A former British colony, Hong Kong became an autonomous territory in 1997. This bustling, densely populated urban center is a major port and global financial hub. This is evident in its skyscraper-studded skyline. Architectural landmarks such as I.M. Pei’s Bank of China Tower, can be found in Central, the business district. It is also a major shopping destination.
1. Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Going to The Peak is a must for any tourist visiting the island. Being the highest point, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the cityscapes from every direction including Victoria Harbour and the green hills of the New Territories. The area has been the city’s most exclusive neighborhood since colonial times. Back in the post air-conditioning era, the cooler air attracted the rich and famous citizens of the island. The view from the anvil-shaped The Peak Tower called Sky Terrace 428, is what makes The Peak one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong and can be enjoyed either day or night. There are also dining and retail outlets in the nearby The Peak Galleria which has a free-entry observation deck. The Lugard Road Lookout and the Lions Point View Pavilion offer more stunning views as well as a leisurely walk on the 3.5 kilometer Peak Circle Walk.
2. Avenue of Stars
Through the efforts of Hong Kong’s movie industry over the past century, people from many Asian countries as well as far beyond became aware of Hong Kong before they even set foot in the island. The Avenue of Stars pays tribute to this group of people who helped make Hong Kong the “Hollywood of the East. Although the area is closed for renovation until 2018, a selection of exhibits is displayed at Garden of Stars and Starry Gallery in the meantime.
3. Lantau Island
The largest of Hong Kong’s islands, Lantau Island lies at the mouth of the Pearl River on Southwest Hong Kong. The Lantau Peak, at 934m-high is known for its sunrises. The mountainous interior can be traversed by hikers on the 70km Lantau Trail from Mui Wo (Silver Mine Bay).
4. Tian Tan Buddha (The Big Buddha) in Po Lin Monastery
Found in Po Lin Monastery inside Lantau Island, this immense Buddha is made of bronze, with carved bell, museum and relics inside. With a height of 34m on a hilltop, 260 steps lead up to this large statue of Buddha Shakyamuni. Construction started in 1990 and was completed and opened in 1993. It is located at Ngong Ping Road, Lantau Island.
5. The Ngong Ping 360
Opened in September 18, 2006, The Ngong Ping 360 is an aerial tramway on Lantau Island in Hong Kong. Intended to improve tourism to the area, the aerial tramway was previously known as Tung Chung Cable Car Project before acquiring the Ngong Ping 360 brand in April 2005.
6. Hong Kong Disneyland
Embark on a journey of magical adventures for all ages in this theme park located on reclaimed land in Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island. It is the first theme park located inside the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and it is owned and managed by the Hong Kong International Theme Parks.
Address: Lantau Island, Hong Kong
7. Ocean Park
Situated in Wong Chuk Hang and Nam Long Shan in the Southern District of Hong Kong, Ocean Park Hongkong, commonly known as Ocean Park is a themed park with roller coasters and water rides, a cable car and a marine park with animal enclosures. This marine-life themed park which was opened in 1977, features animals, thrill rides and shows. Located in an area of more than 915,000 square meters, this park has two major attraction areas: the Waterfront and the Summit connected by the Cable Car and Ocean Express funicular train.
8. Ladies Market
Situated at Tung Choi Street, the Ladies Market stretches over a one-kilometer stretch with over 100 stalls of bargain clothing, accessories and souvenirs. The place gets its name from the huge amount of clothing and accessories on sale for all women of all ages. The crowded isles also sell watches, cosmetics, bags, home furnishings, CDS and trinkets, however, tourists are warned to haggle for the correct price.
9. Temple Street Night Market
On show every night, this area is an example of the theatre and festivity of a Chinese market. As soon as the sun goes down, traders lay out their wares and the opera singers and fortune tellers begin to emerge to showcase their skills. This popular street bazaar was named after a Tin Hau Temple located in the center of the market area. Again you have to exercise your haggling skills when scrutinizing trinkets, tea ware, electronics, watches, menswear, jade and antiques. All kinds of food from claypot rice, seafood, noodles and other treats are available to feast on.
10. The Old Clock Tower and Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
The Old Clock Tower, erected in 1915 as part of the Kowloon-Canton Railway terminus, survives as an elegant reminder of the Age of Steam. It has been a memorable landmark for millions of Chinese immigrants who passed through the terminus to begin new lives in Hong Kong and elsewhere.
From this 44-meters tall red brick and granite tower, take a stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. Pass the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the Hong Kong Space Museum. Strollers are rewarded with the view of the dramatic topographical and architectural spectacle that is Hong Kong.