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Top Attractions Hongkong

Avenue of StarsAvenue of Stars

Thanks to the efforts of Hong Kong’s movie industry over the past century, many in Asia and farther afield are familiar with the city’s sights before they’ve even set foot here. The Avenue of Stars pays tribute to the names that helped make Hong Kong the ‘Hollywood of the East’, while giving visitors a panoramic view of the city’s most iconic sight: its glorious skyline, dramatically set against The Peak.

With commemorative plaques, celebrity handprints, descriptive milestones, movie memorabilia, a life-size statue of kung fu action hero Bruce Lee and a bronze rendering of popular cartoon character McDull, the Avenue of Stars fittingly sets the glamour of Hong Kong’s film industry against the captivating dazzle of Victoria Harbour.

You can trace more than a century of Hong Kong cinema on the Avenue of the Stars, starting with the ‘father of Hong Kong cinema’ Lai man-wai, who in 1913 directed Hong Kong’s first feature film Zhuangzi Tests his Wife, to the international superstars of more recent times, including Jacky Chan and Chow Yun Fat.
The atmosphere here is always lively, with around 30 performances, including music, drama and dance, organised each month. This is also the perfect vantage point to catch the A Symphony of Lights multimedia show.

Address: Promenade, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
How to get there: MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit J. Follow the signs to the Avenue of Stars.

The PeakThe Peak

If there is only one thing you can do in Hong Kong, go to The Peak. If you have many things to do here, still go to The Peak. The highest point on Hong Kong Island, this has been the city’s most exclusive neighbourhood since colonial times – back then it was the cooler air that attracted the rich and famous; in the post air-conditioning era, the views of one of the world’s most spectacular cityscapes keep them coming.
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The opening and closing scenes of the 1955 movie Soldier of Fortune, starring Clark Gable, were filmed in the Peak Tram. You can discover more about the Peak Tram’s fascinating history at the Peak Tram Historical gallery, which is located at the Peak Tram Lower Terminus.

That view is also what makes The Peak one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong. By day your eyes stretch across sparkling skyscrapers and Victoria Harbour all the way to the green hills of the New Territories. In early evening this panorama melts into pink and orange before reincarnating as a dazzling galaxy of light, shimmering beneath you. And if you listen carefully enough, you can hear Asia’s world city humming below.

Vantage Points
The anvil-shaped The Peak Tower has a large viewing platform called Sky Terrace 428, in addition to dining and retail outlets. Nearby, The Peak Galleria has a free-entry observation deck, as well as shopping and dining options. More eye gulps of the views can be had at Lugard Road Lookout, Lions View Point Pavilion. For leisurely unfolding vistas, take the 3.5-kilometre Peak Circle Walk.

The Peak Tram
Riding the Peak Tram is a visual experience in its own right — Hong Kong Island’s skyscrapers slide past your window at what appear to be impossible angles as you make the ascent to The Peak on the city’s historic, funicular railway.

Located at Lower Terminus, The Peak Tram Historical Gallery is a way of paying tribute to The Peak Tram, its heritage and the history of Hong Kong. Since 1888, The Peak Tram has served Hong Kong, quietly witnessing 120 years of the city’s changes. The Gallery brings back many memories for local visitors and gives overseas visitors a glimpse of how the Pearl of the Orient has come to shine.

Address: Mid Levels, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2849 0668 (The Peak Tower)
+852 2522 0922 (The Peak Tram)
+852 2849 4113 (The Peak Galleria)
Website: www.thepeak.com.hk
www.thepeakgalleria.com
How to get there:
  • Peak Tram from the Peak Tram Lower Terminus on Garden Road (reach it by taking bus 15C from the lay-by outside the Central Pier, or walk from MTR Central Station, Exit J2.)
  • Bus 15 from Exchange Square bus terminus (near MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit D)
  • Minibus 1 from MTR Hong Kong Station public transport interchange.

Ocean Park Hong Kong Ocean Park Hong Kong

Ocean Park Hong Kong
Opened in 1977, Ocean Park Hong Kong is a marine-life theme park featuring animal exhibits, thrill rides and shows. In 2012, its impressive ability to offer guests a world-class experience that blends entertainment with education and conservation was confirmed when it became the first Asian winner of the biannual Applause Award, the most prestigious award in the amusement and theme park industry.

The park is located on the southern side of Hong Kong Island, covering more than 870,000 square metres. The Waterfront and The Summit areas are connected by the Cable Car and Ocean Express funicular train.

Polar Adventure – Explore the North and South poles in one day
Ocean Park’s newest attraction, Polar adventure lets you explore the North and South poles from the exhilaration of a bob sled ride, to the wonder of meeting king penguins up close. You’ll also see long-tusked Pacific walruses, spotted seals, arctic foxes, snowy owls and other extraordinary animals. And when you need a break, Tuxedos Restaurant serves refreshments with a view of more than 70 penguins frolicking on the ice.

