- by David Iwanow
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Things to do in Hong Kong
- by David Iwanow
- October 23, 2015
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Hong Kong’s best attribute, and perhaps one that continually awes locals and visitors alike is that its history can be traced back to ancient civilizations, hence the rich cultural fusion. The city is home to dozens of events and festivals, making this city a top tourist attraction.
Natural landmarks dot Hong Kong’s stunning landscape. A trip to the city is incomplete without visiting Victoria Peak. This is the highest peak on the island, and certainly one of the most popular attractions. The Peak offers panoramic views of the bustling city, the lush woods and the magnificent trails, all of which are easily accessible by public transport. Use the Peak Tram for the most exhilarating ride to The Peak.
Alternatively it’s a great stop over for travel to Mainland China such as enjoying a nature-packed tour by floating on the popular Yangtze River or exploring parts of the Great Wall of China. Several boutique tour operators also offer side tours such as cycling through the rolling rice fields, the perfect opportunity to interact with the locals and find out more about the lives they lead.
Hong Kong is home to many religious temples, but perhaps the one that will pique your attention is the Man Mo Temple. This temple was constructed to honor the gods of literature. The temple’s design is as amazing as it is intricate, giving visitors a sneak into the city’s deep religious beliefs. The Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple is also worth a visit if you would like to see the intersection of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucius religions.
What is a trip to enjoy ‘things to do in Hong Kong’ without a trip to Temple Street Night Market? Undoubtedly one of the most eclectic night markets in the region, its location on Temple Street continues to attract visitors from across the world. This is the go-to market for the best bargains, so lookout for the open food stalls, affordable clothes, shoes and just about anything you may need to get from a market. The market opens in the afternoon, but most vendors do not start streaming in until about 6PM.
Hong Kong offers one of the most stellar skylines, which should give you the impetus to sample the city’s promenade. This stretch which begins from the Hong Kong Coliseum and ends at the New World Centre Shopping complex is the perfect place to unwind at dusk. One of the best hotels to stay at when in Hong Kong is the Excelsior Hong Kong that features 886 rooms overlooking Victoria Harbour.
Go back in time when you visit the Hong Kong Museum of History, with free entry every Wednesday. The iconic clock tower is a landmark from the colonial era, and stands stoically as if denying the technological advances made by the city. Other attractions include the family-friendly Ocean Park Hong Kong, amusement at Hong Kong Disneyland as well as Happy Valley Racecourse.
The best to visit Hong Kong is between October and December since the weather is most favorable in this period. Additionally, the number of tourists is yet to increase exponentially, so the rates are favorable for the average traveler. Best known for its shopping paradise, great cuisine and swanky restaurants, you are spoiled for choice with ‘things to do in Hong Kong’.