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.
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.
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.
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.
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