Hong Kong or `fragrant harbour’ in Cantonese, derived its name as the fragrant incense stored for export near the Aberdeen Harbour drifted with the sea breeze, spreading its essence all around. Enclosed by the South China Sea and the Pearl River Delta, stunningly charming Hong Kong has a deep natural harbour, and rates high on the graph of quality life. The eccentric natural beauty comprising gleamy bays, sandy beaches, pristine rivers, shining mountains and nature reserves is complimented by tall modern skyscrapers amidst an amazing skyline that glitters at night!
Sampans are still used for sailing in this harbour , and a trip across the famed Victoria Harbour with shimmering water, blue sky, scenic land and high-peaked mountains may be taken by a ferry service called `Symphony of Lights’, which glows like gem droplets in the sea! You can take a ferry to go to a nearby fishing village and can relax or indulge in some water sports at one of the most popular beaches, strangely called Repulse Bay! Victoria Peak offers panoramic views of the city-state of Hong Kong wherein a tram would take you swiftly to the Peak, amongst exhilarating scenic views. A moving pavement system in some parts, and its longest covered escalators, are a technical marvel in the world! The Star Ferry service was made iconic by the filming of Hollywood’s The World of Suzie Wong. The place is known for its’ junks that traverse in the sea, besides small kai-to ferries that connect remote coastal areas to the mainland. The giant bronze Buddha, Ngong Ping piazza, Po Lin monastery, and sedimentary rock regions with unique and curved landforms are keen tourist attractions , besides an entire village that rests on `stilts’ and you can explore this captivating island city which encompasses the shockingly ethnic Chinese and European architecture, including exquisite ancient Chinese and Indian temples, mosques, and churches. You can even watch playful dolphins in the deep blue sparkling waters! There’s a statue for Bruce Lee, as a tribute to Hong Kong’s martial arts and practitioners. Jackie Chan also belongs here. You can always look forward to some revelry as the city is always celebrating some music or dance festival, while its Cantopop music, which blends Western and Chinese genres, is catchy and hugely enjoyed. The Global Geopark of China, with volcanic and sedimentary rocks and strange landforms, is unique, and listed by UNESCO in its Global Geoparks Network.
Chinese and Asian handicrafts, textiles, crafts, art deco and other souvenirs are available aplenty to take back gifts and momentoes for relatives and friends. Jade, ivory and other Chinese traditional goods are reminders of the cultural heritage of the place. Chinese clothing has always had a distinct style and fashion sense, from trendy cheongsam dresses, mandarin style jackets and tops, to decorative silk robes and fine fabrics. Chinese black tea and herbal tea is traditionally associated with China and Hong Kong as well as pu-erh tea, oolong tea and Dragon Well tea, amongst other famous types of this healthful drink. You would be spoiled for choice when it comes to the unsurpassed selection of modern and traditional gold jewellery, accessories and ornaments at unbeatable tax-free prices. Chinese dinner service tableware is world-famous for its beauty and durability and porcelain and bone china products which are imported from the Mainland to dozens of shops and department stores in Hong Kong. The jade market is a great place to spend a morning browsing and soaking up the atmosphere, serving as a mecca for collectors from all over the world, as the stone is defined to ward off evil and kept as a lucky mascot for protection.
The temple street night market is an ordered chaos in action and the perfect place to pick up a few bargains, as it is awash with rows of brightly lit stalls hawking an astonishing variety of clothing, pens, watches, compact discs, cassettes, electronic gadgets, hardware and luggage. The busy food stalls offer a range of delicacies including fresh seafood and hotpot dishes to tempt your appetite. The Stanley Market is the incredible place to buy something special as return gifts and the historic lanes in this old fishing village are jam-packed with vendors selling Chinese artwork, silk collectibles and curios, as well as large-sized clothing. Plan to stay for a few hours and sample the fine restaurants in the restored Murray House or along the main street on the waterfront.