Travel, Teach, Live in China
According to the government of Hong Kong, an estimated 47.2-million people arrive to immerse themselves in the city each year. While 80% are from within the country and considered same-day visitors, the additional 19.1% visit for longer stays from around the world. Hong Kong’s colorful history, thriving nightlight, and home to some of the best relaxation in the world is exactly why individuals flock to this great city. To get the best out of your experience, here is what you should know about exploring Hong Kong.
History & Culture
The history of Hong Kong spans more than one thousand years. It’s location in South China along the coast of the Pearl River Delta, has made it home to European traders and pirates, once upon a time. Today, the service-based economy offers up largest World’s market with shops and spas of every kind. When visiting, guests will discover this melting-pot of different cultures including a variety of languages which are spoken.
Things to See
There is no shortage of incredible things to see in Hong Kong. Whether you visit for a day or a week, be sure to stop by these three signature attractions.
The Peak – Named after its location as the highest point in the city, The Peak is a must-go spot for every visitor. It was featured the opening scenes of Solider of Fortune in 1955 and currently offers breathtaking views of the skyscrapers adorning the city and Victoria Harbour.
SikSik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple – Why wish at a wishing well when you do so at this religious temple that supports Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. Inside you will discover ornamented buildings complete with a Feng Shui vibe and stunning views in its natural setting.
Clock Tower – Erected in 1915, the 44-meter tall clock tower is a monument and reminder of the once thriving railway. The landmark is also considered a place of hope for Chinese immigrants who have entered the city to start new lives.
Feed your inner shopaholic with everything from street shops to outdoor shopping areas to malls. The diversity in products offered is almost as vast as the places and ways which you can shop. For street markets, the three you should remember are:
Cheung Sha Wan Road – Home of the chaotic fashion district.
Cat Street – Shop antiques surrounded by historic architecture that will take your breath away.
Dried Seafood & Tonic Street – Explore the exotic world of Eastern medicine and health tonics.
Lastly you don’t want to miss out on Hong Kong Island where you can find luxurious brands and possibly spot some of the rich and famous. For the serious shopper, there is Causeway Bay which is dubbed the Olympic Games of shopping, according to the some of the locals.
The authentic and delicious food available in this city is just one of the many reasons why tourists love to visit. Our top three picks that have been deemed the best spots to eat, include Town – an international establishment with large portions and low prices; French wine bar, Le Dome de Cristal; and Tartine, a classic delicatessen and bistro.
After a long day of touring the city, there is nothing quite as appealing as an evening of rest and relaxation. Elite Traveler.com recommends The Oriental Spa for holistic wellness and a signature aromatherapy massage. For a personalized spa visit complete with one-of-a-kind views of the city, check out world-renowned Peninsula Spa by ESPA. Finally, if you are looking to relax in a vitality pool or experience VIP spa treatment rooms, visit the Spa at Four Seasons.