Hong Kong

Areas of Hong Kong

Hong Kong Island ( 香港島)

Hong Kong Island is located in the southern part of the eponymous region. The history of the island is closely connected to Great Britain, as it became a territory ceded by China to the British Empire as a result of the First Opium War.
It is said that Hong Kong Island is the heart of the Hong Kong region. It is the administrative, business and shopping center. It is also famous among hikers for its beautiful mountain ranges that are around the inhabited part of the island, with its highest point reaching 573m. Hong Kong Island is a place where natural beauty is perfectly combined with the urban area. It is very different because it is the fourth largest place in the world in terms of its population density.
Hong Kong Island is full of tourist attractions, and there are a lot of historical sites along with observation decks.

Kowloon Peninsula

The Kowloon Peninsula is located in the south of the main landmass, but to the north of Hong Kong Island. More than half of Hong Kong’s land makes up the Kowloon Peninsula, which is known as the industrial center of Hong Kong. Victoria Harbour surrounds the peninsula on three sides.
The Kowloon Peninsula used to be an area to escape from China during the dynastic times.
The peninsula is encircled by a mountain range from the north, including the 602m high Kowloon Peak. It is a very popular destination for hiking, as there are a lot of comfortable campsites in several country parks. The most popular parks are the Lion Rock Park, Jordan Valley Park Community Garden, Shing Mun Country Park, Tai Mo Shan Park and many others. Enjoy!
It is easy to go to the Kowloon Peninsula from Hong Kong Island by boat. Similar to the central part of Hong Kong, there are a lot of skyscrapers on the peninsula.

New Territories (新界;)

The New Territories is an important region of Hong Kong and makes up 86.2% of the whole area.
It is exciting to visit the New Territories of Hong Kong in order to see natural attractions and experience the different culture. Attractions include several walled villages, such as Fan Ling, Sheung Shui and Yuen Long. It is interesting to see ancient temples and other historical sites in these villages, while the town of Sha Tin is especially known for the 1000 Buddhas Monastery and a particularly intriguing museum.
For those who like hiking activities, it would be perfect to visit Sai Kung Peninsula in the Global Geopark, protected by UNESCO. There are a lot of natural trails, delicious seafood and swimming at quaint beaches.
The area of the New Territories is worth spending several days in, but in case if your time is limited, you may travel around the territory by the aboveground metro, which allows you to still see everything as you zoom by.

Lantau Island

Lantau Island is the largest island of Hong Kong. It is located in the southeast, at the mouth of the river Zhujiang, which is also called the Pearl River. Part of Lantau Island belongs to the Island district of Hong Kong.
Lantau Island used to be a simple fishing village, but is a very developed area nowadays. It is sometimes called “the lungs of Hong Kong” because of dense forests on it.
Most tourists in Hong Kong begin their acquaintance with it on Lantau Island, since the Hong Kong International Airport is located there. It is easy to reach Hong Kong Island and some other islands, since the 3.5km long Lantau Island had been constructed in 1997 in order to make movement between islands easier.
Children adore Lantau Island for the Hong Kong Disneyland located on it, while adults prefer to visit the aerial tramway, Ngong Ping 360.

Lamma Island (南丫島)

The third largest island in the Hong Kong region is Lamma Island. It is considered to be part of the Island District.
The previous name of Lamma Island was Pok Liu Chau, which came from Chinese. It is funny to know that the current name of the island appeared at the end of the 18th century by mistake. Originaly, it was spelled with one “m” only but there had been a spelling mistake on some official documents, resulting in its current name.
If you like history, you would appreciate the fact that there are archaeological findings on the island that date back to more than 5,000 years ago.
Lamma Island would be an especially interesting to visit for people who have an alternative way of thinking because it is known as a place for hippies and other types of people who enjoy life despite everything. It is a very peaceful location.
Lamma Island is also, however, a festive place. Moreover, fishing is a very popular activity on the island and there is even a fishing festival that takes place there. The celebration of Chinese New Year takes place on the island every February.
If you want to visit Lamma Island thoroughly, make time to visit Kamikaze Cave, Hung Shing Yeh Beach and Yung Shue Wan Main Street for shopping.

