Nikhil Thakur | May 2, 2021 | 0
Hong Kong – @what.i.lost
“The place where the East meets the West.”
Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China and one of the richest financial and trading centers in Asia. You will never run out of things to do here. With its charisma, you might find yourself revisiting and unraveling its countless treasures.
The sovereignty was transferred from the United Kingdom to the People’s Republic of China on July 1, 1997 under a ‘One Country, Two Systems’ agreement. Under this, Hong Kong will retain a high level of economic autonomy in all matters except defense affairs for the next 50 years.
It is perpetually short on space and overflowing with people, the reason why the country is sprinkled with eye-popping high-rise apartment buildings to address the housing crisis.
Yet despite its size, it attracts millions of tourists each year, and that’s not surprising, given the wealth of family-friendly attractions, lively street life, and shopping mecca’s here. And if you feel like escaping the bustling, futuristic jungle; rush to the outlying areas with hills and beaches that remain untainted by commercialism.
There are different district in Hong Kong, but the most likely to visit are:
KOWLOON: This place is a good base for the budget traveler as there are many budget-friendly hotels and hostels. It also oozes with local restaurants, a perfect place for a food trip. Sometimes it gets too chaotic because of the crowd it brings. It is dubbed as one of the most heavily populated places on Earth.
HONG KONG ISLAND: Modern and swanky, the island is where most skyscrapers, banks, posh boutiques, high-end bars, restaurants and clubs are concentrated. This is where the British settlement thrived when Hong Kong was colonized in 1841.
LANTAU ISLAND: The biggest island in Hong Kong; home to Disneyland, Ngong Ping and the airport.
The other top attractions of Hong Kong include the Iventure Pass, Tai O Fishing Village, Victoria Peak, Tian Tan Big Buddha, and Polin Monastery, Avenue of Stars, Symphony of Lights and Victoria Harbor.
A day tour to Macau is a must if you’re into old age tourist attractions. Macau has the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of A-Ma Temple and The Ruins Of St. Paul’s. The Macau Tower is the world’s 11th highest tower.
Although it is expensive compared to other Asian countries. It is possible to stay on budget by staying around Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui. Its currency is Hong Kong Dollars ( 1 HKD= 9.8258 INR). There are direct flights from India to Hong Kong and you can travel around any time of the year as it beholds a mesmerizing experience for every season.
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