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5 Things to do in Hong Kong –Scenic Views, Delicious Food and Historic Villages

So you've finally touched down in Hong Kong and are wondering where to begin your exploration of the island? Try out these 5 activities to get your holiday kick-started.

1

Visit the Big Buddha Statue

Make your way to Lantau Island to catch a glimpse of the towering seated Buddha statue. This colossal bronze monument is close to 35 metres tall and portrays the Lord Buddha in a seated pose. You can enjoy a cable car ride up to the top aboard the Ngong Ping 360.

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Head Up to The Peak

Also known as Victoria Peak, this is one of the most scenic spots on Hong Kong Island. You can enjoy sweeping views of the city from here since it's the highest point in the area and towers well over 500 metres above the sea.

There are various ways to reach The Peak, including via MRT, bus and taxi. From 5 star hotels in Hong Kong Island such as The Murray Hong Kong, Victoria Peak is about a 20-minute taxi ride away. If you want to enjoy a picturesque journey, take a tram ride up to the top during the last leg of your mini excursion. A journey on the Peak Tram is a quintessential Hong Kong experience.

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Enjoy Some Fresh Air by the Water

If you want to get an awesome view of a dazzling skyline, spend some time out by the water at the Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade. From here, you can enjoy an uninterrupted view of Hong Kong Island's magnificent skyline. Every night, there's also a free light show that's put on for everyone's benefit. Called the Symphony of Lights, this show features music as well as light displays. It is performed through the cooperation of 44 prominent buildings that form part of the island's striking skyline.

If you happen to be in Tsim Sha Tsui during late January or early February, make sure to pay a visit to the promenade. Although it gets quite crowded at this time due to the Chinese New Year celebrations, it's worth it as you'll get to observe some marvellous firework displays.

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Dig into Succulent Roast Goose

Stuff your face with some deliciously crispy and juice roast goose at one of Hong Kong's most long-standing eateries. The Yue Kee Roasted Goose Restaurant is well over half a century old and is thought to be the original roasted goose eatery in the area. Make sure to go with a few companions, as even a half portion of goose is more than enough for 4 diners. To locate the restaurant, find your way to the Sham Tseng area of Hong Kong.

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Catch Glimpses of an Ancient Past

Pay a visit to the Lai Chi Wo Village in Hong Kong, which is around four centuries old. It is situated inside the Plover Cove Country Park and features well-preserved defensive walls built in the Hakka style. You can sign up for guided tours of the village which run on Sundays and public holidays. The tours last about 1.5 hours.