From a sleepy fishing-trading post on the South China sea to one of the most famous metropolis in the world, Hong Kong has certainly come a long way in last 150 years. The world class infrastructure of the city, combined with decades of tremendous economic growth catapulted it in the league of the best of the business class in the world. Its iconic skyline, legendary cuisine, lush natural beauty and cosmopolitan outlook makes it a perfect destination for travellers.
This summer, on the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the city opens its arms to tourists, inviting them to visit and experience this beautiful city in all its glory. There are SMART deals from 1st April to celebrate the occasion, coupon booklet with fabulous offers from 21 attractions, airlines and transportation to help you enjoy the best of Hong Kong. If you are planning to take your family to a vacation overseas this summer, this is a destination worth considering.
There are many tourist attractions in Hong Kong where you can have a good time with family and kids.
A natural harbour nestled between the Hong Kong and Kowloon Island; the Victoria Harbour is the lifeline of the region. Throughout its history, it played an important role in shaping the destiny of Hong Kong, making it one of the most important trading centres of Asia.
The Victoria Harbour is perhaps the most famous tourist attraction in Hong Kong and offers spectacular views, both in terms of natural beauty and that of human toil. TheTsim Sha Tsui Promenade at the harbour is a quite popular among locals and tourists alike. On the eve of the Chinese New Year, the harbour stands witness to an impressive fireworks display which is very famous.
The cruises and ferries are perhaps the biggest attraction of at the harbour, most famous of them being the Star Ferry Tour, which has been ferrying passengers from Hong Kong to Kowloon and back since the 1880s. The ferry rides are good value for money and the most economical ones costs only about HK$ 2.5. The round trip ferry tour to Tsing Ma Bridge is also a good option.
Utter the word ‘Disneyland’ to kids and they will invariably jump in excitement. After all, who does not like fairy-tales? Therefore, if you are visiting Hong Kong with kids, it is natural that the trip will not be complete without going to this fairyland of a theme park named Hong Kong Disneyland.
Located on the Lantau Island in Penny Bay, Disneyland is a huge theme park and resort built on the same lines as its other namesakes around the world. Spread in 28 acres, it has enough rides to keep you and the kids engaged for a whole day. The latest addition to the never ending attractions of the Disneyland are rides themed on Star Wars and Iron Man, offering “immersive and unforgettable experience that cannot be missed”.
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As recommended by Discover Hong Kong, “if there is only one thing that you can do in Hong Kong, go to The Peak”. It is the pinnacle of Hong Kong, both in terms of altitude and living standards, being the most exclusive neighbourhood of the region since the Colonial era. If it provides a spectacular view of the skyline of the city during the day, the night views are no less impressive when a galaxy of shimmering lights seem to lie beneath ones feet.
The Sky Terrace 428 at The Peak Tower provides the perfect vantage point to gawk at the metropolis beyond. Another observation deck is at The Peak Galleria, which has free entrance. Both the places come with shopping and dining options as well. One can also take the 3.5 km Peak Circle for a more leisurely sightseeing.
The best way to reach The Peak is by taking the historic Peak tram, and is an experience to cherish in itself; and gives the visitors to witness the charms of Hong Kong, up close and personal.
The Disneyland is not the only place in Hong Kong that the kids will absolutely adore. Ocean Park, an animal theme park and oceanarium situated in the Southern districts is another must visit place in the city.
Spread over vast expanses of land, so large that it is divided into two parts by a whole mountain, the Ocean Park is a huge theme park full with various attractions and rides, and boasts of the world’s largest aquarium dome. Apart from being a fun, it is also a place for kids to get educated and sensitized about our environment and animals who share this planet with us.
Perched 393 m above sea level on the 100th floor of the International Commerce Center (ICC), Hong Kong’s tallest building, Sky 100 is a 360 degrees observation deck, which offers incredible views of Victoria Harbour and the skyline of the city. It is accessed by a high-speed lift which can take one up 100 floors in just 60 seconds.
A world class city with the perfect mixture of modernity and tradition, Hong Kong can be a great destination to have a fun time with family and kids, and a great way to spend the summer vacation. For details, please refer to Discover Hong Kong and their Social Media channels given below:
Happy Vacations ! 🙂
*This article was published in collaboration with Discover Hong Kong