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  • 10 Sebab Mengapa Anda Wajib Melawati Hong Kong

    Artikel ini aslinya ditulis oleh Assia Hamdi dalam bahasa Inggris. Kamu boleh membaca artikel dalam bahasa Inggris yang ditulisnya di sini. Tahukah anda bahawa Hong Kong adalah bandar keempat di dunia yang paling padat penduduknya? Dengan populasi lebih dari 7 juta orang, bandar raya ini yang sentiasa kesesakan trafik selalu mempunyai pelbagai aktiviti yang dapat menyeronokkan dan mengagumkan anda. Anda boleh bersiar-siar dan melihat pelbagai monumen keagamaan yang bersejarah, membeli jenama tempatan eksklusif dari 10 pusat membeli-belah dan menikmati makanan sedap dengan pelbagai jenis hidangan yang disajikan di restoran-restoran halal di Hong Kong. Oleh itu, jika anda sedang merancang percutian impian anda, berikut adalah 10 sebab mengapa anda harus melancong ke Hong Kong! via GIPHY 1. Lawati bandar-bandar yang berdekatan Hong Kong Kredit Gambar: Kychan di Unsplash; Melancong ke bandar-bandar berdekatan Hong Kong sangat mudah dengan lebih daripada satu cara untuk pergi ke bandar-bandar ini. Pelancong boleh menaiki kereta api, feri, bas atau kapal terbang ke bandar-bandar ini dengan senang. Setelah anda sudah mendarat di Asia, Hong Kong pasti merupakan perhentian yang sesuai untuk anda! Oleh kerana Hong Kong adalah salah satu hab penerbangan yang paling sibuk di dunia, ini menjadikannya sesuatu tempat yang sungguh mudah untuk mencari penerbangan terus ke dalam atau dari destinasi. Selain itu, kerana Hong Kong terletak di daerah Selatan China, ia berfungsi sebagai percutian terbaik untuk singgah sebelum anda menuju ke Asia Tenggara. Sekiranya anda ingin menginap lebih lama di Hong Kong, berjalanlah ke bandar-bandar yang berdekatan seperti ShenZhen dan Macau. Bandar-bandar kosmopolitan ini selalu dilawati oleh pelancong di Hong Kong kerana ia sangat mudah untuk melintasi sempadannya. Sekarang, anda boleh menaiki kereta api selama 20 minit di Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) atau selama 45 minit dengan metro di East Rail Line. Walaupun kereta api adalah mod pengangkutan yang paling popular, ada yang lebih suka menaiki bas ulang-alik privet, menaiki feri dari Terminal Feri Hong Kong Macau ke Shekou Cruise Port atau penerbangan ke Lapangan Terbang Shenzhen. Baca Juga: All Set For The Best Deals In Seoul? Check Out These Top 5 Night Markets in Seoul, South KoreaMelancong Bersama Kami!: The Best of Tokyo and Osaka In 7 Nights 2. Kemudahan Pengangkutan Awam Kredit Gambar: Gambar oleh Chapman Chow di Unsplash Menurut artikel yang ditulis oleh Daniel Szuc, dianggarkan lebih 90% daripada 7.4 juta orang yang tinggal di Hong Kong menggunakan pengangkutan awam. Rekod ini hanya membuktikan kecekapan pengangkutan awam di Hong Kong. Semasa anda berada di Hong Kong, benda pertama yang anda harus mendapatkan adalah kad Octopus. Apabila anda memilih tiket mingguan atau tiket pelancong, anda akan menjimatkan banyak wang ketika anda menggunakan pengangkutan awam di Hong Kong. Sekiranya anda hanya menaiki pengangkutan awam untuk sebahagian perjalanan anda, anda mungkin mahu membayar semasa anda menaikinya. Namun, jika anda ada tiket mingguan atau tiket pelancong, anda boleh melangkau barisan di kaunter tiket ketika suasana stesen kereta api sesak atau sibuk. Isi sejumlah wang dalam kad Octopus anda kerana anda pasti akan menggunakannya di hampir semua tempat. Ini termasuk tempat teropong di Victoria's Peak, kedai-kedai serbaneka dan mesin-mesin layan diri (Vending Machine). Keluarkan kad Octopus anda dan menggunakannya untuk kereta api, trem, dan di Star Ferry di seberang Victoria Harbour. Pada akhir perjalanan anda, bawa pulang kad Octopus sebagai cenderahati atau kembalikannya ke Pusat Khidmat Pelanggan di lapangan terbang atau stesen MTR untuk mendapatkan bayaran balik HK$50 dan baki nilai di dalam kad itu. 3. Pelbagai pilihan makanan Halal Semasa anda berada di Hong Kong, nikmati masakan tempatan Hong Kong yang terbaik - Dim Sum! Pergilah ke Kantin Pusat Islam ketika anda berada di bandar. Tip! Pastikan anda membeli Dim Sum pada waktu pagi. Penduduk-penduduk Hongkong menikmati Dim Sum sebagai sarapan jadi jangan datang pada waktu petang setelah semua makanan enak hampir habis! Jangan bimbang tentang ketersediaan makanan Halal ketika anda berada di Hong Kong! #Alhamdulillah Perkara yang paling kami sukai di Hong Kong adalah restoran-restorannya dimiliki orang Muslim dan makanan Halal yang menyajikan masakan Kanton yang terdapat di setiap daerah. Pelancong mungkin perlu berjalan-jalan mencarinya, tetapi setelah anda mendapat lokasi yang betul, percayalah kepada kami, ia sangat berbaloi! Anda akan mendapat banyak restoran Halal yang menyajikan masakan Kantonis, Turki, India dan Indonesia. Kami mempunyai tiga tempat makanan Halal yang mesti dikunjungi semasa anda berada di Hong Kong.   Islamic Center Canteen Walaupun ini mungkin klise, anda wajib menjamu selera di Islamic Center Canteen, tidak kira apa jadual perjalanan anda ketika anda mengunjungi Hong Kong. Terletak di tingkat 5 dalam Pusat Islam Osman Ramju Sadick, makanan di sini pasti berpatutan dengan hidangan Dim Sum bermula dari harga HKD13. Status Halal: Mempunyai Sijil HalalMaklumat: 5/F, Masjid Ammar and Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre, 40 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong IslandWaktu Operasi: 10am - 9pm   Wai Kee Wai Kee adalah lagi satu restoran yang disyorkan yang anda mesti kunjungi semasa anda berada di Hong Kong. Ini adalah tempat untuk anda mendapatkan nasi goreng itik panggang untuk HKD38. Ini akan membuat anda kembali lagi. Status Halal: Muslim-OwnedMaklumat: Stall #5 Bowrington Cooked Food Centre 1/F Bowrington Road Market, 23 Bowrington Road, Wan Chai, Hong KongWaktu Operasi: 10am - 6pm Ma’s Restaurant Ma's Restaurant adalah restoran yang menyajikan masakan Xinjiang. Anda boleh pilih dari pelbagai hidangan dan masakan yang macam-macam dari menu-nya. Ini juga merupakan satu-satunya restoran di mana anda dapat menikmati mi daging lembu Halal yang bertempatan (HKD50), dan hidangan sampingan yang paling disyorkan adalah Veal Goulash (HKD42). Status Halal: Mempunyai Sijil HalalMaklumat: Shop A, 21-25 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Sham Shui Po, Hong KongWaktu Operasi: 11.30am - 11pm Ini hanyalah setitik restoran yang terpilih dalam makanan-makanan Halal di Hong Kong. Bandar ini terdapat lebih daripada 70 restoran Halal, jadi pastikan untuk merancang jadual perjalanan anda dengan bijak dan dapatkan rasa masakan tempatan di Hong Kong!   4. Menjaga Solat Kita Kredit Gambar: Gambar oleh Joshua J. Cotten di Unsplash Menurut tinjauan yang dilakukan pada tahun 2016, terdapat kira-kira 300,000 umat Islam yang tinggal di Hong Kong, yang merupakan 4.1% penduduknya. Umat Islam di Hong Kong terdiri daripada pelbagai bangsa seperti Cina, Indonesia dan Pakistan, dan sebahagian besar daripada mereka adalah Muslim Sunni. Hong Kong mempunyai lima masjid rasmi; masjid terbesar adalah Masjid Kowloon dan Pusat Islam (Kowloon Mosque and Islamic Centre), yang dapat menampung sehingga 3,500 orang. Masjid Kowloon didirikan pada tahun 1896 and ia dibina pada mulanya untuk tentera India Muslim dari tentera Inggeris untuk menjalankan tugas agama mereka. Masjid persegi ini terdiri daripada 4 menara, marmar putih di fasad dan lantai, atap merah jambu dan kubah besar di atasnya. Empat masjid lain di wilayah ini termasuk Masjid Ammar dan Pusat Islam Osman Ramju Sadick, Masjid Jamia, Masjid Chai Wan dan Masjid Stanley. Selain dari masjid-masjid ini, terdapat juga ruang solat dan ruang di tempat-tempat tarikan pelancong seperti Hong Kong Disneyland dan Oceanpark.   