NI HAO! Hong Kong (HK)
is one of the Southeast Asian Tigers offering simple pleasures at reasonable prices. It is on China’s south coast surrounded by the South China Sea and the Pearl River Delta. Hong Kong, meaning fragrant harbor, is a leader amongst Southeast Asian economies with a highly developed capitalist economy. The Hong Kong International Airport services international flights to and from North America
. The fastest way of going around HK is thru the Mass Transit Railway (MTR). The MTR features a network of overground and underground railway system.
Meanwhile, ferries are the most popular means of hopping from the countless islands of Hong Kong. There are two types of ferries: fast ferries, which charge twice the price for half the journey time, and the slow ferries. Ferries depart from various ports and the largest of them all is located at Central. Taking the bus is another alternative when going around HK, especially in Lantau and the south side of the island. Finding bus stops and few signages in English may be challenging to tourists. Complex road system, traffic jams and expensive rents are enough to discourage travelers from renting cars. Cars are only advisable when visiting remote parts of New Territories of Lantau Island.
The various cities of Hong Kong
present the different facets of the region. Central features Hong Kong’s “urban” side. Standing tall amongst the crowd of people doing businesses are skyscrapers and 5 star hotels. The tallest amongst the skyscrapers in Hong Kong is the 88-floor Two International Center, boasting double deck elevators. Other buildings found here are the Jardine House which is made up of 1,700 round windows and the Hong Kong Bank which is the most expensive building ever built. On the other hand, Kowloon is the place for shopping districts, luxurious Hong Kong hotels, stylish restaurants, and Hong Kong Museum of Art. Get some adrenalin rush in Hong Kong Disneyland or dip in beautiful beaches all located in Lantau Island, also HK’s biggest island. Meanwhile, nature adventures are best offered by Sai Kung Peninsula. The area has the perfect hike spots with Sharp Peak topping the list. If you want to see real-life pandas, visit the Ocean Park in Hong Kong in the districts of Wong Chuk Hang and Nam Long Shan.
Indeed, Hong Kong
is not only place for entrepreneurs but also for tourists. Flaunting a wide-array of attractions, HK will give visitors the time of their life.