Strategically situated on China’s south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, Hong Kong was once a former British colony. This city-state is perhaps most renowned for its iconic skyline as well as being an important hub in East Asia with many multinational conglomerates making this place their Asia headquarters. With a population of over seven million people, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. After the transfer of sovereignty from the United Kingdom to the People’s Republic of China in 1997, Hong Kong was renamed the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China and became a popular tourist destination for affluent Chinese from Mainland China. With a melting pot of nationalities and ethnicities, Asia’s World City is a widely popular tourist destination. Whether you are planning a trip to Hong Kong for pleasure or business, we have a list of attractions that we highly recommend to anyone visiting the Pearl of the Orient.
This photo of Victoria Peak (The Peak) is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Victoria Peak :Located in the western half of Hong Kong Island, Victoria Peak commonly refer to by the locals as The Peak, is perhaps the most popular attraction in Hong Kong. Measuring at an altitude of 552 m (1,811 ft), it is the highest mountain on Hong Kong Island. With stunning viewing vistas, great shopping and dining, The Peak has a stunning 360-degree panoramic view across Hong Kong: the surrounding city skyline, the world-famous Victoria Harbour and Kowloon, majestic skyscrapers and lush green hillsides. The trip to the top itself is an unforgettable experience, sitting on board the Peak tram visitors are treated to a ride on one of the world’s oldest and most famous funicular railways! The tram rises to 396 metres (1,300 feet) above sea level. It is so steep that the buildings outside look like they are leaning at a gradient of between 4 to 27 degrees!
Victoria Harbour :Located between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula in Hong Kong, Victoria Harbor is the largest harbor in China and the third largest in the world. Famous for its stunning panoramic views especially at night, the harbour is probably the second most popular tourist attraction in Hong Kong. A stunning display of lights twinkles at night from the skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula lighting up the night sky of Hong Kong. making Hong Kong, together with Hakodate in Japan and Naples in Italy, included in the “three best night scenes of the world”. As the natural centre of in a dense urban environment, the harbor is the ideal location for hosting many major public shows, including the annual fireworks displays on the second night of the Lunar New Year.
This photo of Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Giant Buddha : Visitors going to Hong Kong have to visit the Giant Buddha which sits atop Ngong Ping plateau amid the spectacular mountain scenery of Lantau Island. A proud symbol of Buddhism in Hong Kong, this extraordinary statue possess a majestic and dignified aura. The statue’s right hand is raised to deliver a blessing to everyone. The gigantic figure of the seated Buddha was cast in China and took a whooping 12 years to complete. This Giant Buddha was unveiled in December 1993 amid deeply religious ceremonies. Visitors have to climb more than 200 steps to reach the platform where the Buddha is seated, deeply religious Buddhists see this as a physical test of their devotion and belief. A pilgrimage destination for Buddhists from all over Asia, the magnificent figure has transformed what was once a remote and relatively unknown Po Lin Monastery into a must-visit on tourist schedules. Besides admiring the massive statue, there is also much to see and do at the monastery itself with its portrayal of various figures of gods and other colourful manifestations of aspects of the Buddhist religion. You can even enjoy a simple vegetarian lunch at the monastery.
This photo of Ocean Park is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Ocean Park : Located in the Southern District of Hong Kong, Ocean Park Hong Kong commonly known as Ocean Park, is a marine mammal park, aquarium, animal theme park and amusement park. With an area covering over 170 acres, it is one of the largest ocean parks in the world. Separated into two areas by a large mountain, the two areas, The Summit (Headland) and The Waterfront (Lowland) is readily accessible by a 1.5 km long cable car system, a shuttle bus, or the Ocean Express funicular railway. As the Headland comprises of several small hills, visitors can also opt to take the world’s second longest outdoor escalator. Ocean Park currently has 19 rides, including two roller-coasters, 11 animal exhibits, such as a giant panda habitat, a jelly fish and Chinese sturgeon aquarium, as well as a four-story aquarium that is home to more than 2,000 fishes which includes sharks, tropical fish and nautilus.Visitors to the aquarium will be able to see morays, groupers, turtles, corals, cays and over 400 kinds of maritime animals from the Pacific Islands or the South China Sea. While visiting Ocean Park be sure to stop by Ocean Theater where visitors can see dolphins and sea lions enthrall the crowds with their antics and performances. As this attraction is massive, be prepared to spend an entire day visiting all the rides, exhibitions and shows.
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