Sometimes you want to just sit on a beach and relax during your vacation. And sometimes, you just want a fast-paced adventure. If you are that person who wants to hit the gas pedal on your vacation, then Hong Kong should be on the list of places to visit in your lifetime. Seasoned travelers will tell you that Hong Kong is one of those cities that you will never really stop discovering no matter how many times you visit.
A real quick history lesson on Hong Kong. Up until the late 90’s, Hong Kong was a British Colony. Today, Hong Kong is one of the three most important financial centers in the world. Hong Kong is also ranked as one of the top tourist destinations with its breathtaking national parks and infamous city skyline. The city is also notorious for its food and art scene. This is certainly a city that doesn’t sleep and you likely won’t either if you want to even scratch the surface of exploring the places that attract millions of tourists to the city every single year. So grab a cup of coffee and let’s look at 5 attractions that will make you want to book your International Vacation Home Exchange in Hong Kong today.
1) Skyscrapers. If you like tall buildings (and I mean tall) then you will defiantly want to visit Hong Kong. The city has more than 7,000 high-rise buildings. The tallest building stands more than 1,500 feet. One way to embrace the skyline is to grab a ride on the Hong Kong Observation Wheel.
2) Victoria Harbour. The heart of Hong Kong is arguably Victoria Harbour. Lying in the middle of the city’s dense urban region, the harbor is the site of annual fireworks displays, as well as retail, markets, and dinning. The Harbour also provides panoramic views to Hong Kong’s skyline. You can also hitch a ride on a ferry or water taxi to tour the harbour.
3) Disneyland. Mikey Mouse and his friends also call Hong Kong home. The amusement park is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary. So now you have an excuse to bring the kids, right?
4) Victoria Peak. Standing at about 1,800 feet, Victoria Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong island. Victoria Peak is also one of the most visited spots by tourists. The peak offers breathtaking views of the city that you will never forget. The best way to reach Victoria Peak is to take a ride on the 125-year-old Peak Tram.
5) Lantau Island. Lantau Island is the largest of Hong Kong’s island. It sits at the mouth of the Pearl River. The island is home to the Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha. The Tian Tan Buddha stands over 100 feet on a hilltop. You can walk up to the statue. Just be sure to bring a good pair of walking shoes.
Now I am not even scratching the surface on Hong Kong in this post. There is so much to see and do in this vibrant city. If you are taking an extended vacation, you can jet over to the neighboring city of Macau. International Vacation Home Exchange property #0340 also offers gorgeous views of Hong Kong. If you are interested in reserving this property, be sure to contact an IVHE coordinator. And as always, safe travels!
Thank you to guest travel writer Carla Pruitt. You can follow Carla on Twitter at @crobscarla.