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Discover Hong Kong

With luxurious hotels, award-wining cuisine, and world-class shopping, Hong Kong welcomes you with five-star splendor and standards that have been polished to perfection. Spend your days visiting a variety of unique attractions. At night, enjoy an exciting array of shows, clubs, and nightlife.

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Hong Kong Walks

Hong Kong is a non-stop experience filled with the exotic and the exciting. Along every street, down every lane, you are sure to encounter Hong Kong's living culture. From the hustle and bustle of the busy downtown streets and the flamboyant colors and sounds of a local market, to the wonderment and serenity that comes from a visit to a centuries-old temple and a brief experience of a bygone era - Hong Kong offers a living, breathing cultural experience like no other in Asia or indeed the world.

With the selection of eight themed walks through different Hong Kong districts, there is the perfect opportunity to experience this living culture that makes Asia's world city such a diverse and fascinating destination. Step out and savor the rich contrast of the ancient and the modern in this dynamic and dazzling 21st century city.

Victoria Harbour

To get the best views of the famous glittering skyline and the harbor, you should head for the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui or the waterfront promenade outside the Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai. Other options include traveling up to Sky100 atop the International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong's tallest building, or boarding the Star Ferry – the classic but economical way to admire the magic of Victoria Harbour. No matter where you go, the spectacular panorama will never disappoint you.

A Symphony of Lights

At 8pm every night, find the best location with your family on the waterfront to see A Symphony of Lights – the world’s largest permanent light and sound show. With music and narration, the colored lights and laser beams can be seen dancing off more than 40 buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour.

The Peak

There is no reason to miss The Peak while in Hong Kong. Getting to the top by the Peak Tram is in itself a remarkable trip. The tram climbs 373 meters, about 1,200 feet along a track that is so steep that the buildings you pass look like they are leaning backwards! Once on The Peak, your attention will immediately be captured by the avant-garde designed Peak Tower. You should also visit two historic spots, The Peak Lookout Restaurant and Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Centre. The former was a work site during construction of The Peak tram-line, while the latter is a metal tramcar with history of more than 50 years.

Ngong Ping 360

You don’t need to know Chinese kung fu to experience the flying stunts in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Ngong Ping 360 offers a cable car ride in their glass-bottomed Crystal Cabins that gives you the thrill of ‘flying’ over the sea and mountains and hills below the cable car. The 25-minute journey begins from Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal and the ride gives you a stunning view of Hong Kong International Airport, the South China Sea, the Giant Buddha, and Lantau North Country Park. At your destination - the antique Ngong Ping Village - there are various shops and restaurants in the village. You can also learn more about Chinese culture through multimedia shows based on the life of Buddha in 'Walking with Buddha' and the Jataka Tales in 'Monkey’s Tale Theatre'.

Hong Kong Wetland Park

Enjoy a bird-watching spectacular of water fowls, egrets and herons at the Hong Kong Wetland Park. This world-class ecotourism facility aims to promote environmental protection, education, and green tourism. The 60-hectare marshy wetland is home to many wild birds.

Other than birds, the Visitor Centre - Wetland Interactive World showcases other species of Hong Kong’s wildlife. Inside the Visitor Centre - Wetland Interactive World, you can find five themed exhibition galleries, a theatre, a souvenir shop, an indoor play area (swamp adventure) and a resource center, where you can learn more about the wetland ecology through interactive activities.

Museums

Hong Kong has over 20 thematic museums. History lovers should visit Hong Kong Museum of History, where Hong Kong’s historical development and folk culture is outlined. Through 3-D graphic panels, panorama screens and multimedia programs, the museum’s permanent exhibition 'The Hong Kong Story' brings you back through time to revisit Hong Kong’s dynamic history. Astronomy fans should go to the egg-shaped domed Hong Kong Space Museum to see the Omnimax sky show. Science buffs should explore the Hong Kong Science Museum.

Golden Bauhinia Square

Right in the middle of the Golden Bauhinia Square outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, you’ll find the ‘Forever Blooming Bauhinia’ sculpture. It is a gift from the Central Government to mark the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and is now a popular photo taking spot for tourists. The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre host many international conferences and exhibitions, including the annual Book Fair and Comic Book Fair.

Arts

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Hong Kong has a unique and colorful past. Today’s cosmopolitan city has been shaped by centuries of Chinese history and heritage combined with more than 150 years of colonialism, giving it a flavor and atmosphere unlike any other city on earth.

Beyond the gleaming high-rises, the glitzy shopping malls and the wealth of dining establishments, Hong Kong’s streets and alleyways are alive and buzzing with the cultural and artistic influences that dominated their past and created the city it is today.

Take time to immerse yourself in the architecture, traditions, lively art scene and exotic fusion of East and West influences, and you will experience a Hong Kong with an extraordinary past to match its extraordinary present.

The city is home to Art Basel Hong Kong, the Asian version of the world famous art show as well as the Hong Kong Arts Festival every February and March.

Beaches

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Repulse Bay

Primarily an upmarket residential area, sun-drenched Repulse Bay has a relaxed resort-like atmosphere. The wide, wave-lapped beach is popular with locals and visitors alike and great for sandy strolls in the early morning when the sun is up and the sunbathers are out in force, or at sunset when all is at peace.

This crescent-shaped stretch of sand is one of the most beautiful beaches in Hong Kong. The beach features a lifeguard clubhouse built in traditional Chinese style. Its ceiling is decorated with magnificent swirling dragons. Towering twin statues of Kwun Yum and Tin Hau, both protectors of fishermen, dominate the picturesque gardens that lead down to the beach.

