The list of must-see and must-do things in Hong Kong can be very big. The trick is to choose what to do on your vacation to capture the essence of the city.
Hong Kong is a shopper’s paradise. The numerous malls, the shopping streets and markets attract tourists from all over the world. Don’t be surprised if you won’t be able to fit the goods in your luggage. And most importantly, don’t miss checking out the only outlet mall, Citygate Outlets, located really close to the airport.
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When night comes in Hong Kong, tourists are faced with a totally new image of the city. Busy after a day of sightseeing or shopping, they flock to the pubs, clubs, casinos, karaoke or nightclubs. The locals also love to party after a day at work.
Popular both among travelers and locals is Night Park located in Tsim Sha Tsui area.
The clubs are the city’s trendiest hangouts. Famous DJs entertain the crowds playing the latest hits. Be careful and read the club’s restrictions before entering though and make sure to choose one that fits your needs.
Karaoke places are one of the landmarks of Hong Kong. Anybody who has done a show about Hong Kong has been to such a place. Some have awful experiences, some love it. It depends on you and your abilities (or the amount of alcohol you just had).
Hong Kong Festivals have a certain magic which attracts tourists from all over the world. Dates of festivals vary each year as each festival is based on a specific calendar system.
The traditional festivals are noisy and colorful, filled with fireworks, dancing lions and dragons, incense smoke and a lot of tourists.
One of the most charming and picturesque festivals is Moon Cake (the mid-autumn festival) taking place on day 15 of the Eight Moon, which in 2008 falls on September 15. During the festival, special sweet cakes, called Moon cakes, are eaten. The cakes are made of ground lotus and sesame seed paste, egg-yolk and other ingredients. Colored Chinese paper lamps are also a part of the festival. Lately they come in any shape, from the traditional animals to the airplane and space ships. The highlight of the festival is the dragon dance in Tai Hang.
Most important Hong Kong Festivals in 2008:
- Chinese New Year’s Day: February 7-9
- Good Friday: March 21
- Easter: March 23
- Ching Ming Festival: April 4
- Buddha Day Holiday: May 12
- Tuen Ng Festival (Dragon Boat): June 8
- Festival of the Hungry Ghost: August
- Moon Cake -Lantern Festival (mid autumn festival): September 15
- Chung Yeung Festival: October 7
- Christmas Day: December 25
Tours are an excellent way to capture the essence of a city in just a few hours. Take a Hong Kong Island tour, enjoy the Harbor City by night or embark on one of the cruises offered. No matter what you choose, it will be a memorable experience.
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Hong Kong has a long coastline, offering a lot of beautiful beaches and calm waters to swim in. The most popular Hong Kong beaches are:
- Stanley Beach: located in Stanley village, just south of Hong Kong Island. The beach is quiet clean and the facilities are great.
- Silvermine Bay Beach is the perfect family beach on Lantau Island. The beach is very clean and there are enough facilities to cater for any traveler.
- Shek O Beach has great water and the facilities are very good.