Hong Kong (China)

I visited Hong Kong and Macau as I enjoy places where cultures mix. I also wanted to see China's "one country, two systems" policy in action. A former British colony, the territory is one of China's two Special Administrative Regions (SAR) and retains its distinct government, free market economy, multi-party elections, legal system, currency and separate customs territory.

Hong Kong, a vibrant, dynamic and colorful place, is one of my favorite spots in Asia. The obvious first destination is Victoria Peak, accessible by funicular. At night, Victoria Harbour seen from the peak is out of this world with the skyscrapers and their dazzling lights. Just amazing.

By day Hong Kong is a great place to explore, take in the culture, stop in random shops, cafes and restaurants and take countless pictures (start with Central, the heart of Hong Kong Island). Everything you need to see is easily accessible by metro. People are friendly and will assist if needed. Food is good and there is a wide selection of candy that you won't find in Europe.

The Tsim Sha Tsui promenade and its Avenue of (Hong Kong film) Stars is a great place to check out impressive Victoria Harbour. Take a night Star Ferry cruise to enjoy fabulous views of the skyscrapers and the Symphony of Lights show. A cool spot for night-time entertainment is Lan Kwai Fong.

On Lantau Island visit Tian Tan Buddha, the 34 metre tall bronze statue accessible by an enjoyable cable car ride and located in a splendid mountain area.

In Kowloon I visited the HK Science Museum which hosted an interesting temporary exhibit on China's space program (no longer available) and the nice HK Space Museum. Other cool spots in the Kowloon area are Mong Kok and the Temple Street night market. End your day with some unusual cocktails at the classy Ozone Sky Bar located on top of Hong Kong's tallest building, the 484m high International Commerce Centre.

- Hong Kong entry on Wikipedia
- Hong Kong entry on Wikivoyage

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Hong Kong

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