Hong Kong Island Things to Do

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    Make a trip to Macao

    by globetrott Updated Aug 27, 2014

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    Make a trip to Macao

    Macao is just a short distance from Hong Kong and it makes a perfect halfday- or fullday-trip ! Macao / Macau used to be a Portugese Crown Colony in China before it was given back to China. The main sights in Macao are
    in my 1st picture: The Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral All that is left over of St. Paul's Cathedral is the facade when in 1835 it was destroyed by fire that broke out after a typhoon.
    In my 2nd picture: The A-Ma Temple The temple dates back to the year 1488.
    in my 3rd picture: Leal Senado Square
    in my 4th picture: The Venetian, one of the many casinos in Macao
    in my 5the picture: some great buildings of the portugese heritage

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    Make the best out of the Lifeguards Temple

    by globetrott Updated Aug 27, 2014

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    Dont forget to rub the belly of a Buddha in order to be on the safe side, walk several times over the bridge of "a Long Life" in order to add some additional days or weeks to your life and throw coins into the mouth of some fishes in the Lifeguard Temple in Repulse Bay.
    And even when you dont understand what some action is good for, it will work for you anyway, just watch the local people and you will know what to do...
    There will be busloads of local tourists In Repulse bay every day and they know exactely what to do !
    See more photos of the Lifeguards Temple in my travelogues !

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    The Clock Tower of Victoria Harbour

    by globetrott Updated Aug 27, 2014

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    The Clock Tower of Victoria Harbour

    This clocktower was built in 1915 as a part of the former Kowloon-Canton Railway Station close to the place of Victoria Harbor, where the cruiseships are docking. I have seen lots of places around the world and most of them that had been british colonies once, they all had a clocktower !
    The Clock Tower in the HK district of Tsim Sha Tsui is 44 meters high, a lovely example for Edwardian Classical Revival Architecture made of a perfect combination of red bricks and granite.
    This Clock Tower was the only building that had been left over when the trainstation was demolished in 1975 in order to make place for the modern buildings of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre that you see there now around the Clock Tower.

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    The Skyscrapers of Hong Kong

    by globetrott Updated Aug 25, 2014

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    The Skyscrapers of Hong Kong

    Hong Kong has 7 million of inhabitants and a size of just 1104 square Km, so the ground was limited and buildings had to rise up. And this is one of the reasons why Hong Kong has now more than 110 buildings that are taller than 180 meters / 591 feet .
    The tallest of all buildings in Hong Kong is the International Commerce Centre with a hight of 484 meters and 108 storeys, it is the Number 12 of the highest buildings on earth in 2014.
    The "Two International Finance Centre" is the 2nd highest building in Hong Kong with a hight of 412 meters

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    Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center

    by globetrott Updated Aug 25, 2014

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    Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center

    The Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center is one of the many sights that you will see, when you arrive by cruiseship in Hong Kong. It is an impressive building, although it is quite low against all of the many skyscrapers around of it.
    The Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center was built for the hand-over-ceremony in 1997, when after 156 years the city of Hong Kong was returned to the Chinese State.
    In front of the Convention Centre there is a Golden Bauhinia as a symbol for the joy that the republic of China had, when Hong Kong finally was given back to them.

    There is a flag-ceremony there every day at this Bauhinia at 07:45am

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    Lifeguards Temple in Repulse Bay

    by globetrott Updated Aug 23, 2014

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    Lifeguards Temple in Repulse Bay

    The Lifeguards Temple in Repulse Bay looks quite kitchy for europeans and it shows statues of various religions, obviously in order to make sure to be on the safe side not to miss a single god or ghost that might be useful for a good life on earth for us.
    This temple-area is very colorfull and for Europeans it is interesting to walk through and take photos, even when you dont understand a lot about what is going on there.
    No charge or other entrance restrictions there, no problem to take photos, as long as you are making just private photos for your own use.

