Hong Kong is the site where ancient culture and modern innovation clash together to create an amazing sensory experience. The sights, smells, tastes and sounds might seem overwhelming at first, but you’ll soon get to grips with the exciting atmosphere. After a while, it will be hard to drag yourself away. Hong Kong was part of the British Empire until it was handed back to China in 1997. However, it is its own region with its own government, traditions and attractions.
Take a cruise of the harbour on the Star Ferry to learn about the area’s history. It’s a hop-on-hop-off service so is a good way to get around, find your bearings and start exploring the city. Climb up Victoria Peak for the best views of the city and the green forests beyond. If you go in the evening, you’ll see the famous Hong Kong skyline lit up like a Christmas tree.
Make sure you visit Temple Street Night Market. It’s a riot of tastes, colours and smells. You might have to haggle a little, but it’s all part of the experience. Go to the Tian Tan Buddha or ‘Big Buddha’ in English. There are many steps to reach the top, but the sight of the Buddha will make the climb worth it. You’ll be amazed at the intricate craftsmanship and you’ll get a sense of how important faith and religion is in this area. This can sometimes be forgotten among the modern, flashy attractions of the city.
There’s a range of restaurants in Hong Kong to suit all budgets and tastes, so try as many traditional dishes as you can. Here’s a tip: some of the best and most flavoursome food can be found in the street markets. It’s particularly easy to get around Hong Kong thanks to the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) system that covers most of the city. However, for a more adventurous mode of travel, try one of the double-decker trams.
Hong Kong is a complex and innovative city that welcomes travellers from all backgrounds. Whether you’re staying in one of the city’s budget friendly boutiques or living it up in a luxury room overlooking the harbour, you’ll have a truly exhilarating time here.
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