The Repulse Bay colonial buildings house designer shops and award-winning restaurants, and resembles the luxury hotel built in 1920 that originally occupied the site. Most of the grounds were redeveloped into luxury apartments more than 20 years ago. Only the original arcade remains.

Lamma Island

Located about half an hour by ferry from bustling downtown Hong Kong, Lamma is an eclectic melting-pot of arty culture and Chinese tradition. Due to its proximity to town, it is one of the most adored weekend getaways. Clean air, golden beaches, delicious seafood and fantastic hiking are the main draws.

In fact, many city folk love the island so much that they have moved there in recent years, creating a thriving community of expatriates and commuting locals. Bicycles are the mode of transport as there are no cars. Skyscrapers are not to be seen as the buildings are all low-rise.

Shek O

Seen from the hill above, the popular seaside destination of Shek O looks like a picture-postcard image of an ancient Chinese community. Its ambiance is still traditional and rustic, in dramatic contrast to the millionaires' mansions on the surrounding hillsides and headland. The exclusive golf and country club nearby is where they play. Many others make for the golden sands of Big Wave Bay, where Bronze-Age rock carvings can be found.

Deep Water Bay

This attractive bay lies beyond Aberdeen along a scenic coastal road flanked by flame trees and imposing cliff-side mansions. Its public beach, one of the most attractive in Hong Kong, is next to the Hong Kong Golf Club's annex. A scenic pathway winds along the coast from here to Repulse Bay.

Culture

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Culture and heritage are what sets Hong Kong apart from the rest of Asia – indeed the world. With over 100 years of colonial history and a largely Chinese population, Hong Kong is a unique fusion of Western and Eastern cultures where the old and the new live side by side. Its incense-filled temples, colonial buildings and glass-and-steel skyscrapers, along with its ancient traditions and lively festivals, have made Hong Kong a living culture experience.

Cultural Kaleidoscope Program

This is an exceptional opportunity to experience Hong Kong's extraordinary traditions and culture through a series of programs.

Discover Hong Kong By Rail

Take a train to explore some of the most fascinating areas of Kowloon and the New Territories.

China’s 1911 Revolution

Explore places in Hong Kong related to China’s 1911 Revolution that leads to the birth of modern China.

Temples

Hong Kong has many ancient Chinese temples spread throughout the territory. They serve followers of Buddhism and Taoism as well as a number of deities. There are also a number of monasteries and nunneries, some in very remote areas.

• Chi Lin Nunnery / Nan Lian Garden

• Sha Tin Che Kung Temple

• Miu Fat Buddhist Monastery

• Hung Shing Temple at Kau Sai Chau, Sai Kung

• Yuen Yuen Institute

• Che Kung Temple at Ho Chung

• Lo Pan Temple

Declared Monuments

Many fascinating Chinese and colonial heritage sites still exist in Hong Kong, reflecting more than 5,000 years of Chinese and more than 100 years of British colonial heritage. The following is a list of important heritage sites that are easily accessible.

• Hong Kong Island

• Kowloon

• New Territories

• Outlying Islands

Hong Kong’s Intangible Cultural Heritage

Four popular local festivals have recently been included in China’s third national list of intangible cultural heritage. The festivals are:

• Cheung Chau Jiao Festival

• Tai O Dragon Boat Water Parade

• Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance

• Yu Lan Ghost Festival of the Hong Kong Chiu Chow Community

All of these four festivals fall within the category of social practices, rituals and festive events which comply with the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Events

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Hong Kong International Jazz Festival

Featuring world-renowned musicians and local performers, this jazz-themed music festival is comprised of a series of indoor and outdoor concerts, workshops and seminars.

The 40th Hong Kong Arts Festival

Hong Kong's premier performing arts event presents another feast for the senses featuring a galaxy of international star performances. The festival has a wonderful selection of orchestra, concerts, ballet, modern jazz, opera and dance, along with modern drama and new twists to classical favorites.

The Hong Kong International Film Festival

From international award-winning movies to avant-garde indies, this annual film festival screens hundreds of titles from around the world. A must-attend for film buffs.

Entertainment Expo Hong Kong

Featuring key events highlighting Hong Kong's world of film, TV, digital entertainment and music, attracting leading players in Asia's entertainment industry, this annual Expo provides a platform for screenings, recognition of industry excellence as well as concluding business deals. Topping the list of star-studded attractions is the Hong Kong International Film Festival and Hong Kong's version of the Oscars - the Hong Kong Film Awards Presentation Ceremony.

Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Celebration

Every autumn, Hong Kong celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival paying homage to the harvest moon. It's filled with excitement and color as families and friends gather to eat moon cakes and bask in the glow of the golden orb. This heart-warming celebration is a wonderful blend of ancient Chinese fable, beautifully crafted lanterns, scrumptious food and fun for everyone. Drop by the various lantern carnivals around town to discover fascinating aspects of Chinese culture and don't miss the amazing three-day fire dragon dance in Tai Hang, Causeway Bay.

Halloween Treats

It's fun for the whole family when Hong Kong shifts into Halloween mode. Popular attractions put on spooky events, leading shopping malls and food districts serve up Halloween-themed goodies and trendy nightspots throw outrageous parties. So make a date to join all the fun and excitement of Halloween in Hong Kong!

Hong Kong WinterFest

Hong Kong had been selected by CNN as one of the top places to spend your Christmas. During WinterFest the city is aglow with festive lighting and glorious Victoria Harbour is a dazzling sight with all the surrounding illuminations. The holiday season offers great opportunities for a bargain during the winter shopping sales while the city's restaurants are filled with seasonal dishes. Make sure your holiday plans include the fantastic pyrotechnic display over the harbor for the New Year Countdown Celebrations. Hong Kong is the perfect place for families, couples and friends to share the happiness and warmth during this festive season.