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    Repulse Bay

    by globetrott Updated Aug 22, 2014

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    Repulse Bay

    Repulse Bay is a popular beach for the local people nowadays, but back in 1841 there were prirates in the area and these pirates were a severe danger for brithish tradingships. These pirates were subsequently repulsed by the British Fleet and so this is where the name of the bay comes from. For a long time it was forbidden to build private appartments there, that law was changed some time ago and now you see among others the "house with a hole" there (ny last picture).
    I did not care much for the beach, it was a bit chilly anyway, but I saw lots of public showers there. I came to Repulse Bay for the so-called Lifeguards Temple, an area on the beach full of statues and temples, read more about it in my next tip !

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    Jumbo Kingdom - a giant floating restaurant

    by globetrott Updated Aug 22, 2014

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    Jumbo Kingdom - the largest floating restaurant worldwide

    Pinyin Zhenbao Wangguo / Jumbo Kingdom is the name of the biggest floating restaurant worldwide and you will find it in Aberdeen / Hong Kong Island.
    In 1952 a floating restaurant named Tai Pak was opened and in 1971 a much larger one named Jumbo was opened as well and in 1976 both floating restaurants were fixed to each other and put under the same managment that called it Jumbo Kingdom.
    So far this restaurant had more than 30.000.000 visitors and it is now not only a restaurant, but also a souvenirshop, a cooking-school, conference rooms and a chinese Teagarden.
    Jumbo Kingdom made a perfect scenery in the various movies like for instance "The man with the golden Gun" , "The world of Suzy Wong" "Contagion" and many others.
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    Jumbo Kingdom is open for visitors daily
    Mon-Sat: 11.00am - 11.30pm
    Sun & public Holidays: 09.00am - 11.30pm
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    Victoria Peak

    by globetrott Written Aug 19, 2014

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    Victoria Peak with a hight of 552 meters is the best known, but not the highest mountain of Hong Kong Island. Tai Ping Shan is the chinese name for Victorian Peak and the meaning of this is "mountain of great peace"
    The highest, but quite unknown is the Tai Mo Shan with 958 meters. In the 19th century there was Malaria in Hong Kong and so the rich people started to build their houses up in the mountains, mainly on Victoria Peak and that is one of the reasons, why still only the richest people live there. There is now a street up to the Peak Tower, a funicular as well and various hiking paths and there are still wide areas of woods, that was quite a surprise for me.
    The Peak Tower b.t.w. is not on the very top of Victoria Peak, but in a hight of just 379 meters.

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    The Victoria Peak Tower

    by globetrott Updated Aug 19, 2014

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    All tourist groups seem to go up to the Peak Tower and so we had to do the same in order to have a great view from that tower that was built in quite an unusual shape: it looks like a giant soup-bowl or a wok and inside you will find as usual anywhere in Hong Kong; shops, shops and shops.
    There is a bit of amusement as well like a Madame Tussaud's Wax museum, a Hard Rock Cafe, Ripley's Believe It or Not! and similar places and on various terraces inside and outside the Peak Tower you can enjoy the view into different directions and some of them are also cafes and Restaurants and their terraces are open only for their guests.

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    Have a typical dim sum experience

    by pepemorris11 Written Apr 22, 2014

    Visit a restaurant where dim sum is served. There are cheap ones around. You needn't order a lot, just a plate of dumplings will do and tea. It is better of course if you have a big group and you can order a variety to taste and share. We were a group of 8 and actually in our greed and excitement over-ordered. As it was our last morning in Hong Kong and we hadn't had the chance to enjoy the ambience in a typical dim sum place, we skipped breakfast at our hotel to look for this joint along Des Voeux Rd central area. The waitress commented we were big eaters and we could pack what we could not finish to take away. (empty box for takeaway costs 30 HK cents )
    Regulars were there sitting at their own tables ( in fact hogging a whole table that could seat maybe 4 people to themselves reading their own newspapers and they would shout across tables to discuss the gossip /politics of the day. Retirees stayed on longer whilst those who had to hurry off to office would leave once they were done.

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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.

    Read more: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/1093b1/22ab4f/#ixzz280E9lUai

    Repulse Bay's Beauty!  Repulse Bay's Boardwalk! Pickled Pelican's Great!
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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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