Repulse Bay

Repulse Bay is located on the Southern side of Hong Kong Island.
According to legend, the bay used to be a base for pirates. The Royal Navy repulsed the Bay of pirates, giving it its name. Repulse Bay only became a tourist destination in the beginning of the 20th century, when the beach was discovered there. Ten years later, the luxurious Repulse Bay Hotel was built in colonial style in the area. It has since hosted many celebrities and representatives of royalty. The hotel still exists at the same site today. The route to the bay from the central part of the Hong Kong Island has become one of the oldest roads in Hong Kong, and it was only recently that an established metro line was constructed to the bay. Repulse Bay was a strategic location during the World War II and remains very important nowadays but for very different reasons. Most luxury hotels of Hong Kong are located in its territory.

Lan Kwai Fong and Hollywood Roads

Lan Kwai Fong and Hollywood roads are two famous roads in the center of the Hong Kong region.
Lan Kwai Fong is widely known as LKF. Undoubtedly, it is one of the most crowded, loud and colorful streets in the city. If you want to fully saturate your day, you should visit Lan Kwai Fong Street during the evening. You will never be bored or hungry in this street, as it is full of street hawkers. It is a great place for having dinner, shopping and clubbing. Lan Kwai Fong is connected to D’Aguilar Street on both sides.
Hollywood Street runs between two districts located on Hong Kong Island – Central and Sheung Wan. It was the second road built in Hong Kong after the region became a British colony in the middle of the 19th century. It is said that the street was named after the holy shrubs growing in Hong Kong. Hollywood Street is full of Buddha statues and antique shops. You should at least visit Man Mo Temple and the Union Church in the street. It is interesting that the American movie, The World of Suzie Wong, was partly recorded on Hollywood Street in Hong Kong.

Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden

If you like to visit religious attractions, you should definitely visit the Chi Lin Nunnery together with the Nan Lian Garden that surrounds it.
Although the Chi Lin Nunnery was founded in the 1930s, it was decorated with wood in the typical style of the Tang dynasty, which ruled the Chinese territories in the 1st century AD.
There are ponds around the nunnery, which are decorated with lotus flowers according to the Buddhist tradition. If you have time, you should definitely visit the Chi Lin Temple in order to enjoy incredible halls with statues made of wood. There are a lot of divine statues of Buddha in the temple, who is considered to be its protector and inspiration.
Nan Lian Garden around the temple is one of the most harmonious natural attractions in Hong Kong. The garden covers 3.5 hectares of various plants, rocky hills, water landmarks and other relaxing attractions. Some amazing festivals and exhibitions take place in the garden from time to time.

Aberdeen and Stanley Areas

Aberdeen is an area on Hong Kong Island that is popular amongst both tourists and local fishermen. When you see the quantity of boats in the Aberdeen Harbour, you won’t doubt that this town is the fisherman capital of Hong Kong. The economy of this place is connected with fishing industry. The town is adored for its floating villages with bobbing restaurants where you may try any number of different seafood dishes.
Stanley is another beautiful area in the southern part of Hong Kong Island. It is located on the beautiful peninsula of Tai Tam Bay. There are a lot of wonderful beaches in the area where you can go windsurfing. The Stanley Main Beach deserves special attention, as it is especially beautiful. The first thing that tourists see in the Stanley area is the market, but if you go farther inside, you will find Stanley Square, a cozy spot to hangout. There are also the Old Stanley Police Station, Tin Hau Temple of the Southern District and Murray House on the square.

Ngong Ping Village (Ngong Ping 360)

The Ngong Ping Village has one of the most notable attractions in Hong Kong – the Ngong Ping 360. The attraction is the observation point itself, which is located on the eponymous plateau, and provides a stunning view of the beautiful Lantau Island and surrounding areas.
The Ngong Ping Cable Car makes it easy to ascend the hill. The trip takes 25 minutes, and you will have one of the most amazing views in your life, as the cable car is among 10 of the most attractive cable cars in the world. You are able to choose a cable car cabin to suit your preferences: the normal one, the crystal or even the private one.
The Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha are the most notable attractions in the area of the Ngong Ping Village. It is possible to have a rest, dinner or even to spend several days in the village, where you will have a chance to travel around the outstanding attractions, mostly dedicated to Buddha. You should also attend one of many festivals, which periodically take place in the Ngong Ping Village.
Overall, you should visit the village in order to feel the spirit of a new culture. Also, you should go up to the Ngong Ping 360 in order to see the amazing natural views of the neighbourhood.

