Hong Kong Travel Guide


Aberdeen, located on Hong Kong Island's south side is home to about 600 junks which house over 6,000 boat dwellers. This area, which had originally been the most important fishing port in Hong Kong before British rule, is one of the oldest and most popular tourist attractions.

Tsim Sha Tsui, at the tip of the Kowloon Peninsula, is the territory's tourist ghetto. It consists of one sq km of shops, restaurants, pubs, topless bars and camera stores. However, Kowloon is also home to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Space Museum, the famous Peninsula Hotel and the Museum of History. The Promenade, in East Tsim Sha Tsui, is a great place for a stroll, and has wonderful views of Victoria Harbour, particularly at night.

Food District
Over the years, Kowloon City has evolved from an industrial district into a residential area, and today is a treasure-trove of international cuisine with Asian eateries very much in the spotlight. Delicious and inexpensive, they offer a variety of Southeast Asian delights, Cantonese and Chiu Chow dishes, as well as scrumptious local desserts. Most of the restaurants are small, family-run businesses with friendly service.

Victoria Peak
There are several things to be experienced while at Victoria Park on Hong Kong Island. There is the Peak Tram, a historic landmark since it was built in 1888, that takes you from Garden Road to the Tower on Victoria Peak.
The Peak is Hong Kong's number one tourist destination, playing host to more than 6 million visitors each year. It features the city's oldest and most reliable mode of public transport, The Peak Tram, in operation since 1888. The most enjoyable and spectacular way to reach The Peak is to take a ride on the Peak Tram. At the summit, visitors arrive at The Peak Tower, the city's most unusual building and icon. The unique "wok" shaped tower sits at an elevation of 396 metres. Viewing terraces located on different levels of the tower offer spectacular views of the Hong Kong and Kowloon skylines, including Victoria Harbour. The Peak Tower also puts visitors in touch with Hong Kong's lesser known, but equally breathtaking natural side. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll along one of the nature trails starting from The Peak Tower and relax among the lush green vegetation while enjoying a 360-degree view of Hong Kong.

Ocean Park / Water World
Ocean Park is an entertainment center with an oceanarium, Atoll Reef, a marine section with penguins and performing orcas, a roller coaster, 2,000 bird aviary, butterfly house, and the Middle Kingdom, which is a passage through Chinese history from China's inception to the current era. Visitors can take cable cars to the top of Brick Hill from the park entrance, an experience that takes an hour from the entrance up to the top. Avoid going to the park on windy days, as the cable cars aren't operated when it's windy. Next to Ocean Park is Water World, a water park that is open during the summer.

Stanley has an interesting background as a pirate hideout as well as a fishing village and has since become a bustling area known for it's beaches, shopping at Stanley Market, and Stanley Prison. Also found in here is the Tin Hua Temple and the Hong Kong Sea School.

Repulse Bay
The most popular beach in Hong Kong is found at Repulse Bay, found on the southern part of the island. On weekends, the beaches are filled with people enjoying the sand and the views of some islands in the South China Sea. Unfortunately, some tend to call it "Repulsive Bay" after the weekend crowds go away because of all the garbage left behind.

Star Ferry
Star Ferry can be both inexpensive and romantic. For shutterbugs a ride on the ferry provides the optimum angle from which to snatch fantastic views of Victoria Harbor.

Museum of Coastal Defence
Museum of Coastal DefenceHong Kong's strategic position on the South China Sea coast has always made it vulnerable to invasion by sea. One of the formidable military installations built by the British in the 1880s to ward off just such a possibility is now home to an intriguing exhibition of military memorabilia covering 600 years from the Ming and Qing periods.

Chinese New Year Flower Market
Chinese New Year Flower MarketThe sight of excited families trundling down the road with a huge bundle of pink-blossomed peonies, or carrying an orange tree or a bunch of pussy willows or some other blossoms to decorate their home is a sure sign that its Chinese New Year in Hong Kong. Peonies - and the bigger the bunch the better - represent abundance and success. Any businessman worth his salt will be looking for the biggest bunch he can find for his place of business. Orange trees are auspicious too as their colour reminds one of gold. A fetching vase of pussy willows literally means that 'silver (coins) will come'.

Eastern District Tourist Trail (Shau Kei Wan Section)
Hidden amidst the high-rise residential towers of Eastern District is a trail that will introduce you to the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You'll discover vestiges of Hong Kong's seafaring past at the A Kung Ngam Shipyards and the Shau Kei Wan Wholesale Fish Market. (The sea has always been an important part of life in Shau Kei Wan. Its name comes from the shape of the neighbouring bay: shau kei means "pail" and wan means "bay".)

Hollywood Road
The best way to explore this historic area in Hong Kong's Central District is undoubtedly on foot. At the western end of the road is Hollywood Road Park, where a photo display shows the original old settlement close to this area, which was constantly swept by outbreaks of bubonic plague.

Stanley Main Street and Murray House
Stanley is one of Hong Kong's most popular destinations, an exciting and low-cost shopping centre and a place of considerable historical interest. Seven days a week the open market around Stanley New Street and Stanley Market Road throbs with the passing parade of life as bargain-hunters from all over the world join in the fun of haggling with shopkeepers and stallholders after swooping on items of brand-name clothing and accessories, or simply irresistible souvenirs, ornaments and other Oriental knick-knacks.

New Territories
Although a third of Hong Kong's population lives in new towns constructed in the New Territories, the area has some scenic escapes, including the Sai Kung Peninsula, in the east, which is an unspoilt playground for hikers, campers, swimmers and boaters. Bird-watchers head to the Mai Po Marsh; cyclists and walkers head to Plover Cove Reservoir; hiking enthusiasts set out on the 100km-long (62mi-long) MacLehose Trail which spans the New Territories from Tuen Mun in the west to Pak Tam Chung in the east. Shui Tau, a walled village on the outskirts of Kam Tin, is one of several small communities in the area famous for its carved roofs and traditional-style Chinese houses.

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