Hong Kong, a self-governing territory within the southern part of China, is well known as a shoppers’ paradise. However there are many other attractions in the city apart from shopping. Below is a highlight of the top five reasons why you should take a trip to Hong Kong.
5 Good Reasons to Visit Hong Kong
1. Stunning skyscrapers
The city is known as the place with the most skyscrapers in the universe with estimates putting the number of skyscrapers at more than 1200. These tall buildings are set against forested mountains and also next to the South China Sea whose waters bear a mixture of blue and green colours. This makes for a stunning skyline.
A popular skyscraper that attracts tourists is the Peak, officially known as The Peak Tower on Victoria Peak. It stands at a height of 428 meters. From the rooftop porch of the building, one is able to have a birds-eye view of the city.
More recently however, the ICC has become the tallest building in the city. It stands at a height of 484 meters and has 118 floors. The ICC offers an opportunity for skyline sightseeing at the Sky 100 Observation Deck on the 100th floor of the building. One may also decide to relax at the Ozone Bar which is located on the 118th floor.
2. Shopping without limits
Hong Kong is every shopper’s paradise. This is because deals are to be found on most of the products available for sale. These deals are made possible by the fact that Hong is a free port meaning that products are not charged any import duty or sales tax.
3. Iconic transportation
Although Hong Kong is a very modern city, is modes of transportation are still traditional. Indeed the present modes of transport have been in use for the past 100 years. There are three types of public transportation in the city.
The first is the Star Ferry which has been in operation since 1888. Its rides are reasonably priced. It has been touted as the world’s best urban ferry ride.
The second is The Peak Train which has also been in use since 1888. It is loved by tourists who like its slow climb and magnificent views.
The third is the Hong Kong Tram ways in use since 1904. They are based in the city mainly from Kennedy Town to Shau Kei Wan.
4. Relaxation paradise
Apart from shopping and sightseeing, the city has some renowned spas offering massage and other wellness options. There are also wonderful therapists. Here, tourists love to have a nice relaxing massage, especially after a long day or week of walking and seightseeing. There is no better way to get some rest and relaxation then to almost fall asleep during a wellness session. This makes it no surprise that wellness spa’s are on the list of the best of Hong Kong.
Regular treatments in the spas last for 60 or 120 minutes. However 30 or 90 minutes treatment packages are also available. This will usually depend on whether you want to relax your feet, head or complete body.
5. International cuisine
Hong Kong is well-known as the culinary head quarters of Asia. This is because a variety of unique and finger-licking international foods are available. The range of dishes on offer includes those from Asian and western cultures. Local dishes such as fresh seafood are also available.