Historical/Religious Landmarks

Hong Kong Museum of History

The Hong Kong Museum of History was founded along with the Hong Kong Museum of Art as a result of a merger between the City Museum of Hong Kong and the Art Gallery in 1975.
The museum changed its location several times, and it is currently located on Chatham Road South since 1998.
It is good to know that you do not have to pay anything for the permanent exhibition of the museum, “The Hong Kong Story,” as it is free of charge. You are also allowed to take photos there. There are several temporary exhibitions in the museum at all times, which you can attend for a fee, and visitors are not allowed to bring cameras inside.
The main exhibition of the museum is amazing. It covers a massive period of history, tracing back over 400 million years.
The Hong Kong Museum of History has five branches: Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum at Mid-levels in Central, the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence at Shau Kei Wan, Law Uk Folk Museum at Chai Wan, the Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum at Sham Shui Po and Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery inside Quarry Bay Park.

Victoria Harbour (維多利亞港)

The name of the harbour came from the first city of Victoria built in the Hong Kong territory when the island became part of the British colony. The harbour is located between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula and also has four islands within the territory.
The Victoria Harbour became popular in the 19th century, when it turned into a common place for storage vessels and sports activities.
Today, the Victoria Harbour is one of the most important harbours in the world. It is also very beautiful and therefore attracts a lot of tourists to Hong Kong. This place is especially awesome at night. You should climb either the Victoria Peak or the Peak Tower in order to have the best view of the stunning Victoria Harbour and the other shores of the South China Sea.
Moreover, the Victoria Harbour is a popular place for setting off fireworks during big holidays.
Even though ecologists are not happy with the harmful influence of Victoria Harbour to the environment of the region, it remains to be a must-see attraction in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Science Museum

Although the Hong Kong Science Museum has amazing exhibitions intended for kids only, they are also very interesting for adults, as the museum is very informative.
The museum is very educational and children can try different things and learn through hands-on experiences. All the exhibits have explanations, making it easier to understand their meaning while playing. It helps kids to start to think practically and might inspire them to invent something new.
The museum is pretty large, and it is divided into different parts. One section is dedicated to natural history, another is about animals and their particular roles in nature and yet another is about scientific inventions. You will find dangling airplanes, descriptions of physics laws and biological inventions in the Hong Kong Science Museum.
Keep in mind that the entrance to the museum on Wednesdays is free, but it may be pretty crowded on that day. The museum is also busy on weekends.

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (香港會議展覽中心)

The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center is mostly known by its abbreviation HKCEC. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, together with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC), are the owners of the convention and exhibition centre. However, a different company manages it.
Together with the Asia World-Expo, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is the main venue in the region. You will easily find the center, since it is located in the same area as the infamous Victoria Harbour on Hong Kong Island.
It is a comfortable venue for different kinds of events, and it has already housed more than 44,000 events and accommodated more than 92 million people since 1988 when the venue was opened to the public.
There are two theatres open for actors and audiences, five exhibition halls suitable for various expositions, seven restaurants for having delicious lunches and a lot of rooms for business needs.
It is interesting to go to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center in order to learn more about the Chinese way of business and to enjoy some amazing exhibits.

Wong Tai Sin Temple (Sik Sik Yuen Temple)

The Wong Tai Sin Temple is a famous shrine in Hong Kong dedicated to Wong Tai Sin – the divine deity of Taoism. He lived in the territory of China in the 1st century AD. In direct translation from Chinese, the name of the deity means “Great Immortal Wong”. Wong Tai Sin is respected in the Chinese world for his extraordinary healing abilities.
When Wong Tai Sin understood he could help people, everyone was invited to visit him and ask for healing advice. All Chinese people knew him, but Doctor Leung played an important role in constructing the temple. He opened a pharmacy and placed an altar with the face of Wong Tai Sin at its doors. The altar became popular, but an enormous fire burnt down his medicine shop in 1918. Three years after, Leung, who had recently arrived to Hong Kong, received a message from Wong Tai Sin, asking him to build a new shrine.
The Wong Tai Sin Temple is located on Lion Rock in the northern part of the Kowloon Peninsula. The beautiful Good Wish Garden is located around the temple.
The shrine is known for its wise monks, who practice Kau Cim constantly. The main point of the practice is to always be aware of the affirmation, “You receive exactly what you request”.

