Adventure - - Ur­ban -

Not all travel ends up at the top of a moun­tain or on some re­mote beach in the Pa­cific some­where. Ad­ven­ture can be sur­rounded by con­crete, peo­ple and cul­ture. In fact, for Kiwi’s, be­cause we live in such a wide-open ex­panse and are for­tu­nate enough to sur­rounded by amaz­ing en­vi­ron­ments and scenery, the com­pres­sion of a city ad­ven­ture can seem more daunt­ing, a big­ger ad­ven­ture. Hong Kong is one such des­ti­na­tion with over 7 mil­lion peo­ple squeezed into around 400sq miles, that just over 1000 sq. kilo­me­tres. That’s 7 mil­lion peo­ple squeezed into a re­gion about twice the size of Lake Taupo, that makes Hong Kong 243 times smaller than New Zealand with al­most dou­ble the pop­u­la­tion! When you ar­rive in Hong Kong what first strikes you is how green it is, it’s not all city, but once you get down amongst the peo­ple the en­ergy of Hong Kong its fre­netic; it seems like bed­lam but some­how it all seems to work and fit to­gether like a gi­ant jig­saw puz­zle, it’s an ‘ac­tiv­ity’ sim­ply to walk the streets and look in the store win­dows. The main city is in re­gions; fish mar­ket, meat mar­ket, cloth­ing etc and be­cause Hong Kong is an is­land the hus­tle and bus­tle of the land flows over to the wa­ter and there are junks and fer­ries and con­tainer ships ev­ery­where. How­ever, amongst the chaos there is are ar­eas set aside, parks and green belts, for recre­ation with some amaz­ing hikes, like the Drag­ons Back hike. The Drag­ons Back, which is pos­si­bly the most well-known, it easy to ac­cess, easy to com­plete and very scenic. It also great way to see the lay­out of Hong Kong with one side be­ing the mass of sky­scrapers and the other beaches, small vil­lages and the open sea. The Drag­ons Back is lo­cated on Hong Kong Is­land which means its easy to get to and well con­nected to trans­port, you sim­ply can get a ride on the MTR (train) fol­lowed by a short bus ride. On the hike it­self there is both a long and a short op­tion. There are a range of other hikes avail­able and if you look on the Hong tourism site you can see them clearly out­lined. Many of the hikes listed are linked in with the lo­cal cul­ture like the Big Bud­dha, a 250 met­ric tonne stature and it is the sec­ond largest sit­ting Bud­dha in the world, and the Ten Thou­sand Bud­dhas Monastery.

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