Sunday, January 13, 2013

Hong Kong, the City Lights that Never Sleeps


Who doesn't know about Hong Kong? Hong Kong is one of the top three destinations "must" to visit in Asia. Hong Kong is a fast moving country which depends on shipping industry, foreign investments and tourism. So far, Hong Kong is the only country without incurring taxes on shopping goods thus, it's the heaven of shopping for the locals and tourists there.
Although Cantonese is the main and official language in Hong Kong, the locals are able to converse in Mandarin and English as well. There are many foreign residents working and staying in Hong Kong thus, they don't encounter problems of searching their home food or international food over there.

I feel, Hong Kong is more appropriate to be known as "the city that never sleeps." Although shopping malls open until 10pm every day, the street markets are operating until the wee hours in the morning such as Jade Street Market, Ladies Market, Sneakers Street, Temple Night Market Street, Goldfish Market, Flower Market and many more which offer souvenirs, fashionable clothing, bags, toys, cute stuff etc. Apart from that, the nightlife in Hong Kong is also popular along the street of Lan Kwai Fong where the locals and tourists partying and drinking over there.

It's very safe walking on the streets of Hong Kong in the day or night as Hong Kong city is well-known for the lowest crime rates in Asia. You will find many police officers patrol every corner of the streets, around the clock which give the locals and tourists some sense of safety and security on the streets. According to Wikipedia, Hong Kong Police Force is one of the largest disciplined service which ranked as the world's second while Asia's first to operate with a modern policing system. Hong Kong Police Officers are also known for being friendliness. They are willing to guide you with directions. 

As for me, this was my first trip to Hong Kong which was my fortunate to be able to participate the first celebration with fireworks on 1st July 2012 at Tsim Sha Tsui and Star Ferry Terminal, after 15 years of Hong Kong Handover to China. We were also lucky that we could see clear blue sky and enjoy the trip in Hong Kong during sunny and windy weather without suffering from smog and air pollution.


Panoramic view of Hong Kong Skyscrapers from Tsim Sha Tsui and Star Ferry Pier in Hong Kong
Panoramic view of Hong Kong Skyscrapers from Tsim Sha Tsui and Star Ferry Pier in Hong Kong


Hong Kong skyscrapers with Chinese junk ship sailing by in Hong Kong
Hong Kong skyscrapers with Chinese junk ship sailing by in Hong Kong


Typical high rise residential and commercial buildings can be seen everywhere in Hong Kong
Typical high rise residential and commercial buildings can be seen everywhere in Hong Kong


Another typical high rise residential and commercial buildings in Hong Kong
Another typical high rise residential and commercial buildings in Hong Kong


Public Bus transportation is popular in Hong Kong
Public Bus transportation is popular in Hong Kong


Feeling safe walking in the day and night with police patrolling on the streets in Hong Kong
Feeling safe walking in the day and night with police patrolling on the streets in Hong Kong


Street advertising can be seen everywhere on the buildings and signages in Hong Kong
Street advertising can be seen everywhere on the buildings and signages in Hong Kong


Clothing, Bags, toys and cute stuff can be found at street markets in Hong Kong
Clothing, Bags, toys and cute stuff can be found at street markets in Hong Kong


Food and shopping are the popular activities to do by tourists while bamboo are commonly used for construction or drying clothes in Hong Kong
Food and shopping are the popular activities to do by tourists while bamboo are commonly used for construction or drying clothes in Hong Kong


More street advertising and signages can be seen everywhere on the streets of Hong Kong
More street advertising and signages can be seen everywhere on the streets of Hong Kong


On the day of 15th Anniversary Celebration of Hong Kong Handover to China on 1st July 2012 which was the first time celebration in Hong Kong:

 
15th anniversary celebration of Hong Kong Handover to China on 1st July 2012 with these Chinese ships sailing by the sea in Hong Kong
15th anniversary celebration of Hong Kong Handover to China on 1st July 2012 with these Chinese ships sailing by the sea in Hong Kong



Streets are closed for pedestrians to walk in Hong Kong for the 15th anniversary Celebration of Hong Kong Handover to China on 1st July 2012
Streets are closed for pedestrians to walk in Hong Kong for the 15th anniversary Celebration of Hong Kong Handover to China on 1st July 2012


Hong Kong Police Force is the world's second and Asia's first police agency to operate in modern policing system. This was how they coordinated the event in order to ensure the safety of the people during the 15th anniversary celebration of Hong Kong Handover to China on 1st July 2012
Hong Kong Police Force is the world's second and Asia's first police agency to operate in modern policing system. This was how they coordinated the event in order to ensure the safety of the people during the 15th anniversary celebration of Hong Kong Handover to China on 1st July 2012


15th anniversary celebration of Hong Kong Handover to China on 1st July 2012 which is also the 1st time to celebrate with fire works in Hong Kong
15th anniversary celebration of Hong Kong Handover to China on 1st July 2012 which is also the 1st time to celebrate with fire works in Hong Kong


Skyscrapers are lighted at night which you can enjoy the view from Tsim Sha Tsui or Star Ferry Terminal in Hong Kong
Skyscrapers are lighted at night which you can enjoy the view from Tsim Sha Tsui or Star Ferry Terminal in Hong Kong


Bruce Lee statue at Avenue of Star with beautiful lighted skyscrapers at night in Hong Kong
Bruce Lee statue at Avenue of Star with beautiful lighted skyscrapers at night in Hong Kong


Hong Kong is one of the best night view and popular for night life as well as shopping throughout the day among the locals and tourists in the world
Hong Kong is one of the best night view and popular for night life as well as shopping throughout the day among the locals and tourists in the world


Another night view of skyscrapers from Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong
Another night view of skyscrapers from Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong



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