Travelling Hong Kong: the other side of the glamorous global metropolis
This is my blog page for the online journalism class at HKU.
With over 7 million inhabitants, Hong Kong is commonly known for its role as a major commercial and financial hub in East Asia. It is also one of the most visited places on Earth – in 2015, the Pearl of the Orient proudly welcomed close to 60 million visitors, according to the tourism commission.
But beyond the most famous tourist attractions inside the concrete jungle, Hong Kong also offers a unique, natural side of town. Besides the usual hustle and bustle, there are also places where you can enjoy the natural beauty, as well as geological and ecological wonders.
Check out the ten places listed below for inspiration!
Hong Kong Island
The PMQ: The Hong Kong creative hub for designers (✮✮✮)
Star Ferry: The century-old cross-harbour transport (✮✮✮✮✮)
Avenue of Stars: The favourite spot for busking (✮✮✮)
New Territories (East):
Sai Kung: The favourite holiday destination (✮✮✮✮)
High Island: Home to the world-class hexagonal rock columns (✮✮✮✮✮)
The world-famous hexagonal rock columns on Hong Kong’s High Island. Photo: AGHK.
Chung Ying Street: One Street, Two Systems (✮✮✮✮✮)
The famous Chung Ying Street. The left side of the street falls into the jurisdiction of Shenzhen, whereas the right side is managed by Hong Kong authorities. Photo: Eric Cheung.
New Territories (West)
Ngong Ping 360: The city’s longest cable-car system (✮✮✮✮)
Wetland Park: A 60-hectare swamp for birds and wetland creatures (✮✮✮)
Gold Coast: A quiet, European-style resort (✮✮✮✮)
A number of bars and European-style restaurants are also present at the Gold Coast. Photo: Eric Cheung.
Lau Fau Shan: The place for high-quality seafood (✮✮✮✮)
With a total area of of 1100 km2, Hong Kong has a lot of nature spots less known by tourists. Photo: Google Maps.