Let’s talk about… Hong Kong! If you’re thinking of traveling during the wetstern new year, there’s definitely always something going on in Hong Kong. In a city painted by the most beautiful skyline in the world, with sparkling lights and a bay reflecting the brightness of the city, there’s a high chance you will fall madly in love with Hong Kong.
As one of the most modern cities in Asia, you would never go without. Being an expat in other countries, (like Japan) you’ll slowly become accustomed to not having or limited beauty products at your disposal.
Free Zoo and Orchid Garden
Free is good. Anywhere. As an honest teacher with a modest salary, I can afford things in modest. For being free, the place was clean, well maintained, and the animals well provided for. In addition, there was a park with a fountain outside the zoo—this added into the modernity atmosphere because the city skyline adds to the peacefulness.
The best attraction of Hong Kong is The Peak. From high in the mountains, you can admire the views especially when day turns to twilight and the city comes alive in the night. You have to take The Peak Tram to get there and the best part is going on the incline and watching the city shrink as you travel up the mountain.
Avenue of the Stars
At times, the skyline is so photogenic; it seems unreal, especially in regards with shooting it from The Avenue of the Stars. Did you know Hong Kong is the Hollywood of the East?This attraction features handprints from famous celebrities such as Jackie Chan and Jet Li with the coolest attraction being the Bruce Lee statue. Don’t miss the opportunity to strike a menacing pose with Bruce Lee!
New Years Parade
Dragons. Everywhere. Mind blowing.
People wore headdresses of the dragons, got on top of each other’s shoulders and danced around. Each dragon costume was unique in its designs, color, and decoration.
Biggest Buddha in the world
Another yet incredible feat of Hong Kong is the biggest outdoor Buddha in the world is in Hong Kong. To see this Buddha, you must travel by cable car up a mountain. While some cable cars have glass floors, I opted out as I am terrified of heights. The views were breathtaking as we ventured to this Buddha late afternoon.
Nan Lian Garden
I’m typically a noisy person and believe it or not, I can amuse myself in a garden for hours. Nan Lian Garden is a free hidden gem within the city and features a Chinese style garden with temples, Buddha, and even a lotus garden.
What vacation would be complete without a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland? Having been to Disney Land in California and Disney World in Florida, Hong Kong Disney was dwarfed in size; however, Disney is still Disney and we had a blast! Anyone can feel the magic of their young heart take root and fly away with Dumbo or wave to a Disney princess. My favorite is still Jasmine. Who’s yours?
Everything in Asia is done in style from the fireworks to the views from the Avenue of the Stars. I used to think Chicago’s skyline was the best in the world and then Hong Kong’s blew it way out of the water. Hong Kong is an expats dream for so many reasons. From a wide selection to delectable delights, this country is mind blowing.
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