Beautiful Reasons to visit Hong Kong
Hong Kong, with its dazzling skylines, glitzy malls, natural beauty and dynamic cultural landscapes, is the place to be. A visitor to this "sleepless city," is left amazed at the presence of beauty everywhere. This "sleepless city," blessed with rich wildlife, unique cultural traditions and modern marvels, offers a ride replete with thrilling adventures and experiences. A visit, or two is sure to leave a visitor hooked to this incredible city. In case you are still in doubt, here are some beautiful reasons to visit Hong Kong:
Among the many places to visit in Hong Kong, Dragon's Back should occupy the top position. With beautiful coastal scenery and easy accessibility, it's one of the best urban hiking trails. The 2 hour Dragon's Back hike – a 50km trail, traverses Hong Kong Island through five country parks.
The sky100 Hong Kong observation desk is located on the 100th floor of the International Commerce Centre (ICC), which is the tallest building in the island. The only observation desk of its kind, it offers 360 degree views of the surrounding areas. Sky100 is also home to a multimedia exhibit and guest center. Visiting this place gives you something to talk about for years.
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Standing at 111ft, Big Buddha is a colossal wonder. Reaching it requires one to undertake a climb of 268 steps. This magnificent statue was completed in 12 years. The base of the statue provides some incredible views of the scenery encompassing you. Plan your tour to China to explore the best of this country.
Tai Lam Country Park
Tai Lam Country Park, situated in the district of Tuen Mun, is the second largest park in Hong Kong. The Tai Lam Chung Reservoir, located at its heart, contains dozens of small islands. The park contains lots of walking routes. This is also a popular spot for spotting the Chinese white dolphin.
Kowloon Park is an oasis of tranquility, and a welcome escape from the hustle-bustle of Tsim Sha Tsui. Head to the Chinese Garden, where a two-tier lotus pond is linked by a rock cascade. Another attraction is the kung fu martial arts displays and the lion performances held here every Sunday.
Visiting Wan Chai must occupy a place in your list of things to do in Hong Kong. Wan Chai, made famous by the 1960 film, "The World of Suzie Wong," is a party district and shopping destination combined into one. Catch a ride on trams, hang out at the many bars, shop to your heart's delight at its outdoor markets and discover the heritage sites like the Blue House and The Pawn.
Sai Wan Swimming Shed
Among the many tourist attractions in Hong Kong, Sai Wan Swimming Shed occupies an important place. The scenery here is extraordinary – roaring waves crashing against the rocks and the ripples in the sea extending for miles around. Although intended for swimming, most visitors nowadays use the shed for photography.
Cape D' Aguilar Lighthouse
Cape D' Aguilar Lighthouse is located on Shek O peninsula at the southeastern tip of Hong Kong Island. Built in 1875, is one of the oldest surviving lighthouses in Hong Kong. It offers magnificent views of the scenery around you.
Big Wave Bay Beach
Located at the eastern end of Hong Kong Island, Big Wave Bay Beach is a haven for local windsurfers. Besides windsurfing, this beach is also famous for a prehistoric rock carving which is now preserved as a Declared Monument. The several eateries surrounding this beach provide light refreshments.
Tsing Ma Bridge
Tsing Ma Bridge, an engineering marvel, connects Lantau Island to the rest of Hong Kong. This 2.16km bridge, is the longest suspension bridge with both rail and road traffic in the world. To get the best views, head to Lantau Link View Point and Visitors Centre, located on the small island of Tsing Yi.
Victoria Harbor is the most photographed of Hong Kong attractions. Considered to be its lifeline, it witnesses the constant parade of vessels all day long. A visitor can set sail on many of Hong Kong's scenic harbors from the various cruises offered here.
Located on Lantau Island, Disneyland is the first theme park in Hong Kong. Just like other Disney-themed parks, it takes you on a magical journey inspired by fairy tale dreams and offers 7 lands – Adventure land, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, Toy Story Land, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Main Street, U.S.A. Flights of Fantasy Parade, Disney in the Stars and Disney Paint the Night are some of the special attractions here. Enjoy Hong Kong and Macau tour with adventurous Disneyland.
Ngong Ping 360
Ngong Ping 360 – a cable car service, is a perfect way of exploring Lantau Island aerially. This 25–minute ride begins from Tung Chung. Its glass bottom offers exciting views of the landscape below and around you. After the ride, one is greeted by Ngong Ping Village, which offers delightful experiences in shopping and dining.
Temple Street Night Market
The Temple Street Night Market – a popular street bazaar, showcases the theatre and festivity of a Chinese market in all its splendor. No sooner does dusk arrive than traders exhibit their wares. Named after a certain Tin Hau temple, its lively atmosphere has served as the background to many movies. Trinkets, tea ware, electronics, watches, menswear, jade and antiques, are some of the items on display here.
The Clock Tower, standing at 144ft, was erected in 1915 as part of the Kowloon–Canton Railway terminus. This "red brick and granite tower" is preserved as a Declared Monument, and serves as a reminder of the Age of Steam – period of industrialization in parts of Europe. A landmark for millions of Chinese immigrants who passed the terminus to begin new lives in Hong Kong, is also found here.
The Centre is Hong Kong's fifth highest skyscraper and a prominent landmark in its own right. It possesses a structure made entirely of steel. Its distinctive feature is that it is encased in low-voltage neon bars, whose numbers increase as they go upwards. They are a key part of Victoria Harbor's extremely popular nightly light show performance.
Trick Eye Museum
Trick Eye Museum was all the rage around the world after its debut in South Korea. In Hong Kong, it finds its marked presence at The Peak Galleria Mall. The 3d museum offers an exquisite collection of 3d artwork, featuring paintings on plain surfaces. From classical art to surreal landscape, the paintings enchant you thoroughly.
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