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Highlights include: a magnificent New Year's Night Parade in Tsim Sha Tsui, a stunning harbor-side fireworks display, followed by a day of exciting horse racing providing you with a taste of all the excitement of the Chinese New Year festivities in Hong Kong. There are also colorful flower markets, festive celebrations and temples to visit.

Hong Kong Cultural Celebrations

Join the locals as they celebrate the traditional festivals of Hong Kong and experience the city's fascinating living culture! The unique Cheung Chau Bun Festival is just one of the four classic traditional festivals that take place in Hong Kong in April and May. There are also events marking the birthdays of important deities such as Tin Hau and Tam Kung as well as a religious festival celebrating the birth of Lord Buddha.

Harbor Light Show

This spectacular multimedia display, already named the 'World's Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show' by Guinness World Records, has been further expanded to include more than 40 buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour.

The show creates an all-round vision of colored lights, laser beams and searchlights performing a stunning, unforgettable spectacle synchronized to music and narration that celebrates the energy, spirit and diversity of Hong Kong.

There are five main themes — Awakening, Energy, Heritage, Partnership and the finale, Celebration.

A symphony of Light is for free public enjoyment. No admission ticket is required.

For the best view of A Symphony of Lights, take a harbor cruise or head to the waterfront promenades on either side of Victoria Harbour*. The show, organized by the Tourism Commission, is a must-see event on any visit to Hong Kong.

Chinese Festivals

Chinese festivals in Hong Kong are an enchanting and mesmerizing experience.

Hong Kong's major traditional festivals are colorful and noisy affairs, with thousands upon thousands of people turning out to join the celebrations. Fireworks, festive feasting, lion and dragon dancers, incense smoke, Chinese opera, mah jong, fortune-telling, carnivals and parades come together in a variety of combinations to create a uniquely festive atmosphere seen nowhere else in the world.

The festivals are among the best ways to experience the unique culture of this modern East-meets-West destination. There are festivals throughout the year that you are sure to enjoy.

Join a tour group to get the best seats in the house during any of the city's festivals.

Wine & Dine Festival

Hong Kong's Wine & Dine Festival, held annually in October, will be the Asian culinary event of the year, pairing the cuisine of the finest chefs with wine from the world's leading vintners. It marks the beginning of Wine & Dine Month, where fabulous wine and dining offers abound throughout the city.

Organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), this annual event has achieved instant worldwide recognition since its inaugural year, when it was named by Forbes Traveler.com as one of the top 10 international food and wine festivals of 2009. This year, it will again offer connoisseurs many of the world’s most desirable vintages plus delectable dishes from award-winning restaurants, accompanied by live music and cool entertainment set against the stunning backdrop of the renowned Victoria Harbour. Don’t miss this spectacular event and the mouth-watering business opportunities that this event offers!

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Hong Kong Disneyland

Families visiting Hong Kong Disneyland will embark on a magical journey through four themed lands – Main Street U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, and Tomorrowland. The two Disney-themed hotels also give you a home to go back to after a day of fairytale adventures. Disney stories and characters really come to life here! Donald Duck relives the memorable moments of Disney’s animated films in the 3D show Mickey’s PhilharMagic; Mickey and his friends perform in the Broadway-style musical show “The Golden Mickeys”; and Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy make surprise appearances in the Fantasy Gardens, so don't forget your camera and autograph book.

Ocean Park

Ocean Park is one of the largest aquariums and marine theme parks in Asia. Since opening, the Park has delighted visitors of all ages with new ever-changing forms of entertainment. Make sure you visit Aqua City, the incredible new marine themed city that features The Grand Aquarium that contains 5,000 fish from over 400 species. It’s one of the world’s top 10 aquariums! At night explore The Lagoon, when the whole area is transformed into a magnificent 360° water screen show called Symbio.

Go to the Amazing Asian Animals, where you can learn more about these lovely animals as well as their neighbors – giant pandas, red pandas, Chinese giant salamanders, Asian small-clawed otters, and Chinese alligators.

Ma Wan Park Noah's Ark

The world’s first replica of Noah’s Ark at Ma Wan Park is an attraction that combines education and entertainment for families. Visitors can view 67 pairs of life-size wild or endangered animal sculptures up close in the Ark Garden. The Ark Life Education House is an interactive education center with games about love and respect. The 180° Great Flood Theatre in the Ark Expore constructs the power of the Great Flood and shows the challenges our planet is facing. Treasure House has 15 fun filled galleries with interactive games on life education.

Food

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As you would expect, good Chinese restaurants are found everywhere in Hong Kong. Some of the best can be found in major hotels and shopping complexes. Most specialize in one or more of the following: Cantonese, Chiu Chow, Peking, Shanghainese, Szechuan & Hunan, Chinese Vegetarian or Chinese Festive Foods & Chinese Wine.

As an international city, many cultures and tastes are represented in Hong Kong's world of dining. Enjoy five-star haute cuisine, fast-food, snacks or casual family-style meals in some of Hong Kong's Eastern and Western restaurants. Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, Indonesian, Malaysian and Filipino restaurants make for a pleasant change from Chinese food, as do Japanese sushi bars and fine restaurants. The Western culinary traditions are well represented with American, French, Italian, Mediterranean and other cuisines for those with a penchant for western fare or Mexican makes for a spicy alternative.

Not only is Hong Kong the Culinary Capital of Asia but also a place where you can dine in style with incredible views, overlooking the harbor, or savor the joy of Hong Kong signature dishes and regional Chinese delicacies while gazing at the stunning skyline. You'll love all that Hong Kong cooks up.

