How does one describe Hong Kong? Comprising of a mere 1,104 km², Hong Kong is so many things – one of the major financial hubs of Asia, a shoppers’ delight, a meeting point of various cultures, and a city steeped in history. Known across the decades as a city where East Meets West, today, Hong Kong is recognized as Asia’s Global City, and one has to only spend a few days here to understand why this is so.
A many-faceted kaleidoscope, Hong Kong recommends itself to every kind of a traveler. Whether you are someone who likes to disconnect and relax on your holiday, or someone who likes to party hard, Hong Kong will appeal to you. Let us see what kind of holiday you are looking for, and is Hong Kong the destination for you!
Are you looking for a truly multi-cultural experience? Are you a tourist who prefers to mingle with an eclectic crowd, soak in varied sights and sounds, and look to be surprised? What does Hong Kong have for you then?
Well, for one, because of its unique history, Hong Kong, like no other city in the world, offers you its own, unique Anglo-Asian stamp. One of the most important finance focal points on the global map, Hong Kong is home to HSBC Bank and many other important financial institutions have important offices here. Thus, the place is buzzing with importance, and if you visit the official districts, you will see men and women in flashing around in their power suits.
Turn the kaleidoscope a bit, and you will find yourself facing the amazing harbour. Hop into one of the ubiquitous Junk Boats for a leisurely sail along the harbour.
See the Sights
The nature lovers will not be left wanting for places to visit in this city. Every turn of the kaleidoscope will show you a different view, each equally mesmerizing as the other. Whether it is long walks along the harbour, or a view from the Victoria Peak and the exhilarating tram ride to the peak, or the stunning Big Buddha statue, Hong Kong offers a treat to all your senses, but especially your eyes. Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, facing the waterfront, will take your breath away with its stunning views of the city’s skyline.
If the kaleidoscope is in the hands of your kids, worry not. For a family with kids, your first stop has to be Hong Kong Disneyland. Located on Lantau Island, the Disneyland, needless to say, is every child’s dream come true. Allow your children to mingle with their favourite Disney characters, experience fun rides like the Cinderella Carousel, or climb up on the Tarzan Treehouse. Not only will Disneyland give your child a magical experience, it will also nourish the child within you!
Ocean Park is another theme park that will prove to be both entertaining and educational. A marine life theme park, it comprises of an oceanarium, an amusement park and much much more. There are high-thrill rides for the more adventurous, family attractions and rides for the whole family, bird and animal shows, as well as wet rides.
If you’re like me, your holiday is not complete without splurging and shopping to your heart’s delight! So let’s look at what Hong Kong has to offer to you as a shopper. The first and the most tempting is the Ladies Market! So named because of the huge array of clothing on sale, Ladies Market will spoil you for choice. And no, not just the ladies. It also sells cosmetics, watches, trinkets, bags and home décor, so even if you belong not to the fairer sex, you will still find something of interest here. And how can you miss the Temple Street Night Market, a unique bazaar, where you will find fake designer wear and accessories. However, you need to be an expert at bargaining if you wish to get good deals here. You will also find plenty of fortune tellers, herbal concoctionists, and unexpected vendors selling unusual wares. Food stalls selling delicious local meals are extremely popular with locals and tourists alike.
If you are looking for a place to let your hair down and have some fun, then head to Lan Kwai Fong, which is home to some of the best nightclubs in Hong Kong. Whether you are looking for trendy and chic bars or a club with a Victorian ambience, you will find it here. You will find everything from retro to bohemian, classic to modern, elegant to trendy in terms of bars and nightclubs in this buzzing street in Central Hong Kong.
So …… whichever direction your travel kaleidoscope turns to, Hong Kong will not disappoint you. What’s more, a trip to Hong Kong is well within your purse strings. If it’s a complete holiday experience that you are looking for, head to Hong Kong now!