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Hong Kong

on 06/25/2015 in Hong Kong

HONG KONG, Dynamic, Energetic, Timeless!  Perhaps one of the world’s greatest cities,

where East meets West, Hong Kong awaits and what it offers the visitor is truly extraordinary.   Geographically, Hong Kong is made up of 260 islands but the main areas are The Mainland (Kowloon Side), Hong Kong Island and the New Territories.  All are easily accessible by ferry, Mass Transit rail system, taxi, bus and by foot.  Every visitor will no doubt ride the legendary Star Ferry between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island several times. 

The highlight for all visitors to Hong Kong is Victoria Peak.  The experience includes a ride on the Peak Tram; a historic funicular railway that climbs 1200 feet at a 45 degree angle.  The views of Victoria Harbour and the city’s skyline are breathtaking.  Enjoy the Peak Tower with its multiple viewing terraces, or visit the world famous Madame Tussauds interactive waxworks museum.   

One of my favourite things to do in Hong Kong is to take a sampan ride through Aberdeen Harbour.  The harbour is home to hundreds of people who live a traditional lifestyle on board their fishing junks.  If you enjoy seafood, stop at one of the Jumbo floating restaurants for a fabulous meal.  

Shop till you drop at Hong Kong’s finest stores or barter hard at Stanley Market, Hong Kong Island’s best outdoor market.  If you haven’t experienced a night market in Asia, you’re in for a treat. Hong Kong comes alive at night when troves of tourists and locals hit the streets to shop at Temple Street Night Market.  It is an experience and the bargains irresistible!

Hong Kong is not only an adult’s playground, but children will enjoy it as well.  Disneyland Hong Kong offers fun, fantasy and adventure for children, with a unique Asian twist.  Alternatively the educational Ocean Park offers hair-raising rides, performing dolphins and sea lions, an aquarium reef, and a giant panda exhibit.

Movie buffs will enjoy a walk along the Avenue of the Stars, located at Tsim Sha Tsui’s waterfront.  See the star’s handprints, statues and plaques honouring the achievements of the film industry. 

Every evening along the waterfront of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, you can observe the Symphony of Lights; the largest permanent outdoor light and sound show in the world. More than 40 buildings along both sides of the harbour participate in this magnificent laser and light beams set to synchronized music.  Enjoy it even more aboard a boat in the harbour.

It would takes days to see and do everything on the mainland of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, but make some time to visit Lantau Island, home to the largest Bronze seated Buddha in the world. The statue stands 34 metres tall and took 10 years to complete. It sits atop a peak surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery.  While there, enjoy a vegetarian lunch prepared by the monks at the Po Lin Monastery.   The island is also home to the Tanka people who believe the mainland was not safe, therefore built their homes on stilts on the water. The village of Tai O is a photographer’s paradise and will delight the young and old alike.

Hong Kong has something for everyone.  Take part in one of Hong Kong’s traditional festivals such as the Chinese New Year, Dragon Boat, or Spring Lantern.  For the sports enthusiast, enjoy a game of golf, take in a Rugby tournament, or bet on the horserace. Arts and culture are plentiful.  Enjoy an evening with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Contemporary Dance Company or perhaps the Chinese Opera.  

And Eat!  Hong Kong’s dining experience is second to none with cuisines from all around the world. Sample Dim Sum including dumplings, buns, pastries, soups and Chinese Tea.   Enjoy a variety of Chinese cuisine such as Cantonese, Peking, and Szechuan.  The options are endless and food lovers will enjoy this cross section of Asia with its Indian, Thai, Filipino, Indonesian, Mongolian, Korean and Japanese cuisine, to name a few.  

Hong Kong is unforgettable.  Live, feel, see, discover, encounter, explore, find, taste and experience all it has to offer.

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