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (萬佛寺)

The other name of the monastery is Man Fat Sze. The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is the main attraction of Pai Tau Village in the New Territories of Hong Kong. It is located on Po Fook Hill and has stunning surroundings.
Devoted Buddhist, Yuet Kai, founded the temple in 1951 and you can still see his body there today. Despite its monastery status, no monks actually reside in the temple.
The monastery is one of the most popular Buddhist temples in the world, due to the 12,800-or-so Buddha figures inside. Even en route, you will come across a number of golden Buddha statues.
This place is a peaceful and even tranquil area in the center of the busy city.

Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) and Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery

The Tian Tan Buddha Statue and Po Lin Monastery are the most remarkable attractions of Lantau Island.
The Tian Tan Buddha is mostly known as the Big Buddha because it is huge with a height of 34m and weight of 250 metric tons. The statue consists of 202 small pieces of bronze.
The Big Buddha Statue was created in 1993 in order to highlight harmonious relations between people and the environment, as well as the dedicated faith of the people.
The statue of the Big Buddha is surrounded by six small Buddhas, which are called “The Offering of the Six Devas”. This ensemble symbolizes wisdom, patience, generosity, morality, zeal and meditation.
The Tian Tan Buddha is located very close to the Po Lin Monastery. It is not surprising that the monastery is a Buddhist one. Two faithful monks founded the temple in 1906. The shrine was originally named “The Big Hut”, but changed its name to the current one 18 years later.

Che Kung Temple (車公廟)

The Che Kung Temple is widely known as Che Kung Miu. It is actually two temples, created in honor of the military commander, Che Kung, who commanded during the 12-13th centuries of ancient China. The temples are fully dedicated to the outstanding personality of “Lord Che”, who is now considered a god of protection. That is why all the other temples in Hong Kong are partially dedicated to Che Kung.
One of the temples is located in Ho Chung and the other is in Sha Tin.
The Che Kung Temple in the Sha Tin district of the New Territories was built at the end of the 20th century in Japanese style, but the original temple was built during medieval times. It is located behind the walls now. The modern temple becomes very popular during the celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year. Many local people and even officials go to the temple for worship during this period. You can also meet Fortune-tellers in the temple all year round.
The other temple is located at the Ho Chung River in the Sai Kung District. This Che Kung Temple, built in the middle of the 16th century, is one of the oldest in Hong Kong.

Tsing Ma Bridge

The Tsing Ma Bridge is one of the parts of the Lantau Link, which connects the Hong Kong International Airport with Hong Kong Island. The Tsing Ma Bridge is notable as one of the longest spanning suspension bridges in the world. It has the ninth rank now, but when it was constructed in 1997, it claimed second place. It took 2.5 years to build it in accordance to the design created by the Mott MacDonald Group in 1989. The length of the main bridge spans 1377m and so, the Tsing Ma Bridge is the largest bridge considering those with vehicle and rail crossings. With a width of 41m, it has six lanes of traffic.
The name of the bridge comes from two islands, Tsing Yi and Ma Wan, which are linked with the Tsing Ma Bridge.
The bridge provides opportunities for both highway and railway at different levels. There is also the supplementary road of two lanes downwards to the main deck, which is in use for maintenance and emergency.
The Tsing Ma Bridge has become a notable symbol of Hong Kong and you may have a full view of the bridge from the observation deck on Tsing Yi Island at the eastern end of the bridge. Moreover, the bridge can be seen from the Airport Core Programme Exhibition Centre, which is just two kilometers away from the bridge.

