Hong Kong is a great place to visit for 中港車價錢 Western travelers new to Asia. The country is culturally Chinese, but with a heavy Western influence, so there is less culture shock than stepping off the plane at Myanmar or Cambodia. Hong Kong is also small and urban, so it is possible to see most of the highlights in just a few days by traveling around the island on foot or using public transportation. This guide will tell you how.
Generally speaking, there are three parts to Hong Kong. Closest to the Chinese border and comprising most of the peninsula are the New Territories, which is the rural part of the country. At the tip of the peninsula is Kowloon, which is the urban heart of the country with the popular Nathan Road and the Temple Street Market. Past the southern tip of Kowloon is Hong Kong Island, along with the outer islands in the periphery. Hong Kong Island has most of the commercial and business activity, predominantly around Central station. If you want a complete visit to Hong Kong, you need to travel to all three, but most tourists stick to Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, with a short visit to Lantau Island. Traveling to the New Territories is recommended if you’re planning to spend more than a weekend in Hong Kong, or prefer to spend your time in a more natural environment visiting beaches and forests.
A trip to Hong Kong is just not complete without a cable car ride to Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island. You can get to the monastery by bus if you are a part of an organized tour, but otherwise the cable car is really the best and most convenient option. It costs about twenty U.S. dollars roundtrip per person, and is well worth the cost. The cable car travels from the Tung Chung MTR subway station to the peak of Lantau Island, and the ride is quite spectacular, especially when there are low-lying clouds. At the peak is the monastery where you will find a temple and monks residing, and adjacent is the largest outdoor sitting Buddha statue in all of Asia. Give yourself a few hours for this trip, and make sure you have a good pair of shoes on, as the stairway up to the Buddha statue is quite long.
For a unique city experience, visit the Mid-Levels in the Central neighborhood of Hong Kong Island. This is a series of escalators that take you uphill to the residential parts of the island, and along the way there are disembarkation points at streets that have unique bars, restaurants, and shops.
During your trip to Hong Kong, you need to spend a moment at Victoria Harbor. The best place to enjoy the dazzling view is from the Kowloon waterfront looking over towards Hong Kong Island. The iconic skyline makes for a fantastic photo. A great place to enjoy the view during the evening is from the lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel in Kowloon where you can enjoy a drink and a snack while taking in the lights. During the day, you will naturally get a view of the harbor if you use the Star Ferries to move between the island and Kowloon.
Many people visit Hong Kong to shop. There are many chain department stores and retail outlets throughout the country so you can shop anywhere from the most luxurious international stores to the more affordable local boutiques. If brand names like Gucci and Louis Vuitton are what you are looking for, then you will not be disappointed. However, many visitors prefer to visit the markets where haggling is commonplace and knockoffs are available. There are numerous markets throughout Hong Kong but the two biggest are the Temple Street market and Stanley Market. The third option is Nathan Road in Kowloon, but you will mostly find camera shops and tailors offering to stitch you a suit. You will be hassled on Nathan Road, so if you can help it, avoid the street.
The Temple Street Night Market is the biggest market in Hong Kong and the most popular. It’s an evening market so it does not get going until 6pm, and is open until midnight. Here you can find all kinds of knock-offs and small trinkets and memorabilia at a reasonable price. The market is just south of the Yau Ma Tei MTR station in Kowloon along Portland Street, a couple of blocks West of Nathan Road. Stanley Market on Hong Kong Island is similar, but a bit smaller, and runs during the daytime. There is more artwork available at Stanley, but the goods are pretty much the same. Most tourists leave with something or another, but travelers who have been around Southeast Asia and have visited the higher quality night markets in Thailand and Cambodia will be a little disappointed with what is available in Hong Kong. The best way to get to Stanley Market is to take Bus 260 (express) or the 6 (local) from Central. If you do visit Stanley Market, take advantage of the waterside restaurants for a quick bite to eat, as these venues offer good people watching.