So you thought Hong Kong was just another big city in the global village with over seven million residents and visitors swarming about it each and every day. Sure you did, but, boy, have I got news for you. If the thought never occurred to you before, there are just dozens of things worth seeing and doing in Hong Kong. Because time is always running against this culture vulture, my brief zip around Hong Kong is going to be fleeting. In the event, I do hope it thrills you and goes on to capture your imagination.
Hong Kong is famous worldwide not just for its melting pot of culinary options and culturally diverse happenings but perhaps more relevantly for its commercial centrality and as the far east’s entertainment hub because these are two contributors towards our own economy and without relying on mainland China. I’d go and see all the museums and studios dedicated to our famous stars if you’re a fan like me. I mentioned Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, don’t forget there’s Jet Li and Chow Yun-fat and quite a bunch of others too to look forward to.
Museums, performing arts and informational centers
If you truly want high cultural appreciation then I’d visit our Hong Kong Heritage Museum if I was you. Following that, there’s the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Music lovers, of both ancient Chinese and classic European styles, can visit our Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Nature lovers who do not want to stray too far from the city centre, we have parks a plenty. Beach lovers, there’s that too.
Far out to mainland China
If you are a tourist, and I get that you’re going to enjoy Hong Kong, but not to take anything away from my fine city, I would never, ever restrict my stay to just these four city walls. Well, unless you can handle the crowds and the small spaces in which we are required to squeeze around in. If you’re here, you’ve simply got to book your way out and go and see the Great Wall of China. If you really want to experience cultural diversity, like I do all the time, then why not embark on an inspirational, but challenging trip all the way up to Tibet. On arrival, don’t expect to see the Dalai Lama. He’s not there, ever.
The giggling guru
Yes, the Dalai Lama is not in Tibet, nor is he ever in China or Hong Kong. The animosity between his world and the Chinese government continues to this day. The root of the problem lies in the fact that across the world, the campaign to grant Tibet its rightful independence from China remains. The Dalai Lama is a recognized leader of that territory and is under banning orders of the Chinese government. Quite frankly, I do not know why they even bother. The Dalai Lama is a passive and peace loving man. Wherever he goes in the world today, he is always laughing and always has a kind word to spare for anyone that he encounters on his extensive journeys.
The travelling networks
Hong Kong is easy to get around. It might be situated on a small piece of prime real estate but there are more than enough natural wonders to reach via the city’s advanced transport networks. You can travel by bus, train or taxi to reach trail networks for hiking and traverse a rugged coastline with many beaches ideal for swimming and enjoying water sports in.