5. Lampu yang mempesonakan dan Pencakar Langit yang menjulang tinggi Menurut Guinness World Records, Hong Kong merupakan bandar perkotaan tertinggi di dunia, kerana jumlah ketinggian semua pencakar langitnya melebihi 330 kilometer. Dengan pelbagai bangunan pencakar langit yang menghiasi pelabuhan, Hong Kong terkenal kerana ia mempunyai salah satu latar langit yang paling mengagumkan. Waktu malam terutama sekali memaparkan sisi langit yang indah kerana lampu warna-warni menghiasi Victoria Peak. Lebih-lebih lagi, pada Disember 2005, Hong Kong memecahkan satu lagi Rekod Dunia Guinness (Guinness World Record) untuk "Persembahan Kekal Yang Terbesar untuk Cahaya dan Suara" (Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show). Pertunjukan 10 minit ini dinamakan A Symphony of Lights (Simfoni Cahaya) dan bermula setiap malam pada pukul 8pm. Ia menampilkan paparan kesan visual khas yang mempesonakan ketika pancaran laser dan kilatan menerangi langit malam, disertai dengan muzik yang menggembirakan. Ini jelas menunjukkan bahawa anda tidak mahu ketinggalan persembahan ini semasa anda berada di Hong Kong! Pada akhir pertunjukan, anda boleh pergi ke kawasan popular seperti Lan Kwai Fong dan SoHo untuk mendapatkan pengalaman yang meriah pada waktu malam. Sebaliknya, jika anda mencari pengalaman yang lebih tenang, anda boleh melakukan pelayaran pada waktu malam di sepanjang Victoria Harbour atau mengunjungi Pasar Malam Temple Street di mana anda boleh membeli barang-barang antik dan teh sebagai cenderahati untuk orang-orang yang anda sayangi.   6. Di Sinilah Seni Jalanan Berkembang Maju Kredit Gambar: Lysander Yuen di Unsplash Hong Kong mempunyai pelbagai seni jalanan yang meriah di mana anda boleh mendapatkan gambar OOTD (Outfit of the Day/Pakaian Hari) yang sempurna. Ia tidak sukar untuk mencarinya kerana seni-seni ini dinamakan Art Lane dan ia menampilkan mural berwarna-warni yang dilukis di bangunan lama, dan merangkumi tema seni dan muzik. Terletak juga di salah satu kawasan kejiranan paling sibuk di Hong Kong iaitu Public Square Street. Tempat mural ini mempunyai tangga yang dilukis dengan reka bentuk bunga kuning, biru dan merah terang – sesuai untuk mengambil gambar untuk Instagram. Tempat seni jalanan lain yang patut disebuti adalah Sing Lei Mahjong Parlor, yang terletak di tengah-tengah Temple Street Market. Ia menampilkan karikatur pemimpin-pemimpin politik yang sedang bermain permainan mahjong yang lucu.   7. Tarikan Pelancongan Mesra Muslim Tidak ada tarikan yang lebih seronok untuk keluarga anda untuk bersiar-siar seharian selain dari taman tema terbaik di Hong Kong. Hidupkan kembali impian masa kecil anda dan habiskan hari anda di Hong Kong Disneyland. Risau untuk mencari makanan Halal? Terdapat restoran dan kiosk makanan yang disahkan Halal di Hong Kong Disneyland. Dan! Ruang solat boleh didapati di taman tema di sebelah Restoran Tahitian Terrace (Halal). Sejujurnya, anda tidak perlu menjadi kanak-kanak untuk menikmati taman tema Hong Kong. Taman tema ini selalu ada sesuatu untuk setiap kumpulan umur. Hong Kong Disneyland adalah tempat yang anda ingin lawati jika anda mencari percutian yang mempesonakan dalam pelancongan anda ke Hong Kong. Menginap selama satu atau dua malam di tempat peranginan mereka dan dikelilingi dengan segala yang menggembirakan kanak-kanak batin anda. Peminat tunggangan taman tema yang mendebarkan? Keistimewaan Ocean Park pasti begitu. Taman tema berusia 40 tahun ini mungkin kelihatan kuno di luar tetapi anda pasti tidak mahu ketinggalan taman tema ini semasa anda berada di Hong Kong. Pertama sekali, taman tema ini BESAR. Berlumba ke tunggangan klasik mereka seperti Hair Raiser, The Flash, The Mine Train dan The Dragon. Apabila tiba waktunya, singgah untuk solat di dalam taman tema itu sekali. Berjalan ke Pejabat Perhubungan Tetamu dan kakitangan di situ akan membantu anda ke ruang solat. Dapatkan tenaga anda balik di restoran yang disahkan Halal di Ocean Park - Cafe Ocean, Dive Into A Float di Marina World dan Panda Cafe Food To Go di Amazing Asian Animals. Petua! Bawa Bersama anda pakaian solat dan sejadah poket. Anda akan menemui arah kiblat yang bertanda di dalam bilik. Anda boleh menunaikan wudhu di tandas berdekatan. Pada waktu malam, naiki Pelayaran Pelabuhan Bauhinia (Bauhinia Harbour Cruises) dan nikmati pemandangan Pelabuhan Victoria yang menakjubkan. Dinamai sempena bandar bunga Hong Kong, Bauhinia, Pelayaran Pelabuhan Bauhinia membolehkan anda masuk kapal yang telah menjadi sebahagian daripada sistem pengangkutan awam Hong Kong. Menjamu selera Pelayaran Pelabuhan Bauhinia’s menu Halal di atas kapal atau mengambil udara segar di dek atas.Petua! Pelayaran Pelabuhan Bauhinia berhenti di North Point dan Hung Hom Pier. Untuk maklumat lebih lanjut, lawati www.cruise.com.hk   8. Nikmati Alam Terbaik Kredit: @hannyg_3 di Instagram Walaupun saiznya kecil, Hong Kong tetap dapat mengekalkan lanskap alam semula jadi. Sama ada di pantai atau kawasan pergunungan, pelancong dan orang awam dapat menikmati pengembaraan berjalan kaki, jalan-jalan rekreasi dan berenang. Hong Kong Global Geopark adalah kawasan yang luas dengan formasi batuan unik yang menampilkan pemandangan indah. Terdapat juga Taman Kowloon untuk peneliti dan pemerhati burung, dan juga untuk berkelah dan bersantai. Beberapa pantai termasuk Pantai Big Wave Bay, Pantai Repulse Bay dan Mui Wo dan Pantai SilverMine Bay. Dikelilingi oleh bukit, kehijauan dan pergunungan, pantai-pantai ini kaya dengan pemandangan alam semula jadi yang biru dan hijau. Luangkan satu hari dari jadual perjalanan anda dan naiki Dragon's Back semasa anda berada di Hong Kong. Kembara berjalan kaki ini akan membawa anda ke Big Wave Bay yang indah. Semasa perkembaraan anda, anda akan dapat melihat pemandangan panorama pantai bandar ini. Dragon's Back ini pasti akan membuat jantung anda mengepam tetapi jangan ragu untuk perlahankan aktiviti mendaki dan mengikut rentak anda sendiri.   9. Sejarah dan Budaya Kredit Gambar: Jason Cooper di Unsplash Bolehkah anda percaya bahawa penduduk-penduduk pertama di Hong Kong menetap pada akhir Zaman Batu? Itu hampir 9 abad yang lalu! Hari ini, Hong Kong dipenuhi dengan banyak harta karun yang unik, iaitu 'Big Buddha' setinggi 34 meter yang terletak di biara Po Lin, dan kuil-kuilnya yang moden seperti Kuil Wong Tai Sin yang berfungsi sebagai rumah ibadat bagi tiga agama - Taoisme, Buddhisme, dan Confucianisme. Cara Sampai Ke Sini! Naik Keretapi MTR dan turun di Stesen Tung Chung, Exit B. Anda akan menemui Citygate Outlet Mall tepat di luar stesen kereta api. Berjalan lebih jauh ke arah Terminal Kereta Kabel Ngong Ping dan naik kereta kabel 25 minit ke Ngong Ping 360. Sebagai alternatif, menaiki bas 23 dari Stesen Tung Chung selama 50 minit perjalanan ke Terminal Bas Ngong Ping. Tempat bersejarah lain yang patut disebutkan adalah Haw Par Mansions yang menggabungkan unsur-unsur Cina dan Barat dalam gaya seni bina, dan Gua Kamikaze yang dulu diduduki oleh tentera Jepun semasa Perang Dunia II. Berjalan ke Muzium Sejarah Hong Kong dan bayangkan bagaimana peneroka awal tiba di Hong Kong dengan kapal jong (junk). Gali lebih mendalam dan berlajar mengenai perkembangan dan pemodenan Hong Kong di bawah jajahan Inggeris. Jangan ketinggalan Kowloon City Walled Park semasa anda berada di Hong Kong dan saksikan bagaimana bandar ini pernah dikenali sebagai tempat paling padat penduduk di dunia ini. Bandar ini mempunyai 35,000 orang yang dimuatkan dalam bangunan apartment yang sungguh kecil. Namun, teruskan mendengar tentang kisah-kisah mereka yang menetap di sini. Keadaan hidup mereka mungkin kelihatan pelik tetapi penduduk-penduduk Kowloon gembira. 10. Berkata Ya Untuk Pasar Malam! Kredit Gambar: Gambar oleh Annie Spratt di Unsplash Terakhirnya, Hong Kong tidak akan segembira dan riang tanpa penduduk-penduduk mereka. Sama ada anda bangun pada pukul 5 pagi untuk menyaksikan penduduk tempatan berlatih Tai Chi atau berduduk di gerai makan pada waktu petang, anda boleh mengharapkan orang tempatan berbual mesra dengan anda, sama ada anda saling bertutur dalam bahasa yang sama atau tidak. Lebih-lebih lagi, jikalaupun anda tersesat, penduduk tempatan akan bersedia membantu anda mencari jalan. Pastikan anda bersedia dengan beberapa frasa Kantonis!   Petua! Inilah lembaran cheat frasa Kantonis anda: m.discoverhongkong.com/seasia/muslim-friendly/phrase-sheet.jsp Terdapat banyak lagi yang boleh diterokai di bandar Hong Kong. Hong Kong telah berkembang selama bertahun-tahun. Temui sudut-sudut dan celah-celah Hong Kong dan rasakan sisi Hong Kong yang berbeza. Artikel ini disampaikan kepada anda oleh Lembaga Pelancongan Hong Kong. via GIPHY...

