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There's so much this city has to offer and sometimes all you need is a fresh perspective to rediscover its magic. To keep you from getting jaded, we've found six fantastic ways to experience the city from bird's eye views to secret graffiti tours below. Keep your phone onhand, you'll be dominating the #hkig tag on Instagram in no time.

All that Junk

Spare yourself from the boardwalk crowds and see the skyline from the Aqua Luna instead. This iconic wooden junk leisurely circles the harbour for a 360 degree skyline experience. While they offer daily sailings, the evening cruises steal the show with a free cocktail and a front row seat to the Symphony of Lights for as little as $195HKD. Look for the ship with the billowing red sails - it's hard to miss.

Bird is the Word

Got a bit of cash to burn? Take to the skies and book a twenty minute helicopter tour of Hong Kong for a bird's eye view of our towering skyscrapers. It's hardly the cheapest option, but it's an absolutely unforgettable experience. Check out Heliservices' afternoon tea package which throws in a high tea at the Peninsula, priced at $2,157HKD per person.

Island Life

Escape the concrete jungle and take the ferry to one of Hong Kong's many outlying islands, where there's not a high rise to be seen. It's easy to imagine what the +852 used to be like after walking around these modest villages and most islands will have bicycle rental stores, making for a perfect day of exploration. Head to Cheung Chau for its temples and signature white buns, Lamma Island for its seafood restaurants and Tai O Fishing Village for the pink dolphin tours and cultural experience.

Go Local

There's always something new to uncover in the city, but sometimes you just need the right person to help you get there. Sam the Local's a fun new service that connects experience seekers with local experts in everything from photography to hiking. Book out a guide for an hour for around $200HKD and bring your camera and an open mind.  

Paint it Black

Seen the snatches of graffiti in Sheung Wan and Soho? That's only the tip of the iceberg - last year, street art collective HKwalls created a free audio tour to take you through these colourful districts. The free app is available here and spans over twenty different works of art created for last year's HKwalls festival, but keep your eyes peeled as new art pops up all the time.

Take a Hike

Now that the weather's cooled down a little, it's the perfect time for a hike. Hong Kong is home to many different trails and there's a whole range of hiking guides available online and in bookshops for avid walkers. The Dragon's Back trail in Shek O is a great beginner's choice and widely popular for the stunning views: think endless sea and grassy islands bobbing away in the distance. It helps that a good hike is always free.

Check out our full guide to hiking in Hong Kong right here!

Written by Megan Hills

Megan Hills is a freelance writer and blogger at Give Me Chills. Born and raised in Hong Kong, her work has been published by numerous lifestyle verticals including The Culture Trip, SOY Journal and Sassy Hong Kong. ​

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Header image sourced via flickr / barnyz
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