Hong Kong Island Things to Do

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    Repulse Bay

    by acommon1 Written Sep 30, 2012

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    Your choice! If you want it then you can buy or secure it in Hong Kong.

    Shopping fans will go crazy! Don't expect the deep discounts on what is "real". If it is your first time (or traveling without a local) just expect to taken to a tourist trap. But, don't worry, its still all enjoyable.

    Food is everywhere. Range from low end to extremely (beyond my budget) expensive meals. Easy to tell. If you're having to enter a restaurant where a sport coat (suit coat) happens to be required then expect to "shell" out some "clams" (money)!!! Try not to spend a "month's" salary on an upscale dinner with the goal of impressing someone. Not a very good "return-on-investment"!!!

    Most people stay on the harbor and business district side of Hong Kong Island (facing Kowloon). Good area to walk around. Lots of cars and exhaust too. Just be ready.

    I'd recommend that you venture to the other side of the island by Repulse Bay or Stanley Main Street boardwalk. If you go during the weekday, a counter commute works! Leave in the morning then return in the evening. Many individuals on the China Sea side work on the harbor side of the island.

    Well, do you really believe all those businessmen that down play Hong Kong? They try to make you think that they sit in their meeting rooms or trade show booths all day then head to the hotel to sleep. Don't be fooled. They're out there partying some where. May have jet lag but I've never met a truly introverted & successful salesperson or buyer.

    First time Asian travelers? This is a good place to start.

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    Aberdeen latest Pics

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 16, 2012

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    new pictures of Aberdeen on my latest hong kong soujourn

    Aberdeen was formerly a fishing village. Even though quite a few commercial towers and factories have been built in this district in recent years, Hong Kong Tsai still maintains the characteristics of a traditional fishing village. There are also boat-dwellers in the Aberdeen Bay, shuttling with sampan along the Bay, from which one can have a glimpse of the life of the boat-dwellers, The famous Jumbo Floating Restaurant (One was Moved and now is in Manila Bay in the Philippines!) and the Tai Bak (Tai Bei) Seafood Boat are located at the Aberdeen Habour. Visitors can enjoy a free-of-charge travel by ferry boat to the restaurants to have a taste of delicious seafood.

    Aberdeen was named, in 1845, after the British Secretary of State for War and the Colonies, George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen. It is famous to tourists for the boat people living in the harbour and the floating seafood restaurants such as the Jumbo Floating Restaurant. The boat people are generally associated with the fishing industry, and there are also several dozen expatriates living on boats in the harbour.

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    Jamia Mosque

    by hassan_abu Written Jun 9, 2012

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    Hidden within the concrete jungle of the Central Mid-Levels, the Jamia Mosque is Hong Kong's oldest Islamic place of worship. It was built in 1849 and are joined by a tight-knit community of 100 people who have lived within the mosque compound for generations.

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    Modelled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

    by hassan_abu Written Jun 8, 2012

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    Avenue of Stars was built to pay tribute to Hong Kong's film industry in 2004.

    Too bad, the statue of Bruce Lee was undergoing renovation. Managed to snap the back part of the statue form the opening of one of the barricade.

    The promenade has a stunning panoramic view across Victoria Harbour.

    At night it is a popular viewing place for the Symphony of Lights display.

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    Shopping at Mid Levels and Soho

    by hassan_abu Written Jun 8, 2012

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    Shop, shop and more shop.
    Here at Soho seems to be the expats favourite.
    Just in case you are wondering what Soho stands for, it means South of Hollywood.
    Wikipedia has statated that The Central–Mid-levels escalators the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world which covers over 800 metres in distance and elevates over 135 metres from bottom to top. Constructed in 1993 it links Central and Western District on Hong Kong Island.
    The escalator daily runs downhill from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and uphill from 10:30am to midnight.

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    Visit the Big Buddha

    by ozpaul Written Jan 2, 2012

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    We went on a tour which took us to the Big Buddha. The cable car ride was fabulous - you see some amazing sights on the way. On the day we visited, it was really very misty. Seeing the mountain "emerge" through the fog was a great experience.

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    The Peak Tower

    by keeweechic Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Peak Tower is an unusual design which has been likened to a ‘wok’. There are viewing located on different levels of the tower where you can get a fabulous view.

    Inside the Tower you will find lots of shops, restaurants and amusements including Ripley's Believe It or Not!, the Peak Explorer Motion Simulator and Madame Tussaud's - London's famous wax museum.

    Viewing terraces located on different levels of the tower offer spectacular views of the Hong Kong and Kowloon skylines, including Victoria Harbour.

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    Sightseeing Bus Tour in Hong Kong

    by Kennis112 Written Mar 17, 2011

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    Last month, it was my first time to have a bus tour for sightseeing in Hong Kong. It¡¯s really amusing and interesting. Sitting on the upper deck of the bus, I explored Hong Kong panoramic view in a different angle. When the bus passed along the street, all the buildings and attractions the way seemed very close to me. I bought a one day pass priced around US$6 to enjoy unlimited rides on 2 thematic routes.

    I started the trip from Central Star Ferry, and took H1 Heritage Route to travel around Central and Western District. Leaving Star Ferry the bus passed Western Market, then along Hollywood Road, the famous antique shopping street, past Man Mo temple. I not only sightsee on the bus, but also can hop-on, hop-off at any designated stops. I took off in Man Mo Temple, walking along Lascar Row. Then, I got on the sightseeing bus to Dr Sun Yatsen Museum, and Hong Kong University. I traveled back through Western district and the dried seafood shops then past the Macau Ferry to the terminus at Star Ferry.

