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Translated freely, Hong Kong means "fragrant port." According to historians, this name derived from the fragrant incense trade that took place there. Officially, it is a so-called special administrative region of China. Unofficially, it has all the characteristics of an autonomous country with its own Olympic team, national anthem, flag, and currency. With more than 7.5 million inhabitants in an area of only one thousand square kilometers, it is also one of the most densely populated areas in the world.
Hong Kong is the perfect vacation destination for people who want to explore modern Asian culture. It has a rich history and, therefore, a rich culture. From Victoria Peak to Victoria Harbor and from Kowloon Park and the Hong Kong History Museum to Lantau and Tian Tan Buddha, we show you where you to go what to do on your trip to Hong Kong.
You will not find a more authentic experience in Hong Kong than a trip on a so-called "junk boat" ride through Victoria Harbour! Contrary to what its name might suggest, these characteristic Chinese sailboats have nothing to do with garbage or debris. The name comes from the Portuguese word junco, as the Portuguese were the first Westerners to encounter junks during visits to China. The Portuguese-Chinese word directly translates as a "Chinse vessel." On the internet, you will find many companies that make these trips with a wide variety of prices. In addition, you can often book extras such as a DJ or food onboard.
Victoria Peak is also widely known as The Peak of Mount Austin. This mountain is located in the western part of the island of Hong Kong and at an altitude of 552 meters, it is also the highest point of the island and the most visited place of interest in Hong Kong. Take the Peak Tram for an unforgettable experience with a spectacular view from the top.
On the largest island in Hong Kong you will find the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and on an artificial island off the coast, the Hong Kong International Airport. One of the biggest attractions of the island on the Ngong Ping plateau is the Tian Tan Buddha, one of the largest bronze statues of the outdoor Buddha. The statue is not less than 26 meters high. The Po Lin monastery is located near the Buddha. Fort Tung Chung is a 19th-century fortress built to combat the opium trade and pirates on the coast
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, a visit to the quiet Kowloon Park is a wonderful solution. Enjoy the exotic flora, fauna and the aviary with beautiful native birds. If you prefer to learn a little more about the rich history of Hong Kong and its colonial past, take a look at the Hong Kong History Museum.
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