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What to see in Hong Kong, what to do in Hong Kong

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
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Tsim Sha Tsui at Hong Kong

Plan  your Hong Kong Tour ? Hong Kong, as the Oriental Pearl, is just simply amazing. With an area of 1,110sq.km, Hong Kong consists of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories and a group of 260 outlying islands.

Hong Kong has a population of 6,600,000 and 96% of them are Chinese.
Hong Kong has developed from a small fishing village in the 1800s into a dynamic and thrilling 21st century cosmopolitan metropolis. It is made up of four parts: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories and the Outlying Islands.

Features & Attractions
•Hong Kong Disneyland
•Ocean Park
•Victoria Bay
•Victoria Peak
•Wong Tai Sin Temple

•Avenue of Stars
•Repulse Bay
•Hong Kong Historical Museum
•Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront
•Tiantan Buddha

Hong Kong Disneyland
Located on Lantau Island, Hong Kong Disneyland is surrounded by mountains at three sides and facing the South China Sea. As the newest Disneyland in the world, Hong Kong Disneyland is a must-see because of its special attractions and the inimitable sense of Chinese culture.

With an area of about 1.1 square kilometers, Hong Kong Disneyland is divided into four theme areas including the Main Street, U.S.A, Adventure World, Fantastic World and Tomorrow World; all of them may bring you numerous fun and wonderful experience.

With unique scenic spots and Disney Theme Hotels, you can go escape from the real world, and make your dreams come true. The availability of delicious Chinese and Asian food is also a lure for many visitors and Disney fans.
Ticket Price: HKD 295 (normal days); HKD 350 (on holidays or festivals)
Opening Time: 10:00-19:00
How to get there: Yon can take Disney Resort Line, car, taxi, public bus or coach to get there.

Ocean Park
Ocean Park is a major attraction in Hong Kong, the luminous pearl of the Orient and world financial center in southeast China. Opened in 1977, Ocean Park Hong Kong features rides, exhibits and conservation facilities.

Hong Kong Ocean Park is located on the southern side of Hong Kong Island, covering more than 870,000 square metres of land. There are three attraction areas, which are the Lowland, the Headland and Tai Shue Wan. The three areas are connected by a cable car, outdoor escalator which is the second longest in the world and Ocean Express.

Ticket Price: HKD 185
Opening Time: 10:00-18:00 (Tuesday to Sunday, closed until 23:00 in Summer)
How to get there: Take a public bus to Ocean Park. And get off the bus after going through the Aberdeen Tunnel. A short walk takes you to Ocean Park. Public buses include No. 72, 72A, 92, 96, 592, 6A, 6X, 29R, 70, 75, 90, 97, 260, 41A, 77, 99, 171, 671, 107, 973 and 170.


Victoria Bay

Victoria Harbour is one of Hong Kong
‘s greatest assets, a jewel that people marvel at, no matter how many times they visit the city. People come from all over the world to see and admire it. It is very famous in China tour and Hong Kong tour.

Hong Kong Victoria Bay is distinctive because it is naturally beautiful and architecturally outstanding. Four of the twenty tallest buildings in the world rise in a concentrated area around the harbor together with a number of buildings almost as tall. Both sides of Victoria Bay in Hong Kong have interesting tourist attractions, and the city itself is one of the world’s big tourism and shopping attractions.

Ticket Price: Free
Opening Time: the Whole Day
How to go there: Victoria Harbor is the center of Hong Kong. There are a multitude of routes.

Victoria Peak
Being 554 meters above sea level, Victoria Peak is the highest point within Hong Kong and occupies the western part of the island.

Hong Kong Victoria Peak’s Chinese name, Tai Ping Shan, means Mountain of Great Peace, and it certainly seems to inspire momentary hushed awe in visitors at the viewing point, a few yards left along the road from the tram them the harbor and–on a clear day- Kowloon’s eight mountains.

On a rainy day wisps of cloud catch on the buildings’ pointy tops; at night both sides of the harbor burst into color.

Ticket Price: HKD 45 (one-way ticket for the Peak Tram); HKD 56 (round ticket for the Peak Tram)
Opening Time: 07:00-24:00
How to get there: Buses No. 1 or 15 to get there

Wong Tai Sin Temple
The only temple in Hong Kong that offers facilities for Taoist wedding services, the Wong Tai Sin Temple is one of the most famous temples in Hong Kong. Known for its fortune-tellers, visitors flock here year round so that the soothsayers that reside in the temple can inform them as to their future.

