"Welcome to my favourite city in the world" Top 5 Page for this destination Hong Kong by swissfondue
Hong Kong Travel Guide: 8,584 reviews and 20,956 photos
Welcome to my favourite city. I'm thrilled to be recognised as a top 5 travel writer for amazing and wonderful Hong Kong.
A dynamic city, Hong Kong certainly punches above it's weight and does so mostly with great efficiency. As an avid admirer of "chaotic organisation" the MTR (Mass Transit Railway) is just one example of an easy to use, cost effective, safe and incredibly convenient transport system. Dont be surprised when you first encounter the frantic activity around many MTR stations making you wonder how it can work so efficiently.
Hong Kong's other great asset is CHOICE. Walk down any street at any time and it seems like many of the seven million inhabitants are out and about going somewhere. This is accentuated by early evening when they ALL are, spoilt by a variety of so many eating, shopping and entertainment venues. The crowds, the noise and the billions of neon lights make the atmosphere electric. Hong Kong is somewhere I could definitely live for a period of time. The air pollution levels are above the recommended scale somedays and maybe it is too overpopulated for its geographic size but these are small concessions that I could personally live with.
Hong Kong is simply the "gifted" offspring of a successful arranged marriage between East and West. On first impression it seems highly unlikely for there to be peaceful and reflective locations, but you will be pleasantly surprised how close to the heart of the city these pockets of serenity can be found and enjoyed on a daily basis.
After numerous visits I have yet to exhaust a neverending supply of new and fresh experiences. Each time I return there is somewhere different and interesting to explore and amazing people to become acquainted with. Of course the same cultural and geographical division between rich and poor which is unfortunately seen in every prosperous city, is also evident in Hong Kong, but it never ceases to amaze and pleasantly surprise me that politeness and patience is demonstrated by everyone I encounter regardless of their personal circumstances.
While many people think of Hong Kong as just a stop-over city the more time you spend there the more you become immersed in the lifestyle and culture, While there is certainly plenty to tempt and entertain shopaholics there is so much more to Hong Kong than leaving with a bag of bargains. Try to venture if possible away from Victoria Harbour and the tourist areas of Tsim Sha Tsui and Central into the outlying areas of the New Territories to experience wonderful local culture.
Not matter which area of Hong Kong you are in, the streets will be thronging with people. However the heart of the city is Victoria Harbour which both divides and connects Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.
Aside from the Peak, I would think that the Harbour is one of the most photographed attractions in Hong Kong and if you are lucky enough to be there on a clear day the views, especially of the Hong Kong Island skyline are quite spectacular. The harbour is also the stage for a nightly laser light show called The Symphony of Lights which atracts thousands of people to the Kowloon harbourside each evening. Please see my "things to do" tips for information on the Symphony of Lights.
Though renowned as a tourist attraction Victoria Harbour is essentially a working harbour and forms part of the busiest port in the world.
If you havent found all the information you need from VT Travel Guides, then the Hong Kong Tourism Board may be able to assist you. They provide comprehensive information at their visitor centre located in the arrivals hall of Hong Kong Airport. In the city there are two more Visitor Centres, one in Kowloon in Tsim Sha Tsui and the other on Hong Kong Island at the Peak. The TST centre is open from 8am to 8pm daily and the Peak centre is open from 9am to 9pm daily. The HKTB is a great tool for tourists needing extra information about what to see and do in Hong Kong. They also have phone apps which could come in useful if you like using your phone to find your way around so check out their city walks app, virtual tour guide app and Discover Hong Kong app. I havent used any but I understand that they are FREE.
The HKTB has also created a Cultural Kaleidoscope programme aimed at giving tourists opportunities to experience Hong Kong in a more personal way. Find out how to sail on Victoria Harbour on the Duk Ling or be introduced to the art of Tai Chi in my "things to do" tips. The HKTB also runs the Quality Tourism Services Scheme (QTS). If you see a gold and black QTS sign in a shop, restaurant or hotel it means that the establishment has met the accreditation criteria to become a quality service provider.
- Pros:Infrastructure and choice make the city function very successfully.
- Cons:None in my opinion except the humidity during summer. I could live there happily.
- In a nutshell:Without doubt one of the world's most exciting and liveable cities.
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