Hong Kong is a key destination for many travelers. It has a population of more than seven million, scattered all throughout its more than 200 islands. It is located in Eastern Asia, near China and the South China Sea. Formerly, leased to Great Britain, Hong Kong was officially returned to China in 1997. Hong Kong offers diversity in culture, religion, and lifestyles.
Chinese, (Cantonese) and English are both the official language here. So foreigners, who are planning to visit, should not have any problems exploring, and experiencing the culture of this vibrant place; since English is widely spoken here. The Hong Kong dollar is the currency in use. One American dollar roughly equals around 7 Hong Kong dollars.
Hong Kong is known for its unique energetic vibe, its wonderful food, and beautiful skylines. It’s best to always bring a camera when roaming around the city, so you can capture the essence of this place, and will always have a memento of your visit.
Hong Kong offers many great upscale shopping districts that rival the high-end streets of, Shanghai, London, and Paris. But the best places to shop here are small shops that line the roads, and street markets that exhibit the charm and uniqueness of the locality. It is wise to look around at the various stores to compare prices before buying anything. The best part of all is that sales tax is exempted from everything in Hong Kong.
A good idea is to purchase an Octopus payment card. This card takes you everywhere. It can also be used on any public transportation system, except taxis. It can even be used in vending machines, restaurants, and convenient stores, fast food places, etc.
Here are eleven must see places when visiting Hong Kong
Hong Kong Museum of Art
1. Hong Kong Museum of Art – Located at 10 Salisbury Rd Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, the Hong Kong Museum of Art is open to anyone who wants to take a glimpse of Hong Kong’s culture and history through its large collection of over 14,000 items ranging from calligraphy, paintings, Hong Kong treasure, art objects, antiques, and lithographs. The museum is open from 10:00am-6:00pm daily except Thursday (public holidays not included).
2. Hong Kong Disneyland – Opened in September 2005 and was the first-ever Disneyland in Asia offering total fun and excitement for the whole family. The park is divided into four major attractions: Tomorrowland, Adventureland, Fantasyland, and Main Street, USA.
View from Victoria Peak
3. Victoria Peak – Soaring 1810 feet above sea level, Victoria Peak is a premier destination for tourists who want to take a birds-eye view of downtown Hong Kong, Kowloon, and Victoria Harbour.
Go another step higher and take a 10-minute hike to the actual Victoria Peak.
4. Lantau Island – Travel to Hong Kong and take a cruise around the waters of Lantau Island and watch pink dolphins that only live in these waters.
Ocean Park Hong Kong
5. Ocean Park – Travel to Hong Kong and visit Ocean Park. This is one Hong Kong attraction where you and your kids will have fun. The park is one big oceanarium containing Lowlands Gardens where pandas live, goldfish pagoda and butterfly house are located, Marine Land where atoll reef and shark aquariums are found, and Headlands amusement park where you can go and take a ride with cable cars and roller coasters.
Water Park Hong Kong
6. Water World – Visit Hong Kong with the kids would never be so much fun without taking a plunge in Water World. Enjoy wave pools, play area, and water slides.
Central District of Hong Kong
7. The Central district – If you travel to Hong Kong because you love to shop, you better go to the central Hong Kong district where big shopping malls and several western designers and signature boutiques are located.
8. Lamma Island – If you want to see a different Hong Kong, visit Lamma Island. It hosts several outdoor activities such as swimming and hiking. And if you love to taste fresh Hong Kong seafood in a great dining ambiance, Lamma Island is still the preferred place to go.
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
9. Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Sha Tin) – Located at New Territories, the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery features Buddha in different poses and colors.
Hong Kong Space Museum
10. Hong Kong Space Museum – See what’s in store for you in the future at the Hong Kong Space Museum. The complex offers hundreds of displays ranging from telecommunications, robotics, energy, computers, and physics with hands-on experience that will keep you interested.
Wet Market Hong Kong
11. Wet Market – In Hong Kong, everything is fresh and when they say fresh, they mean it. If you happen to travel to Hong Kong to visit a friend or someone you know, come along when they go to the wet market where the freshest seafood is on sale.
Hong Kong also has a great natural landscape that can be seen by riding a train that goes all the way up to the higher part of Hong Kong Island. With so many things to do and sights to be seen, Hong Kong is truly a must-visit destination for any traveler.
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