Old Hong Kong – Relive fond memories of times gone by!
Old Hong Kong, brings the unique culture of Hong Kong in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s back to life. Savour the sights and sounds of yesteryear aboard the Heritage Tram! Be mesmerised by the colour and buzz of life in accurate recreations of old streets and scenes. Take a trip into nostalgia and take home some antique souvenirs to keep the memories alive!

Thrill Mountain
In this zone, guests can dangle off a cliff on the floorless roller coaster, Hair Raiser, or hang upside down while swinging on The Flash.  Soar with The Aviator to feel the sensation of flight, before knocking around on bumper cars.  Don’t leave without a ride on Rev Rooster, a high speed and energetic classic.

Rainforest
Hop aboard a raft and become immersed in the exotic sounds of a tropical rainforest.  On this journey, you’ll encounter some of the most fascinating animals in the world!  Catch the antics of the world’s smallest monkey, the Pygmy Marmoset; or see weirdly wonderful critters, including the Capybara, the world’s largest rodent, and Kinkajou; as well as the Green Aracari, the world’s smallest toucan.

Aqua City
Aqua City is a world-class marine themed area that will redefine your underwater experience. Here you can watch Symbio, a multi-sensory show featuring the world’s first 360-degree water screen. You can also embark on a journey of exploration into the Grand Aquarium featuring 5000 fish from over 400 species and other aquatic wonders. View them from the world’s largest aquarium dome, which has a diameter of 5.5 metres, or through an 8×13 metres giant viewing panel. Make sure you drop by Neptune’s Restaurant for Hong Kong’s first aquarium dining experience!

Amazing Asian Animals
At the Amazing Asian Animals exhibit you can visit some of Asia’s rarest animals. Take an interactive journey of discovery at the Giant Panda Adventure where you’ll get to know some of Asia’s most precious native animals, including giant pandas, red pandas, Chinese giant salamanders and Chinese alligators.  Admire the spectacular display of goldfish at the Goldfish Treasures exhibit, or visit the colourful birds and playful Asian small-clawed otters at Panda Village.

Other popular attractions include Sea Jelly Spectacular, The Abyss turbo drop, Mine Train roller coaster and the show at Ocean Theatre are also not to be missed.

During festive seasons, Ocean Park Hong Kong will organize special events, such as Halloween Bash, Asia’s biggest Halloween party, and Summer Splash water play activities.

Ocean Park Hong Kong is committed to promoting and supporting animal conservation in Hong Kong and throughout Asia. . Part of the proceeds from admission tickets and some retail items will go to the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong, to support wildlife conservation projects

Address: Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 3923 2323
Website: www.oceanpark.com.hk
How to get there: Bus 629 from Central Pier 7 or from MTR Admiralty Station, Exit B and alight at the park.

Hong Kong Disneyland  Hong Kong Disneyland

Non-stop Fun from Day to Night – Disney in a Whole New Light
There are a lot more magical memories awaiting families in Hong Kong Disneyland, where you will embark on a magical journey through seven themed lands from day to night!

Each day, as the sunlight fades, millions of tiny lights will transform the entire park and present the best of Hong Kong Disneyland in a whole new light. Shining brightest of all is the all new Disney Paint the Night nighttime spectacular – a symphony of music and colour that will truly make your imagination soar. Stunning constellations of light showcasing some of your favourite Disney stories will touch your heart and make you gaze in wonder. You can even play a part in the show! With a wave of your magic paintbrush, you can watch many of the performer’s costumes change colour – in real time!

Other must-see attractions include Flights of Fantasy Parade, which will take you up, up and away on a sky-high celebration with your favourite Disney characters singing and dancing along Main Street USA; Mickey’s PhilharMagic in which Donald Duck relives the most memorable moments of Disney’s animated films in 3D; The Golden Mickeys, a Broadway-style musical show featuring Mickey and his friends; and also Fantasy Gardens where Mickey, Minnie and Goofy make surprise appearances to meet and greet guests – so don’t forget your camera and autograph book.

Want thrills and laughter in space? Hop on an exhilarating ride like Space Mountain, or help Buzz Lightyear fight against aliens in Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. Hop onto a boat at ‘it’s a small world’ for a journey across the colourful globe where you’ll encounter more than 100 brightly costumed and animated dolls.

