“King Kong in Hong Kong“,
“Jasmine tea? Jes, min tea!“,
“2018 – Rock the year of the dog”
…Whatever we have considered as a title for our Hong Kong attractions 2018, nothing fits so well as a paraphrase for the very first impressions we got on our first trip to Asia.
However, no less marked on us were the first impressions of the old Diva Hong Kong!
How she overwhelmed us immensely, thrilling and agile, expansive and skyward.
Even New York, with its huge skyscrapers, faded from what we saw in Hong Kong.
Endless growing towers opened up, the horizon often just a single huge wall of buildings, never ending in heaven stretched.
Our trip to Asia 2018
Hong Kong was the prelude to our three-week trip to Asia and the first Far Eastern metropolis to explore.
For the stay we chose 3 full days.
As we hoped, a good foundation to inhale the exotic pinch of Hong Kong in sufficient breadth and depth.
Of course there is something new to discover in all the Hong Kong attractions 2018 even after two weeks or two months, but this is always a highly individual question.
Depending on your requirements, budget, time available, willingness to travel, et cetera anyone can and should put together their own travel plan here.
However, from our experience we can say: Hong Kong attractions 2018 in 3 days is feasible, even really good.
What you should see in exactly these three days, we show you in today’s article…
The history of Hong Kong
As usual, there is a little history lesson.
In the context of Hong Kong this is also particularly exciting, because the eventful history of this city state has deeply influenced this supermetropolis to this day.
The history of the city (or more correctly “the Special Administrative Region of China”) on the South China Sea dates back a long way.
More specifically, up to 5,000 years into the past with testimonies from the Northern Chinese Stone Age culture.
Later, during the Han dynasty in the 2nd century, the region was also populated and already had some significance.
Strong migratory flows from the Chinese empire over the centuries during the various dynasties up to the Song dynasty in the 13th century for ever greater importance.
The conquests of the Mongols in the subsequent period were not without consequences for Hong Kong and also for the whole of China.
From the beginning of the 16th century, there was then flourishing trade with Portugal, which helped the region to a huge growth spurt.
In addition to the Portuguese then arrived from 1699, the British to China with its legendary East India Company.
The Opium War
Chinese products, such as silk or bamboo products, were extremely popular in Europe at that time.
In return, however, there were hardly any outlets for British goods.
Well, what did the British do about it?
They massively imported opium to Hong Kong.
The attempt by the government in Hong Kong to prevent this failed and as a result, Hong Kong was occupied by the British in 1841.
Later, during the Second World War, Hong Kong was temporarily under Japanese occupation.
To this day, Hong Kong was significantly influenced by the continuing influence of the British, as well as China.
Hong Kong attractions 2018
Hong Kong and its attractions. Of course, these are not too scarce in the 7-million-man metropolis.
In the course of the following blog articles, we will present some Hong Kong attractions 2018 even more precisely.
Here’s a brief overview of all the things that you should definitely see when visiting the city with the world’s second highest population density (after Monaco).
There will soon be a separate blog article.
Victoria Peak is the legendary observation deck on the edge of Hong Kong, perched high above the old Diva.
From there you have a perfect view of the city, ideally to visit in the evenings to capture the spectacular light change with the camera.
A must for every Hong Kong tourist.
Well, you do not have to explain Disneyland that much.
Definitely worth a visit, especially for families with kids.
Construction costs of a total of $ 4 billion (these are 9 zeros) give us an idea of what awaits you here.
Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Toy Story Land – entertainment is truly a big thing at Disneyland Hong Kong.
Avenue of the Stars
Such a kind of mini-Hollywood in the Far East.
Again, there is a separate article.
There are sculptures, paintings and more of Hollywood greats, a kind of Walk of Fame.
Hand prints and other sculptures of various movie stars from the Far East are the actual highlight.
A few minutes from Salisbury Road, this attraction is located in the harbor area of Hong Kong and should not be missed on a visit.
A big park in the heart of Hong Kong.
The ideal oasis for those, to whom the lively diva gets a bit too loud and hectic at times.
Beautiful trees and plants provide peace of mind.
Locals who indulge in their daily Tai Chi exercises, athletes, business people, who refuel here for a short time – in Kowloon Park, big and small, young and old come together.
The Yick Fat Building
One of the most popular photo opportunities in Hong Kong. Instagram swells with snapshots from the courtyard of this unique, huge block of flats.
Also for this we keep a separate blog article ready for you.
Absolutely worth seeing and great photo opportunity.
But important: People are living here who are confronted day in day out with hundreds of photographing tourists.
Please respect the privacy and behave respectfully.
Less than an hour’s drive away from the center of Hong Kong on Lantau Island is this 34-meter-high and 250-tonne structure, which is one of the 5 largest Buddha statues in China.
It symbolizes the harmony between man, nature and religion and is also a very popular photo subject.
Definitely recommended, if you are in Hong Kong a bit longer and have time for a (at least) half-day trip.
Eating in Hongkong
I will not try to recommend any restaurants, bars or anything else.
Not only that the tastes are too different …
The classy Carnivore, who prefers two kilos of beef to the diner, is unlikely to seek “World’s Best Gluten Free, Vegan Tofu Pizza”.
In addition, Hong Kong has an almost inexhaustible reservoir of small and large restaurants virtually everywhere and at any time.
We ate in countless restaurants.
Chinese, Japanese, American, all sorts of things are there and, in fact, we liked the places where the locals eat.
But what you should definitely try are the excellent ramen dishes. Yes, they are really good!
These soups in different versions are the absolute blast.
Cheap, delicious, also easy to eat in between, nutritious, healthy and delicious.
I <3 Ramen!
You also get matcha everywhere in Hong Kong.
You should definitely try a matcha ice cream there.
Healthy snack – a dream comes true.
Since I currently have a very high calorie throughput due to my strength sports, I had to look that several times throughout the day I can take couple of smaller portions to me.
But that is no problem at all, the kitchen in Hong Kong is predestined for that.
Hong Kong attractions 2018 in 3 days
As mentioned in the beginning, this incredibly impressive city is “doable” in 3 days.
Admittedly, there is not much time for relaxation, but that was not the goal of our trip anyway.
We wanted to discover, discover aaaaand… discover.
These 3 days were perfect for what we have reached and seen by walking in that time.
Uber, or now Grab works well in Hong Kong, so even for longer distances mobile subsets are available at any time and the whole thing at a ridiculous price.
What a prelude! Hong Kong was just the right ripper to feel intensely Asia and especially the Chinese region.
We perceived the people as extremely polite and helpful.
The city itself, with its buildings completely oversized for our Central European standards, captivates one from the first moment.
This friendly and exciting exoticism, this bustle, this culinary diversity makes it very hard not to like Hong Kong.
The prices in our perception were also generally very moderate, at least according to European standards and, above all, Swiss.
There is an incredible amount to see and discover for quite a bit of money.
In short, it does not take too long – so go and see Hong Kong!
Meanwhile, I’ll treat myself to a delicious China menu.
As always, you will find all photos from the first part of our Hong Kong trip in the gallery.
Stay tuned, because the next articles going to be exciting…
It greets you as always with Buddhist peaceful recommendations your Hongdrik!
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