Chinese Food

The variety of flavors, aromas and textures of Chinese cuisine are sure to delight everyone's palate.

Some Chinese dishes are simple and others gourmet exotica, but all are designed to satiate your senses. The most popular styles of Chinese cooking in Hong Kong are Cantonese, Chiu Chow and Shanghainese. Cantonese and Chiu Chow both originate from the same Chinese province of Guangdong but are vastly different in style and flavor. Many restaurants also specialize in vegetarian fare, famous Peking dishes and the zesty flavors of Hunan and Szechuan.

For the ultimate experience, indulge in a bottle of Chinese wine. In flavor and distillation process, these wines are completely different and definitely worth sampling.

Asian Food

Hong Kong is the best place in the world to sample the dazzling variety of all Asian cuisine.

The diversity of Asian influences in Hong Kong is reflected though the range of fantastic food. Try the spices of Thailand; the rich aromatic flavors of India, the delicacies of Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese cuisine, and also a wide range of halal cuisine. The cultures converge in Hong Kong, where it's possible to find flavors to suit every palate.

Monuments

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Many fascinating Chinese and colonial heritage sites still exist in Hong Kong, reflecting more than 5,000 years of Chinese and more than 150 years of British colonial heritage. The following is a list of important heritage sites that are easily accessible.

Hong Kong Island

- Duddell Street Steps & Gas Lamps (Central)

- Former Stanley Police Station (Stanley)

- Old Supreme Court (Central)

- Main Building, the University of Hong Kong (Pok Fu Lam)

- Flagstaff House (Central)

- Former French Mission Building (Central)

- Western Market (Sheung Wan)

- Main Building, the Helena May (Central)

- Former Central Police Station Compound (Central)

- Former Central Magistracy (Central)

- Victoria Prison Compound*

- University Hall, the University of Hong Kong (Pok Fu Lam)

- Hung Hing Ying Building, the University of Hong Kong (Pok Fu Lam)

- Tang Chi Ngong Building, the University of Hong Kong (Pok Fu Lam)

- Government House (Central)

- St. John's Cathedral (Central)

- Law Uk Hakka House (Chai Wan)

- Old Wan Chai Post Office (Wan Chai)

- Tin Hau Temple (Causeway Bay)

Kowloon

- Hong Kong Observatory (Tsim Sha Tsui)

- Former Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower (Tsim Sha Tsui)

- Former Kowloon British School (Tsim Sha Tsui)

- Former Marine Police Headquarters Compound (Tsim Sha Tsui)

- Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb (Sham Shui Po)

- Remnants of the South Gate of Kowloon Walled City (Kowloon City)

- Former Yamen Building of Kowloon Walled City (Kowloon City)

New Territories

- Sam Tung Uk Village (Tsuen Wan)

- Old Tai Po Market Railway Station (Tai Po)

- Old House, Hoi Pa Village (Tsuen Wan)

- Man Mo Temple (Tai Po)

Outlying Islands

- Rock Carving On Cheung Chau

Museums

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Major Museums

Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum (Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum Guided Tour) 

Relive the epoch-making achievements of revolutionary pioneer Dr Sun Yat-sen who is renowned for transforming China from a monarchy to a republic. The revolutionary ideologies of Dr Sun Yat-sen were shaped while he was receiving his early education in Hong Kong and the city served as his base for 18 years prior to the founding of the Chinese Republic in 1912.

This museum is located in the 2,560-square-metre, four-story Kom Tong Hall, an early 20th century building that has been faithfully restored to its original majestic appearance. Kom Tong Hall became a declared monument in 2010. Inside is a fascinating showcase of Dr Sun's accomplishments including exhibition galleries covering his life history* and his close relationship with Hong Kong. The exhibits bring alive the revolutionary spirit of Dr Sun. Visitors can gain other insights by visiting the reading room, video room and an interactive room.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum (Cantonese Opera Appreciation Class) 

Located in a wooded setting away from the New Town's high-rise housing complexes, the museum's architecture is patterned after the traditional Si He Yuan style, a compound of harmoniously-blended houses built around a courtyard.

Opened in December 2000, the museum covers 32,000 square meters and is divided into 12 exhibition galleries, each a treasure house of relics of the history, culture and arts of early Hong Kong and the nearby South China region.

• Hong Kong Museum of Art 

The Hong Kong Museum of Art features more than 15,000 art objects including calligraphy, antique Chinese treasures, paintings of historical significance and works by local artists.

Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defense 

The Lei Yue Mun Fort that houses the Museum of Coastal Defense sits perched on the heights overlooking the narrow strip of water at Lei Yue Mun, now famous for its seafood restaurants. The fort's formidable weaponry would have made things difficult for any 19th century invader venturing through the narrow passageway to attack Hong Kong. The British installed several powerful cannons around the fort itself and a Brennan Torpedo Station at sea level so that a "tin fish" would blast any invading ship that got past the guns. Although the guns weren't fired in anger for many years, the fort finally saw action during the Japanese invasion when the defenders suffered heavy casualties as they unsuccessfully defended Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Museum of History ("The Hong Kong Story" Exhibition Guided Tour) 

This museum covering a total of 17,500 sq m showcases Hong Kong's broad and dynamic history. Great efforts have been made in collecting, conserving, processing, studying and displaying cultural objects which are related to the archaeology, history, ethnography and natural history of Hong Kong and South China.

Hong Kong Science Museum 

The Science Museum showcases over 500 interesting exhibits, 70 percent of which are hands-on and offer an insight into a wide range of science-related subjects. The exhibition covers many areas of science and technology, including robotics, transportation, virtual reality and more.

