Hong Kong is blessed with popular attractions and sightseeing opportunities throughout the territory. You’ll find endless things to see and do on Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon and the New Territories.
The Hong Kong Island is the most thriving place of the whole of Hong Kong and is also the seat of the Hong Kong Government bodies. On both sides of the streets, there are flourishing commercial towers and shopping centers, offices of the world famous financial bodies, shipping institutions and the headquarters of trade companies, and consulate of various countries and regions. The renowned Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay are all located here, which are Hong Kong’s mainly tourist area and residential quarters of the first class.
Kowloon is one of the centers of industrial and commercial activities. The Victoria Harbour, one of the three natural deep water harbours of the world is situated between the Kowloon Peninsula and the Hong Kong Island. By utilizing the excellent advantages, Hong Kong has gradually developed into one of the world shipping centers.
Hong Kong is a city for tourism, which is known as a fine place for entertainment, shopping, recreation and food. Hong Kong today is a flourishing international metropolis, which is well run, clean and beautiful.
Victoria peak is the best place from which to admire the lights of this Oriental Pearl. Peak Tower with its famous wok-like architecture stands at the exit of Peak Tram. The amazing Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, the exciting Peak Explorer Motion Simulator, and relaxing terraces and restaurants are among the favorite stops at this entertainment center. Another favorite attraction is the Madame Tussaud Wax Museum with figures of celebrities including local movie star Jackie Chan. Additionally, on the northern hillside of the Peak, you can see the Zoological and Botanical Garden.
Taking mountain climbing cable car, which has a hundred year old history, to reach the Victoria Peak, you can proceed to the Peak Tower, which was rebuilt after toppling sown the Lao Qing Pavillion. This is a center of combining catering and recreation. Its bowl shaped design is modern and unique, inside which there are reviewing stand, dining hall, wonder hall and motor-driven recreation games. Among them, the most special is the wonder hall which is called “Believe it or not”. It is the chain museum unique in the world, which was constructed by Robert L. Ripley in 1930. Inside the hall there exhibited the adventurous events experienced by Ripley, primitive forest, beauty taking sun bath, frenzied car, turning tunnel, shark aquarium, ultimate cruel torture, marvelous spectacles of human race and animals, complete works of tongue twister and mass media fun station etc. If you have time, you may come to have a taste of Mr. Robert’s experience and “Believe it or not”. Inside the peak square, there are fine arts shop, first class restaurant and three dimensional simulated flight of airship.
If you have enough time, you may go around the Harlech Road and the Lugard Road on both sides of the Peak, which is the best spot to look down at both shores of Victoria Harbour, Kowloon Peninsula and even the Pok Fu Lam Reservoir and Island District on the southern part of Hong Kong.
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.
Situated between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula in Hong Kong, Victoria Bay is the largest harbour in China and the third largest in the world, after San Francisco in the United States and Re de Janeiro in Brazil. It is home to most of the ports of Hong Kong, making Hong Kong one of the world’s busiest ports. The harbour bustles day and night with all manner of watercraft – from the historic Star Ferries to cruise liners, cargo ships, and wooden fishing vessels.
Long famous for its stunning panoramic views, the harbour is a major tourist attraction of Hong Kong. A myriad of lights twinkles at night from the skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula, making Hong Kong, together with Hakodate in Japan and Naples in Italy, included in the “three best night scenes of the world“.
Ocean Park is a major attraction in Hong Kong, the luminous pearl of the Orient and world financial center in southeast China. Hong Kong’s mild climate and coastal scenery, attracts throngs of visitors annually from all over world. Any visit to Hong Kong should include the world famous Ocean Park.
Opened in 1977, Ocean Park Hong Kong is one of Hong Kong’s favourite attractions, featuring rides, exhibits and conservation facilities. Hong Kong Ocean Park is located on the south end of Hong Kong Island.
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. With an area of 170 acres, it’s one of the largest ocean parks in the world.
Hong Kong Disneyland
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. Walking into Hong Kong Disneyland, you feel you are in a wonderland. Accompanied by Mickey Mouse and other Disney friends, you start a fantastic and magical journey. 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.
Families visiting Hong Kong Disneyland will embark on a magical journey through five themed lands – Main Street U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland and Toy Story Land. The two Disney-themed hotels also give you a home to go back to after a day of fairytale adventures.
Jade Market & Jade Street
Located on Kansu and Battery streets, the Jade Market is a collection of around 400 stalls selling a wide range of jade pendants, rings, bracelets, carvings and ornaments.
A visit to the Jade Market in Yau Ma Tei will provide an insight into something very important to Chinese people – Jade. The written character for jade means a combination of beauty and purity. The stone, in all its many hues and colours, is associated with long life and good health. It is smooth and cooling to the touch. Many people wear a jade bracelet to ward off all sorts of health hazards. Grandmothers routinely buy a piece of jade for newborns.
Buying jade is really an art. Jade varies in colour from deep green through yellow and brown to white. The jade sold in Hong Kong is mostly jadeite from Myanmar, ranging from natural pieces to those impregnated with polymers or dyed to enhance the colour.
Top quality jade is pure green and very expensive. Most pieces have a yellow tinge but no brown or grey should be in the finished piece. The best jadeite is semi-transparent. Opaque jadeite with cloudy patches typically has less value.
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