East Asia has long since become one of the most important centers in the world, but when we talk about the prosperity and splendor of this area, and the business people attracted to it, a picture of Hong Kong pops into most of our heads. The city used to be a former British colony and is now considered an administrative region of China with shimmering skyscrapers on every one of its corners. Hong Kong’s economy is flourishing and the international trade is booming, but this area has long been not only a paradise for business people but also an area that offers many tourist attractions to every visitor, including families. Many tourists reach Hong Kong as a stopover on their way to other countries in East Asia but know that there are quite a few attractions here that will make you want to stay for at least a few days.
1. Victoria Peak
From the 392 meters of Victoria Peak, also known as Mount Austin, Hong Kong’s urban landscape is breathtaking – and this site attracts no fewer than 7 million people a year who come to visit this observation post from which one can see Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong Island, and Kowloon Island – all of which together make up this area. Getting to the summit is also an experience in itself, including a ride on the summit cable car that runs on a 1.5 km track up the 400-meter slope. The cable car was inaugurated in 1888, and was named “the first cable car in Asia”.
2. Ocean Park
If you come to this area with children (or alone), don’t think twice and go visit the Ocean Park amusement park, which is definitely for everyone. Here, you’ll find exciting facilities for all ages – including several roller coasters – as well as an enormous aquarium with a display of no less than 400 species of fish from all over the world. You can also visit the “Panda Experience” dedicated to this sweet Asian bear family, where you can see various pandas such as the giant panda and the red panda.
3. Tian Tan Buddha
This monumental Buddha statue, completed in 1993, is undoubtedly a significant tourist attraction in Hong Kong – if only because of the desire of many to see this spectacular wonder, with its 250-ton weight and 34 meters height, making it one of the largest standing statues in the world. “Tian Tan Buddha” stands near to the Po Lin Monastery, which is also an interesting tourist site. You can reach the foot of the statue by riding the Ngong Ping 360 Cable car, during which you’ll be able to see Hong Kong’s spectacular views from above. For those who enjoy walking, you can also climb 268 steps to the observation deck at the foot of the Buddha.
4. Hong Kong Museum of History
If you’re one of those who like to become deeply familiar with the story of the place you visit – don’t miss the Hong Kong Museum of History, which will introduce you to the region’s heritage going no less than 400 million years back. The collections displayed in the museum include archeological artifacts and exhibits from the prehistoric period, remains discovered in ancient tombs in Hong Kong, an exhibition on the culture of local residents throughout the ages, and extensive information about the English colony that existed there and the Japanese occupation that took place here during World War II.
5. Star Ferry Pier
Just a few Hong Kong dollars and you are on one of the Star’s ferries, which has been operating for more than 100 years. The view of Victoria Bay from the ferry that runs along it is spectacular and iconic – and photo enthusiasts can take the opportunity to get some snapshots in. At the same time, the noise of the engines and the smells of the sea that will reach your senses and make it clear to you why Hong Kong has always been and always will be one of the most important port and sea cities in this area of East Asia. A small recommendation: get on the Star ferry cruise around 8:00 pm, so you can see the spectacular “Lights Symphony” show that takes place over the city’s skyscrapers.