Hong Kong is one of the most-visited destinations in Asia, something that can be attributed to its fast-paced life that holds everyone in thrall. Hong Kong tourism brings a number of visitors who want to experience this dynamism for themselves. Apart from the soaring skyscrapers and the barrage of people constantly walking importantly towards some destination or the other, Hong Kong does have some amazing places to visit. From quaint temples tucked away in the midst of bustling areas like Central and Wan Chai, to Victoria Peak with its glorious views and of course, no Hong Kong tour is complete without a visit to at least one of its theme parks like Hong Kong Disneyland or Ocean Park.
Hong Kong is also one of the places that lodges itself in your heart and it’s no wonder why people are never satisfied with a single visit. Even if you’re doing nothing and simply staring out at the mass of black water over Victoria Harbour at night, waiting for the Symphony of Lights to begin, you’ll find yourself communing with this immense city that takes everyone into its fold.
Hong Kong is surrounded by the South China Sea on all sides except the north. Hong Kong consists of the main Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, Lantau Island, and New Territories. Hong Kong is one of the most developed places with a lot of urban development taking place in Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Hong Kong’s undeveloped areas are hilly and mountainous and have very little flat land.
Hong Kong’s climate is like that of Southern China’s - humid and subtropical. Summers are hot and humid with showers, thunderstorms and even typhoons at times. Winters are mild although towards January and February, they tend to become much cooler. Hong Kong doesn’t see snow except at high elevations and that is also quite rate.
Hong Kong is one of the few places that manages to balance both East and West remarkably. In everything that they do, there’s a good chance to see glimpses of traditional Chinese elements or western modernity. Cuisine here is also influenced by this, with traditional Cantonese food coexisting with a number of foreign cuisines. In all other aspects, like film and music, Hong Kong has its finger on the pulse firmly. Hong Kong tourism also depends on this collaboration between the East and the West to ensure that visitors feel at home instantly.
Hong Kong is full of big, iconic landmarks as well as smaller lanes bustling with people and markets. What truly represents the picture of Hong Kong tourism is that it doesn’t matter if you’re a budget traveller or someone looking to enjoy a vacation in the lap of luxury, you’ll find it all here. If you want to experience a fashionable crowd that always seems to be flowing in one direction or another, simply head to Tsim Sha Tsui, the popular Kowloon shopping district which is renowned for its Nathan Road and the luxury malls on Canton Road. In fact, a Hong Kong tour is incomplete without a visit to Harbour City, one of the most famous shopping malls in Tsim Sha Tsui that looks out over the water.
If you’re here for some shopping, remember that Hong Kong has the best merchandise you can hope to buy, whether it’s clothes, accessories or even electronics. You are literally in shoppers’ paradise as long as you know where to go. If you’re looking for inexpensive clothes, ornaments or souvenirs, Stanley Market and Murray House is a good bet. Otherwise, the Causeway Bay shopping streets are fabulous, especially Jardine’s Crescent and Hennessey Road.
Hong Kong has several must visit places like Victoria Peak and to reach there, you have to go on an enthralling tram ride or visit Hong Kong Disneyland to have an unforgettable experience. But a Hong Kong tour simply must include a visit to Ocean Park, Hong Kong’s biggest amusement park. It is considered to be among the most popular amusement parks in the world and with its cable cars, the numerous rides, the ocean-themed attractions and many interesting shows with animals, it’s easy to see why.
Hong Kong tourism also includes the nearby places such as Lantau Island with its giant Buddha statue or Macau too, which is a completely different ball game altogether. Macau is often referred to as the Las Vegas of Asia although the truth is that it seems to have gone way beyond what Las Vegas offers. There are neon-lit casinos for sure, where you can see a number of tourists trying their luck, hoping to strike a big pot. The casinos are huge and ostentatious. If you enter the Venetian, don’t be surprise to suddenly find yourself facing a canal with a Venetian Gondola, complete with a gondolier rowing you across a narrow strip of water and serenading you while doing it! But Macau has its own charms as well in the back alleys and the mosaic-lined roads and a quieter existence, just like Hong Kong.
Getting around in Hong Kong is extremely convenient thanks to the well-connected MTR (underground subway) system. Though it might seem a little confusing at first, it is very well-maintained. Hong Kong is truly a dream destination in more ways than one.
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