Hong Kong at a glance – Hong Kong Island

Hi Travel Buddies,

Hong Kong is well known as a shopping and food paradise, do you know she has more to offer?  Her close proximity to outlying islands, Macau, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Guangzhou makes Hong Kong a good base for travellers who want to see more.

Let’s us start with the most popular attractions at Hong Kong Island

* Victoria Peak (Tai Ping Shan) -offers stunning views of the cityscapes
How to go?  Take Peak Tram (Single: HKD 25; Return: HKD 36) at lower terminus on Garden Road (walk from MTR Central Station, Exit J2) or Take bus 15 from Central bus terminus below Exchange Square (MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit D) or Green minibus 1 from MTR Hong Kong Public Transport Interchange.

* Madame Tussauds Wax Museum – located at the Peak Tower, Opening Hours 10am to 10pm, 2010 Regular Price HKD 160.  Combo packages with peak tram ride (1 or 2way) and sky terrace also available.

* Hollwood Road, Cat Street/Man Mo Temple – upmarket antiques and handicrafts along eastern end.  Man Mo Temple is a 18th century temple dedicated to 2 deities: “Man” refers to the God of Literature and “Mo” refers to the God of War.
How to go?  MTR Central Station Exit D2 and turn right to Theatre Lane.  Walk along Queen’s Road Central towards The Center.  Then take the Central – Mid-Levels Escalator to Hollywood Road.

* Western Market – an Edwardian style shopping complex houses knick-knacks, jewellery and fabric
How to go?  MTR Sheung Wan Exit B or C

* Lai Kwai Fong & Soho – Lai Kwai Fong is famous for clubs, bars and restaurants.  If you like pubbing, this is a must-go for you.  Soho, a popular food district, also known as the South of Hollywood, offers wide choices of upmarket international restaurants and the world’s longest 800 metres covered escalator by the Guinness World Records.
How to go?  MTR Central Station Exit D2, turn right to Theatre Lane.  Walk to D’Aguilar Street to Lan Kwai Fong or along Queen’s Road Central towards The Center.  Then take the Mid Levels Escalator.

* Golden Bauhinia Square (Wan Chai) – marks the most significant event in Hong Kong’s history when she was returned to China on 1 July 1997.  Located outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) on the waterfront.  Also offers one of the best view to watch A Symphony of Lights from Hong Kong Island.
How to go?  MTR Wan Chai Station Exit A5, about 15-minute walk by covered walkway.

* Happy Valley Racecourse/Racing Museum – if you are not a punter, consider going to the racing museum to enjoy stunning views of the track and a cinema showcasing celebrated trainers, jockeys….
How to go?  MTR Causeway Bay Station Exit A, walk 20 minutes along Wong Nai Chung Road or take tram to Happy Valley Tram Terminus.

* Causeway Bay – check out the biggest and best shopping centre, Times Square

* Jumbo Kingdom (Aberdeen) – famous giant floating Chinese restaurants complex
How to go?  Bus 75 from Exchange Square bus terminus (MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit D) to Shum Wan Shuttle Ferry Pier for free boat ride or Bus 70 to Aberdeen terminus, cross highway via subway, turn right and walk to dock for free boat ride.

* Ocean Park (Aberdeen) – one of Southeast Asia’s largest aquariums and theme parks.  Opening hours: 10am to 6pm Regular adult price: HKD 250
How to go? Take Citybus 629 Terminal from MTR Admiralty Station Exit B

* Repulse Bay – primarily an upmarket residential area, Chin Shin Wan is one of the most popular beaches in Hong Kong
How to go? Take Bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 260 from Exchange Square bus terminus (MTR Hong Kong Station Exit D)

* Stanley Market/Murray House – a popular open market for casual clothes at reasonable prices, open 7 days a week, 10.30am to 6.30pm.  Check out the beautiful beaches and the interesting 3-storey colonial building, Murray House
How to go?  MTR Hong Kong Station Exit D, take bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 260 at Exchange Square bus terminus or MTR Causeway Bay Station Exit B and take green minibus 40 at Tang Lung Street

Smart Traveller’s tips we found 🙂

Do you know where to view the spectacular views of Hong Kong for free? Public viewing gallery on the 43rd floor of Bank of China Building

For a flat fee of only HKD2, the tram, also locally known as ‘Ding Ding’ is the cheapest and a fun way to get nearer to the lively streets life and the hearts of most Hong Kong people.

Watch out our next post about Kowloon.

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