Hong Kong 101

Aleta Fimbres 04/03/2016

This is a city I have visited often and never seem to get tired of visiting. Every time I venture here I always discover new places to explore. If you are going to be spending a few days in the vibrant city of Hong Kong, the biggest struggle you will have is trying to fit everything in. The city is incredibly easy to navigate, very safe, (one of the lowest homicide rates in the world) and extremely energetic. It boats of all types of activities ranging from adrenaline, cultural, gastronomic, and leisure. If you only have a few days in Hong Kong, here’s what I suggest you put on your list of things to do based off of my time in Hong Kong as a Tutor.

 

Victoria Peak

The skyline of Hong Kong is unlike any other city on earth. It never ends. With nearly double the amount of skyscrapers as New York, it’s easy to feel like you are completely entrapped by glass and concrete. By making your way up to Victoria peak via the memorable tram, you can get above the buildings and look down at the city and harbor and feel its magnitude from a distant perspective.  

 

Big Buddha

It may be just shy of 270 steps to reach but the climb to see the Tian Tan Buddha is well worth the exercise. The bronze statue is one of the largest in all of China at 34 meters tall. This is an ideal free attraction in Hong Kong. Venturing inside the Buddha will, however, cost you a small amount.

 

Kong Kong Wetland Park

The wetlands park in Tin Shui Wai area of Hong Kong was designed to be a habitat area for wetland creatures that had been uprooted from their homes during a developmental phase in the 90’s. Now the 10000 Sq meter wetland reserve is open to visitors. It’s an easy place to spot foul and reptilia. Check out the exhibition area, the educations auditorium, and the indoor play area while you’re there.

 

Symphony of lights

This is a very popular show to catch while you’re in HK. Watch from Victoria Harbour as over 40 buildings light up with lasers and lights to the sounds of traditional music. A good place to watch from is the Avenue of Stars.(similar to Hollywood’s walk of fame) The show happens each night and lasts for around 12 minutes. It’s not mindblowing but is something everyone should see while in Hong Kong.

 

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