Top reasons to visit the eclectic Hong Kong

Scene from the Hong kong lantern festival

Lantern festival scene ©ancuin/Flickr

Hong Kong is known for being one of the most diverse and colorful metropolis on earth partly due to it combining elements of the traditional Chinese way of life with the absolutely modern 21st century atmosphere the city has got since it started to boom in the middle of the 20th century.

There are plenty of reasons to visit this eclectic city, here are some of the most obvious ones that would make any globe trotter start packing their suitcase in an instant and hop on a flight to China.

Reasons to visit Hong Kong

The video below shows better than any words why you should visit this amazing city where East and West, old and new are clashing in every moment and every aspect of life – it even has one of the best airports in Asia.

Living Culture

Hong Kong offers all the charms of a great modern metropolis, yet old traditions are still alive – literally. Feng Shui, Tai Chi, Chinese medicine or the typical Chinese tea ceremony – you will find them all in Hong Kong. The meeting of East and West is what makes the metropolis on the South China Sea even more interesting.

Chinese tea ceremony

Chinese tea ceremony ©David Bote Estrada/Flickr

Green Hong Kong

70 percent of Hong Kong’s surrounding area consists of untouched nature including over 200 offshore islands, mountains and forests. Directly adjacent to the urbanized areas you can hike, explore flora and fauna, play sports and enjoy breathtaking views – all just a few miles from your city hotel.

On a spending spree

In terms of selection of brands and products, Hong Kong is unbeatable. Whether you are looking for the latest fashion, the latest electronic devices, products or traditional Chinese antiques, you will find everything in countless department stores, street markets, in quiet side streets and alleys. The city is said to be a metropolis of the rich, but you can find real treasures in the cheapest, most hidden little shops as well.

Delicious Asian food

As a recognized culinary capital of Asia, Hong Kong is a paradise for gourmets. The Chinese regional cuisines, Asian favorites and delicacies from around the world will seduce you instantly. Visit a chic restaurant district or enjoy freshly caught seafood outdoors at the sea and taste typical Chinese dishes – you will find the experience equally mouthwatering.

Colorful Hong Kong celebrations

Whenever you are in Hong Kong, the likelihood that you can experience a colorful Chinese festival is high. The year begins with the Chinese New Year, followed by birthdays of many deities, the traditional Cheung Chau Bun Festival on the small island of Cheung Chau and the Dragon Boat Carnival in July through to the autumn Lantern Festival. Go celebrate in the midst of the people and experience first hand the joy of life and unique atmosphere in the city.

Scene from the Hong kong lantern festival

Lantern festival scene ancuin/Flickr

The peak

Ride the historic Peak Tram, an over 100 year old funicular railway to the top of Victoria Peak. From here you can admire breathtaking views of Hong Kong, Iceland, the Victoria Harbour and Kowloon. On clear days you can even see the islands of the South China Sea…. Don’t forget your camera!

Star Ferry

This landmark of Hong Kong since 1898 connects the port of Hong Kong Kowloon with Iceland and is still one of the best value harbor cruises in the world. Enjoy the view of the skyline around you and – if it is dark – the incredible laser show ” A Symphony of Lights ” when the tips of skyscrapers shine in a sea of ​​colors and music.

Star Ferry in Hong Kong Harbor

Star Ferry in Hong Kong Harbor ©Fabio Achilli/Flickr

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