Often portrayed as fast-paced and somewhat frantic, Hong Kong has an under-represented calmer side, typified by the many practitioners who embrace the martial art Tai Chi across the city every day. Developed centuries ago, Tai Chi comprises of graceful and controlled movements which are choreographed to help balance the soul, mind and body, bringing peace to each. You'll find classes, both impromptu and organised, scattered around the city's parks and quiet corners. Join in and discover the harmony of performing tai chi, in complete silence under the morning light, readying yourself for a new day.
During your stay, it's almost a necessity that you sample some traditional Chinese tea and, in truth, you will struggle to avoid it if you stick to traditional venues. Often served with meals, the local tea will leave a strong impression on you, with Green Tea being a regular favourite that visitors try to emulate back at home. Tea here is more than just a drink, it's a remedy. Used to aid digestion, promote good health and even as an ingredient in local dishes. You'll find tea in so many different tastes and forms you could base your whole stay around it if you choose. Better still, it will go a long way in integrating you with the locals and making a host of new friends.
Whilst you're here, visit the Tin Hau Temple and witness it's imposing structure. Devoted to Tin Hau, Goddess of the Sea, the temple is one of many built in her honour, but is also one of the most impressive.
Experience a bit of the buzz of Hong Kong with a visit to the Kowloon Markets, where life is lived at street level. With a host of markets each boasting their own specialities, there is plenty to see and barter over here. From the jewellery of the Jade Market to the aromatic Flower Market, you'll get to deal with real people selling local products. Head to the Ladies' Market and pick up a bargain, with clothes, beauty products, etc. on offer. Be sure to move on to the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden after for the sights and sounds of an impressive Chinese courtyard, filled to the brim with bird sellers accompanied by their songbirds.
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