Hong Kong by Day

By Lindsay Varty

Teaching English in Hong Kong Part 2

By Jakub Hałun (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Hong Kong prides itself on offering a little bit of something for everyone- whether its huge shopping malls with every luxury brand under the sun you’re after, or quaint little boutiques and back street art-jamming sessions that you desire. But here are a few of the city’s biggest attractions to entice you:

The Peak

The Peak Tower is one of the city’s most iconic architectural structures. Looking rather like a humongous wok, 396 metres up Hong Kong Island’s highest mountain, the tower offers spectacular views of the busy harbour and concrete jungle below. Pose with Bruce Lee and other celebs at the Madame Tussaud’s in the Tower, and grab a bite to eat at Bubba Gump’s- the restaurant made famous in the film Forrest Gump.  For even more fascinating views and a bit of history, take the 120 year old rickety Peak Tram up the mountain.

Shopping

Find out why Hong Kong is famous for shopping and head to the 6th tallest building in the world- the 88-storey IFC 2 building in Central. With every luxury brand imaginable, this place is a shopping haven for those in need of some retail therapy. If you’re not so much Prada, and a little bit more pauper, head to the Ladies’ Market in Prince Edward and pick up an array of gadgets, souvenirs, and copycat branded everything!

The Giant Buddha

To feel at one with the world, take a hike through the beautiful mountains of Lantau Island to visit the Giant Bronze Buddha. The 34 metre tall symbol of serenity draws crowds from all over the world to place peaceful offerings or take frantic photos. Join the Po lin Monastery monks and hike up the 240 steps to see him! If hiking is not your thing, try the Ngong Ping 360 cable car, which offers impressive views of the island’s beautiful scenery and the Hong Kong international airport. For a real flashy ride, opt for the ‘360 Sky Lounge’ cabin- a private, glass bottom cable car adorned with Crystallised Swarovski elements.

Disney land

Come and celebrate the magical world of Disney with Tinker Bell, Mickey and Cinderella on Lantau island! Stroll through the fantasy land and join the singing and dancing in the ‘Disney on Parade.’ Don’t forget to get the signatures of all your fave characters! Or if its rides you’re after, hop on the Space Mountain and help Buzz Lightyear fight off the aliens. Then, finish it off with a bang with the nightly display of Disneyland fireworks.

Next up, what to do and where to go when night falls in Hong Kong…

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