Hong Kong Island Off The Beaten Path

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    The Flying Frenchman by Cesar

    by globetrott Updated Aug 25, 2014

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    The Flying Frenchman

    "The Flying Frenchman" is the name of this giant sculpture made by an artist called Cesar in 1991. It is the largest sculpture that I found in Victoria Harbour, on the wide boulevard around of the old Clock Tower.
    It is just a short walk to get there from the cruiseships, and even closer from the place where the Aqua Luna Junk Cruises start.

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    "a hole for the dragon" in a building

    by globetrott Updated Aug 25, 2014

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    In Repulse Bay you will see a giant scyscraper with appartments and it is called "The house with a hole" because the facade of this building has a funny detail: it has a hole in the facade and our tourguide explained to us that this was made for the Dragons that usually live in that area, The hole is a possibility for them to slip through on their way to the beach, so hopefully they will protect that building and its inhabitants.
    Clever idea and funny architecture ! And one of the really expensive places to buy an appartment !
    "Feng Shui" is an important aspect for local architects and most buildings are constructed according to it and it was one of the Feng Shui-specialists who had this idea with the Dragon...

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    Aberdeen

    by globetrott Written Aug 23, 2014

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    Aberdeen

    Aberdeen was once just a hide-away-place for local pirats, who made a fortune in robbing british and other tradingships but nowadays it is a modern city on Hong Kong Island with lots of skyscrapers and a very scenic port-area with houseboats and the largest floating restaurants on earth. I made a cruise on a sampan ( a flat, wide ship) and here you will see some of the interesting sights I saw along that tour through the port of Aberdeen.

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    spend a night out on deck of your cruiseship

    by globetrott Updated Aug 20, 2014

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    Spend some time out on deck of your cruiseship and you will see some of the most beautiful night-scenery that you will be able to see in any cruise-port of the whole world. So many lights and a busy harbour, the sounds of the city far away and smoething new to see every second.
    I spent 3 hours out there and enjoyed every minute of it !
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    At night most cruiseships will offer as well tours to the famous night markets - read more about it in my local customs-tips !

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    The Victoria Peak Nature Walks

    by globetrott Updated Aug 20, 2014

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    The Victoria Peak Nature Walks is a system of various paths and all of them will start at the Victoria Peak Tower. These paths are all asphalted and maps along the way will also give explanations about the various wildlife and the other sights and vistas.
    It is a pity that we did not have enough time up there to explore all of them, but maybe next time !
    I think it might make sense to dedicate a whole day to Victoria Peak, so you are never in a rush and be able to enjoy everything much netter !
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    There are 4 main paths to choose from:
    Mount Austin Road (5-10 minutes)
    Victoria Peak Garden (30-40 minutes)
    Hong Kong Trail (40-60 minutes)
    Pok Fu Lam Country Park (35-45 minutes)

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    S.K.H Saint Mary's Episcopal Church

    by mikey_e Written Dec 28, 2010

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    I don't think that there is anything particularly historical or important about this church, I just thought that it was a cool blend of Western religion with Chinese architecture. It is a large Episcopalian/Anglican church done with jade green roofs and red brick, like a traditional Chinese palace. It's something to photograph when you're in the Causeway Bay area (Tai Hang Road and Ka Ning Path), but not really a place that you can visit for a while.

    SKH Saint Mary's Episcopalian Church Another view of the Church The side of the building
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    Ngong Ping Gate

    by mikey_e Written Dec 28, 2010

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    The gate that leads to the great Tian Tan Buddha is a spectacular sight, not least because of the surrounding green hills and the Buddha that towers overhead. There are many traditional statues of the 12 divine generals, each of whom represents a different time of day and a different part of the Chinese zodiac. The statues are in the Chinese style that blends a sort of dragonesque appears with a realistic one: angular, gruesome faces that exude strength. The entire area is worthy of more than a few snapshots, so be prepared to wear out your camera battery.

    The Ngong Ping Gate General Makura General Sandera A frontal view of General Makura Another view of the gate
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    Ngong Ping Village

    by mikey_e Written Dec 28, 2010

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    Ngong Ping Village is the site of the Tian Tan Buddha and a monastery. Under normal circumstances, it is accessible by a cable car that goes from Lantau Subway station up the mountain. When I visited, however, the cable car was under repair and I had to take a taxi up from the station to the site. The village is picturesque in that it has a number of traditional houses and structures set up to make the Buddha seem more traditional (the Buddha dates only from 1993). There is a Bodhi tree and a shrine to offer incense at the entrance, closely followed by a monumental walk and large Chinese gate that clue the visitor in to just how spectacular this site is. I didn't see the Monastery, and I'm not sure that you can visit on your own.

