Friday, September 21, 2012

Around Asia: Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a mixture of many cultures. In the mid-19th century, the county was colonized by the British Empire -- turning this calm, laidback fishing village into a modern, vivacious kind of city. Amidst its fast-paced lifestyle lies a city full of contrast, life, and abundant culture. Its rich colonial past and the British culture and values occupy its heart and soul.

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Today, the country stands as one of the top tourist destinations in the world. It has become one of the world’s leading financial centers. It is home to many old and futuristic wonders.

The city landscapes are mostly influenced by Chinese and British architectural styles. The city is dotted with colors, towering skyscrapers, panoramic skyline, and state-of-the-art landscapes. Remarkable attractions include the following:

Victoria Harbour

Be captivated by Hong Kong’s expansive skyline view by visiting one of its famous attractions – the Victoria Harbour. Soaring skyscrapers beam magnificently during the night boasting such wonderful sight that provides visitors with an awe-inspiring experience.

Victoria Peak
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A full panoramic view of Hong Kong is yours to take in when you visit the Victoria Peak. Around seven million tourists come here every year making it among Hong Kong’s most visited places.

Avenue of Stars
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The Avenue of Stars is a HK$40 million project built and opened for public and visitors to pay tribute to exceptional actors in the film industry of Hong Kong. Located at the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade in Kowloon, some of the most anticipated attractions include movie memorabilia, a life-size statue of the famous kung fu action hero Bruce Lee, celebrity handprints, plaques, and more.

Aberdeen Fishing Village
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Amidst Hong Kong’s hustle and bustle is a wonderful floating village known as the Aberdeen Fishing Village. This place has been one of the most visited places in Hong Kong offering nothing but abundance of seafood and beautiful scenery. It perfectly presents the other side of Hong Kong that is so rich and captivating.

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