While we sit and wait patiently for the day until we get to travel all around the world again, why don't we go on a virtual tour of Hong Kong?
Yep, that's right: you can now visit Hong Kong through a series of virtual-reality videos.
Visit Hong Kong from your living room!To remind everyone that Hong Kong is a leading travel destination, the Hong Kong Tourism Board recently announced their “360 Hong Kong Moments” global initiative.
The campaign saw the launch of a series of virtual-reality (VR) experiences aimed at shining the spotlight on the city’s renewed vibrancy and enthusiasm.
The “360 Hong Kong Moments” VR videos takes viewers on an all-encompassing adventure across Hong Kong, immersing viewers in the rhythm and sensations of the city one has never experience before.
From feeling the wind in your hair on the Ding Ding Tram to traversing between the urban jungle and the natural wonders of Hong Kong.
Each video is crafted to conjure a specific emotion, memory or experience of Hong Kong; especially for viewers who miss the city and for travellers who has never been to Hong Kong and are curious about the magnificent city.
Here are some of the landmarks you can check out:
Video 1: Urban Jungle – (featuring Quarry Bay)
Quarry Bay is an area beneath Mount Parker in the Eastern District of Hong Kong Island. The western portion of the area was also formerly known as Lai Chi. Traditionally being an industrial and residential area, the number of commercial buildings in this district has increased over the past two decades. Perhaps none of the building is more famous in the area than the Monster Building.
Video 2: Victoria Harbour (featuring Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter)
Victoria Bay, is the largest harbour in Asia and the third largest in the world. It is home to most of the ports of Hong Kong, making the city one of the world's busiest ports. The harbour bustles day and night with all manner of watercraft – from the historic Star Ferries to cruise liners, cargo ships, and wooden fishing vessels.
Video 3: Ding Ding Tram (featuring a ride along Hong Kong Island)
There is nothing quite like the Ding Ding Tram. Nicknamed ‘ding ding’ by locals – in reference to the double-bell ring used to notify pedestrians of their approach – Hong Kong’s much-loved double-deck trams have become an icon of the city. It is the most affordable way to travel around and one of the best ways to explore Hong Kong up close.
Video 4: Thrilling Nights (featuring City Hall Carpark)
You may want to wait till the sun sets to see Hong Kong in all its magnificent glory. Hong Kong’s night life is thrilling; there is so much to do, even an early bird may stay awake for a little cocktail and a little grooving on the dance floor.
Video 5: City vs Nature (featuring the Peak, and Bowen Road, Wanchai, Causeway Bay roundabout)
Nature accounts for about 75 per cent of Hong Kong’s land area. For a city known for its jungle of steel, concrete and glass; this may be a surprise to all that Hong Kong is actually more green than grey. With its rare proximity of man-made and nature, Hong Kong’s countryside has become a cherished breath of fresh air for the city’s residents and nature lobbing visitors.
On top of the '360 Hong Kong Moments' videos, you can also check out more of Hong Kong in the 'My Hong Kong, My Way' TV programme.
The travel series, which will bring you around Hong Kong, will be premiering on Asia Entertainment Channel (AEC) beginning 20 March. The series is also available on the Wah Lai Toi (CH 310) on Astro.
If you've always wanted to visit Hong Kong, this is your chance - well, until the whole pandemic is over, that is!