    Incense offerings at the entrance The Bodhi Tree The street leading up to the Buddha The main square A view of the mist in Ngong Ping village
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    Tian Tan Devas

    by mikey_e Written Dec 28, 2010

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    There are six Devas that surround the Tian Tau Buddha, each of them offering him a different gift that represents six different virtues necessary for the entrance of an individual to nirvana. The Devas are beautifully sculpted and provide an angular and sharp contrast to the round curves of the Buddha. They are all located at the base of the statue, lifesize in proportion and equally spaced around the main statue.

    Deva offering a lotus flower Deva offering incense Deva offering fruit
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    Tian Tan Buddha

    by mikey_e Written Dec 28, 2010

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    I realize that Lantau Island is not Hong Kong Island, but in the absence of an actual page for Lantau, I have to add this in as an "out of the way" attraction in Hong Kong. The Tian Tau Buddha is a spectacular monument to the deity that sits atop a peak on the southern side of Lantau Island. As Buddhists cremate the dead, this is not just a monument but a funerary as well, as the interior of the Buddha contains the ashes of thousands of residents of the territory. For this reason, it is considered to be a holy place in which pictures are not allowed. The Buddha also contains the cremated remains of the Buddha, a gift from monks in Sri Lanka. The statue, which was completed in 1993, is one of the 5 largest Buddhas in China. It sits atop a lotus and an altar that is the model for the Heavenly Altar in Beijing. For those who are not Buddhists, this site does not hold a specific religious significance, but it does enlighten visitors to the spiritual side of a city so often synonymous with commercialism and finance. The Buddha statue also allows visitors breathtaking views of the mountains on the island and, on a clear day (somewhat of a rarity in HK) you can see all the way to Macau.

    Mike at the Buddha A view of the Buddha from below The Buddha from the main square View of the mountains from the Buddha More of the spectacular view
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    A walk along the harbour

    by mikey_e Written Dec 28, 2010

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    Given the amount of sea and car traffic that HK sees in a year, it might seem like taking a leisurely stroll along the waterfront is a bad idea. In truth, the water here is an amazing shade of aquamarine, and lapping of the water along the quay can have a calming effect on anyone who has had enough of the traffic and noise of the city.

    HK Ferry Terminal View of Kowloon from HK Another look down the boardwalk The palm trees along the boardwalk
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    Bird market

    by berenices Written Apr 28, 2010

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    Dozens and dozens of exquisite birds are to be seen in this market, including all sorts of objects you didn't know birds "needed", as well as insects for their feed. A walk through this market could leave your ear ringing for some time afterwards.

    The market is on the other side of Nathan Road on Yuen Po Street, about a 10 minute walk from the Prince Edward MTR Station. The market is open everyday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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    Pui O Beach

    by tropique Written Jan 7, 2008

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    One of the nice beaches in Hong Kong, Pui O Beach in Lantau Island is the ideal getaway from the busy city.

    Ooh La La is the only restaurant along the beach, and offers great food and cocktails. Watch the sunset while drinking sangria on your sun lounge!

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    Lamma Island

    by tropique Written Jan 7, 2008

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    Known for its sumptuous seafood, Lamma Island offers gastronomical delight. This village allows one to experience the more old-fashion part of Hong Kong.

    The best way to explore the island is to walk/hike or rent a bicycle. Some of the attractions to be seen include a windmill and also a beach beside the powerstation!

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  • walking/hiking

    by hidey Written Apr 3, 2007

    If you think hong kong is all about shopping and high rise buildings, think again!! There are marvellous walks available, and all of them well kept and signed. Take off with plenty of water and enough food in your back pack. Buy yourself a really good guide book and dont be afraid to take the MTR to the nearest point available and then either hop on the bus or take a taxi. Though if you are in the new territories you will probably need the location written in chinese - so ask your hotel porter to please write it for you. They are really helpful and only too pleased to do so. In the new territories The taxis all have meters and painted green. Each driver has his photo on the dashboard as well. Chances are you will finish where there is a really good cheap local restaurant.

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