Must visits in Hong Kong

27/12/2017 10:52

Hong Kong is a global city with its roots in a traditional past, offering visitors an incredible diversity of attractions that range from hyper-modern to charmingly old-fashioned.

Victoria Peak  
Victoria Peak, also known as Mount Austin, is the tallest mountain in Hong Kong and one of the city’s must-visits. Catching a tram or trekking along the trail to summit, travelers can revel in the panoramic view of Hong Kong, from the sparkling downtown with its iconic skyscrapers to bustling Victoria Harbor to the surrounding small islands. In addition to its crowded commercial areas, Victoria Peak also has pristine natural areas such as Pok Fu Lam Natural Reserve and breathtaking waterfalls on tree-lined Harlech Boulevard. Given its marvelous natural scenery and moderate climate all year long, Victoria Peak is the favored residence of lots of bigwigs, and has been one of the most expensive areas of Hong Kong in recent years.




Disneyland
 
As Disney’s fifth theme park worldwide, Disneyland Hong Kong ushers in a sweet fairytale kingdom with princesses, lively animated characters and dozens of rides and game zones. You could spend several days exploring the theme park, strolling the forest of Tarzan, immersing yourself in the wonderland of fairy characters, or even boldly setting foot in the Land of Future with climactic battles with extraterrestrial aliens. When darkness falls, a spectacular parade of timeless Disney characters and splendid firework displays make a grand finale for your trip to the “happiest place on earth.”


A view of Hong Kong Disneyland
Lan Kwai Fong
 
Lan Kwai Fong is the place to experience the dynamic vibe of Hong Kong, a city that never sleeps. Brimming with restaurants, clubs and bars, Lan Kwai Fong welcomes hundreds of thousands of guests a week. Here you can dance along to lively music right on streets and meet travelers from all over the world. If you still don’t have plans for New Year’s Eve this year, consider ringing in 2018 in Lan Kwai Fong with thousands of revelers.


Lan Kwai Fong is crowded with revelers on weekends and in festivals

Tian Tan Buddha Statue
 
The largest bronze Buddha statue in the world, Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, on Lantau Peak is a monumental symbol of human harmony with nature and religion. Taking the Ngong Ping 360 cable car that departs from Tung Chung and passing through the green forest, you will find serenity as you arrive at Po Lin Monastery at the foot of the Buddha Statue. Climbing another 268 stairs, you can marvel at the bronze Buddha statue in its calm, ethereal reclining posture, his right hand raised to alleviate the sufferings of the mortal world and his left hand extended to embrace his followers and sow seeds of peace and happiness.
 
When visiting Po Lin Monastery, don’t forget to treat yourself to some simple vegetarian dishes prepared by the monks themselves. You’ll feel a calm and tranquil spirit of the monks as you take a momentary respite from the chaos of Hong Kong.


Tian Tan Buddha Statue is one of the largest sitting Buddha statues of the world    

Tai O Fishing Village
 
Nestled in the western corner of Lantau Island, Tai O Fishing Village is a reminder of Hong Kong’s past. Many still dub Tai O the “Venice of Hong Kong,” with its stilt houses on the water and slender boats transporting visitors to small wooden lanes bustling with activity. The Tanka people, who settled Tai O from the very start, still maintain the traditional fishing, processing and drying techniques that have existed for centuries. Dried fish that glint under the sun to crispy Hong Kong egg waffles are nostalgic snacks for some who remember the city from years gone by.

Stopping by Tai O, make sure to stop into a seaside café and pick a small table overlooking the harbor where you can watch the bustle of the village, or simply enjoy a sunset over the sea as you contemplate the many charms of Hong Kong.


A corner of Tai O Fishing Village


Nostalgic treats in Tai O Fishing Village

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