  • 10 Alasan Mengapa Hong Kong Wajib Kamu Kunjungi

    Artikel ini aslinya ditulis oleh Assia Hamdi dalam bahasa Inggris. Kamu bisa membaca artikel versi Inggris yang ditulisnya di sini. Tahukah kamu bahwa Hong Kong adalah wilayah keempat terpadat di dunia? Yup, dengan populasi lebih dari 7 juta, wilayah yang padat ini seakan - akan tak pernah tidur karena terlalu banyak hal menarik yang akan sayang untuk dilewatkan. Disini, kamu bisa melakukan banyak hal, dimulai dari mengamati monumen keagamaan bersejarah, berbelanja merek lokal ternama di puluhan mal besar mereka, dan memanjakan lidah dengan berbagai masakan lezat yang disajikan oleh macam - macam restoran halal di Hong Kong. Jadi, kalau kamu masih berpikir-pikir tentang tempat yang harus kamu kunjungi selanjutnya, berikut adalah 10 alasan kenapa kamu harus mempertimbangkan Hong Kong sebagai destinasi wisatamu. via GIPHY   1. Lokasi Sempurna Hong Kong Kredit Gambar: Kychan di Unsplash; Bepergian ke kota-kota tetangga Hong Kong sangat mudah karena terdapat lebih dari satu cara untuk pergi kesana. Wisatawan bisa dengan mudah naik kereta, feri, bus, atau bahkan pesawat ke kota-kota tersebut. Faktanya, Bandara Internasional Hong Kong adalah tempat transit yang sangat ideal di Asia dengan banyaknya hiburan yang tersedia. Bandara Internasional Hong Kong masuk dalam daftar bandara tersibuk di dunia, sehingga mudah sekali untuk menemukan penerbangan langsung dari atau menuju Hong Kong. Selain itu, karena Hong Kong terletak di distrik selatan Cina, menjadikannya tempat yang menarik untuk singgah dan berlibur sebelum kamu pergi menjelajahi negara Asia Timur lainnya. Untuk kamu yang punya rencana tinggal lebih lama di Hong Kong, tidak ada salahnya untuk mampir melancong ke kota-kota tetangganya yang tidak kalah serunya, seperti Shenzhen dan Makau. Kota-kota kosmopolitan tersebut seringkali masuk dalam daftar destinasi wisatawan Hong Kong karena akses keluar masuk perbatasan yang cukup mudah. Dengan kemajuan teknologi transportasi Hong Kong, kini kamu bisa naik kereta rute Guangzhou - Shenzhen – Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) hanya selama 20 menit saja dan 45 menit menggunakan Mass Transit Railway (MTR) di rute East Rail Line. Meskipun kereta api adalah moda transportasi yang paling populer di Hong Kong, ada beberapa moda transportasi lain yang juga tersedia yaitu, shuttle bus milik perusahaan swasta, kapal feri di Terminal Feri Makau Hong Kong dengan tujuan Pelabuhan Pesiar Shekou atau pesawat dengan tujuan Bandara Shenzhen. Baca Juga: All Set For The Best Deals In Seoul? Check Out These Top 5 Night Markets in Seoul, South Korea Jalan – Jalan Bersama Kami!: The Best of Tokyo and Osaka In 7 Nights   2. Kemudahan Akses Transportasi Umum Kredit Gambar: Foto oleh Chapman Chow on Unsplash Menurut sebuah artikel yang ditulis oleh Daniel Szuc, diperkirakan bahwa lebih dari 90% dari 7.4 juta orang yang tinggal di Hong Kong menggunakan transportasi umum. Catatan tersebut adalah bukti efisiensi transportasi umum di Hong Kong. Begitu kamu menginjakkan kaki di Hong Kong, hal pertama yang wajib kamu dapatkan adalah kartu Octopus, kartu multiguna untuk berbagai moda transportasi umum. Kamu bisa pilih tiket mingguan atau tiket wisatawan yang akan menghemat pengeluaran biaya wisatamu di Hong Kong. Namun, jika kamu lebih memilih untuk bepergian dengan transportasi umum seperlunya saja, tiket untuk sekali pergi juga tersedia. Walaupun begitu, kartu Octopus akan membantumu melewati antrian yang mengular saat jam sibuk di loket stasiun kereta. Top up dana secukupnya dalam kartu Octopus-mu, maka kartumu bisa digunakan untuk banyak hal, termasuk teropong di Victoria's Peak, mini-market dan vending machine. Tempelkan kartu Octopusmu untuk akses naik kereta, trem, dan Star Ferry yang ada di seberang Victoria Harbour. Di akhir perjalanan, kartu Octopus bisa kamu bawa pulang untuk kenangan. Selain itu, kamu bisa mengembalikan kartu Octopus di Pusat Layanan Pelanggan di bandara atau stasiun MTR untuk mendapatkan pengembalian uang deposit sebesar HK$50 dan dana yang tersisa.   3. Beragam Pilihan Makanan Halal Sempatkan diri untuk menikmati lezatnya hidangan lokal Hong Kong - Dim Sum! Mudah sekali. Datangi saja Islamic Centre Canteen yang berada di kota. Tip! Pastikan untuk beli Dim Sum di pagi hari. Orang-orang Hong Kong makan Dim Sum untuk sarapan, jadi kami sarankan untuk beli Dim Sum-mu pagi - pagi sebelum kehabisan! Tidak perlu khawatir tentang ketersediaan makanan Halal saat kamu berada di Hong Kong! #Alhamdulillah Hal yang paling kamu perlu tahu tentang Hong Kong adalah bahwa ada banyak restoran yang dimiliki oleh Muslim dan Bersertifikat Halal. Restoran – restoran tersebut biasanya yang menyajikan masakan Kanton lokal di setiap distrik. Walaupun mungkin akan sedikit mengharuskanmu untuk berjalan mencarinya, sebegitunya sampai di lokasi, percayalah bahwa hasilnya akan sepadan! Akan mudah menemukan banyak restoran halal yang menyajikan masakan Kanton, masakan Turki, masakan India, dan masakan Indonesia. Kami memiliki tiga tempat makanan Halal yang wajib dikunjungi saat kamu berada di Hong Kong. Islamic Center Canteen Memang kedengarannya klise, tetapi apapun tujuan perjalananmu sewaktu ke Hong Kong kamu wajib untuk makan di Islamic Centre Canteen. Terletak di lantai 5 Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Center, makanan di sini pasti terjangkau, salah satunya hidangan Dim Sum seharga mulai dari HKD13. Status Halal: Bersertifikat Halal Alamat: 5 / F, Masjid Ammar dan Pusat Islam Osman Ramju Sadick, 40 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai, Pulau Hong Kong Jam Buka: 10 pagi – 9 malam Wai Kee Wai Kee adalah restoran selanjutnya yang kami rekomendasikan untuk kamu kunjungi saat berada di Hong Kong. Restoran ini menyajikan nasi bebek bakar khas Hong Kong seharga HKD38. Sekalinya kesini, kamu pasti datang lagi. Status Halal: Milik Muslim Alamat: Stall # 5 Bowrington Cooked Food Center 1 / F Bowrington Road Market, 23 Bowrington Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Jam Buka: 10 pagi - 6 sore Ma’s Restaurant Ma's Restaurant adalah restoran yang menyajikan hidangan khas Xinjiang. Kamu akan dimanjakan dengan berbagai macam pilihan menunya. Restoran ini adalah satu – satunya restoran yang menyajikan hidangan Halal khasnya, Braised Beef Brisket Noodle (Mie dengan topping daging sapi sandung lamur yang direndam dalam berbagai macam bumbu) seharga HKD50, dan makanan pendamping yang paling direkomendasikan adalah Veal Goulash seharga HKD42. Status Halal: Bersertifikat Halal Alamat: Shop A, 21-25 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong Jam Buka: 11.30 pagi - 11 malam Asal kamu tahu, tempat makanan di atas hanyalah sedikit dari banyaknya restoran Halal yang ada di Hong Kong. Nyatanya, ada lebih dari 70 restoran Halal di kota ini! Jadi pastikan untuk merencanakan jadwal perjalananmu dengan baik untuk menyempatkan diri mencicipi masakan lokal khas Hong Kong! Baca Juga: Never Go Hungry in Hong Kong With These Halal Food Places   4. Tersedianya Fasilitas Ibadah untuk Muslim Kredit Gambar: Foto oleh Joshua J. Cotten di Unsplash Menurut sebuah survei yang dilakukan pada tahun 2016, ada sekitar 300.000 Muslim yang tinggal di Hong Kong, yang berarti sekitar 4,1% dari total populasi. Muslim di Hong Kong terdiri dari banyak ras seperti Cina, Indonesia dan Pakistan, yang sebagian besar dari mereka adalah Muslim Sunni. Hong Kong memiliki total lima masjid resmi, yang terbesar adalah Masjid Kowloon dan Islamic Centre yang dapat menampung 3.500 orang. Masjid Kowloon didirikan pada tahun 1896, awalnya dibangun untuk pasukan Muslim India milik tentara Inggris untuk menjalankan tugas keagamaan mereka. Terdapat 4 menara di sekitar masjid berbentuk persegi ini, fasad dan lantainya terbuat dari marmer berwarna putih, atapnya merah muda dan kubah besar di atasnya. Empat masjid lainnya di Hong Kong adalah Masjid Ammar dan Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre, Masjid Jamia, Masjid Chai Wan dan Masjid Stanley. Selain masjid-masjid ini, orang dapat menemukan ruang sholat di tempat-tempat wisata besar seperti Hong Kong Disneyland dan Oceanpark.   