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I'm SO IN LOVE with Hong Kong!

 

I'm SO IN LOVE with Hong Kong!
 

I LOVE everything about Hong Kong, and never get bored of returning every other year- for the buzz, excitement, shopping and most of all the fabulous food! My first visit a decade ago was a brief introduction to the city and the must-see tourist attractions (Victoria Peak, Man Mo Temple, Aberdeen and the Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant, Ladies Street and Victoria Harbor). I remembered falling in love with the Harbor’s panoramic night views and dazzling “Symphony of Lights” show. I love it so much that I never failed to return to the same strategic spot on the harbour to watch this amazing laser lights and music show every time I set foot in Hong Kong. Watching the skyscrapers all lit up one by one with colourful neon designs and laser-lights formations are just simply a breathtaking experience every time. Love it, love it, LOVE IT!!!!
I had so much fun that I actually return every 1-2 years; both for work as well as short vacations.

On the 2nd visit I decided to check out the newly opened Disneyland. Having been a huge Disney fan growing up, the trip taken on the MTR line serving the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort was in itself a huge treat.I completely felt like a kid in a candy store; trying out every other ride and shamelessly jostling with children less than half my age for the best seats at the shows and theatres (my favourites are the 3D cinematic movie experience and the Golden Mickeys musical!) And let’s not forget the Sleeping Beauty Castle which turned into the backdrop for one of the most amazing fireworks display I have ever witnessed in my life!

On my 3rd visit I went back to Disneyland, this time with my hubby and we decided to check out Ocean Park as well and had so much fun. I never imagined how much hand-on interactions the visitors were allowed to have with the adorable ocean mammals. My favourite of all were the Jellyfish Exhibition. It was just so surreal entering the “underwater” paradise where fluorescent-lit jelly fishes of all shapes, sizes and species float all around us.

During our 4th visit, apart from the obligatory shopping and food hunting (never get tired of those delicious egg tarts, mango desserts, curry fish balls and wanton noodles!); we make a full day pilgrimage of sorts to the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island. We simply love the peaceful ambience and serenity of the place, and joined the mostly older local ladies in offering incense and prayers to Lord Buddha; and alms to the resident monks. The vegetarian lunch was also really tasty, one of the best I have ever had in Hong Kong (it’s amazing how much the mock meats taste like the real deal!) :D

On my most recent visit last year however, we decided to take a breather from visiting the usual tourist sites and instead did the silliest thing. On a whim we decided to spend our days (and some nights as well) exploring the neighbourhoods and outskirts using Hong Kong’s reliable and affordable trams, ferries and buses. Wow…what a world of difference in contrast to the glamour of Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui, Sheung Wan and all the other glitzy shopping and entertainment districts ! We also took a full day to hike the hills of beautiful Lamma Island and was rewarded with the most breathtaking coastal views.

There’s seriously so much more to Hong Kong than just dazzling skyscrapers and a metropolitan lifestyle. Hong Kong ignites the taste buds, ignites the senses, rejuvenate the soul.
Talking about rejuvenation and relaxation, we totally LOVE the Kowloon Shangri-la. It’s the perfect luxury abode to retreat to after a long day of exploring, shopping and eating! Incredible unobstructed harbour views, beautiful waterfront promenade (connected to the hotel by a pedestrian bridge) and a very interesting Temple Street Market too nearby with the most interesting knick-knacks. I was also totally in awe of the grand chandeliers adorning the hotel everywhere we look (yes, even inside the rooms!) as well as the gleaming marble floors- the epitome of opulent luxury indeed. Hospitality is undoubtedly top notch and the spacious room (and king-sized bed!) were simply AMAZING. The high-speed internet connection was REALLY fast and they even have in-room binoculars and a bathroom scale. Wow! Kowloon Shangri-la and Hong Kong…wait for us, we will be back soon next year! ^_^

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