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    Ngong Ping Village - Lantau Island.

    by swissfondue Updated May 17, 2012

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    Tourism is a double edged sword. Since the opening of the Ngong Ping 360 cable car service more tourists than ever have flocked to Lantau Island mainly to see the Tian Tan (Big) Buddha). But the downside to this is that you have to walk through the man made "cultural themed" Ngong Ping Village to do so.

    The village was designed to reflect the cultural and spiritual integrity of the area. Not sure it does this very successfully but you will have to judge for yourself.

    As my purpose for being there was to visit the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery, I hurried through the village. There is a Walking with Buddha and a Monkey's Tale attraction which might be fun for families but I admit I know nothing about them.

    For me the commercialism of the village is too much of a contrast to the serenity of the adjacent Buddist Monastery and Statue. But thats tourism....

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    Best place to view Symphony of Lights

    by lindyz Updated Jan 7, 2012

    This is not so much a tourist trap as it is a helpful tip. Frank and I had gone up to Victoria Peak at night, as we thought it would be the vest vantage point to view the Symphony of Lights nightly show. However you can hardly see any of the lights from up at Victoria Peak at all, as most of them are actually on the Hong Kong Island side. So, the best place to see the lights is definitely from the Kowloon side and NOT from the Hong Kong Island side. The night light whole experience is fantastic from Victoria Peak, but NOT the Symphony of Lights.

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    Know your MTR stations and exits!!!

    by lindyz Updated Oct 31, 2011

    The MTR (subway) system in Hong Kong was simply amazing and just so easy to use, especially for a beginner like myself. It is extremely clean, efficient and well sign posted in english to make it easy for foreigners to get around quickly and easily.

    HOWEVER .... you must study the MTR system and the different stations, lines and station exits, if you want to save yourself lots of time and walking! Some MTR stations and connecting lines have very very long walks in between them, and even though this is usually all underground and cool, sometimes I swear the walks were over a kilometre long!!!

    Also every MTR station has several different exits, some stations with about 10 different exits. These different exits can come out at street level about a kilometre from each other. So, it is VITAL that you know which exit to take to get quickly to your destination. All stations have posted in them the different exits and where they come out, so take note of these signs. Otherwise, you will very quickly become lost when you exit at street level. I did pick up a very handy little book (actually bought it up at Ngong Ping Village on Lantau Island) and it was a book telling you how to get to most markets in Hong Kong via the MTR system. And this book also gave you the best exit to use.

    The easiest way to travel on the MTR is by purchasing an Octopus card and just swiping it at every station entry and exit. Your fare is automatically deducted from the balance on your card and you can upload more funds onto your card easily.

    Unique Suggestions: Before you travel to Hong Kong download a map for reference.

    Further details are on their website

    www.mtr.com.hk

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    Escalator ettiquette in busy places!

    by lindyz Written Oct 31, 2011

    In Australia I guess it it common for us to stand on the left of an escalator, allowing people to pass us quickly on the right. Well in Hong Kong it is different! And believe me, their escalators are way more busy than any I have ever seen in Australia, so if you dont get it right you will probably get in trouble!!!

    If you choose to stand on the escalator and not walk up or down it, you must stand to the right. If you choose to quickly walk up or down the escalator then you do this on the left. And ..... if you happen to accidently get yourself in the left hand lane, then you will be walking up the escalator with the flow of traffic, whether you like it or not!!!! In other words, you will kind of be pushed up the escalator!

    I guess with the heavy traffic flow at shopping centres and MTR stations, this system worked very well, apart from the few times we accidentally ended up in the left lane and then lost each other haha!!!

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    Beware of 3 different printed bank notes!

    by lindyz Written Oct 31, 2011

    I was warned of this by a fellow VTer (I cant remember who it was - sorry!!) but I think its a fantastic warning tip.

    Apparently in Hong Kong, the 3 main banks all print their own Bank notes in the same denomination, so it would not be unusual for you to have say 3 different looking $50 notes in your wallet! If you did not know this, I think the first thing that a traveller might think is that they have fake notes, but this is not the case. The 3 main banks are HSBC, Bank of China and Standard Chartered Bank and they all print different notes. I am not entirely sure if they print different coins, but I saw it with my own eyes, different notes YES!

