Hong Kong is located on the southern coast of China at the Pearl River Estuary and the South China Sea. It is best known for its skyline and deep natural harbor. Home to around 7.2 million people of various nationalities Hong Kong is one of the world's most densely populated regions. Limited land created a dense infrastructure and the territory became a center of modern architecture, as well as one of the world's most vertical cities. In the late 1970s, it became a major entrepôt in Asia-Pacific. Since then, the territory has developed into a major global trade hub and financial center and is regarded as a world city. Nearly 1,000 major multinationals have regional headquarters there. Hong Kong is counted as one of the three most important financial centers alongside New York and London. Listed below are some of Hong Kong’s most popular attractions!
The Temple Street Night Market is one of Hong Kong’s tourist shopping highlights. It is easily accessible and comparatively small. The main part of the pedestrian market is about a kilometer long, so it is hard to get lost, and many food stalls and restaurant tables serve up good and comparatively cheap fare on the southern side of it. Free street entertainment is often put on by performers or others hoping to get some cash.
Wong Tai Sin Temple is a Taoist temple established in 1921 and one of the most famous temples in Hong Kong. Wong Tai Sin Temple is known for its fortune-telling. The fortune sticks (or lots) here are very accurate. Many people who visit the temple come to have their fortunes told. Also at the temple are the Nine Dragon Wall- a replica of the renowned Nine Dragon Wall in Beijing, and the Good Wish Garden- a miniature copy of Beijing's Summer Palace.
Lantau Island is Hong Kong’s largest outlying island. It is home to many beautiful sights, such as the Tian Tan Buddha statue (informally known as the Big Buddha) at the Po Lin Monastery, home of many precious Buddhist relics. There is a chain of mountains that stretches from the higher elevations in the west to the lower ridges in the east. The highest peak in the mountain range is Phoenix Mountain, standing 935 meters (102,2 yards) high. It is the second highest peak in all of Hong Kong. Tourists visiting Lantau Island often climb Phoenix Mountain to view and admire the sunrise.
At Aberdeen Harbour you can get a sense for what things were like long ago and how modern life is catching up to the old traditions. You will see rows upon rows of old-fashioned junks and sampans and some house boats where the fishermen and their families still live, all going on their daily routines. Aberdeen continues to be a thriving and busy harbour, and is still home to the boat-dwelling Tanka people. Located on the harbor, Jumbo Kingdom is an enormous floating restaurant and modern complex of dining, sightseeing and cultural attractions.
Hong Kong is a facinating city with a long and rich history. Click here if you're interested in reading a short overview about the city.
There are many things to see and do in Hong Kong. For a list of must-see attractions, visit the Hong Kong Tourism Board.
Hong Kong is often counted among one of the best places in the world to shop. Click here for a list of top shopping destinations.
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Victoria Peak is the highest peak in Hong Kong with an altitude of 554 meters (1818 feet). It offers one of the best views of the city. During the day, you can see high and crowded buildings and the busy Victoria Harbor. At night, lit up by colorful lights, the whole scene is dazzling like a fairly-tale world. To reach Victoria Peak, you can take the Peak Tram. First built in 1888, the Peak Tram carries between eleven and twelve thousand people a day to the top of the peak. It is the quickest and most scenic way to climb.
Ngong Ping Cable Car is a visually spectacular 5.7km bi-cable ropeway located on Lantau Island. The cable car journey begins from Tung Chung, crossing Tung Chung Bay to reach the angle station on Airport Island and turning about 60 degrees in the air towards North Lantau. Visitors will enjoy some of the best views during their 25-minute ride: the vistas of the distant and vast South China Sea and the rolling grassland slopes of North Lantau Country Park from the cable car slowly take over from the hustle and bustle of the city, to introduce our visitors to the serene and natural surrounds that Lantau is famed for. The journey also offers a breathtaking panorama of the Hong Kong International Airport, verdant, mountainous terrain of Lantau Island, Tian Tan Buddha and the 360-degree view of the Ngong Ping Plateau.
Starting at the colonial-era Clock Tower and stretching all the way to Hung Hom, a stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade takes one past the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Hong Kong Space Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of Art and. But like most shutterbugs on the promenade, your gaze will be drawn south to the dramatic topographical and architectural spectacle that is the Hong Kong Island skyline towering over the busy waters of Victoria Harbour.
The Symphony of Lights is the world’s biggest permanent sound and light show, with about 47 skyscrapers on both sides of Victoria Harbor participating in a coordinated sound and light spectacle. Beginning at 8 o’clock, each building is introduced one by one and then perform a show in unison, as people flock to the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui to watch. It is a place to relax, eat something, and have some fun for free.