Hong Kong: Exploring the spectacular city

 “You can leave Hong Kong, but it will never leave you.” ― Nury Vittachi

Hong Kong is a city of mystery and abundance, a modern cosmopolitan city with traditional historical richness and culture. One of the safest places to visit in the world, the city offers some iconic spectacles and quiet remote strips to quench your touristy thirst.

From best of food to becoming a convergence point for various cultures, from preserving its old values to constantly evolving to match the modernities of life, Hong Kong has only the best to offer.

If you wish to experience the vast multicultural diversity of the city try visiting the famous market areas or the eminent landmarks or the majestic architecture or the amusement parks. All of them give a certain character to the city.

1. Cultural Kaleidoscope:

Hong Kong has the distinction of hosting a global citizenry from vastly different backgrounds who together make the place work. Various cultures converge to give a magical tinge to the city’s persona.

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The city is brimming with tradition but is carved by modernity.

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2. Shopping Paradise:

If you are a shopaholic then this is the right place to be in. Hong Kong offers you a range of products from trendy hand bags to designer shoes, from the hippy bandanas to broad belts of the 60’s from interesting souvenirs to chic jewelry, the markets are just flooded with so many options.

Ladies' Market: Ladies' Market in Tung Choi Street is a great destination for the fashion conscious and those with an eye for bargain-priced sport shoes, watches, clothing, stationery, and cosmetics.

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Temple Street Night Market, Kowloon: It is a wonderful place to shop and to eat. It has an astonishing variety of hardware, pens, trinkets, watches, and luggage.

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Stanley Market, Hong Kong Island: It is the perfect place to buy Chinese artwork, silk collectibles and curios, as well as plus-size clothing.

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Jardine's Crescent, Hong Kong Island: It is a long roadside market that is great for inexpensive clothing, accessories, and domestic goods.

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Li Yuen Street East and West, Hong Kong Island: The market deals with everything from inexpensive souvenirs, clothing, and costume jewelry to luggage and shoes.

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3. Perfect family destination:

No place other than Hong Kong can offer you and your family a better experience. These destinations in and around the city are sure to sweep you off your feet.

Ocean Park: As the name denotes itself, Ocean Park covers all the thrills of marine life, joyful rides, many exhibitions and interesting shows for kids.

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The Peak: The place offers some breathtaking views. With a height of 522 meters above sea level, it is the highest mountain of the Hong Kong Island. The place can be reached via Peak tram. The enthralling bird’s eye view from the tram that carries the tourists to the upper island of the city is one to watch out for.

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Lantau Island Po Lin Monastery: A visit to the Po Ling Monastery and the Big Buddha, the world’s second largest bronze statue can be the highlight of your trip. Both these places are located on Lantau Island. The rich colorful manifestations of Buddhist iconography on the monastery is a delight to watch.

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Repulse Bay: Located in the southern part of Hong Kong Island, it is also an outstanding representative of the beach resort in the island that attracts tourists from home and abroad to spend their leisure time.

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4. International Cuisine:

The city is known for its delectable dishes. While on the streets of Hong Kong, just soak up the energy of hawking vegetables, fruits, and other produce your family would have never seen.

Beef Brisket from Sister Wah: Get a refreshing bowl of Beef Brisket noodles at Sister Wah.

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Egg tart from Hoover Cake Shop: The shop is famous for making tarts with duck eggs.

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Hot Pot at Megan’s Kitchen: The place offers a variety of traditional cuisines and is known for combination cooking.

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Egg waffles from Lee Kung Lee: One cannot afford to miss these mouthwatering snacks that are sure to lift your moods.

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5. Festivals and fairs:

The city is always brimming with activity, whether it is summer or spring or autumn or winters, you can make the most of everything here. Plan your vacation according to your moods and be the witness to the most exhilarating celebrations at Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Arts Month: Giving a fillip to the ever expanding base of art in the city, the month of March is dedicated to celebrate the flourishing arts.

HONG KONG - MARCH 20: A street artwork is placed in Central on March 20, 2016 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Hong Kong?s art neighbourhood - Central District - filled with arts experience for professioal and leisure audience during Hong Kong Arts Month. The city is welcoming the fourth edition of famous Art Basel on 24 Mar 2016. (Photo by Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)

Dragon Boat Carnival: The ancient Chinese festival is an absolute treat to watch. The sound of drums and the heart-pounding action are sure to give you an adrenaline rush.

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Wine and Dine Festival: Keep your palate refreshed with a festival that will ensure you taste only the best of wines and world-class food. What’s more all the action takes place right next to the Victoria Harbour skyline.

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The Winter-Fest: The festive season brings with it more fervor and glamour. Glittering lights and illuminations brighten celebrations and add extra fuel to your excitement.

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And there is more to all this. The attractions will offer smart deals from April 1st to mark the 20th Anniversary celebrations of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

So, it does not matter which time of the year you plan to visit Hong Kong. The city has everything for everyone. Just pack your bags and leave!

Click here to know more. You can also check out Hong Kong tourism's official Facebook and Twitter handles.

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Updated Date: Apr 26, 2017 09:30:57 IST

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