Hong Kong Off The Beaten Path

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    Another view of the gate
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  • Sha Tin Park.
    Sha Tin Park.
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  • Sha Tin Park.
    Sha Tin Park.
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Hong Kong Off The Beaten Path

  • New Territories

    Hong Kong Off The Beaten Path

    I could not remember much about Shing Mun Country Park while visiting in 2003, 10 years ago. It was my first trip away from the City to see a country park with a beautiful Dam, Pineapple Dam. I remember not only we enjoy the walk of a trail, but the flora and fauna are rich in this part of Hong Kong.

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  • Lantau Island

    Hong Kong Off The Beaten Path

    This monastery is situated on Lantau Island. You can reach it by bus from Tung Chung or Mui Wo. Or you can reach it by cable car from Tung Chung. Since the opening of the cable car, it has got more and more busy here. Next to the temple is the famous Big Buddah statue. This statue was erected in 1993. It is 34 metres high and faces north towards...

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  • Hiking

    Hong Kong Off The Beaten Path

    One of the nicest trek is walking down from Ngong Ping to Tung Chung . There are lots of stairs and trail is quite sheer, but it is very easy to walk. If you are not very sporty or stupid, do as I done and walk downhill. Instructions: go left from Buddha stairs, over a tea room and stay left hand side. There are some old guest houses, but just go...

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  • Temples

    Hong Kong Off The Beaten Path

    Having visited Hong Kong many times I dont find any location or attraction "off the beaten path" though those on first time trips or flight stop overs would easily fill in a few hours or even days in the tourist areas of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Wong Tai Sin Temple is only a little out of the way being still centrally located close to Wong...

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  • Stanley Market

    Hong Kong Off The Beaten Path

    Normally, people would recommend taking Bus 6 from Central to Stanley, but that bus ride is over-rated.Plus, you can take it on your way back. Take Bus 973 from TST which will passed through the Western Harbour Tunnel, Sheung Wan area. Along the way you get to see the Wind Turbine at Lamma Island, Aberdeen, Ocean Park, Repulse Bay, before...

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Hong Kong Off The Beaten Path

    Hong Kong is well known with Chinese food. 1 thing that you cannot miss when visit Hong Kong is to try out their speciality drink which is HK Milk Tea and HK Ying Yong (Coffee mix with tea). I bet you will fall in love with it. *thumbs up. Street hawker is famous with curry fish balls on a stick, stinky tofu. You also can enjoy wantan noodle,...

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  • Lamma Island

    Hong Kong Off The Beaten Path

    Should you want to take a break from the city, drop by at lamma island. There isn't much activities offered in lamma island other than hiking and having a seafood feast. You could take a hike around the island and settle down for seafood dinner thereafter. Take a ferry from hong kong island ferry pier to get there.

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  • Shatin

    Hong Kong Off The Beaten Path

    The Tsang Da Uk is so beautiful and there are people living around. Though it is not the oldest one in the territory, but I could share that they are the more friendly one if one would like to dig out the old architecture. More importantly, there are people living inside the big complex, though most of the families are not Tsang any more. I love...

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  • Central District

    Hong Kong Off The Beaten Path

    "Cacilhas" is an harbour in Tejo river, facing Lisbon. For those who knew Lisbon before the construction of the first bridge, Cacilhas was… the other side of the world, a world of hard work, hard conditions, but the charm of the adventurous crossing in a “Cacilheiro”, the generic name given to the boats and ferries used as the only solution...

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  • Aberdeen

    Hong Kong Off The Beaten Path

    I doubt there are fixed operating hours. The sampans will just hang around like taxis. I know that many of the people who live on Lamma use Sampans from Aberdeen if they miss the last ferry so you should be okay any time of the day/night. Two other options are next to the noon day gun (at just after noon) or at the Sai Kung Pier. Expect to pay...

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  • Shopping

    Hong Kong Off The Beaten Path

    Sham Shui Po is a great local district and has plenty to offer tourists who are looking at venturing further north than Mongkok. This very local residential district is worth spending some time in for its Wet Market alone. If you have ever wondered what the locals buy for dinner then this is the place to find out. Fashionistas, especially those...

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  • Markets

    Hong Kong Off The Beaten Path

    It's by far the best market in HK, and is less touristy than others. It's not normally mentioned in tourist guides so not many go there. (see my shopping tips for more details). It's got better things to buy than other markets and is cheaper than others too. Go there!

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  • Traditional Houses

    Hong Kong Off The Beaten Path

    Who says HK is lack of history? Just take a walk on Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail and you can taste some historical feeling. Along the trail, you will walk pass (or if you like, into) several walled-villages which are still occupied by 'locals'. It's not difficult to see some 'village-grandmas' using the most traditional method - burning charcoal -...