The architecture of Hong Kong Wong Tai Sin Temple is in the traditional Chinese temple style: grand red pillars, a magnificent golden roof adorned with blue friezes, yellow latticework, and resplendent multi-colored carvings.

Ticket Price: Free
Opening Time: 07:00-17:30
How to get there: MTR Wong Tai Sin Station Exit B2. The station is only about 200 meters away from the complex.

Avenue of Stars
Located on the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade,Hong Kong, the Avenue of Stars pays tribute to Hong Kong’s rich cinematic tradition – both past and present. In this city often touted as the “Hollywood of the Orient,” the attraction has become a favorite of both locals and tourists.

According to the Hong Kong Tourism Board, the Avenue of Stars was designed to recognize the film industry’s contribution in promoting Hong Kong as a destination worldwide.

One of the most recent additions to the Avenue of Stars is a 2-meter-high bronze statue of the world’s most famous martial arts actor, Bruce Lee. Dedicated in 2005, the statue marked the 65th anniversary of Lee’s birth.

Ticket Price: free
Opening Time: the whole day
How to get there: take Tianxing Boat from Wanchai Pier to Tsim Sha Tsui, then Avenue of Stars is on the right

Repulse Bay
Located in the southern part of Hong Kong Island, Repulse Bay is the most spectacular bay in the region. Hong Kong Repulse Bay is relatively clean, cozy, and had good public facilities like bathrooms and shower.

People on the beach can face the water and the sun, and the sun reflects off the glittering water and waves. People can walk to the nearby restaurants and get refreshments and swim out into the small bay that is watched by lifeguards during the regular season.

Ticket Price: free
Opening Time: the whole day
How to get there: There are shuttle buses with air-conditionings between the city center and Repulse Bay

Hong Kong Historical Museum
Located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Historical Museum shows ‘The Story of Hong Kong,’ which portrays in a lively way the natural ecology, local customs, historical developments and traditional culture.

Hong Kong Historical Museum currently has over 45,000 objects in its collections, which are divided into archaeological, local history, people’s history, and natural history. Among the archaeological objects are items discovered on China’s southeastern shore, and articles excavated in the 1930s in the southern islands.

Ticket Price: HKD 10
Opening Time: Mondays & Wednesday to Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm; Sundays and public holidays: 10 am – 7 pm; Closes at 5 pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve; Closed on Tuesdays
How to get there: The museum is in walking distance of the Tsim Sha Tsui, East Tsim Sha Tsui and Hung Hom MTR stations. The Star Ferry Terminal is about 2 kilometers away.

Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront
The Tsim sha Tsui Waterfront, at the southern tip of Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong, right across the water from Wanchai and Central on Hong Kong Island, is particularly known for its “postcard views” of Hong Kong’s sensational skyline, but this small area has more attractions to offer than just great vantage points.

The Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront in Hong Kong is as well the best place to watch the night view of the harbor. Every night, the tall buildings along Hong Kong harbor will set up light bulbs on their walls and form into a wonderful sight-seeing.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 09:00-23:30
How to get there: Bus No. K568 to Luohu, then take East Subway to Tsim Sha Tsui.

Tiantan Buddha
The Tian Tan Buddha Statue is the world’s largest, seated, outdoor, bronze Big Buddha statue. Located on the Ngong Ping Plateau, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, this majestic statue is adjacent to Ngong Ping 360’s Ngong Ping Village and the Po Lin Monastery.

Hong Kong Tiantan Buddha Statue weighs over 250 tonnes and soars 34 metres into the air. This impressive landmark opened in 1993 and is considered the major centre for Buddhism in Hong Kong; it is also a major tourist attraction for the region.

Ticket Price: free
Opening Time: 10:00-18:00
How to get there: Visitors can reach the site by bus or taxi, travelling first to Mui Wo (also known as “Silvermine Bay”) via ferry from the Outlying Islands piers in Central (pier No. 6) or to Tung Chung station via the MTR.

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When is the best time to visit Hong Kong?

Thursday, February 17th, 2011
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Hong Kong

Plan your Hong Kong tour? As a cosmopolitan city for shopping and leisure, Hong Kong, the Oriental Pearl, is busy all year round. Hong Kong has a subtropical climate with distinct seasons, characterized by humid spring, hot summer, cool fall and warm winter. Typhoon season is May to November. Summer is the rainy season.

