The Attractions of Hong Kong: A Perfect Fit
Did you know that Hong Kong’s skyline features more skyscrapers than New York City? Also, alongside its skyscrapers and landmarks, you do not expect to see historical gems and sprawling country parks. When you venture beyond the entertainment hub of downtown, you’ll find that almost 70 percent Hong Kong is made up of the countryside—craggy mountains, bijou islands and kilometre upon kilometre of indented coastline. Hong Kong has a distinctive quality that lends itself to great holidaying; seeing totally unrelated objects perfectly nestle together and coexist, moreover, provides a certain kind of peace in an otherwise chaotic world. Hong Kong’s enchanting neighbourhoods and islands offer a sensory feast. Not to mention the dizzying street markets. Together with the different tourist attractions, Hong Kong makes you experience so many things in such a short time. Find yourself pleasantly surprised every step of the way during your time here.
Now, doesn’t that sound like a concrete jungle you want to explore?
Here are the five experiences you absolutely must have in Hong Kong:
Tram up to Victoria Peak and gaze out over the glorious harbour
If there’s anything you could imagine would end up on a Hong Kong postcard, it would probably be the panorama from Victoria Peak, the city’s most famous attraction. Rising up to 1,805 feet above sea level, the vantage point from the summit affords breathtaking views of a lofty skyline, Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, Victoria Harbour, and, on very clear days, Kowloon’s eight mountains. The view from the Peak dramatically confirms Hong Kong’s restlessness and intense energy. The locals don’t tire of visiting, either. There are several ways to get to the top, but the classic method is a seven-minute ride on the Peak Tram, the world’s steepest funicular railway. The historic Peak Tram runs from 7 am until midnight, giving you plenty of time to watch as the views of the city fall away beneath you as the trolley whisks up the steep incline of Hong Kong’s famous mountain. For better scenery, choose a seat on the right side of the compartment, and then brace yourself for the 552 m ascent.
Po Lin Monastery & Big Buddha
Listed as one of the top sightseeing attractions in Hong Kong, The Big Buddha or Giant Buddha can be found seated in the mountainous terrain of Ngong Ping Lantau Island. Weighing in at 250 metric tons, the 112 foot long massive bronze Tian Tan Buddha is the largest outdoor seated Buddha in the world. Take the MTR to Tung Chung and then hop on the Ngong Ping 360 Skyrail or take a bus to the top of the hill. Ngong Ping 360 is the ideal springboard from which to explore Lantau Island. Your journey begins with a 25-minute cable ride from Tung Chung. As you step out of the cable car, you will be greeted by the culturally themed Ngong Ping Village, from where the renowned Big Buddha and popular Buddhist temple Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery are only a five-minute walk away. Never mind the 286 steps up to the giant! Don’t forget to take in those breathtaking sunset views.
Symphony of Lights on a Hong Kong Harbor Night Cruise
Spend an evening cruising Victoria Harbour on a traditional junk boat. Set sail around the world’s most spectacular harbor, and discover a one-of-a-kind world of dancing lights set to music in the dramatic 20-minute show that has been named by the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest permanent light and sound show. A number of buildings here are embellished with the glitz of neon lights with changing patterns according to the soundtrack and the season. Take in the incredible views as you soak up all the wonders of this memorable night on the water. Watching Hong Kong light up for the evening aboard a traditional Chinese junk is not a thing to be missed.
Spend the Day at Ocean Park
Any visit to Hong Kong should include the world famous sea park. The variety of attractions at Ocean Park guarantees visitors a fun, heady experience. The theme park has just so many attractions and rides, including four roller coasters, and animal exhibits with different themes, such as a giant panda habitat, rainforest and polar displays, as well as an aquarium featuring the world’s largest aquarium dome. See marine animals such as sea lions, dolphins, penguins and walruses; admire super cute giant pandas and other land critters; hop on amusement park rides and get fantastic photo ops over the ocean from a cable car or giant outdoor escalator. Between 1979 and 1997, Ocean Park was most famous for its signature killer whale, Miss Hoi Wai. It is also recommended that you take the cable car over dramatic cliff faces before reaching the many adrenaline-inducing amusement rides.
Relive Your Childhood in Disneyland
Can a more perfect thing be accomplished on a holiday? Disneyland is a place that makes you feel so alive and takes you right back to the time you were a kid and knew how to really live in the moment. Enjoy a world-class, unique family entertainment experience inspired by the original Disneyland in California. It will feature some of the best, classic attractions & entertainment from other Disney parks around the world namely: Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, and Toy Story Land.