Avenue of Stars (星光大道)

The idea of the Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong was taken from the Hollywood Walk of Fame in California, USA. It is full of stars dedicated to honoured celebrities of the Hong Kong film industry along the way.
The idea of the Avenue of Stars started in 1982, when the New World Group built an attractive promenade along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. Thanks to investments, the project was implemented and the official opening of the avenue was held in April 2004. There were names of 73 celebrities, chosen by the Hong Kong Film Award Association, but the list has increased up to more than 100 people immortalized in the Avenue of Stars.
It is impossible to miss the Avenue of Stars if you decide to visit the Victoria Harbour, as it is located in the same place. Besides the famous Avenue of Stars, there are also other attractions along the seafront, such as the Clock Tower, the Cultural Centre, the Space Museum and the Museum of Art. The statue of the famous actor, Bruce Lee, especially deserves some special attention.

Parks and Markets

Ocean Park

Ocean Park is a large amusement complex with marine animals. The theme park inside is the largest in Asia and is one of the most visited in the world. The big roller coaster, the large aquarium and a giant panda bear are among the main attractions of Ocean Park.
There is a mountain in the center of the park, which divides Ocean Park into two parts: the Waterfront and the Summit. There is 1.5km between these parts, and you can reach a both with the help of the Ocean Express funicular or cable car system.
Even though Ocean Park is considered to be a popular tourist attraction, its administration also aims to teach about wildlife and to protect it.
Ocean Park is located in Nam Long Shan and Wong Chuk Hang in the Southern District of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Park

Hong Kong Park is a large public park in the central district of Hong Kong. It is located near Pacific Place.
The park was founded in 1991 at the site of Cantonment Hill by the initiative of the Governor of Hong Kong. It is a place where modern facilities meet wonderful landscape.
Hong Kong Park is notable for some historical buildings there including: the houses of the Victoria Barracks, which were built in the beginning of the 20th century, and the Flagstaff House built at the end of the 19th century, which is now the Museum of Teaware.
Hong Kong Park is a large area full of different small gardens, greenhouses and natural exhibitions. There is also a modern sports center in the park, which is dominated by the squash center.
Thanks to its stunning design, the American Institute of Architects awarded Hong Kong Park first place for Urban Design in 1998. It was also considered one of the Top Ten Buildings in 2000.

Kowloon Park

Kowloon Park is a huge public park managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. You will find it in Tsim Sha Tsui on the Kowloon Peninsula.
Kowloon Park was founded in the area of the former British Whitfield Barracks in 1970 and is open all year round. The park appeared naturally in an area where more than 70 buildings were demolished.
The park offers a lot interesting attractions for its visitors, such as a swimming pool complex, sports centre, walking trails, and a lake for bird watching. If you are attentive enough, you may see up to 100 different species of birds in the park. The flora of the park is also wonderful. The centerpiece of the flora is the Rose Garden and the stone wall trees along the path in the Kowloon park.
Local people liked the idea of the Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong, and they decided to arrange another avenue dedicated to celebrities. That is the reason why the Avenue of Comic Stars appeared in Kowloon Park in 2012. There are 24 famous comedian stars along with 10 handprints in the alley.
There is also a historical site in Kowloon Park, the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre, which replaced the former Whitfield Barracks. It is especially popular among children as a playground.

Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens (香港動植物公園)

The Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens are pretty old. It is said, that they were once a private house of the Governor of Hong Kong called the “Bing Tau”. At first, it was only a Botanical Garden, which was opened for visitors in 1871, but, in 1975, administration changed the name to the Zoological and Botanical Gardens due to the growing number of animals in the garden.
The gardens were divided into two parts: The western is mostly zoological, where reptiles and mammals are located, while the eastern part is a botanical garden with playgrounds for children. It is known as the Old Garden.
There is a monument to King George VI that was erected as as a memorial of the 100th anniversary of British colonial rule on Hong Kong island.
If you go to the gardens in the evening, do not miss seeing the illuminated Garden Fountain.
You will find the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens on the northern slope of the Victoria Peak, which is the highest mountain on Hong Kong Island.

Hong Kong Wetland Park

If you are in the New Territories, go to the north of Tin Shui Wai in order to visit the Hong Kong Wetland Park.
The wetland park was opened to the public in 2006. Hong Kong Wetland Park is a recreational place, but it also has an educational context; it shows the rich diversity of the wetland ecosystem in Hong Kong and explains why people should conserve them.
The natural diversity of the Wetland Park is very large and includes pleasurable lotus flowers, which are evergreen flourishing flowers. In addition, you can go bird watching and relax amongst the flowers.
In case it starts to rain, there are also indoor exhibits, which are no less informative.
Hong Kong Wetland Park is a perfect place for a family rest. Keep in mind that there is humid microclimate in the park, so you should bring mosquito repellent, an umbrella and a sunscreen. Do not forget your binoculars if you want to watch small birds and insects.

