Hong Kong Travel Guide
A complex city, and a veritable shrine to money and business, Hong Kong looks out over Victoria Harbour with the lights of it’s metallic skyscrapers and Chinese lanterns glistening in the water. Recently handed back to China after over a century as a British colony, relatively little has changed that would affect the visitor. Hong Kong remains an enigmatic city with plenty to offer. To get an unparalleled view of this glass and silver kingdom, take the Star Ferry across the Victoria Harbour. The Star Ferry Terminal is the busiest and most chaotic city port in the world and this only adds to the experience of viewing the city from the water. With the harbour packed with sail boats, warships, cruise liners and cargo ships, it is manic to say the least but completely worth the trouble when you see the City replete with the stunning Victoria peak rising up behind the city. On the southern side of Hong Kong Island is Aberdeen Harbour also bustling with boats of all shapes and sizes. Aberdeen Harbour constitutes an amazing ‘floating city’ which can be toured by sampan and makes for a truly fascinating experience with visitors often stopping to chow down at one of the huge palatial floating restaurants such as the famous Jumbo Floating Restaurant.
For some shopping therapy in this money-orientated city, check out Stanley Market on the south side of Hong Kong Island. A bustling market trading in cut-price books, silks, clothes and antiques the bargain hunter cannot afford to miss this one. And, when sick of the hustle and bustle, relax on one of the nearby beaches. The city itself is incredibly lively with an amazing nightlife. When the sun goes down, the streets throng with revellers lit by the bright multi-coloured neon lights. One of the best places to go wild is in Lan Kwai Fong where the ‘in’ bars and clubs change weekly. Although, if culture is more to taste, then there are also plenty of museums in Hong Kong. From ancient and contemporary, from history to science there is something for everyone. To escape the city entirely however, take the tram up to the top of Victoria Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island providing spectacular 360o panoramic views of the island and Kowloon. Hong Kong is an ambiguous city with many faces, - the fun is discovering each one.
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