You’ve probably already seen Hong Kong in various Hollywood movies as a setting for nefarious villains. But what many fail to see is how internationally, Hong Kong has witnessed politically turmoil concerning its disputes with China.
However, in 2017, travel to Hong Kong and discover an iconic skyline, a legendary mish –mash of cuisines, and abundant, protected nature where colorful traditions and rare birds thrive.
Proudly proclaiming itself to be Asia’s World City, one can get by in Hong Kong with English as it is the other recognized official language alongside Cantonese.
Things to do in Hong Kong
Visiting Hong Kong is like seeing through a Cultural Kaleidoscope of sorts. Hong Kong is a complicated but stylish fusion of the east and the west. It is a city that thrives under the cultural influences of Mandarin, Cantonese, British, and there are also other substantial communities from Hakka, Fujian and Shanghainese people. The best time to travel to Hong Kong is in the cooler months of October to November. Hong Kong has had a fascinating past from the time the last emperor of the Song Empire sought refuge there 700 years ago. British colonization made Hong Kong an important port and an arena for battle during WWII. Hong Kong has a number of excellent museums, but the Museum of History will probably stand out as the favorite if you had to choose one.
A celebrated shoppers’ paradise, Hong Kong offers a unique shopping experience. From traditional Chinese product stores to upscale boutiques, from the bustling street markets to luxurious shopping malls, you can find everything from the newest designer fashions and electronic products to best-value figurines and antiques.
Famous as the culinary capital of Asia, Hong Kong is a world of superb, mouth-watering global dining options. Apart from trying your hand at the regional Cantonese food, one can also enjoy a full choice of western and authentic Asian cuisines. Fresh seafood and the local dim sum are must-tries. The night-life in Hong Kong extends well into the earlier hours of morning. Most bars and pubs are en mass in east Tsim Sha Tsui, Lan Kwai Fong and Wan Chai. One can also take a night cruise at the Victoria Harbor to enjoy the views and the Symphony of Lights.
Hong Kong can be tailor-made for family trips too. It is perfect destination for family tours with parks, museums, temples and natural reserves. Children can enjoy a visit to Disneyland, take a boat ride at a fishing village, and ride the tram all way up to the Victoria Peak. The tram ride doesn’t just have to interest children. Riding the 125-year-old Peak Tram is an amazing visual experience. This 8-minute trip will offer you sweeping views of Hong Kong Island’s skyscrapers, abundant greenery, and walking paths.
Get away from Hong Kong for a while and take a day trip to Macau. Only an hour away by ferry, another world greets you with its Portuguese heritage, a different style of cuisine to savor, and enormous casino resorts. The world’s largest gambling city is an immense change of pace from Hong Kong.
Even if you travel to Hong Kong in the summer make sure to pack some warm clothing as air conditioners are on full blast in most public spaces. Modest dress is advised for both men and women with smart casuals being acceptable in most restaurants.