A place of synergy between Chinese traditions and Western concepts, Hong Kong is also known as the Pearl of the Orient, named after one of the world’s most magnificent skylines as well as the breathtaking sight of the numerous city lights along the Victoria Harbour.
Fully complementing the splendor of the skyline and city lights is the multimedia display named ‘A Symphony of Lights’. Over 40 buildings along the harbour have their exteriors modified to include decorative light displays and laser devices that are activated and synchronized with audio accompaniment every night at 8pm (HKT). On special occasions, the audience is in for a treat as pyrotechnic fireworks are also added on the rooftops of the buildings.
Party the night away
If you are looking to party the Hong Kong way, head to Lan Kwai Fong. The street is usually jam-packed with bars for a wild night, but especially in July, during which the Lan Kwai Fong Beer and Music Fest falls, the area is practically saturated with stage performances lined up and activities hosted by street vendors. Not a party animal? Fret not, taking a walk down the street or enjoying the shows by the live bands makes the trip worthwhile too.
Travellers with young children, remember to set a day aside for the Ocean Park! Lay eyes on the cute pandas, pose with a sea lion and make friends with the dolphins, nature’s own smiling ambassadors. Certified divers can go on a memorable journey to swim alongside the creatures in the Grand Aquarium. Head to The Rapids for a bumpy river ride in a circular raft, and end the day with sprays and fire as the Symbio brings you through a tale of harmony between the planet and humans, told on the world’s first 360-degree water screen.
If you’re up for it, scaling the Dragon’s Back is a must. One of the best urban hikes there are in Asia, tourists and locals alike make the hike to escape the city noise and take refuge in the calming activity to be rewarded with the breathtaking view at the Shek O Peak.
You can't say you have been to Hong Kong without tasting the dim sum. Hop over to Prince Edward and locate the One Dim Sum Chinese Restaurant. The one-star Michelin holder is known to have good service and even better dim sum at reasonable prices. The barbecued pork buns, minced pork dumplings and custard buns will never be the same for you again after you have tried the authentic bites of bliss in Hong Kong.
Getting around the major districts of Hong Kong is made easy by the Mass Transit Rapid (MTR) system, which links the Hong Kong International Airport to the city, and covers popular tourist spots such as the Disneyland Resort. Within the districts, buses and minibuses are the choice mode of transport. The public transport expenses can be deducted from the stored value in the Octopus Card, purchasable at most MTR Customer Service Centres. Taxis are also easily available and affordable.
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