Life Well Travelled In Hong Kong

Wearing: 1/ Asos Blazer and T Shirt, J Brand jeans, Converse sneakers.  2/ Sportscraft trench coat (similar here), Madewell denim shirt, J Brand jeans, Seed espadrilles (similar here), Celine sunglasses.  3/ Sportscraft trench coat (similar here), Asos blouse, J Brand leather pants, Seed espadrilles (similar here), Chanel bag, Samsonite carry on luggage case.

My first destination as part of my Life Well Travelled campaign with Cathay Pacific was Hong Kong. I’d always wanted to visit this city, and it was my obvious first choice to experience Cathay Pacific’s home town. It was only a brief trip of 3 days trying to experience as much as possible, but the city helped us make the most of it by turning it on even more by night.

To be completely honest I had a difficult few days, weeks and months before leaving on this trip, which was nearly postponed more than once. My dear friend and photographer also couldn’t make it at the last minute and my heart ached that I would go without her. Travelling is a wonderful, blessed experience but I would be lying if I didn’t admit that with the highs also come some lows. To travel is to take chances and seek more of the world and yourself, although much more often lately there has been unforeseen circumstances pulling me home and to loved ones.

It took a lot for me to leave home on this particular week, starting the trip very differently than my usual over excitement. I normally have anxieties about flying but from the moment I sat down on the flight I was lulled in to a calming few hours away from my own thoughts. Above the clouds is such a beautiful place to escape yourself… with the help of a good wine list and inflight entertainment (hello Harry Potter marathon) of course! Thank you to Cathay Pacific’s comforting hosts making everything from check in easier, listing recommendations, to finding my misplaced passport. The stress free flight allowed me to both physically and mentally refresh before arriving in Hong Kong.

My mum and I have always joked if we should have been born Asian or Italian, based on our culinary preferences. For many years now I have adamantly remained Asian at heart (or tastebuds I should say). If you ever spy my breakfasts on Instagram while in Asian countries it would be a good insight to this love of mine… eating my favourites of dumplings, pho, fried rice, noodles, ramen etc to start the day. Obviously I was in my element while eating my way through Hong Kong, but even more so when Cathay Pacific surprised me by serving noodles with pork and bok choy for breakfast just after take off from Sydney!

I’ve listed as many personal tips and recommendations based on my experience in Hong Kong below. I only had a few days to explore this bustling city but would go back in a heart beat for more. If you have any advice for Hong Kong that you think I or my readers could use when visiting next, please leave in a comment below! I’m so excited to share my next leg of my Life Well Travelled journey in the Maldives soon, and remember to continue sharing your own #lifewelltravelled moments.


Where to stay: I stayed at The Ritz Carlton which is perfect for sweeping views over Hong Kong Island and beyond. When I arrived to my room on the 115th floor it was so high up in the sky that even the clouds were blanketing below. Apart from the view I loved their incredible bathroom and tub, and restaurants. The Ozone bar on the 118th floor is literally the highest bar in the world, offering some of the best sun set views imaginable. Make sure to try the dragon fruit martini!

How to get there: I flew with Cathay Pacific from Sydney to Hong Kong in just over 9 hours, then on to Male, Maldives a few days later. It would be the perfect stopover for any Australian’s flying to Europe over their upcoming Summer. As Cathay Pacific is based in Hong Kong, they and sister airline Dragonair fly to over 190 destinations worldwide.

How to get around: The city was easy and relatively cheap to get around using the underground or taxi’s. The Metro / MTR was $55 HKD or $9 AUD for an adult day pass, and easy enough to navigate between lines!

Where to eat:
Mak’s Noodle is a well known, bustling restaurant where people dash in on their lunch break, or visit over decades thanks to its simple, authentic and more affordable dishes. The dishes are small so make sure to order several to share. I recommend the dumpling soup, Chinese vegetables and plain noodles.

One Dim Sum was my first stop for food in Hong Kong, being a few blocks away from the Flower Markets. There was a long line outside so we hungrily guessed menu choices while waiting thirty minutes to be seated. I chose completely wrong (accidentally ordering shellfish) and they happily helped me re-order everything. I surprisingly loved the vegetable dumplings and pork buns, and found the prices extremely reasonable.

Tim Ho Wan was recommended several times when I arrived in Hong Kong. I’m not sure if it was a busy period or my high expectations, but the dumplings I imagined did not match what I ate. Of everywhere I ate in Hong Kong this felt the most like a “fast food” restaurant focused on pushing out quantity rather than quality.

