Today’s *Mini Moon* inspiration features *A Harbour View in Hong Kong*.
We had a five day stopover in Hong Kong on the way back from Australia and loved exploring there. The city is a major airline hub and so is a useful stopover for a whole host of destinations, such as Japan, the Philippines, Borneo, New Zealand and Fiji. The cosmopolitan mix of temples, markets, high rise buildings and historical sites make it a great stopover choice or a destination in its own right.
We stayed at *The Lan Kwai Fong Hotel*, a boutique property on Hong Kong Island which boasts wonderful views over the harbour skyline.
*Hong Kong Highlights*
There is much to see and do in Hong Kong, these were some of our highlights:
Take the Peak Tram 552m upto the highest point in Hong Kong to see a wonderful panoramic view of the vibrant city and the striking skyline.
The perfect way to explore Victoria Harbour is to take a cruise, which can be used to go to Kowloon.
*A Symphony of Lights*
Each evening the skyline of Victoria Harbour is illuminated with colourful lasers.
*Ngong Ping 360*
The cable car takes you on a 25 minute journey to explore Lantau island – home to the large Tian Tau Buddha, the Po Lin Monastery and Ngong Ping Village.
*Tian Tau Buddha*
The large 34m high bronze Buddha statue on Lantau Island can be reached by climbing the 260 steps that lead up to it.
*Po Lin Monastery*
The colourful Buddhist monastery on Lantau Island is a popular pilgrim site and home to many devout monks and the tranquil garden is filled with blossom and birds.
*Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery*
The name pretty much summarises what it is – a Buddhist monastery filled with ten thousand statues of Buddha. A wonderful setting filled with beauty.
*Man Mo Temple*
A temple dedicated to the Gods of Literature with air that is often filled with the mist and aroma of incense.
*Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple*
The multi faith temple is a centre for three religions: Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism and is filled with colour.
*Hong Kong Park*
A lush patch of greenery and tranquility set amidst the Hong Kong skyscrapers, including a greenhouse, an aviary and lily ponds.
*Nan Lion Gardens Kowloon*
The landscaped Chinese garden is surrounded by the urban buildings in Kowloon. The scenic and tranquil ambiance of the garden is enhanced with trees, water features and rockery. It leads through to the Chi Lin Nunnery.
This exotic garden is hope to a whole array of trees, plants, fountains, birds and other animals, which makes for a lovely walk around.
*Temple Street Night Market*
A bustling and vibrant market filled with the aromas of culinary delights and packed with eager market stall holders wanting you to buy from their range of clothes, shoes, watches, souvenirs etc.
A colourful stretch of market stalls filled with clothes, shoes, handbags, jewellery, belts and home decor items at discounted items.
Hong Kong is filled with tall, imposing skyscrapers, which create a wonderful skyline.
*Avenue of Stars*
Like the infamous Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars is filled with stars dedicated to stars of the film industry, including Bruce Lee, Jet Li and Jackie Chan. Located along the waterfront, the stars and statues.
The iconic museum is filled with famous wax models from both the international circuit, such as Brad and Angelina and with iconic Asian celebrities.
Hong Kong’s Magical Kingdom is located on Lantau Island and is filled with the usual Disney attractions – rides, shows, themed restaurants, a plethora of gift shops, the sparkling castle, the all singing and dancing parade and the fireworks display.
The colourful and fun filled theme park contains an array of rides, games and roller coasters, as well as an oceanarium and the world’s largest aquarium dome. The park is situated on a mountain and the waterfront and summit areas are connected by cable car.
We had a fabulous time exploring and Hong Kong is well worth a stopover!
*Next week | Sydney*