When planning a trip to Hong Kong, one of the frequently asked questions likely to tantalize you is “When is the best time to visit Hong Kong?” If not putting the weather into a consideration, Hong Kong is an all-year-round destination. People have their own favorite time or seasons to plan Hong Kong tours, speeding the flow of visitors and keeping the prices relatively high. Check out below to have some information on each season:

Hong Kong in Spring
Spring in Hong Kong lasts from March to mid-May, which brings warmer and more humid weather. Temperature and humidity are rising, accompanied by fog and drizzle fairly common. Spring is the cloudiest time of the year in Hong Kong. Evenings can be cool.

Hong Kong in Summer
Summer in Hong Kong is hot, humid and sunny, with occasional showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures usually exceed 30°C during the day. It is extremely hot in summer of Hong Kong. Hong Kong is frequently hit by typhoons in summer. Don’t go out when the signal is higher than 3. August has the highest average rainfall of any month.

If you choose to visit Hong Kong in summer, remember to bring an umbrella with you whenever you go out. You can go to the Disneyland or Ocean Park or other indoor attractions.

Hong Kong in Autumn
Many people regard these as the best months of the year to visit Hong Kong. Autumn in Hong Kong lasts from September to November. There are pleasant breezes and plenty of sunshine in the fall. In autumn, travelers can ramble over the broad and beautiful Victoria Harbour, or hike to the Lamma Island in a fresh light breeze and to enjoy pleasing life.

Hong Kong in Winter
Winter in Hong Kong is cool, dry and cloudy, with occasional cold fronts. January and February are the coldest months. The temperature can drop below 10°C in urban areas. You’ll need a jacket during this time. Many major attractions in Hong Kong are open all year round. There will be many people in Hong Kong in Christmas Day.

Hong Kong gets very crowded and busy during school vacation and public holidays. You are kindly advised to skip over the hot holidays when you plan your Hong Kong Tours:

New Year’ Day ( 1st Jan, three-day holiday )
Chinese New Year ( later Jan and early Feb )

Mid-Autumn festival ( Aug-Sept, 3-day holiday )
May Day ( 1st May, three-day holiday)
National Day (1st Oct, week-long holiday)

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Top 10 Attractions in Hong Kong

Thursday, January 20th, 2011
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Plan your Hong Kong tour?  Here we have a list of the top 10 attractions in Hong Kong, which may be helpful for your arranging your short trip to Hong Kong.

No. 01: Victoria Peak
Victoria Peak is a mountain in Hong Kong which is located in the western half of Hong Kong Island. With an altitude of 552 m, it is the highest mountain on the island proper, but not in the entirety of Hong Kong, an honour which belongs to Tai Mo Shan.

The actual summit of Victoria Peak is occupied by a radio telecommunications facility and is closed to the public. However, the surrounding area of public parks and high-value residential land is the area that is normally meant by the name The Peak.

It is a major tourist attraction which offers views over central Hong Kong, Victoria Harbour, and the surrounding islands.Entrance Fee: HKD 53 (one-way ticket for the Peak Tram); HKD 65 (round ticket for the Peak Tram)

Opening Hours: 07:00-24:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 1 or 15 to get there

 Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak

No. 02: Ocean Park
Hong Kong Ocean Park is a marine mammal park, oceanarium, and animal theme park, which is situated in Wong Chuk Hang and Nam Long Shan in the Southern District of Hong Kong.

Founded in 1977 by the then Governor of Hong Kong Sir Murray MacLehose, Ocean Park has now grown to about 35 attractions and rides. The park has won several awards, including The World’s Seventh Most Popular Amusement Park and 33rd Most Visited Tourist Attractions in the World by Forbes.

Entrance Fee: HKD 320
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Tuesday to Sunday, closed until 23:00 in Summer)
How to get there: Take a public bus to Ocean Park. And get off the bus after going through the Aberdeen Tunnel. A short walk takes you to Ocean Park. Public buses include No. 72, 72A, 92, 96, 592, 6A, 6X, 29R, 70, 75, 90, 97, 260, 41A, 77, 99, 171, 671, 107, 973 and 170.

Ocean Park

Ocean Park

No. 03: Repulse Bay
Repulse Bay is an area in the southern part of Hong Kong Island, located in the Southern District, Hong Kong. Among all the Hong Kong beaches, Repulse Bay is most famous.
The Repulse Bay” is a residential apartment nowadays, and it was built on a former hotel site.

