Hong Kong prides itself on being one of the most advanced and developed cities of Asia, a booming economy, tourism, transportation, skyscrapers are the proof of it. This Chinese harbor city attracts a lot of tourists and people from other parts of the world to work and do business here. It is a shopper’s paradise with several malls, boutiques, gadget hubs and street markets where you can shop till you drop. Hong Kong has a very strong British influence which could be seen on its infrastructure, cuisine and language among the local people. However, it’s colonial influence is well entwined with its Chinese roots and original talent creating a dynamic culture. The cuisine also has multi-cultural influence ranging from Japanese, Cantonese, French or Sichuanese. Hong Kong has all the positives and negatives of a global city, long traffic jams, pollution and over population are the most annoying ones. Hong Kong is not all about skyscrapers; it has a fair amount of nature parks and other scenic places to escape from the bustling crowd and noise of the city.
Location: China (Special Administrative Region)
Climate: Humid Subtropical Climate, spring from March-May is pleasant with storms and high humidity. There is lot of fog and rainfall which can be troubling, so carry clothes accordingly. Summers from June-September are hot and humid with thunderstorms and lots of showers. You will need summer clothes, umbrellas and sunscreen too. The best time to visit is the Fall season from October-early December when clear sunny days greet you. Add jackets and warm clothes to your summer ones especially during the end season. The winter months from end of December-February are cold yet pleasant needing sweaters and jackets.
How to reach:
By Air- Hong Kong International Airport is well connected to other International cities. There are also numerous ferries, cruise lines, trains and flights from Mainland China.
By Road – Hong King can also be reached by road by Self-drive or Buses
By Sea – Hong Kong is well connected by ferries or cruise lines.
Places of Interest:
Hong Kong Disneyland
Location: Hong Kong Disneyland, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Timings: Monday -Thursday 10:30AM–8PM
How to reach: By MTR and bus
The Hong Kong’s version of famous Disney land is a newer one of the Disney series; this fairy tale theme park receives millions of visitors from around the world to enjoy it’s amazing rides, lively and immortal characters which are adorable to the kids. It has seven lands filled with excitement including Adventure land, Tomorrow land, Fantasy and others that fill everyone with joy.The live shows and amazing fireworks add to the charm of this place full of entertainment. Hong Kong Disneyland has official hotels to accommodate its visitors. Here you can enjoy Disney theme food, various events and countless attractions including mystic museums, jungles, mines or you can even simulate travel to outer space. The numerous restaurants serve a remarkable menu that includes Asian, Chinese, Indian and American flavors. Hong Kong Disneyland promises you to fill your trip with sweet memories.
Location: Southwest Hong Kong
Timings: All days
Located near the Pearl River, this biggest island is a popular gateway from the noise and pollution of Hong Kong city because of its tranquilizing beauty and greenery. (26 m)-high bronze Tian Tan Buddha (or "Giant Buddha") statue, Tai O is a fishing town, Tung Chung Fort and Chinese white dolphins are the main attractions to see in the Lantau island region. The long beach with beautiful sand beckons with its charm while the amazing malls with lots of shopping avenues satiate the shopping craze in you.
Ngong Ping 360
Location: Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Saturday -Sunday: 10AM–5:30PM
How to reach: MTR and Bus services are frequent.
Located on the Lantau island, it is a double cable aerial tramway system which connects Tung Chung, Lantau, central Hong Kong and Ngong Ping. Ngong Ping is the area where the famous Po Lin monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha are situated. The 20 minute ride on the Cable Car gives you the most beautiful view of Lantau island and you can opt for the regular cabin or the Crystal Cabin with a transparent bottom for excitement and thrill.
Po Lin Monastery
Location: Ngong Ping, Hong Kong
Timings: All days 8 am to 6 pm
How to reach: Reach the monastery by MTR, Bus and Ferry.
Located on the Ngong Ping area in the Lantau Island, this century old Buddhist monastery is the home of three bronze Buddha statues. Just outside the monastery there is a 26 meter high, giant bronze Tian Tan Buddha statue which seems to welcome the devotees seeking inner peace in this holy place. The Po Lin Monastery is considered as the ‘Buddhist World in the South’ and holds a very important position among the sacred places of Buddhists in Hong Kong. The garden outside is very welcoming with pleasant fragrance of flowers and melodious sound of the birds singing. Inside you can see colorful Buddhist iconography. You can also enjoy vegetarian food at the popular restaurant there.
Location: Ocean Park, Hong Kong
Saturday -Sunday: 10AM–9PM
Monday - Friday: 10AM–7PM
How to reach:
Bus: City bus, MTR or Ferry.
This amusement cum marine theme park gives you an experience that is worth remembering. Opened to the public in 1977, it is located in the south of Hong Kong sprawling over an area of 915,000 square meters. It won the biannual Applause Award in 2012, the most prestigious award for any amusement and theme park due to offering world class entertainment and educative experience. It has several attractions to charm you with its wonderful, thrilling and entertaining rides. You can get close and play with the friendly dolphins, see animals from Australia, meet the sharks, explore the North and the South Poles at the Polar adventure or meet exotic birds, monkeys, pandas and many more. You can relive the memories of Old Hong Kong or simply enjoy a scrumptious meal at a restaurant. There are many activities here that offer thrill and excitement for a wonderful experience.
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