Top Destinations for 2017: Hong Kong
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Known as the 'Pearl of the Orient', Hong Kong is a vibrant fusion of East and West. Shop for a bargain, admire the stunning skyline or relax by the ocean – you’ll find just about everything you desire in this incredible destination. Where to go Hong Kong doesn’t really have a capital, but the business district Central is about as close as it gets. During the British colonial period, Victoria was the de facto capital, but these days Central has eclipsed it. This area is where most of the skyscrapers can be found, including the angular Bank of China building. You can't miss it, it's the one that looks like a Mortal Kombat weapon. But there’s more to do in this district than look at the architecture. If you’re in the mood for a little more greenery, take your pick from Hong Kong Park and Hong Kong Zoo and Botanical Gardens. The former is a relaxing oasis of palm trees, water features and delicate ponds, with the latter a louder haven for several types of primates, birds and reptiles, but both are a welcome break from the hulking towers of glass and steel surrounding you. Once the sun starts setting, head to Lan Kwai Fong. Located just a few minutes from Central MTR Station, it may be small but it’s a serious hotbed of restaurants, bars and clubs. This is the place to be after dark, when locals and tourists alike combine to create one big thumping street party. If you need a cheap place to stay and you’re not finding much luck trawling through the bars and clubs, a 15-minute walk will take you to Sheun Wan, a nice little area full of hostels and budget-friendly hotels. Another popular spot is Tsim Sha Tsui, found in Southern Kowloon. Here, you're directly opposite Central, meaning you can get all those incredible views from a new perspective. You can also visit Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong’s own version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee have both been honoured here, amongst many other celebrities in the Hong Kong film industry. Come back at night to see the amazing Symphony of Lights show, where dozens of lights and laser beams light up the sky. What to do Admire the world’s busiest skyline With more skyscrapers than any other city on the planet (70 more than second-place New York), it would be a crime not to step back and just admire the skyline. One of the best places to do so is Victoria Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island. The panoramic views from up here are almost too good to be true. The best way to get there is the Peak Tram, which costs around £5. These Victorian trams carry over 10,000 people a day so book your tickets in advance. Shop ‘til you drop
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