Come New Year and the travel bug bites everyone, including our cricketers. And who doesn’t want to know where our favourite sportstars were ringing in the New Year with their families. We tracked our Viru paaji, Virender Sehwag‘s Instagram account, in which he has posted several pictures of his recent vacation to Hong Kong with his family and friends. Sehwag, who seemed to be making the most of his vacation, posted pictures of Disneyland and shopping in local markets of the town. Hence, let us share few interesting facts about the country that will compel you to plan a vacation there too.
Life starts at midnight
Want to party in Hong Kong, hit the pubs at midnight, it’s okay. Even for those, who are not party animals, it’s difficult not to feel groovy, given the electrifying energy of the town. Few malls are open till 11 a.m., so you can hop into any one of them to enjoy late night shopping. You can catch a movie at 3 a.m. in the night at the Chinachem Cinema in Tsim Sha Tsui, post which, you can hop into any late-night cafes or eateries. Tsim Sha Tsui is one of the main shopping, dining and entertainment hubs of Hong Kong.
Awe-inspiring theme parks
The country boasts of being the hub of some of the coolest and biggest amusement parks of the world, including Disneyland, Ocean Park, Snoopy’s World, Wetland Park and Noah’s Ark. The parks are a major attraction not only among kids but even adults. You can spend days here and not experience a lull moment. Consider it good or bad, but it’s difficult to steal a quiet moment in this city, not even during night hours.
An overnight minibus service from Central to Mongkok is the fastest way to cross the harbour at night, and is a favourite among all-night party lovers. The ride comes as cheap as $1.40 per person. The minibus service follows flexible routes and doesn’t have a fixed start-time. So, if you wish to experience the city in a moonlit night, hop onto any of these buses.
Just a few minutes’ drive from anywhere in the city and you can find yourself in the lap of nature. Beautiful beaches, lush green patches and hiking trails is what you experience once you are in the outskirts of the city. And if you are ready to drive for 24 hours from Macau, you can experience the thrill of paragliding, diving off the coast, chasing pink dolphins and cruising on a speedboat. It’s interesting to know that about 40% of Hong Kong’s territory is protected by country parks, representing one of the highest proportions in the world.
Ride the star ferry
See the city of skyscrapers in a different light by riding a star ferry. The boat ride offers breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour and an upward view of the towering structures of the city.