Hong Kong city has flourished for over 140 years as a gateway between east and west. It is one of the world’s most fast-paced, expensive, and elegant cities. The city has become a global power player and its allure for travelers has never been so grand. English is widely used throughout the islands and almost all the street signs are bilingual; therefore, travelers will have no problem getting around Hong Kong. Here are 5 top reasons to visit Hong Kong:
1. Stunning Skyscrapers
The most outstanding image of Hong Kong is the iconic skyline with its beautiful lightening skyscrapers which are set next to the forested mountains of the island; next to the blue green waters of South China Sea. Generally, besides having the most beautiful skyline, Hong Kong has more skyscrapers compared to any other city in the world. It has over 1000 skyscrapers; a figure which is twice to the number of its closest competitor, New York City.
2. Tsim Sha Tsui
This avenue of stars is normally flocked with tourists throughout the year. The Harbour City which is Hong Kong’s largest shopping mall and Heritage 1881 shopping mall that will not disappoint any shopaholic. Hong Kong Museum of Art, Cultural Centre and Space Museum would give you a more artistic and cultural insight of the city’s significant milestones. Besides being an entertainment hub and lifestyle centre, Tsim Sha Tsui also houses Victoria’s Harbour, which will definitely give you a breathtaking scenic view of Hong Kong’s stunning skylines.
3. Far-flung Island Life
Hong Kong basically has over 200 offshore islands where most of them are uninhabited; others usually offer atypical glimpse into the life of rural Hong Kong. The famous and largest of these outlying islands is the Lantau Island. Basically, Lantau’s main draw is its Big Buddha statue. This statue was built not too long ago in the year 1993, however, it is remarkably large and the sweeping views of Lantau from the statue are downright incredible. One smaller outlying island is Cheung Chau which is just off the southern coast of Lantau. It is a small, dumb-bell shaped island which is a home to a thriving fishing community and a lively village. Cheung Chau has a temple, a beach, and hiking trails through the forests.
4. Relaxation Paradise
Hong Kong has the famous massage spas and amazing therapists where tourists like to get a nice massage or enjoy the wellness options, especially after a whole day of sightseeing and walking around the city. Some of the world best spas are located almost everywhere around Hong Kong city. The choices seem endless and normally range from small to inexpensive places to the high end luxury spas temples.
5. Iconic Transportation
Hong Kong city has three different types of public transportation that have been in operation almost for over 100 years. The most renowned and center of interest mode of public transportation for tourist is using the Star Ferry. The star ferry has been crossing Victoria Harbour since 1888 and Hong Kongers have been very protective of this ferry. Basically, it was the main way to cross the harbor before the tunnels were built.