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Things to do in Hong Kong

  • 3 Mar 2014

Introduction

If you listen to the heartbeat of China’s steady rhythm, you’ll find that Hong Kong is the city that quickens the pulse. Modern, brimming with people and architecture, and powered by super-efficient public transportation, the city that lives to eat is compactly packed into one exciting metropolis that promises a worthy experience to every traveller.

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1. Victoria Peak

The inclining 45-degree funicular train ride to the peak is a delightful journey by itself. At the top, another set of attractions awaits—The Peak Tower, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, and the fabulous view of the Hong Kong city skyline.

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2. Hong Kong Theme Parks

Step into the magical world of Disney at Hong Kong Disneyland and enjoy to your heart’s content at Tomorrowland, Main Street USA, Fantasyland, and Adventureland. Meanwhile at Ocean Park, you can ride the Dragon Roller Coaster, hop onto the Ferris Wheel, browse the myriads of sea creatures in the marine park, or stroll around the Chinese cultural village.

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3. Soho

Be seen at the popular entertainment central of Hong Kong where avant-garde boutiques, chic restaurants and trendy nightspots are available for the picking.

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4. Ladies Market

In Mongkok lies a street where dreams come true… for the ladies! The shopping paradise brings great bargains on fashion, accessories, cosmetics, decorations and more.

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5. Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees

Write a wish, any wish, and come here to hang it on the Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees. Though nowadays they no longer hang the wishes on the trees but instead on the wooden racks around them, it’s still a timeless tradition among the locals to come here especially during the Lunar New Year to pray for good luck and prosperity.

6. Symphony of Lights

Nothing captures the beauty of Hong Kong’s skyline quite like the Symphony of Lights, a truly spectacular multimedia show seen from Victoria Harbour. It was hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records as ‘World’s Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show’.

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7. Central Mid-levels Escalator

The world’s longest series of escalators covering a distance of 800 metres is a tourist attraction unlike any other. Be transported from Queen’s Road via Soho all the way uphill to Conduit Road—a great way to explore Central’s many interesting streets.

8. Avenue of Stars

One of Hong Kong’s most iconic spots, Avenue of Stars at Victoria Harbour is a must-visit! Fans of Chinese movies and dramas will be excited to see the hand imprints and autographs of famous movie stars and directors along the stretch, modelled after Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Scenic views of old Chinese junk boats floating around the river, surrounded by the bustling cityscape can also be enjoyed from the promenade.

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9. Sky 100

From its 360-degree circular observation deck, you can get a stunning bird’s eye view of Hong Kong. There’s also an interactive media exhibit that showcases the history and culture of the city as well as an interesting Time Tunnel for some educational fun.

10. Lantau Island

Lantau Island is just half an hour away from Central by ferry. With scenic shores, traditional Chinese stilt houses and a bustling fish market, this place is great for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and to discover the ‘old school’ Hong Kong. While here, pay a visit to Tai O, a charming village inhabited by the Tanka people.

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11. Citygate Outlets Mall

Got eyes for that sleek Coach handbag? What about that swanky pair of Adidas sneakers? Imagine discounts up to 70% on brands such as Armani Exchange, Calvin Klein, MNG, Nike, Esprit and more. How fantastic is that?

12. Dim Sum

This popular bite-sized meal served in bamboo baskets is synonymous with Hong Kong’s dining culture and a customary meal for local families on weekends. You’ll be treated to many varieties including siew mei, shrimp dumplings, steamed buns and lots more.

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Inscribed by UNESCO as the Historic Centre of Macau, this vibrant city illustrates a unique blend of Portuguese culture and traditional Chinese traits. While visitors may get a feel of Las Vegas at first glance thanks to the entertainment centres and casinos, beyond all that glitz are gorgeous cathedrals, ancient temples and great fusion food.

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