Sightseeing in Hong Kong
It’s hard to fathom that the magnificent skyscrapers and glittering skyline of Hong Kong Central constitutes only 25 per cent of the island. The rest of Hong Kong is hilly and boasts some pretty high mountains, natural reserves and a fairytale coastline.
This is easily the most-visited sight in Hong Kong – and with good reason.
Symphony of Lights
No one celebrates their skyline like Hong Kong does.
Avenue of Stars
Due to the freedom it enjoyed relative to cinema in China and Taiwan, the Hong Kong film industry grew into the third-largest film industry after Hollywood and Indian cinema.
It’s pretty, it’s awesome and it’s a reminder of just why the British coveted (and wrested) this island from the Chinese 180 years ago – to further its supremacy over international trade.
Victoria Harbour Cruises
Harbour cruises are very popular and there is an array of cruises – morning day cruises, night cruises, dinner cruises, pre-dinner night cruises, sunset cruises, Symphony of Lights cruises… you name it, Victoria Harbour has it.
Perched on the cusp of the old and new, Sheung Wan is an atmospheric quarter of Hong Kong and is perfect for a walking tour.
Man Mo Temple
This temple, situated in the very heart of Sheung Wan, is a pivotal landmark in this heritage quarter.
Who doesn’t love a hop-on, hop-off bus tour in a new and exciting city? In Hong Kong, it’s called the Big Bus Tour and, to make it even more exciting, there are three routes to choose from.
Aberdeen is listed on almost every tourist itinerary. Pitched for its floating market and sampan rides, it is a bit of a letdown.
Here’s one the kids will adore – Ocean Park, located south of Aberdeen. Hong Kong’s first theme park, it opened in 1977 and offers the thrills and spills promised by any water park worth its name.
The rides are located on two sides of a mountain and wide stretches of sea in between. An added attraction is the Ocean Express, a train that takes you from the waterfront to the summit of a nearby mountain. This theme park also has plenty of restaurants, food kiosks and shopping facilities, which together provide an all-round entertaining experience.
Repulse Bay is one of the most beautiful and popular beaches in Hong Kong. Its wave-lapped, sun-drenched shore and curling sweep of pristine sand make it a great day trip for those wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of busy Hong Kong.
Repulse Bay – no one really knows how it got its name – is also an upscale residential area with a resort-like ambience, designer shops, fine-dining restaurants, upscale cafes, a shopping plaza and hotels. The beach has many facilities such as shark-prevention nets, floating platforms, barbecue racks and lifeguards.
Stanley Town & Market
The old colonial town of Stanley is situated at the neck of one of the two large peninsulas that jut out of the island into the South China Sea.