Holiday in Hong Kong (part 1)

How do you spend your free time on your day off? Maybe one of the greatest things to do is traveling. While you stay in Korea, you may have a lot of free time. During that period, you can travel Asia Countries. Among lots of Asia countries, I’d like to recommend you to travel to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is an autonomous territory on the southern coast of China. Its name means ‘Fragrant Harbor’. It takes 4 hours by direct airplane. The most widely used language is Cantonese. However, most of signposts, printed matter and menus are written in English. Most employees who work for the landmarks and tourist attractions can speak simple English. So you don’t need to worry about the language barrier. During the fall (late September to early December), the weather is clear. So this period is the perfect season for taking pictures. Hong Kong can be divided largely into 4 regions including Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island. Especially, I would like to introduce Tsim Sha Tsui and Jordan on Kowloon Peninsula and Sheung Wan and Central on Hong Kong Island . There are lots of tourist attractions and various foods.

  1. Tsim Sha Tsui (Kowloon Peninsula)

Tsim Sha Tsui is the best region where you can feel the exotic atmosphere of Hong Kong (=HK). There are 3 places that you must visit.

The first place is Harbor city that is the biggest shopping mall in HK. The Store of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent in this building is also the biggest in HK. HK is well known for its shopping mall. So you can browse new products and buy. In this shopping mall, there are stores like page one bookstore and Venchi chocolate, except cosmetic shops. Page one bookstore is specialist bookshops for design books and it is on the 3rd floor. When you get inside, you can see a wide variety of goods like school supplies, dolls and furniture. Venchi Chocolate is a specialty chocolate store which had the best review recently. Especially, chocolate made with whiskey is so delicious.

1 Page one bookstore inside 1 Page one bookstore 1 Venchi Chocolate 1 하버시티 내부(2) 1단락 Harbor City 내부

The second place is where Kowloon clock tower is. This clock tower is a symbol of Kowloon Peninsula and the famous rendezvous. Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade is near the clock tower. It is a stroll that starts at the colonial-era Clock Tower and stretches all the way to Hung Ho. You can see HK Island at a glance. And walking along the shore, you can also see Avenue of Stars, the HK Space Museum and the HK Cultural Centre. (*For repair and improvement works, Avenue of Stars will be closed from 8 October 2015) This promenade is well-known for its beautiful night views. And you can see the nightly multimedia show called ‘A Symphony of Lights’ at 8 p.m. everyday. It is named as the world’s largest permanent light and sound show by Guinness Records.

2 Avenue of Star 2 Kowloon Clock Tower 2 2 스타의 거리_이소룡 2 심포니오브라이트_홍콩관광청사진 2 침사추이 해변산책로 2 침사추이 해변산책로2 2단락 Kowloon Clock Tower

The last place is the dim sum restaurant ‘Din Tai Fung’, which received one Michelin stars. This restaurant is on the third floor in the shopping mall, Silver Cord. You can taste steamed dumplings, noodle with peanut sauce and other cuisine. Xiaolongbao of this restaurant, a type of steamed bun, is considered one of the greatest Xialongbao in Hong Kong. Lots of tourists visit here to eat this Xiaolongbao.

3 Noodle with peanut sauce 3 Xiaolongbao 3 딘타이펑 만두

Besides, there is a very famous cookie store, Jenny Bakery, which sells cookies and candies on Nathan Road. Lots of tourists stand in line to buy Home-made cookies, though they have to wait at least for an hour. Visit here if you want to taste delicious cookies.

4 Jenny Bakery 1시간짜리 줄 4 제니베이커리

Till now, I introduced Tsim Sha Tsui on the Kowloon Peninsula. I’ll be back with part two of ‘Holidays in Hong Kong’. Stay tuned!

 

*To find more information, go to the website: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/us/index.jsp

 

Article by Hyunyoung from Korea

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