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For my 16th birthday, we planned the most wonderful trip ever to Hong Kong. OMG!!!! I can’t tell you how long it took for the day to finally arrive but at last we were on our way. We left JFK Airport, New York to Frankfurt, Germany (stopover) to Hong Kong, China. 

                                    
            We arrive at the Hollywood Hotel in Hong Kong. The hotel is gorgeous. We can walk to Disney Hong Kong. From the hotel you can walk directly to the trains and be anywhere in no time. While in Hong Kong we visited Ocean Park which has the world’s highest escalator. While I am proud to say that I rode on the escalator, I must also mention that I am afraid of heights so this was probably the single scariest thing I have ever done. We went on a roller coaster that was incredible. It had more loop-de-loops than I could count and it even extended over the water so it was really eerie riding on it. This amusement park was a rush and a must if you ever decide to go to Hong Kong. 
                                    
            Another great thing about Hong Kong was the food. My father knows a lot of people in Hong Kong because of his business so we went places to eat that not everyone might know about. If you go to the local towns, you will have an eating experience you will never forget. The locals actually go to markets and pick out their own fish LIVE and have it delivered to restaurants to be cooked however they want. Just imagine picking your food live, taking a walk across the street, and then having the food served to you. It was the freshest and most delicious food I had ever eaten. 
          
            In addition to the wonderful food, Hong Kong is also known for being religious. There are temples all over the country. We took the Ngong Ping Tram to take us to the Po Lin Monastery and Tian Tan Buddha Statue so that we could learn more about the Buddhist religion and better understand the Chinese culture.
 
            Hong Kong has a very unique landscape. What makes it so different is that it is very mountainous and surrounded by water. Because Hong Kong is so small and heavily populated, its buildings are built to enormous heights. We saw this firsthand when we took the Peak Tram to Victoria Peak which is the highest point in Hong Kong. From the top of the peak, you can see all of Hong Kong. 
                              
            After visiting Victoria Peak we decided to visit Hong Kong Harbor. We were lucky because we were in Hong Kong at the same time that the Olympics were going on. There was a huge display at the harbor dedicated to the Olympics. The German Olympic Handball team just happened to be on the flight we took over so we felt like a part of the Olympics. 
    
            Finally, we chose to visit mainland China so that we could compare the food. We had an authentic hot pot with my father’s friends. Hot pot is a dish where a pot is put in the middle of the table that has regular oil and spicy oil to cook your food in. You choose whatever food you want to eat and cook it yourself in the oil. The only thing on the table that I recognized was the Coca Cola!
                                  
            After Hong Kong we went to Singapore and then went home. I wished our vacation never had to end.
 
 
 

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