September 22, 2017

Sample The Delights Of Hong Kong In 48 Hours

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Hong Kong can deliver the ultimate culture shock with its neon lights, ridiculously tall skyscrapers and densely populated streets. Look hard enough, and you’ll be able to spot the odd pocket of tranquility near the stunning harbor, perfect for when you’ve spent the past day pummelling the Far Eastern ground with your weary feet. A cliche it might be, but Hong Kong really does have something for everyone. Whether you are basking in the jewel of the city before touring China or you’re taking a long stopover between flights, two days is plenty of time to immerse yourself in this cultural beacon of a city.

What To Do

With only 48 hours, you’ll want to cram as much into your touring time as possible. If you are the ultimate culture vulture, there is no better experience than to visit the Tian Tan Buddha. Towering at over thirty meters high, the Buddha is forever blessing the Chinese people below him. Alongside the Buddha is Po Lin Monastery, Hong Kong’s most valued Buddhist buildings. You could quite easily spend half a day here taking in the religious iconography and the lush colors, escaping from the city itself. As the sun falls to be replaced by the silver moonlight, it’s only right that you head down to the harbor to take in the iconic Hong Kong skyline, a vista that will stay with you forever. If you fancy a bit of night shopping after taking in the view, hot foot it to the Temple Street night market for a bargain hunting experience like no other.

Where To Stay

If you only have 48 hours to tour this wonderful city, it’s vital that you stay in the center of things, so you don’t have to spend too much of your precious time traveling. You’ll want to rest your bones in either Tsim Sha Tsui or Sheung Wan. When considering which Tsim Sha Tsui hotel is the best, find a hotel with excellent proximity to Kowloon, the promenade, and an MTR station. There’s accommodation to suit all budgets, from the luxurious and opulent skyscraper hotels to the more modest shared dorm rooms within hostels.

What To Eat

Two words: dim sum. These little steamed buns and parcels of meat, vegetables, spices, and fragrance are a hit to all the senses, not just your taste buds. A staple within Hong Kong, they are a healthy, nutritious way to fuel your travels for 48 hours. You could also try the beef brisket. Served in a massive bowl of delicious broth with more noodles than you can shake a stick at, this hearty meal will have you wanting to return to Hong Kong for the meat alone.

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Hong Kong is often overlooked as a destination for travelers with China, Vietnam and Japan taking the lead as the most favored tourist hotspots. However, Hong Kong is rich in culture, nature and a fast paced city life. If you find yourself in this incredible metropolis for 48 hours, you are in for a treat.

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