Monday, October 22, 2012

Hongkong Trip


The pilot’s voice to fasten our seat belts in order to get ready for landing within few minutes woke me up. After quickly doing the needed I glanced out of my window and the beauteous view amazed every bit of my senses. The Hong Kong city is a perfect example of modern architecture with towering skyscrapers and magnificent infrastructure along with natural harmony of land and sea which seemed to embrace each other passionately and mutually. An unbeatable surprise came when the aircraft landed and I saw the sea only a few meters away from the runway. I experienced joy for the picturesque beauty of the sea underlined by a trifle bit of fear of the sea’s anger as tide or maybe the Tsunami!
But the fear was short lived as the aircraft soon moved away from the sea towards the
Chek Lap Kok Airport Building . Welcome to the Hong Kong Airport Island.
Hong Kong is an impressive and vibrant city located on China's south coast, 60 km  east of Macau. It is surrounded by the South China Sea on the east, south, and west, and made up of a combination of 262 islands.The largest one being the Lantau Island followed by the Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.
The best place to stay in Hong Kong is where I stayed!  Tsim Sha Tsui, a busy hotel and shopping district. Centrally located and a stone throw away from all predominant places of tourist interest.
Transportation is easy in HK with umpteen choices. The MTR (underground Metro Rail System) is fast, frequent, efficient, economic and clean. Other options include the taxi, Bus, Ferries, Tram which cover and connect all parts of the island well. The Best way to explore the City deeply is of course on Foot!
Modern culture, tall buildings, clean roads and warm, friendly people are the city’s main characteristics. The climate is pleasant even in May with the Maximum day temperature ranging between 23-30 degree Celsius.
It is safe to move around at any time in Hong Kong because it is a very safe city where East meets West and which lives 24 hours a day. At night the beauty of the city is doubled. It can rightly be called the city of Lights and there are many activities to do in there. For a memorable night out Lang Kwai Fong is the place boasting many bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants .Thus a popular choice for the well-off locals, expats and tourists alike.
For shopping freaks The Stanly Market is undoubtedly the shopper’s paradise for the purchase of authentic souvenirs and gift items like silk, garments, leather hand bags, sportswear, Chinese artwork and accessories for family and friends back home. 
All these are available at a bargained and affordable price. The richie-rich can buy exceptional and exotic Chinese art and souvenirs at Hollywood Road or gem stones like Jade at the Jade Market where there are more than 400 stalls selling various types of Jade, a precious stone in Chinese culture in the form of rings, bracelets, pendants and other ornaments.
A wise decision I made was to use a map to avoid confusion and loose time in striding the same street more than once because when you are in a city for a limited number of days you cannot afford to loose time! The more you save time the more you get to see!
It is best to opt for a half day city tour of the HK island to visit the important destinations like
The Man Mo temple. Built in 1847 dedicated to the Man (literature) and Mo (martial arts) God.
  1. The Peak. An unsurpassable location, looking down I was astonished to see the spectacular view of the surrounding city skyline, famous Victoria Harbour, towering skyscrapers and lush, peaceful green hillsides. I was bewildered at the splendid harmony of nature and technology….both hand-in-hand.
  2. Madame Tussards. The only permanent one of its kind in Asia. Jack Chan and Bruce Lee are favourites here.
  3. The Peak Tram. Getting to the peak is another ravishing and enthralling experience. The Tram climbs up a steep 373 meters  pulled by steel cables.
  4. Aberdeen Fishing Village. I think this is the most unique dwelling village in the whole world with the poor locals, mostly fishermen live in the sea inside their old junk boats since owing a land in expensive HK is not everyone’s cuppa. In there is located the Jumbo Floating Restaurant where a traditional Dim Sum Lunch can be relished.
  5. Avenue of Stars. The city tour is close to end with a ride through the Avenue of Stars that features plaques for honoured movie celebrities on the walk of fame, milestones, and sculptures about HK film industry.
  6. Symphony of Lights. Awarded ‘Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show’ by Guinness World Records, this show takes place at 8pm daily. It creates an all-round vision of coloured lights, laser beams and searchlights performing a stunning, unforgettable spectacle synchronized to music and narration that celebrates the energy, spirit and diversity of Hong Kong. It will leave you spell-bound.
There are other alluring places HK where an entire day will keep you on your toes like The Ocean Park, a marine themed amusement park is a journey into the oceanic life in the form of numerous rides, dolphin and whale shows. There is a 4-story aquarium, a home for over 2000 fishes of various colour and species.
My visit to HK would have been incomplete without spending an entire day at Disneyland where I re-lived my childhood by interacting and greeting  those cartoon characters I have admired and valued all through my growing years. The characters I saw are Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Pluto, Tarzan, Lion King and mischievous alien Stitch.I experienced a calm sail through the fairytale stories featuring Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Pooh.
 To conclude, it would not be wrong to say that HK holds a promise to give the most enchanting and captivating moments of your life.

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