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Dream Vacation in Hong Kong

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HONG
KONG

BIG
BUDDA
HON KONG
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
THE SKY
LINE
DISNEY
LAND
H
K
VICTORIA
BAY
DISNEY
LAND
H
K
OCEAN
PARK
OCEAN
PARK
A CITY THAT
NEVER SLEEPS....
AVENUE
OF STARS
AVENUE
OF STARS
THE
PEAK
THE
PEAK
KOWLOON
CITY
KOWLOON
CITY
REPULSE BAY
BEACH
DRAGON'S
BACK HIKE
CLUB
PLAY
DRAGON
-I
O
f course one cannot go to Hong Kong and not do a little Partying/Clubbing. From what I'm told the Nightlife is second to none.
AVENUE OF STARS
A
must see for any martial arts/movie fan is the Avenue of Stars. Here individuals can walk down a path along Victoria Bay, and see statues and hand molds of some of Hong Kong's most influential individuals. The most notable of which are Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. I'm a big martial arts fan and the prospect of seeing the Bruce Lee hand mold and statue would mean a lot to me because I respect him not only as an actor but also how he changed the way asians were perceived in films and in other facets of life.
THE PEAK
T
he Peak is located at the summit of Mount Austin and provides a breath taking view of the city and the harbor. Visitors are able to travel to the summit via tram cars.This is a must on my trip because of my love of architecture. It's one thing to live within a city, but due to the fast pace nature of city life individuals very rarely get the opportunity to marvel in the man made structures surrounding them. However, The Peak provides an opportunity to obverse the beauty and share magnitude of the city, and to bask in the glory of human ingenuity.
DRAGON'S BACK HIKE
B
eing an avid runner, another out door activity that is a must is hiking on the Dragon's Back. World renowned as one of the best hiking trails, it would be quiet an experience to hike the trail and see the view of Hong Kong form the top.
REPULSE BAY BEACH
S
ince I was born and raised in Jamaica I am highly critical of beaches. Thus one of the first things on my list would be to visit Repulse Bay Beach. One of the most popular beaches in Hong Kong Repulse Bay Beach would be an excellent and relaxing way to start the vacation.
BIG BUDDHA
T
he Big Buddha statue sits atop a mountain within the Po Lin Monastery. The statue sits on a throne 24.6 meters high and the statue itself is an additional 34 meters tall. I have always been intrigued by foreign cultures and I think a visit to the monastery would provide considerable insight into the Chinese culture and Buddhism.
DISNEYLAND
W
hen I was younger I always wanted to go to Disney Land, like most children at that age. Unfortunately I never got the chance to. So I figured since I'm in Hong Kong I might as well stop by and see what all the fuss is about. The price of an all day pass at Disney Land Hong Kong is $450 HK, which works out to approximately $61 CD. I do think that I'm a little old to go to Disney Land but my friend thinks it would be a good experience and that I should try new things.
OCEAN PARK
O
cean Park is another theme park in Hong Kong. Unlike Disneyland, Ocean Park is a marine mammal park, oceanarium, animal theme park and amusement park. The park boasts 44 rides, 4 of which are roller coasters, and 2 of which are water rides. The the day pass costs $840 HK which works out to approximately $113 CD. Ocean Park seems like something more along the lines of what I would be interested in. This is because of my interest and love of animals. I've never had the opportunity to attend a marine mammal show so it would be an experience. Also if I did have fun at Disneyland, I can most definitely see myself going on rides at Ocean Park as well.
S
ome of the more notable clubs/bars that are a must to party at include: Play, Dragon - I, and Stormies to name a few. Since my vacation would occur around Christmas/New Years, I've been told that the place to be for New Year's Eve is Red at IFC. Its suppose to provide the best view of the fireworks display which takes place yearly.

