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Imagine a virtual trip
through the ocean park from
the lowland section to the headland section. The trip starts from the
Middle Kingdom neighboring the Tai Shue Wan Entrance. At the Middle
Kingdom, tourists will see many ancient structures such as temples,
pavilions and streets. Walking through the Middle Kingdom, you come
upon the Hong Kong Jockey Giant Panda Habitat, home to two lovely
pandas, Anan the male, and Jiajia the female. Both are very popular and
appear contented in their lush green environs. Tourists enjoy watching
them eat and sleep.
Also known as the Big
Buddha, is a large bronze
statue of the Buddha, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping,
Lantau Island. The statue is located near Po Lin
Monastery and symbolizes the harmonious relationship between man and
nature, people and religion. It is a major center of Buddhism in Hong
Kong, and is also a popular tourist attraction.
It's most popular beach, often attracting over 20,000
visitors at weekends. Because of the increasing pollution at the sea,
however, most visitors come to sunbathe or laze on the beach rather
than to swim. In place of the old Repulse Bay Hotel - one of the few
reminders of the early colonial period until it was pulled down - there
now stands a modern building with a spectacular hole built into it
which contains apartments, shops and an excellent dim sum restaurant.
An area with a small town feel, Stanley is away from the densely
populated area with a market and a strip of restaurants plus a
small shopping center. An interesting landmark is an old building moved
there stone by stone from Central district and reassembled again. It's
now home to some nice restaurants by the sea. Best time to go to shop -
during the day.
If you want to go to the typical sights you see on postcards, one place
you will not be disappointed in is Mongkok. You should go in the
evening after dark because then you can see the shop signs lit up in
all kinds of neon lights in Chinese - just like what you see on
postcards. It is in the heart of Kowloon and reachable by MTR. But
beware: it is crowded! After all, it is said to be the most densely
populated area in the world. Even during the day, you will wonder why
so many people are there. Don't they have to work??
The Peak is a great place for walks, with its forests of bamboo and
fern, lilliputian Chinese pines, hibiscus, and vines of phenomenal
beauty. Visitors should start from Lugard Road, which begins just
opposite the Peak Tram's upper terminus at 395m above sea level. Atop
the hill, visitors will be greeted with some of the world's finest
views that stretch all the way to China and Macau. The hike from Lugard
Road to Harlech Road, which presents views of the harbor, takes about
two hours to complete. Hikes from Green Island and Peng Chau to the
north, and Lantau and Macau to the west will also take about the same
Sha Tsui is the southern tip
of the Kowloon peninsula, and
a major shopping and tourist area. Avenue of Stars is modeled after
Hollywood”s Walk of Fame, and boasts a Bruce Lee Statue and
imprints of other Chinese movie stars. It points towards Victoria
Harbour. The Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront is also the best place to watch
the night view of the harbor. Every night, the tall buildings along
harbor will set up light bulbs on their walls and form into a
PLACES OF ATTRACTION
Chai - During the day it is
worth visiting for the sake
of the little market lanes with their innumerable stalls selling fresh
vegetables. Other features of interest are a number of small temples.
Once a typically Chinese district known as "Little Shanghai", Wan Chai
is now steadily losing its original character; the old houses are being
pulled down and replaced by tall office blocks, and the ever-increasing
rent levels are compelling many small shopkeepers and businessmen to
Star Ferry connects the two
sides of Victoria Bay (HK Island on one side and Kowloon on the other
on a peninsula of
China). The Ferry is inexpensive and the gorgeous
views are regarded by many as the best in the city.
In good weather, climb to the top of the ferry and sit outdoors.
A popular gathering place in the Central district, this picturesque
square is surrounded by some of the most magnificent buildings in city.
This is HK’s
administrative centre, an
amalgamation of contemporary architecture with some spectacular
designs. Check out the Bank of China Tower.
Heritage Museum has received an embarrassment of praise since
its opening, and thankfully it's all well deserved. As the biggest
museum in the city, it features a wide selection of exhibits, many of
them interactive. It is also the best place in the territory to soak up
some knowledge on the history and culture of the New Territories. This
is a must-see museum full of splendid high-tech audio-visual displays
telling all about the region’s heritage and natural history.
Chau Island is probably one
of the prettiest islands
around here and is accessible by half hourly ferries. Southeast
Cheung Chau boasts of paths that wind around headlands and curl up and
over hillsides, passing through woodland, and near to naturally
sculpted giant boulders, once grand but now ruined houses, a couple of
temples, a tiny nunnery, and cliffs dropping to the sea. The main trail
here is rather fancifully named the Mini Great Wall, but you can find
other less known yet still fascinating paths to explore.
To get a close-up look at the Aberdeen way of life, many visitors take
a sampan ride or take in the view from one of two magnificent floating
restaurants anchored here. Three-storey high and elaborately decorated
with swirling red and gold dragons and other traditional Chinese
motifs, the experience is not to be missed. Neither, of course, are the
delicious fresh seafood and the excellent Cantonese fare on offer.
Long Wan Coastline
Although only a few miles from urban area, the remote, pristine
beaches on the eastern edge of the rugged Sai Kung Peninsula seem like
another country. There is no rail link and few roads, so you will have
to make an early start, taking a bus to Sai Kung town, another bus to
Pak Tam Au, then walk the hilly 4-mile (6-km) footpath to the beach.
Alternatively, hire a junk. The reward for your effort will be glorious
surf, delightful hidden pools and shaded cafés.
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