View of Central from the Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong

How to Get Free Aerial Views of Hong Kong

Surprisingly, there are lots of free attractions for visitors to enjoy in Hong Kong. One of these isn’t particularly well known but is worth dropping in on if you happen to be in the area (and particularly if it’s a clear day).

A visitor pass for entry to the Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong
A visitor pass for entry to the Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong
View of Central from the Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong
View of Central from the Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong
View of Victoria Harbour & Kowloon from the Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong
View of Victoria Harbour & Kowloon from the Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong

The Bank of China Tower is a distinctive looking skyscraper in the business district of Hong Kong Island. To most, it simply blends into the steel and concrete jungle. But single it out and you’re treated to a freebie. Providing you have photo ID, you can head up to the 43rd floor and enjoy views (albeit limited) of the neighbouring area, Victoria Harbour and the south side of Kowloon.

Upon presenting your ID at reception, you’ll be issued with an Visitor Pass and directed towards a special lift with just two buttons; ‘Ground’ and ‘43’. Hit 43 and you’ll be whisked up to enjoy the views.

A plump wonton in delicious soup at Mak's Noodle, Hong Kong

Satisfaction Guaranteed at Mak’s Noodle

I can’t say I’ve visited enough restaurants in Hong Kong to say that Mak’s are the best, but they’re certainly very satisfying and tasty. Unfortunately, over time, the popularity of Mak’s has led to portion sizes decreasing and prices increasing. Compared to what you’d expect to pay in Europe, Mak’s is still good value, but it’s a relative rip-off by Hong Kong standards. That said, a visit to Mak’s is still (just about) a Hong Kong must.

The entrance to Mak's Noodle, Hong KongA
The entrance to Mak’s Noodle, Hong Kong
A steaming bowl of Mak's Noodle, Hong Kong
A steaming bowl of Mak’s Noodle, Hong Kong
A plump wonton in delicious soup at Mak's Noodle, Hong Kong
A plump wonton in delicious soup at Mak’s Noodle, Hong Kong

Like every food outlet that gains some popularity, there are many critics of Mak’s, most of whom say the food is overrated. I found my steaming bowl of soup matched my expectations exactly. The wontons were just as plump and delicate, the noodles were as perfectly al dente and the soup was just as stocky and rich as all the descriptions made out. The dish was small but it served as a mid-afternoon snack and the free tea that came with it was a nice extra.

There are a few branches of Mak’s Noodle dotted around Hong Kong (with a branch in Macau as well). I visited the branch at the top of Victoria Peak in the Galleria shopping arcade.