Hongkong City Line and Demography
Hong Kong is known as “Asia’s World City” due to its Eastern and Western influences. It is one of the most important financial centers in the world. A Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong has a unique history, culture, government, and atmosphere. The main language in Hong Kong is Cantonese. The city is very densely populated and filled with skyscrapers and other tall buildings. It has one of the best public transportation systems in the world. Hong Kong is also an island containing over a hundred smaller islands that are great for touring.
Tourist Attractions of Hong Kong
For the best view of the city and the islands, The Peak is an absolute must. You can get to the top of the Peak Tower by taking the tram or a bus, which wind up the mountains and are an experience in their own right, or by hiking from the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens. Take the ferry at night for a great view of A Symphony of Lights, a laser show.
The Star Ferry is the most famous and most popular way to get to Hong Kong Island from Kowloon. The upper deck seats are very cheap, about a quarter of US currency. The ride only takes a few minutes, but it is a great way to see the harbor.
Temple Street Night Market:
The quintessential image of Hong Kong nightlife and street market scene can be found here. Cheap toys and gadgets, food vendors, opera singer, fortune tellers, and all manner of riff-raff congregate at night at the Temple Street Market.
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade:
A great place to go for a waterfront stroll, the Promenade also hosts the Avenue of the Stars, the Chinese cinema version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the Clock Tower, built in 1915 and standing 44 meters tall.
Twice as big as Hong Kong Island but not nearly as crowded or polluted, Lantau Island is a great spot for tourists. Spend a day at Cheung Sha Beach, ride the Ngong Ping Cable Car, visit the Po Lin Monastery, and see the Big Buddha statue.
Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple:
A religious site venerated by three of the world’s major religions, Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism, worshippers go there to pray for good fortune. The temple is also a popular tourist attraction.
A theme park, a zoo, and an aquarium all in one. The cable car and underground funicular that mimics a submarine dive are highlights. Also, the Giant Pandas are a must see.
Hong Kong Disneyland:
Located on Lantau Island, it is smaller than other Disneyland resorts but has undergone expansions since opening in 2005. It is also quite cheap in comparison to other Disneyland parks in other countries. It has many of the same rides as the other Disney lands. Newly opened attractions include Toy Story Land and Grizzly Gulch.
Nan Lian Garden:
This nine-acre park and gardens were built in the style of the Tang Dynasty. It is a great place for relaxation. A popular attraction within the garden is the Chi Lin Nunnery.
Hong Kong Museum of History:
This 185,000 square foot museum showcases artifacts from Hong Kong’s history, art, and culture. The exhibits have something for everyone, from Prehistoric Hong Kong to Folk Culture.