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    Aberdeen Harbour Cruises

    by traveldave Updated May 16, 2011

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    One of the highlights of a package day trip featuring the sights of Hong Kong is an Aberdeen Harbour cruise. These cruises allow visitors to see the floating fishing villages moored in the harbor. And while these floating villages are a fascinating aspect of life in Hong Kong, in my opinion the harbor cruises themselves can be a tourist trap.

    The village of Aberdeen is located on the south side of Hong Kong Island. One of its main attractions is the junks and sampans of the floating fishing villages of the "boat people" who live in junks on Aberdeen Harbour, and who are traditionally fishermen. There are an estimated 600 junks moored in the floating fishing villages, housing around 6,000 residents. This makes Aberdeen one of the most important fishing ports in Hong Kong.

    Consisting of two groups, the Tanka and Hoklo, these fishermen have lived on the water for thousands of years. Now, unfortunately, many of the young people are leaving their traditional seafaring lifestyle for the lure of high-paying jobs on the land. Population decreases among the floating fishing villages are also attributed to the development of large fisheries on the Chinese mainland, and increasing costs involved in the fishing industry.

    Visitors wishing to see the lifestyle of the floating fishing villages take sampan tours on Aberdeen Harbour. Tours vary widely in cost and luxury. The most basic and least expensive include a short cruise among the floating fishing villages during the day, while the most luxurious and most expensive generally take place in the evening and include dinner, unlimited drinks, and a cruise around Victoria Harbour on the north side of Hong Kong Island.

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    Photographic Souvenirs

    by traveldave Updated May 15, 2011

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    At many attractions in Hong Kong, there are photographers, either free-lance or professionals employed by the particular attraction, who will take a picture of a visitor who can then purchase a photographic souvenir of his visit.

    Most photographic souvenirs merely show a visitor in front of an attraction or engaged in some activity. However, there is a photographer in the Jumbo Floating Restaurant who, for a small fee, dresses customers up in the costume of a Chinese emperor or empress. This is done on a raised dais in the main dining room, where the other diners look on and applaud those daring enough to have this done. Unfortunately, I went through this during my dinner at the Jumbo Floating Restaurant, and the result ended up as a tip on this page.

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    The Stanley Market

    by traveldave Updated May 14, 2011

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    The village of Stanley is located on the southeast coast of Hong Kong Island. The village, named for Lord Stanley, a nineteenth-century Secretary of State for the Colonies, was founded in 1770 by a pirate named Cheung Po Tsai.

    Nowadays, the village is known for the Stanley Market, where busloads of tourists come to buy souvenirs. The market is one of the places most tourists visit when they book a day trip highlighting the main attractions of Hong Kong. Located along Stanley New Street, the Stanley Market contains dozens of small shops and street stalls selling T-shirts, fake designer labels, cheap clothing, silk garments, rattan products, ceramics, art work, Chinese crafts, costume jewelry, and a lot of other things. It is a good place to buy inexpensive souvenirs, although anyone who is not interested in shopping will soon become bored.

    Another attraction in Stanley is the numerous inexpensive restaurants that line the main streets. They offer a wide range of styles of Chinese cuisine, and are especially popular with locals.

    Although I am not a shopper, at the Stanley Market I did purchase a chop with an approximation of my name carved in Chinese characters. Chops, usually made of stone, have been used for centuries, and have the legal authority of a person's signature. The chop is dipped into ink and is used to apply a seal to written documents.

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  • The Peak

    by Weina Written Jun 13, 2010

    In central, you can take a tram to the "Peak", which is the top of a small mountain on HK island.
    It was a complete tourist trap--you pay a buttload of money to go up to a shopping center where people attempt to sell you overpriced trinkets. Then, to go to an observation deck on the peak tower, you have to pay even more... the view is great, but I am sure you can get the same view for HK $9.80 by taking the public bus up to the Peak and back down again (the tram is $48 round trip, $36 one way, something like that)

    You CAN take some very nice walks up there, but the paths aren't very populated and there are apparently pickpockets. Don't go alone :)

    Unique Suggestions: Take some pictures! Enjoy the view.
    It's more fun to take the bus than the tram.

