Hong Kong is a special administrative region of the
People's Republic of China. It has a population in excess of 7
million and 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 and returned control back to China in 1997.
The British influence has produced a capitalistic society that is unique
From May to September, Hong Kong has hot summers with
heavy rainfall and typhoons. The winter months are comfortably
warm. Rainfall is lowest from November to February, making this a
good time to visit.
Due to its British heritage, entry requirements
are not the same as the rest of China and most visitors will not require a
visa. Check your specific country at VisaHQ.
For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.
Victoria Peak -
the Peak is the number one attraction in Hong Kong. Catch the
Peak Tram funicular on Garden Road. 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. Visit several tourist attractions at the Peak Tower as
Central - Mid-Level Escalators - the longest
outdoor escalators in the world help pedestrians climb through the
Central district of Hong Kong. The Lan Kwai Fong & SoHo
restaurant areas are located here.
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 too.
Cruise the 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 - Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
- known simply as the HKCEC. For political historians, this 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 located here is the symbol of Hong Kong. Take a walk
along the water on the Expo Promenade.
Tin Hau Temple
- dedicated to Tin Hau, goddess of the sea. At night
consult a fortune teller outside the temple.
Kowloon Pier - There are many attractions adjacent to each other
beside the pier. Catch a Star Ferry for a harbour
tour or a quick crossing to Hong Kong Island.
Visit the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower, the very popular Kowloon Park,
Kong Cultural Centre, the Hong Kong Museum of
Art, the Hong Kong
Space Museum and Salisbury Garden. Watch the Symphony
of Lights - a light show involving many downtown buildings every
night. The light show is easily seen from the Avenue of Stars on
Tsim Sh Tsui Promenade. 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.
cost guest housing, inexpensive restaurants, currency traders,
computers and cell
phone stores make Chungking Mansions an exotic
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.
Lantau Isalnd - The Tian Tan Buddha
is a 34 metre
high gigantic bronze Buddha with more than 250 steps to reach it.
visit the Po Lin Monastery and the Wisdom Path with carved wooden
statues. Take the Ngong Ping 360
cable car from Tung Chung near the airport to visit Ngong Ping 360 amusement park
which includes Ngong Ping Village, Monkey's Tale Theatre,
Walking with Buddha, a restaurant and a teahouse. Ngong
Ping 360 is beside the Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery. Back at the water, take a boat excursion to look for pink dolphins
near Lantau Island.