With its clean, modern feel; international vibe; and elements of traditional Chinese culture hidden at every corner, Hong Kong is truly unique and worth exploring to your heart's content.
Although Hong Kong may look small on the map, there is plenty to explore in the three main regions -- Kowloon, Hong Kong Island, and the New Territories. Kowloon, one of the most densely populated areas in the world, has plenty to do and see for more reasonable prices than the more upscale Hong Kong Island. There are plenty of Hong Kong hostels, both in the bustling Mong Kok area and in the more touristy Tsim Sha Tsui. Hostels in Hong Kong Island aren't too much more expensive, and can often be more English-friendly due to the Colonial history of the area. Although the New Territories are mostly residential areas, there are still some Hong Kong hostels available for those who wish to explore the less touristy areas of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is unique because it has been able to maintain precious aspects of its traditional Chinese culture throughout the process of globalization. Although the city is often considered international, some of the most exciting parts to explore are where the locals spend their time shopping. One of the most charming and equally overwhelming parts of Hong Kong's traditional culture are the market streets. Rather than one main shopping street with a variety of different shops and goods, Hong Kong is filled with streets that specialize in certain merchandise.
Take Goldfish Street, for example -- should you ever need a picture-perfect goldfish, you can head straight to Goldfish Street and choose from thousands. Here there are bags of goldfish stapled to doors, benches, or any other empty and usable space. Sneaker lovers can head to Sneaker Street and be overwhelmed by the choices -- there are so many shops and deals, you just might go home empty-handed from exhaustion. The Ladies Market sells handbags and accessories galore; the Flower Market is bursting with delightful smells; and the Bird Market is a magical place filled with glorious sounds, pretty colors, and -- of course -- plenty of birds. These streets are not only a great place to experience market culture, but also wonderful opportunities for photographers to capture the color and vibrancy of life in Hong Kong.
Another fascinating part of Hong Kong's past are the temples, of which there are plenty. One of the most famous and spectacular temples in Hong Kong is the stunning Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Sha Tin. The journey begins by climbing more than four hundred steps while surrounded on both sides by five hundred golden Buddha statues, each with its own unique pose and facial expression. The temple can be found at the top of the hill, with just under thirteen thousand miniature Buddha statues covering the inside of the temple. It is certainly a sight to behold, as is the view of Hong Kong and the surrounding mountains from outside the temple. Another famous temple is the Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Big Buddha statue, located on the mountainous Lantau Island.
Hong Kong has attractions for every kind of tourist. Outdoor enthusiasts can check out the Dragon's Back Trail and culture lovers can explore art galleries or witness traditional Cantonese Opera performances. Foodies can choose from thousands of delicious fusion restaurants, while sightseers can soak in the views of the riverfront and Avenue of Stars. Cityscape lovers can admire the spectacular city skyline from above at the Victoria Peak and even beach lovers will find a few spots to relax and get away from the busy city. There is a reason Hong Kong is known as one of the greatest places in the world -- check it out and find out for yourself!
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I learned several things on my trip here. The subway goes all the way to the China border. You can take it from Kowloon (Mong Kok) station for 6.50 HKD. After you cross the border, The Shenzhen train is almost right there. If you go to the Peak, the tram costs 33 HKD RT. You can take a bus much cheaper. If you want …