Mystic Point – Exclusive to Hong Kong Disneyland
You can never be sure what mysteries will be unlocked during your visit to Mystic Point – Hong Kong Disneyland’s latest exclusive themed land. Here, visitors can ride in Lord Henry Mystic’s latest invention, the Mystic Magneto-Electric Carriage, to view his acquisitions from around the world. At Mystic Point, you can’t always trust your senses. Discover for yourself what is real and what is not!

Grizzly Gulch – World Exclusive
Board the Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars and embark on an out-of-control runaway journey throughout a spectacular and amazing wilderness landscape. Join in the soakingly good merriment in Geyser Gulch, and complete your exploration with the fascinating Grizzly Gulch Welcome Wagon Show and endless Wild West photo fun. Watch out for the mischievous grizzly bears and tricky water hazards!

Toy Story Land – Asia Exclusive
Join the toys from your favourite Toy Story films for playtime in Andy’s backyard where everyone can explore this oversized world with its three larger-than-life attractions. Andy’s speediest toy car RC Racer* is sure to get your adrenaline pumping as you race along a 27-metre-high u-shaped coaster. Join the high-flying adventure with the Toy Soldier Parachute Drop, and howl with laughter on the rollicking Slinky Dog Spin*.
* ©Disney/Pixar ©Hasbro, Inc. ©Mattel, Inc. ©Poof-Slinky, Inc.©Mattel, Inc

Year-round Special Events
Hong Kong Disneyland celebrates every season with a unique mix of attractions and entertainment designed for both Chinese and Western occasions, such as the Chinese New Year Celebrations, Disney Haunted Halloween, Sparkling Christmas and summer events.

FASTPASS
Disneyland’s FASTPASS will save your place in line while you continue to enjoy the rest of the park.

Address: Hong Kong Disneyland, Lantau Island, Outlying Islands
Tel: +852 1 83 0830 (Reservation Hotline)
Website: www.hongkongdisneyland.com
How to get there: MTR Disneyland Resort Station. For further options, please visit the website of The Hong Kong Transport Department or Hong Kong Disneyland.

Ladies’ Market

Ladies' Market

With over 100 stalls of bargain clothing, accessories and souvenirs, the Ladies’ Market on Tung Choi Street provides a one-kilometre stretch on which to practise your haggling skills. It gets its name from the huge amount of clothing and accessories on sale for women of all ages; however, with watches, cosmetics, bags, home furnishings, CDs and trinkets also up for grabs, you don’t need to be just in the market for a pair of nylon stockings to find something within its crowded aisles.

Address: Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
How to get there:
  • MTR Mong Kok Station, Exit E2. Walk along Nelson Street for two blocks.
  • Bus 1, 1A, 2, 6 or 9 from Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry pier and get off at Nelson Street station

Temple Street Night Market Temple Street Night Market Temple Street Night Market

When the sun goes down, the traders have already laid out their wares and the opera singers and fortune tellers begin to emerge. Welcome to the Temple Street Night Market, a popular street bazaar, named after a Tin Hau temple located in the centre of its main drag, and a place so steeped in local atmosphere that it has served as the backdrop to many a memorable movie.

Trinkets, tea ware, electronics, watches, menswear, jade and antiques are scrutinised and haggled over, while claypot rice, seafood, noodles and other treats are consumed with gusto.

Temple Street Night Market is an enduring example of the theatre and festivity of a Chinese market. And it’s on show nightly.

Address: Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
How to get there:
  • MTR Yau Ma Tei Station, Exit C, turn onto Temple Street at Man Ming Lane.
  • MTR Jordan Station, Exit A. Turn right onto Jordan Road and then take another right onto Temple Street.

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (and Golden Bauhinia Square)

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (including Golden Bauhinia Square)

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
With its vast curtain of glass and 40,000 square-metre aluminium roof sculpted to echo a seabird soaring in flight, the striking Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is a major landmark on the Hong Kong Island skyline. Known worldwide as HKCEC, this harbour-front expansion used top-down construction techniques to meet a challenge of limited land supply; its highly innovative methods winning many industry accolades.

While Jackie Chan fans may remember the building as the setting for the dramatic grand finale of New Police Story, it was also the backdrop for a drama of far more significance – the Handover Ceremony on 30 June 1997. This is when the former British Crown Colony was returned to the People’s Republic of China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region was established.

Internationally, the HKCEC is known as a world-class convention and exhibition centre and was voted Best Convention and Exhibition Centre in Asia for the ninth time by industry awards in 2012.

Golden Bauhinia Square
The bauhinia is the emblem of Hong Kong. The Forever Blooming Bauhinia Sculpture that gives the Expo Promenade the commonly-used name, Golden Bauhinia Square, was a gift from the Central Government to mark the 1997 Handover — an occasion that held tremendous significance for the world’s largest nation and that stands out as a landmark event in 20th century history.

