Dubbed fragrant harbor in Cantonese, Hong Kong is a former British colony. Although it still maintains a certain amount of autonomy, the special administrative region (SAR) is now considered to be a part of the People’s Republic of China. Located off of China’s southern coast, you can’t help but become mesmerized by the sights and attractions on this Asian isle.
1. Visit Ocean Park
If you travel with you family, then you’ll want to visit Ocean Park. You and the kids will enjoy such featured highlights as the Ocean Theatre, the cable car, and the shark aquarium.
2. Take a Trip Up to Victoria Peak
Number one among the many Hong Kong attractions, the Victoria Peak is a must-see too. Take a tram to enjoy a panoramic view of the skyline and Victoria Harbour.
3. Savor the Night View from the Tsim Shat Sui Waterfront
To view Hong Kong at night, visit the Tsim Shat Sui waterfront where you can gaze on Hong Kong lights and, again, the Victoria Harbour. You can reach the destination by taking the Star Ferry from the Central District during sundown or shortly thereafter. The Tsim Shat Sui area, which is located on the Kowloon Peninsula’s tip, is considered to be the heart and soul of the island.
4. Take an Open-top Bus Tour
Or, you can really get introduced to Hong Kong via an open-top bus tour. Choose from four different routes. The tours allow you to hop on and off the mobile caravan and explore a variety of Hong Kong areas. For example, tour Hong Kong Island and see such sites as Man Mo Temple or SoHo (an area just south of Hollywood Road). Featuring stylish boutiques, antique shops, and galleries, the SoHo district is also home to upmarket eateries and bars.
5. Spend a Day at the Horse Track
If you like the excitement of horse racing, then you won’t want to miss the action at the Happy Valley Racecourse. You can also try your luck at the Sha Tin Racecourse too. While you’re visiting the Sha Tin track, you’ll want to stop in and dine at the Pak Sing Restaurant. The eatery offers spectacular views of the racecourse through floor-to-ceililng glassed windows. LCD TVs are provided at select tables too.
6. Enjoy the Cantonese Dishes or Dim Sum Cuisine
No doubt, you’ll be sampling the dim sum in Hong Kong as well. Actually, you can’t avoid eating the cuisine as it is served all over China. Dim sum is represented by small, bite-sized food specialties as dumplings and egg rolls. Served between late morning and early afternoon, the brunch-type meal is a teatime activity.