Hong Kong is located on the south east cost of the Republic People of China. The former British colony consists of 3 main areas: Hong Kong island, Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories. Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places on the planet. Its dramatic cityscape climbs to the hill side and the edges of its spectacular harbour. Hong Kong is the environment of the yin and yan, the Chinese concept of balance. It is filled with neighborhoods that combine Chinese and colonial traditions, while its soaring skyline look boarding toward the future. For visitors, Hong Kong offers some of the world most intense shopping, sightseeing and dining attractions. Yet moments of stillness await at every corner.
Faith is an integral part of local life. Everywhere you go you smell the scent of incense. Hong Kong has over 600 places of worships, from small neighborhood temples to hill top complex like the Ten Thousands Buddhas Monastery. In Hong Kong shopping is almost a religion too, from huge malls to the markets in Temple Street and Ladies Street. Tax free HK is heaven for bargain hunters.
At the tip of Kowloon Peninsula is Tsim Sha Tsui, which is Kowloon’s main tourist drag and has a mix of backpacker and high-end hotels. Tsim Sha Tsui overlooks Victoria Harbour, one of the busiest and most seen ports in the world. Every night, hundreds of people gather around this place to observe fascinated “A Symphony of Lights”, the nightly multimedia show, which involves more than 40 buildings on both sides of the harbour.
The Avenue of Stars, modelled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is located along the Victoria Harbour, and honours celebrities of the film industry. It is at the same time the eastern node of several tourist Hong Kong attractions as the Clock Tower and some of premier art institutions, like the Museum of Art or the HK Culture Center.
Along the promenade you can find the historic star ferry for the crossing to Hong Kong island. After the short trip, explore the malls and futuristic architecture of Hong Kong main business district, Central. Following this, let the longest escalators in the world carried you to the different bars in Soho or Lan Kwai Fong.
Take the tram to the island highest mountain, the Victoria Peak. At the peak tower, meet some of the giants of history, politics and popular culture in the Madame Tussauds. Then head up to the observation desk for one of the best views of Hong Kong!
Hong Kong is also famous for being the place where all the different types of Chinese cuisine meet and mix in order to create the most delicious dishes. From the pineapple bun to the “dim sum”, the city offers a vast assortment food. Hongkongese cuisine is mainly influenced by Cantonese cuisine, non-Cantonese Chinese cuisine, the Western world, Japan and Southeast Asia due to Hong Kong’s past as a British colony and long history of being an international city of commerce. Special mention here to my friends Maurice Ma and Edmon Ip for booking a table in one of the most delicious restaurant I have ever been! Thanks also to all the staff of the Rainbow Lodge HK for showing us some pretty good places too.
Another distinctive feature of Hong Kong is the amount of rare and unusual things you can find throughout the city. Even the hair wax used by Goku himself was there!
Outside the urban areas and thanks to the excellent public transports, it is possible to find the beautiful Lantau island, which is one of the 250 largest islands of Hong Kong. Once here, take the 25 minutes cable car to the mountain village of Ngong Ping. Here you find the Po Lin Monastery and one of most famous Hong Kong attractions, the Tian Tan Buddha. Sitting 34 metres high and facing north to look over the Chinese people, this majestic bronze Buddha draws pilgrims from all over Asia. The eyes, lips, incline of the head and right hand, which is raised to deliver a blessing to all, combine to bring a humbling depth of character and dignity to the massive Buddha, which took 12 years to complete. Climb the 268 steps for a closer look at this remarkable statue, and to enjoy the sweeping mountain and sea views that can be seen from its base.
Down on Lan Tao western coast, lose yourself in the narrow village of Tai O, where you can find a lot of varieties of sea food. This village has been the home of fishing families for generations, as well as the natural habitat of the pink dolphins.
Hong Kong is a place of contrast where you can enjoy the hustle of the night markets, the adrenaline of betting at the Hong Kong Jockey Happy Valley Racecourse or just sit back and relax by the cool of the harbour. That’s pure Ying-Yang. That’s pure Hong Kong. So, what are you waiting for? Come to this amazing city and enjoy its incalculable attractions.