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Hong Kong, located in the southern part of mainland China, is one of the most densely populated areas globally, with the world’s first life expectancy and the fourth world human development index. It is one of the most amazing travel destinations in China.

From 1842 to 1997, Hong Kong was under British colonial rule. After World War II, Hong Kong’s economy and society developed rapidly, becoming one of the wealthiest, most economically developed, and highest living standards.
Hong Kong is a place where Chinese and Western cultures blend. It is known as the Pearl of the Orient, a gourmet and shopping paradise.

#1: Having a Hong Kong-style morning tea

When traveling in Hong Kong, if you don’t enjoy a Cantonese morning tea like locals, it is like you have never been to Hong Kong. Cantonese morning tea is a collective term for breakfast snacks in Guangdong and Hong Kong in China. It is also an essential part of Cantonese cuisine. Represented by steamed vermicelli roll, barbecued pork buns, shrimp dumplings, and siomai, it is paired with teas such as Tieguanyin, Pu’er, and chrysanthemum.

Cantonese morning tea can be traced back to the Tongzhi period of the Qing Dynasty more than 150 years ago. Morning tea shops at that time are similar to street food stalls. Packages of tea and dim sum are provided for the passer-by to rest and chat. With the popularity of the morning tea culture, roadside stalls have gradually evolved into ‘Tea House.’ At the same time, there are more and more kinds of dim sum. The pattern has become dominated by dim sums and supplemented by tea.
Today, having morning tea has become a tradition for Guangdong and Hong Kong people. Also, tea houses have been the best places for friends to catch up and businesspeople to negotiate.
After being seated, the waiter will ask first what tea to drink. In terms of dim sum, in addition to Cantonese favorites such as dried-steamed horseshoe cake and glutinous rice chicken, there is also the famous four-piece morning tea set, dried steamed shaomai, crystal shrimp, chicken feet in abalone sauce, and spareribs in black bean sauce. With the fusion of Chinese and western culture in recent years, western-style pastries have been added to the menu.
The morning tea houses you may like:
–  Yat Tung Heen
–  Tim Ho Wan
–  Luk Yu Tea House

#2: Visit Hong Kong Palace Museum

Taking five years and costing about $520 million, the Hong Kong Palace Museum will finally open to the public in July 2022. The museum displays more than nine hundred precious cultural relics from the National Palace Museum of China, with 166 pieces graded as national cultural relics. Some of these collections have never been exhibited to the public before. Read the article, Explore the Hong Kong Palace Museum, for detailed information. describing your block.

#3: Take a ‘Ding Ding Tram’

Because this double-level tram makes the ‘Ding Ding’ sound every time it stops at the station, it is called ‘Ding Ding Tram’ by Hong Kong citizens.

Hong Kong’s trams are over 100 years old and one of the world’s oldest. Trams shuttle through the streets and alleys of Hong Kong Island like flowing monuments. Hop on a tram at will, and sit by the window on the second floor; there is no sealed glass to block, and the noisy street sounds and the various flavors of the street are blowing.

#4: Enjoy the architectural beauty

The building expresses the spirit of the times in the form of space and has been integrated with the city since its inception.

There are countless landmarks in Hong Kong. Whether the Tong Laus with neon signs or the revitalization of old buildings full of historical significance, the various styles of urban architecture have become part of the local historical context.

Here are some of the most landmark buildings in Hong Kong worth visiting.
-Bank of China Tower / I. M. Pei
-Innovation Tower / Zaha Hadid
-The Murray / Forster + Partners
Xiqu Centre / Yuanxiang Lv+Revery
-Tai Kwun / Herzog + Meuron
M+ / Herzog + Meuron

#5: Take a walk in the most charming neighborhood of humanities and art

When it comes to Central, the first thing that comes to mind is the tall buildings, the Mid-levels where the wealthy live, and Lan Kwai Fong, a bustling city. But in fact, many streets in Central reveal a solid literary atmosphere. As the terrain level rises, it presents a beautiful humanistic picture. Wander around these neighborhoods and experience the unique historical heritage of Hong Kong.
Here are the recommended streets for you:
-Aberdeen Street
-Peel Street
-Elgin Street
-Old Bailey Street 
-Staunton Street

#6: Take the Peak Tram to the top of Victoria Peak and overlook Hong Kong

The Peak Tram is the first motorized public transport and the first funicular railway in Asia after the opening of Hong Kong. It has been in operation since May 30, 1888. Taking the Peak Tram to the summit of Victoria Peak is sure to be an unforgettable experience. The entire railway is dragged by steel cables. The train climbed from 28 meters above sea level to 396 meters along the hillside, and the panoramic view of Victoria Harbour was slowly displayed along the way. The best time to get to the top of the mountain is in the afternoon, close to dusk, to see the city view during the day and the mesmerizing view as night slowly falls.

#7: Enjoy the Victoria Harbour night view on Star Ferry

The Star Ferry is a long-established sea ferry company. Since May 1, 1898, it has provided services on both sides of Victoria Harbour, carrying guests to and from Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. The Star Ferry is the best way to see Victoria Harbour. In 2009, it was listed as one of the ’50 must-see attractions in life’ by National Geographic magazine and was selected as one of the ‘Top 10 Most Exciting Ferry Cruises in the World by the American Association of Travel Writers.

#8: Shopping on Temple Street

Temple Street is located in Yau Ma Tei, the old town of Hong Kong. Yau Ma Tei does not have so many buildings that go straight to the sky and colorful shopping malls. The facilities here are generally old, the environment is crowded, the streets are narrow, and the population and ethnicity are complex. In Yau Ma Tei, you can find all kinds of Hong Kong’s old craftsmanship and fantastic food, especially those signs with Hong Kong-style fonts. Attract photographers from all over the world. It is also the location for many movies.

Temple Street is the most prestigious night market. It sells various things, including clothing with Hong Kong characteristics, accessories, lighters, clocks, imitation antiques, and handicrafts.

#9: Watch horse racing

After Hong Kong became a British colony, the British introduced horse racing to Hong Kong. Horse racing in Hong Kong was founded in 1846. Early horse races were held only once a year for several days, called the Anniversary Race. In 1891, the Jockey Club began accepting bets, and horse racing became a gaming activity. In Hong Kong, many people think that horse racing is equivalent to gambling. Most people pay attention to horse racing for gambling rather than its sport, which has become a significant feature of horse racing culture. Therefore, many citizens are keen on horse racing, and the liveliness of the Hong Kong Racecourse is also evident.

#10: Experience nightlife at Lan Kwai Fong

Lan Kwai Fong Bar Street originated in the early 1970s. At that time, an Italian businessman opened an Italian clothing store and restaurant here. Some “Yuppies” who work in Central want to find a place to chat after getting off work, and this restaurant has become their happy hour gathering place. Since then, Lan Kwai Fong has gradually become a tasteful leisure place, with more and more bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues opened.

#11: Take a 360-degree cable car to see the Tian Tan Buddha

The Ngong Ping Tian Tan Buddha is the world’s tallest outdoor bronze seated Buddha. It sits majestically on the Muyu Peak in Lantau Island, at 482 meters. The magnificent Buddha was built over 12 years, symbolizing the stability and prosperity of Hong Kong, the country’s wealth, and the world’s peace.

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