Hong Kong: City That Never Sleeps
- NIYATI SHINDE
- UPDATED Mar 30, 2017
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Very few destinations in the world tend to not be boring even on your 50th visit! Hong Kong is one of them! Officially known as the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong is a beautiful chaotic blend of everything from entertainment to trade and commerce to nature to culture to modernization. With an impressive skyline, a captivating culture, delicious culinary delights, vivacious shopping destinations and a beautiful harbour, a trip to Hong Kong features on almost everybodys wishlist.
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Plan a Hong Kong travel itinerary during the months from September to January. A merge of autumn and winter, these months have a pleasant climate along with crisp air and clear skies. The city is easily accessible by air, road and water. Known as the Worlds Best Airport, The Hong Kong International Airport has good connectivity to all the continents across the globe. Regular ships and luxury cruises connect the city to mainland. It is also possible to get to Hong Kong via road from the mainland, be prepared for multiple checkpoints though.
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Tourist attractions in Hong Kong are aplenty. Like the Tian Tan Buddha. A seated statue of Lord Buddha approximately 26 metres tall, the Tian Tan Buddha is also called Big Buddha. Be ready to climb over 250 steps to reach the statue and have a closer look. Another popular attraction is the Victoria Harbour. Giving stunning views of the Hong Kong skyline, the harbour comes to life during the night. Hop on one of the many cruises docked at the harbour and see Hong Kong like never before. And no visit to Hong Kong is complete without a ride in the Ding Ding (tram)!
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For shopping, head over to Mong Kok, Hong Kongs most congested shopping and residential district! Bright neon lights and historic streets await you at this neighbourhood. Just about everything can be bought over here, from souvenirs to branded clothing to luxury jewellery. The famous Ladies Market is a part of this district. While in Hong Kong with your kids, you will definitely be visiting Disneyland. Make magical memories at this theme park which is spread across an area of 28 hectares and boasts of 7 lands, namely, Adventureland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, Toy Story Land, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Main Street, U.S.A.
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Hong Kong is rightly known as the World's Food Fair. From roadside food stalls to top-notch restaurants, the city offers a wide variety of choices when it comes to dining out. The cuisine of Hong Kong is influenced by both, Eastern and Western cultures. It is probably the only city in the world where food lovers can indulge in cuisines from countries such as China, Korea, Germany, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, India, Vietnam and America. With such an array of food, Hong Kong is a gourmet eating paradise! While on a culinary tasting adventure, do try out Sweet and Sour Pork, Roast Goose, Steamed Shrimp Dumplings and Rickshaw Noodles.
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Hong Kong's culture, like its food, is a sophisticated fusion of East and West. The population is mostly made up of Cantonese, Shanghainese, British, Indians and Jews. Chinese and English are the official languages whereas Cantonese, Chinese, Mandarin and English are spoken languages. Cantonese language is the one used most widely. The religions of Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity and Islam are followed in the region. You will find many beautiful and quaint Buddhist and Taoist temples in Hong Kong and a majority of the people believe in Fung Shui.
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A city as vibrant and as joyous as Hong Kong is sure to celebrate many festivals. The Hong Kong Chinese New Year is one you have to witness. A 15 days long affair, the celebration starts with taking blessings of the deity. The entire city comes alive and the streets are decked up with red lanterns. A highlight of the festival is the glamorous night parade. Another marvellous festival is the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival. A traditional event, it now attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world. If you love your wine and are a complete foodie, the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival is the one for you! A month long event, this festival features the best of wines and gourmet food.
Known as Asias World City, visit Hong Kong and take back memories of a lifetime. When are you planning your trip?
*Cover Photo by DAVID ILIFF