A Week in Hong Kong
A Week in Hong Kong
After working relentlessly for the last 6 months, I decided it was time to get away and have some fun. Since Hong Kong is often referred to as one of the greatest cities in the world, I thought it would be a great idea to spend my week off in this amazing city. With so many things to do in Hong Kong, it was very difficult to narrow it down to just a few.
As soon as I got off the plane I was super excited to see Hong Kong was literally bursting with life. There are so many sights, sounds and people everywhere. Though a bit overwhelming, I was still ready to get this party started. My first day there I decided to take a sky scraping tour in a helicopter. This allowed me to get a birds eye view of the culture and heritage this wonderful city has to offer. I later took a 3 hour self guided tour to see some of the lesser known sights in the city.
Exploring on a Budget
Being on a budget I decided to look online to find things to do that are either free, or very inexpensive. The good news is I found several activities that would fit into any budget.
I'm a huge museum buff so I loved that it was free to get into some of the top museums on Tuesdays. I had a blast at the heritage Hong Kong museum. So much to see, so much to learn. It was really amazing. I also made it a point to visit at least one Hong Kong temple while on my trip because I read a lot of great reviews about them and they are also in many "top things to see in HK" lists from other travelers. And while I am not a religious person, visiting the The Temple of 10,000 Buddhas was by far one of the most eye opening experiences I have ever had.
To enter the temple, which requires you to hike up a total of 431 steps, you must pass by a variety of Gods whose sole purpose is to guard the temple. Once you walk in you will be greeted by 12,800 miniature Buddha images. And the best part is none of them are the same. How amazing is that?
If hiking up 431 steps wasn't enough for you, you can hike up another 69 to see the temple of Man Fat. Here you will find the remains of Yuet Kai, the founder of the complex.
All Good Things Must Come To An End
My week was full of sightseeing which tired me out quite a bit. To help me relax I decided to hit up one of the many spas in the area on my last day. If you didn't know, Hong Kong is famous for its massage and wellness spas. Many believe they have some of the best spas in the world. As a tourist it was a little difficult to figure out which spa would be best.
In the end I decided to get a massage in my hotel spa. This spa offers a variety of different treatments including world class full day retreats. I settled on the traditional nuru massage which is the most famous massage technique in Hong Kong. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give the spa treatment and the trip as a whole a 10. If you have never been to Hong Kong, its one place you should add to your bucket list.
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Hong Kong has always been my favorite destination. I somehow always plan my getaway there. I've almost lost count of the number of times I've traveled to Hong Kong this year. I think it's a total of five times! The city really enamors me. The fact that I've traveled in around Hong Kong just means that I've seen all the sights that Hong Kong has to offer. I've visited most of the places more than ... Continue reading