5. Gemerlap Cahaya dan Tingginya Gedung Pencakar Langit Menurut Guinness World Records, Hong Kong sejauh ini merupakan aglomerasi perkotaan tertinggi di dunia, karena ketinggian total semua gedung pencakar langitnya, melebihi 330 kilometer. Dengan berbagai gedung pencakar langitnya yang menghiasi pelabuhan, Hong Kong sangat terkenal akan gedung pencakar langitnya yang mengagumkan. Apalagi di gelapnya malam, akan nampak garis cakrawala yang diramaikan oleh bermacam - macam lampu warna-warni yang menghiasi tepi laut Victoria Peak. Terlebih lagi, pada Desember 2005, Hong Kong memecahkan Guinness World Record lainnya untuk “Pertunjukan Cahaya dan Suara Permanen Terbesar”. Pertunjukan 10 menit ini disebut A Symphony of Lights, yang dimulai setiap pukul 8 malam. Pertunjukan ini menampilkan tampilan efek visual yang mempesona saat laser dan lampu kilat menerangi langit malam, diiringi dengan musik yang ceria. Sayang sekali bila kamu lewatkan pertunjukan ini saat berada di Hong Kong! Di akhir acara, kamu bisa mengunjungi hotspot populer seperti Lan Kwai Fong dan SoHo untuk pengalaman malam yang meriah. Selain itu, jika kamu mencari pengalaman yang lebih menenangkan, kamu bisa mencoba berlayar di sepanjang Victoria Harbour atau mengunjungi Night Market di Temple Street di mana kamu bisa membeli barang-barang antik dan perlengkapan teh sebagai oleh - oleh teman – teman atau saudara – saudara kamu di rumah. Baca Juga: 6 Best Boutique Hotels & Hostels to Stay in Hong Kong!   6. Disinilah Seni Jalanan Hidup Kredit Gambar: Lysander Yuen di Unsplash Hong Kong memiliki sederet tempat yang ramai akan seni jalanan di mana kamu bisa mendapatkan foto OOTD (Outfit of the Day) yang keren. Tidaklah sulit untuk menemukannya, karena tempat tersebut diberi nama Art Lane yang berarti Gang Seni. Disana terdapat mural penuh warna yang dilukis pada bangunan - bangunan tua, menyatukan seni dan musik. Selain itu, terletak di antara salah satu kawasan tersibuk di Hong Kong, terdapat Public Square Street. Tempat mural ini memiliki tangga yang dicat dengan desain bunga kuning, biru dan merah yang cerah – Instagrammable banget! Spot seni jalanan lainnya adalah Sing Lei Mahjong Parlor, yang terletak di tengah Pasar Temple Street. Disini terdapat karikatur keren dimana para pemimpin politik penuh senda gurau sedang memainkan mahjong. Baca Juga: According to Hong Kong's Street Photographers, These Are The Best Places to Capture Hong Kong   7. Destinasi Wisata Ramah Muslim Tidak ada yang mengalahkan serunya bermain bersama keluarga di taman hiburan terbaik Hong Kong. Hidupkan kembali impian masa kecilmu dan habiskan harimu di Hong Kong Disneyland. Khawatir tentang makanan Halal? Tidak perlu, karena ada restoran bersertifikat Halal dan kios makanan tersedia disini! Selain itu, terdapat ruang sholat di dalam taman hiburan di sebelah Tahitian Terrace Restaurant (Halal). Disini, tidak perlu menjadi anak-anak untuk menikmati taman hiburan Hong Kong karena selalu ada sesuatu untuk setiap kelompok umur. Hong Kong Disneyland adalah tempat yang semua orang inginkan jika kalian mencari liburan yang tidak terlupakan di Hong Kong. Menginap selama satu atau dua malam di resor mereka akan cukup untuk membuat jiwa anak – anak yang ada di dalam dirimu bahagia. Penggemar berat wahana ekstrim? Benteng Ocean Park jawabannya. Taman hiburan berusia 40 tahun ini mungkin terlihat kuno di luar, tapi sempatkanlah datang kesini saat di Hong Kong. Alasan pertamanya adalah taman hiburan ini SANGAT BESAR. Coba permainan klasik mereka seperti seperti Hair Raiser, The Flash, The Mine Train dan The Dragon. Ketika azan tiba, mampir untuk Salat di dalam Taman tersebut. Cukup bertanya ke staf Guess Relation Office dan mereka akan mengantarmu ke ruang salat. Pacu adrenalinmu dan kenyangkan perutmu di restoran Bersertifikat Halal di Ocean Park - Cafe Ocean, Selami Float di Marina World dan Panda Cafe Food To Go di Amazing Asian Animals. Tip! Bawalah peralatan salatmu, seperti sajadah dan mukena sendiri. Arah kiblat-pun sudah ditandai di dalam ruangan. Wudhu bisa dilakukan di kamar mandi terdekat. Saat malam tiba, sempatkan diri untuk menaiki Bauhinia Harbour Cruises dan nikmati pemandangan spektakuler Victoria Harbour. Dinamakan seperti kota bunga Hong Kong, Bauhinia, di Bauhinia Harbour Cruises kamu akan disuguhi pengalaman seru di dalam kapal-kapal yang telah menjadi bagian dari sistem transportasi umum Hong Kong ini. Pilih dan nikmati menu Halal Makan Malam Bauhinia Harbour Cruises-mu atau nikmati udara segar dan semilir angin di atas dek. Tip! Bauhinia Harbour Cruises berhenti di North Point dan Hung Hom Pier. Untuk informasi lebih lanjut, kunjungi www.cruise.com.hk   8. Nikmati Indahnya Alam di Hong Kong Kredit Gambar: @hannyg_3 on Instagram Meskipun kecil, Hong Kong berhasil melestarikan bentang alamnya. Baik itu pantai atau daerah pegunungannya. Wisatawan dan penduduk asli Hong Kong dapat menikmati hiking, berjalan, dan berenang di alam. Hong Kong Global Geopark salah satunya. Tempat tersebut adalah area besar dengan formasi batuan unik yang menawarkan pemandangan indah. Selanjutnya adalah Taman Kowloon, yang sempurna untuk pengamat burung, piknik, dan relaksasi. Terdapat juga Pantai Big Wave Bay, Pantai Repulse Bay dan Pantai Mui Wo dan SilverMine Bay. Dikelilingi oleh perbukitan, tanaman hijau, dan pegunungan, pantai-pantainya kaya akan pemandangan alam biru dan hijau. Luangkan satu hari saja saat di Hong Kong untuk mendaki Dragon's Back. Dimana pendakian ini akan mengantarkan kamu ke indahnya Big Wave Bay. Selama mendaki, akan terlihat pemandangan panorama garis pantai kota. Mendaki Dragon’s Back pasti akan memompa jantungmu tetapi bebas juga bagimu untuk berjalan pelan - pelan.   9. Budaya dan Sejarah Kredit Gambar: Foto oleh Jason Cooper di Unsplash Percayakah kamu bahwa Hong Kong pertama dihuni sejak Zaman Batu? Hampir 9 abad yang lalu! Kini, Hong Kong menjadi penuh dengan banyak harta karun unik, salah satunya 'Big Buddha', yang tingginya 34 meter. Big Buddha berada di biara Po Lin, dan kuil-kuil modernnya seperti Kuil Wong Tai Sin yang berfungsi sebagai rumah bagi tiga agama - Taoisme , Buddhisme, dan Konfusianisme. Bagaimana cara menuju Big Buddha? Pertama, naik Kereta MTR dan turun di Stasiun Tung Chung, Keluar B. Maka kamu akan menemukan Citygate Outlet Mall tepat di luar stasiun kereta. Jalan terus ke depan menuju Terminal Kereta Gantung Ngong Ping dan naik kereta gantung 25 menit ke Ngong Ping 360. Atau, naik bus 23 dari Stasiun Tung Chung untuk naik 50 menit ke Terminal Bus Ngong Ping. Situs bersejarah lainnya yang layak kami tuliskan adalah Haw Par Mansions yang menggabungkan unsur-unsur Cina dan Barat dalam gaya arsitekturnya, dan Gua Kamikaze yang dulu ditempati oleh pasukan Jepang selama Perang Dunia II. Jelajahi Museum Sejarah Hong Kong dan bayangkan bagaimana para pemukim awal tiba di Hong Kong dengan kapal Junk mereka. Gali lebih dalam dan pelajari tentang perkembangan dan modernisasi Hong Kong di bawah koloni Inggris. Jangan lewatkan Kowloon City Walled Park saat ada di Hong Kong dan saksikan bagaimana kota ini dulunya dikenal sebagai tempat paling padat penduduknya di planet ini. Kota ini memiliki 35.000 orang yang kebanyakan menghuni apartemen kecil. Namun, coba dengarkan kisah-kisah penduduk Kowloon. Gaya hidup mereka mungkin terlihat aneh tetapi disini mereka bahagia.   10. Telusuri Night Market di Hong Kong Kredit Gambar: Foto oleh Annie Spratt di Unsplash Alasan terakhir adalah Hong Kong tidak akan bisa sehidup ini tanpa penduduk asli mereka yang meyebut tempat itu rumah. Disini, cobalah bangun jam 5 pagi dan intip luar jendelamu, maka penduduk setempat sudah bangun dan berlatih Tai Chi, atau duduklah sebentar di warung makan malam hari, maka orang lokal akan datang dan memulai percakapan ramah denganmu. Tanpa peduli kamu bisa berbicara dalam bahasa yang sama atau tidak. Tidak hanya itu, bahkan jika kamu tersesat, penduduk setempat akan siap sedia untuk membantu menunjukkan jalan yang kamu cari. Pastikan untuk pelajari sedikit frasa Kanton! Tip! Inilah lembar contekan frase Bahasa Kanton untuk kamu: m.discoverhongkong.com/seasia/muslim-friendly/phrase-sheet.jsp    Ada banyak lagi yang bisa dijelajahi di Hong Kong. Hong Kong telah berkembang pesat selama bertahun-tahun. Temukan hal – hal baru di Hong Kong dan alami sisi lain dari Hong Kong.   Artikel ini dipersembahkan oleh Hong Kong Tourism Board. via GIPHY...

  • Plan To Travel After Covid-19? Here Are 12 Reasons Why You Should Travel To Japan!

