Weekend Jaunt to Hong Kong

Catching the Spirit

Catching the Spirit

One of the great advantages of living in Thailand is its central location to many interesting cities and countries throughout Southeast Asia. In six hours a traveler can be in Seoul, South Korea or Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in only two. Today’s entry is inspired by my recent “long” weekend jaunt to Hong Kong, one of the most exciting cities in the world. Would you believe I bought a round-trip ticket for just a little over $250.00, USD.

The city of Hong Kong is chock-full of intriguing sights, eats, drinks, and shops. After scouring the city for 3 days, I’ve compiled a quick list of easy to find and easy to enjoy sights that anyone can enjoy with little effort or planning.

Words can’t describe what it’s like to see the shining skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island set against the mountains that rise behind them. The best vantage point is from the Victoria Harbor, so taking a ride on an old-timey Chinese Junk is just the ticket. If you don’t feel like taking a tour, a simple trip utilizing the famous Star Ferry will suffice, and a bit cheaper, too. This service dates back to the 1890′s and is a major mode of transportation used by thousands each day.

If you want a change of pace from the hustle and bustle of central Hong Kong, set your site on an oasis located right in the middle of the madness – The Museum of Tea Ware. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but this museum is located in the Flagstaff House, one of the oldest colonial buildings left standing from the occupation days of England. The museum specializes in the collection, study and display of teaware including many samples of the Yixing teapot from the Jiangsu Province of China as well as the world’s oldest known extant teapot. Who knew?

Finally, what’s trip to Hong Kong without taking a trip on the world’s steepest funicular railway to the top of Victoria Peak. I know you are wandering what does funicular mean? It’s just a fancy word for an incline plane in which two railway cars counterbalance one another as they ascend and descend on parallel tracks. Wow, this article is both informational and educational at the same time, amazing. Once on top of the peak, shop at they Galleria or eat at one of several regional or western style restaurants.

This was just a snapshot and a beginners guide to Hong Kong. The city is so diverse with so many things to do, one could live here for many years and never run out of experiencing new and exciting adventures. I hope you get a chance to visit because I know I’m looking forward to my next visit.

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