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Hong Kong Stopover: Tourist attractions and Sightseeing near the airport

Hong Kong Stopover: Tourist attractions and Sightseeing near the airport

Many of the passengers who pass through Hong Kong every year, are either spending their short stopover holiday in the city centre, or simply prefer to stay at the airport, not knowing that some of the city’s most spectacular attractions can be found just near the airport…

This article will show you how you can enjoy your short Hong Kong stopover without getting too far from the airport.

Lantau Island, right next to the airport, is Hong Kong’s largest and most scenic island, and other than beautiful nature sceneries of steep forest-clad mountains and sandy coves, it is home to some of Hong Kong’s most spectacular tourist attractions.

After clearing with Immigration and Customs, you can deposit your trolley luggage at the baggage storage facility, in the “Meeters and Greeters Hall” (Full details can be found in my other article: “Hong Kong Stopover – the Easiest Ways to Get From the Airport to the City’s Main Attractions”).

Now you can catch a bus to the new town of Tung Chung, on Lantau Island.

Bus routes S1, S52P and S64 are all traveling to Tung Chung Bus Terminus and the journey takes something like 10 minutes.

You can also catch a blue-colored Lantau Taxi or a red Urban-taxi.  It’s only a short ride and the price is not likely to be more than HK$ 35-40

Tung Chung’s Bus Terminus is located right next to Citygate Outlets (some of the buses have a stop within the mall).  This modern shopping complex is Hong Kong’s first and (so far) only outlet mall, which means that international brand names can be bought here at significant discounts, all year round…

Citygate is also a good place to enjoy a cup of coffee or a light meal, as the mall boasts 14 restaurants and cafés, as well as a cinema and other entertainment venues.

From here, you can start your cable-car journey to Ngong Ping and its attractions.

A visit to Ngong Ping Village, Po Lin Monastery and the “Big Buddha” is definitely one of Hong Kong’s must-dos.  The 25 minutes long cable-car ride covers a distance of almost 6 km, from the lower terminus, next to Citygate, all the way up to the mountain, and the panoramic views are simply spectacular.

Up on the mountain, you can see the famous “Big Buddha”: An immensebronze statue of the seated Buddha, soaring to a height of 34 meters above its Lotus-shaped base, and the Po Lin Monastery, with its beautiful golden statues, lavish Chinese décors and lovely vegetarian restaurant.

Ngong Ping Village spans from the cableway’s top terminus to the monastery and the Big Buddha’s base.  It’s a “culturally themed village” with restaurants, souvenir shops and some cliché attractions, related to the life and philosophy of the Buddha.

If you love nature and you do have a bit of time on your hands, you might want to pop to the Ngong Ping Nature Centre and join one of theirfree nature guided walks.  …

Fun Attractions in Antelope Valley

Fun Attractions in Antelope Valley

While there are many fun attractions throughout California, especially southern California, many people tend to hit the big tourist traps without reveling in the natural beauty that California has to offer. Antelope Valley, which is located in Lancaster County, quite close to Palmdale, has natural as well as man-made attractions that everyone should take the time to visit. Stay at one of the great Palmdale hotels and take a weekend trip! You can even make it a great getaway vacation by planning an extended stay in Palmdale. Los Angeles’ surrounding areas have been growing in tourist activity as visitors begin to realize all the natural beauty that exists. Below are some of the great places to visit in Antelope Valley and the surrounding areas. Get a dose of natural, as well as man-made beauty, and a bit of interesting education in Antelope Valley. Devil’s Punchbowl: The National Park is a bit of a hike from the center of Antelope Valley, but it is certainly worth the beautiful drive. This Natural Area has a wide variety of flora and fauna and plenty of trails to take for an afternoon nature hike. California Poppy Reserves: You can relive the poppy-field scene from The Wizard of Oz in Judy Garland’s old stomping grounds. Interestingly enough, she and John Wayne both lived in Antelope Valley at some point in their lives. The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is open year round from sunrise to sunset, while the best time to visit is February through May. Since that is wildflower in the desert, you can see the best that the Mojave Desert has to offer. Make sure you bring a jacket and sun block lotion, as the desert temperatures are generally unpredictable. Windmills: While this is certainly a man-made attraction, it is definitely worth the drive. One of the largest wind-energy areas in the world is located in Lancaster County, and it is a sight to behold. There is really nothing like watching dozens of windmills harvest clean, natural, sustainable, and renewable energy that significantly helps the earth’s current energy crisis. Around Town: There are plenty of things to do and see in Lancaster, Palmdale, and Antelope Valley. The Antelope Valley Mall is large, and very popular, while the Palmdale Amphitheater hosts a wide variety of events. The Lancaster Performing Arts center is always a good time, there are two famous golf courses in the area, and the Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival are both exciting experiences in the area. Scenic Drive of San Andreas Fault: The famous 110 mile drive along the San Andreas Fault briefly passes through Lancaster County. This is the only drive-through earthquake fault in the world, and for those of you who like to experience wild and natural beauty, this is a must-see spot for you. Antelope Valley has a lot to offer visitors and residents, and the best part is that even though it is just outside of Los Angeles County, you can leave all of that LA …