    The COVID-19 situation has resulted in a travel ban in some countries. Usually, around this time of the year, many people would have planned for their next holiday! Given the situation currently, we can only plan for our next trip once the situation gets better. But hey, planning for a trip can be exciting too! And if you are still struggling to decide which destination you should go to once it is safe to travel again, then we recommend Japan! I, myself, have my destination set for Japan next, and if you do too, then great! Japan has always been one of the popular destinations amongst tourists especially with the increasing Muslim-friendly services here. Here are 12 reasons why Japan should be your next destination after the Covid-19 pandemic! via GIPHY Also Read: Looking For Accommodation? Bunk in These 7 Muslim-Friendly Ryokans in Japan! 1. Natural Wonders of Japan Image Credit: Walter Mario Stein on Unsplash Japan is not all about city life. Apart from all the modernity and advanced technology tagged to its image, Japan holds an incredible natural landscape. We can never forget about the iconic Mount Fuji when it comes to the natural landscape in Japan. Who can also forget Arashiyama's Bamboo Forest, one of the must-visit places when you are in Osaka or Kyoto area. There are so many other incredible natural wonders in Japan that you should check out! Fit them in your itinerary and get awestruck by the view! 2. Rich Culture and Tradition Image Credit: Aya Salman on Unsplash The culture in Japan has evolved throughout the years. But walk down some streets and alleys in Japan, and you can still see the traditional elements. Japan, to me, is a fusion of traditional and modernity. Apart from being picturesque, there are so many things to see and learn in Japan. Japan's popular culture has brought about global recognition, such as anime and manga. Not to forget traditional art appreciation like Japanese painting, calligraphy, and Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement). I have always been interested in Kimono, not only from the way of wearing one but also from the prints and textiles. It is a great experience to don one too! Japan's rich culture and tradition is definitely one of the reasons why you should visit the country if you haven't!  3. Halal Food Image Credit: Helga Christina on Unsplash Often, I was asked this question from my peers: "Is it easy to find Halal food in Japan?" Let me assure you that it is, and it has gotten better! Comparing my trip in 2013 to the recent ones in 2019, sourcing for Halal food has gotten easier. The food industry in Japan has embraced Halal gastronomy and it will continue to grow in the nearest future. The best thing about traveling is trying local delicacies and food. Think about the authentic taste of Sushi, Ramen and Udon. This should be one of the reasons to get you excited to explore Japan! For more information on where you can locate Halal food in Japan, you can refer to this. 4. Transportation Image Credit: Ian Matyssik on Unsplash You must have heard about how accurate and efficient Japan's transportation is. And this is always true. The only time I had to wait for the train to arrive was due to a snowstorm and an accident during my previous visit. The accurate and "on-time" transportation timings really help in planning for your trip. Also, Japan is highly accessible; it is easy to get from one place to another via public transportation. Which gets me to my next point. Japan's railway system might be intimidating and confusing to many. With so many lines, different train companies, and different train categories, it can be overwhelming at times. We suggest proper planning and if possible, prepare your Google maps for ease! I myself feel the need to rely on Google Maps all the time as it helps in determining the platform number, train line, and category. Either way, it will be a great adventure and experience for you!  5. Entertainment Image Credit: Megan McClain on Unsplash If you are in a J-pop fandom, it is likely for you to travel to and fro Japan to watch concerts of your favorite groups. Even for fans of Japanese Anime, traveling to Japan is like a dream come true. Take, for example, Akihabara, a town in Tokyo, which is filled with various products of Japanese popular culture; you will have endless choices of merchandise and goods to choose from. For all of you fans of the Pokémon franchise, don't forget to visit the Pokémon centers of Tokyo here! And it is definitely way cheaper to buy it straight from the country of origin.  Other than that, Japan is also home to the popular Studio Ghibli. If you are a fan of these classic Japanese animation films, don't miss out on the Studio Ghibli museum in Mitaka! My advice? Just make sure you have enough baggage weight to bring back all of these goods!  6. Accommodation Image Credit: Jack Zhang on Unsplash Japan has various kinds of accommodation available for all types of travelers. Capsule hotel was first developed in Japan, and its concept has been adopted in other countries. Apart from hostels and hotels, you can always opt for apartments. I remember how Airbnb wasn't vastly used back then, and there tend to be some mishaps. As most rental apartments need to be registered under the Japanese Government, it's relatively easier to trust booking accommodations through Airbnb nowadays. The most exciting part is, you can try living among the locals while booking accommodation via Airbnb. If these still don't excite you, why not stay in a traditional Japanese tatami house or Ryokans (Traditional Japanese Inns)? These accommodations offer you the full traditional Japanese experience of relaxation and most importantly, there are some Ryokans that provide Muslim-friendly services in Japan! What an experience it will be!  7. Top Cities to Visit Image Credit: Alexander Smagin on Unsplash Each city in Japan has its own uniqueness, bringing about endless choices to explore. Top destinations like Tokyo and Osaka no longer needs an introduction. If you need a break from Tokyo, you can always visit Hakone, which is famous for its hot spring and scenic view. Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido, is popular for its snow festival held annually in February. Or visit Hiroshima, one of the historical cities in Japan. Whichever city you decided to visit, it will definitely be a great one!Also Read: The Best Muslim-Friendly Destinations in Japan 8. Japan's Four Seasons Image Credit: AJ on Unsplash For someone who is born and raised in a country with no seasonal change, I am always looking forward to traveling to countries with the four different seasons. Japan has a remarkable view and exciting activities to do all seasons. It is known to be one of the best destinations to view cherry blossoms in spring. But it does not stop there. Christmas is always magical in Japan with lightings and illuminations during winter. Meanwhile, you can catch festivals in summer like the Matsuri festivals and witness the trees turn into pretty shades of orange and yellow foliage as it approaches autumn. Are you tempted to visit Japan yet?  9. Amusement Parks Image Credit: Ester Marie Doysabas on Unsplash Homed to renowned Universal Studio Japan and Disneyland, this should be one of the reasons to travel to Japan! Most travelers would have this in their bucket list as both of these amusement parks are popular tourist attractions! These theme parks are also places where you can get souvenirs for your loved ones! Don't forget to put on those cute Disney Ears Hats and headbands before making your way to Disneyland! Either you are jumping on the bandwagon as a tourist, or you just want to have some fun, you will make great memories here!  10. Convenience Store (Konbini) Image Credit: Joan Tran on Unsplash If there's one thing that should excite you to travel to Japan, it's the convenience store, also known as Konbini! It's not only 7-11 chains that you can find here, but there are also Family Mart, Lawson and Sunkus. Unlike the supermarket, they are opened 24/7 and don't be surprised to find one at almost every location. Your choices here are not limited to food and drinks; you can also find everyday items like cosmetics, toiletries, and stationeries. They also provide services like ATM machines, photocopy and printing services and ticketing machines for various activities like concerts and amusement parks. And did I mention that it is the best place to go to if you are lost? Apart from refreshing yourself, you can also ask the shopkeeper for directions as they tend to have a map around the area and may be able to help you.  11. 100yen Shops Image Credit: Hamish Duncan on Unsplash Dare I say this is one of the best places to shop for anything? Even if it's necessary or not! You can find various items here like household products and craft items. Each store holds different products, so if you're lucky, you might find some hidden gem somewhere. There are also other chains like 3coins and the renowned Daiso, which is always crowded given its popularity amongst tourists. I can spend hours going from aisle to aisle browsing items and trust me, it's the best place to get souvenirs too! If you are lucky enough, you can even find Japan-made products which make great souvenirs to take home for your family and friends. 12. A Safe Country Image Credit: Lilian Luk on Unsplash Japan is known for being a generally safe country. As it is one of the safest countries in the world, there should be fewer things to worry about and you could walk around the cities with ease, even at night. Nonetheless, even though Japan is known for its low crime rate, this doesn't mean that we can be too comfortable as a tourist. Travel safety still applies, and it should always be our top priority.   Also Read: 10 Main Shopping Enclaves in Shibuya - Japan! Japan is worth visiting at least once in your lifetime. There are so many things to do and see, be it solo, with friends or with your family. I am sure these 12 reasons will get you all excited to choose Japan as your next destination after the Covid-19 pandemic because it sure does for me (again!).  via GIPHY ...