RED
AT IFC
PARTYING

CHEUNG PO
TSAI CAVE
CHEUNG PO TSAO CAVE
O
f course the entire vacation cant be spent partying drinking and going to the beach. It would also be fun and insightful to learn more about this countries rich history. An excellent place to visit would be the Cheung Po Tsai Cave. Similar to Jamaica, Hong Kong had its fair share of pirates and Cheung Po Tsai was one of the most notorious. The cave is said to be one of the pirates many hideouts.
STANLEY MILITARY CEMETERY
P
robably not the ideal place people want to go on there vacation, but I always enjoy learning new things and visiting places I've studied about. I recently did a WWII course and learned a considerable amount about the war and the Asia-Pacific theater of the war, and the events which transpired on the island. So a visit to one of the areas we learned about in class would be very interesting.
STANLEY MILITARY
CEMETERY
KOWLOON CITY
K
owloon City is another iconic location that is a must see on my trip to Hong Kong. Kowloon City is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Approximately 50,000 individuals reside within the walled city. With my background in Urban Planing it would be quiet an experience to witness such a high level of population density and to see how these individuals cope with living together in such close quarters and in such meager accommodations in terms of western standards.
KOWLOON CITY
H
owever, the main reason for my journey to Kowloon City is the food. Some of the best Thai food is made within the walls of Kowloon. I've always been a fan of food especially oriental cuisine. So it should be a memorable experience. Because I'm fortunate to be traveling around Hong Kong with somebody who lives there, she knows some of the more affordable places that the average tourist would not know about, and as such I hope to conserve some funds.
WHY HONG KONG?
H
ong Kong is an interesting amalgamation of western and eastern cultures. This unique blend is appealing to me because it combines something familiar with something very foreign. As such this blend allows me to get out of my comfort zone and do a little bit of exploring without worrying too much about language barriers.
A
nother reason for me choosing Hong Kong as my dream vacation is to visit a friend of mine. She lives in Hong Kong and we became friends when she came to
Western
. It's always a bit challenging when vacationing in a new country, but the prospect of having some sort of support structure in the form of a friend who you could turn to in the event that something went wrong, was also a crucial element in me choosing Hon Kong as my dream vacation.
Departure!!
I
'm sure I would love to have stayed longer because there is probably an array of new things I've discovered and would like to see, but unfortunately all good thing must come to an end.
ACCOMMODATIONS & TRAVEL
M
y hotel, the Royal View Hotel, is located near to where my friend lives. Travel within Hong Kong is relatively easy with the efficient public transit. The MTR pass will allow me to travel to major areas. If a Taxi is needed then I can attempt to get one depending on which which area I am. In Hong Kong they have three different colored taxis that only operate in certain areas. As a result one must know which taxi to hail if they are trying to get to certain areas.
Royal View
Hotel
BUGET
F
or the entire journey I think I would need to budget for approximately $5000 CD. This is a slight over estimate but I rather carry too much money than too little. The Budget consists of:
Airfare: $1,900
Hotel accommodation for two weeks:$ 1200 CD ($85 CD per day)
Food: $600 CD
MTR Pass: $50 CD
Partying: $500
Miscellaneous: $300 CD
MTR
MAP
M
y two week journey begins when the Hong Kong International Airport is in sight. I will be traveling alone, but I will be meeting a friend from Hong Kong there. The two week trip will take place on 22nd December 2014 - 7th January 2015 and is a kind of late graduation gift. The trip would be funded by my job at GUESS? and hopefully a job in my field when I graduate.
I
'm not afraid of flying but I get really fidgety on flights. The flight to Jamaica is only four hours and I feel like I'm going to loose my mind. Not sure what I'm going to do for sixteen hours on a airplane but it's definitely going to be a challenge to keep my sanity.
NAME: NICHOLAS HUGH O'CONNOR
STUDENT NUMBER: 250248183
COURSE: GEOGRAPHY OF TOURISM 2144F
PROFESSOR: L. GRAHAM SMITH
DATE: 15/11/13

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