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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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                                        12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                        12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                        Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                                        But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                                        I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                                        Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

                                        1. Nuts

                                        The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                                        Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                                        Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                                        Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                                        2. Blueberries

                                        Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                                        When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                                        3. Tomatoes

                                        Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                                        4. Broccoli

                                        While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                                        Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                                        Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                                        5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                                        Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                                        The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                                        Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                                        6. Soy

                                        Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                                        Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                                        Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                                        7. Dark Chocolate

                                        When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                                        Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                                        8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                                        Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

                                        B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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                                        Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                                        Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                                        To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                                        9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                                        Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                                        Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                                        Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                                        10. Gingko Biloba

                                        This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

                                        It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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                                        However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                                        11. Green and Black Tea

                                        Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                                        Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                                        Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                                        12. Sage and Rosemary

                                        Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                                        Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                                        When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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