  • 10 Reasons Why Hong Kong Must Be Added to Your Bucket List

    Did you know that Hong Kong is the world's fourth-most densely populated place in the world? With a population of over 7 million, this bustling territory almost never sleeps as there is always something to do that will feed your curiosity. You could witness historical religious monuments, splurge on exclusive local brands from over 10 shopping malls and pleasure your tastebuds with a range of cuisines served at Hong Kong’s wide number of Halal eateries. So if you’re in the midst of planning your next dream vacation, here are 10 reasons why you should consider Hong Kong. via GIPHY 1. Visit Hong Kong’s Neighbouring Cities Image Credit: Kychan on Unsplash; Traveling to Hong Kong’s neighbouring cities is such a breeze with more than one way to get to these cities. Travelers can easily get on a train, a ferry, a bus or even a flight to these cities. Once you’ve landed in Asia, Hong Kong is definitely an ideal stop to make! As Hong Kong is one of the world’s busiest aviation hubs, this makes it pretty easy to find a direct flight in or out of the destination. Furthermore, as Hong Kong is situated in the Southern district of China, it serves as a perfect layover holiday before you head over to Southeast Asia.  If you’re looking at a longer stay in Hong Kong, take a trip down to its neighbouring cities – ShenZhen and Macau. These cosmopolitan cities are constantly on the lists of those traveling to Hong Kong since it is so simple to get yourself across the border. Today, one can board a 20 minutes train ride on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) or a 45 minutes metro ride on the East Rail Line. While the train is the most popular mode of transport, some may prefer private operated shuttle buses, a ferry ride from Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal to Shekou Cruise Port or a flight up to Shenzhen Airport.  Also Read: All Set For The Best Deals In Seoul? Check Out These Top 5 Night Markets in Seoul, South KoreaTravel With Us!: The Best of Tokyo and Osaka In 7 Nights 2. Ease of Public Transport  Image Credit: Photo by Chapman Chow on Unsplash According to an article written by Daniel Szuc, it is estimated that over 90% of the 7.4 million people living in Hong Kong use public transport. This record only proves the efficiency of public transport in Hong Kong.  When you’re in Hong Kong, the first thing you want to get yourself is the Octopus card. Opting for the weekly or travelers’ passes would save you a ton when you’re traveling on public transport in Hong Kong. If you’re traveling via public transport for only a part of your trip, perhaps you might want to pay as you go. However, getting the passes would mean skipping the queue at the ticketing counter when it gets busy in the train stations. Top up some cash in your Octopus cards and you’ll find yourself using it almost everywhere. This includes the binoculars at Victoria’s Peak, convenience stores and vending machines.  Whip out your Octopus cards and tap away for their trains, trams, and on the Star Ferry across the Victoria Harbour. At the end of your trip, bring it home as a souvenir or return the Octopus card at the Customer Service Centre at the airport or any MTR station to get a refund of HK$50 and the remaining value. 3. Variety of Halal food options Feast on the best of Hong Kong's local cuisine when you're in Hong Kong – Dim Sum! Head down to Islamic Centre Canteen when you're in town. Tip! Make sure to have Dim Sum in the morning. The Hongkongers eat Dim Sum as breakfast so don’t come in the afternoon after all the good food is almost gone! Put your worry about the availability of Halal food at rest when you’re in Hong Kong! #Alhamdulillah What we love most about Hong Kong is that there are Muslim-owned and Halal-Certified restaurants serving local cantonese cuisines in every district. Travelers might have to do quite a bit of walking looking for it, but once you got the location right, trust us, it’s so worth it!  You’ll find a plethora of Halal restaurants serving the Cantonese cuisine, Turkish cuisine, Indian cuisine and Indonesian cuisine. We’ve got three Halal food spots that are essential to visit when you’re in Hong Kong.  Islamic Center Canteen As cliche as it sounds, no matter what your itinerary is when you are visiting Hong Kong, it is a must to dine in at Islamic Center Canteen. Located at the 5th floor of the Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Center, the food here is definitely affordable with Dim Sum dishes starting at HKD13. Halal Status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: 5/F, Masjid Ammar and Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre, 40 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong IslandOpening Hours: 10am - 9pm Wai Kee Wai Kee is another recommended eatery that you should visit when you are in Hong Kong. This is the place for you to get your roasted duck rice fix for HKD38. It will keep you coming back for more. Halal Status: Muslim-OwnedAddress: Stall #5 Bowrington Cooked Food Centre 1/F Bowrington Road Market, 23 Bowrington Road, Wan Chai, Hong KongOpening Hours: 10am - 6pm Ma’s Restaurant Ma's Restaurant is a restaurant serving Xinjiang cuisine. It will definitely leave you spoilt for choice with its menus. This is also one of the only restaurants where you can taste authentic Halal braised beef brisket noodle (HKD50), and the most recommended side is Veal Goulash (HKD42).Halal Status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: Shop A, 21-25 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Sham Shui Po, Hong KongOpening Hours: 11.30am - 11pm You best believe this is just the cherry on top of Hong Kong’s Halal food scene. There are more than 70 Halal restaurants in this city so be sure to plan your itinerary wisely and get a taste of the local cuisines in Hong Kong! Also Read: Never Go Hungry in Hong Kong With These 25 Halal Food Places   4. Keeping Our Prayers On Track Image Credit: Photo by Joshua J. Cotten on Unsplash According to a survey done in 2016, there are approximately 300,000 Muslims living in Hong Kong, making up 4.1% of its population. The Muslims in Hong Kong are of many races such as Chinese, Indonesian and Pakistani, with a vast majority of them being Sunni Muslims.  Hong Kong has a total of five official mosques, with the largest mosque being Kowloon Mosque  and Islamic Centre, which can accommodate up to 3,500 people. The Kowloon Mosque was founded in 1896, initially built for the Indian Muslim troops of the British army to perform their religious duties. This square mosque consists of 4 minarets, white marble on its facade and flooring, a pink roof and a large dome on top.  The four other mosques in this territory include Masjid Ammar and Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre, Jamia Mosque, Chai Wan Mosque and Stanley Mosque. Apart from these mosques, one can find prayer rooms and spaces in major tourist attractions like Hong Kong Disneyland and Oceanpark.    5. Dazzling Lights and Towering Skyscrapers According to the Guinness World Records, Hong Kong is by far the world’s tallest urban agglomeration, as the total height of all its skyscrapers, exceeding 330 kilometres. With a variety of skyscrapers decorating the harbour, Hong Kong is known for having one of the most impressive skylines. The night-time especially brings out the beautiful side of its skyline as the differentcoloured lights adorn the waterfront of Victoria Peak.  More so, as of December 2005, Hong Kong broke yet another Guinness World Record for the “Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show”. This 10-minute show is called A Symphony of Lights and begins every night at 8pm. It showcases a dazzling display of visual effects as lasers and flashes illuminate the night sky, accompanied by uplifting music. It’s definitely a show that you don’t want to miss while you’re in Hong Kong! At the end of the show, you can head off to popular hotspots like Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo for a vibrant night-time experience. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a calmer experience, you may take a night cruise along Victoria Harbour or visit Temple Street Night Market where you can purchase antiques and tea ware as souvenirs for your loved ones back home. Also Read: 6 Best Boutique Hotels & Hostels to Stay in Hong Kong! 6. This Is Where Street Art Comes Alive Image Credit: Lysander Yuen on Unsplash Hong Kong has an array of vibrant street art where you can get your perfect OOTD (Outfit of the Day) shots. It's not hard to find them as they are aptly named Art Lane and features colourful murals painted on old buildings, and encompasses the theme of both art and music. Also, nestled among one of Hong Kong’s busiest neighbourhoods lies Public Square Street. This mural spot features stairs which are painted with bright yellow, blue and red floral designs - perfect for an Insta-worthy shot.  Another street art spot worth mentioning is Sing Lei Mahjong Parlour, located in the heart of Temple Street Market. It features striking caricatures of political leaders playing a humorous game of mahjong. Also Read: According to Hong Kong's Street Photographers, These Are The Best Places to Capture Hong Kong 7. Muslim-Friendly Attractions Nothing beats a family day out and about in Hong Kong’s best theme parks. Relive your childhood dreams and spend the day at Hong Kong Disneyland. Worrying about Halal food? There are Halal-Certified restaurants and food kiosks in Hong Kong Disneyland. And! Prayer room can be found within the theme park next to the Tahitian Terrace Restaurant (Halal). In all honesty, you don’t need to be a child to enjoy Hong Kong’s theme parks. There is always something in store for each age group. Hong Kong Disneyland is where you want to be if you’re looking for an enchanting getaway on your trip to Hong Kong. Stay for a night or two in their resort and be surrounded with everything that makes your inner child happy.  