One of the most vibrant cities in Asia, Hong Kong is home to towering skyscrapers, innovative shopping centers, and bustling city life.
Thousands of Filipinos visit Hong Kong every year--be it for work or leisure. However, apart from the breath-taking rides in Disneyland, Hong Kong is also packed with heritage sites featuring a multitude of art works, crafts, and traditional fare.
Here are some:
1. Sham Shui Po District
Fashionistas and geeks are likely to get excited in Sham Shui Po District. Originally, this district was mainly a residential area, but it also now features a number of commercial and industrial developments.
Here, visitors can find the newest clothing trends and gadgets, as well as various indoor and outdoor activities.
2. Apliu Street Flea Market
Techies who are a bit short on budget should try exploring this flea market. It is known for selling a mix of new and second-hand computers, gadgets, and accessories. They also have audio-visual equipment and telecommunications products are all up for sale.
Keen-eyed shoppers may also uncover cool retro and stylish items, such as antique watches and old coins, among other collectible items.
3. Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre
As the name suggests, this place is known for its diverse arts scene. It is home to about 100 artists and art groups who follow different creative pursuits, such as painting, photography, drama, and more.
This cultural arts center holds art fairs, festivals, exhibits, and tours.
4. The Heritage of Mei Ho House
Looking for a different kind of accommodation? This hostel features a museum that displays the building’s rich history. It is the oldest public housing complex in Hong Kong.
It comprises two residential buildings connected by communal facilities, which allow this building to form an 'H' shape.
5. D2 Place
One of the most popular activities in Hong Kong is shopping. D2 place is one of the places where you can find up-to-the-minute trends.
Most of the stalls here are owned by young businessmen and local entrepreneurs. It also houses coffee shops and restaurants.
6. Yu Chau Street
Dubbed "Bead Street," Yu Chau Street is the home to all sorts of beads and sewing materials. They have beads that range from wooden to glass. There also hand-crafted jewelry and unique trinkets for souvenir.
7. Old Town Central
As one of Hong Kong’s oldest districts, Old Town Central features the country's rich traditions. Its store-packed streets and alleys features a perfect mix of old and new artistic crafts and activities.
8. Upper Lascar Row
Hong Kong's rich heritage is also highlighted in this area, which has seemingly endless rows of antique and vintage stores.
One can find an eclectic collection of Chinese calligraphy, arts, and vintage furniture. Parallel to these are cool varieties of bric-à-brac collectibles, Chinese-style jewelries, and ornaments.
9. Tai Kwun
This newly refurbished neighborhood has 16 heritage buildings and numerous outdoor spaces. One of the must-try places here is the LockCha Tea House, where you can eat freshly baked cookies served after a lively performance by HKAPA dancers and choreographers.
10. Tai Ping Shan Street
This street features a a bohemian neighborhood of galleries, teahouses, and design studios.
One of the most popular places here is the blue-clad vintage store called InBetween. It is home to many vintage vinyl, classic film posters, and one-of-a-kind lapel pins.
Just in front of InBetween is Tallensia Floral Art. It is an artistic florist shop that also offers creative bouquet and flower arrangement workshops for those who are interested.
Indeed, there's so much to see in Hong Kong other than its famous Disneyland. It also has a rich shopping scene, artistic spaces, and cultural heritage that you shouldn't miss.
Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is joining the Travel Madness Expo held at the SMX Convention Center on July 5 to 8. Here, they will be offering discounted rates and amazing deals on fares, accommodation, tours, among others.
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