Hong Kong is a perfect place for lovers of big cities. A cosmopolitan and bustling corner of Asia that has very varied colonial influences, which has shaped a territory full of culture, history and interesting places. We could give thousands, but we offer you five reasons to visit Hong Kong:
1) Victoria Peak: The top of Mount Victoria, which rises 554 metres above sea level is the most prestigious residential area on the Island and one of the landmarks that the traveller should not miss in Hong Kong. The funicular ascent takes us to a summit where a privileged 360º view over almost the entire territory is contemplated. In the distance, you can see the Chinese islands of the South Sea. In addition, we can recharge our batteries in the Cerro tram terminal, which has the so-called Peak Tower with a cafeteria, a restaurant, a supermarket and several shops.
2) Nightlife: The Hong Kong nightlife is the most fun and varied. We can choose between a range that includes a visit to the night markets, watching the Symphony of Lights from the bay (something beautiful and overwhelming), going to the Lan Kwai Fong drinking area and get to know its cosmopolitan atmosphere or visiting the Happy Valley Hippodrome. You’ll be amazed at how well club waiters prepare delicious cocktails.
3) The beach: Although it does not come to mind as a beach destination, thanks to its pleasant climate Hong Kong is a perfect destination to enjoy the coast. Places like Stanley Beach, Lo So Shing Beach or Silvermine Bay will surprise us with their beauty and infrastructure that will make our visit something more comfortable.
4) Lantau Island: Twice the size of Hong Kong Island, Lantau is the largest of all the surrounding islands, although its population does not exceed 20,000 inhabitants. A ferry will take us from Hong Kong to Silvermine Bay, the island’s main town and a perfect place to taste good seafood. But the jewel of the place is in the Ngong Ping plateau, where the largest bronze statue of Buddha built outdoors (no less than 34 metres high) is located. Plus, it won’t hurt to get close to the beautiful Tea Gardens nearby.
5) Festivals: Hong Kong has an avalanche of festivals and celebrations throughout the year, which makes this destination especially attractive. Pay attention to the date we choose for our trip, as depending on it we can enjoy parties such as the Chinese New Year, between January and February, the Lantern Festival (something like an oriental version of Valentine’s Day) or the Mid-Autumn Festival, related to the crops and where the famous “moon pie” is tasted.
Who needs a visa to visit Hong Kong?
Hong Kong’s Special Administrative Region, HKSAR, has a visa policy that allows visa-free entry for short periods of 7 to 180 days for visitors from nearly 170 countries and territories.
Depending on the passenger’s nationality and the length of stay desired, he or she must apply for a visitor’s visa to Hong Kong at a local embassy or consulate. Some of the countries that require a visa to Hong Kong are: Angola, Armenia, Burundi, Cambodia, Myanmar, Moldova, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal and Uzbekistan, among others.
Currently, Indian citizens must apply for pre-arrival registration PAR, before travelling to Hong Kong. As of January 2017, Indian citizens will no longer be able to obtain a visa to enter Hong Kong and receive the online Hong Kong visa, PAR, by completing an online application. Upon arrival, Indian citizens should have a valid PAR to enter Hong Kong.