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Three Must-Do Experiences to Have in Hong Kong

February 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

By Phineas Upham

If Hong Kong hasn’t made it on your bucket list, it’s time to start wondering why. This cultural epicenter is rich in traditional architecture with a modern twist. The city is evolving at a rapid pace, and though it’s dense there is a lot to be found for the keen traveler. Here are three experiences you can’t miss if you’re planning a trip to Hong Kong.

Visit a Street Market

Sure, you’ve probably been to a swap meet but nothing can prepare you for a Hong Kong Street Market. You’ll hear people shouting prices, haggling over items. You’ll smell fish and meat and vegetables. Fresh fruits and vegetables of all types are there for the buying. It’s one of the most unique assemblage of goods for sale anywhere in the world, reminiscent of old-world bazaars full of merchants hocking wares from far off places.

Challenge Your Pallete

China is known for challenging the tastes of even the most accomplished food connoisseur. One of the prime examples is chicken feet, which is completely delicious once one gets past the concept of eating chicken feet. You will find bones in soup, head of animals and all sorts of food in between. At the very least, be prepared to try something new.

Tour a Temple

There are a plethora of temples, some inside the city proper and some on the outskirts, that are worth visiting. Pick one, and go. The experience is like nothing else you’ll ever do, and it’s difficult to explain why. It’s serene, but it’s also a learning experience. It can be humbling, especially if you visit a temple that allows tourists to dine with monks. It’s an incredible glimpse into a culture preserved over thousands of years.

Phineas Upham is an investor from NYC and SF. You may contact Phin on his Phineas Upham website or Twitter page.

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