Interesting Places to visit in Hong Kong
Hong Kong (香港) or officially known as Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (S.A.R), is one of the most prosperous harbour city in the world that located in southern China. With a population of 7 million people living in a land area of 1,108 km2 (428 sq mi), Hong Kong is also one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Legally, it is a part of the People’s Republic of China but Hong Kong is a self-governing territory. It has high degree of autonomy in term of laws, immigration controls, financial system, language and other aspects that concern its way of life.
After British transferred sovereignty of Hong Kong to China in 1997, it then becomes a global metropolitan and world-class entrepot as well as an international financial centre. Under both British and the great Chinese influences, Hong Kong features a kind of western culture and Asian spirit characteristic which becomes the major tourist attractions. Today, Hong Kong remains to be one of the most traveled places in Asia.
Major Tourist Attractions / Interesting Places in Hong Kong
Basically, Hong Kong is divided into 4 areas that comprises Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, New Territories and Outlying Islands. And each area has its different popular tourist attractions and sightseeing opportunities. Here, I listed down all the major tourist attractions and the interesting places to visit in Hong Kong.
Interesting Places to visit in Hong Kong Island
Hong Kong Island (香港島) is located in the southern part of the Hong Kong. It is the place that many tourists regard as the main focus as there are many of the most famous sights in Hong Kong, such as “The Peak”, Ocean Park, historical sites and various large shopping centres located here.
- Victoria Peak (太平山) – The Peak is the tallest point on the island. To get there, you need the Peak tram which is pulled by steel cable, climbs about 373 metres to reach the top. Once you are there, you’ll be amazed by the spectacular view of the surrounding city skyline, the world-famous Victoria Harbour, Kowloon, towering skyscrapers and peaceful green hillsides. That is the reason why the Peak is famous and dominated by those diplomats and tycoons.
Madame Tussauds (香港杜莎夫人蠟像館) – At Level P1 of the Peak Tower, there are about 100 incredibly lifelike wax figures. With the exciting audio visual effects and interactive experiences, I bet you’ll be having fun in the six themed areas: Hong Kong Glamour, Historical and National Heroes, World Premiere, SCREAM, The Champions and Music Icons.
How To Get There:
- From Central Station ExitJ2 or the lay-by outside StarFerry in Central, heads to Garden Road on Bus 15C,
- From Exchange Square Bus Terminus (Hong Kong Station ExitD) on Bus 15,
- From Hong Kong Station Public Transport Interchange on Green minibus 1.
- Then from the Lower Peak Tram Terminus, take the Peak Tram to the top.
- Lan Kwai Fong – Lan Kwai Fong (蘭桂坊) is a small L-shaped, cobble-stoned streets where you’ll find a lot of nightclubs, bars, pubs and Western-style restaurants. This is the best place to enjoy the multi-colorful night views. If you further walking south of South of Hollywood Road, you’ll come to Soho where along Staunton Street, Elgin Street and Shelley Street, there are even more upmarket international restaurants and bars. Jump on the world’s longest covered escalator, enjoy all the popular foods here.
How To Get Lan Kwai Fong: From the Central Station ExitD2. Walk along Theatre Lane and uphill to D’Aguilar Street.
How To Get SoHo: From the Central Station ExitD2. Walk along Queen’s Road Central towards The Center and take the Central-Mid-Levels Escalator.
- Golden Bauhinia Square (金紫荊廣場)/The Expo Promenade – There is a golden Bauhinia blakeana, outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on the Wan Chai waterfront marks the handover and the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).
How To Get There: From Wan Chai Station ExitA5, walk across the footbridge, head right and through the lobby of Central Plaza, continue on across the connecting overhead walkway, then descend to ground level. Head towards the waterfront ahead and the statue and monument is on the left. About a 15-minute walk.
- Jumbo Kingdom (珍寶王國) is a world-famous floating restaurant and a must-visit place in Hong Kong. Over the past decades, Jumbo has attracted ton of tourists and has become a scenic landmark of Hong Kong.
How To Get There: From Exchange Square bus terminus (Hong Kong Station ExitD), take bus 70 to Aberdeen terminus. Cross highway via subway (pedestrian tunnel), turn right, walk to dock for free boat ride to floating restaurant. Alternatively, take bus 75 from Exchange Square bus terminus to Shum Wan Shuttle Ferry Pier for the free boat ride.
- Ocean Park (香港海洋公園) is another famous tourists’ favourite attractions. It is located on the southern of Hong Kong Island. There are three attraction areas, the Lowland, the Headland and Tai Shue Wan (大樹灣) that are connected by a cable car, outdoor escalator. In Ocean Park’s Aqua City, you can explore the world-class marine themed area and the Lagoon. For wild life lovers, you can visit some of Asia’s rarest animals at the ‘Amazing Asian Animals’ exhibit.
How To Get There: Take bus 629 from Admiralty Station ExitB.
- Repulse Bay (淺水灣) is the most spectacular bay located at southern part of Hong Kong Island. It is a luxurious residential area that has a relaxed resort-like atmosphere.
