Hong Kong – The Bright City

Thanks to my parents, in May 2010 I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Singapore & Hong Kong.  It was my 25 birthday present to bring me back to the city I was born, Singapore, and the one city I traveled to numerous times as a child, Hong Kong.  Like most places in China, Hong Kong is a very crowded city, with never a sleeping moment! Just take a look at the streets at 8:30 pm!

As I child Hong Kong had to be my favorite city to fly into! Who would have imagined with all those skyscrapers, airplanes could fit through them! However that has all changed with the new airport that is located approximately 30 minutes away from the city center.  Other than the airplanes,  my favorite mode of transportation had to be the famous Star Ferry, which carries passengers from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island.

This time we stayed on the Kowloon side, at the Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel, located in Tsim Sha Tsui and overlooked Victoria Harbour.  I had some pretty amazing views to wake up to and go to bed to!

What to do in Hong Kong:
Peak:  Take the Peak Tram from Hong Kong Island. When you get to the top make sure you take it all angles of the city! Make sure you go on a clear day so that you can see for miles.
Man Mo Temple: Is the largest temple in Hong Kong and is located on Hollywood Rd. Man Mo Temple is to worship civil or literature god Man Tai, Man Cheong and Mo Tai.
Double Decker Cable Car: Take a ride on the double decker cable car a few blocks. It would be one of the best ways to get a feel for the streets of Hong Kong.
Stanley:  Stanley, located on the southern side of Hong Kong Island, is a completely different atmosphere.  Much more calm with beaches, hills and flea markets, it is a great place if you need to get away and relax!
Mong Kok: Largest market in Hong Kong – if you want anything, you’d find it here!
Tsim Sha Tsui: Looking for Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co. and much more? Be sure to visit the Kowloon side for these great stores, and to walk the streets of the newly reclaimed land.
IFC Building: You cannot miss the famous IFC building! If you can go back a few years to the movie the Dark Knight and the scene of the fight in the building under construction…well that would be the IFC building.  It is Hong Kong’s prominent landmark and consists of 2 skyscrapers, a mall and a 55 story Four Seasons Hotel.

* Make sure to explore the city as much as you can! There is lots to see, do, and of course many places to shop!  As for restaurants any place is pretty much decent. As a child we usually ate at Spring Deer, and went back again for this trip!


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