A total fan of thrilling rides? Ocean Park’s forte is definitely just that. The 40-year-old theme park may look old-fashioned on the outside but you definitely don’t want to miss this theme park when you’re in Hong Kong. First of all, this theme park is HUGE. Make a run for their classics like the Hair Raiser, The Flash, The Mine Train and The Dragon. When it’s time, stop by for prayers within the park itself. Simply head to the Guest Relation Office and the staff will assist you to the prayer room. Fuel up at Ocean Park’s Halal-Certified restaurants – Cafe Ocean, Dive Into A Float at Marina World and Panda Cafe Food To Go at Amazing Asian Animals. Tip! Bring along your prayer garments and pocket sejadahs. You’ll find the Qibla direction marked in the room. You can perform your wudhu in the nearby washrooms.  In the evening, board the Bauhinia Harbour Cruises and enjoy the spectacular view of the Victoria Harbour. Named after the flower city of Hong Kong, Bauhinia, the Bauhinia Harbour Cruises lets you in on the vessels which has been a part of Hong Kong’s public transportation system. Dine Bauhinia Harbour Cruises’ Halal menu on board or take in the fresh air on the upper deck. Tip! The Bauhinia Harbour Cruises stops at the North Point and the Hung Hom Pier. For more information, visit www.cruise.com.hk   8. Enjoy The Best Of What Nature Has To Offer Credit: @hannyg_3 on Instagram Despite its small size, Hong Kong still manages to preserve its natural landscapes. Whether it's stretches of beaches or the mountainous regions, tourists and civilians can enjoy hikes, walks and swimming. The Hong Kong Global Geopark is a large area with unique rock formations offering grand landscapes.  There is also Kowloon Park for bird watchers, picnics and relaxation. A few beaches include Big Wave Bay Beach, Repulse Bay Beach and Mui Wo and SilverMine Bay Beach. Surrounded by hills, greenery and mountains, the beaches are rich in blue and green natural landscapes. Take a day out of your itinerary and hike the Dragon’s Back while you’re in Hong Kong. The hike will land you on the beautiful Big Wave Bay. During the hike, you’ll be able to see the panorama view of the city’s coastline. The Dragon’s Back will definitely get your heart pumping but feel free to take it slow and go at your own pace.    9. History and Culture Image Credit: Photo by Jason Cooper on Unsplash Can you believe that the first inhabitants settled into Hong Kong during the late Stone Age? That’s almost 9 centuries ago! Today, Hong Kong is filled with plenty of unique treasures, namely its 34-metre tall ‘Big Buddha’ which sits at the Po Lin monastery, and its modern temples like the Wong Tai Sin Temple which serves as a home for three religions - Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.  Getting Here! Board the MTR Train and alight at Tung Chung Station, Exit B. You’ll find the Citygate Outlet Mall just outside the train station. Walk further ahead toward the Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal and get on the 25-min cable car ride to Ngong Ping 360. Alternatively, board bus 23 from Tung Chung Station for a 50-min ride to the Ngong Ping Bus Terminus. Other historical sites worth mentioning are Haw Par Mansions which incorporates both Chinese and Western elements in its architectural style, and Kamikaze Cave which used to be occupied by Japanese forces during World War II.  Take a trip down to the Hong Kong Museum of History and envision how the early settlers had arrived in Hong Kong in a junk ship. Dig deep and learn about the development and modernization of Hong Kong under the British colony. Don’t miss the Kowloon City Walled Park when you’re in Hong Kong and witness how this city was once known as the most densely populated place on the planet. The city had 35,000 people packed into small apartments. However, keep listening to the stories of those who lived here. Their living conditions may seem bizarre but the people of Kowloon, they were happy.  10. Saying Yes To Night Markets Image Credit: Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash Lastly, Hong Kong wouldn’t be as joyful and euphoric without the people who call it home. Whether you’re up at 5am watching locals practice Tai Chi or sitting at a food street stall in the evening, you can expect a local who will initiate friendly conversations with you, whether you speak the same language or not. More so, even if you get lost, the locals will be more than willing to help you find your way. Just be sure to get yourself ready with some Cantonese phrases! Tip! Here's your Cantonese phrases cheat sheet:  m.discoverhongkong.com/seasia/muslim-friendly/phrase-sheet.jsp   There is so much more to explore in the city of Hong Kong. Hong Kong has grown tremendously over the years. Discover the nook and crannies of Hong Kong and experience a different side of Hong Kong.  This article is brought to you by Hong Kong Tourism Board. via GIPHY...

  • 9 Japan Theme Parks To Add To Your Bucket List

    The thrill and fun of a ride in a theme park brings joy to kids and adult alike. If you are traveling with friends or family, set aside a day where you can spend time with them in an amusement park. Japan is home to world-class theme parks like Disneyland and Universal Studio. You might be surprised to know some medium-sized or vintage theme parks that exist in Japan and are still in operation now. Check out the list and add them in your itinerary for your next trip to Japan! (Disclaimer: Do note that currency conversion is accurate at the time of writing this article and prices mentioned are generally for adults)   1) Tokyo Disneyland Credit: Tokyo Disneyland Disneyland is no longer foreign in an avid travelers' book. I am sure it is one of the places to visit in your bucketlist. Take your time to stroll in the 7 different theme lands there and enjoy the colorful, vibrant park. Most of the rides in Tokyo Disneyland are kid-friendly! You can even bring your belongings up the roller coaster.If you stay up till night, you may enjoy the night parade and also the lighting up of Cinderella's castle.FASTPASS attraction ticket is available for those who dread the long queue. All you need to do is head to the rides with the FASTPASS machine and scan your admission ticket. You will be given an allocated time to enter the rides as reflected on the time window.I recommend going during the weekdays as it is less crowded to compare to the weekend or even a public holiday.Halal food: There isn't any halal restaurant in Disneyland. Therefore, you should pack a few snacks which will last you throughout the day.Prayer room: Head to Main Street House situated near the entrance. You may approach any one of the staff members there and they will show you the allocated Muslim praying corner. Do remember to bring your own prayer mats, prayerwear and Qibla compass as those are not provided.Admission Ticket: ¥7,400 (SGD94) for adultAddress: 1-1 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba 279-0031, JapanAccess: Alight at Maihama Station via JR Keiyo Line / Musashino Line, 6 minutes walking distance to from the station.   2) Tokyo DisneySea Credit: Tokyo DisneySea Believe it or not, DisneySea is one of a kind which you cannot find in any other part of the world. What makes it so unique is that it is an "Ocean" themed park inspired by the myths and legends of the sea. DisneySea is suitable for all ages, but personally, I feel that it caters more to adult audiences as some of the rides are much intense to compare to the ones in Disneyland. Similar to Disneyland, DisneySea consists of 7 different theme lands.If you want to experience an adrenaline rush, ride on Tower of Terror. This ride features a vertical drop in a haunted mansion. My favorite ride in this park will be Journey to The Center of The Earth. This ride will keep you wanting more and don't say that I did not warn you about the dramatic climax.If you plan to visit both Disneyland and DisneySea, consider getting the 2-day passport and make full use of it. It is available for ¥13,200 (SGD167), which is $20 cheaper than getting a single separate ticket.Halal food: Similar to Disneyland, there isn't any halal restaurant in DisneySea. So, do bring your own food.Prayer room: Head to Guest Relation situated near the entrance. Request from the staff and they will provide you a praying space. Remember to bring your own praying mats and Qibla compass as those are not provided.Admission Ticket: ¥7,400 (SGD94) for adultAddress: 1-13 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba 279-0031, JapanAccess: Alight at Maihama Station via JR Keiyo Line / Musashino Line. Hop on Disney Resort Line and ride for 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can walk approximately 20 minutes from the station to reach the park.   3) Universal Studios Japan Credit: Universal Studios Japan One would flock to Universal Studios Japan because of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Even if you're not a die-hard Harry Potter fan, there is more to see and ride in this theme park which currently consists of 9 different themed zones. Universal Studios Japan caters to all age groups as it features plenty of kid-friendly