Victoria Peak (太平山)

Victoria Peak is ranked as the highest point of Hong Kong Island, although its height is only 552m above the sea level. The highest point of the whole region is 957m. Locals also know the peak as Mount Austin from when it was named after a Governor’s house built on the hill.
TV and radio antennas occupy the highest platform of Victoria Peak, and it is forbidden to go there despite the attractive view from the very top.
There is a beautiful observation point on Victoria Peak from where you may have a perfect view of the Victoria Harbour, the Central District and even of Lamma Island. You can view the cityscape with special telescopes on the observation deck.
Unlike the other areas of Hong Kong, Victoria Peak boasts a temperate climate, a refreshing change from the heat and humidity of the city.
As you will have noticed, this is very touristy place where everything refers to “The Peak.” You may take the Peak Tram funicular at St. John’s Cathedral or Peak Road in order to reach the Peak Tower and the Peak Gallery.
Victoria Peak has rich flora and fauna. There are many special species of birds and butterflies in the area.

Ladies Market

The Ladies Market is one of the most picturesque places in Hong Kong. You may buy a lot of original souvenirs there. There are also good options for choosing an additional bag for all the new items you buy! Moreover, there are a lot of fashionable things in the market that are influenced by trends in China, Japan and Korea.
Be ready for speaking and bargaining a lot in a form of fast, expressive bartering.
This is also one of the busiest areas in the city, so if you aren’t in the mood for large crowds of people, you should not go to the Ladies Market. Of course, beware of pickpockets.
The Ladies Market is much more attractive during the evening when it becomes brightly illuminated. You may choose one of the enjoyable restaurants and taste traditional Hong Kong delicacies while basking in the market’s glow.
The market is located in a very interesting area not far from popular historical attractions such as the All Saints’ Church, Shui Yuet Temple, Tong-Lau and many others.

Temple Street Night Market (庙街)

The Temple Street Night Market is the most popular trade area during the evening. The best time to visit is from 7pm to 10pm.
The market is named for the Tin Hau Temple located on the main drag.
Products of the street market are various and range from souvenirs, electronics and kitchenware, to clothes, and even rice with seafood. All goods are very attractive, so beware of spending a lot of money there. You should bargain a lot in order to obtain a realistic price. Even you are not going to spend money there, you go to the market for the overwhelming smells and festive atmosphere.
The Temple Street Market is so bright and memorable that it has become an area where a lot of films were shot. It is very vibrant and musical. Visiting Temple Street Night Market means visiting an outdoor theatre where you will find herbalists, fortune-tellers and plenty of other extraordinary market people.

Victoria Park (維多利亞公園)

Victoria Park is a large park located in Causeway Bay. It is a major attraction in the north of Hong Kong Island. The park was named for Queen Victoria after Hong Kong became a British colony, and there is a nice statue of the Queen inside the park.
People come here from all over the city in order to have some time to relax in nature. This place is peaceful and tranquil.
Victoria Park was opened in 1957 on the site of a typhoon shelter, but it has been increasingly renovated since the beginning of the current century. The renovations allowed the park to become a popular destination for athletic people as well. There are tennis and basketball courts, a swimming pool and bowling facilities in the park. There are also several playgrounds for children.
The Victoria Park has become a venue for celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year and other exhibitions and festivals.

Dragon's Back

If you associate Hong Kong with high skyscrapers and saturated urban areas, you will be surprised when you go to the Dragon’s Back Nature Trail. It is one of the most amazing paths on Hong Kong Island.
The Dragon’s Back Trail traverses along the Dragon’s Back Ridge in an undulating shape similar to dragon’s spine. The path reaches a height of about 200m above sea level along the Shek O Country Park in the D’Aguilar Peninsula from Shek O Peak to Wan Cham Shan.
You will have outstanding picturesque views from the trail of the coastal area and offshore islands. Its length is 8.5 kilometers, but it goes by fast thanks to the fantastic scenery around you. Do not hide your camera far!
If you go uphill, you will have not only an amazing panorama, but also the opportunity to go paragliding or simply fly a kite.
There is a good possibility to end your trip swimming and resting in a cafe in the Big Wave Bay (or Tai Long Wan in Chinese).

