Hong Kong is a place with multiple personalities, as a result of being both Cantonese Chinese and British influence. Today, the former British colony is a major tourism destination for China’s increasingly affluent mainland population. It is also an important hub in East Asia with global connections to many of the world’s cities. It is a unique destination that has absorbed people and cultural influences from places as diverse as Vietnam and Vancouver and proudly proclaims itself to be Asia’s World City. The popular attractions are summarised below:
The highest vantage point on Hong Kong island, a trip 500 metres up here whether by bus or the Peak Tram affords spectacular views over skyscrapers and the harbour. A return trip at night is also recommended to see the city illuminated with bright colours.
No trip to Hong Kong would be complete without taking a ride on the Star Ferry, the best view is afforded by boarding from Tsim Sha Tsui – the southern most point of the Kowloon peninsula and riding towards the glittering skyscrapers of Central on the north side of Hong Kong Island.
Dim Sum – bamboo baskets full of delicious steamed dumplings are served up with tea for breakfast and lunch. This is a local meal we would certainly recommend. The Cantonese are also famed for their tasty barbecued meats which can be seen hanging in the windows of cafe’s and restaurants.
The south side of Hong Kong island is a popular place and makes an enjoyable day-trip with a vibrant market which is great for picking up souvenirs, and enjoying one of Hong Kong’s best beaches and temples. Seafood enthusiasts can take a meal at Aberdeen’s Jumbo Floating Restaurant or a Sampan ride takes you in amongst the locals who live on the water.
As a largely VAT free environment it’s no wonder people flock here to enjoy lower prices and a greater variety of products compared to back home. Whether you are looking for traditional Chinese ware through to the latest electronic gadgets, somewhere in Hong Kong is bound to be selling it. Nathan Road in Kowloon is known as the “Golden Mile” and is a good place to start.
Tian Tian Buddha
On Lantau Island’s peak is the large bronze statue of the world’s largest seated outdoor Buddha, climb up the 268 steps on the hill to afford breath-taking views of the surrounding scene. If you don’t fancy walking there is also the option to take a cable car ride to the top. Enjoy a vegetarian meal at the Po Lin Monastery’s restaurant