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  • Nicole Connolly | March 28, 2015 8:09 PM ET

    5 Favorite Hong Kong Experiences

    5 Favorite Hong Kong Experiences

    Photo courtesy of the Hong Kong Tourism Board

    The former British colony of Hong Kong is a popular travel destination for visitors from around the world. This is especially true between October and December as the city is known for its mild, sunny weather during these months. Travelers from the United Kingdoms, Australia, the United States, and various other countries can stay in Hong Kong for up to 90 days without a visa. Yet those coming here should definitely be aware that overstaying one’s travel allotment or failing to obey the entry conditions can result in harsh ramifications. However, the city is well worth a stop. So without further ado, here is a list of some of our favorite things to do when visiting Hong Kong.

    Nan Lian Gardens and Chi Linn Nunnery

    Both the tranquil gardens and the religious site across the street from them are worth visiting. Although access to the fully-functioning nunnery is restricted and hours may vary, sections of the complex often welcome visitors. Of particular note is the site’s Buddhist temple, which features a number of ornate statues. The gift shops at this location are worth a stop, even for those who are not of the Buddhist faith. Admission to both the nunnery and gardens is free. There is also a vegetarian restaurant located on the garden’s grounds. The restaurant features delicious food at reasonable prices and, as a result, is often somewhat crowded.

    Hong Kong Museum of History

    This tidy museum illustrates the history of Hong Kong from its humble origins to its present day splendor. A variety of well-organized exhibits with subjects ranging from dinosaurs to folk culture can be found here. The guides are also helpful and friendly. Stopping by the museum is an especially good way to pass a few hours on rainy days, but it is nonetheless worth a visit even if the weather is perfect. Admission to the site is typically 10 HKD for adults and 5 HKD for students. However, on Wednesdays, there is no charge to visit.

    MingCha Tea House

    Although there are a great many places to shop in Hong Kong, this business is among the best in the city for tea aficionados. Products from this store were included with the gift bags that celebrities received at the Oscars, and likewise make great gifts or souvenirs for family and friends. The helpful, knowledgeable staff is on hand to assist customers with their selections. Every type of tea that is for sale here can be sampled prior to purchase. This shop is located inside the Wa-ha factory on the 12th floor. To get there, exit from the island line’s Tai Koo stop and look for the A1 exit. The building containing the teahouse is directly across the way.

    Big Foot Tour

    This popular walking tour immerses visitors in the local food culture of Hong Kong. Guides are not only knowledgeable and approachable, they also speak fluent English. The guides provide detailed instructions so that participants can easily find where the journey starts, and will be happy to supply additional directions to anywhere that travelers would like to revisit during their stay in the city. Tours with this company last about four hours, and can be adapted toward a person’s own interests. In order to be able to sample everything they are offered, those taking the tour are advised to come hungry.

    Chuan Spa

    Located on the 41st floor of the Langham Place Hotel building, this award winning spa offers a wide variety of treatments. Some of the procedures even use traditional Chinese medical techniques. The spa is especially quiet and relaxing during the evening hours. Complimentary snacks and beverages as well as reading materials are provided for visitors. The dressing rooms are well supplied with a good range of toiletries and other necessary items, but are a bit on the small side. Uses of the pool and sauna is free for those receiving a treatment at this spa, however, the pool area can be somewhat noisy and crowded at times.

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Nicole Connolly Suitcase Stories' Luxe Life Travel Tales and Tips

Nicole Connolly Nicole, along with her husband Michael, left her ordinary life behind for a life of extraordinary travel. The couple left Australia in March 2012 and have been traveling ever since. Nicole has a penchant for all things luxury and this shows in their lifestyle. They may live the life of a gypsy but they certainly know how to do it in style. Their goal is to share their experiences and show others how a life of luxury is possible without the big bank account. Follow their adventures at
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