He’s back! Our popular guest columnist Scott Anderson, from the Luxury Cruise Company (www.theluxurycruisecompany.com) has been travelling in the mysterious East, and has come back with his suggestions for The Top Ten Things to Do in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong offers visitors the opportunity to experience a cultural experience in a unique setting where east meets west, writes Scott Anderson. It is a one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world today, combining the vitality of a modern city and the history of traditional society.
Situated on the south eastern coast of China, the city of Hong Kong covers an area of over 1,104 square kilometres and is made up of 260 islands, including Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories. Typically, spring, autumn and winter are the best times to visit this city, mostly because the weather is fairly calm. During the summer, temperatures will often exceed 31 degrees Centigrade, and you will normally encounter the occasional thunderstorm.
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.
The Top Ten things to see, do, or visit:
1. Po Lin Monastery/Giant Buddha Po Lin is the large Buddhist monastery. It is situated on Lantau island and is home to the Giant Buddha: at 34 metres high the world’s largest seated bronze statue.
2. Wong Tai Sin Temple 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.
3. The Peak Hong Kong has one of the world’s most famous skylines. The Peak Tram takes guests 373 metres up the mountain to the summit, Victoria Peak: the highest point on Hong Kong Island and a vantage point for stunning views of the city below.
4. A Symphony of Lights Already named as the “World’s largest permanent light and sound show”, 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. A Symphony of Lights was created for free public enjoyment.
5. 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
6. Street Markets The famous street markets clearly illustrate the culture of living within Hong Kong and provide a fascinating tourist spot to explore and to be immersed in the local atmosphere. 7.
7. Hong Kong Style Café Throughout this vibrant city, you’ll come across a number of affordable cafés and restaurants offering all the local culinary delights of the region in addition to providing an immerse cultural experience.
8.Star Ferry The Star Ferry is one of the cheapest and most enjoyable of ways to cross 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.
9. Ding Ding Tram Along with the Star Ferry, the tram I one of Hong Kong’s most loved institutions. Narrow double-decker trams wind their way along 16 kilometres worth of track on the northern coast of Hong Kong Island and provide a unique method to travel around the great city.
10. Outlying Islands The 260 plus Outlying Islands of Hong Kong are one of the city’s best kept secrets. Each island offers discerning traveller unique cultural and natural landscapes to explore, all of which are within an hour of the city’s teeming downtown.