Hong Kong Space Museum

Astronomy and space science buffs should pay a visit to the city’s only planetarium located in the unique egg-shaped domed building near the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. In fact, so unique is this 8,000-sq-meter museum that it is a landmark in Kowloon.

The Hong Kong Space Museum offers Omnimax and sky shows and astronomy exhibits. It is a great place for the whole family to visit. The Space Museum also includes a new digital planetarium projector and seats installed with a multi-language and interactive system.

Museums of Special Interest

Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

• Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Galllery

• Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware (Chinese Tea Appreciation Class)

• Hong Kong Arts Centre Pao Galleries

• Hong Kong Correctional Services Museum

• Hong Kong Cultural Centre

• Hong Kong Film Archive

• Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre

• Hong Kong Housing Authority Exhibition Centre

• Hong Kong Maritime Museum

• Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences

• Hong Kong Planning and Infrastructure Exhibition Gallery (Architecture Walk)

• Hong Kong Racing Museum

• Hong Kong Railway Museum

• Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre

• Law Uk Folk Museum

• Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum

• Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery cum Heritage Trail Visitors Centre

• Police Museum

• Sam Tung Uk Museum

• Sheung Yiu Folk Museum

• University Museum & Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong

National Parks

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Deserted Beaches Hike (Sai Kung East Country Park)

This walk takes you to Sai Kung East Country Park along coastline backed by lush tropical vegetation and forested ridges offering spectacular mountain and coastal sea views. White sandy beaches with their clear blue waters are the gem in the remote nature. Following a network of paths, often on inter-village routes, you will pass fascinating old Hakka villages. The Hakka farmers nurtured feng shui woods which provide a great breeding environment for native species.

Dragon’s Back Hike (Shek O Country Park)

Dragon's Back trail was named by Time Magazine as the Best Urban Hike in Asia (Nov 22, 2004 Asia Issue). The journey starts on the iconic and much loved Hong Kong tram, which commenced operations in 1904. You can watch the commuters heading to work, as you rattle along what was once the waterfront and then continue the journey on the MTR (Mass Transit Railway). Take in the atmosphere of the Shau Kei Wan wet market to experience the life of ordinary Hong Kongers as they go about their daily activities.

Reaching the spectacular Shek O Country Park, you will follow rugged undulating spinal ridge of the Dragon's Back. From the ridge there are spectacular views eastwards to Clear Water Bay Peninsula and islands in the eastern sea approaches to Hong Kong. To the west, there are views of Stanley Peninsula and the South China Sea. At the foot of the Dragon's Back is the popular village Shek O with its sandy beaches and alfresco restaurants.

The Peak to Aberdeen (Pok Fu Lam Country Park)

The walk at first takes you across the spectacular and vibrant business district with its soaring towers of glass and steel. You then board the unique Peak Tram funicular railway and slowly ascend to its summit of 373 meters. Take the time to marvel at this feat of engineering and the views of the city and Victoria Harbour unfolding below.

As you walk to the wilder, quieter side of Hong Kong Island beneath the Victoria Peak at 552 metres, you see old banyan trees and admire the distant views of Kowloon Peninsula, New Territories, the South China Sea and it's many islands.

Lamma Island Hike

The journey starts at the colorful fishermen’s typhoon shelter in Aberdeen. There you take a slow boat to Lamma giving good views of southern Hong Kong Island.

You will then get off the boat at Mo Tat Wan, which is a small village on the north-east part of Lamma Island. Passing beautiful old feng shui woods, follow a lovely coastal path on this peaceful traffic-free island. You then climb a hillside for majestic views over the shipping lanes of the South China Sea, neighboring islands of Cheung Chau and Lantau and the unspoiled south.

Hong Kong Biking Tour

The cool dry months of autumn are a wonderful time in Hong Kong for a cycling trip. This outing includes a visit to an age-old walled village, a mysterious tree house and an internationally recognized bird migration area.

Those who continue on the full version tour will then ride through more wetlands around Deep Bay near the border with China and with your bird identification cards; you’ll be able to spot many different bird species. These are views across the bay to China as well as a stop at Lau Fau Shan, a fishing village famous for its oyster beds.

Geopark Hiking Tour

The hike starts by heading along the High Island Reservoir route in the Sai Kung East Country Park, then proceeds to the easterly endpoint where you get a view of the magnificent hexagonal volcanic column wall, which is one of the world’s largest formations of hexagonal columnar jointing, before descending for a closer view.

You walk back along the reservoir road, and into the Sai Kung Country Park. Both parts of the walk afford us views of water, either the turquoise blue of the reservoir or out to the sea and surrounding islands, themselves products of the same geological forces. Follow a lush green pathway used by villagers many years ago, and finish the tour in the Sheng Yiu Hakka village museum, which is a small carefully preserved village typical of the local area in former times.

Ma On Shan Hike (Sai Kung West Country Park)

This trail is part of the famous 100km MacLehose hiking trail, running east to west in the New Territories. Ma On Shan, called Horse Saddle Mountain by the locals, is the second highest peak in the New Territories at 702 meters.

The hike starts at sea level and takes you through lush green subtropical forest and dense exotic vegetation. You will visit an abandoned Hakka clan village with its ancestral graves. As you head uphill, the hike encounters low shrub land, colorful with wild azaleas and rhododendrons and the mighty Ma On Shan range rises imposingly above. Behind is a superb coastal panorama reveals the Sai Kung Peninsula. From the saddle, with its rugged rock formations, the trials of hiking this formidable section of the MacLehose Trail are rewarded by stunning views of the New Territories and Mainland China.

