VOC's Travel BLOG
Our Travel Blog is the place to share our real life, travel experiences in China with you. Besides, we will provide information related to Chinese culture and China travel guide. "A bosom friend afar brings a distant land near." Traveling makes us to be closer, let's discover China together!
We finally start our Hong Kong tourthis day. We had a nice start of visiting Lantau Island, the Tian Tan Buddha,and Tai-O Village.
Jay and I arrive at Hong Kong at 6 PM. I was previously here in 1996 and it is good to be here once again.
I began working on this travel adventure with "Visit Our China" English speaking travel executive Sandy Ren in April of 2015; however, I was not able to travel because of my knees.After myphysical therapy, I finally able to travel and departure to China on September 6.
Dynamic cosmopolis, shopping food paradise, soaring towers are among the common words for Hong Kong, a city known as The Pearl of the Orient and a leading financial, economic and trade city in Asia and in the world often compared with Shanghai, New York and London. However, the city offers more than Victoria harbor, Repulse Bay, but a blend of amazing modern architecture with historical styles.
As a quintessence of Chinese culture, Mahjong has a very long history and favored by hundreds of thousands of people in China, especially in Chengdu, Chongqing, Wuhan, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Hangzhou, Changsha, Kunming, etc. Nowadays, Mahjong has been internationally introduced into many other countries, but basically it stays in Chinese people, so Mahjong can be the card of Chinese.
In terms of preserving food, the intelligent Chinese had already invented various ways in the remote ancient; curing, drying, pickling, smoking, and freezing are the most frequently used, which can not only retain the food but also created some entirely different tastes differing from the fresh. Up to this day, though modern hi-technology has been applied in maintaining the fresh flavor of the food material, the special flavors of Chinese food that recreated by the time by means of traditional ways of food-keeping are still obsessing for people as a indispensable part because they are both the tastes of ones hometown and some kind of emotions of the traditional Chinese culture.
Honestly speaking, wage days are always kept on our mind every month, but sometimes there is more than salary to look forward to, for example, the annual year-end company travel. Im not sure whether companies abroad will organize a tour for their staff at the end of the year, but it is indeed a tradition for Chinese travel agencies to take a short trip before the Spring Festival (Chinese Lunar New Year), which always falls in January or February. No exception happened and Hong Kong was decided to be our destination this year.
It has been long time I planned to take a visit Hong Kong, it was a little pity last time I did not visit Hong Kong once I was in Macao in 2009, because I would like to give myself more time to explore Hong Kong as it is worthy to spend several days instead of only one day. So, in early June, during my Dagon Boat Festival holiday, I had the opportunity to visit Hong Kong, my dream really came true. Now let me show you some Hong Kong highlights which I found.