One of the most popular destinations in Asia, former British colony Hong Kong has pulled all the stops to mark the historic milestone of its 20th anniversary handover to China.
Celebrations have been ongoing since July with lavish decorations and banners adorning the Hong Kong airport and other entry points to the destination. Giant traditional lanterns are also displayed in Central to promote this vital part of the Chinese heritage.
Reappearing in the celebration is the online sensation, the Rubber Duck. This time, the inflatable installation takes the limelight while in dry land, next to the anniversary’s equally adorable display, the longevity buns.
Around the city, eyes wander to the open spaces beautified by designers and local artists. Select flights of stairs are embellished with flower patters from the Hong Kong Museum of Art collection; and museums carry special exhibits, including the on-going display of the 126 pieces sourced from Louvre, France.
Beyond the cityscape and the urban vibe of Hong Kong, visitors can enjoy attractions in the outlying islands. The remote Po Lin Monastery, hidden away by lush mountains on Lantau Island, is revered for its 111-foot Tian Tan Buddha statue, which faces north towards Mainland China.
Joining the celebration of two decades of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) is local airline Cebu Pacific boosting the frequency of its Manila-Hong Kong route by 50 percent. The airline now flies three times a day, totalling 21 flights weekly, between Manila and Hong Kong.