Other Amazing Places

Hong Kong Skyline

Hong Kong is the tallest urban agglomeration in the world. It is full of skyscrapers, making the skyline of the city very beautiful.
You may view the skyline of Hong Kong from the water, which is the best point of observation of the two sides of the skyline: Hong Kong Island on one side and the Kowloon Peninsula on the other. The Victoria Harbour on the Hong Kong side is stunning. If you are able to see the Symphony of Lights, which is a musical, illuminated show of colours, fireworks and lasers in the harbor, it would be that much better.
The skyline is wonderful all the times, but it is recommended to observe the Hong Kong skyline at night. All the skyscrapers are lit, and you may see them perfectly.
If it is possible, boo a helicopter tour in order to see city from above. Bring your camera on the boat or helicopter trip with you and you will have beautiful photos to keep as a memory.

Hong Kong Observation Wheel

The Hong Kong Observation Wheel is a nice attraction for enjoying the city from a height of 60m above the Earth.
Sit in one of 42, 8-person gondolas and you will have a spectacular view of Victoria Harbour – the number one attraction in Hong Kong. They are comfortable and equipped with wi-fi inside. You might even feel like you’re getting on a spacecraft.
It is totally different to visit the observation wheel during day and night. In the daytime, you will see the other side of Hong Kong; skyscrapers taller than the wheel and small figures of people, but the skyscrapers are also wonderfully lit at night.
There is a comfortable area around the observation wheel, which is suitable for leisure and events. There is also a cozy cafe at the entrance of the wheel where you may sit and remember your view of the city from the gondola. You will definitely be full of impressions after three rounds for 15 minutes on this attraction.

Hong Kong Disneyland (香港迪士尼樂園)

The Hong Kong Disneyland is the biggest attraction on Lantau Island and in the Hong Kong region in general. Disneyland parks have become the number one attraction for children all over the world, making it the must see children’s attraction in Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong Disneyland was founded in 2005 and attracts up to 10 million people annually. It looks like a fortress where you may explore seven different worlds: Adventureland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, Toy Story Land, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Main Street, U.S.A. It is a compulsory feature of park to be full of fairytale characters invented by Walt Disney.
The Hong Kong Disneyland is provides great entertainment for the whole family because it is full of different activities. There are a lot of extreme attractions for brave children who want to go to outer space, visit exotic jungles or sail around the world. Moreover, all visitors may attend a cheerful parade of the Disney cartoon characters, where they can walk beside their beloved heroes. You always can sit in a cafe to relax and try out some Asian food once you’re tired of exploring the park.
Disneyland is even open during the holidays when it has a themed programme.

Bank of China Tower (中銀大廈) and Lippo Centre (力寶中心)

The Bank of China Tower is one of the most remarkable buildings in Hong Kong. It was named after the Bank of China Limited, which has its headquarters inside.
The tower is located in the busiest district of Hong Kong Island – the Central. The Bank of China Tower was the tallest building in Asia until 1992.
The Lippo Centre is a skyscraper that has become a recognisable symbol of the Admiralty District on Hong Kong Island. It is a modern skyscraper with two twin towers: Tower I is 172m tall, and Tower II is 186m tall.
The Bank of China Tower and Lippo Centre have become notable landmarks of Hong Kong thanks to both their beauty and height. Both buildings serve as commercial centres. These buildings are amazing and should be added to your trip list. It is possible to see the skyscrapers along the Hong Kong skyline during your boat tour.

International Finance Centre

The International Finance Centre is one of the most notable constructions in Hong Kong. It is located on Hong Kong Island and has become one of its most recognisable landmarks. The International Finance Centre is a 55-storey building, which is able to accommodate up to 15,000 people. It is the second highest building in the entire city, after the International Commerce Centre in the Kowloon side.
This building is also notable as one that had the largest advertisement on a skyscraper for 50-storeys, ordered by the Cathay Pacific.
This is an important business centre located on the waterfront of the South Chinese sea.
The building of the International Finance Centre became even more popular after being mentioned in Hollywood films “The Dark Knight” and “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life”.
Apart from being a finance centre, the building also houses the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, the IFC Mall, the headquarters of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, various shops and even a fashion show. Do not hesitate to visit the International Finance Centre when walking around the island.

