#23 best destination in the world

 

Star Ferry

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  • Passenger ferry service operator
  • Its principal routes carry passengers across Victoria Harbour, between Hong Kong Island, and Kowloon
  • Founded in 1888

 

Hong Kong Skyline

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Tian Tan Buddha

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  • Large bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, completed in 1993
  • Symbolizes the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and faith
  • It is a major centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong

 

Victoria Peak

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  • Hill with a view of the Hong Kong skyline on the western half of Hong Kong Island

 

Hong Kong Disneyland

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  • Disney attempted to avoid problems of cultural backlash by incorporating Chinese culture, customs, and traditions when designing and building the resort, including adherence to the rules of feng shui. For instance, a bend was put in a walkway near the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort entrance so good qi energy would not flow into the South China Sea
  • Opened in 2005
  • The park consists of seven themed areas: Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, and Toy Story Land

 

Quarry Bay Monster Building

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  • This behemoth is actually five interconnected towers built in the 1960s
  • Built during a population boom in the 1960s to offer government-subsidized housing for low-income residents
  • The building has become a favorite spot for urban explorers
  • The area has been used as a set in multiple films, including Ghost in the Shell and Transformers
  • Photographing the building has become more challenging due to a ban on public access to the inner courtyard

 

Jumbo Kingdom

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  • Iconic, sprawling floating eatery, with traditional decor & Cantonese cuisine with a seafood focus

 

Chungking Mansions

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  • Though the building was supposed to be residential, it is made up of many independent low-budget hotels, shops and other services
  • Features guesthouses, curry restaurants, African bistros, clothing shops, sari stores, and foreign exchange offices. It often acts as a large gathering place for some of the ethnic minorities in Hong Kong
  • Built in 1961

 

Un Chau Estate Flower Tunnel

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  • A fairytale flower tunnel is hidden within the gardens of a public housing complex
  • The flowers only show up during the Spring, between March and April
  • The flower tunnel is part of the Housing Department’s plan to add more green spaces to public housing developments throughout Hong Kong, and to provide relaxation and also help reduce heat and pollution in the city

 

Kowloon Walled City Park

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  • Historical park in Kowloon City
  • The park had been a military stronghold since 15th century due to its coastal location and was a centre of vice and crime until 1987
  • Was demolished in the 1990s while the indigenous buildings and features were preserved for incorporation in the new park
  • The Kowloon Walled City Park is designed as a Jiangnan garden of the early Qing dynasty

 


 

Costs

Number of Days: 12 days

Best Time To Fly: Oct-early-Dec

Airline tickets: $575

Seattle -> Hong Kong (round trip) = $575

Food: $19/day x 12 days = $228

Metro/bus pass: $133

Entertainment: $149

Hotel: $172 x 10 days = $1,723

TOTAL: $2,808