Hong Kong is your best bet. Many western travelers are somewhat hesitant to visit Asia because there are so many start differences in our cultures. Hong Kong makes a great starter city because it has a great blend of western and Asian cultures due to its British heritage.
Hong Kong was a very strong western feel because it was a British colony from 1898 to 1999. Control has been transferred to China but instead of making major changes China has turned Hong Kong into a Special Administrative region. Doing yhis has kept Hong Kong’s culture and feel intact. English is spoken everywhere in Hong Kong and most signs are also in English. The MTR in Hong Kong is very close to the tube in London.
The Hong Kong airport is one of the principal gateways into Asia. Getting to Hong Kong by air is relatively easy but may not always be the cheapest. You can also arrive by train from several cities within the China mainland as well.
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If you arrive by air you have several different options to get into town. These options include cabs, shuttle busses, and the MTR (rail/subway).
The easiest way from the Hong Kong airport is by cab. Cabs are relatively cheap in Hong Kong as same as the rest of China. A cab from Kowloon to the airport only cost me about $35 (US). However be prepared for a white knuckle ride, Hong Kong cab rides can get a little wild.
In general the MTR is the best way to get around Hong Kong. If you are familiar with London’s tube, then you will do just fine. You may have to change trains a few times but you can normally get within blocks of anywhere you may be going in Hong Kong.
If you decide to stay in Hong Kong for the bulk of your visit, you’ll not be disappointed. There is so much left to do that even the most discerning traveller will find something to delight them. Whether you’re going to Hong Kong for the shopping, the food, or just to be taken in the general’ Hong Kong experience,’ then booking a cheap flight to Hong Kong is only the beginning of your escapade.
If you arrive by rail from China you’ll arrive at the Hung Hom station where you can transfer easily to the MTR or find a cab.
Very few cities off as wide a range of shopping choices as Hong Kong. On the high end you’ll find all of the high end premium and luxury brands. You’ll also find traditional street markets such as the Ladies Street Market and Temple Street, likewise known as Men’s Street.
Hong Kong’s Street Markets-Stanley Market, which used to be an old fishing village, has lots of market stalls selling clothing, silk, handicrafts, art, and some excellent restaurants if you’re gonna take a food break. Also, check out Temple Street Night Market if you want a true Hong Kong experience complete with stalls of fortune tellers, stable, and great street food selling everything from clothing and jewelry to CDs, DVDs and bags. For antiques, make sure you check out Hollywood Street, the antique capital of Hong Kong with shops as well as outside stalls and, if you do, run into the Man Mo temple-a big Chinese temple stuffed with people leaving incense and prayers. The most interesting area for markets is around Dried Seafood Street and Ko Shing Street. Here you will find stalls selling every sort of dried seafood, herbal medicines, fruit, vegetables, ginseng, bird’s nests, and packaged and loose Chinese teas. While I was there, also occurred a couple of Sunday street fair’s around this area, where I bought some handmade earrings and some Chinese candy.
One interesting difference in Hong Kong is the MTR shops. These are like shopping malls that are collocated with some MTR stations. They have a set of major brands and local stores. One thing that men will love is the way the cluster similar stores. All stores of the same kind will be in the same region which makes comparison shopping very easy. For example if your looking for cameras you’ll find all of the stores next to each other in addition, you can be done shopping rather quickly.
Speaking of camera shopping in Hong Kong, you will not find the deals that used to be noted in Hong Kong. When it comes to digital cameras and lenses you’ll be in a position to find better deals on Amazon at home.
Another thing that is popular in Hong Kong is fake designer items and you’ll find plenty of these in the markets. The quality is fair but be sure to haggle, usually you can hope to pay half to a third of whatever price is quoted first.
For the best shopping deals hop on the MTR and head up to Shenzhen. Of course you will need a Visa for this because it is mainland China. Right outside the MTR stop is a major shopping center. You’ll find prices far lower than in Hong Kong but be sure to know everything here is fake. If you want the really good fakes you will need to identify the more private stores, usually tour guides can help. The private stores are usually just apartments that are filled with bags, suitcases, watches, etc. The fakes you’ll find there are much better quality and in terms of the actual merchandise and the quality of the fake. They even go as far as having real tags with valid UPC bar codes.
Know exactly what you wish to buy and look around in your home country first and at the reputable stores in Hong Kong to get honest advice. Hong Kong shopping is overseen by the Hong Kong Tourism Board. This has a Quality Control Scheme that vets shops on price, honesty and many other attributes. While you will not get a great deal at these shops, you can trust them more.
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Hong Kong is full of tourist sights but one of the best is the city itself. If you love people watching and busy streets filled with lighted signs head to the Central District.
For a breathless view of Hong Kong, take the tram up to Victoria Peak. The tram is over a hundred years old but still quickly takes you to the summit where you have a great opinion of the skyline and the bay. You can also grab a bite to eat at either of the restaurants.
If temples and Buddha’s are your thing you can view the largest outdoor seated Buddha statue at the Po Lin Monastery. You can climb the 298 steps to the basis of 34 meter high statue.
Don’t forget Hong Kong Disneyland. Like most things you can access it via the MTR. The Hong Kong Disneyland is the fifth smallest Disneyland park and did a good job of incorporating Chinese style into it’s design.