Exploring Hong Kong

Hong_KongWhen in Hong Kong make sure you don’t miss these Hong Kong highlights.

Hong Kong Skyline is one of the most stunning skylines in the world. And the best view of Hong Kong Island skyline is from the Kowloon waterfront – the Avenue of Stars at Tsim Sha Tsui.

Avenue of the Stars is the local version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame and celebrates the movie stars of cinema. It is located on Kowloon’s seaside promenade and offers fantastic views, day and night, of the Hong Kong skyline and Victoria Harbour. The Avenue can be reached from the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station or the Star Ferry terminal.

A Symphony of Lights (best viewed from the Avenue of the Stars) is a spectacular light and laser show, from more than 40 buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour, synchronized to music and staged every night at 8:00pm. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the light show is in English. Other nights it is in Mandarin or Cantonese. Spectators can tune their radios to FM103.4MHz for English (FM106.8 for Cantonese or FM107.9 for Mandarin). During one of Hong Kong’s many festivals there may also be spectacular fireworks (esp. Chinese New Year).

Victoria-Peak-hong-kongVictoria Peak – Enjoy the fantastic view of Hong Kong from the lookout on Victoria Peak. The view encompasses Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and Victoria Harbour and is excellent viewing day and night. Take the Peak Circle Walk or go directly to the Lugard Road Lookout for fabulous views over the harbour. There are more great vistas from the Lions View Point Pavilion and the viewing terrace at the Peak Galleria, as well as the Peak Tower Sky Terrace. There are many walking tracks around the peak that offer nice views of all sides of the island. There are two shopping malls: The Peak Tower and The Peak Galleria, which provide restaurants, a supermarket, and souvenir shops. In addition, you can visit Madame Tussauds – The world-famous wax museum now features more than 100 incredible wax likenesses of stars, world leaders and sports heroes displayed in five totally interactive themed settings within the Peak Tower complex. The famous old peak tram runs from Central [Lower Peak Tram Terminus on Garden Road] to the Peak or take the scenic bus to the Peak [Bus 15 from Exchange Square bus terminus (MTR Hong Kong Station Exit D), 30 minutes to Victoria Peak].

Hong Kong Disneyland located on Lantau Island and is best reached via the MTR Disneyland Resort Line from Sunny Bay Station. Hong Kong Disneyland is smaller than other Disney parks but offers some unique attractions such as “Festival of the Lion King” stage show, “Golden Mickey’s” stage show, “Mickey’s PhilharMagic 3D” show. The park is very busy around Chinese New Year but has short queues most of the year.

Ocean Park is an amusement park on the southern side of Hong Kong Island. The park has many rides including roller coasters.There are many aquariums and the most popular attraction is the giant pandas. Ocean Park is committed to promoting and supporting animal conservation in the Asia region. [Bus 629 from MTR Admiralty Station Exit B].

Happy Valley Racecourse [near Causeway Bay MTR station or tram to Happy Valley Tram Terminus] horse racing season runs from September to May and has the most convenient and impressive location, races take place on Wednesday nights [$10 entrance fee, take your passport and you can get in at tourist price of 1 HKD]. The South China Morning Post newspaper (on Wednesday) contains a racing guide section for Happy Valley. Most expatriates congregate at the beer garden (near the finish line) as the racing commentary is in English.

10000-buddhas-8Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is a famous Buddhist monastery and is located on the mountain behind Shatin Pai Tau Village nearby the KCR Shatin railway station (5 minute walk). This is one of the best temples to visit. The complex comprises five temples, four pavilions, a pagoda, a veranda, over 12,000 Buddha statutes and, of course, monkeys. At the opposite side of the main temple is the 9-storey Pagoda, which was selected as the symbol of Hong Kong printed on the HK$100 note.

Ngong Ping 360 is a 25 minute cable car ride, with a fantastic view of the island, from Tung Chung to the culturally themed Ngong Ping Village high atop a mountain plateau on Lantau Island. View the “Walking with Buddha” multimedia facility that takes you through the life of Siddhartha Gautama – the man who became Buddha – and his path to enlightenment. Five minutes walk from Ngong Ping Village, you’ll find the Po Lin Monastery and the serene Giant Buddha, the world’s tallest outdoor seated bronze Buddha statue. From Ngong Ping Village, you can take a bus or taxi to explore other parts of Lantau Island, including the famous stilt houses of Tai O Fishing Village or the magic of Hong Kong Disneyland. [MTR Tung Chung Station Exit B and walk 5 minutes to the Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal]

Golden Bauhinia Square (also known as The Expo Promenade) outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on the Wan Chai waterfront marks the most significant occasion in Hong Kong’s history – the return of the former British colony to the People’s Republic of China. See all the pomp and ceremony of the official daily flag raising (7.50am) at the Golden Bauhinia Square [MTR Wan Chai Station Exit A5].

Boats-in-Aberdeen-harbour-007Aberdeen Harbour is home to hundreds of people living on fishing junks take a sampan (boat) ride or take in the view from one of two magnificent floating restaurants where you can taste delicious fresh seafood. [Bus 70 from Exchange Square bus terminus (MTR Hong Kong Station D), get off near Aberdeen Promenade].

Ping Shan Heritage Trail (in Tin Shui Wai, New Territories) is a kilometre-long trail through three villages and contains some of the most significant historical buildings in Yuen Long District of the New Territories including Hong Kong’s only ancient pagoda (Tsui Shing Lau) which is believed to date back more than 600 years. [MTR Tin Shui Wai Station Exit E]

Harbour Cruise on Victoria Harbour, one of the world’s busiest and most impressive natural harbours, is a great way to take in the sights of Hong Kong. The Symphony of Lights cruise is very popular.

Kowloon Walled City Park was originally the site of a walled Chinese fort. After Hong Kong Island was ceded to Great Britain in 1842, the fort’s role was to police the Chinese side of the Harbour. Later the Chinese abandoned the fort. The Chinese and British authorities finally agreed to clear the site in 1987 and transform it into this beautiful Chinese park and garden. [Take a taxi from MTR Lok Fu Station to the entrance on Tung Tau Tsuen Road or Bus 1 from Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry bus terminus to Tung Tau Tower Road (opposite the park)]

Wetland Park is an ecological park with a network of board walks built over the marsh land and bird watching towers. There is a visitors centre and museum. The museum has many interactive exhibits ideal for children and some live animal habitats. [KCR West Rail to Tin Shui Wai Station then Light Rail 705/706 to Wetland Park station

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One Response to “Exploring Hong Kong”

  1. JohnMarch 14, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    Hong kong is nice place…. it’s comepletly made for tourist..

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