This is hands down one of the most exciting and alive cities in Asia. Even if it’s your first time to Hong Kong you may have heard so much about it, know so many people who have lived and worked here and seen it depicted in movies that you will immediately feel at home. Hong Kong people are friendly and welcoming, and although you are in Asia, the British colonial history means that the city is an eclectic mix of west and east. Amongst the reminders of British rule, you’ll see British post-boxes and British road-signs. Although Cantonese is the official language, English is widely spoken.
The two main areas that you will likely spend time in are Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Hong Kong Island is extremely compact and high-rise, which adds to the vibrant atmosphere. Streets are built into the hills and are often steep, but there is an outdoor escalator to take you up the different levels. Narrow and tall vintage trams with wooden seats run along the lower part of the island, and this is a particularly fun way to travel. The historical funicular railway takes passengers up the mountain to Victoria Peak, offering spectacular views of the city and outer lying islands.
Another fun and iconic way to travel is to take the Star Ferry across Hong Kong harbour, far more romantic than travelling by road or subway. On the other side of the harbour you will find Kowloon. Particularly exciting to visit at night when all the neon signs are brightly lit, and the markets are at their busiest. The area has mad shopping districts where thousands of people flock here and there in huge crowds, vendors sell their wares, the sounds and smells of the street and everything going on create a buzz that will excite any visitor. From Kowloon look back at the iconic skyline of Hong Kong island, and try to be there for the Symphony of Lights show in the evening when buildings are lit, and the lights dance to music.
When the city all gets a bit much, take a boat to one of the outer lying islands, to explore fishing villages and the Hong Kong of days gone by.
Whether you are here to eat at one of the thousands of top restaurants, lose yourself in the markets, party early into the morning, take in the view from the top of Victoria Peak, learn about its fascinating history as a city or go shopping in its giant malls you will leave Hong Kong invigorated and wanting more and more.
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