Hong Kong Tramways (香港電車)

The Hong Kong tramway is the cheapest and most convenient means of transportation in the city. Ecologists add that it is also the most environmentally friendly mode of transportation in Hong Kong. These tramways have been operating since 1904, becoming one of the first kinds of transportation available in Hong Kong. It might be surprising, but the Hong Kong tramways have been electric trams since the very beginning. These tramways are also unique due to their double-decker cars.
The tramway system on Hong Kong Island is 13km long with 120 stations along the way. It runs from Kennedy Town in the west of the island to Shau Kei Wan in the east, having looped by the Happy Valley Horse Race Course.
Because of their long history, the Hong Kong Tramways have become symbols of the city. They are still in use by locals, as they are very cheap and spacious. The Hong Kong tramways are widely known as “Ding Ding” for their distinct noise.

Star Ferry (天星小輪)

The Star Ferry is a passenger ferry boat for transporting people from Victoria Harbour on Hong Kong Island to the Kowloon side. It is a convenient mode of transportation and a tourist attraction at the same time.
The name of the boat comes from its company, “Star”. The first Star Ferry was launched in 1888. It has become a popular way of transportation, carrying more than 26 million people a year. There are nine comfortable boats of the “Star” company that carry people from one side of Hong Kong to the other.
It is your chance to observe the entire Hong Kong skyline from the water and visit Victoria Harbour, which is a major landmark of the region.
Trips in the Star Ferry are so enjoyable, that it was ranked number 1 for “Top 10 Most Exciting Ferry Rides”.
The Star Ferry received its world recognition after it appeared in the British-American romantic film, “The World of Suzie Wong”.

Central Mid Levels Escalator and Walkway System (中環至半山自動扶梯)

The Central-Mid-Levels Escalator is the longest system of covered escalators in the world. The escalator is 800m long and 135m high.
One might say that lazy people invented escalators, but this invention made humans’ lives much easier. The Central-Mid-Levels escalator was built in 1993 in order to decrease busy traffic in that area in a completely new way. It is able to transport up to 85,000 people every day. It takes around 20 minutes for the full trip on the Central-Mid Levels Escalator.
The escalator is located in the Central and Western districts on Hong Kong Island. It is a very interesting attraction. In addition, it is absolutely free of charge. You may go upwards with the Central-Mid-Levels escalator and then return back through an amazing zoo. Moreover, there are a lot of shops and restaurants on the way.

Happy Valley

The Happy Valley is mostly known as Wong Nai Chung Valley among locals. It is one of the most popular areas to visit on Hong Kong Island. Happy Valley is a modern place with the newest skyscrapers in the city. “Highcliff” and “The Summit” are the highest edifices in Hong Kong, and they are located here, in Happy Valley. It is also one of the educational centers in the city.
The most notable attraction of the valley is the Happy Valley Racecourse, which has existed since the end of the 19th century and it is still able to accommodate up to 55,000 people. The other attraction of the valley is the Hong Kong Racing Museum.
Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital is located in Happy Valley as well. For those who like unusual things, there is the famous Hong Kong Cemetery.
With an average temperature of almost 38 degrees, Happy Valley has become the warmest spot in the whole region.

Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck

The Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck is one of the best observation points in all of Hong Kong. You will ride an elevator to a height of 393m in just 60 seconds. Get off the elevator on the highest floor and enjoy the pleasurable view of its surroundings. You can also go to the restaurant on the 121st floor, which is the highest restaurant in the world. There is a view of Hong Kong Island in its entirety, including Victoria Harbour and Kowloon Peninsula. This observation deck is higher than Victoria Peak!
You definitely should bring your camera with you, because you will be able to take some great pictures, even on a foggy day. The panorama of the city is wonderful during daytime, but it becomes even more attractive at sunset. It is recommended to go to the observation deck before sunset in order to enjoy both the day and night view.
There is also a souvenir shop and children’s playground in the area. You may book an interactive tour if you want.

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