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By Zach Hone

Working in and exploring the city of Hong Kong, located on the Southern coast of China, provides an interesting environment in which to conduct litigation matters, as well as a multitude of explorative experiences.

Although it is party to The Hague Evidence Convention, Mainland China prohibits the taking of depositions. As such, Hong Kong is logistically the most ideal city to depose witnesses who reside and work in Mainland China. Hong Kong has a plethora of international law firms and state-of-the-art conference facilities, giving lawyers options for where and how they conduct depositions, whether it is in person or via videoconference, renting out a fully staffed conference facility or partnering with a law firm.

The Planet Depos – American Realtime team has great passion for learning, exploring, and photographing cities in which we work. Through our own personal experiences, we would like to share some of the most interesting and exciting aspects of exploring Hong Kong.

The Top 3 Get-Away Attractions

Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden

The best way to travel here is via MTR, Hong Kong’s public railway transportation system. You can either buy an Octopus card or a one-way ticket to Diamond Hill on the Green Line. The process of purchasing and navigating is both straightforward and easy to manage. As you get off at Diamond Hill, there will be signs directing you to Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden, which should be about a 5-minute walk.

Chi Lin Nunnery is a Buddhist Temple complex established in 1934 and renovated in the Tang dynasty style in the 1990s. The buildings are wood framed without the use of iron nails. You will view immaculate gardens, temple halls, the Shakyamuni Buddha and other bodhisattvas.

Nan Lian Garden is an extremely well-kept garden area that is eloquently appointed. Each tree, branch, rock, and waterway is precisely placed and altered to specific methods. Beautiful and artfully done, you will be amazed as you walk through this masterpiece.

Tian Tian Buddha

Travel to the Big Buddha by MTR where you will exit the last stop called Tung Chung, off the Orange line. From there we recommend taking the cable car to view the statue of the Buddha up-close. The clear, glass-bottom cable car, which takes 25 minutes to reach the top, is a beautiful way to get a view of the natural side of Hong Kong. As you reach the peak, you will be amazed by the large brown statue out in the distance. It is then an awe-inspiring walk up to the base of the Buddha.

Lamma Island

Take the ferry at Pier 4 on Hong Kong Island to Yung Shue Wan. This 30-minute ferry ride allows the rider to see amazing views of the world-renowned Hong Kong cityscape. Grab a seat outside and take it all in. Once you dock on the island, follow the path through this quaint little town where there are plenty of great places to grab a bite. You can then continue on and take a hike up and through the hillsides where you will take in beautiful coastal views. A good place to target your hike is Lo So Shing Beach to grab a bit of sun and sand.

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