Five Days of Adventure in Hong Kong

posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 8:39:32 AM

Take an exciting trip to Hong Kong with Vacations by Marriott this year. Visit some authentic Japanese attractions including the statue of Buddha, Avenue of the Stars and Golden Buddha Square to watch the flag raising. From delicious cuisine to looking down on the beautiful landscape high above on the Peak Tram, Hong Kong has plenty to keep you excited and busy. Get ready for the vacation of a lifetime with Vacations by Marriott!

Day 1: Welcome to Hong Kong, you have touched down after a very long flight and are looking forward to kicking off day one in this beautiful metropolis. After checking in at the JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, you decide your morning will consist of a classic collection of historical attractions. First stop is the Tian Tan Buddha, a giant statue that was constructed in the early 1990s and has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Hong Kong over the past few decades. You opt to take the Ngong Ping 360, a gondola lift, as your mode of transportation to see the Buddha which offers incredible views of not only the Buddha but the surrounding area. After snapping some pictures at the Big Buddha you make your way to the Po Lin Monastery. This monastery beautifully marries old and new with three golden Buddha statues representing the past, the present, and the future. Next it’s time to explore the nature of Hong Kong with a nature walk along the Lantau Trail, the trail is over 40 miles long but is split up and can be hiked a section at a time. After your walk has concluded it’s time to head back to the hotel and dine at the Man Ho at the JW for some signature Cantonese dishes and classic dim sum specialties.

Day 2: Day two takes a totally different spin as you decide to explore Hong Kong Disneyland – since it’s a weekday and you have heard that Disneyland can get very busy on the weekends. On your way to Disneyland you stop by the Inspiration Lake for a morning walk in this local recreation center situated next to a beautiful lake. A day at Disney never disappoints as you as you visit the seven worlds of Adventureland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, Toy Story Land, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and Main Street, USA. You find some of your American favorites including Jungle River Cruise, It’s a Small World, The Mad Hatter Tea Cups, and Space Mountain and you also discover some new exciting attractions and rides.

Day 3: It's day three in Hong Kong and you plan to spend the day visiting some more local favorites. You start off your day with a stroll along Avenue of the Stars located on the Hong Kong waterfront. The promenade offers incredible skyline views and a series of statues showcasing the history of the Hong Kong film industry. Next stop is Sky100, Hong Kong’s highest skyscraper where you can get another incredible view of the city, this time from the 100th floor observation deck. You cannot come to Hong Kong and not take part in the city’s intense shopping culture so you head to Harbour City for lunch for shopping and food at one of Asia’s largest megamalls. The afternoon continues with more shopping but in a totally different and more traditional sense at the Mong Kok or Ladies’ Market: this area is densely populated and teems with street vendors selling everything under the sun. Your next market experience is the traditional Hong Kong jade market, selling jade in every color imaginable. To conclude your busy day you head back down to the waterfront to watch A Symphony of Lights, the Hong Kong Harbour light and laser show, which is accompanied by music and comes on every evening – check online to see the start-time depending on the time of year!

Day 4: Today is an early morning as you have to be at the Golden Buddha Square by 8 a.m. to watch the flag raising. This commemorates the 1997 Handover of sovereignty from the English to the Chinese of the city of Hong Kong and features some beautiful statues. Second stop of the day is the Man Ho Temple, one of the most important and oldest temples in Hong Kong. The temple is dedicated to the gods of War and Literature and is one of the city’s most beautiful. During the afternoon you spend a few hours exploring the PMQ market a building complex where nearly 100 creative enterprises are stationed which has rapidly become, since its founding in 2009, Hong Kong’s hub for design and creative industries and entrepreneurs featuring units for design studios and shops. Tonight you’ll be exploring Hong Kong’s bustling night life area of Lan Kwai Fong, there are bars, restaurants, and lots of excitement and people!

Day 5: You have saved the best for last, and although your flight departs later this afternoon, you have one big ticket item left to see, the famous Victoria Peak, or just “The Peak.” You opt to take the Peak Tram up, which is a very steep funicular railway that offers breathtaking views on an unforgettable ride. The Peak is Hong Kong’s premier tourist attraction and offers spectacular views of the skyline incomparable to anywhere else in the city – a must see! Views are 360-degrees around so you spend a lot of quality time exploring and taking tons of pictures. What a great way to end your Hong Kong vacation!

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