A holiday in Hong Kong will convince you that its reputation as the “fragrant harbor” is only an understatement. With fascinating views, busy city life combined with charming Chinese culture, plenty of excitement, frenetic nightlife and terrific shopping, Hong Kong is one holiday destination that seems to have it all.
Fireworks - A Spectacular Award Winning Music and Laser Show
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Though not huge in size, Hong Kong has lots of attractions and activities to offer to tourists ranging from colorful festivals to peaceful sunset views. With so much on offer, it’s often difficult to figure out how to schedule your Hong Kong holidays without missing anything important. Here’s a walkthrough of top experiences.
View from Victoria Peak
While every major city has a viewing tower or peak from where you can watch the skyline, few can match the impressive sight offered at the Victoria Peak. Take the funicular to the top; the views are best in the evening when you can watch the city lights illuminate the busy city. The peak is also a great place to hang out with plenty of shopping and dining options.
Visit Lantau Island
Lantau, with its pristine beaches and open countryside is a lovely place to visit with plenty of attractions. Visit the Po Lin Monastery and see the Big Buddha, the world’s largest outdoor statue of Buddha. Relax in beaches or indulge in fishing, mountain biking or hiking at Lantau to experience the real beauty of the island. Take a boat tour from Tai O fishing village to see Hong Kong’s native pink dolphins.
Hong Kong Disneyland
With six Disney Worlds and amazing rides for all age groups, Hong Kong’s Disneyland is a must visit especially if you are travelling with kids. Easily accessible by MRT and with a resort where you can even opt to spend a night if you think the theme park may tire the children out, the Disneyland is thoughtfully planned for maximum satisfaction.
Don’t think you can skip Ocean Park just because you have visited Disneyland; this theme park is another charm special to Hong Kong. Watch dolphins, sharks, jellyfish and giant pandas and experience mind-blowing rides.
Symphony of Lights
Watch Hong Kong light up every night at 8 PM to the music of the Symphony of Lights show, a spectacular award winning music and laser show. Watch this from onboard a ferry or visit the Avenue of Stars to get a great view of the Symphony of Lights.
Board the Star Ferry
Though it’s just a cheap commuter ferry service to transport people between Hong Kong’s islands, a look at Star Ferry’s history will convince you that there’s more to this service. If that’s not all, the experience and the views from the boat will make you glad you boarded it.
No account of Hong Kong can be complete without a mention of the fabulous shopping options here. From Stanley Market’s souvenir shopping to Tsin Sha Tsui’s serious shopping; Hong Kong is a shopper’s Mecca. Get electronics, gaming equipment, apparel, accessories, jewelry and tea at competitive rates. Make sure you have enough time for all the different shopping districts here. Fancy markets like the Ladies Market, Night Market and Flower Market give a touristy touch to your shopping to enhance your Hong Kong experience.
These are just a few favorite experiences. There’s still a lot more to Hong Kong like its beaches, museums and festivals that make it a destination worth visiting again and again.
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