    After the heritage journey, I took another H2 Metropolis Route for my shopping tour. I left from Star Ferry and traveled through Wanchai to the shopping destination of Causeway Bay and Times Square, onto Happy Valley racecourse, and back via St John¡¯s Cathedral and Statue Square in the heart of Central. I do have lots of fun with my one day bus tour!

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    Hong Kong Central Library

    by mikey_e Written Dec 28, 2010

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    The Central Library isn't really something that requires a whole lot of explanation, especially since it is unlikely to be a hot tourist destination for anyone visiting the island. Still, at 12 stories tall, it is a rather large centre of knowledge and learning, and it dominates a section of the Causeway thanks to the unusual lack of other skyscrapers in its vicinity. The Library was opened in 2001 and cost approximately $100 million, allowing for a high-tech institution that linked people with knowledge in a myriad of ways. Today, the library's steps are filled with cute school children in uniform running up and down as they come in and out of the library. There are a number of statues and exhibits around the Library which are worthy of pictures. Unless you are fully literate in Chinese, this library is probably not of interest to you, but it is still an interesting snapshot of the importance the HK government attaches to education.

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    Victoria Park

    by mikey_e Written Dec 28, 2010

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    Victoria Park is, obviously, named after Queen Victoria, the British Regent who oversaw Britain's great expansion the height of its naval power. There is little in the park that is reminiscent of the Queen, except for a large bronze statue that was replaced in 1952. The original had been carted off to Japan by the occupying army and melted down. The modern park has little that reminds us of the stolid and repressed Victorian era, with brightly colour flowers and blossoms, plenty of sports facilities for men and women in sports clothes, and a general preference for large, open air and green spaces, rather than the dreariness of London. On Sundays, this park, like many others, is taken over by domestic helpers during their day off. Victoria Park, the largest in Hong Kong, is a favourite hangout for Indonesian maids, and you will find many, many Indonesian grocery stores and restaurants in the vicinity.

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    Causeway Bay

    by mikey_e Written Dec 28, 2010

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    Causeway Bay is neither a causeway nor a bay. In fact, it is a dry land that is crammed with highrises and shops. At one point, there was a causeway that spanned a bay, but the bay has since been filled in in an effort to reclaim land and reduce the density of the city. Today, the area is the best place in HK to find knock-off anything, from bags to electronics to, likely, passports. The streets are packed with little shops, as well as a few malls that cater to high-end consumers. You can find no end of small noodle houses here to satisfy your hunger for real Chinese street food. There's not much else to Causeway Bay besides the plethora of stores and restaurants - there is a nice walk along the current coast, but it is often marred by heavy traffic.

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    Western Market

    by mikey_e Written Dec 27, 2010

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    Western Market, unlike Central Market, is an upscale establishment that is more of a tourist and pleasure market than any sort of actual market. The bottom floor has a number of jewellery stores and souvenir shops, while the escalator brings visitors to the large ballroom and restaurant that looks like it caters to events and weddings more than usual diners. The market is a tasteful British design. In truth, there's not much to say about the Market, but it is an interesting stop on a tour of the old part of the town.

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    Central Market

    by mikey_e Written Dec 27, 2010

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    For those who are looking for a typically Hong Kong messy, smelly market experience, Central Market is the place to go. There is nothing touristy about this place, and you are unlikely to find other tourists snapping away with you. This is a three-story marketplace with fish on the bottom floor, greens and other produce on the main floor and a large fastfood market on the top floor. It's not a very picturesque area, but it is a great place to visit if you're looking for the way the average Hong Kong resident lives - or if you're looking for a quick local bite.

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    Hollywood Road

    by mikey_e Updated Dec 27, 2010

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    Hollywood Road has long been famous for its antique and curio shops. These are not shops selling the usual tourist crap that has made China such an industrious producer. Rather, they are filled with intricately carved and impressive examples of traditional Chinese art. Some of these sculptures, pendants and figurines are carved from jade, the stone that is much admired by many Chinese and East Asians. However, this is not the only medium that is used by the artisans whose goods fill these shops. In addition, there are many examples of exquisite carvings in the tusks of long-extinct mammoths. Whether this is true is something that is to be proven on a case by case basis, but one thing is for certain - these items are not for the amateur. For those of us who are unversed in the ways of Chinese artists, it is a simple pleasure to be able to walk along the sidewalks and admire the the complicated and life-like sculptures and carvings that fill the various curio shops.

    Note that the name of the street does not come from the bastion of entertainment, but rather from the family home of the second British Governor of the territory.

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    Man Mo Temple

    by mikey_e Written Dec 27, 2010

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    Hollywood Road is not exactly a traditional section of the city, but the Man Mo temple here is quite impressive for the way it discretely stands between curio shops. The Temple was built during the 19th century, as Hong Kong grew rapidly thanks to its status as an important entrepôt between the West and the East. The spiritual needs of the Chinese inhabitants were met by temples that were incorporated into the rapidly densifying urban mass. The Man Mo temple is one such example, with a beautiful altar and statues. Temples in HK are not like churches - there is no set time for prayer, so visiting at any time may mean that you are disturbing the worship of various people. For this reason, photography is generally not permitted in the temples, which is a bit of a shame, given the interesting altars and statues of various dieties. In the main room, a civil god, Man Cheong, is revered, as well as a martial god, Kwang Shi. The temple also incorporated another structure, Lit Shing Kung, which is devoted to the heavenly gods. In all, you shouldn't be disrespectful by staying too long and photographing people praying, but the rituals provide an interesting and invalvuable perspective on a culture that is too often portrayed as hyper-commercialized.

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