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Posted on March 03, 2013 by Swapartment
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The Top Ten Things to See and Do in Hong Kong

Posted on February 27, 2013 by Swapartment
The Top Ten Things to See and Do in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is famous for its boat cruises, shopping districts and iconic skylines. If you only have a short amount of time to spend in this fascinating city, make sure that you add the following ten things to your itinerary.

1) Go shopping in Causeway Bay:
Causeway Bay is the perfect place to go if you want to get a taste of the most diverse shopping experiences that Hong Kong has to offer. Street vendors sell local soups and fish dumplings, and you will find everything from tiny stalls to world famous department stores (all packed into a relatively small space that would take multiple days to explore). For tourists with a limited budget, the Apple Mall is a particularly smart destination, as it sells luxury items for much lower prices than those you would expect to find elsewhere in the world.

2) Relax in the Nan Lian Garden:
The Nan Lian Garden has a reputation for being the most naturally beautiful place in all of Hong Kong. It offers free entry to visitors and it can easily keep you occupied for a full afternoon. The garden was designed to be a refuge from the hectic nature of the city outside, so it is an excellent place to visit if you are feeling overwhelmed and in need of a few hours of peace. The tea house and the soothing water features provide you with ideal locations for reading a book or taking some time to think.

3) Watch the sun go down from Victoria Peak:
If you have ever received a postcard from Hong Kong, you will already be familiar with the stunning view that can be seen from Victoria Peak. If you take a train to the vantage point, you will be able to see (and photograph) a breathtaking view of the entire city. It is not hard to understand why the Hong Kong skyline is widely regarded as one of the most impressive in the world.

4) Witness the Symphony of Lights:
You can see this dazzling light show every night from 8pm. The Symphony of Lights involves a beautiful combination of neon beams, fireworks and music, and it can be seen entirely free of charge. If you want to see the Symphony of Lights from the best available location, make sure you pick a spot in the Avenue of Stars.

5) Visit Yau Mai Tei:
The Yau Mai Tei shopping area is where you will find the famous Temple Street Night Market. The market is bathed in neon light, and you will find fortune-tellers, hundreds of items of handmade jewelry, busking musicians and all the local food you could possibly want. The Night Market also provides you with the ideal opportunity to haggle, as stall owners are typically responsive to reasonable attempts to bargain for lower priced items.

6) Explore Tsim Sha Tsui:
Tsim Sha Tsui is a bustling bazaar where you can find almost anything you could want being sold for a reasonable price. It is particularly worth visiting Tsim Sha Tsui if you are interested in custom tailoring, as it takes just a couple of days to obtain a smart suit for much less than you would normally spend.

7) Investigate Sheung Wan:
The Sheung Wan neighborhood offers you a chance to see some of the older parts of Hong Kong, and it boasts quirky craft shops as well as well-stocked cookery stores that allow you to sample the finest local ingredients.

8) Charter a boat:
Hong Kong has more than 250 islands, and you can charter a boat for up to eight hours for less than $500. If you are traveling in a party of more than five (or can locate some friendly fellow tourists), this means that you can enjoy a full day at sea for less than a hundred dollars per person. Boat trips around the islands provide amazing opportunities for photography thanks to the ragged coastlines and desolate landscapes.

9) Visit the Maritime Museum:
The Maritime Museum pays tribute to the fact that Hong Kong owes its very existence to its harbor. The museum is inside a striking colonial edifice that has been reconstructed, and it is a must-see for history buffs.

10) Take a ride on the Ngong Ping Cable Car:
From the vantage point of a cable car, you can see beautiful panoramic view of the South China Sea. When you reach the other side, you will also be able to photograph the world’s largest Buddha on the island of Lantau.
Tags: Hong Kong, China, travel