In April of this year, I booked a flight to visit Hong Kong and it was one of the best last-minute travel experiences I have had in a long time. Here the top reasons why Hong Kong should be on your travel radar.
Hong Kong was a great mix of the east and west. Its cultural influences come from Cantonese, Mandarin, British, Fujian, Shanghainese, and Hakka (Han) people. All these cultures are so uniquely different while pleasantly mixed together at the same time. Not to mention a large amount of Indian culture resides in Hong Kong as well, bringing a great blend of people and cultures to experience on your visit.
Hong Kong has something for everyone to have a great shopping experience from trendy boutiques to traditional Chinese product stores, from luxurious shopping malls to the bustling street markets. Whether you prefer the latest designer fashions and electronic products to best-value collectibles and antiques, you are bound to find something you will love to bring back home with you.
Recognized as the culinary capital of Asia, Hong Kong is a world of amazing, tasteful international dining options. In addition to trying the regional Cantonese food, tourists can also enjoy a full choice of authentic Asian and western cuisines. The local dim sum and fresh seafood are a must.
A night in Hong Kong is something you don’t want to miss. You will find the place that fits your interests easily. Most bars and pubs are massed in the east, Tsim Sha Tsui, Lan Kwai Fong, and Wan Chai. You can also take a night cruise at the Victoria Harbor to enjoy the view and the Symphony of Lights.
Hong Kong boasts an excellent transportation network. It bears the reputation of having one of the best transportation systems in the world, which makes it very convenient when it comes to getting around in Hong Kong.
Getaway for Exploring the Rest of Asia
Hong Kong’s location makes it the main getaway to China as well as much of East Asia. Therefore, its international air service is excellent, and competition keeps the fares relatively low compared to neighboring countries. (I was able to purchase my flight from Hong Kong to Tokyo, Japan, returning to the States for less than $300.)
Perfect Family Destination
Hong Kong is a perfect destination for family tours, with parks, temples, museums, and natural reserves. Children will have fun meeting cartoon characters in Disneyland, taking a boat ride at a fishing village, and riding the tram all the way up to the Victoria Peak.
With everything that Hong Kong has to offer, it will definitely be a treat to make this international place a must-see destination on your travel radar. Plus, lodging and food are very affordable.