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    Ngong Ping Village

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 7, 2008

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    Ngong Ping Village wasn't here when I first visited the Po Lin Monastery and Tian Tan Buddha back in 2002. But since then this themed tourist village has popped up in order to capitalise on the popularity of the main attractions. It's mostly orientated for kids with such "attractions" as: Walking with Buddha - a multimedia attraction allowing visitors to follow the life of Siddhartha Gautama - the man who became Buddha - and his path to enlightenment; Monkey's Tale Theatre - a comical 'show' inspired by the famous Buddhist Jataka stories; various tea houses, souvenir shops and restaurants. Having some restaurants here is about the only thing that's good about it. Just do what I did and walk straight through it all in order to get to the 'real' attractions that you've actually come all this way to visit.

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    AW BOON HAW GARDEN

    by ancient_traveler Written Mar 25, 2008

    Located on Tai Hang Road, Causeway Bay. Built in the 1930s by Aw Boon-haw, who made his fortune selling a cure-all ointment called Tiger Balm, this small fantasy park is a collection of statues and grottoes whish depict popular Chinese legend in vivid and even graphic detail.

    Bus no 11 from Exchange Square bus terminal in Central OR a short taxi ride from Causeway Bay.

    Unique Suggestions: They were opened to the public; they were to promote the Tiger Balm products produced by the family.

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    PARKS

    by ancient_traveler Written Mar 25, 2008

    HONG KONG PARK- CENTRAL
    Oasis in Central features a greenhouse, an aviary, pools, fountain, a restaurant, the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre and an amphitheatre.
    www.lcsd.gov.hk/parks/hkp/
    852-2521-5041
    MTR Admiralty stn exit F, walk to Pacific Place and look for the sign to Hong Kong Park.

    VICTORIA PARK- CAUSEWAY BAY, the most popular park in Hong Kong, this park boasts leafy jogging paths, swimming pools, tennis courts and outdoor cafes.

    Unique Suggestions: KOWLOON PARK-TSIM SHA TSUI
    A charming green lung in the heart of teeming Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Park has several stylish swimming pools, as well as romantic tree-lined walkways all just a few metres from busy Nathan Road. The park’s main attraction is its Sculpture Walk, an outdoor art gallery and Hong Kong Museum of history.
    www.lcsd.gov.hk/parks/kp/
    852-2724-3344
    MTR Tsim Sha Tsui stn exit A1

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    HAPPY VALLEY

    by ancient_traveler Updated Mar 25, 2008

    The oldest race course in Hong Kong. Join thousands of punters trying to woo Lady Luck every week during racing season, from September till June.

    www.happyvalleyracecourse.com

    Unique Suggestions: Horses were happy on the Jockey Club’s racecourse, now a super-high-tech punter’s paradise.

    Fun Alternatives: Happy Valley is now one of Hong Kong's highest class residential areas, with a high number of foreigners present. Happy Valley's real estate prices usually influence the rest of Hong Kong's. Two of the tallest residential buildings in Hong Kong, "Highcliff" and "The Summit" are located in Happy Valley facing Mount Nicholson and the rest of Hong Kong.

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    ST. JOHN’S CATHEDRAL

    by ancient_traveler Written Mar 25, 2008

    In a hillside grove of trees of Garden Road, the elegant Anglican cathedral was built in 1849 and is one of the oldest Western-style building and decorated Gothic design.

    From Star Ferry in Central, take a short taxi ride OR MTR Central stn, the Queen’s Road then go to the HSBC Main Building, then walk a few minutes to Battery Path.

    www.stjohnscathedral.org.hk/home.html

    Unique Suggestions: Do make yourself known at the Welcome Table in the Porch after Sunday morning service where you can find someone who can give you information about our life and ministry here.

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    Snoopy's World

    by skatzcatz Written Jan 29, 2008

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    This small kids park has seen better days and now isn't worth the trip out to see it. Check out this site for photo's of it when at its tourist peak.

    http://www.rmlicensing.com/ENG/snoopy/snoopyworld.htm

    Fun Alternatives: Disneyland

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