Popular guest writer Scott Anderson, from The Luxury Cruise Company, is back! Back from Hong Kong, to be precise, and he returns with his “Top Ten Best Things to Do” in the city that is one of the world’s most popular cruising destinations:
Situated on the south eastern seaboard of China, the populous city of Hong Kong covers an area in excess of 1,104 square kilometres and is made up of a number of islands, including Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories (which consists of more than 260 outlying islands). Spring, autumn and winter are the perfect times to visit this magnificent city, mostly because the weather is fairly calm. There are occasional thunderstorms in summer, and temperatures will often exceed 31 degrees centigrade.
There is simply so much to see and do in Hong Kong, from the bustling waterfront to visiting Hong Kong Disneyland and experiencing the brand new Grizzly Gulch and Mystic Point areas. It was quite a tough job choosing our selection of things to see and do in Hong Kong, so here are just ten of the exciting and possibly unique things you can experience within the city.
The Peak: Hong Kong has one of the world’s most famous skylines. The Peak Tram takes guests 373 metres up to the summit of Victoria Peak – the highest point on Hong Kong Island that offers viewers a stunning view over the city.
Po Lin Monastery / Giant Buddha: Po Lin is the large Buddhist monastery on Lantau island and is home to the famous Giant Buddha, at 34 metres the world’s largest seated bronze statue.
Dim Sum: Literally translated as “to touch the heart”, Dim Sum is one of the primary staples of a Hong Kong diet. The little parcels are steamed in bamboo baskets, come in more than 1,000 varieties, and are usually eaten along with large quantities of tea.
A Symphony of Lights: Already named as the “World’s largest permanent light and sound show” by Guinness World Records, the spectacular Symphony of Lights occurs every day of the year and includes more than forty skyscrapers on both sides of the majestic Victoria Harbour. The show was created for free public enjoyment.
Street Markets: The famous street markets clearly illustrate the culture of Hong Kong life and provide fascinating tourist spots to explore and become immersed in the local atmosphere.
Hong Kong Style Café: There are a number of affordable cafés and restaurants throughout the city, offering all the local culinary delights of the region in addition to providing cultural experience.
Wong Tai Sin Temple: This is one of the most popular temples in the city and one of the only locations where the three main religions of China (Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism) are practised.
Star Ferry: The Star Ferry is one of the cheapest and most enjoyable of ways of crossing Victoria Harbour. Operating since 1888, the ferries depart at regular interviews and are particularly popular in the evenings due to the Symphony of Lights show.
Ding Ding Tram: Along with the Star Ferry, the tram is one of Hong Kong’s most loved institutions. Narrow double-decker trams wind their way along 16 kilometres of track on the northern coast of Hong Kong Island and provide a unique method of travelling around the great city.
Outlying Islands: The 260-plus Outlying Islands of Hong Kong are one of the city’s best kept secrets. Each island offers unique cultural and natural landscapes to explore, all within an hour of the city’s teeming downtown.
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