Hong Kong: Main Sights
The Pearl of the Orient
Hong Kong's unique top sights can be easily reached by foot and public transport whether you're on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories or any of the Outlying Islands. Travellers will instantly pick up the unique mix of Western and Eastern cultures in Hong Kong as you will enjoy market streets, local eateries, a lively nightlife, hundreds of shopping centres, and tourist attractions. Hong Kong has many main sights certain to please even the most discerning visitor.
A trip to the Peak of Hong Kong is a well worthwhile endeavor. Take the Peak Tram, which heads straight up the mountain. Look out on Kowloon across the Victoria Harbour whilst surrounded by Hong Kong Island's staggering skyscrapers. At the top of the Peak there are shops, restaurants, a wax museum and an observation deck.
Victoria Harbour and Star Ferry
Victoria Harbour is a breathtaking sight. Take an eight minute Star Ferry, considered one of the world's greatest ferry rides from Kowloon to Central across the harbour. Operating since 1874, the ferry gives you a great view of the skyscrapers and stunning mountains. Get off and explore the maze of architectural sights. Nighttime is ideal to admire the light shows, and illuminated scenery of Hong Kong's waterfront.
One of the most memorable islands of Hong Kong, Lantau is an excellent place to spend the day. Best reached by ferry, the island boasts old fishermen towns, Discovery Bay, the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery. The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery are best reached by taking the Ngong Ping 360 cable car which travels almost 6 km, of natural rural landscape. For added excitement in Lantau you can go to Disneyland.
Temple Street Night Market and Tsim Sha Tsui
Kowloon, as is the rest of Hong Kong is famous for its nightlife. Nathan Road is a dizzying array of shops, bars and people, and is often referred to as the Golden Mile. The narrow lanes of Yau Ma Tei are great for bargains and all shopping lovers. For an added treat guests in Hong Kong can visit the Peninsula Hotel, probably the grandest hotel in all of Hong Kong for a much needed retail therapy cocktail. Tsim Sha Tsui also boasts world class museums such as the Museum of Art, Museum of History, Space Museum and Science Museum.
Dragon's Back Hike and Shek O
An exciting hike along the mountainous ridge of the Dragon's Back in Hong Kong Island provides amazing views of reservoirs, the South China Sea, outlying islands and country parks. At the end of the hike stop off in Shek O, a laid back beach village. Take a swim, or dine in one of the charming little eateries.
Found in Kowloon, Mong Kok is home an exhaustive selection of shopping. Here you will find bargain shopping but also famous markets including the Ladies Market, the Flower Market, Goldfish Market and the Bird Market. Langham Place shopping complex is also found here.
Found on Hong Kong Island, Stanley is a relaxing town to visit with sandy beaches and a thriving market. You will find several restaurants along the Promenade and many historical landmarks from colonial times, including the Old Police Station, Stanley War Cemetery and Stanley Fort. Stanley makes a good escape from the frenzy of the city.
Although officially part of mainland China, Macau's proximity to Hong Kong means it is an inexpensive getaway for travelers. Macau was under Portuguese rule for 400 years and still retains in many respects the feel of Mediterranean town in Portugal or Spain. Macau is best known for its gambling (illegal in Hong Kong) but the city is also home to excellent restaurants, colonial buildings, temples, catholic churches, coffee shops and traditional Chinese tea houses.
Horseracing at Happy Valley or Sha Tin
Though gambling in Hong Kong is illegal don't despair; Hong Kong loves horseracing. Betters can head to the Jockey Club at Happy Valley (Hong Kong Island) to place bets on the horses or on football and get a live view of the high tech action. The Sha Tin racecourse in the New Territories boasts the Hong Kong Derby in March, the Queen Elizabeth II Cup in April and the Hong Kong International Races in December. The races are never a dull day out.