Hong Kong - One country, Two systems Part 1

Hong Kong is next on the list of destinations to be featured on the blog. In two part series One country, Two systems we will talk about Hong Kong in Part 1 and Macao in Part 2. These two countries are apart of People's Republic of China but have retained certain freedoms citizens of mainland China do not enjoy. This is travel blog so we will not talk about the current political situation but instead we'll focus on this great city itself and what I have seen during my several visits. I was lucky enough to have had a chance to visit Hong Kong on a work trip as well as on my own.

Victoria Harbor - Causeway Bay

During my work trips we stayed in the part of the city called Causeway Bay, which located on Hong Kong Island and makes it possible to walk to most sights. Hong Kong is the city with most skyscrapers in the world and a short walk in downtown area will leave you speechless when visiting such city for the first time. If you do visit the city I recommend at least two to three days stay to be able to see most of what Hong Kong has to offer. I decided to take a walk along the way of Victoria Harbor from the former Excelsior Hotel to Western Market. On the way there are many sights, such as Victoria Park, Jardin Noonday Gun, Golden Bauhinia Square, Central Government building and Central Harbourfront Event Space with Observation Wheel and Vitality park. In the evening hours during one of my visits a few of my colleagues joined me for a night out. We decided to visit Lan Kwai Fong, a street famous for its bars and restaurants.

Dragon's back Trail, Victoria Peak - Peak Tower

Nature lovers will not be disappointed either. One of my favourite trails is a Dragon's back trail located bout 22 min taxi ride from Causeway Bay area. It offers stunning view of the nature and the nearby beaches. It is a very leisurely trail and even those who are not so fit can manage it very easily. Another sight that requires a bit more time available is a visit to Tian Tan Buddha and its surrounding park. It is about an hour ride from downtown Hong Kong and is located on Lantau Island close to the nearby Hong Kong International Airport. Much closer on Hong Kong Island you can visit Victoria Peak and its Peak Tower with Sky Terrace. The access to the Peak Galleria where tower is located is possible by tram or by taxi. Sight offers views of the entire city and it is pretty spectacular.

Clock Tower and Avenue of Stars

Other sights I recommend to visit are West Kowloon Cultural District, Kowloon Park, Clock Tower, Hong Kong Museum of History and Avenue of Stars. Nearby in Kowloon Bay aviation enthusiasts can visit a location of a former Kai Tak airport. Former runway has been converted into a park while building of old fire station is still there. This is now also a location of Cruise ship terminal serving the city.

I hope you enjoyed the article. Soon to come to the blog is Part 2 of the series One country, Two systems Macao edition.

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