Hong Kong, literally “Fragrant Harbour”, is a city in Asia full of contrasts, between tradition and modernity, the West and the East, chaos and tranquility.
In a such contradictory and varied metropolis there are many choices of what to do and see.
Here are the attractions thatyou should not lose (also because they are free).
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Victoria Peak is perhaps the most spectacular and the most photographed part of the city.
From this promontory, 400m tall, you can dominate the skyline of the Bay of Hong Kong.
You may admire the majesty of the city and its busy harbor.
You have no choice than to take many pictures here!
Markets in Hong Kong
They all are a unique experience.
Colors, sounds, and so many people and so many products, from the most common to the most strange.
You can find here definitely a lot of junk and many different smells.
In the markets of Hong Kong you can find anything, to suit all tastes.
The Ladies Market, namely the market for The Lord, in Mongkok where as in all Hong Kong, there are imitations of the brands of the most prestigious fashion.
The Temple Street, that starts to come alive in the late afternoon when it is invaded by the stalls of street vendors or the many themed markets like that of birds in Yeun Street Po.
Also a particular one is the electronic gadgets market at Sai Yeung Choi Street South or the jade market in the streets of Kansu and Battery.
Avenue of Stars
Along the waterfront of Tsim Sha Tsui you can see the way of the stars, but not the ones of Hollywood, just the Chinese and Asian actors.
The only prints that you, as western people, may recognize is the one of Jackie Chan and the bronze statue of Bruce Lee.
Do not miss especially the spectacle of lights and sounds of skyscrapers, Symphony of Lights, which takes place every evening at 20.00.
Man Mo Temple
This is one of the most ancient temples in Hong Kong, dedicated to Man, the god of literature and Mo, the god of War.
The atmosphere that surrounds this temple is mystical and certainly very impressive.
One of the main arteries that breaks Hong Kong from south to north, Nathan Road is a glimpse of the busy Hong Kong.
The attraction of this road is just the hustle and bustle of day and night life, with some characteristic buildings that overlook as the “infamous” backpackers ghetto, the Chungking Mansions, which is not a tourist attraction, but a place to see.
Of ocurse it is recommended not to sleep here!
It is one of the many parks in Hong Kong and it’s a green oasis of peace in the chaotic Tsim Sha Tsui, where you can immerse yourself in a total tranquility.
On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 8:00 am to 9:00 am, you can also restore harmony between your body, mind and spirit by participating in the free classes of Tai Chi, the ancient Chinese martial art.
It is worth to be there only as spectators to watch the discrete implementation of the slow movements of this art, transformed into a silent dance.
Hong Kong Museum of Arts
With more than 14,000 items of Chinese art, this is one of the biggest and popular museum of city.
The admission is just $10, but on Wednesdays you can enter for free!