Hong Kong sparkles
Some people and places have the grit, the gift and the generosity to remain great. A decade after launching into a new era and a new formula of governance, Hong Kong is a greater metropolis than ever before. History made Hong Kong and now Hong Kong is making history.
Today, Hong Kong celebrates the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) under the unique ‘One Country, Two Systems’ formula, never before seen anywhere in the modern world. It was considered the quietest, smoothest transition in contemporary politics. The reunification has grown from an untested idea into a living, breathing reality. The duality of being a part of China and a part of the world, is what is magical about the place. Hong Kong has undoubtedly continued to build and enhance the legacy it inherited.
In the spirit of celebration, Hong Kong will hoist its flag and commence a series of events that will bring its people together. Four hundred and sixty events are on the boards for celebrations that commenced in April and will go on till December. Amidst the fanfare that will engulf the whole region, the highlights today will include parades, carnivals and pyrotechnics that will culminate in a ‘Symphony of Lights’ – a spectacular fire-works display over the night skies of the scenic Hong Kong harbour.
The National Geographic names Hong Kong as a ‘must-visit’ travel destination and ‘One of the 50 places to visit in a lifetime’. Hong Kong tells the world to come, discover the ‘soul’ of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong has it all. Connecting Hong Kong island, Kowloon Peninsular, Lantau, the New Territories and 200 islands is a public and private transport system that is on par with the best in the world. From laid-back romantic tram rides to fast underground rail systems, ferry services, city and open-top buses for sight-seeing, railway, airport shuttle services, double deckers, charter coaches, taxis and limousines - all make the transport grid.Quite contrary to the perception that Hong Kong is a concrete jungle, 70 per cent of Hong Kong is lush green vegetation, yet to be explored. Forty per cent of it has been dedicated to country parks. A total of 200 islands dot the Hong Kong waters.
You can venture out to see Hong Kong by rail or even by foot. Wear your best walking shoes, get hold of one of five Walking Route Maps and see Hong Kong by foot – a very pleasant way to sense one of the cleanest cities in the world. World Economic Forum’s Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report-2007 ranked Hong Kong as the number one city in the world for Best Health & Hygiene and Asia’s most attractive environment for developing travel and business tourism.
Source : The Sunday TimesIf you are a museum buff, you can choose from 26 museums that tell the stories of modern history, Chinese art forms, culture and science. Most children in the Asian region are yet to experience the magic of the Hong Kong Disneyland and Asia’s foremost Oceanarium in the Ocean Park.