Hong Kong is among my favourite spots in Asia. It has been the first place I (Kian) visited outside of Europe and the one where I eventually caught the travel bug and my love for Asia. It is one of the most densely populated areas in the world with more skyscrapers than even New York has. ‘The Fragrant Harbour’ –its original meaning- is purely East meets West. From traditional Chinese pharmacies next to the latest Apple Store, Hong Kong is a fest for everyone’s eyes. Here are our favourite spots:

1. Take a Star Ferry and cross the canal from Tsim Tsa Tsui to Central

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2. Take the Peak Tram with a track gradient of 27%,…

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3. …visit the Victoria Peak and enjoy Hong Kong from its most famous angle. Take a walk around and watch locals doing Tai Chi

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4. Visit the Big Buddha on Lantau Island, reachable by MRT or via ferry from Central and public bus

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5. Watch the Hong Kong Symphony of Lights every night at 20:00

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6. Walk through the bustling streets of Kowloon – and get lost!

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7. Visit the Ladies Market and shop til’ you drop – yes, it’s also accessible for men

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8. Learn about science at the Hong Kong Space Museum

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9. Eat local! Tipp: visit side roads. Can’t read the menu? Then you’re right!

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10. Head to Aberdeen on the other side of Hong Kong Island and take a boat tour through the canals

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11. …and eat at the Jumbo Floating Restaurants

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by Derek Law via Flickr http://bit.ly/1t8IcSj

12. Take a classic tram – though Hong Kong is one of the world’s most advanced cities, these trams bring back a bit of nostalgic feeling

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13. Walk through Central and enjoy some of the world’s highest buildings and busiest rush hour!

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14. Have a tea at the Peninsula – or walk through its shopping arcade – and enjoy one of the world’s greatest hotels

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by Steve Webel via Flickr http://bit.ly/1lcamuM

15. Hop on the Mid-Escalator, the world’s longest outdoor escalator system at 800m!

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by Countries in Colors via Flickr http://bit.ly/XsBXx5

16. Take a day-trip to Macau. The ferries take about an hour to reach the Las Vegas of Asia (most nationalities don’t require a visa).

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17. New Territories – who said Hong Kong just exists of Kowloon and Central? Escape a day from the hustle and bustle of the city and visit the lesser crowded areas.

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