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  • Kowloon Park

    Hong Kong Off The Beaten Path

    I don't know how there can actually be pre-defined categories under a "Off the Beaten Path" section, so I'm forced to lie.... ;) I'm not going to talk about Kowloon Park (which is near Tsim Sha Tsui station) but about the Kowloon WALLED CITY Park. Although the former is very picturesque in its own right, it can be a little busy. The Walled City...

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  • Victoria Peak

    Hong Kong Off The Beaten Path

    As you climb uphill, the landscape changes: the wide avenues give place to narrow winding roads, trees line the roads, and the skyscrapers appear as the exception to the lower profile of the houses, here and there, seeming a planned aggression to the landscape. We made it by bus - Walking should be hard!

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  • Museums

    Hong Kong Off The Beaten Path

    The Museum of Coastal Defense is located on the North Eastern portion of Hong Kong Island . Originally the Lei Yue Mun fort guarded the entrance to Hong Kong's inner harbor. Now, it houses exhibits relating to the history of Hong Kong's coastal defenses -- from regimental artifacts to historical photos. In addition to textual and graphical...

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  • Cheung Chau Island

    Hong Kong Off The Beaten Path

    Guide books describe this island as 'quaint, scenic' but I didn't think it was so great. It's about an hour's trip on the ferry which you board at pier # 6 in Central. You disembark right in the middle of the town center and there is a main walkway going both to the left and to the right(only foot traffic and bicycles, no cars) along which there...

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  • Macau

    Hong Kong Off The Beaten Path

    We did just that. One morning while still jet lagging ( waking up too early ) we decided to go for a day trip on a whim. Arrived at the Ferry terminal with our passports on Canton road at around 7, bought the tickets ( about 300 HKd something per person return ) took the 8:30ish jet/hydro foil. Once arrived ,had to line up a bit at the Macau...

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  • Ocean Park

    Hong Kong Off The Beaten Path

    Hong Kong's two theme parks are worth the visit especially with the kid/(s). Many are trying to put one over the other, but they are two different themes of family fun. They may even complement one another. Hong Kong Disneyland is about Disney, its characters, movies and patented rides such as space mountain, it's a small world and others. Hong...

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  • Festivals

    Hong Kong Off The Beaten Path

    Every year's mid-autumn festival (normally within sep and oct), a latern show will be hold on parks of Hong Kong, among all, the largest one is located in Victoria Park. Dragon is the subject of every year.

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  • PR China

    Hong Kong Off The Beaten Path

    You definely need a visa goto Shenzhen. There are very few counties no need visa to go there or you are citzen of Hong Kong or Macau. You can check the price and apply the visa at China Travel Service (HK) Ltd. The details you can check this link: http://www.ctshk.com/english/aboutus/local.htm Which is a offical Travel agency from China. Usually...

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  • Repulse Bay

    Hong Kong Off The Beaten Path

    Unless you are a real water maniac, I wouldn't recommend to just visit Repulse Bay but to pass by on your way to Stanley or Shek O. Repulse Bay is located on southern Hong Kong Island. Have a peek at the picture and you will get the right impression... At Repulse Bay, you can also find the famous building with the hole in its middle, which was...

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  • Universities

    Hong Kong Off The Beaten Path

    Located at Sai Kung, it is Hong Kong's most Hi Tech University. This area is mostly undeveloped. From this university, you can get beautiful views of the Pacific coast, as it looked throughout Hong Kong over a century ago.

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  • Snoopy World Sha Tin

    This is one for the kids to enjoy. If you plan a day's shopping in Sha Tin or a visit to the lovely 10,000 Buddahs Temple, you might want to combine it with a visit to the park and a visit to Snoopy World if you are travelling with kids.Snoopy World was closed on my recent visit. It consists of models of the famous Peanuts characters including a...

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  • Sha Tin Park

    Sha Tin has a large and very pretty park located along the banks of the Shing Mun River. I especially like the little Chinese gardens there with their ponds, bridges, pagodas, flowers, fish and turtles.

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  • Walled villages behind

    The Tsang Da Uk is so beautiful and there are people living around. Though it is not the oldest one in the territory, but I could share that they are the more friendly one if one would like to dig out the old architecture. More importantly, there are people living inside the big complex, though most of the families are not Tsang any more.I love...

    more
  • Cacilheiro

    "Cacilhas" is an harbour in Tejo river, facing Lisbon. For those who knew Lisbon before the construction of the first bridge, Cacilhas was… the other side of the world, a world of hard work, hard conditions, but the charm of the adventurous crossing in a “Cacilheiro”, the generic name given to the boats and ferries used as the only solution...

    more
  • Mid Levels

    As you climb uphill, the landscape changes: the wide avenues give place to narrow winding roads, trees line the roads, and the skyscrapers appear as the exception to the lower profile of the houses, here and there, seeming a planned aggression to the landscape. We made it by bus - Walking should be hard!

