Hong Kong one of the most beautiful places in all of Asia. And it is no wonder that Hongkong attracts millions of tourists each year. People from all over the world as well as Hong Kong locals themselves (often called “Hongkies”) are attracted by the impressive structures, the peaceful and meditative destinations all around the region, great shopping opportunities as well as loads of fun to be had in various theme parks. Here the most exciting attractions of Hong Kong, prepared by Eleventy traveler blog.
The Po Lin Monastery
The Po Lin Monastery, otherwise known as the Precious Lotus Monastery is perhaps the most popular Buddhist monastery in the world. People come to Po Lin to look at the beautiful and serene gardens as well as to send their prayers up to the heavens.
It is a great place to relax in and it offers its visitors a chance to meditate and take some quiet time alone away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. The Monastery is also home to one of Hong Kong’s most popular sculptures and that is the copper statue of the Big Buddha. The statue stands at a staggering 34 meters.
The Hopewell center is an impressive architectural creation. It is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Hong Kong and is the very first ‘circular skyscraper’ in the locale. This 214 meter tall building is made up of 64 floors. The structure stands on a slopping hill and is the reason why its rear entrance is accessible only from the 17th floor; a fact that makes it even more popular to Hong Kong’s crop of tourists.
It has always been said that no visit to Hong Kong is complete without a trip to Victoria Peak. Tourists come during the day in order to see to the Hong Kong harbor glimmer under the sunlight. They then continue to remain until the sun has set so that they can witness one of the most famous cities in the world come to life after dark. Victoria Peak is home to tourist attractions such as the old summer residence of Governor MacDowell, Peak Sky Terrace, Bubba Gump restaurant, EA Electronics and the world-famous Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum-Hongkong. Shopaholics can while away their time in the Peak Tower or in the Peak Galleria. It is accessible via the Peak Tram or by the bus services that go to and from the locale.
Community tourism is a type of tourism whose objective is to involve and benefit local communities, especially aboriginal people in the Third and Fourth World.
For example, villagers host tourists in their village, managing the operation communally and sharing the revenue. There are different forms of community tourism, including some in which the community works together with a commercial tour operator, but in the end the locals should get a fair share of the profits and have a say as to how tourism is managed.
In general, a few guidelines should should be instated when it comes to community tourism.
First of all, it should be run with the participation and consent of local communities, give a fair share of benefits back to the community, involve the entire community as opposed to single individuals, be environmentally sustainable, respect traditional customs and social structures, help communities cope with the impact of western tourism, work with small groups to keep the cultural and environmental impact at a minimum, educate tourists on proper behaviour in advance, not make local people perform inappropriate ceremonies, and last but not least, if a community does not want tourism to begin with, respect their decision.
The Dark Continent has always been a favorite destination for tourists, due to its many natural attractions.
However, tourism can also provide a means of interacting with the people, and not just with nature. For example, the Bulungula Lodge in the Eastern Cape is a platform for outsiders to gain access to one of the poorest communities in South Africa. This lodge is located in one of the most remote beaches in the country. The best part of this type of tourism in Africa is the fact that visitors can do a lot more than just sightseeing, and actually help a community in need. Visitors can spend their time making bricks, stamping corn, brewing beer or catching crayfish. They may also share their knowledge in their area of expertise with the community. In this manner, tourists can learn from as well as teach the community.
Community tourism in Africa can also involve visiting different tribes and communities in the continent.
This helps people to understand the daily life of the natives. It also includes visits to National Parks and Reserves in Africa and the opportunity to become privy to the co-existence of human beings and wildlife. An example of this scenario is the Masai tribe of East Africa co-habitating with wildlife inside National Parks and Reserves. East Africa comprises the states of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania with the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba islands, and is a melting pot of community, culture and tribes. Each communities with its tribes has its very own particular culture and traditions. Community tourism has become a way to take from but also give back to Africa, an experience that will leave an indelible mark in both the African communities and the tourists, even after they leave.
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On a game drive out of Chitabe Camp in Botswana’s Okavango Delta we came across a female cheetah, obviously hungry and on the lookout for possible prey. We followed her in our game drive vehicle for some time and were rewarded with action when she chased down and killed an impala.
The spotted cat managed to kill the impala quickly, but her appearance startled other creatures nearby such as francolins, starlings and monkeys, who in turn began making noisy alarm calls. The cheetah was nervous, as they normally are after making a kill and kept looking around, obviously aware that all the noise being made could easily attract unwanted attention to her and her hard-won kill. The cheetah ate as fast as it could and when a spotted hyena showed up, we thought she was about to lose her kill, but the hyena failed to notice exactly where she was and moved off.
We watched the cheetah as it relaxed a bit and ate more and more of the impala and we took pictures of the beautiful cat.
Hyena steals a cheetah's kill - Copyright © Grant Atkinson
An hour later the hyena returned and this time it made no mistake and charged in, driving the cheetah off in an instant. Fortunately cheetahs are adapted to eating hastily and the female cat moved away with a full belly whilst the hyena finished off the remainder of the impala.