Aberdeen was the area where we used to stay so it was very much like going "home" to visit Aberdeen again. The streets were the same as I remember but the area is full of new high rises everywhere instead of the little buildings that used to be here. It seemed so much more modern and not like the little village it used to be!
Another very popular tourist spot to hit is Tsim Sha Shui, the major tourist hub of Hong Kong! It is located on the Kowloon side and includes many shops and restaurants catering to the tourist crowd. It includes most of the major shopping areas in Hong Kong, ranging from little markets to the high end luxury goods market. History and culture are abound in the area as most of the major museums are located in the Tsim Sha Shui area. Along the harbour features Tsim Sha Shui Promenade where guests can take part in the "Avenue of Stars", a tribute to the history of Hong Kong film professionals and their contributions to the local and international movie industry. I was surprised at how many Chinese film stars names I recognized from watching all the Chinese movies growing up! Here are the stars of my all time favourite martial arts action heroes!
Hong Kong is full of street markets to explore! We were able to visit the Sheung Wan markets, including Bonham Strand, the area where the British first set foot. Here you can find markets specializing in Ginseng, bird's nests for soup, antiques and lots of items for the recently deceased.
Other markets to note that are worth checking out include the Ladies' Market, street market full of ladies goods, clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry and souvenirs. The Temple Street Night Market comes alive after 7pm where the streets are lined with music, snacks and street food, fortune tellers and bargain souvenirs.
The Peak, (Victoria Peak) is the highest point in Hong Kong where you can view spectacular scenic views of the whole island. On a beautiful clear day, you can actually see across the harbour. Our views were not quite as clear as it was a foggy, musty day but it was still beautiful nonetheless to be at the top of the mountain and enjoy the serenity and away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Ocean Park Hong Kong is the largest theme park in Asia and is a definite recommendation for families to visit when in Hong Kong! Check here for more details on our visit to Ocean Park!
HONG KONG DISNEYLAND
Our first stop in Hong Kong was Disneyland!! A separate blog post was written all about our adventures in Hong Kong Disneyland - you can read about it here.
We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong and take in celebrations abound everywhere to help bring in the Year of the Goat! The city comes alive with New Year celebrations, the drums of the lion dances ring on every corner as you walk through the streets during the New Year. For the actual Chinese New Year holiday, many shops are closed early to celebrate with friends and family. Special Chinese New Year dim sums and suppers are prevalent for families to gather and offer blessings and good fortune to the young and to each other. A new year is beginning and the Chinese New Year festival runs for at least 4 days.
I got great use out of my Octopus card and it's ready and available for use during my next trip! Although the journey across the ocean is long, it is one that is well worth it! For the food, the shopping and the lifestyle, it is a city that I love and will visit again. Let me know if you are interested in joining me.....just say the word and we can have a group going to Hong Kong again soon! :)