May 28, 2016

The ultimate Hong Kong travel guide

I've always wanted to write some kind of travel guide for the biggest cities in China on my website because for those of you who didn't know, I went there during my Bachelor's degree to study Chinese and of course I travelled a lot around China during this time. The city I enjoyed the most is definitely Hong Kong. I would always go back to Fragrant Harbour, what it's called in Cantonese. It's a busy city but also offers amazing park resources and nature that you wouldn't expect! So I hope you find it interesting to read ☺

Languages
The official languages are Cantonese and English, that's why Hong Kong is super travel-friendly. Also, if you speak Cantonese or Chinese to local people, they'll always answer in English ☺
Climate
Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate. Summer from June to September is long, humid and hot with maximum temperatures about 32°C. Winters are generally very mild, with daytime temperatures of 18 to 22°C. Spring from March to May and autumn have average temperature between 21 to 24°C. Although people in Hong Kong love air-conditioning, winter heating is some kind of novelty.
Infrastructure
I recommend getting the Octupus Card that is a prepaid debit card that you can use to pay for public transportation. It's super convenient when using railway or tram and less expensive than calling a taxi.  Also, for a fantastic view on the city's skyline, take the peak tram up to Victoria Peak. You won't regret ☺
Wong Tai Sin temple
Victoria Peak
On top of Lion Rock
Lion Rock is a mountain that is located between Kowloon Tong and Tai Wai. It's 495 metres high. The Ladies Market is the best place for finding cheap clothes (located in Mong Kok). 
Tian Tan Buddha or Big Buddha is a large bronze statue on Lantau island. From the station Tung Chung you can take the Ngong Ping Cable Car that takes around 25 minutes. Opposite the statue, there is the famous Po Lin Monastery.   
Big Buddha
Hollywood Road Park
If you're interested in Arts, you need to visit the Museum of Arts at the Avenue of Stars. It contains artworks of many centuries. Especially the upper floor with modern art from Hong Kong artists was super impressive.
Hong Kong Park is a lovely green oasis in the middle of dense urban area. There is also an aviary, a waterfall and a greenhouse. It really reminds me of Central Park in New York City ☺
Hong Kong's version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame is called the Avenue of Stars, a seaside promenade that celebrates icons of Chinese cinema from the past century. It offers fantastic views of Victoria Harbour and the beautiful skyline.
Let me know if you would like to read more of these. Have you ever been to Hong Kong? If there are any further questions, leave a comment below.
Nati xx

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