One of the best destination to experience the new year’s eve.
From China, there are several destinations to travel during holidays. One of the best for New Year’s Eve is Hong Kong. There are lots of reasons for that but the one who closes the deal is, of course, the fireworks. The show takes place above the bay and lasts for 30 minutes in harmony with the light of the city. It is one of the biggest in the world and must be seen at least once in a lifetime.
Hong Kong is a young, vibrant city bursting with energy. This is obvious to anyone standing on the pier in Tsim Sha Tsui, looking out over Hong Kong’s impressive skyline of skyscrapers. Furthermore, this is a city that has managed to make an art of squeezing seven million people together in an area of 1.000 square kilometers.
With its tropical climate, beautiful landscapes, energetic nightlife, and fantastic food, Hong Kong is a traveler’s paradise. 25 million people come here each year to experience a city unlike any other in the world.
Temples, gardens, museums, amusement parks, and lookout points – Hong Kong has a great variety of sights to explore. Highlights include the Man Mo Temple, Victoria Peak, the Big Buddha and the night-time market in Temple Street, but be sure to find some time to explore some of the city’s fantastic gardens, as well.
A Symphony of Lights
At 20:00 every night, you can admire a dazzling multimedia show outdoors with laser lights in a multitude of colors the show involves more than 40 buildings by the harbor. This is a beautiful and unforgettable experience that should not be missed when visiting Hong Kong. The best views are along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront between the Avenue of Stars and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the promenade at Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai. Another way to enjoy this event is to take the famous star ferry at the right time or any other special boat tour or cruise.
Is an absolute must for visitors to Hong Kong, ascend 522 meters by tram and look out over the entire city, but do make sure that it is not a foggy day and to take tickets online for the tram to avoid too much waiting in the line.
Victoria Peak has always been an area for the propertied classes, and nowadays this also means that Hong Kong’s best promenade is to be found in the leafy, quiet area around the peak station. It is also here you will find one of the most iconic landmarks of Hong Kong, The Peak Tower that features Hong Kong’s highest observation tower (the Sky Terrace 428), including the wax museum Madame Tussauds and the Peak Market.
Nan Lian Garden
Stroll around at this beautiful and well-maintained garden which is surrounded by skyscrapers. This is a very quiet and peaceful place where you can unwind and admire traditional Chinese architecture. The flowers, ponds, and waterfalls will also catch your attention. There is also a beautiful Buddhist temple above the garden, where you can find time to pray and catch an entire view from the top. It’s my favorite place in Hong Kong during daylight. Don’t miss the chance to get there.
Man Mo Temple
Is one of the popular places in Hong Kong. The old Hong Kong residents prayed for the God of Literature “Man” and the God of War “Mo” and this tradition has been retained until now. You can go to the altar to collect a box of prophecy stick. Shake the box until one of the sticks falls out – then go to one of the fortune-teller stalls and get to know your future.
You will find the Big Buddha on Lantau Island which is the largest island in Hong Kong. Big Buddha is the world’s largest seated outdoor bronze Buddha statue, which is more than 34 meters high. After the visit, head to the monastery nearby where you can eat a vegetarian lunch with the monks.
In Hong Kong offers a staggering variety of cuisines from around the world: Thai, Indian, British, Italian and not least, Chinese, among many, many others. Prices also vary widely, depending on the dining experience you’re looking for. Cheap, fast eats and street food are a must for the traveler on the go, but take some time to indulge in some of the city’s top-class dining, as well.
If you love dim sum. At restaurant Din Tai Fung you can indulge in various traditional Chinese dishes for a reasonable price. The restaurant is well hidden in a shopping center, but worth searching for. The friendly staff serves quality food in a vibrant atmosphere.
But be prepared to wait almost everywhere. In Hong Kong, you will always have to take tickets and wait your turn before you can be seated.(Address of Din Tai Fung: 160-164 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong Public Transport: Exit E1, Sheung Wan MTR Station)
Explore the streets of Soho. Here you will find plenty of restaurants, bars, art galleries, and small unique shops. This is a great place to walk around and there is so much to see. During the night, it’s become the place to be, mostly after the fireworks of the New Year. Everyone wanders between the several bars and take time to drink outside on the steps and the many stairs there are in the area.
Hong Kong is a breathtaking city during the night and has a lot of places to visit during the day. You won’t be disappointed by the many views, the variety of food, the parks and gardens, the historical and religious monuments, the nightlife and of course the skyscrapers that surround you wherever you are.
There is also a lot of shopping area of many types, from the night street market to the biggest and newest mall with all luxury brands you want. During the New Year’s Holidays, almost everything is 50% off for the “sold”. Make sure to have extra money to enjoy it.
Be aware that going to Hong Kong is also getting out of the Chinese territory so you will need your resident permit, but it’s also a visa-free area for a lot of citizen from a Western country. So it easier to get in and out and you also can go spend time and money to Macao with the ferry that takes only 1 hour to cross the bay. Which is also a visa-free city.