Hong Kong is a bustling city filled with more people than you would imagine could fit in such a small space. More business people than families seem to walk the streets, but that doesn't mean there isn't enough for traveling parents to do with their babies. Although there is plenty you should do (eat, eat and eat some more), there are a few things you definitely should not do when you head to this city situated across multiple islands.
Baby carriers are great. Yes, you would use it if you brought it, but Hong Kong is hot for most of the year. Having a baby strapped to your body when it is over 90 degrees all day and some nights, is going to wear you down faster than it should and hinder your ability to really enjoy the city.
There is so much more to the city than Disney. First of all, chances are your baby will not care if you go. Think about what you want to do while you are there. Do you want to walk the back streets or do you want to say hello to one of many Cinderella characters across the globe? No judgment here. Just remember there is a lot more to the city than Disney.
Hong Kong may not look like it has green space as you walk the neon-filled streets, but there are some great parks to hang out in with your kids where they can have the freedom to run and you can see a few of the sights. Kowloon Park is a favorite spot to wander with little ones. Parents can enjoy the outdoor sculptures and pagoda. Toddlers will love running around the hedge maze. One of my favorite things is to watch the social clubs gather on Sundays to practice drumming, sword skills and even Tai Chi.
If you are on your own with your baby, a day trip to Macau might be too much. This casino filled island does have a few sights to see, but if you are pushing a stroller across the cobbled streets, you won't enjoy it, especially in the heat.
Hiking up the many, many steps up to the monastery on your own is daunting. Strap a baby to you or carry her up and you may want to collapse, even if you have someone with you to help share the load. There are also monkeys. Granted, I love monkeys. I would bring my baby to see them, but if you are at all nervous, skip it.
It is easy to get caught up in the dim sum and traditional Chinese cuisine, but Hong Kong is filled with international cuisine that shouldn't be ignored. One of the best cups of coffee I ever had was found at a little French cafe in Hong Kong. The pastries are divine, and so are the sushi snacks, kabobs and Italian dishes.
Kids love a little fresh OJ, but Hong Kong brings it to a whole new level. On multiple corners throughout the city you can find juice stands that are blending up watermelon juice, strawberry juice and even starfish juice. You can mix a few together or just have a single pure burst of fruit. It is the perfect jet lag cure when you are having a bit of trouble making the time switch.
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Keryn is an East Coast native living life as a freelance writer in Seattle surrounded by her two little boys and one incredible husband. When not dragging the men in her life across the globe you can find Keryn writing on her blog Walking On Travels, a site that gives hope to today's modern parent that doesn't see kids as a roadblock to travel, but an excuse to get out the door and explore. Keryn has laughed at the naysayers by bringing her boys to far off lands like China, Hong Kong, Japan, Hawaii, back and forth across the USA, Mexico, Canada, and even across Europe. Keryn loves to encourage families to take that first step out the door, the hardest step of all. Follow Keryn on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google Plus.
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