and thrilling rides alike.Bid the crowd to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter by getting the timed-entrance ticket. Similar to the concept of FASTPASS in Disneyland, you will be allocated a timing to enter the zone. For someone who went to Universal Studios Japan on New Year's Day, I was allocated the 3:30PM time slot when I was already at the park at 7AM! (Yes! Universal Studios Japan operates for very  long hours due to the countdown party)Do take note that the price of the ticket varies depending on the dates. Please check the price calendar before purchasing the ticket if you're planning to buy it online (and I suggest that you do!)Halal food: There aren't any halal eateries in Universal Studio Japan but you can find 'Red Lobster', a seafood restaurant with a Muslim-friendly menu in Universal City Walk.Prayer room: Head to Guest Service situated near the entrance. Request from the staff and they will provide you a praying space. Remember to bring your own praying mats and Qibla compass as those are not provided.Admission Ticket: Starting from ¥7,400 (SGD94) for adultAddress: 2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka, 554-0031, JapanAccess: Alight at Universal Studios Station via JR Sakurajima Line   4) Fuji Q Highland Credit: Fuji Q Highland The rides in Fuji Q Highland are not for the faint-hearted. The highlights of this theme park are the 4 major roller coasters, each with record-breaking holders of being the fastest and steepest! There are also haunted houses if you're in the mood for that.Not to worry if you are not fond of roller coasters, this theme park has many more things to offer. For instance, you can enjoy the view of Mount Fuji as this park is located in the Fuji Five Lake. There is also Thomas Land, an area in the park where kids can enjoy. If you visit Fuji Q during winter, you can enjoy the ice skating rink with family and friends.This is a pay-as-you-go theme park. There will be no admission ticket to the park as you will only pay for those rides that you want to take.If you are coming from Tokyo city area, consider getting the round pass from Shinjuku starting from ¥6,900 (SGD87). This package includes round trip transportation by train and a pass to the rides in Fuji Q Highland.Halal food: Doner KebabPrayer room: Newly renovated in February 2019. This room is equipped with a place to perform ablution and Qibla indicator.Admission Ticket: Rides starting from ¥400 (SGD5), All access pass costs ¥5,700 (SGD72)Address: 5 Chome-6-1 Shin-Nishihara, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi 403-0017, JapanAccess: Highway buses available from Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal   5) Tokyo Joypolis Credit: Tokyo Joypolis If you are into virtual reality and love feeling thrilled, visit Tokyo Joypolis by Sega. This indoor amusement park looks like a portal to another dimension at the entrance and makes you curious standing outside. Did I mention that there is an indoor roller coaster here?This amusement park is located in DECKS Tokyo Beach in Tokyo Bay area, Odaiba. Witness the Odaiba's Statue of Liberty and then enter this amusement park to kill time before continuing your itinerary of witnessing the infamous Rainbow Bridge.Entry is allowed for children aged 7 years old and above. You may purchase just the admission ticket and then purchase the ticket for each ride inside or get the all-access pass.Halal food: No food and drink allowed on the premises. Nearby Halal restaurant: The Oven (Aquacity, Odaiba), Sojibo (DiverCity Tokyo Plaza)Prayer room: Available in DECKS Tokyo Beach. The prayer room is equipped with a place to perform ablution.Admission Ticket: Admission only costs ¥800 (SGD10), All-access pass costs ¥4,500 (SGD57)Address: DECKS Tokyo Beach, 1 Chome-6-1 Daiba, Minato City, Tokyo 135-0091, JapanAccess: Alight at Tokyo Teleport Station via Rinkai Line or Odaiba-Kaihinkoen Station via Yurikamome Line.   6) Nagashima Spa Land Credit: Nagashima Spa Land Nagashima Spa Land is worth the mention despite it being in Mie prefecture. If you are a roller coaster lover, this should be in your bucketlist. Nagashima Spaland is widely-known as the best theme park for roller coasters in Japan! With almost 12 roller coasters, it will definitely satisfy your desires for roller coasters!Not to worry for those who are not up for thrilling rides. There are over 50 rides to choose from, ranging from moderate ones suitable for children to Ferris wheels.In summer, you will be in luck as you can visit the Nagashima Jumbo Ocean Water Pool. This water theme park is packed with water slides and wave pools. It is a must for avid water theme park lovers to include this place in your itinerary for a summer vacation!Nagashima Spa Land is another part of what Nagashima Resort has to offer. Rest assurred that it will not be a wasted trip as you can visit Mitsui Outlet Park, an outlet mall. You can also enjoy nature in Nabana no Sato, a flower theme park with blooming flowers all year round. And if you are just looking for a place to wind, chill and relax like the local, you can visit Yuami no Shima, a natural bathhouse which includes day-spa and body-care services.Halal food: Mega Kebab in Nabana no Sato food courtAdmission Ticket: All access pass at ¥5,200 (SGD66)Address: 333 Nagashimacho Urayasu, Kuwana, Mie, JapanAccess: Direct bus from Nagoya Meitetsu Bus Center is available. Daily coach buses available from Osaka and Kobe (To make an advance reservation).   7) Hirakata Park Credit: Hirakata Park If you are giving Universal Studio Japan a pass but still want to get some thrill and fun, visit Hirakata Park. I am sure you will love this park as much as I do!This amusement park is nestled among residential areas. Enjoyable for people of all ages, it is one of the oldest theme parks in Japan. There's not much information on the web on this theme park but rest assured that it's worth a visit. Take note that the usage of English is limited here.The highlight of the ride here is the wooden roller coaster Elf. Don't be deceived by its material, thinking that it's nothing. I can promise you that this is one of the most exciting roller coasters I have ever ridden. You should also try Crazy Mouse - a ride so popular that it almost always has a long queue!Hirakata Park isn't only fun because of its nostalgic rides. Due to its vintage-feel, this makes the park picturesque. Furthermore, it is one of the best Cherry Blossom spots in spring. In the summer, you can indulge in the water theme park and during the winter, you can watch the prettiest illumination.This is a pay-as-you-go theme park. Thus, you may purchase an admission ticket to the park only and then pay for the selective rides separately.Halal food: Kebab food truck near Red Falcon.Admission Ticket: ¥4,400 (SGD55) for all access passAddress: 1-1 Hirakatakoencho, HirakataAccess: Alight at Hirakata-Koen Station by Keihan Line, 5 minutes walking distance from the station.   8) Yokohama Cosmoworld Credit: Yokohama Cosmoworld The Cosmo Clock 21, formerly known as the biggest Ferris Wheel in the world, is the most iconic trademark of Yokohama Cosmoworld. Overlooking Tokyo Bay, it is an amusement park that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.The park is divided into 3 main zones; one which consists of rides for kids and toddlers and the other two which consists of more thrilling rides. I recommend you to try 'Vanish', which is a roller coaster that goes straight into the water at high speed, or Ice World where you can feel extremely cold. And if you are daring enough, try out the haunted house!This is a pay-as-you-go theme park. Thus, you may purchase an admission ticket to the park only and then pay for the selective rides separately.Halal food: Port Terrace Cafe in JICA YokohamaPrayer room: Available in Yokohama World Porter. Request from the staff at the information counter to use the prayer room. Prayer mats and Qibla indicator are provided.Admission Ticket: Rides ranges from ¥300 (SGD4) to ¥800 (SGD10)Address: 2 Chome-8-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0001, JapanAccess: Alight at Minatomirai Station by Minatomirai Line or Sakuragicho Station by JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line.   9) Tokyo Dome City  Credit: Tokyo Dome City This place is definitely not foreign to people who go to Japan for concerts or baseball matches. Whether you are waiting for a concert to start or just killing time in between shopping, check out this amusement park!Of course, the highlight of this amusement park is Thunder Dolphin. Its unique course brings you in and out LaQua and goes through the Ferris wheel, Big O. The speedy roller coaster will shake the whole mall, tempting you to get on it but if that doesn't, I don't know what else will!This is a pay-as-you-go theme park. Thus, you may purchase an admission ticket to the park only and then pay for the selective rides separately.Halal food: There are no halal eateries around Tokyo Dome City. Therefore, you should pack a few snacks which will last you throughout the day.Admission Ticket: Ride prices range from ¥420 (SGD5) to ¥1,030 (SGD13)Address: 1-3-61, Koraku, Bunkyo-Ku, Tokyo 112-8575, JapanAccess: Alight at Korakuen Station by Marunouchi Line or Suidobashi Station by Sobu Line. So there you have it! The list of theme parks that you can visit when you're in Japan. I am positive that all these theme parks will spark joy and bring about great experiences to your trip, just like how it did to mine!...



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    Amzahzee

    Good Japanese food & Teh Tarik too!