Plover Cove Country Park Hike

The Plover Cove Country Park in the northeast New Territories is one of the most under populated and pristine areas in Hong Kong. The hike starts in the tiny hamlet of Wu Kau Tang. First, walk upwards to see exciting views across the boundary into Mainland China and of the Yan Chau Tong Marine Park. You then descend to the deserted village of Lai Chi Wo.

After leaving the village you will walk through an area of intertidal mudflats formed by sedimentation where you can find the largest bed of Coastal Heritiera (Heritiera littoralis) in Hong Kong. Along the way you will walk past abandoned rice fields and terraces once cultivated by the villagers. The abandoned rice paddies remain home to the Chinese pond heron, little egrets, great egrets, night herons and the extremely rare Swinhoe’s egret. Also, you will pass by the abandoned fishponds that previously bred both fresh water and sea water fish. Following the coastline, you can admire some of the oldest geological formations in the area, dating back 400 million years.

Hong Kong Walks

Hong Kong is a non-stop experience filled with the exotic and the exciting. Along every street, down every lane, you are sure to encounter Hong Kong's living culture. From the hustle and bustle of the busy downtown streets and the flamboyant colors and sounds of a local market, to the wonderment and serenity that comes from a visit to a centuries-old temple and a brief experience of a bygone era - Hong Kong offers a living, breathing cultural experience like no other in Asia or indeed the world.

With the selection of eight themed walks through different Hong Kong districts offers the perfect opportunity to experience this living culture that makes Asia's world city such a diverse and fascinating destination. Step out and savor the rich contrast of the ancient and the modern in this dynamic and dazzling 21st century city.

Central & Western District – Travel Through Time

Be transported through some of the oldest and newest sections of town in a constantly evolving landscape.

Garden Road Leisure Walk - A Century of Architecture

Travel along Hong Kong's historic timeline of more than a hundred years, and enjoy the rich culture on offer, at your own pace.

Shau Kei Wan – Evolvement of a Fishing Village

See how old traditions live on in an old fishing village on the northeastern shore of Hong Kong Island.

Tsim Sha Tsui – Cornucopia of Delights

Contrast the modern hustle and bustle of Tsim Sha Tsui with some treasures of the past that reflect its heritage.

Yau Ma Tei & Mong Kok – Markets for Leisure and Pleasure

Indulge in one of the world's most fascinating street scenes where markets of every kind create a living culture.

Wong Tai Sin & Kowloon City – A Popular Temple and A City Transformed

Immerse yourself in the amazing traditional Chinese architecture of Hong Kong's most popular temple, and see the remnants of an infamous walled city and Chinese garden.

Yuen Long - First Heritage Trail in Hong Kong

Step back in time and revisit the early days of Asia's world city through a fascinating excursion along 'Ping Shan Heritage Trail'.

Fanling - Walled Village

Explore part of the 'Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail' with the cornucopia of treasures to see, including a stunning Taoist temple and a number of walled villages.

Restaurants

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Many of Hong Kong's districts boast a unique ambiance and wide selection of food. Hong Kong's more than 11,000 restaurants offer almost every cuisine under the sun, so each dining experience in Hong Kong is vastly different.

Causeway Bay

Good food is available throughout the territory, but this area offers a 'true Hong Kong' ambiance. Many budget eateries featuring local snacks can be found along Jardine's Bazaar, Tang Lung and Matheson streets. Sample Hong Kong-style tea, available at famous eateries. You will never forget its richness and aroma. Brilliantly lit, many of the food stalls stay open until the early hours to cater to late diners.

Bars, sushi parlors and other fine eateries along Yun Ping Road, Kai Chiu Road, Pak Sha Road, Lan Fong Road, Hysan Avenue, Sunning Road, Hoi Ping Road and Yiu Wa Street offer a mouth-watering alternative for an evening out. Sip a refreshing beer at the pub as the sun sets, and then enjoy dinner at one of the many cozy restaurants at your service in Causeway Bay plaza I & II, Times Square and its Food Forum, World Trade Centre, Lee Theatre Plaza and along Cleveland Street in Causeway Bay.

Lan Kwai Fong & SoHo

About 25 years ago, Lan Kwai Fong was known as 'fringe Central' as business was mainly focused on the waterfront. Today, it's the most popular loose-tie, hair-down dining and entertainment area on Hong Kong Island. The young and stylish flock to Lan Kwai Fong to sample specialties from around the globe - Japanese, Indian, Italian, Mexican, French and American to name but a few. Many restaurants open onto the cobblestone streets, providing the luxury of alfresco dining.

Further west, around Staunton Street, Shelley Street and Elgin Street, SoHo (named after its location 'South of Hollywood Road') joins in offering a compact, fashionable area of bars and restaurants specializing in different cuisines including French, Nepalese, Italian, Mexican and Indian.

Stanley

This charming village on the south-side of Hong Kong island offers a unique mix of laid-back eateries in a relaxed, seaside setting. A new waterfront with a pier and pleasant beach walk has developed over the last few years, attracting boats, as well as shoppers and tourists.

Some of the most romantic restaurants in Hong Kong with Western food and Chinese cuisine can be found in Stanley. A wide range of culinary options offer comfort for the shoppers, from seafront alfresco to pubs stocked with boutique beers, particularly along the main street. The restaurants in the restored colonial-era Murray House where panoramic views of the picturesque seaside village provide a glorious backdrop to alfresco dining.

Tsim Sha Tsui

Easily accessible, Tsim Sha Tsui is a dynamic district for gourmands in Kowloon. Many four- and five-star hotels boast the highest quality restaurants, some with stunning harbor views across the water to Hong Kong Island.