Today the site is hugely popular with Chinese visitors who come to take photos of the Reunification Monument, which bears inscriptions of the calligraphy of President Jiang Zemin who represented China at the Handover Ceremony and to enjoy the pomp and symbolism of the daily Flag-raising Ceremony with beautiful Victoria Harbour as a backdrop.

Daily Flag-raising Ceremony Every day except the first of each month
7:50am to 8:03am
This ceremony is performed by Hong Kong police officers in ceremonial uniform and includes the playing of the national anthem.
The ceremony will be conducted by different uniformed youth groups on the second Sunday of each month.
Enhanced Flag-raising Ceremony On the first day of every month
7:45am to 8:13am
This ceremony includes a flag-raising party of Hong Kong police officers accompanied by a rifle unit, both wearing full uniform. The ceremony will include the playing of the national anthem by the Police Band followed by a 10-minute musical performance by the Police Pipe Band.

Please be aware that the flag-raising ceremony may be cancelled at any time due to bad weather conditions. In the case of a cancellation, an announcement will be made through local media channels between 7am and 8am.

Address: 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2582 8888

Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade

Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade

Starting at the colonial-era Clock Tower and stretching all the way to Hung Hom, a stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade takes one past the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Hong Kong Museum of Art and Avenue of Stars. But like most of the love birds and shutterbugs on the promenade, your gaze will be drawn south to the dramatic topographical and architectural spectacle that is the Hong Kong Island skyline towering over the busy waters of Victoria Harbour.
Address: Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
How to get there:
  • MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit E. Walk towards Salisbury Road then turn right, take subway (pedestrian tunnel) next to YWCA to Hong Kong Cultural Centre, then walk to the Star Ferry Pier.
  • Take the Star Ferry from Central or Wan Chai. The Promenade is next to the Star Ferry Pier in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

The Wong Tai Sin Temple’s claim to ‘make every wish come true upon request’ might have something to do with its popularity. Home to three religions (Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism) its natural setting and beautifully ornamented buildings make it as much a scenic attraction as an important religious centre.

The temple commemorates the famous monk of yore, Wong Tai Sin (also known as Huang Chu-ping), who was born in the 4th century and became a deity at Heng Shan (Red Pine Hill). In 1915, Taoist priest Liang Ren-an carried a sacred portrait of Wong Tai Sin from Guangdong in southern China to Hong Kong. Now housing this precious portrait, the Wong Tai Sin Temple is where worshippers pray for good fortune through offerings, divine guidance and fortune telling.

Feng Shui enthusiasts may notice structures representing the five geomantic elements: the Bronze Pavilion (metal); the Archives Hall (wood); the Yuk Yik Fountain (water); the Yue Heung Shrine (fire), where the Buddha of the Lighting Lamp is worshipped; and the Earth Wall (earth). Other areas of the complex include the Three Saints Hall, the Confucian Hall and the extravagantly colourful Good Wish Garden that is lavishly decorated with chinoiserie.

Address: 2, Chuk Yuen Village, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon
Tel: +852 2327 8141
How to get there: MTR Wong Tai Sin Station, Exit B2, walk for about three minutes.

Clock Tower

Clock Tower

Standing 44-metres tall, the old Clock Tower was erected in 1915 as part of the Kowloon–Canton Railway terminus. The once-bustling station is long gone, but this red brick and granite tower, now preserved as a Declared Monument, survives as an elegant reminder of the Age of Steam. It has also been a memorable landmark for the millions of Chinese immigrants who passed through the terminus to begin new lives not just in Hong Kong, but in other parts of the world via the city’s harbour.
A history of the Clock Tower
1910 The Kowloon-Canton Railway line is opened.
1913 Foundations are laid for the terminus in Tsim Sha Tsui.
1915 The station and its clock tower are almost complete but the delivery of fittings and fixtures from Britain are delayed because of the First World War.
1916 Terminus station is completed and officially opened. However, the clock was not installed in the tower because of concerns about costs. Photographs from this era show the tower without a clock face.
1919 Funds to complete the clock tower were eventually raised. The bell and electric clock arrive in Hong Kong but installation was further postponed until necessary drawings and instructions from the manufacturer were obtained.
1921 After years of delays, the clock begins operating.
1970s A new terminus station is opened in Hung Hom and the old station is demolished with the execption of the Clock Tower.
1990s The Clock Tower is listed as a Declared Monument.

Address: Star Ferry pier, Kowloon Point, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
How to get there:
  • MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit E. Walk towards Salisbury Road, then turn right and take the subway (pedestrian tunnel) located next to the YMCA to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Turn right again and walk straight ahead towards the waterfront.
  • Star Ferry from Central or Wan Chai and follow the signs. The Clock Tower is located next to the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry pier.

 

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