Hong Kong is where tradition blends seamlessly with modern-day living. Amid the country’s bustling cityscape, its cultural heritage maintains a strong presence in form and spirit. Hence, the distinct personality of this territory measuring only 424 square miles. Yet despite its small area, Hong Kong has the most competitive economy in the world. In 2017, it beat out Switzerland and it’s neighbouring Asian city Singapore.
Tourism plays a major role in the country’s strong economy. To date, the city is already looking forward to the arrival of over 60 million tourists. While it might get a bit crowded, local authorities are confident the city can handle it. So, you don’t have to worry about the congestion. A well laid out itinerary can help you traverse through its busy streets. Moreover, it allows you to look at what you want to do on your visit.
No trip to Hong Kong would be complete unless you head to The Peak. It is the city’s most visited attraction and for good reason. Standing at 428 meters above sea level, you get a 360-degree view of Hong Kong. The ride to the top is another reason to go up there. Most interesting about it is the visual illusion passengers experience while onboard the tram called The Peak Tram Illusion. You have to ride it to believe it. Then again, for those who have a weaker constitution, the option to take the double decker bus is available.
A stroll along the Avenue of Stars Harbour Walk is a must for movie fans. Imagine taking your picture next to the famous Bruce Lee statue with a backdrop of the city’s beautiful harbor. No doubt, your friends back home would be envious.
The sights of Hong Kong are not the only reason why tourists keep coming back to it. The city also hosts several shopping and eating landmarks well known throughout the world. A prominent shopping destination in the city is Mongkok with its famous Ladies Market. You can find anything you want here. Moreover, other items you did not even expect. Take your pick from clothes, bags, toys, and even electronics.
When you start to feel tired from shopping, you can indulge your taste for oriental dishes in any of the city’s street food stalls or go to one of its classy restaurants. No wonder, Hong Kong has the reputation of being a Gourmet Paradise. Likewise, it holds the title of World’s Fair of Food. So make sure to save some room for all the epicurean adventures you can have in the city.
If you are looking to unwind and enjoy the nightlife in Hong Kong, head on over to Lan Kwai Fong. This popular location is home to more than 90 restaurants and bars. However, you should be aware drinks at these hotspots could be quite pricey. Hence, the reason why you might find patrons at what is now known as Club 7-Eleven. The phenomenon is a result of the high prices of drinks at bars not only in Lan Kwai Fong but also in Wan Chai.
No doubt, you will bring home great memories from your Hong Kong vacation.
People & Culture
Hong Kong and its populace are lively and colourful. These distinct characteristics are what make the city an attractive destination for tourists from around the world. Your visit to this vibrant city can be everything you hoped it to be if you take the time to understand the personality of its citizenry.
Hong Kong owes its diverse culture to the fusion of Eastern traditions and the strong influence of the Western way of life. Indeed, the city’s general population still embraces the traditional Chinese beliefs such as family unity and glory as well as saving face and humility.
Then again, a significant number of them also live out Western cultural traits. Hence, they have a more liberal point of view. In fact, they are adventurous and eager to try out new things. Thus, it would explain the differences in lifestyle and attitude compared to those living in the Mainland. Although, being superstitious is deep-seated in their mind and could be harder to dispel regardless of westernisation.
Hong Kongers are opinionated. When they feel strongly about an issue, they do not hesitate to speak their mind. Their outspoken nature could be the reason why tourists complain about their rudeness. It would also explain why rallies are common in Hong Kong. Perhaps owing to the peoples love for crowds as well. Then again, even without a rally taking place, the city is already crowded. Hence, Hong Kongers tend to stand quite close to one another. While it might seem nothing to the locals, foreigners often regard it as being pushy.
Hong Kongers are always on the go. Moreover, they like to get things done fast. Though, efficiency is also important to them. So to some extent, they would come across as being impatient. A case in point would be locals catching a ride on the MTR. While train arrivals are always on time, some locals would prefer to squeeze into one about to depart rather than wait for the next one.
But when Hong Kongers aren’t rushing to catch the MTR, they hurriedly walk to where they need to go. All this walking, could explain how the locals manage to eat a feast at their favorite buffet restaurant yet maintain their slim figures.
While the manners of Hong Kongers could be less forthcoming in some cases, their behavior is part and parcel of the city’s charm. Without it, then you might not know you were in Hong Kong to begin with. Can you imagine the city in silence?
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