A veritable smorgasbord of tastes is on offer, from international cuisine by some of the world’s finest chefs to traditional Chinese delights along Hillwood Road and Austin Road. Browse main thoroughfares like Nathan Road, Canton Road and Chatham Road, as well as side streets, such as Ashley Road and Cameron Road.

Shopping centers also often host quality-dining options, such as the Szechuan and Cantonese restaurants found in the Miramar Shopping Centre on Kimberley Road. Knutsford Terrace, Knutsford Steps and Observatory Court are an international dining oasis and a great experience in this bustling, neon-lit shopping district.

Hung Hom

Home to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the MTR East Rail Station, Hung Hom also boasts one of the most striking shopping venues in Hong Kong, the Wonderful World of Whampoa, shaped like a full-scale luxury cruise liner. Whampoa Gourmet Place boasts many specialty restaurants under one roof featuring Northern and Southern Chinese food. There is a bewildering choice of Asian gourmet dishes ranging from tempting snacks to full meals.

Kowloon City

Over the years, Kowloon City has evolved from an industrial district into a residential area, and today is a treasure-trove of international cuisine with Asian eateries very much in the spotlight. Delicious and inexpensive, they offer a variety of South East Asian delights, Cantonese and Chiu Chow dishes, as well as scrumptious local desserts. Most of the restaurants are small, family-run businesses with friendly service.

Sai Kung, Lei Yue Mun & Lamma Island

A seafood feast in one of Hong Kong's outlying communities can be a lot of fun. Pick your favorite seafood from the tanks at the restaurant and let the chefs take care of the rest. Half the fun is trying to figure out what some of the denizens of the sea are called.

Freshness is guaranteed because all the seafood and fish are alive, so all you need is a good appetite. Restaurants serve the juiciest prawns, scallops, squid, crab, lobsters, clams, oysters and, of course, fish. Try the steamed shrimp, garlic prawns, clams with black bean sauce and deep-fried squid. Book a table and experience picturesque seaside dining.

Shopping

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Hong Kong Island

Causeway Bay

Causeway Bay is eternally popular with tourists. From department stores, to small boutiques and bargain stalls, everything can be found here in a tight cluster. Of course, it will still take you a whole day to walk through this shopping carnival.

Wan Chai

Wan Chai's streets are steeped in history and offer an amazing range of shopping. Along Queen's Road East you can find a number of excellent rattan and Chinese furniture shops which will happily arrange to have your purchases sent home. Spring Garden Lane is a great place to pick up clothes at very competitive prices. The market stalls exclusively sell products originally meant for export, meaning quality and price are very competitive.

Admiralty

Admiralty too is famous for its brand-name luxury goods. Pacific Place, one of Hong Kong's most popular malls, is the ideal place to go in this area. You'll find perfect gift ideas within its 140-plus outlets, including the Lane Crawford department store and top designer label shops.

Central

Hong Kong's Central district houses many shimmering skyscrapers and marbled shopping atriums and malls. The Landmark, The Galleria, Prince's Building, Alexandra House and the ifc mall are the main shopping centers, with designer shops and exclusive brand names in abundance.

Western District

Western Market in Sheung Wan is a handsomely renovated Edwardian building filled with Chinese handicraft stores and fabric shops. It is situated at the corner of Connaught Road and Morrison Street, Sheung Wan. The area to the west is famous for its small Chinese-style shops selling dried seafood and medicinal herbs.

Ap Lei Chau

There are always bargains galore at Ap Lei Chau. The South Side area near Aberdeen is known primarily for its discount furniture and clothing warehouses. Horizon Plaza, located in Ap Lei Chau, has some furniture and clothing factory outlets.

Stanley Village

Stroll through the markets at one of Hong Kong's most famous coastal areas. Stanley Market is a warren of stalls, shops and restaurants. Historic lanes are jam-packed with vendors selling Chinese paintings, handicrafts and furniture, silk collectibles, curios and a wide variety of Hong Kong souvenirs.

Kowloon

Tsim Sha Tsui

Kowloon's numerous department stores and shopping centers vie with the factory outlets along Granville Road, which are a must for bargain shoppers. The superb Harbour City is the one of the area's largest and most famous shopping and entertainment complexes, including Ocean Terminal, where visiting cruise liners berth. The nearby Star House features shops selling the latest electronic and computer equipment.

ELEMENTS

MTRC's flagship "designer" shopping mall is conveniently located at MTR Kowloon Station where shops of renowned brands converge. ELEMENTS is a place for unique shopping, leisure, dining, entertainment and culture experiences. It has attracted prestigious brands and premium quality products from around the world, including world-renowned brands that are making their maiden exposures and debuts in Hong Kong.

Yau Ma Tei

Yau Ma Tei offers a surprise at every turn. With neon lights illuminating the night sky, Yau Ma Tei's streets offer an assortment of jewelry and clothes shops. But Yau Ma Tei is more famous for its street markets. Take a stroll through the Temple Street Night Market, the Jade Market and discover the neighborhood’s charms.

Mong Kok

Mong Kok is most famous for the hustle and bustle of its theme streets and fascinating street markets. For the latest audio-visual, electronic and telecommunications products, head for Sai Yeung Choi Street South, which also hosts numerous cosmetics shops and boutiques. Shantung Street and Dundas Street are famous for selling the hottest Japanese and Western fashions and accessories.

Hung Hom

Take a stroll through Hong Kong's inland cruise ship. The Whampoa is "moored" on the site of a former dry dock. This 110-metre-long boat-shaped entertainment center, game station, shops and clubs - the "Wonderful Worlds of Whampoa" – is the focal point of the adjacent, multi-towered HK$4 billion Whampoa Gardens housing development.

