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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Hong Kong Islands Getaway

By Richard Ryan R. Mergal

Hong Kong Island Itinerary

Hong Kong is a place like no other and a Hong Kong Island Itinerary ensures that you get the best out of your experience. The island is home to western and eastern culture that features old streets and colonial buildings contrasting with celebrated shopping malls and skyscrapers. Hong Kong also exhibits modern finance and commerce but also flaunt of ancient Chinese tradition and several parks and gardens, which will make your visit an unforgettable one.

Picturesque Places

A seven-day visit to Hong Kong should include harbor and city views, visit to known temples, city markets, parks, and gardens and other new destinations. The trip should start of with ‘The Peak’, Hong Kong’s best tourist destination that features the Peak Tower and the Peak Tram. This spine-tingling experience provides an unbeatable view of the city and harbor on board the oldest mode of public transport available in Hong Kong.

Parks and Gardens

After an extraordinary experience at The Peak, visitors are invited to visit the famous Hong Kong Parks & Gardens. The vivid landscape and scenic backdrop allows you to relax and enjoy the largest aviary found along the Cotton Tree Drive. Bird exhibitions as well as local plant expositions within the greenhouse welcome guests with excitement. Another beautiful destination, which is home to a number of high-end hotels and restaurants, is Happy Valley. It also boasts of “Highcliff” and “The Summit” which are located facing Mount Nicholson and the rest of Hong Kong. Happy Valley Racecourse also allows tourists to listen to thundering hoofs and cheering crowds at the heart of the city.

Frequent Local Destinations

For a serene experience, tourists visit Wong Tai Sin Temple, the city’s most interesting temple that opens from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm. The temple’s traditional Chinese architecture delights tourists as they offer prayers and petitions via a practice called Kau Cim. Soothsayers and palm readers are also available to interpret your fortune. After a tranquil experience, visitors are encouraged to drop by and shop at the Temple Street Night Market, which opens from 2:00 pm and onwards. Temple Street boasts of its wide array of cheap but quality products available in more than a hundred stalls. Tourist, after shopping, may also treat themselves to a show at the Cantonese Opera.

Since September 2005, Hong Kong’s biggest attraction is Hong Kong Disneyland, which attracts more than 5.2 visitors per year. The park is accessible by train, bus or taxi and an overnight stay at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel or Disneyland’s Hollywood Hotel entitles occupants free tickets to access another day filled with magical experience. After a fulfilling visit at Disneyland, tourists may visit Victoria Harbor to view one of the world’s busiest and exotic harbors. The conclusion of the trip may well be a visit to Kowloon’s Markets for souvenirs, fashion items, computer goods, flowers, goldfish and other hard to find items.

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