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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.

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      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.

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              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.

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                        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.

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                                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

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                                        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                        Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                                        If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                                        1. Breathe

                                        The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                                        • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                                        • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                                        • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                                        Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                                        2. Loosen up

                                        After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                                        Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                                        3. Chew slowly

                                        Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                                        Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                                        Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                                        4. Let go

                                        Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                                        The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                                        It’s not. Promise.

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                                        Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                                        Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

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                                        5. Enjoy the journey

                                        Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                                        Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                                        6. Look at the big picture

                                        The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                                        Will this matter to me…

                                        • Next week?
                                        • Next month?
                                        • Next year?
                                        • In 10 years?

                                        Hint: No, it won’t.

                                        I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                                        Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                                        7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                                        You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                                        Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                                        8. Practice patience every day

                                        Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                                        • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
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                                        • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                                        Final thoughts

                                        Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                                        Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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