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
. Welcome to the Hong Kong
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
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
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.
- 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.
- Madame Tussards.
The only permanent one of its kind in Asia.
Jack Chan and Bruce Lee are favourites here.
- 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.
- Aberdeen Fishing
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.
- 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.
- 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.