    more
  • Shing Mun Country Park & Pineapple Dam

    I could not remember much about Shing Mun Country Park while visiting in 2003, 10 years ago. It was my first trip away from the City to see a country park with a beautiful Dam, Pineapple Dam. I remember not only we enjoy the walk of a trail, but the flora and fauna are rich in this part of Hong Kong.

    more
  • Wong Tai Sin Temple

    Having visited Hong Kong many times I dont find any location or attraction "off the beaten path" though those on first time trips or flight stop overs would easily fill in a few hours or even days in the tourist areas of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.Wong Tai Sin Temple is only a little out of the way being still centrally located close to Wong Tai...

    more
  • Sham Shui Po

    Sham Shui Po is a great local district and has plenty to offer tourists who are looking at venturing further north than Mongkok. This very local residential district is worth spending some time in for its Wet Market alone. If you have ever wondered what the locals buy for dinner then this is the place to find out. Fashionistas, especially those who...

    more
  • Explore the Mid Levels

    The Mid levels is probably Hong Kongs most desirable address but if you want to live there (or even rent there) be prepared to put your hand very deeply into your pocket. Long regarded as a sought after place to live, the Mid levels sits half way up the hill between Victoria Harbour and Victoria Peak directly above Central. Some of the most...

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  • Chi Lin Nunnery

    Built in 1998 in the Tang Dynasty style Chi Lin Nunnery sits among high rise complexes in the residential district of Diamond Hill.The Buddhist Temple has existed here since 1934 but the currrent large wood frame Temple was rebuilt using a traditional Tang construction method, making the Nunnery the only modern building in Hong Kong to use...

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  • Nan Lian Garden

    Nan Lian Garden is a beautiful public garden located in front of Chi Lin Nunnery. It is probably the nicest landscaped park in Kowloon and provides some stunning photo opportunities.Like the adjacent Chi Lin Nunnery, the three and a half hectare garden has been constructed to be faithful to the Tang Dynasty with every structure, pond, plant and...

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  • Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum - Mid Levels -...

    This interesting Museum dedicated to the life of the first President of the Peoples Republic of China is located in the Mid Levels of the Central District on Hong Kong Island. The Museum is particularly relevant to the people of Hong Kong as Dr Sun Yat-sen credited as being China's most revolutionary figure, lived and studied for a number of years...

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  • 10,000 Buddahs Temple

    This temple is located in Sha Tin and is well worth a visit. Inside there are large Buddah statues and 100s of small ones hence its name. The temple is located on the hillside overlooking Sha Tin. Part of it was damaged in landslides during the torrential rains that marked the handover in 1997. You can climb the stairs or if you are feeling lazy...

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  • Po Lin Monastery

    This monastery is situated on Lantau Island. You can reach it by bus from Tung Chung or Mui Wo. Or you can reach it by cable car from Tung Chung. Since the opening of the cable car, it has got more and more busy here.Next to the temple is the famous Big Buddah statue. This statue was erected in 1993. It is 34 metres high and faces north towards...

    more
  • Cattle

    Lantau has wild water buffalo and cattle. They are considered by the authorities as a bit of a nusiance and they like to find reasons to cull them. Personally I rather like them except maybe when they hit the motorway and my bus gets stuck behind them.

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  • Tai O

    I know I've already written a tip on Tai O under things to do, but I found some more photos of this beautiful fishing village with its waterside houses on stilts.

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  • Pui O, Lantau Island

    Pui O has a lovely beach and a restaurant on the beach. It is quite common to see Lantau's famous water buffalo wandering around here.

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  • A nice hike

    One of the nicest trek is walking down from Ngong Ping to Tung Chung . There are lots of stairs and trail is quite sheer, but it is very easy to walk. If you are not very sporty or stupid, do as I done and walk downhill. Instructions: go left from Buddha stairs, over a tea room and stay left hand side. There are some old guest houses, but just go...

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  • Overnight Cruising from Hong Kong.

    Star Cruises operate an overnight cruise daily, except on Sunday, from Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui. I have no idea where the ship actually goes but passports are required (and also re-entry visas if a visa is required by your nationality) so it must head out into international waters in the South China Sea. This would suggest that the cruise...

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  • Sha Tin - Horse racing in the New...

    I enjoy experiencing different sides to Hong Kong and an MTR ride to Sha Tin in the New Territories is a worthwhile side trip away from the frantic pace of the inner city.Sha Tin is largely made up of public and private housing residential complexes and has the accompanying shopping malls (I have reviewed NEW TOWN PLAZA in my shopping tips) that...

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  • Pak Tai

    A small shrine, half carved in the rock, in a slope by the sea. I couldn't learn anything about it - only the name (I think!).

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  • Walk the Wisdom Path

    The Big Buddha in Ngong Ping on Lantau Island is a must see for most visitors to Hong Kong. If time allows for further exploration of the surrounding area consider the reasonably short walk along the Wisdom Path for the views alone. The path is signposted and accessed from the Po Lin Monastery tea gardens.The Wisdom Walk is the creation of Scholar...

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