Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong
Posted Apr 20, 2011
You'll have the chance to explore one of the most amazing cities on the planet if your Asian cruise stops in Hong Kong, China. Don't miss the opportunity to disembark in this massive urban center, as it's likely to be an experience you won't soon forget.
Hong Kong's world-famous Victoria Harbour is a great starting place for anyone looking to get an overview of this sometimes overwhelming city. On a relaxing cruise around the bay, you'll be able to see the city's famous skyscrapers and some of the more important landmarks and destinations. Many of Hong Kong's districts have extravagant waterfronts, which will give you a good idea of some places you may want to hit up once the cruise is done.
Another option for a Hong Kong shore excursion is Macau, located just outside of the city. Until 1999, Macau was actually a Portuguese territory. It has now reverted back to Chinese control, making it probably the only place on Earth that seamlessly blends the two cultures. Macau has also become famous as an eastern Las Vegas, with a plethora of casinos and other entertainment options available for visitors. Of course, it also boasts some impressive architecture, such as a 17th century cathedral and temple dedicated to the city's namesake goddess.
Perhaps the most memorable experience you can undertake in Hong Kong is waiting till nightfall and exploring the city with the backdrop of a starry sky. Visit the world-famous Temple Street Night Market, where you can grab a bite to eat and browse various street vendors. Be sure not to miss the "Symphony of Light," which will make you truly glad that you waited until things got dark. This jaw-dropping light and laser show transforms Hong Kong's skyscrapers into vibrant fireworks displays. The massive spectacle has been named the "World's Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show" by the Guinness Book of World Records.