“The Repulse Bay Centre” in front of it is a very elegant, beautiful European building built during the colonial era. Expected to be completed this year, 129 Repulse Bay looks like an opening white lily. According to some news articles, 129 Repulse Bay was originally built as residential apartment.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: There are shuttle buses with air-conditioning between the city center and Repulse Bay

No. 04: Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront
Tsim 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 as well the best place to watch the night view of the harbor. Every night, the tall buildings along Hong Kong harbor will set up light bulbs on their walls and form into a wonderful sight-seeing.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 09:00-23:30
How to get there: take Bus No. K568 to Luohu, then take East Subway to Tsim Sha Tsui.

Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront

Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront

No. 05: Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong Disneyland is the first theme park inside the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and is owned and managed by the Hong Kong International Theme Parks.
Hong Kong Disneyland is composed of the Hong Kong Disneyland Park, Disneyland Hotel (5-star) and Disneys Hollywood Hotel (4-star), and retail, dining and entertainment facilities.

Hong Kong Disneyland speaks English and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin). You will meet Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy.

Themed areas there are Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland. Hong Kong Disneyland has convenient transportation of being linked to Hong Kong public transit system.

Entrance Fee: HKD 295 (normal days); HKD 350 (on holidays or festivals)
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00
How to get there: Yon can take Disney Resort Line, car, taxi, public bus or coach to get there.

Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland

No. 06 Victoria Harbour
Victoria Harbour, one of the most popular travel tourist attractions in Hong Kong, is a natural landform harbour situated between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula.
Victoria Harbour covers an area of about 41.88 square kilometers.

Victoria Harbour is world-famous for its magnificent panoramic sight. Tower on the Victoria Peak is the best place to soak in the beautiful view. Vistas from the Culture Centre and Tsim Sha Tsui are also very nice. Number of people go for rides on the Star Ferry to see the harbour.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: There are three cross-harbour tunnels: Cross Harbour Tunnel, Eastern Harbour Crossing, and Western Harbour Crossing. They connect Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula across Victoria Harbour.

Victoria Harbour

Victoria Harbour

No. 07: Mongkok
Mong Kok is an area in the Yau Tsim Mong District of Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong, China. Mong Kok in Chinese means a flourishing and busy corner.
Mong Kok is divided by Nathan Road into two areas-the residential area and shopping area.

Shopping malls are in east of Nathan Road; and dwellers, shops, stores, restaurants are mainly found west of Nathan Road. Ladies Street also named Tung Choi Street is an open air bazaar. Mongkok Street is famous for birds selling. There is a large market for selling bird of all sorts.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: Mongkok is very accessible, and the easiest would be by MTR. Take MTR East Rail Line and get off at Mong Kok East Station.

Mongkok

Mongkok

No. 08 Tiantan Buddha
Tiantan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is a large bronze statue of a Buddha, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong. It is a major centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong, and is also a popular tourist attraction.

The Buddha is 34 metres tall, weighs 250 metric tons, and was the world’s tallest outdoor bronze seated Buddha prior to 2007. It reputedly can even be seen from as far away as Macau on a clear day. Visitors have to climb 268 steps in order to reach the Buddha, though the site also features a small winding road to the Buddha for vehicles to accommodate the handicapped.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
How to get there: Visitors can reach the site by bus or taxi, travelling first to Mui Wo (also known as “Silvermine Bay”) via ferry from the Outlying Islands piers in Central (pier No. 6) or to Tung Chung station via the MTR.

Tiantan Buddha

Tiantan Buddha

No. 09: Stanley
Stanley is a town and a tourist attraction in Hong Kong which is located on a peninsula on the southeastern part of Hong Kong Island. It is east of Repulse Bay and west of Shek O, adjacent to Chung Hom Kok.
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Stanley has been a fishing village since before the British came to Hong Kong. Stanley Market is one of the must-go places for tourists when they visit Hong Kong.  You will find an interesting array of little shops selling silk garments, sportswear, art, Chinese costume jewelry and souvenirs.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: take Buses No. 6, 6A or 260 at General Bus Station to the Stanley

Stanley

Stanley

No. 10 Avenue of Stars
The Avenue of Stars, modelled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is located along the Victoria Harbour waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. It honors celebrities of the Hong Kong film industry.
The Avenue of Stars is Hong Kong’s monument to its stars of the golden screen.

Bruce Lee, Michelle Yeoh and Jackie Chan all have a star on the avenue, as well as numerous other lumineries. Apart from a shrine to the stars, this harborside walk also affords the best views around of Hong Kong Island’s famous skyscrapers. Check out this picture gallery of the street and the views it offers.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: take Tianxing Boat from Wanchai Pier to Tsim Sha Tsui, then Avenue of Stars is on the right

Avenue of Stars

Avenue of Stars

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