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Funicular Tram, Victoria Peak, Visit Hong Kong

Victoria Peak Tram, © Can Stock / leungchopan

Visit Hong Kong – Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak is the most popular attraction among those who visit Hong Kong.  You can catch the Peak Tram funicular on Garden Road beside Hong Kong Park.  You will to either need to join an organized tour or find local transportation, because it’s a half hour walk to the gondola from Central Pier.  Enjoy views of the skylines of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon across the bay.  Watch the sunset and the nightly Symphony of Lights involving more than 40 Hong Kong skyscrapers, but the views are better from Kowloon on the opposite side of Victoria Harbour.  Visit several tourist attractions at the Victoria Peak Tower as well.

Hong Kong Central District from Victoria Peak

Central District , © Can Stock / leungchopan

Visit Hong Kong – Central District

In addition to Victoria Peak, there are a number of other attractions to see in the Central District:

IFC Mall – enjoy roof top views and dining.  Buy food and drink anywhere in the mall and take it to the roof top.  The complex includes “One ifc” and “Two ifc” towers as well as the Four Seasons Hotel and Four Seasons Place.  Catch the express to the airport from the IFC Mall too.

Mid-Level Escalators – the longest series of outdoor escalators in the world.  The mid-level escalators help pedestrians climb through the Central district of Hong Kong.  The Lan Kwai Fong & SoHo restaurant areas are located here.

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).  For political historians, the HKCEC is the site of the 1997 Handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China.  For movie buffs, it’s a Jackie Chan film site.  The Golden Bauhinia sculpture here is the symbol of Hong Kong.  Take a walk along the water on the Expo Promenade.

Chinese Junk, Victoria Habour, Visit Hong Kong

Chinese Junk, © Can Stock / bedo

Cruise Hong Kong Victoria Harbour

Cruise Hong Kong Victoria Harbour from Central Pier 9 or Kownloon Pier with Star Ferry or Watertours of Hong Kong.  Both offer a large variety of cruising options.  Cruise the islands on a Chinese junk, such as the Duk Ling or Aqua Luna which is owned by Aqua Restaurant Group.

Star Ferry, Victoria Harbour, Visit Hong Kong

Star Ferry, © Can Stock / strippedpixel

Visit Hong Kong – Kowloon Pier

Kowloon Pier has a lot of attractions near the ferry pier and cruise ship terminal.  Catch a Star Ferry for a Victoria Harbour tour or a quick crossing to Hong Kong Island Central District.  Visit the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower, the very popular Kowloon Park, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Space Museum and Salisbury Garden.

Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Kowloon, Visit Hong Kong

Kowloon, © Can Stock / kawing921

Symphony of Lights from Kowloon

Watch the Symphony of Lights from the Avenue of Stars on Tsim Sh Tsui Promenade on the waterfront in Kowloon.  The Symphony of Light depends on lighting from skyscrapers in the Central District every night.  The building light show is best seen from Kowloon.

Hong Kong Victoria Harbour from Victoria Peak

Hong Kong , Victoria Harbour, © Can Stock / rabbit75can

Chungking Mansions – Kowloon

Just a couple blocks inland from the waterfront is Chungking Mansions, which is the heart of non financial trade and cultural diversity in Hong Kong.  Low cost guest housing, inexpensive restaurants, currency traders, computers and cell phone stores make Chungking Mansions an exotic adventure.

Two ifc Building and Chinese Junk, Hong Kong Central District

Two ifc Building, © Can Stock / bedo

More Kowloon Sights

  • Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck – on the 100th floor of the International Commerce Centre (ICC) with great views of Victoria Harbour and the Symphony of Lights.
  • Temple Street Night Market – anything and everything, in Kowloon.  Kowloon is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.  Fortune telling is very popular here at night.
  • Ladies’ Market on Tung Choi Street in the busy Mong Kok area.
  • Hong Kong Museum of History
Temple Street Night Market, Visit Hong Kong

Temple St Night Market, © Can Stock. / kawing921

Visit Hong Kong – Hotels

Nan Lian Garden, Visit Hong Kong

Nan Lian Garden, © Can Stock / rabbit75can

Visit Hong Kong – Tian Tan Buddha

Another must see when you visit Hong Kong is the Tian Tan Buddha.  You will need to use Hong Kong’s excellent train service to reach the Tian Tan Buddha, because its on Lantau Island near the airport.  The Tian Tan Buddha is over 100 feet high You have to walk up more than 250 steps to reach the base of the Tian Tan Buddha.  Nearby, visit the Po Lin Monastery and the Wisdom Path with carved wooden statues.

