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Hong Kong Bucket List – Attractions, accommodation and getting around

Hong Kong has more to offer than a charming skyline and luxury shopping. The city-state of China is fascinating in terms of culture. But the city also captures the heart of the nature-lover.

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Hong Kong Accommodation and getting around –

Though rather a compact city, the Metro makes it easy to get around in the city, there are plenty of taxis available as well. With regards to accommodation; if what you are after is sightseeing, you find the best accommodation aimed at that on Hong Kong Island, for markets, you'll want to choose a hotel in Kowloon, however, if luxury shopping is your main purpose, you should settle for a Causeway Bay Serviced Apartment: a fitting example would be Hotel Purple Hong Kong.

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Star Ferry –

The inception of the highly popular Star Ferry dates back to 1880. One of the best attractions Hong Kong is known for; a Star Ferry ride costs you next to nothing. Victoria Harbor is the instigator of all Star Ferry rides and therefore has become a hive of activity. The main trail you'll be taking is the one between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island; your journey is accompanied by the views of towering buildings set in a backdrop of green mountains. The refreshing breeze is all anyone needs to calm down their nerves, and it is a welcoming change from the confines of the city. You don't have to worry too much about catching a ferry; there's one leaving the harbour every few minutes. On your return trip, if you manage to time it right, you can be the lucky witness to the amazing Symphony of Lights show; colourful beams reflecting off of buildings on both sides are one of the things you can enjoy without having to pay money.

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Hong Kong Skyline –

The most highlighted feature of Hong Kong is its impressive skyline. The crowd of skyscrapers with forested mountains backing them – found both on Kowloon and the island of Hong Kong – render a break-taking view. The contrast between Star Ferries along with traditional junk boats and the sleek high-rises is unmistakable. Come nightfall; the skyline gives way to the city lights that spark the entire area. Two viewing points where you can best see the skyline are the Kowloon waterfront and Victoria Harbour.

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Victoria Peak –

You haven't been privy to the best of Hong Kong until you take in the view from Victoria Peak. You can take a tram ride to the peak where you'll revel in the charming entirety of the area; up at the peak, the harbour, skyscrapers, surrounding cities and the bustling city are illustrated into one picture. The Peak, in addition to viewing points that give you the most breathtaking side of Hong Kong, has several shops and restaurants where you can address your food cravings, it is also steeped in lush greenery.

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Repulse Bay –

Hong Kong doesn't really make one think of beaches, but the city-state is indulgent to beach lovers as well. The most popular beach in Hong Kong is the one at Repulse Bay; though not very touristy, Repulse Bay offers some of the loveliest views, and it is also an excellent spot for swimming. The street in front, which overlooks the beach, is flanked by restaurants where you can enjoy some open-air dining. While you are looking into the beaches in Hong Kong, don't omit Big Wave Bay, Shek O Beach and Dragon's Bach hike from your list.

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Temple Street Night Market –

While you are in Hong Kong, one of the must-do things is to visit the Temple Street Night Market. With an eclectic mix of food on offer, the market attracts those who like to sample the authentic delights of Hong Kong. The stalls are bursting with a range of merchandise, including clothes, gift items, and electronics. You can also buy some of the best traditional Chinese handicrafts at the Temple Street Night Market. If you arrive at the market before 6 pm, you are in for a good deal of waiting as the vendors are rather slow to set the stalls up, so, time your visit accordingly.