The Man Mo Temple is a picturesque tribute to the God of Literature (Man) and the God of War (Mo), both of whom were worshipped by ambitious students looking to succeed in the civil examinations of Imperial China. These involved rigorous systems aimed at finding the best administrative officials for the state.
Built in 1847, this remains the largest Man Mo temple in Hong Kong. To pause for a moment’s respite under its giant hanging incense coils makes for a pleasant contrast with the hectic pace of the nearby financial district.
The Old Kowloon Fire Station is a former fire station in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Together with the Former Marine Police Headquarters, it is now part of a commercial complex called 1881 Heritage.
Next to the Time Ball Tower was a typhoon mast where signals were hoisted manually during typhoons. In the broadcast media age people in Hong Kong no longer look up flagpoles for weather information; nonetheless, many organisations in Hong Kong continue to use the verb ‘hoist’ to describe the issuing of a typhoon signa
A visit to 1881 Heritage will transport you to Victorian-era Hong Kong. From the 1880s to 1996, this was the headquarters of the Hong Kong Marine Police. Several buildings and artefacts of historical interest have been preserved and restored, and the site now features a shopping mall, a heritage hotel, and an exhibition hall.
Before the late 1960s, anyone hanging out in Kowloon Park, was more likely there out of duty rather than for leisure. The popular green hideout in densely populated Kowloon was once military property. What were blocks S61 and S62 of the former Whitfield Barracks are now occupied by the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre, which promotes the city’s history and culture. The barracks were built in 1910 and used to accommodate British troops right up until the land was handed over to the Government for public use in 1967. By preserving these two historical buildings, the Centre is also a tribute to sustainable architecture in Hong Kong.
The 1900 m2 Sculpture Walk is a landscaped area for permanent or temporary display of sculptures made by local and overseas artists.
The area is divided into two parts: part one with 12 sculptures created by local and overseas young artists lined up in 2 rows for permanent display; another with 8 alcoves featuring sculptures by renowned artists on a rotation/ temporary basis. One of the major sculptures, 'Concept of Newton", is created by the well-known Sir Eduardo Paolozzi.
After the chaotic surrounds of Tsim Sha Tsui, the tranquillity of Kowloon Park washes over you like a mountain spring. But this peaceful place was actually once an army fortress that was handed over by the military for public use in 1970.
For some relaxation, head to the Chinese Garden, which comprises a two-tier lotus pond linked by a rock cascade, and be sure to look out for the terrapins basking in the sun.
Don’t let a wet weather day put you off from visiting either; listening to the rain falling on the foliage from the park’s 200meters sheltered walkway is pure bliss. There are also kung fu and lion dance performances every Sunday.
Victoria Harbour is Hong Kong’s raison d’être. The deep waters between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula are why a collection of fishing villages grew to become an international centre of trade. Today, the harbour is still the city’s throbbing heart and one of the world’s most awesome urban landscapes.
The Mid-Levels is a residential area built on the steep slopes of Victoria Peak. It is located directly above Central, Hong Kong’s central business district. In order to improve accessibility and relieve traffic congestion, a pedestrian escalator system was built in 1993. It is the longest covered escalator system in the world, carrying users over 800 meters in distance and 135 meters in elevation.
Now a tourist attraction unto itself, the escalator remains a well-traversed commuter corridor with nearly 43,000 people per day. From 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. it runs downhill, carrying residents to their jobs and errands down in Central. At 10:30 a.m. it changes direction for the rest of the day, bringing tourists and commuters up to the restaurants, shops and residences.
The streets directly surrounding the escalator have changed dramatically with an increase in foot traffic and additional commercial space. The neighbourhood is now home to trendy bars, cafés, galleries, shops and expensive housing.
he charming Star Ferry boats have been faithfully carrying passengers from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and back since 1888. While the two sides of Victoria Harbour are now connected by a world-class infrastructure system of road and rail tunnels, tens of millions of people still climb aboard the humble Star Ferry vessels each year. Many visitors take the ride for an up-close look at one of the world’s most photographed harbours, while locals have kept their affection for it because, even after a century, it’s still a highly reliable and efficient form of transport. National Geographic rates the Star Ferry crossing as one of 50 ‘places of a lifetime
Thanks to the efforts of Hong Kong’s movie industry over the past century, many in Asia and farther afield are familiar with the city’s sights before they’ve even set foot here. The Avenue of Stars pays tribute to the names that helped make Hong Kong the ‘Hollywood of the East’.
See movie-related exhibits, now on display at Garden of Stars and Starry Gallery.
Garden of Stars
Exhibitions at Garden of Stars include:
Sculptures of Bruce Lee, Anita Mui, McDull and the Hong Kong Film Awards statuette
20 star handprint plaques
A mural depicting classic movie scenes
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
Directions: It takes a bit more than 60 minutes one way by boat to Macao.
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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 !
Directions: The Lifeguards Temple is at the end of Repulse bay !
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.
Directions: The Clock Tower is in the Hong Kong district of Tsim Sha Tsui !
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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
Directions: You will find these Skyscrapers allover Hong Kong !