Tin Lung Heen can be found in The Ritz Carlton building. Apart from offering sweeping views of Hong Kong, the Michelin 2 starred restaurant is a culinary experience I won’t be forgetting soon. Make sure to try the Peking Duck and BBQ Pork.

What to see and do:

Flower Market Road was my first stop in Hong Kong, after dumplings of course. I wandered the main road as recommended but preferred the streets nearby that were sprawling with flowers, bamboo and succulents on to the pavements. This may have been due to the colder time of year (or day as I am an early explorer) limiting the markets but it was a bright start to the morning. I have also heard that the Ladies, Cat Street and Bird Markets are worth checking out.

Temple Street Night Market is a mix of colourful souvenirs and vendors. I bought my brother a leather bound book before finding a nearby food spot for noodles. I loved wandering the streets of Mong Kok, Kowloon afterwards in awe of the bright lights and crowded neon signs.

Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha) was always at the top of my list to see while in Hong Kong. You can take the cable car from Tung Chung Town Centre to Lantau Island for $165 HKD (under $30 AUD) return but be weary if you’re scared of heights like myself. The ride is for 5.7kms and has views across the city, sea and mountains. The Tian Tan Buddha is a bronze statue of Buddha Amoghasiddhi, built to symbolise the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and religion. I highly recommend this day trip to anyone that seeks time out from the city, to have a breath of fresh air overlooking the mountains.

Aqua Luna Junkboat was something that kept jumping out as a must do while researching Hong Kong. We took the junk boat from Hong Kong Island across the Harbour just on sunset, and as every minute the sun went down the city skyline lit up even more. This is a perfect experience for couples or friends, enjoying a beer or two while sailing across the Harbour.

Soho I arrived in Soho before 8am on the day that I flew out, and wandered the sloping streets while shopkeepers set up their stalls and did handiwork on the sidewalks. It was bustling full of cafes and restaurants, grocery shops and boutiques. I happily got lost in the PMQ which is full of live in creative designers, pop up stores and eateries nearby.

  • Alex

    breathtaking pics darling! <3

  • elza

    looks like an amazing place, i’d love to visit one day ! you’ve captured the city beautifully, love the pictures ! also, i love your nude chanel bag, it’s super pretty x

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  • Stephanie
  • WOW! These photos are amazing!



  • love it! Amazing pictures! I love traveling with you through your pictures <3

  • Stunning shots as always!

    xx Leesa & Kate

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  • alexandra romero

    Beautiful pictures so colourful! <3


  • Such great tips and I love these photos. I’ve never been to this part of the world before but it looks so beautiful and different! xx

  • kina

    Amazing post!!!

  • my bubbly zone

    Dreamy place and amazing pics too!


  • Lulu

    Hi, Jessica, you are actually the only travel/fashion blogger I follow and I really appreciate your style, casual but eye-catching and I don’t think there is anyone else on the Internet with such breathtaking photos full of colours like yours. I’ve been waiting for this post since I saw your great Instagram photos from Hong Kong and I find it really disappointing that you didn’t add the labels and designers you wore back then during the trip because you usually do it under your pictures. When I saw your facebook post about Hong Kong photo diary, I got really excited and I read the post immediately, hoping I finally find out, where you got the ripped jeans you wore while visiting Tian Tan Buddha. They are so to die for! Anyway, I think you should re-consider adding some information about your Hong Kong outfits because since you manage to combine your travel diaries with the passion for fashion so succesfully on the blog, you should remeber that you are the inspiration for lots of your readers and I think I am not the only one wishing to find out something more about your outfits from these photos. I enjoy reading about your travel destinations and experiences from around the world as much as I like the fact, that you can still stay chic while on the road.
    I wish you all the best and send lots of love from Warsaw, hope you could visit Poland once again soon!

  • Tim Scheiber Sr.

    You are surrounded by people, and all alone .

  • Tim Scheiber Sr.

    I hope you are sharing your life with someone special to you .

  • AvantiGarde

    Gorgeous images as always! Your travel photography always inspires me to travel the world.


  • Tim Scheiber Sr.

    SUGGESTION: Use JESSICA STEIN in the city, and ” T-U-U-L-A ” in the ISLAND or OCEAN scenes .
    But always a show of the lifted arms BLESSING the people who you are with in their area of the world.
    You are both characters , but need to appear as different in the SPIRIT PERSON !-!

  • Such beautiful pictures! Love them and great article! <3

  • Mel
  • These photos are so amazing, I think I really want to go there now!


  • It looks so gorgeous through these beautiful photos. There are so many things that I haven’t seen yet that it makes me restless. Thanks for sharing a part of your travels.

