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5 things to do in Hong Kong - A checklist for the new traveller

Hong Kong is a city that will attract you, astound you and will help you make memories you are unlikely to ever forget. These are the five must-try things when in Hong Kong.

1

Visit the Peak

The Peak, as it is more commonly known, refers to the Victoria Peak in Hong Kong. There are many reasons to consider it as a must visit place, and the panoramic views it offers it one of them. The Peak is located about 400m above the sea level and has a great view of the entire city. In addition to these mesmerizing views, there are restaurants that can challenge dining experiences provided at any of the Hong Kong luxury hotels, as well as branded shops and entertainment options such as movie theatres. If possible, visit it once during the day and once during the night, for the views would be completely different.

2

Spend a day at the Street Markets

You are likely to stumble across one of the many street markets in Hong Kong whether you like it or not. There are day markets, night markets, specialized markets, and markets where you can find any and everything. These pop up unexpectedly - for the visitor - at street corners and appear to take over the entire area, taking on a life of its own. If you want the full Hong Kong experience, spend at least one full day going from one street market to the next, exploring everything. Remember not to make a purchase at the first stall you see, for you might find the same thing for a lesser price somewhere else. Bargaining is expected and encouraged.

3

Stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade

Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade is among the most sought-after attractions in Hong Kong. It stretches from the Clock Tower - a colonial remnant - to Hung Hom, which is a place where everyone from guests at The Murray Hong Kong and other luxury hotels come to spend the evening. If you visit the Promenade during the day, you will see the boats arriving and leaving the Victoria Harbour. However, the place comes to life in the night when the Symphony of Stars commence at 8 pm. It is a light and sound show that has made its way into the Guinness Book of World Records, and a must-see for everyone.

4

Spend a day at the Ocean Park

Ocean Park is one of the most popular theme parks in the world, and one glance can tell you why. It is located on the coast, which gives it great views of the sea and the beach, all natural. The Park has a massive zoo that has everything from pandas to dolphins. It has an aquarium where manta rays and sharks swim free. Then, in true theme park fashion, there are twisting and turning roller coaster rides, a plethora of games, and even an underground funicular. If you are to truly explore the park to its fullest, one day would not be near enough.

5

Take a tour of the Hong Kong Museum of History

The massive collection of over 90,000 exhibits can easily overwhelm or wow a visitor to the museum. It is a place that requires much attention and dedication, as walking through all sections and exhibits can easily consume more than a full day. It is advised that you first go through everything the Museum has to offer, and then select which sections you want to visit. Remember to check out the temporary exhibits as well, as sometimes they are the most engaging, such as segments on local food culture.

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