Kowloon Tong

Festival Walk in Kowloon Tong is one of the most popular shopping malls in Hong Kong. Check out its retail outlets offering everything from home furnishings to fashion, many restaurants, an ice-skating rink and multiplex cinema. It's right above the Kowloon Tong MTR Station.

Sham Shui Po

Sham Shui Po is renowned for its electronic gadgets. In Sham Shui Po you'll be able to pick up virtually any computer products at a competitive price. Apliu Street, also in this area, is a market with an abundance of character. Focused on nearly new electronic goods, it's a good place to soak up the Hong Kong market experience and maybe even pick up a bargain.

New Territories

Lantau Island

Hong Kong SkyMart - Hong Kong International Airport

Located at Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong SkyMart is a world dedicated to luxury shopping and sumptuous dining choices. There are around 100 retail shops and 40 eateries offering everything from duty-free shops and international and local brands, to a worldwide gourmet selection that ensure you a memorable final stop before boarding.

SkyPlaza - Hong Kong International Airport

SkyPlaza offers 35,000m2 of facilities located mostly in the non-restricted area of Terminal 2, providing a wide range of themed stores, renowned local and international cuisines, and entertainment zones for a 4D Extreme Screen, Asia Hollywood and i-Sports center.

Citygate Outlets - Tung Chung

Just a short taxi ride away from the airport is the Citygate Outlets where you can find famous international brands at discounted prices. Join local bargain-hunters and enjoy factory-outlet-style shopping, along with great dining and entertainment, all under one roof.

New Territories

Tsing Yi

Maritime Square in Tsing Yi is a fascinating combination of Hong Kong old and new. The Square features more than 130 shops, themed restaurants and a cinema. Its proximity to Hong Kong International Airport makes it a great stop-off for transit passengers.

Shatin

Located close to Sha Tin station on the MTR East Rail Line, New Town Plaza boasts internationally renowned fashion labels and a wide range of gourmet cuisines, offering you a convenient one-stop shopping destination.

Tuen Mun

tmtplaza is the largest shopping mall in the northwest New Territories. With a diverse range of merchandise and tmtplaza’s unique marketing and promotional programs, customers are attracted from far and wide. Covering an area of more than one million square feet and with 400 shops over five levels; the plaza welcomes more than 300,000 customers each day and brings them excellent shopping, dining and entertainment experiences.

Sheung Shui

Landmark North, located next to the Sheung Shui MTR station, provides shoppers with a vast array of choices from 100 specialty shops in jewelry, fashion, cosmetics, electronic items and many more, plus a wide selection of restaurants.

Sports

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Throughout the year, Hong Kong offers a stunning array of sporting events for the committed sports fan. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy the likes of tennis, soccer, marathon running, rugby, dragon boat racing, horseracing, golf, cricket, squash, and badminton. These are just some of the exciting events Hong Kong has lined up.

Hong Kong Open Badminton Super Series

The Hong Kong Open Badminton Super Series is one of the Badminton World Federation (BWF)'s Super Series events with a grand prize of US$250,000. Attracting some 200 of the world’s top players, the event uses a knock-out system and consists of a men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles.

Hong Kong Cricket Sixes

Hong Kong Cricket Sixes is one of the longest-running Sixes tournaments in the world. It offers two days of fast and furious action in a festival atmosphere - eight international teams, 45-minute clashes and non-stop entertainment for cricket fans.

Dragon Boat Racing

Dragon boat racing is held to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival (also known as Tuen Ng Festival) and is one of the most exciting sports you will ever see in Hong Kong. It is immensely popular in Hong Kong and attracts teams from all walks of life, including traditional fishermen. The races are held every year at locations throughout Hong Kong.The main races will be held on the Tuen Ng Festival day.

Hong Kong Open (golf tournament)

The Hong Kong Open is one of the leading professional golf tournaments in Asia and one of the most important events in Hong Kong. First held in 1959, the Open is Hong Kong's oldest professional sporting event with a history of over 50 years and is considered one of the 'jewels in the crown' of Asian golf making it a 'must-attend' event in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Marathon

Hong Kong’s largest outdoor sporting event attracts some of the top runners from around the globe every year. This event involves a full marathon, a half marathon and a 10km run on courses that take runners past some of the city's most stunning scenery.

Horseracing

Horseracing is Hong Kong's favorite sport. From September to June/July, on most Wednesday evenings and weekends, hoofs pounding down the stretch can be heard at the two glittering racetracks: Happy Valley on Hong Kong Island and Sha Tin in the New Territories.

Hong Kong International Races

Now recognized as the 'Turf World Championships', the Hong Kong International Races is one of the most important fixtures for the world's leading horses, jockeys, trainers and owners. The racing take place at the Sha Tin racecourse, where top horses compete in four International Group One races, including 'The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup' (2000m), 'The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile' (1600m), 'The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase' (2400m) and 'The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint' (1200m).

Rugby

From its humble beginnings in 1976, the Hong Kong event has become an internationally recognized phenomenon that attracts teams from the world’s top rugby nations who compete for four different trophies. Fans from all corners of the globe pack the 40,000-seat Hong Kong stadium.

Asian Challenge Cup (New Year Soccer Tournament)

One of the sporting highlights of the year, the Chinese New Year soccer tournament always provides sports fans with thrill minute-a-minute action on the pitch. Organized by the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA), it is the focal point for many football fans’ celebrations during this joyous time of the year!

Hong Kong Squash Open

This is a must-attend international event on the squash calendar for both men and women competitors. Many of the world's top-ranked pros come to town for the competition.

Hong Kong Tennis Classic

Get set for top sports action as some of the brightest stars in the world of tennis descend upon Hong Kong for the city's showpiece event.

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