    Girl Against Oleka

  • These photos are all so, so lovely!

  • Gina

    Wowwwww awesome photos!!

  • Such a different world, I’ve never been to Asia yet,,,yes,,yet!

    Amazing photos!

    Printed or Plain

  • The photos are amazing… It’s incredible how you showed the colours, the atmosphere and the energy of the city… LOVE IT!! 😀

  • Love these photos<3

    Shall We Sasa

  • Sophie Mcfegan

    Absolutely beautiful photos! You make me want to travel the world..


  • Feyi A

    Lovely! xx


  • Beautiful photos from the trip!

  • Wow, it seems that you had an amazing time in Hong Kong! I’ve never been to Asia, but would love to visit it one day. Your photos only prove it’s worth seeing 🙂

  • belle rivoli

    I want to go!!!! Lovely pics


  • I love the shots above the city and the various flower shots. The one where you’re in the flower shop is my favorite! Hong Kong is for sure on my list of places to visit and I appreciate your notes on it. Sorry you’ve had a few rough days though.


  • This is an absolutely mesmerizing travel diary!! Definitely need to come back to Hong Kong, as my last visit was at child’s age.

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  • kej em

    Oh wow I’ve never been for Hong Kong so much. Honestly it was almost the last point on my travel detination list but not any longer!!! You took some amazing photos of amazing places which I hope to see soon 🙂
    btw. Poland love you 😉

  • Aleyson

    YAY! I’ve been so anxious for a new post – loved all the pictures! And I really loved your outfit with the camel trench and cheetah shoes!

  • Megan

    What a fun post, love it

  • WOW this looks phenomenal! Such amazing photos especially the first one, I’m really impressed. My univeristy actually has it’s own hong kong univeristy branch over there and they’re always offering fully funded summer schools or a year out learning chinese. Wish that I had taken up the oppurtunity now! The city looks bustling with energy 🙂 glad you had such a good time

    Growing Positive

  • Stunning photos, I would love to visit Hong Kong someday. Looks like a fun city 🙂

  • Magical place!


  • Beautiful photos as always, Jessica! xo

  • Bri

    Jessica, these photos are breathtaking like always. So many gorgeous flowers, foods, and views. You are truly a remarkable blogger, putting your heart not only into the words you share with us, but also how you show us the places you go to. Simply incredible.

    With Love,

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  • Elizabeth Hawn

    great Hong Kong photo diary!

  • Rae

    Love this whole post! Thanks for sharing 🙂


  • Joanne

    Awesome post! Really adored looking at these photos, very vibrant and stunning! Looks like Hong Kong is treating you nicely. <3


  • Rhizlaine

    Waw the pictures are absolutely magnificient! And the hotel is beyond beautiful. You are so lucky to have traveled in these conditions!

    Amazing sunsets…



  • Natali

    Hong Kong is such a beauty and so different than any other place I’ve been to! Great photo diary!

  • Wow, beautiful photos!!!

  • monkeyshines
  • Hey Jess, it was a pleasure bumping into you at the airport in Bali. Don’t know if you remembered me, but I just want to say that this post makes me want to book the next flight to Hong Kong. Need to save up first!

    Hope to bump into you again in Bali.


    These photos are really cool…love them

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  • Amazing photos, wonderful travel diary.

  • Nico

    Flying like this is really great!!! These shots are just incredible!

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  • These pictures bring back so many fond memories of my own travels to Hong Kong! Beautiful images especially that of the night view and the fresh floral blooms!


  • Tailored and true

    Sounds like an absolutely incredible trip! Those pictures are amazing!

  • welovefur

    Thanks for this very interesting post

    I love your blog.
    I hope you will like mine

  • Your pics look amazing.



  • What an amazing post!
    I absolutely adore all the pictures and I must ask, have you changed your camera?
    I don’t know why but there seems to be slightly different tint throughout the photos in this particular post. Lovely!

  • Amazing photos, Jessica! I’ve never been to Asia, but these pics make me wanna jump into a plane and visit Hong Kong!

  • The Fashion Panda

    Was looks like an amazing trip ! I love the pictures and so wanna visit hong kong in the future !

  • Fashion Rookie


    Hong Kong looks like such an amazing city.

    You´re so lucky that you get to travel to all these amazing places.

    xx Julia

  • Stephanie Peers

    Wow, Jessica, these are SUCH beautiful photos!! The views, the sunsets, the city lights at night… it’s all so gorgeous! I’m lucky enough to travel quite frequently and those are always my favourite blog posts (on but you have the ability to make me want to go everywhere you’ve been, to explore and see the amazing sights you’re seeing! Thanks so much for the inspiration! Stephanie x

  • Awesome!!!!! I am totally speechless… I am so happy to follow you with all these great pictures and stories about your travels! Thanks for sharing! Xx Susanne –

  • Kaja

    Your pictures are amazing! I love every single one of them 🙂 and I can’t wait for Maldives

  • Emma

    Love your jeans! So glad you shared this look into Asia!

