Hong Kong is well worth a visitJuly 2017
BINDER travel tip: Hong Kong
Are you looking for some inspiration for your next holiday? Then why don't you visit Hong Kong? Celia Chiu, our colleague from Hong Kong, explains why Hong Kong is absolutely worth a visit.
Hong Kong is a fascinating city full of contrasts, where the modern and traditional eras collide at every street corner. Ultramodern skyscrapers huddle against green mountainsides, and lovingly maintained temples nestle in-between. Hong Kong combines culture and cultural heritage in a unique way. Yet, at the same time, it is a cosmopolitan city with its very own dynamic flair.
The city's rich past is one of the most exciting aspects during your tour of Hong Kong. There is a large variety of monuments, historic site, and museums, and this dynamic city also has a lot of cultural events to offer. Hong Kong offers a full range of entertainment including art, music, festivals, theaters, and events for the whole family every day of the year.
Not to be missed:
The Tsing Ma Bridge in Hong Kong is an architectural highlight. The bridge has two decks, is 41 meters (135 ft) wide, and is around 2.2 kilometers long. Its longest span is 1,377 meters (4,518 ft). The bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world, and is currently the longest suspension bridge to carry a railway line. It was built to connect Hong Kong airport on the island of Lantau (which, incidentally, is one of the ten largest construction projects in the world) with the rest of Hong Kong.
Horse racing: Due to its 150-year history as a British colony (until 1997), it is hardly surprising that the people of Hong Kong have a marked interest in horse racing. The races in Happy Valley or Sha Tin are especially well worth seeing. Around 700 races are organized throughout the year at both racecourses.
Festivals: There is always something going in Hong Kong. The Dragon Boat Carnival, with its colorful dragon boat races, is an amazing sight. It takes place every year on the fifth day of the fifth month. In addition to the Chinese New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Dragon Boat Carnival is one of the third most important festivals in Hong Kong. Over the years, the age-old festival has developed into one of the world's largest parties, and the people of Hong Kong believe that summer only really starts once it has taken place. It is traditional to eat small rice dumplings called zongzi on the day.
Victoria Peak and Peak Tramway: Victoria Peak, the most famous mountain in Hong Kong with its spectacular vistas, is an absolute must for every tourist – but the ride to the top is also breathtaking. The Peak Tram is the world's longest funicular railway. It opened in 1888 and was originally only used by the governors of the Crown Colony of Hong Kong and the residents of Victoria Peak. Today, four million people ride the Peak Tram every year. The tram runs daily – every 10 to 15 minutes between 7 a.m. and midnight – from the Garden Road stop to the summit.
Culinary treats: Chinese barbecue, dim sum, regional delicacies, and scrumptious desserts – in Hong Kong, foodies will get everything their heart desires. The immense offer of treats is usually sold at roadside stalls or in restaurants. If you visit Hong Kong, you really have to try the world-famous egg tarts – a pastry crust filled with baked custard. They are an absolute delight!