Advertising
Advertising

20 Reasons Why Hong Kong Is An Awesome Place to Visit

20 Reasons Why Hong Kong Is An Awesome Place to Visit

Many would agree, locals in particular, and experienced travelers in general, that Hong Kong is an amazing place to visit, though not necessarily to live in. Why? Well the major reason is that you have to be rich to buy a half-decent apartment, in addition to how crowded it gets, the traffic jams, pollution and the unstable politics. All of which you would not have to deal with when you are visiting, and at least it won’t get in your skin as much as it does for a local. After spending a week in Hong Kong, my stereotype shifted from a city with nothing but cement everywhere to a cosmopolitan city with a green tropical side you might not have the chance to see if you’ve never been there.

So it was fairly easy to compile a 20 reasons why the “pearl of the orient”  will leave you craving to visit, I know I want to come back as soon as I can.

1. The view of a city’s skyscrapers never looked this epic, let it be day or night time, and it never gets old.

Take the fabulous tram to get to the Peak, and don’t forget to take a walk when you’re up on the mountain and bring back countless shots home.

View from The Peak

    2. The Victoria Harbor.

    The dazzling light show at Victoria harbor being performed with harmonic sounds given to you by the world’s best skyline, the symphony of lights takes place at 8 p.m. every day.

    Hong_Kong_Symphony_of_Light_

      3. The Star ferry will broaden your perspective about commute options.

      Locals have the ultimate commuter experience when crossing the river between Hong Kong island and Kowloon.

      Advertising

      the Star ferry in hong kong

        4. The Hiking trails.

        If you have had enough of tall futuristic buildings and crowded streets, then get adventurous and go for a hike at “the dragon’s back” or to “Lion rock”. You will get lost in the beauty of mountains meeting the sea.

        dragons-back

          5. The Chungking mansions in “Tsim Sha Tsui“.

          A building with an estimated over 4,000 people living inside, with the option to spend a night at a hostel or even cheaper room there to get a feel of how India would look like and see if you can handle it.

          chungking mansions

            6. It can be a shopping mecca.

            The jaw dropping scene you`ll witness when you go to causeway bay, the shopping paradise many would call, will take you from one ridiculously large mall to another, it’s Hong Kong’s response to Time square. I know this one is actually the only excuse many girls need to visit Hong Kong.

            causeway bay

              7. The fashion is staggering.

              On the other hand, the fashionable beautiful women is enough reason for guys to get that flight ticket.

              Advertising

              lonely girl at central

                8. The Mongkok neighborhood

                Wandering in night markets like the ladies market, the flower market, the sneaker street and the temple street, is a good way to see just how cheap it is to buy whatever you want and it is all in one neighborhood called Mongkok.

                Ladies market

                  9. And more Mongkok.

                  For the old Hong Kong that we see in old movies, explore Mongkok more, and you’ll see rows of old densely populated buildings and where middle working class live their daily lives.

                  Mass populated buildings

                    10. The public transportation

                    The convenient public transportation will take you to another level of awesomeness, not only every bus is double-deckered, trams as well, add that to how all attractions are accessible via metro and you have a transportation system locals should be proud of.

                    Conveniant transportation

                      11. The history of the city

                      The rich history will make you fall in love deeper by uncovering the secret to how the city got to where it is today, the ups and downs, the English touch, the Japanese occupation and the cultural conflict with mainlanders are all around you here. You can learn all of the stories at the Hong Kong Museum of History.

                      chao mian

                        12. Realizing you are in Asia just makes it more exciting to party.

                        Go out to “Lan Kwai Fong” and experience one of the best night life scenes in the world.

                        Advertising

                        expats at lan kwai fong

                          13. You can go sailing.

                          You can even rent this junk boat if you’re already with a group, or book a tour to sail around the harbor on a full-day or half-day trip. Then party like a pirate.

                          Junk (chinese boat) sailing in Hong Kong

                            14. The red district

                            “Wanchai”, the red district of Hong Kong is where girls grab and chase guys, as opposed to what happens in Lan Kwai Fong.

                            wanchai

                              15. The amusement parks

                              With Ocean Park and Disneyland at your disposal, feel your adrenaline rising on the crazy roller coasters and free your inner child at these huge theme parks.

                              Rides_in_HK_Ocean_Park

                                16. You can pay tribute to your favorite Asian movie stars.

                                Meet the Bruce Lee statue at the avenue of stars, along with more Asian stars that made it to Hollywood.

                                Advertising

                                bruce lee statue

                                  17. Cable cars

                                  The 360 Ngong Ping cable car will give you a remarkable panoramic look and a memorable experience, so don’t be afraid to hang in the air to take it all in.

                                  HK_Skyrail_cable_car

                                    18. The natural tranquility

                                    Say “hi” to the big Buddha and contemplate the surrounding beautiful mountains, it will leave you speechless by its insanely peaceful atmosphere.

                                    big-buddha

                                      19. There are islands to explore.

                                      The nearby islands like “Cheung chau” and “Lamma island” will provide you with a great doze of bliss after seeing the simple and traditional life there.

                                      cheung chau

                                        20. There are other nearby cities to explore too.

                                        Senzhen, Guangzhou or Macau are only a couple of hours away by train or ferry, so be sure to visit at least one in order to experience and compare the different vibes.

                                        “You can leave Hong Kong, but it will never leave you.” – Nury Vittachi

                                        Featured photo credit: Hong Kong Skyline China Night City Lights Evening via pixabay.com

                                        More by this author

                                        hong-kong 20 Reasons Why Hong Kong Is An Awesome Place to Visit looking at home from far away 13 Things Only Solo Travelers Will Understand Bangkok 17 Costly Scams In Asia You Can Easily Avoid If You Read This 3 Books That Will Make You Quit Your Job And Travel The World Sooner Than You Ever Imagined

                                        Trending in Lifestyle

                                        1 18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life 2 How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind 3 7 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Workout 4 30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life 5 Simple Hacks on How to Relieve Neck Pain Fast (and Naturally)

                                        Read Next

                                        Advertising
                                        Advertising
                                        Advertising

                                        Last Updated on July 8, 2020

                                        18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                                        18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                                        The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

                                        1. Understand Yourself Better

                                        Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

                                        Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

                                        2. Keep Track of Small Changes

                                        I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

                                        Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

                                        3. Become Aware of What Matters

                                        As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

                                        You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

                                        Advertising

                                        4. Boost Creativity

                                        The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

                                        When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

                                        You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

                                        5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

                                        A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

                                        Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

                                        6. Process Life Experiences

                                        When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

                                        Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

                                        Advertising

                                        7. Stress Relief

                                        In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

                                        Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

                                        8. Provide Direction

                                        Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

                                        One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

                                        9. Solve Problems

                                        Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

                                        Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

                                        When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

                                        Advertising

                                        10. Find Relief From Fighting

                                        Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

                                        Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

                                        11. Find Meaning in Life

                                        Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

                                        12. Allow Yourself to Focus

                                        Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

                                        13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

                                        When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

                                        14. Let the Past Go

                                        I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

                                        15. Allow Freedom

                                        Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

                                        Advertising

                                        16. Enhance Your Career

                                        Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

                                        Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

                                        17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

                                        All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

                                        18. Catalog Your Life for Others

                                        No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

                                        We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

                                        Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

                                        Featured photo credit: Kelly Sikkema via unsplash.com

                                        Read Next