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  • Julia

    Oh my god what an absolutely stunning trip this looks like!! I am so inspired to visit now, and hope that everything is better with you Jessica. Stay strong!

  • So amazing! Very beautiful!

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  • Love the pictures! And sushi! And telescope! Oh I love every single place.

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  • janina

    Wow what a beautiful and luxury place Hong Kong is! Would love to visit one day 🙂
    XO Janina

  • I absolutely loved this post! I’m trying to start something similar on my blog, where I photograph a day in New York (shopping, eating, etc). So far I only have outfit posts but I plan on doing a Day on the Upper East post this weekend!

    Check out for the fun. And follow me on instagram for daily updates on my New York style adventures

  • Joy Shiness

    Hong Kong looks great and love your outfit !

  • Carole

    Amazing post! I love all your pictures!

  • Crispus :)

    Beautiful post Jessica!…’re extremely beautiful too.I would love to visit Hong Kong and I will soon. Your recommendations will come in handy. Thank you very much!.

  • Beautiful pictures!

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  • It always looks bustling & so lively there. I am dying over all that lucky bamboo! & the cat underneath the bamboo picture is adorable. Even though I’m allergic to cats.


  • Anna

    so many amazing pictures Tula!!! you travel soooo much hahaha I think it would be too much for me

  • lavieenliz

    would love to go to Hong Kong — such a great photo diary

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  • Honk Kong looks amazing and so beautiful. It’s one of the places I have wanted to visit so badly but haven’t have the chance yet

    Agnes x

  • The photos are amazing! No words for that first photo view!

  • Jasmin

    LOVE this pictures, now i wanna see hong kong very bad 😉

  • Adventurous Appetite

    These photos are absolutely AMAZING! And I love the leopard shoes. Thanks for the link 🙂 xo

  • Natalia Bosch

    Gorgeous photos,

    Lots of love.

  • Natalia Bosch

    Gorgeous photos.

    Lots of love.

  • Looks like you had an amazing time! Great photos, I especially like the one taken from the boat – the red sails set against the water and city skyline are beautiful!

  • Kari Guastella

    What a stunning trip! Still jealous of that layflat flight!

  • nuriel shechtman

    wow. stunning pictures ! love that post so much!

  • Fernando Single

    Beautiful places! Hong Kong is really amazing! I wanna go a day! Need a partner 4 ur travels? Hahah XO

  • Gorgeous pictures! Hope one day to go to Hong Kong as well 🙂

  • Marta

    Woww!!what an amazing travel, Japan has to be very beautiful…I would like to visit it at least once in my life!! and the photos are stunning, well done for the photograher…really good pics!


  • Amazing view!
    ♥ Nissi

  • Stunning photo diary!



  • Your web site is my favorite travel blog to visit. Good Luck to you!!

  • Mónica Sors

    So nice post and pictures… wainting for the next one!!


    Mónica Sors



  • Make me wanna go there more and more!!

    Thx to share <3 amazing photos like always…


  • La Travelera

    What an amazing trip you have had. I really have missed your posts, we all travel with you when we see this wonderful places. Please Jessica, keep posting a bit more often even if there are just a couple of pictures so we don’t suffer lol

    • La Travelera

      Just realised that you have had a difficult time and thats why you were not posting anything…so I may have sounded a bit selfish that I wanted to see more of your posts, I was wondering all this time if you were OK as you took so long to write from your last post, I hope you are feeling well. Thinking of you. x

  • Your blog is absolutely beautiful!! (: <3

  • Julia (

    Lovely text and of course as always, fotos! I really appreciate that you share also some recommendations about what to see and where to eat lately! As I love travelling myself this is such valuable information! And I also know that being always on the go can have its downs- sometimes it is so important to take a rest and never forget what “home” means and what values it has. All the best wishes for you!

  • Wow!! This looks amazing!! I follow your instagram, but I’m new to your blog and all I can think is what took me so long! I love your beautiful images and well-thought out writing. Can’t wait to see more!!

    xo Annie

  • Jennifer Wilson

    LOVE these photos! Looks like an amazing trip! xoxo

  • Patricia Ayuso
  • Stunning photographs..Hong Kong is beautiful!

