By Sanique Lim
Hong Kong, Asia’s World City, in recent years has successfully garnered international status for their noticeable achievement in the film & movie industry, rolling out its red carpet with exclusively represented movies and megastars straight to the Lincoln Center film festival. Hong Kong is also now recognized as the third-largest art auction center in the world, following New York and London. Hong Kong is now one of the world’s preeminent destinations for travelers to Asia.
Hong Kong Tourism strives to take Asia’s tourism to new heights with the highly anticipated new Cruise Terminal at Kai Tak that is scheduled to debut in mid 2013.
With so many attractions in Hong Kong, we invite you to come along with Asian Fusion as we share with you our most recommended spots to experience on your trip to this world city rich in both history and culture.
Avenue of Stars
In Asia, Hong Kong is a popular and famous movie production place. You’ll find commemorative plaques, celebrity handprints, descriptive milestones, movie memorabilia, a life-size statue of kung fu action hero Bruce Lee and a bronze rendering of popular cartoon character McDull. The Avenue of Stars fittingly sets the glamour of Hong Kong’s film industry against the captiviating dazzle of Victoria Harbor. The Avenue of Stars also provides visitors a panoramic view of the city’s most iconic sights.
If there is only one thing you do in Hong Kong, it would be to get to the top of The Peak, which is the highest point in Hong Kong. From The Peak, you can see the most spectacular view of this city, stretching across sparkling skyscrapers and Victoria Harbor all the way to the green hills of New Territories. A spectacular view in day or night.
The Ladies Market is locatedv on Tung Choi St., and provides over 100 stalls of bargain clothing, accessories, and souvenirs. The origin of its name comes from the various, huge amounts of clothing and accessories on sale for women of all ages.
The Clock Tower was established in 1915 and is part of the Kowloon-Canton Railway terminals. It is currently preserved as a Declared Monument and is a memorable landmark for millions of Chinese immigrants who came to this city.
Hong Kong Disneyland
Everyone certainly knows the world’s most famous family entertainment destination, Disneyland. Although the Hong Kong Disneyland is not as big as others, there are still many magical memories still awaiting the families who visit here. Including the infamous four themed lands: Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Adventureland and Tomorrowland.
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade starts at the Clock Tower and stretches all the way to Hung Hom. Along the way, you can pass the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Hong Kong Museum of Art and Avenue of Stars.
Ocean Park Hong Kong
Ocean Park Hong Kong is a world class marine life theme park featuring animal exhibits,various rides and shows which skillfully blends entertainment and education value together.
Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street Night Market is a popular street bazaar, named after a Tin Hau temple.Trinkets, tea ware, electronics, watches, menswear, jade, antiques and so much fun all can be found here. In addition, claypot rice, seafood, noodles and other treats are some of the other specialties from Temple Street Night Market.
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is one of the major landmarks on the Hong Kong skyline which features a vast curtain of glass and a 40,000 square-meter aluminum roof. This harbor-front expansion used top-down construction techniques to meet a challenge of limited land supply; its highly innovative methods winning many industry accolades.
The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery
The famous 34-meter-high Big Buddha was established by Po Lin Monastery and is one of Hong Kong’s most important Buddhist sanctums. It is also home to many monks. This monastery is rich with colorful Buddhist iconography and its pleasant garden is alive with bird songs and flowery scents. You can also satisfy your appetite at their popular vegetarian restaurant.
If you’re planning to go to Hong Kong in the next couple of months, don’t miss The Annual Food & Wine month coming in November. it is one of the most anticipated events in Hong Kong. This event kicks off with an internationally celebrated Wine & Dine Festival, and follows through with a month-long series of events and promotions, and is spectacularly celebrated in Hong Kong’s most popular foodie districts including Lan Kwai Fong and Stanley.
**Information retrieved from Hong Kong Tourism. www.discoverhongkong.com.