Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Hong Kong : A British Empire Colony

Hong Kong was the last significant colony to leave the British Empire. To date; Hong Kong has drawn many investors and tourist alike. Aside from being the hub of many multinational companies, Hong Kong also offers good shopping options, international standard theme parks and cross culture attractions. Not only that, it provides convenient access to neighbouring countries such as Macau and China thus feeding business & holiday travelers reason to choose Hong Kong as their next holiday destination. The practice of bilingual signage on their roads and maps makes it painless for you to travel on your own. Thus; you can simply reserve your Hong Kong flights with Dial A Flight and start your East meets West holiday.

Hong Kong was a group of fishing villages, one of the famous and biggest being Aberdeen; a floating village and where most floating seafood restaurants are located. Back in Ming Dynasty, Hong Kong was the original name for Aberdeen village. However in 19th century; foreigners mistakenly thought Hong Kong was the name for the whole island. By then, the name Hong Kong was widely use to refer to the whole island. Thus, Aberdeen fishing village was later named after the British Secretary of State for War and the Colonies, George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen.

The Peak Tower Sky Terrace

View of Hong Kong from The Peak

If you want to experience a diverse culture of East Meets West then this is the right place to be. Starting with The Peak where you can view the whole Victoria Harbour and Kowloon from the The Peak Tower Sky Terrace. A unique way of visiting The Peak is either taking the double deck public bus or the funicular Peak Tram pulled by steel cables; leftover from British occupation. The view is said to be one of the most recognizable in the world.

Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

The Peak is also home to the latest British wonder - Madame Tussauds; located in the The Peak Tower Sky Terrace, where you can catch a glimpse of your favourite past & present actors.

Disneyland Hong Kong

Two main attractions for childrens would be the Ocean Park and Disneyland Hong Kong. The earlier is consist of a marine mammal park, oceanarium, animal theme park and amusement park. Two unique “rides” here would be the 1.5km cable car ride where you will be going around or up the mountains and sea. Second would be the world's second longest funicular outdoor escalator. Those who have fear of heights, this two would be a no-no.

Kowloon Mosque

For Muslim travelers, have no fear as there is a big Kowloon Mosque situated on Nathan Road in the centre of Kownloon itself. Muslims can get Halal (Muslim) food easily as there are an estimation of 250,000 Muslim population here.
Clock tower at Kowloon harbour front

Nigh view of Hong Kong island from Kowloon

An evening stroll at Kowloon harbour front to watch the splendid sun set and it’s beautiful night view makes a perfect day in Hong Kong.

1 comment:

Ramble and Wander said...

Nice! Still wondering when I'd ever get to travel to HK. Anyways, didn't actually know that Madame Tussauds is a British export. Always thought it's a French export because of the name, haha! So thanks, for the info!

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