Tian Tan Buddha, Lantau Island, Visit Hong Kong

Tian Tan Buddha, © Can Stock / leungchopan

Also near to the Tian Tan Buddha is the Ngong Ping 360 Amusement Park.  You can take a cable car from Tung Chung near the airport to visit Ngong Ping 360 amusement park.  This amusement park includes Ngong Ping Village, Monkey’s Tale Theatre, Walking with Buddha, a restaurant and a teahouse.  Back at the water, take a boat excursion to look for pink dolphins near Lantau Island.

Po Lin Monastery, Visit Hong Kong

Po Lin Monastery, © Can Stock / swisshippo

Visit Stanley Town – Hong Kong Island

  • Stanley Town and Stanley Market – this is a British neighborhood.  The British surrendered to the Japanese here during World War II.
  • Aberdeen Harbour – ride a sampan and eat fresh seafood.  Eat at multiple venues in Jumbo Kingdom floating restaurants.
  • Ocean Park – more popular than Hong Kong Disneyland.
Sampan, Aberdeen Harbour, Visit Hong Kong

Sampan, Aberdeen Harbour, © Can Stock / philipus

Visit Hong Kong Island – More Sights

  • Tin Hau Temple – dedicated to Tin Hau, goddess of the sea.  At night consult a fortune teller outside the temple.
  • Happy Valley Racecourse – horse racing in downtown Hong Kong.
  • Hong Kong Sevens – rugby at the Hong Kong Stadium.
Market, Visit Hong Kong

Market, Visit Hong Kong

Savor the Tastes of Hong Kong

  • Dim sum – small portions of a variety of dishes such as dumplings and pork buns.  It’s the specialty of Hong Kong.  City Hall Maxim’s Palace in the Central District is likely the most popular dim sum location.  Tim Ho Wan in Kowloon is also a popular dim sum restaurant with reasonable prices.
  • Lin Heung Tea House on Hong Kong Island also has dim sum served in an authentic and non-English speaking environment.
  • Try a street vendor, known as Dai Pai Dong, for an inexpensive meal.
Sculptures at Tian Tan Buddha, Visit Hong Kong

Lantau Island Sculptures, © Can Stock / philipus

Things to see and do near Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong Heritage Museum – just north of the central portion of Kowloon.
  • Nan Lian Garden and the Chi Lin Nunnery
  • Hong Kong Wetland Park

Visit Macau

Travel an hour by Turbojet ferry to Macau.  Macau is the Monte Carlo of the Orient.  Casinos in Macau produce more revenue than Las Vegas.  Ferries run every few minutes, day and night.  The Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge opened in 2018, so you can now make the trip by vehicle in 45 minutes instead of taking a ferry.  The Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge is an amazing 34 miles long.

Victoria Peak and Two ifc on Hong Kong Island from Kowloon

Victoria Peak, Two ifc, © Can Stock / kiankhoon

Get to Hong Kong

Your adventure in Hong Kong starts at by landing at the Hong Kong International Airport on the man-made island of Chek Lap Kok.  From the airport you can easily get to Hong Kong by taking the Airport Express train to the city.  Cruise ships dock at the terminal in Kowloon, which is directly across from Hong Kong Island.  From Kowloon you can ride the regular ferry service across Victoria Harbour to the Central District on Hong Kong Island.

Hong Kong Weather

From May to September, Hong Kong weather is hot with heavy rainfall and typhoons.  The winter months are comfortably warm.  Rainfall is lowest from November to February.  November and March are likely the best time of year to visit Hong Kong for comfortable temperatures and clearer skies.

Visa Requirements:

Due to its British heritage, entry requirements for Hong Kong are not the same as the rest of China.  Most visitors will not require a visa.  Check your specific country at VisaHQ.   For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.

Visit Hong Kong – Background

Hong Kong is a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China.  More than 7 million live in Hong Kong.  The city is located where the Pearl River delta intersects the South China Sea.  The British took over Hong Kong during the First Opium War in the early 1940s.  Britain returned control back to China in 1997.  The British influence has produced a capitalistic society that is unique in China.

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