A stopover in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a bustling metropolis, with more than 7 million people and the population is scattered over its more than 200 islands. Hong Kong is indeed a city and a country, although it was officially returned to China in 1997, it still has its own government and currency. Hong Kong offers diversity in culture, lifestyle and religion and is certainly an exciting place to visit.
Hong Kong, known for its unique energetic environment, interesting food, and beautiful skyline, is the perfect city for a stopover, shopping, or relaxation; Anything you want to do is possible, however my suggestion is comfortable walking shoes and loose clothing, especially in the summer months as temperatures and humidity can be uncomfortably hot.
Getting around Hong Kong is easy, the public transport system is well organized, and you can go almost anywhere in Hong Kong by tram, bus or Mass Transit Railway (MTR). Taxis are available, but they are slightly more expensive than public transport.
Hong Kong offers many upscale shopping districts that rival the upscale streets of: Shanghai, London, and Paris. However, the best places to shop are the small shops that line the streets and the street markets that showcase the charm and uniqueness of the town.
It is advisable to take a look at the various stores to compare prices before buying anything. Bargaining is a must, however in very local Chinese markets, prices are fixed.
Top places to see in Hong Kong:
Victoria Peak – Take the Peak Tram up to 1810 feet above sea level and get a panoramic view of downtown Hong Kong, Kowloon, and Victoria Harbor. Go one step higher and take a 10 minute hike to Royal Victoria Peak.
Ocean Park: it is a marine mammal park, an oceanarium and an animal theme park. In addition to seeing the amazing panda bear, there is a butterfly house and live animal shows. Once you take the cable car to the other side of the park, you will find an amazing amusement park with wild rides and roller coasters, not for the faint hearted.
Central District -Lan Kwai Fong is a great place to spend a night on the town, the street is lined with great bars and restaurants. The famous Mid-Levels escalator will take you to the Soho district, where there are numerous boutiques, beauty salons, nightclubs and restaurants.
If you are interested in antiques and art, then a stroll down Hollywood Road is a must.
Kowloon – Hong Kong’s most famous street, Nathan Road, runs from Tsim Sha Tsiu through Mong Kok to Prince Edward. This is the best shopping street, but watch out for electronics stores that inflate their prices when they see a tourist.
Hong Kong Light Show – Every night at 8pm, the Hong Kong skyline lights up for 10 minutes, it is incredibly choreographed with music, which you can hear if you stroll along the Avenue of Stars located in Victoria Harbor in Kowloon.
Ngong Ping 360C – This is one of Hong Kong’s must-see attractions on Lantau Island. It is a cable car that starts from Tung Chung (near the airport) and takes you to the Tian Tan Buddha statue, the tallest outdoor seated Buddha in the world, and the Po Lin Monastery. This is the main center of Buddhism in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Markets – Some of the best markets are:
Stanley Market – This market is great for souvenirs, art, clothing, and shoes; It is located on Hong Kong Island, near Repulse Bay.
Ladies Market, open every day in busy Mongkok, bargaining is essential here, ideal for handbags and watches.
Prince Edward Flower Market – A colorful street lined with flower vendors and beautiful orchid shops.
Temple Street Night Market: Open from 10 pm onwards, this market is great for everyone; You can also experience the taste of local food in one of the street cafes.
Overall, there is something for everyone in Hong Kong, whether you have 2 days or 2 weeks, you will have plenty of time to experience this great city!
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