  • Wow! Stunning images! Hong Kong looks like such a lovely city, and your outfits were on point as usual!

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  • Ailén

    Love the photos and amazing post!!



  • Amal Alloush

    Enjoy your travel posts so much, absolutely breathtaking photos!

  • Incredible photos!!The views from your hotel are breathtaking. Love your trench and your leopard espadrilles.

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  • Hannah

    These are all beautiful photos!

  • Rhea

    Adorable pictures Jessica! Looking forward to the next series. 🙂

  • Wow, I am so happy to read your newest post. Hahaha, somehow I always have a little happy flutter in my heart when I see the post! This is great because I will be traveling to Hong Kong this Summer. Your pictures are so beautiful and same with your outfits! I can’t wait to see the pictures of the next city you travel to!!!

  • Juliana

    Love the flowers, so many beautiful and colorful flowers!

    XOXO JuJu

  • Love all these photos. You look so stylish in every single look. It must be about 10 years since I went to HK & the street shots remind me how bustling it is.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • steph vallone

    Your travel diaries are my favourite posts. Hong Kong looks absolutely incredible x

  • You are so blessed to be able to travel to such places on the regular. I really hope I can see Asia for the first time this year in 2015. Maybe after the summer.

  • Ines

    Amazing places.Your blog has shortly became my favourite to stalk haha.Amazing work dear.I wish you all the best:)

  • Amazing photos and breathtaking view from the window! Lot of good advice for travellers 🙂

  • paulynagore

    Amazing shots and outfits !

  • amazing photos, I need to see Hong Kong as well

  • your pics are great!

    really lucky! someday I’ll be there too!:)


  • All your photos are simply amazing! It was really interesting to read about your travel experiences – can’t wait to see your Life Well Travelled journey from the Maldives! 🙂

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  • ana

    sorry that you and james are not together anymore 🙁
    Keep enjoying your passion what ever happends. your blog is truly amazing

  • LOVED seeing you in my hometown! thank you for your honesty in this post – sending you good vibes <3

  • Hazel Bagel

    Aw, I live in Hong Kong! Wish I could have met you/:

  • such beautiful pics!! Hope to see you on your next visit! 🙂 x

  • Looks like lots of fun! Was just there 3 weeks ago! Loved it <3


  • That view is stunning! I’d love to go..

  • Claudia

    Nice shots!It’s first time to see HK in this way..

  • TheItalianGlam

    great photos and useful informations


  • Devil Wears Pra-duh

    This is so beautiful Tuula! You should come to Malta!

  • Victoria Renner

    What an amazing trip!! Loved it all!!!

  • Jennifer Wilson

    what a beautiful trip! xx

  • Rachel Jung

    These photos are amazing! You’ve captured some very inspiring shots and given me a travel bug! Thanks for the inspo! check out my blog

  • Love this slice of life set! So beautiful. Thanks for giving me a mini-vacation to Hong Kong while I’m stuck at my desk today!
    Xo – Andrea

  • Leanne

    What I wouldn’t give to live in your world. This is my ultimate dream come true. Hong Kong looks amazing. I’ve never been before so I’m adding this to my list.

  • This makes me want to go to Hong Kong so bad! Your photos are absolutely incredible and you really manage to showcase a destination perfectly!
    Simone x

  • Clara

    Best post of Hong Kong I ve ever seen among various bloggers so far!

  • Glad you managed to go and relax! I haven’t made it to Hong Kong yet but your post has me itching to go! xx

  • Beautiful photos! Hong Kong looks totally amazing and I cannot wait to discover it myself 🙂

  • Michèle

    now thats a beautiful photo diary!

  • Tiffany Yeung

    so glad you love HK! my home town <3

  • Roxanne

    Have been an avid reader of your blog since you first started out 🙂 I have loved seeing your journey and how your life has unfolded into the most amazing life.

    All the best for all your experiences ahead, x.

  • Zane

    I love your blog.


  • Kblossoms

    I love your blog and your beautiful city night pics of Hong Kong, vibrant city!

  • Your blog is amazing!

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  • linda

    Great Blog post! Hong Kong is such an amazing city, isn’t it? I also wrote about my adventures, if your interested, please check it out

  • Y Safety Hong Kong

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  • Chile

    Wow Jessica, this post looks amazing. Thanks for sharing your travel experience. I like all the photos in this post and especially the ones have food in it:) I added several attractions(Flower Market Road, Tian Tan Buddha) found in your post to my must-go list. My friend and I are planning to travel to Hong Kong this year, and just wonder how you think this itinerary,, if it is good, we’d like to follow its route. Thanks.