Hong Kong is a charming cosmopolitan that serves up the best of two worlds. On the one hand, you have a city domineered by modern buildings and futuristic designs, but on the other, there’s this natural buffet of pristine parks and rustic islands. So no matter what you describe as an excellent vacation location, China’s Hong Kong gives you a slice of that with its all-inclusive appeal. On that note, here’s why the city with the most Rolls Royce per head can be your favorite vacation city:
1) Hong Kong has the planet’s most appealing skyline
A 2019 survey showed that New York City has 237 skyscrapers, an impressive feat that sees it come in second on a global compilation of places with the most skyscrapers. Hong Kong sits comfortably above the “Big Apple,” earning the top spot on that list with 66 more buildings to its tally. Its beautiful skyline puts on an impressive display especially when the sun takes its leave, presenting a kaleidoscope of dancing lights, beaming windows, neon-lit streets, and flashing high-rises wherever you look.
For breathtaking views of the fairytale cityscape, you’re sure to appreciate the vantage point at Lions Rock in North Kowloon. A ride on the legendary Starry Ferry also offers lovely city scenery, and you can say the same of Sky 100; the town’s highest observation deck.
2) A generous collection of enticing islands
At the heart of any vacation itinerary worth its salt lies a trip to a serene island. A holiday getaway would not be the same without refreshing beaches to picnic on, and turquoise waters to savor. There’s plenty of that in the “Pearl of the Orient” and the Lantau Island, just a short distance off the mainland, best epitomizes island bliss. With yards of viridescent vegetation and the famous Hong Kong Disneyland to speak of, not forgetting the towering 112-foot Big Buddha statue, Lantau offers a nice break from modernity.
Other great islands to have on your bucket list when you go visiting include Lamma, Cheung Chau, Po Toi, and Tung Ping Chau, to name a few.
3) Hong Kong is home to a buffet of festivals
There’s never a dull time in the “city of skyscrapers” as there is a festival roster that practically runs all year long. With scintillating parades and colorful fireworks, not forgetting hypnotizing dragon dances, Chinese festivals are one-of-a-kind! The best of them all is arguably the Chinese New Year, so purpose to make some time for that in January or February.
4) It is the cradle of Tui Na
What’s Tui Na, you ask? Well, only the best and most relaxing body therapy in the world! Earning a spot alongside selling points such as a mesmerizing skyline, an authentic Hong Kong massage will take you to new realms of pleasure. After a hike across the greenery-laden Dragon’s Back park or a sightseeing adventure at idyllic Victoria harbor, there’s simply no better way to see off a busy day!
Hong Kong is the mecca of Dim Sum!
The Dim Sum craze has spread so far and wide that it is now a part of national holidays and international celebrations the world over. This holiday favorite originated in China hundreds of years ago, and you can get to experience that and a lineup of amazing native dishes, including some iconic kinds of seafood!
So what’s not to love about Hong Kong? It is easily the most magical city on the planet!