History & Climate Awareness in Hong Kong
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Welcome to one of Asia’s top international business hubs, Hong Kong. Upon your arrival to the Hong Kong International Airport, you will connect with your local guide who will proceed to take you into the city and ensure that you get set up comfortably in your accommodation. Take the rest of the afternoon to go over some traditional Chinese customs and learn how to say some introductory phrases you can utilize during your trip.
Rise early and freshen up for a day out exploring the city of Hong Kong. Today, you will take part in a two-hour walk through the Wan Chai Heritage Trail. During your excursion through the Wan Chai neighborhood, you will uncover iconic historic sites from various periods. Check out historical icons including the Green House, Wan Chai Market, Former Wan Chai Post Office.
Throughout this historic neighborhood walk, your local guide will explain more in-depth about the history of each place and its impact on modern-day Hong Kong. After the historical tour, take the afternoon to explore the rest of the area on foot at your leisure.
Today you will hop on the ferry and head over the scenic Lamma Island. Here you will get to experience nature at its finest and have another chance to do some hiking. Lamma Island is also a great place to taste local cuisine, so after a three-hour round-trip hike around the Sok Kwu Wan circuit, grab some lunch from one of the local vendors.
Located near the restaurants, check out the Tin Hau Temple. It is sacred to the fishermen in this area. Take a moment to talk to the fishermen and uncover the changes in the oceans they have seen over the years. Although this island is truly beautiful, there is an issue with pollution brought in from the sea along the beaches. On that note, if you see any along the shorelines, take 10 or 15 minutes to pick up any non-biodegradable materials.
Today you will visit a stunning Chinese Buddhist temple that was built in the 1930s. Take the morning to explore the temple’s halls and picturesque lotus ponds. As you do so, notice the intricacies in the wooden architecture and how it differs from the rest of the sprawling, modern metropolis of Hong Kong. While you’re here, you will also take part in a meditation session led by one of the temple’s monks.
Following your meditation session, head over to the 3.5-hectare Nan Lian Garden and take some more time to quiet your thoughts as you stroll through the greenery. If you’re feeling hungry, head over to the vegetarian teahouse on site.
Today, you will spend the morning at the Hong Kong Observatory. Here you will get the chance to connect with experts in the field of climate change and science to learn firsthand about the trending temperature, sea, precipitation and densification levels that this metropolitan city has seen over recent years.
In the afternoon, you will head over to Gong Fu Teahouse were you will learn the art and cultural importance of China’s tea ceremonies. The workshop is hosted by a Chinese tea master, who will pass on cultural insights and intricate details behind Asian tea ceremonies.
Wake up early to take full advantage of the day. We promise it will be worth it as you will take a full-day trip to the neighboring island of Lantau. Once you arrive, we will be heading to a quaint fishing town called Tai O. Here you will be baffled by the contrast of the town’s simple nature compared to the sprawling metropolis of Hong Kong.
Referred to as the “lungs of Hong Kong” due to the virgin forests that cover the island, this is an ideal place to experience some great hiking, chilled-out beaches and maybe even spot a pink dolphin! Your guide will take you through some of the area’s top hikes and best beaches, then, just before sunset, you will hop back onto the ferry en route back to Hong Kong.
On your final day in Hong Kong, enjoy a traditional dim sum breakfast before getting ready to head back to the airport and depart on your next flight. After visiting several historic sites and other off the beaten path locations in the city, rest assured that you have thoroughly relished your time in Hong Kong.
Being a city full of contrasts, Hong Kong has a lot to offer visitors. From cultural landmarks, historical traditions and scenic natural getaways, there is nearly something for everyone. However, it is also important to be aware of the current changes taking place related to climate change, modern development and more. Travel abroad and connect with experts in the field to get a better understanding of what these changes mean for life today and years to come.
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