Top 5 tourist attractions to visit in Hong Kong
Hong Kong exhibits a different narrative under the influence of ancient Chinese culture. The city also has its own history, heritage and attitude independent from the mainland of China. Featuring an impressive skyline, Hong Kong is also known to be one of the most glamorous cities for luxury shopping. This city-state also has another side that would lure the nature lovers of the world to gather around. With its beautiful beaches, islands, trekking trails, lush greenery and forest-covered mountains, Hong Kong has become one of the best travel destinations in the entire world. At every corner of this city-state, you can find something new and unique.
Since I had not been to any foreign country, a trip to Hong Kong was always there in my mind. Foreign trips can be an expensive affair. Thus, I was never sure whether I could turn this thought into action. One day I was scrolling through my social media profile and saw a friend posting about his Hong Kong trip. So, without further ado, I started planning on my dream Hong Kong trip as well. After browsing through different travel websites I finally booked three flight tickets to Hong Kong from https://www.intermiles.com/flights. We (me & my parents) also decided to book accommodation at one of the luxury hotels in Hong Kong for a stay. After reaching Hong Kong city, we planned the next part of our trip. We made an itinerary of the signature places to visit during the Hong Kong trip. Below is a thorough overview of how we executed our trip.
Visited the Hong Kong Disneyland
The entrance of the Disneyland
On the first day, we visited Disneyland. Disneyland in Hong Kong is one of the most beloved theme parks on the entire globe. This theme park hosts a multitude of rides that you will not find in any other amusement park. Disneyland took me back to my childhood days where I could meet all my favourite cartoon characters. Not only that, the rides in the park are dedicated to the famous Disney movies. The park is divided into 7 lands that feature unique characters. We took a ride on the Jungle cruise and also visited Tarzan’s Treehouse. Apart from that, I also took a ride on the giant roller coaster which is one of the oldest rides of the theme park. Hong Kong Disneyland also hosts many performances and musicals in different lands which are worth watching.
Witnessed the Tian Tan Buddha Statue
The low angle view of the Tian Tan Buddha Statue
After the Disneyland tour, we visited another iconic place in Hong Kong which is the Big Buddha. Nestled in Lantau Island’s Po Lin Monastery, Big Buddha is one of the largest statues in the world. Dedicated to Lord Buddha, this bronze statue is 34m high comprising 202 pieces. Set amidst green forests, this place offers spellbinding views of the azure blue waters and islands. We had to climb 268 steps to reach the summit of Big Buddha. From there, we witnessed the panoramic view of the entire Lantau Island. The place also features an exhibition hall which also features different aspects of Lord Buddha’s life. After touring the hall, we ate some dimsum from the street side stalls for dinner and headed back to the hotel. If you wish to come to Hong Kong then you must visit the epic Big Buddha for it will give you a memory of a lifetime. Remember to take your smartphone along so that you can click innumerable pictures atop this mighty statue of Lord Buddha.
Explored the Star Ferry
Captivating view of the Star Ferry
We began the next day of our Hong Kong trip by heading to the Star Ferry. Dating back to 1880, Hong Kong’s Star Ferry is one of the ten most exciting ferry services in the world. Charging a few Hong Kong dollars, this ferry passenger service is the easiest mode to tour the Victoria Harbour which is another iconic location of this city-state. From the ferry, we witnessed the Victoria Harbour that houses ships of all shapes and sizes. The gentle breeze of the waters was so refreshing that I cannot describe it in words. If you want to witness the Victoria Harbour in an unusual way, you can take a Star Ferry ride just like we did and also catch the Symphony of Light show in Hong Kong in the evening.
Experienced the Hong Kong Skyline
Bird view of the Hong Kong Skyline
After an adrenaline-pumped ferry ride by the Star Ferries, we went to witness the most recognisable skylines of the world. Hong Kong is considered to be the home of skyscrapers. Combined with the surrounding green mountains, this collection of skyscrapers in both Hong Kong and Kowloon presents a photogenic view of the entire city-state. To witness the Hong Kong Skyline, we headed to Victoria Peak which is almost 552m above ground level. Also known as Mount Austin, this quaint little peak offers the most spectacular views of the city. You can also experience the Hong Kong skyline from the Kowloon Waterfront. This location also is the best place to see the Symphony of Lights show.
We finally completed our Hong Kong trip with an expansive shopping carnival from the various well-known markets. We also ate at some of the best Hong Kong restaurants including the Jumbo Floating Restaurant. This was my first foreign trip and I am definitely going to cherish it for the rest of my life. If you also want to go on a Hong Kong trip like us, book your air tickets and explore the various attractions that this gorgeous city-state beholds.