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5 Best things to do in Hong Kong – experience the urban touch in a holiday

If your definition of a perfect holiday is a place filled with street markets to engage in frenetic and classy shopping and a vibrant picturesque of a skyscraper-studded skyline, then Hong Kong is the place for you. Although an autonomous territory and a former British colony of China, Hong Kong boasts of being one of the key global financial hubs and trading ports in the world. Here are 5 best things to do in Hong Kong.


Float along Victoria Harbour

So we've all seen a movie or two with the main protagonist on a slow-moving ferry. The scenic background is a skyscraper lightened night. Then there is a light show that appears when a magical moment completes the scene as the ferry cruises into the darkness. If you want to experience this in real life, then a star ferry ride on Victoria harbor is a must. The ferry transports guests between the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island every day adding in more customized tours that give different views of the region.


Grab in bags full of goodies

Talking about being a business hub in the world, Hong Kong is swamped with markets to shop until you drop. This shopping frenzy applies to a diverse clientele with various shopping interests. Many markets are available within the region and operate in their own time schedule. Some of the notable markets are; The Tung Choi street markets, The late night markets in Temple Street and the Stanley market located in an old fishing village are always packed in with crowds eagerly shopping their hearts out on endless piles of clothes, accessories, electronics and local food with culinary accessories, home décor, and souvenirs.


Select a good view of Hong Kong

There are numerous ways you can take a look at the urban magnificence of Hong Kong. One would be to go on to Victoria Peak by tram and have a spectacular view of the skyscrapers, waterways and greenery afar. There are multiple vantage points on the peak for viewing; the peak tower and the Galleria. Look out for the queues and the fog though. Other options include the Hong Kong city big bus tour, a private vessel tour or a luxury helicopter tour. Speaking of luxury, a number of best hotels in Hong Kong caters to the business class visitors that come in with a view to attend to their most important dealings whilst seeking to rejuvenate and take time off from their busy lifestyles. The Murray Hong Kong may be one of the choices you make.


Take the opportunity to amuse your loved ones

Hong Kong has multiple choices of amusement parks catered to different visitors. Be it for families with kids to individuals who would love a quiet beachside stroll. Here are three parks to visit.

Ocean Park – This is a one-stop shop for buying all your amusement needs in Hong Kong. Check out the diverse zoo, the aquarium with sharks and rays, rollercoaster rides, carnival games, cable car rides and underground funicular. It's a bit of overindulgence but the kind that comes with awesomeness.

Lantau Island – the park is filled with tourist attractions such as sunny beaches, historical sites, and amusement parks. You might want to trail into sunset peak, stroll along Cheung Sha Beach whilst treating yourself to a seafood meal at the Tai O village market or head straight towards the massive seated Buddha statue at Po Lin Monastery. A must for all visitors though is the cable car ride that gives a bird's eye view of the island.

Hong Kong Disneyland – though relatively smaller than the original Disneyland or Walt Disney World, the place sure does give the same feeling of being a part of another world when it comes to kids. They will surely love the space mountain and the beauty and the beast castle.


Find your 3R's: Relax, Retreat, and Refresh

Now that you've experienced the best parts of your urban experience, its time you take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and slow yourself in mind, body, and soul by entering the Nan Lian Gardens located in Kowloon. This 9-acre public park modeled after the likes and style of the Tang Dynasty is filled in with a tranquil atmosphere and a feel close to nature with its greenery, ponds and Chinese architecture perfectly designed out of timber.