Hong Kong Island Things to Do

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    Victoria Peak or simply "The Peak"

    by myspices Updated Nov 17, 2006

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    Victoria Peak or "The Peak" is one of HK's most popular tourist "Must Do" - it gives you a spectacular bird's eye view of the city skyline, the Victoria Harbour and Kowloon. To get to the Peak is a pretty exciting journey. We went to Central 's Exchange Square Bus Terminus, boarded Bus No. 15 to Lower Peak Tram Terminus at Garden Road and got into the queque for the Peak Tram ride to the Peak Tower. The Peak Tram is a historic funicula railway that whisks you up 373meters (1,24ft) to the Peak from the Lower Peak Tram Terminus. During the 7-10minutes ride up, you will be fascinated with the awesome panoramic views of the huge Victoria Harbour emcompassed with tall and majestic buildings of Kowloon and dotted with liners and ferries in the blue waters. Most of us, especially those first timers to the Peak, went "ga-ga" over the fabulous breathtking views - leaning over to get the best views and clicking cameras here and there.

    Upon arrival at the Peak, away from the hussle and bustle of the city, you will feel the difference - the refreshing crisp air and the light breeze ! Here, you can choose to do the Peak walk or just hang out to enjoy the amazing views around the Peak.

    There is the Peak Galleria where the famous Madame Tussauds wax portraits are (about 100 of them) but we were unfortunate as the time we were there , it was closed for renovation. We chose to do the more exciting Peak walk. (See Peak Walk under Beaten Track tip)

    See Travelogue on "The Ga-Ga Trip - Journey up the Peak"

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    * To get the best views, try to get seats in front on the right hand side for the journey upwards to Peak Tower.
    * Best if you can go to the Peak during late afternoon, stay for the sunset and night view - the Peak offers different dazzling sights.

    one of the many breathtaking views from the Peak
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    Central - Mid-Levels Escalator

    by myspices Updated Nov 18, 2006

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    This is the longest covered outdoor escalator system in the world. (about 800 metres long) . It is actually a stretch of escalator linking Des Voeux Road near the harbour to Conduit Road in the Mid-Levles. It begins at Queen's Road Central. It was a fun ride at first ... but after a couple of it, you will feel like the "forever-ever" kind of ride ... hey, when it is going to end ? Guess the kids will enjoy it more. On the plus side, by going through the ever long stretch of the escalator, you will be able to see the bustling city conveniently. You will pass places like Soho area and Staunton Street and Mosque Street. To complete the whole escalator ride will take you approximately 20mins - phew! long ride, isn't it?.

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    The escalator runs one-way downhill from 6am to 10am, and then uphill from 10.20am to midnight. As the escalator also serves as a transit link for residents of the Mid-levels, it is best to use it after 9am when the morning rush hour is over.

    the escalator is covered...
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    Lan Kwai Fong - Central

    by myspices Updated Nov 18, 2006

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    Lan Kwai Fong, another hip and happening place to be for "night people". The L-shaped, cobblestoned lane has the trendiest bistros/clubs/pubs/bars/restaurants You can sit here to just have a drink or cuppa and watch people. Great place for pub/bar hopping. Many are in merry moods and drinking usually last till wee hours.

    along one of the streets, finding our way to LKF
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  • Sky lobby at Central Plaza

    by aardvark_super Updated Jul 3, 2008

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    If you want to have a look and feel of what's like in a skyscraper, Central Plaza will be a good choice. It's located in Wanchai (not as it's name, Central). The building itself is a commercial building and so, you may visit it from 9:00 am to 6:00. Just get in the office building and take lifts which will bring you up to 46/F, which is a "sky lobby" and you can have a grand view of the Peak, Victoria Harbour and Kowloon.

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    Gage Street

    by myspices Updated Nov 22, 2006

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    Gage Street is famous for shops and stalls selling noodles, herbal teas & drinks and many sweet delicacies and desserts. Most of the stalls selling herbal teas/drinks and desserts will have huge pots, some of which are steaming hot, displayed at the front of their shops. The smell and the aroma of herbs and desserts are so strong that you can find your way to Gage Street just by sniffing your way ........

    The Chinese believed that herbs, brewed for long hours, are good for the body and soul ... there are a variety of herbal drinks and dessert - each for a different purpose. Some are for cooling effect, some for giving out heat to warm the body, some are for energy building etc. Ask the vendor to recommend.

