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Hong Kong is a vibrant and complicated city with an energy like no other place in the world. It is constantly changing, and the growing influence of mainland China on this former British colony makes it a particularly fascinating place to live. New restaurants, bars and shops are almost constantly added to a long list of already-established attractions.
There are also plenty of things to see and do in Hong Kong, and it's easy for exploring expats to find English speakers who can help them on their way.
Recommended attractions in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Disneyland
Attracting millions of visitors a year, Hong Kong Disneyland is a not-to-be-missed attraction perfect for the whole family. Whether one is young in years or simply young at heart, there's plenty to entertain, from themed rides and restaurants to parades and photo ops with beloved Disney characters.
Hong Kong Museum of History
The Hong Kong Museum of History showcases the city’s natural, cultural and archaeological history. Expats can easily while away an afternoon here browsing the exhibitions of photographs, artefacts, traditional dress and objects that will teach them more about their new home.
Located on the southern shore of Hong Kong, Aberdeen seduces expats and locals alike with its culture of traditional boat dwellers. Take in the unusual sight of the harbour's traditional 'floating village' and pop into one of its floating restaurants for a freshly-caught seafood lunch.
Expats taking a trip on the Peak Tram to the summit of Victoria Peak will see breathtaking views of the cityscape and Kowloon Bay unfold before their eyes – the ideal way to discover their new home and take in the chaotic beauty of it all. While up there, browse in some of the summit shops housed in the Peak Tower, or enjoy a bite to eat at one of the restaurants overlooking the city.
Wong Tai Sin Temple
This Taoist Temple is one of Hong Kong’s most frequented temples and is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin, a legendary hermit who supposedly possessed healing powers and was a soothsayer of some renown. This temple usually sees people making elaborate offerings or coming to see the local fortune tellers.
►For more fun activities, have a look at What's On in Hong Kong
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Shannon is an American teacher and writer currently living in Hong Kong. She writes a book and travel blog about her reading adventures, and she is working on a travel memoir about the year she found herself unexpectedly alone in HK. She likes fencing, traveling and coffee shops.
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