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Quite popular as Asia’s world city, Hong Kong has swiftly grown from a small fishing village to a thrilling and gorgeous metropolis in the 21st century with futuristic high-rises and an impressive fusion of eastern and western cultures. Today, this city is a key gateway to China and that itself makes a Hong Kong trip a must add on if you are off to China.
Situated on South east China, facing the South China sea, a flight to Hong Kong takes around 3 ½ hours from Beijing and 2 ½ hours from Shanghai. The city is a global financial hub garlanded with a skyscraper studded skyline and holds a number of important attractions that allures travellers from all corners of the world. This former British colony is a primal modern adventure, from neon lit lanes of the city to the subtle quaint fishing villages in Tai O, Hong Kong never fails to throw you off the loop. Also a major shopping destination, indubitably, a trip to China is incomplete without a visit to Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is a city that always seem to be in a rush. You will see working men dashing off to work as they scurry off to catch a tram, shoppers hastening it up in the malls or folks grabbing an early breakfast at one of the million glassed in restaurants. As a traveller though, you have the liberty to slow down and not get boggled up if you witness such a sight. Because, everything else is taken care of. This relatively small city miraculously provides roof to seven million people and yet, it never falters. Terrific transportation, cheap taxis, and bilingual signage makes your Hong Kong Trip a walk in the cake.
Now, buckle up and shake hands with us to discover what all marvels and attractions await you in your Hong Kong trip.
A 554m high mountain in the western part of Hong Kong island, Victoria peak, is the best place to enjoy a bird eye’s view of the city full of skyscrapers. Visit the Peak tower near the summit, a grand architectural marvel in its own and essentially, a shopping and entertainment complex.
Located in Penny’s Bay, Lantau’s island, a must visit during your Hong Kong trip if you wish to experience some really cool and magical moments. Disneyland park is a perfect place for family fun. Venture into Adventureland, the main street USA, Tomorrow land, Grizzly Gulch and the super mysterious Mystic point to feel the hair rise in your skin.
Tai O Fishing Village
If you wish to travel back in time and see what real traditional is all about, include a visit to the Tai O fishing village during your Hong Kong trip. Houses built on stilts over the river, the village is characterised by narrow lanes where you will see locals mostly selling fish and everyday items. A walk through the straddled bridge across the river is picturesque and refreshing and is bound to calm your nerves if the city buzz overwhelms you at some point.
The Big Buddha
Probably, Hong Kong’s most recognised iconic attraction, the Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha) was built over a long span of 12 years. Standing as tall as 34 meters, travellers have to climb 268 steps to be at par with the Giant statue. So, yes, a morning ascent would be a wiser addition during your Hong Kong trip. Refuel your strained muscles later by dropping by at the neighbouring Ngong Ping village for a sumptuous traditional Buddhist vegetarian meal.
The Temple Street
Unlike most other cities, Hong Kong isn’t filled with many night markets, the same reason why Temple Street gathers constant buzz. The Temple Street is a popular night market that pops up when the sun goes down. A vivid example of Chinese culture and festivity, you can see tourists gather around fortune tellers, enjoy amazing street food and buy lots of sundry stuff. A refreshing walk in to enjoy your evening with a little buzz.
Ride The Star Ferry
This one is a must inclusion in your Hong Kong trip if you wish to soak in magnificent views of the Victoria Harbour preferably in the evening. It’s a short 10 minute ride, but one of the most unique things to do while in Hong Kong. Enjoy the Symphony of Lights show (every evening at 8pm) during your ride at the Star Ferry where you get to see dancing lights and music emerging from skyscrapers at a short distance. A ride will cost you just 2HKD during weekdays and 3KHD during weekends and holidays.
Hong Kong Wet Land Park
Home to a marvellous bunch of wildlife and birdlife, this ecotourism park displays the diversity of Hong Kong’s wetland ecosystem. This park is a nature enthusiast’s and wildlife photographer’s dream come true.
Hollywood road and Upper Lascar Row are must add ons on your Hong Kong trip. Jammed with antique shops and an open air curio market, this quaint little locale is a perfect to pick up eclectic gifts and souvenirs. You can head to the nearby Man Mo temple for a quiet stop in its incense covered interiors to cool your nerves.
Lan Kwai Fong
Finally a stop for Night birds. A buzzing hub filled with bars, clubs and restaurants, a must go for those whose senses light up during odd hours.
Your Hong Kong trip is incomplete if you are you a beach bum and can’t find a place to relax, right? Consider heading to Repulse Bay, one of the most sun drenched beaches, for an early morning stroll, day time sun soaking, and enjoy a glorious sunset when things around have mellowed down. For best views of the beach, chillax at the swings of Classified for an afternoon snack.
Sai Kung Town
Another hidden Hong Kong gem, this small fishing village is amazing for devouring the local catch; enjoy really cheap boat rides that will take you to island beaches. You can soak in astounding views of geo formations and enjoy hiking amidst amazing panoramas.
Hong Kong Trip: Know Before You Go
Visa and currency:
Indian citizens must apply and complete online pre arrival registration before they can enjoy the current 14 day visa free Hong Kong trip. For better rates, we would suggest you exchange currency at Hong Kong banks.
Most stores have labels with price mentioned on it. Those without, you have a fair scope of bargaining there. Always compare prices in different shops before making your buy as they tend to overcharge tourists mostly.
For local shopping experience, head to the mini malls of Tsim Shai Here, you will find all kind of trendy stuff, right from clothes, jewellery to footwear.
Sold tourist Octopus card is the most apt way to pay to get around in the city. The card is a rechargeable smart card that you can use to pay for buses, MTR trains, ferry and trams and also pay for meals at fast food restaurants. Rates are 5-10% cheaper than regular fares.
Rush hours are common- 8-9:30am and 5:30 to 7pm. Avoid travelling during these hours at MTR interchange stations.
Hong Kong trip etiquettes:
Carry tissues as most restaurants don’t offer them.
Try leaving some food at the end of your meal. This implies that you liked the food and the host offered you enough.
Learn to eat with chopsticks as most places don’t offer fork.
Best Time to Visit Hong Kong:
Hong Kong is endowed with a monsoon- inclined sub tropical climate. Hence, it is mild for most time of the year. Summers and hot and humid here and winters are relatively cooler and dry. The best time to visit Hong Kong is between March- April and October-December.
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