Skyscrapers and floating villages, dragon boat races and gigantic shopping centres: Hong Kong is a symbol of the successful balancing act between East and West, tradition and modernity. To start the adventure of Hong Kong with the best possible view, it is best to go to Victoria Peak: Hong Kong’s local mountain offers an unforgettable view of the pulsating metropolis. The historic Peak Tram, which has been carrying visitors and locals alike to the viewing mountain for more than 100 years, takes you up to the top.
Anyone who feels like plunging right into the action will find a wealth of culture, art, cuisine and architecture there. Historical temples line up between colourful markets where food, flowers or even jade are offered. There is even a goldfish market in the city. The skyline of Hong Kong is dominated by the impressive skyscrapers. The best way to experience them is at the Symphony of Lights, a light show that spectacularly wraps almost 50 skyscrapers in bright colours every evening at 8 pm.
This as well is Hong Kong
Hard to believe, but true: Hong Kong is also a paradise for hikers. Only a few kilometres away from the megacity, a true natural paradise opens up by the sea. Discover unspoiled nature, picturesque beaches, turquoise waters and idyllic mountain landscapes along the MacLehose Trail or on a hike across the former pirate island Cheung Chau.
If you are looking for some nature for in-between, Hong Kong’s parks and gardens are a good choice. The large Kowloon Park, for example, is an oasis of peace amidst the hustle and bustle. On 14 hectares of green space there is a sculpture park, a labyrinth, ponds with turtles and flamingos and numerous sports facilities.
From numerous adventure films one knows the Hong Kong junks with their often colourful sails. You can see them up close at Aberdeen Harbour, for example, where other amusing things such as Madame Tussaud’s Hong Kong Wax Museum or floating restaurants await adventure-hungry guests. You can also take a round trip in the adventurous wooden boats.
Culinary delights and pleasure
If you are hungry after so much adventure, Hong Kong offers a wide range of choices: the city is a true gourmet stronghold. The most famous speciality is the creatively interpreted Dim Sum, small morsels that are mainly served with tea. Filled dumplings, deep-fried balls or spicy ribs are often pushed through the restaurant on buffet trolleys and you can choose to your heart’s content.