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Destination Insider : Hong Kong

5/05/2016Jake Ryan


Perfect for:   Stunning Scenery ☑ Metropolitan City ☑ Cultural Attractions
Hong Kong is one one of the most magical and fascinating places that I have ever visited. With it's endless sightseeing opportunities, unique attractions and cultural diversity; there is something for everyone.  




|| WHAT TO KNOW ||

✈ Location || 9 islands off the southern coast of China, Asia.
☎ Language || Chinese, English, Cantonese.
$ Currency || Hong Kong Dollar ($HKD)
☻ Population || 7 Million
☀ Weather || Sunny, Hot & Humid. Occasional showers
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|| WHAT NOT TO MISS ||

1. Victoria Peak || Set 500 meters above sea level, it is the best vantage point in all of Hong Kong. Catch the number 15 bus and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the vibrant city.
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2. Big Buddha || Located on Lantau Island, marvel at the largest seated outdoor Buddha in the world. Get the Land, Sea & Sky package and for only $320 HKD (£28 / $45) you will also be treated to a return crystal cabin cable car ride, trip to Ngong Ping fishing village, cruise to see the pink dolphins as well as access to the beautiful Po Ling Monastery. Bargain!  
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3. Star Ferry || A Hong Kong institution, the Star Ferry has been transporting millions of people across Victoria Harbour for over 100 years. Catch it at 8pm to get the best seats in the house for the nightly Symphony of Lights. 
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4. Temple Street Night Market || Immerse yourself in the magic of Hong Kong with a stroll through Temple Street night. With its elevated neon signs, bustling market and open air opera, there is no more authentic and electric atmosphere in all of Hong Kong. 
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5. Disneyland || The happiest place on Earth, Disneyland Hong Kong is a must visit attraction for both young and old alike. With 7 different themed lands, sensational shows, food and shopping galore as well as gargantuan recreations of some of the most iconic Disney fare; you will experience your childhood fantasies come to life. 
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|| WHERE TO STAY ||
Cosmopolitan Hotel || Hong Kong Island
For up to date luxury with a friendly vibe; the Cosmopolitan is the place for you. 
Situated in one of the best locations in the city, right in the heart of shopping heaven Causeway Bay and only a 10 minute ride to Central; you won't find better value for money. For truly sensational views, ask for a high floor Course view room. When the lights go down, you will be mesmerised by the magic that will unfold right outside your window!
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|| WHERE TO EAT ||
Tai O fish market || Lantau Island
BEST FOR: Fresh and authentic Hong Kong seafood.
Famed all throughout the city, here you can munch on some of the most mouth-watering and varied fresh fish dishes, encountering a different restaurant or street stall with every corner you turn. I recommend the grilled cuttlefish. Sold from little street vendors and grilled to order, it is absolutely delicious.
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Stanley || Hong Kong Island
BEST FOR: Modern European Tapas & American cuisine.
Situated on the South side of Hong Kong Island, the seaside resort of Stanley is perfect place to chow down with a range of quirky waterfront bars and restaurants, serving anything from casual brunch to five course dinners. my favourites are Seafront BBQ & Food which serves fantastic fresh seafood while offering stunning views of the harbour whilst you dine. For something more casual, New York Fries in Stanley Plaza is a great up-scale alternative to the normal fast food franchises.
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Temple Street Night Market || Kowloon
BEST FOR: Sumptuous Cantonese street food. 
For one of the most electric atmospheres whilst you dine, Temple Street Night Market is the place for you.  The Dai Pai Dong offers great street sea-food and Cantonese dishes cooked to order. With little folding tables for you to eat street-side amongst the elevated neon signs, bustling market, open-air Cantonese opera and fortune tellers; there is no better way to experience the true vibrancy of Hong Kong.
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|| FOR GREAT IDEAS ||

-Hong Kong Tourism Board || www.discoverhongkong.com
BEST FOR: Attraction ideas, maps and tourist information

-Viator  || www.viator.com/hongkong
BEST FOR: Booking tours, visits and attraction tickets before you travel

-Trip Advisor  || www.tripadvisor.com
BEST FOR: Un-biased real life traveller reviews

Are you planning a trip to Hong Kong? 
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