How To Get There: Take bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 260 from Exchange Square Bus Terminus (Hong Kong Station ExitD) and alight at Repulse Bay.
Interesting Places to visit in Kowloon
Kowloon (九龍) is the peninsula located to the north of Hong Kong Island, one of the most densely populated places in this region. Most probably, Tsim Sha Tsui (尖沙咀) and Mong Kok (旺角) are the places you stay, to shop, eat and sleep if you visit to Hong Kong. Here, you can find a mix of backpacker and high-end hotels and also the shoppers paradise most visitors aims for. But fyi, this place is less tourist-friendly and English proficiency is not as strong as on the Hong Kong Island side.
- Avenue of Stars (星光大道) – is the place where the glamorous stars of Hong Kong makes their city becomes the Hollywood of the East. The story of Hong Kong’s one hundred years of cinematic history is told through inscriptions printed on nine red pillars. And you’ll notice that there are plenty of plaques contain honored celebrities hand prints and autographs of the stars set in cement. At night, here is a perfect place to watch spectacular A Symphony of Lights with the participation of more than 40 buildings on both sides of the famed Victoria Harbour. Enjoy the incredible panoramic views and the memorable Hong Kong skyline.
How To Get There: From East Tsim Sha Tsui Station ExitJ, then follow the signs to the Avenue of Stars and Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront.
- Sky100 (天際100觀景台) – is the newest Hong Kong top attractions that offers a breathtaking 360° panoramic view of the city. It is on the 100th floor of Hong Kong’s tallest building, the International Commerce Centre (ICC).
How To Get There: Kowloon Station Exits C1 or D1, via Elements – Metal Zone 2/F.
- Ladies Market (女人街) is located on the Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok. It is a great tourist attraction for fashion lovers with an eye for bargain-priced clothing, bags, accessories, toys, cosmetics and household knick-knacks. It is open from noon until 11:30pm.
How To Get There: From Mong Kok Station ExitE2, then walk along Nelson Street for two blocks. Or take bus 1, 1A, 2, 6 or 6A from Tsim Sha Tsui StarFerry Pier.
Tourist Attractions in New Territories
New Territories (新界) is an area of 1,070 square kilometres north to Kowloon that often ignored by tourists.
- Ma Wan Park Noah’s Ark is a wonderful destination for international and local tourists. Noah’s Ark combines entertainment and education in diverse, healthy activities that promote the love of life, family, the Earth and positive values.
How To Get There: Take ferry to Park Island at Central Pier 2 (Hong Kong Station ExitE1 and walk through the ifc mall to Central Pier 2), or Tsuen Wan Ferry Pier (Tsuen Wan West Station ExitD).
Tourist Attractions in Outlying Islands
Outlying Islands (離島) are a generic label for the islands, islets and rocks in the south of the territory.
- Lantau (大嶼山) is the largest island among all other islands in Hong Kong. Most people arrive here, as Hong Kong International Airport is just north of Lantau. There are several popular tourist attractions in this islands such as Hong Kong Disneyland, AsiaWorld-Expo, Ngong Ping 360 and Giant Buddha / Po Lin Monastery / The Wisdom Path.
- Hong Kong Disneyland is one of the greatest Hong Kong tourist attractions. Presently, it consists of four themed areas: Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, and Tomorrowland. In 2014, it will include another three more themed lands with the addition of Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point and Toy Story Land as an expansion of the park. To Get there: Align at Disneyland Resort Station
- How To Get AsiaWorld-Expo: Align at AsiaWorld-Expo Station
- How To Get Ngong Ping 360: From Tung Chung Station Exit B, walk 5 minutes to the Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal.
- How To Get Giant Buddha / Po Lin Monastery: Align at Tung Chung Station Exit B, then take Ngong Ping Cable Car
- Cheung Chau (長洲) is a great place for those seafood aficionados, windsurfers and sunbathing day trippers. To get there, you may catch a ferry from Central Pier 5 (Hong Kong Station Exit E1. Walk through ifc mall).
- Lamma (南丫島) has clean air, golden beaches, delicious seafood and fantastic hiking are the main draws. To get there, take a ferry to Yung Shue Wan or Sok Kwu Wan (about a 30-minute trip) from Central Pier 4 (Hong Kong Station ExitE1. Walk through ifc mall).
Hong Kong Ferry Terminals
Hong Kong operates regular routes connecting Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the Outlying Islands, as well as Macau and neighbouring cities in Mainland China.
- Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal / Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Pier / Shun Tak Heliport is located in Sheung Wan which forms part of the Shun Tak Centre. This terminal is one of the several in Hong Kong that provide ferry services to Macau and cities in southern China. Scheduled helicopter service is also provided to Macau and some other regional destinations.Location: 202 Connaught Road Central (Sheung Wan Station exit D).
- Hong Kong-China Ferry Terminal is located at China Hong Kong City, 33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon (Tsim Sha Tsui Station exitA1). It also provides ferry services to Macau and mainland China.
- Hong Kong International Airport – Visitors can transit to various destinations throughout the Pearl River Delta via SkyPier.