Hongkong (meaning Fragrant Harbour) is a Special administration region of PR China. Before the transfer of sovereignty to China in 1997, It had been a British colony for nearly 150 years. As a result, most infrastructure inherits the design and standards of Britain. It is a unique destination that has absorbed people and cultural influences from different places of the world and proudly proclaims itself to be Asia’s World City.
It is a paradise for tourist’s. I’ve visited this place thrice and it always stands tall. It was a good & different experience every time I have been to this place, first time I visited this place in 2009 with my friend Goutham and it was a backpacking trip. And forget not that it was my first backpacking trip. Later, I had to visit twice for some business meetings in 2011 & 2012. In those business trips, I have never visited any other place other than Arts museum and planetarium and a brisk walk on the harbor. It is quite hard for me to recollect all my memories since its already been 6 years;). Now in this coming posts, I’m going to share some of my experiences, tips, suggestions and Pictures (mostly taken by a small camera and the pictures are not of a great quality ;).
Some Info-Bits about Hong kong Islands:
Hong Kong Island (香港島): Most of Hong Kong’s highest skyscrapers and the financial centre can be found here. Overall, Hong Kong Island is more modern and wealthy and considerably less dirty than the other areas of Hong Kong. The Peak is the tallest point on the island, with the best views and highest real estate values in the world.
Kowloon (九龍): The peninsula to the north of Hong Kong Island, with great views of the island. It offers a chaotic mix of malls, street markets, and residential tenements. With over 2.1 million people living in an area of less than 47 square kilometres, Kowloon is one of the most densely populated places in the world. Kowloon includes Tsim Sha Tsui (尖沙咀), the location of many budget hotels and Mong Kok , a shopping district.
New Territories (新界): The New Territories contain a curious mix of small farms, villages, industrial installations, mountainous country parks and towns that have populations the size of some cities.
Lantau Island (大嶼山): A large island west of Hong Kong Island. You will not find many idyllic villages, but once you get over the stray dogs and the ramshackle buildings you will find beautiful mountains and beaches. The airport, Disneyland, and the Ngong Ping cable car are located here.
Outlying Islands (離島): Well-known weekend destinations for the locals, the Outlying Islands are most of the islands surrounding Hong Kong Island. Highlights include Lamma (南丫島), well known for its seafood and Cheung Chau (長洲), a small island that used to be a pirates’ den, but now attracts seafood aficionados, windsurfers and sunbathing day trippers.