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Celebrating the theme of Festive Hong Kong, it has a lot to offer to all.

travel Updated: Jul 10, 2010 21:40 IST

Hong Kong is a kaleidoscope of life; a sophisticated fusion of East and West; a city of diversity where new and old meet at every turn. It is a unique experience shaped by a distinctive past and dreams of the future; an age-old synthesis of cultures and traditions that opens a window into what will be, while embracing what has passed.  

This year Hong Kong is celebrating a year-long festival packed with incredible events. One can indulge in a superb summer of pleasure from 11 June until 31 August 2010 as Asia's world city introduces the Hong Kong Summer Spectacular a part of the years theme Festive Hong Kong 2010, featuring amazing citywide retail sales, an assortment of scrumptious dining offers from restaurants and an exciting "Visa go Hong Kong Super Shopper" competition.

Dragon Boat Carnival
Taking centre stage during this festive summer is the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival. The Dragon Boat Carnival, held on beautiful Victoria Harbour is the perfect opportunity to soak up all the fun and excitement of the International Dragon Boat Races. Tourists can enjoy fabulous live entertainment, food stalls and a Biergarten while they watch the world's best paddlers compete for glory in the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races. Started ages ago as a local festival dating back to 2000 years ago. The Dragon Boat Festival is a commeration to the death of Qu Yuan, a well-loved statesman and poet, who lived in the Chinese kingdom of Chu. Special rice-and-meat dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves are eaten at this time of the year. They symbolize those that were thrown into the river to prevent fish from eating Qu Yuan's body, and to appease his spirit. As the news of the festival flew West and due to its popularity, the Hong Kong Tourism Board created a Dragon Boat Carnival which attracts participants from world over.

Other than the Dragon Boat Festival, Hong Kong Tourism Board has organized multiple activities like the Chinese Opera Festival 2010, International Arts Carnival 2010, Lan Kwai Fong BeerFest 2010 etc. to keep up the festive theme.

Culinary Capital of Asia
Renowned as the Culinary Capital of Asia, Hong Kong's various eating establishments serve up a stunning array of dishes and cuisines from around the world. From budget road side eateries to Michelin-starred fine dining outlets - Hong Kong has restaurants to suit everyone. What's interesting is that many restaurants are clustered in defined food districts like - Cantonese, Chiu Chow, Peking, Shanghainese, Szechuan & Hunan, Chinese Vegetarian or Chinese Festive Foods & Chinese Wine. Dim sums a hot favorite originated in this region, today has become a part of palettes across the world. With its vast proximity to the sea and hence the availability of seafood one can select their choices amongst - prawns, crabs, scallops, clams, oysters etc. Preparing fresh, live seafood is a culinary art in Hong Kong, where skilled Cantonese chefs will have you salivating over the distinctive flavours and textures of their fishy dishes.

For the party animals, Hong Kong is nothing less than heaven. Enter into Lan Kwai Fong and one find himself in the centre of the city's hottest, trendiest night spots. There is always something going on there which keeps all in high spirits. Mingling with celebrities and local trend setters at sleek and sexy clubs or dancing till dawn as international DJ's spin the turntables with hip and funky music vibes is what one see's here.

Shopping Paradise
Shopping is loved by almost all. The malls, department stores and shops lures all to indulge in their material cravings. Summer is the perfect opportunity to treat oneself to hours of fabulous shopping. Where one can find everything one possibly wants from international name brands to bargain items. You can find everything you could possibly want from international name brands to bargain items. Spending hours roaming in hip and trendy boutiques, themed shopping clusters and funky street malls pampers the shoppers soul. The selection of goods is truly staggering. Remember Hong Kong is a tax-free shopper's paradise offering an extensive range of fashion and beauty products, jewellery and watches, consumer electronics and authentic Chinese products. Also, to be noted is that like distinct food streets one finds that there are defined shopping streets like - Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, Luxury Brands Street, Ap Liu Street Flea Market, Flower Market, Ladies' Market, Temple Street Night Market are to name a few could convert all into nothing less than a fashion expert. Dried Seafood Street, Western Market, Antique Street (Hollywood Road Upper Lascar Road / Cat Street) are some very specific market clusters.

Other Attractions
Madame Tussauds Hong Kong : featuring more than 100 incredible wax likenesses of stars, world leaders and sports heroes displayed in five totally interactive themed settings that are spread over three floors. Guests can stroll through stopping to mingle with the celebrities, get clicked with them in the themed areas of Hong Kong Glamour, Music Icons, Historical and National Heroes, The Champions and World Premiere. For more info visit .

Ocean Park Hong Kong : features rides, exhibits and conservation facilities. Created in three parts which are the Lowland, the Headland and Tai Shue Wan, connected by a cable car, outdoor escalator which is the second longest in the world and the Ocean Express. From the 'Giant Panda Visit' to the 'Goldfish Treasure' Exhibit , you witness it all. For more info visit .

Disney Land Hong Kong :
The legendary fairytale kingdom that celebrates the spirit of fantasy, world of tomorrow and a forever-young sense of adventure. Mickey Mouse welcomes you to the happiest place on Earth complete with attractions exclusively designed for Hong Kong with four themes namely, Main Street U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland andTomorrowland, plus two Disney-style hotels. For more info visit .

First Published: Jul 10, 2010 21:40 IST