Hong Kong protests become a tourist attraction

Hong Kong protests become a tourist attraction

Lonely Planet says our protests are a spectacle, making Hong Kong one of the world's top cities to visit in 2012
Hong Kong protests
(Right) Hong Kong's traditional July 1 rally for democracy; (left) "Occupy Central," Hong Kong's version of the New York movement.

Hong Kong is number eight on Lonely Planet's list of top 10 cities to visit in 2012.

The popular travel guide recommends Hong Kong for its exotic attractions, such as the Star Ferry, Chinese fortune-telling and walled villages.

But mostly, they like Hong Kong protest rallies.

Lonely Planet calls Hong Kong "China's most liberated city" and predicts that 2012 will be an exciting year for the city as it continues the push for more democracy.

The guide describes Hong Kong rallies as a reflection of "vibrant indie music and literary scenes," with a host of creative performances by protestors catching the eye.

Some say it brings to mind the carnivalesque atmosphere of the 2010 protest against the political-reform package.

That rally took place outside the former Legislative Council building and used creative, non-violent protest stunts -- including an unfortunately widespread use of the World Cup 2010 icon, the vuvuzela.

Read more at: Best use of vuvuzela in Hong Kong: Protests against political reform package

The full list of Lonely Planet's list of cities to visit in 2012:

1. London
2. Muscat
3. Bengaluru (Bangalore)
4. Cádiz
5. Stockholm
6. Guimarães
7. Santiago
8. Hong Kong
9. Orlando
10. Darwin

After traveling around the world on a fistful of dollars, Zoe returns to Hong Kong, where she grew up, to discover and write about all the inspiring stuff that happens here on a daily basis.

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