The Ultimate Guide Before You Plan for your Next Trip
The former British colony of Hong Kong embraces the East and the West, together. The cosmopolitan appeal of the place will certainly overwhelm you as you get to savor the best of both the worlds. The skyline of this well-known global financial hub is studded with various skyscrapers and a trip to the highest peak will certainly give you a sensational experience. This fascinating little region is also a fabulous shopping center and you one trip to this place is certainly not enough. Whilst the bespoke tailoring markets and the fishing villages will give you a feel of the authentic oriental appeal the Temple Street Night Market will pamper you to the core.
From the mind-boggling peaks to charming ocean-view, Hong Kong has many spectacles to offer to its guests.
Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street Night Market
This dazzling nighttime market in Kowloon is certainly a major attraction in Hong Kong. Considered to be one of the largest and certainly the most vibrant market in the Eastern Hemisphere this marketplace will offer you a chance to browse through the most exotic electronics products in entire Asia. The range of the items will certainly tempt you to make many purchases as apart from the gadgets you can also buy food, clothes, and many other items. The lane on which the market is held is always glittering with lights and you can also hear some Cantonese opera is performed outside the Tin Hua Temple.
Hong Kong is known throughout the world for its famous Star Ferry which started back in the 1800's. This cruise ride will take you down the famous Victoria Harbor where you can rejoice the various views of the green mountains scattered around in the forms of islands down the main channel connecting the Tsim Sha Tsui to the Central. The best part of the Star Ferry is that you do not need to schedule a ride in advance as there are many rides taking passengers from one end to the other. The evening trips are even more appealing as you can watch the nightly laser shows happening.
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple
This temple in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong was
built back in the 1920's for the worship of a local
Chinese God Taoist god Wong Tai Sin who is believed
to bring good luck and help in the recovery from
various ailments. The complex architecture made from
several buildings lures many tourists as the most
famous of them are Hall of Three Saints and the Good
Wish Garden. The place itself has a very mystic
appeal as you can find many fortune tellers
lining up in the hall and the tranquil spirit will
completely engulf you and will certainly win you
No list of Hong Kong's top tourist attractions can be complete without the mention of the fabulous Victoria Peak. This enchanting tram ride to the top of the hill will allow you see the entire region of Hong Kong along with the sea. You can see the surrounding islands all scattered on the water whilst the high skyscrapers appear to be tiny boxes from the top. Like everything else in Hong Kong, the trip to the Victoria Peak also becomes more fascinating during the evening. The glittering and shimmering lights around the harbor will give you a dreamy feeling which you will savor forever.
Due to its cosmopolitan appeal Hong Kong boasts a wide variety of restaurants and eateries, spread all across the territory. The places has a huge colonial appeal which is completed well with the Cantonese style cooking. Starting from dim sums to green tea, the restaurants offer a wide range of delectable menus for the tourists to come and choose. The aesthetics of the place will charm you whilst the food will win your heart.
As a self-administered region Hong Kong has a separate currency when compared to China. It is called the Hong Kong Dollar. Hong Kong is a very professional and well managed zone and they do not accept any other currencies. As a big shopping destination Hong Kong accepts all sorts of international debit and credit cards. However, some of the markets do not accept card payment and for that reason you need to carry some currency.
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The land of song-birds, pink dolphins, and exotic orchids celebrates traditional festivals with food and fun.
Hong Kong is not just a dazzling urban hub full of skyscrapers but it also a very rich natural forestation spread across its different parts. The country parks and the coastlines are home to all the different kinds of plant and animal species. Hong Kong boasts almost 3000 different kinds of flowering plants including many orchids and native tree species of China. The unspoiled beauty of the place allows many dragon flies and butterflies to grow as Hong Kong houses almost one-third of the entire bird species of China.
Larger animals like bears and deer are also available in Hong Kong as some of the National Parks houses some exotic varieties of red pandas and giant pandas. Due to its huge coastline Hong Kong is also home to many marine animals and the endangered pink dolphins are the certainly ones to win everyone's heart over. Apart from that there are also several civet cats, bats, and salamanders which can be sighted during some treks up the hills.
Hong Kong celebrates most of the major Chinese festivals including the likes of the Chinese New Year and the Dragon Boat Festival. However, being an independent territory and a unique culture Hong Kong also has some celebrations of its own. The Tin Hau festival is very popular in the region because of its strong maritime culture. For those who do not know Tin Hau is the Chinese goddess of the sea and the people of Hong Kong worship her by a great extent.
The maritime festivals of Hong Kong does not only stop in the celebration of the Tin Hau temples but also through the Cheng Chau Bun Festival held in the different fishing villages of the place. Celebrating the Taosit God Pak Tai this festival is about making the traditional Cantonese sweet buns and also entering into various bun-making competitions.
The culture of Hong Kong is richly influenced by the British as well as the Cantonese. Cantonese is the most prevalent culture of the region as the people still rely on strong family bonds and traditions. The soft and sober natured people of Hong Kong believe in the values of the families just like us Indians.
Chinese and English are the official language of the place as people mostly speak Cantonese, Mandarin, and English. The people of Hong Kong are very hospitable in their approach and since English is easily understood and spoken, communication with the tourists is not a problem for them. In some part of the province you can still find strong British influence as many westerners still reside in Hong Kong.