Explore the fascinating Hong Kong culture
'Where East meets West' - this is the description most often applied to Hong Kong. And it is for good reason too. A clash or combination of these two cultures is reflected in all aspects of Hong Kong culture. However it is most widespread in shopping, dining and nightlife.
Hong Kong is renowned for its selection of goods which makes it a popular destination for shoppers from all over the world. It offers both the latest European fashions to more traditional Chinese goods. There is a huge variety of shops such as malls, designer boutiques, department stores and open-air markets. You will also find an abundance of old-fashioned oriental-styled stores that specialize in Chinese herbal medicine - most notably in Bonham Strand and Bonham Strand West.
And what would any visit to another city be without sampling some of the local food? The unusual mixture of eastern and western cultures can be enjoyed when sampling some of Hong Kong's cosmopolitan dishes. When it comes to dishes of the more oriental variety, seafood is generally the most popular. You can also usually find European, Korean, Japanese and American dishes at the various restaurants. Cha Chaan Ten and Dai Pai Dong 'restaurants' are also popular for their ethnical treats. Hong Kong is considered by many to be the best and toughest testing grounds for culinary skills.
The other aspect of Hong Kong's culture that is popular is that of its nightlife. Lan Kwai Fong and Wanchai are the two districts where it all happens. Both of them offer a variety of entertainment and are frenquented by locals and famous people. Victoria Peak is a quieter place where you can spend some time and get a view of the city. The Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront is rather popular among young couples and the Temple Street Night Market offers the opportunity to shop till you drop - at night!
The Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Festival (the Circus Capital Stanley Dragon Boat Championships) is a popular celebration which is usually globally televised. However, being present for the event is much more entertaining and will also give you a good feel for the local culture.