscale. Make sure to safeguard your belongings once you go to the road markets as it might get fairly crowded!

#Halal Tip: Most shops would require you to pay for a plastic bag so it will prevent fairly a bit of cash to deliver your individual bag whereas procuring.

4a. Fa Yuen Road, Mong Kok

Also referred to as Sneakers Road, Fa Yuen Road is known for its big selection of sneakers! That is the place to go for the most recent sneakers’ designs and limited-edition releases from all over the world. You’ll find worldwide manufacturers corresponding to Nike, Adidas and Converse right here.

4b. Girls’ Market, Mong Kok

The market may be named ‘Girls Market’, but it surely’s not solely for the women! In truth, the market is populated with many Hong Kong souvenirs so head right here in the event you’re on the lookout for one thing low cost and good in your family members again dwelling🤗

And that is the place to place your bargaining abilities to the check. Lots of the stall-holders can perceive primary English so you may cut price your option to the bottom value. And if that doesn’t work, undertake the walk-away tactic. Even when they don’t name you again, chances are high there are different retailers within the space which provide related merchandise so strive bargaining there as a substitute!

4c. Sham Shui Po

For extra funds procuring, head to Sham Shui Po. It’s made up of a few of Hong Kong’s greatest procuring streets. Apliu Road is known for its electronics, particularly cell phones and equipment. Toys Road is a must-visit to get one thing for the children and Yu Chau Road, which has a big selection of wholesale materials, is ideal in your Hari Raya outfits!

#Halal tip: The costs at Sham Shui Po are normally affordable however you may positively strive your luck bargaining!

4d. Causeway Bay and Harbour Metropolis

For individuals who choose extra upscale procuring, Causeway Bay consists of many malls that includes mid-range and luxurious manufacturers. Instances Sq., the district’s largest shopping center, is true on prime of Causeway Bay MTR Station! It has over 230 shops so be ready to spend fairly a little bit of time (and cash!) right here😜

Causeway Bay can be dwelling to Hong Kong’s largest and hottest Japanese-style division retailer, SOGO. With 18 flooring of retail area, SOGO is called the one-stop store for every part you want, from famend clothes manufacturers to home equipment and even home-ware!

For an alternate upscale procuring expertise, cross to the opposite facet of Hong Kong and store at Harbour Metropolis. That is Hong Kong’s largest mall and consists of Louis Vuitton’s largest retailer in Asia and Chanel’s Asia flagship retailer!

P.S. Should you want a breather from all that procuring, head to the Commentary Deck and revel in a scenic view of Hong Kong from throughout the water😌

5. Prayer Areas

Now that you simply’re greater than midway by way of the article, we’re fairly positive that you simply’re satisfied as to how Muslim-friendly Hong Kong is. However wait, there’s extra! You don’t have to fret about discovering a spot to hope as there are many prayer areas round Hong Kong.

5a. Mosques and Islamic Centres

Masjid Ammar

Aside from prayer areas, there are various mosques scattered across the prime areas in Hong Kong – making it actually handy to carry out your prayers when you discover town! Masjid Ammar is situated close to Causeway Bay so you may head there even when you store! The very best half is you can tuck into some yummy meals on the Islamic Centre Canteen within the mosque.

Jamia Mosque

Hong Kong’s first mosque is close to to one of many metropolis’s most Instagrammable spots, Previous City Central! Attending to the mosque itself is sort of an expertise as you may take the world’s longest escalator to succeed in there. This may be Hong Kong’s oldest mosque right here but it surely was nonetheless properly maintained☺️ We completely beloved the Arabic-style arched home windows surrounding the prayer area!

5b. Points of interest

Hong Kong Disneyland

Positioned proper subsequent to the Halal-certified Explorer’s Membership Restaurant is a prayer room only for Muslim guests. The room is shared between each women and men however there are curtains within the wudhu space you can draw. Talking of the wudhu space, we completely beloved how superb and purposeful the ability was. It made taking wudhu a lot extra snug!

#Halal Tip: Do deliver your individual prayer clothes and mats as they don’t seem to be offered.

Ocean Park

Ocean Park has kindly offered assembly rooms for Muslims friends to do their prayers, with the kiblat course marked out within the rooms! You don’t must journey far to entry them as there’s a room situated on the Waterfront and one other on the Summit😊

To entry the rooms, head to the Visitor Relations counter and inform them that you simply wish to do your prayers. They are going to then lead you to the room.

5c. Hong Kong Worldwide Airport

Sure, there are prayer rooms on the Airport itself – 5, to be precise! The rooms are referred to as ‘Quiet Rooms’ and are multi-faith rooms. Three of them are situated within the Restricted Space that are fairly removed from the check-in space. We needed to take a prepare from the principle space to get to one of many prayer rooms however the room was near our Departure Gate!

#Halal Tip: There’s a wudhu space within the rooms and prayer mats can be found to be used, however do deliver your individual prayer clothes as they don’t seem to be offered.

6. Muslim-friendly Lodging

Should you’re on the lookout for Muslim-friendly lodging in Hong Kong, we’re right here to assist! Although a few of these lodging shouldn’t have in-house Halal meals, they’re situated close to Halal eateries making it simple and handy for Muslim travellers.

6a. Harbour Grand Hong Kong

We stayed at this lodge throughout our journey to Hong Kong and have been actually pleased with the services right here! Essentially the most attention-grabbing half we discovered concerning the lodge was their ‘menu’ of various pillows which you’ll borrow. We tried the Bamboo Charcoal Kapok Pillow which was mentioned to have a soothing impact😌

You don’t have to fret about Halal meals within the lodge because it has a particular Halal-certified menu in certainly one of its eating places and in-room eating. A few of the meals embrace Tandoori Salmon Fillet (which we adored!) and Roasted Spring Hen. Do keep in mind to order prematurely although!

Worth: From USD158
Deal with: 
23 Oil St, North Level, Hong Kong

6b. Butterfly on Morrison Boutique Lodge

For a extra budget-friendly possibility, this Boutique Lodge is our prime decide! It’s cheaper but it surely definitely doesn’t compromise on high quality. We love the full-length home windows which boasts a beautiful view of Hong Kong and the placement is supreme.

Credit score: Butterfly On Morrison on Fb

Although the lodge doesn’t have any in-house Halal meals, it’s situated close to Causeway Bay so it’s handy to stroll to most of the Halal eateries!

Worth: From USD73
Deal with: 
35-39 Morrison Hill Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

6c. Hong Kong Disneyland Lodge

We simply had to finish the article with the most effective lodging on the town – the Disneyland Lodge! Its rooms and services are Disney-themed and friends will get pleasure from unique perks, together with precedence entry, to Hong Kong Disneyland.

Credit scoreHong Kong Disneyland

The lodge boasts stunning sea views however our favorite a part of the lodge is its big selection of Halal-certified meals which is out there upon request! There’s additionally a Halal menu for his or her in-room eating🤗

Worth: From USD266
Deal with: Magic Rd, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

And there you go! We’re positive that you simply too at the moment are satisfied by how superb and Muslim-friendly Hong Kong is! We actually loved exploring town and with the following tips in hand, there’s no motive why Hong Kong shouldn’t be on the prime of your bucket listing this yr😍

This text was dropped at you by Hong Kong Tourism Board.


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