Hong Kong – the Pearl of the Orient
Hong Kong is an autonomous region on the Southern coast of China and is one of the most popular Asian cities to visit. For such a small area, it is a densely populated, with more than 7 million people living there. A thriving population brings plenty to see and do, and here are our top five picks:
Marvel at the Hong Kong Skyline
Hong Kong’s skyline is a wonderful sight to see and something you simply have to do when visiting the area. The sight of the shiny, modern skyscrapers lining the deep, natural harbour is one you won’t forget. Every night there is a glittering laser and light show that’s not to be missed.
A great way to enjoy the skyline of the city is from the water and the Star Ferry, which travels from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and back, is the perfect way to do so.
See the view from Victoria Peak
Victoria Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island and is one of the most visited spots by tourists and locals alike. The panoramic views from the top of the peak are spectacular. Here, there are also natural woodland areas that offer lovely walks and trails away from the buzz of Hong Kong city.
You can catch the Peak Tram, which transports people from central Hong Kong to Victoria Peak in just eight minutes.
Visit the night markets
Markets are always fantastic to visit on your travels, as they allow you to experience so much of a country’s culture.
There are numerous markets dotted all over Hong Kong, with Temple Street night market being the liveliest of them all. This market sells all manner of items, such as clothes, shoes, kitchenware, food and all sorts of everyday items.
Don’t be frightened to tuck into some of the delicious smelling street food, as this is often some of the most authentic and tastiest food you’ll find. Look for a stand or stall that has plenty of local people eating from it and you won’t go far wrong.
Explore Hong Kong Museum of History
Hong Kong has an absolutely fascinating history. By reading up on this before visiting the city, tourists will understand why the culture, archaeology and natural history are the way they are.
If this homework isn’t done, fear not, as the Hong Kong museum will take visitors though the history of the city from around 6,000 years ago up until the present day.
See The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery
The extraordinary Tian Tan Buddha (known as The Big Buddha) sits above Po Lin Monastery and is an incredible 34 metres high, constructed in glittering bronze.
The Buddha weighs an almighty 202 tonnes and has a bell inside it, which rings 108 times a day. This symbolises the escape from the 108 troubles of mankind, that is part of the Buddhist belief system.
Explore in style and charter a private jet to Hong Kong with Chapman Freeborn. You can fly into Shek Kong Airfield or Hong Kong International Airport, both of which are around 20 miles from Hong Kong city.
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