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Five ways of enjoying the Hong Kong skyline

March 12, 2012

One of the things I look for when visiting an urban destination is the skyline. Paris, New York, and Singapore are just few of my favourite ones.

And after my short visit to Hong Kong last November, I’m adding its skyline on my list. I loved it so much that I spent an entire afternoon savouring the view.

And what I like about Hong Kong is that there are many ways to enjoy their awesome skyline. Here are my top picks on where it’s best to enjoy it:

Tsim Sha Tsui

The skyline of Hong Kong island can be seen beautifully and conveniently from the neighboring Kowloon and the Tsim Sha Tsui’s harbor is the most scenic place to enjoy a great view of the skyline.

Hong Kong Skyline - at day

And I spent almost an entire afternoon at the harbor walking around and enjoying the view.

For starters, walk along the Avenue of the Stars – equivalent to Hollywood’s walk of fame. And along the way, there are quirky statues that any cam-loving person will enjoy.

The most famous is the Bruce Lee statue , with both the statue and people posing for photos  attractions in their own right. I’m more of an observer and pretty much took photos of other people doing it – much more fun if you ask me.

Bruce Lee and Bruce Lee

And if you just want to sit down, there’s a bunch of cafes and restaurant along. I spent my afternoon mainly at the corner Starbucks – I got a great view and coffee at the same time. Nothing beats that!

Tsim Sha Tsui (at night)

Okay, but the awesomeness doesn’t stop in daylight. Stay a bit further to witness the skyline transform into a bright and colourful display. I tell you that at night is the best time to enjoy the skyline.

Hong Kong skyline - at night

And if you wait further until around 8PM – Hong Kong’s famous Symphony of Light starts – a light and laser display featuring 44 buildings on both sides of the harbour!  The best place to view it at the Avenue of Stars and on the ferries. It’s a tourist draw – but still worth seeing if you ask me.

Victoria Peak

Okay, if there’s one thing I regret most not doing is going to Victoria Peak.  It was on my list of things to do – but plans changed and weather as always, didn’t cooperate. Don’t make the same mistake as I did or else you’ll miss this amazing view.

The Star Ferry

Aside from being a convenient way to move from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon, the Star Ferry is also one of the good place to snap on some photos of the HK skyline. It takes a mere 15 minutes to cross to the other end – which is enough to look out and enjoy the view! It also costs a few Hong Kong dollars for a single ride – a definite treat if you ask me.

Hong Kong skyline - at night

Me and my friend Tina used this often simply because we can’t get enough of the view. 🙂

From downtown itself

The view of the skyline from afar is notable– but it’s also worth it to view the skyscrapers from bottom looking up. There’s the International Finance Centre buildings, which if you are geek like me, would know was where Batman in the Dark Knight jumped from tower 1 to tower 2.

There’s also the Bank of China tower – which looks like a bamboo shoot from afar.  Hong Kong has 19 of the 200 tallest buildings in the world. A pretty amazing feat if you ask me.

What’s the city that has  the best skyline for you? Share them on the comment box below!


Filipino Friday: Taal Volcano

October 14, 2011

Every Friday, I’m going to showcase something unique about my home country , the Philippines. It can be a place, food, experience, custom or tradition that highlights what we our 7,107 islands can offer. I remember that on my travels, there are some people who are still unaware of where the Philippines  is or what the country has to offer. So I hope that through these posts – I can help bring awareness about the Philippines,  it’s beauty, hidden sites, quirkiness and diversity.

For my first post, I’m writing about Taal Volcano.

The Mouth of Taal Volcano

Philippines is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire and home to a number of active volcanoes (official count was 50).  Taal Volcano is one of the more famous  volcanoes and also one of the most active in the country. Don’t worry though as its last major eruption was in the 1970s.

So what is so special about this volcano?

Taal Volcano is most known for having the world’s largest island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island (phew!).

To better explain:  the center most island is called Vulcan Point which sits on the Crater lake, Crater lake is inside Taal Island, which then is inside Taal Lake on the Luzon Island.  Don’t believe me? See the photo below (hard to see Vulcan point from here).

Taal Volcano from a satellite – Wikimedia Photo

I recently spent a weekend with my family in Talisay, Batangas – on a resort along the lake with a great view of the volcano. And I must say that it’s nice to wake up and have this view on your window.  😉

taal volcano

Considering that it’s only a two hour bus ride from Manila, it’s a great day trip to include on itinerary if ever you’re coming from Manila.  You can go to the city of Tagaytay for a view from atop overlooking the lake. You can also go to the town of Talisay and arrange a hike to the top of the volcano island. It’s a 45 minute hike to the top and can be done on foot or on horse. View of the crater island is worth the climb!

*Photos from deckchua & therealbrute under creative commons license

Have you been to Taal? What were your experiences? SHARE them below!

Are you a travel blogger? I’m inviting you to take part of Filipino Friday with me. All you need to do is post something about the Philippines every Friday. Contact me if you’re interested.

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