    We had a bowl of black sesame soup/drink. Yummy!

    Pots of delicacies and herbal soups/drinks
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    Repulse Bay and Aberdeen Water Village (2)

    by victorwkf Written Mar 21, 2008

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    When you are taking the boat trip to experience the Aberdeen water village, you will come across some huge and colourful floating seafood restaurants and the most famous is the Jumbo Floating Restaurant. Attached are some photographs of the floating restaurant and surrounding areas.

    Jumbo floating Restaurant, Hong Kong
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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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    Stanley Main Street - Cool dining

    by myspices Updated Dec 16, 2006

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    When we were in Stanley, walking towards our shopping area, the Stanley Market, we noticed that there were lots of tables being set along the main street of Stanley. Many of them were already filled up as it was approaching lunch time. We did not have time to taste the food there as we opted to shop instead. (It was actually our last day at Honkong - we were running short of time as we need to catch a ferry to Macau). The food should be good in the many eateries (from alfresco dining to oriental favourites) along the street as many were seen waiting for tables. The weather was really good to have a meal just outside the restaurants - nice checkered table cloth that gives you a romantic feel. Try to have a meal at Stanley Main Street - should be nice!

    Dining along main street of Stanley lots of people walking along the main street
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    SoHo in Mid-Levels

    by myspices Updated Nov 18, 2006

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    We were doing our walking tour around Mid-Levels area and one of the areas we passed and got immersed in was SoHo - an upmarket place where there are a wide range of international restaurants and bars. SoHo, from the name "South of Hollywood Road", includes streets like Staunton Street, Elgin Street and Shelley Street. Eateries of various countries can be found here - Nepalese, Mexican, American, Portuguese, Italian, French and even Malaysian ..... Here in SoHo, the night seems so young...

    Mid-levels escalator passing SoHo area
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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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    Ladder Street, Cat Alley

    by keeweechic Written Aug 31, 2006

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    Ladder Street and Cat Alley are just a short walk from Central. You can take the moving escalator to Mid Levels and turn right along Caine Road. You will come to Ladder Street then the Man Mo Temple (Hollywood Rd), the oldest temples in Hong Kong. In Hollywood Road you can see a lot of Chinese antique shops and furniture shop. Really very good. Cat Alley is a small lane full of all kinds of brick-a-brack as well as furniture shops. All kinds of things can be found here.

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    Expo Promenade (Golden Bauhinia Square)

    by victorwkf Written Mar 21, 2008

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    The Expo Promenade (also known as Golden Bauhinia Square) outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on the Wan Chai waterfront marks the most significant occasion in Hong Kong's history - the return of the former British colony to China and the establishment of the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong.

    The handover took place in the convention centre with President Jiang Zemin and other dignitaries representing China, and Prince Charles present to witness the relinquishment of what had often been described as "the richest jewel in the British Crown".

    The main ceremonies took place on the night of 30 June 1997. The Hong Kong SAR came into being on 1 July under its Chief Executive, Shanghai-born former shipping magnate, Tung Chee-Hwa.

    The "Forever Blooming Bauhinia" Sculpture (Golden Bauhinia) is a gift from the people of China to mark the widespread joy of the Chinese at the return of the territory to the Motherland after more than 100 years. Other gifts to commemorate the historic occasion were sent by each of China's provinces, autonomous regions and other territories. Near the Golden Bauhinia stands the Reunification Monument bearing inscriptions of President Jiang Zemin's calligraphy.

    The Golden Bauhinia, Hong Kong
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    Shopping!

    by jelleijpe Updated Sep 20, 2007

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    The Friendship stores are great, there is one located in downtown Kowloon and it is sort of a department store. If you are in the market for silk socks and underwear this is the place to be. There is an incredible selection of silk available at prices you will not believe. We bought heavy Imperial silk for reupholstering furniture. (ofcourse we also had to buy a suitcase to bring it home in)

    The subway system is great but the underground walkways enable you to walk through the city with incredible speed. Spectacular fireworks make the experience of Hong Kong unforgettable. After a week of Chinese food it was great to have a steak and baked potato at the Ruth's Chris Steakhouse.

    The airport in hong kong is amazing and it feels like being in a shopping mall

    Most fun restaurant experience was outside the city at Yucca De Lac during the day (to enjoy the view) and Jumbo, the floating restaurant where you can get dressed up as an emperor or empress and have your picture taken. The Peking Duck is awesome.

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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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    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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