"Hong Kong Top 10" is a FREE travel guide that provides full details about Hong Kong's best attractions, including "how to get there", "what is there to do/see", contact details and so on... It's a real "must-read" for every visitor to Hong Kong
Asia Pacific Guides™ Hong Kong Top 10 Copyright © 2012 Asia-Pacific Guides Ltd. All rights reserved. Name and details What is there to be seen How to get there and what to see next 1. Hollywood Road and the The streets where Hong Kong started to develop from, one hundred and seventy years ago, boast many traditional Chinese shops that sell all sorts of "exotic" old streets of Sheung Wan products and look as if they belong to another era… Hong Kong has a lot more to Start your walk from Man Wa Lane (Chop Alley), where you can find small stalls of offer than glitzy shopping chop-makers: The chops are traditional Chinese stamps and seals, engraved on malls and skyscrapers, various materials like wood, bamboo, stone, bone and the likes... including old Chinese precincts, exotic temples, MTR-Sheung wan, exit A-1: Turn right, and after a few steps you will see the entrance to the alley on your right (Tramway has a stop on the corner of Man Wa: Entrance to the lane historic buildings and what is on the right side of CITIC Ka Wah Bank) not… Join one of our "unique day-trips and guided-walks" to From Man Wa Lane, turn right to Wing Lok Street (popularly known as Ginseng and explore the city's hidden bird's nest St.). At the end of the street turn left to Des Voeux Road West (Dried gems. Seafood Street), left again to Ko Shing Street (Herbal Medicine Street), right to Queen Street, right again to Queen's Road West and left to Hollywood Road. Western Market, Hong Kong's oldest surviving market building was inaugurated well over a century ago and features beautiful Edwardian architecture, with red bricks and granite arches. Nowadays, it is actually a shopping mall, with shops that specialize mainly in arts and crafts, although there are a few good fabrics shops here too. 323 Des Voeux Road Central (The tramway stop is right outside), Daily from 10am – 7pm, Website, Entry is free Hollywood Road, Hong Kong's first You can start your Hollywood Road stroll 24 / 7 constructed road, and the small from SoHo and the Former Central Police streets around it are packed with Station Compound (Use the famous Entrance is free galleries and knick-knack shops that escalator to get there), although the more More info (including nice photos) sell everything, from expensive recommended way is to come here porcelain ware and Ming dynasty through the stone steps of Ladder Street: ceramic, to Chinese furniture and If using the tramway, drop off next to the kitsch Maoist memorabilia, and is a corner of Hillier Street. Discover Hong Kong with great place to visit even if you are not From MTR-Sheung Wan: Take exit A-1, those who know it best! Click buying anything, as some of these turn left and immediately left again, into here to view our choice of shops (especially the expensive Hillier Street (next to Bank of China) and city-tours and activities. galleries) really look like "mini walk all the way to the end, where you museums"... turn right to Queen's Road Central (after you've crossed it) and left, to Ladder Street While on Hollywood Road, also make sure you visit Man Mo Temple and You can also come from the old streets of Upper Lascar Row (Cat Street), where Sheung Wan (see above). you can find plenty of colorful street stalls. The "Central-Mid Levels Escalators" is one of the world's longest escalator systems and one of Hong Kong's "must dos"... Built in the early 1990s, it was meant to relief the traffic congestion between Mid-Levels and Central, by pedestrianizing the area, and although it did not fully succeed in doing so, it is certainly better than nothing... You can use the escalators to get to SoHo and other attractions around Hollywood Road. Daily, 6am - 12midnight (downhill until 10am, and then uphill, from 10am till midnight) Click here to view all our FREE travel eBooks of Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and Bangkok The See Hong Kong Sightseeing Pass is truly GREAT for those of you who wish to make the most of their precious holiday time… You can jump aboard the Big Bus for an open-top ride around Hong Kong’s famous landmarks, or ride the world’s famous Peak Tram, visit one (or more) of Hong Kong's many museums, enjoy a scenic balloon flight, or take a dim-sum cooking class and much more… 2. Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo L-shaped Lan Kwai Fong Street and From MTR-Central: Take exit D-2 via adjacent D'Aguilar Street form one of Theatre Lane to Queen's Road Central, Daily, almost 24 hours a day Hong Kong's busiest nightlife cross it and walk up D'aguillar St. precincts, with many bars, pubs and Entrance is free excellent restaurants that are popular If coming by tram: Drop off near the by locals, expats and tourists alike. corner of Pedder Street and enter the Website short street near Citibank. Cross Queen's Recommended restaurants and bars Enormous crowds come to LKF on Road Central and walk up Wyndham St., Friday and Saturday nights, and when left to Wellington, right to D'aguillar and the bars get too crammed, the scene you are there. Do you know? We have a whole moves to the street, as customers take range of free eBooks and mini- their drinks and stand outside, From Star Ferry: Along the elevated city-guides about Asia's most watching people... walkway to Pedder Street and onwards, as popular city destinations... Click HERE to view and download above. them. Unlike London's Soho, Hong Kong's hip Most venues can be found along Cochrane, dining and nightlife precinct got its Elgin and Staunton, which means that the SoHo website name as a result of its location: South easiest way to come here is with the of Hollywood Road. famous escalators, or by foot along Hollywood Road. The small, old streets are line with nice cafés and resto-bars that offer a If you come from Lan Kwai Fong (LKF) turn quieter ambience than that of LKF left from D'aguillar to Wellington and walk along it until you see the entrance to the escalator (Cochrane St.) on your left If you feel like a true, authentic Hong Kong style "yum cha" experience than good-old Lin Heung Tea House is a good choice... Do not expect to find elegant or romantic ambience here... It is just a simple place that has been serving scrumptious Dim Sum and excellent Cantonese cuisine for years, at a very good price. The staff do not speak English, but with a bit of patience and some assistance from other customers, you'll be fine... 160-164 Wellington Street, Central (Corner of Aberdeen St., not far from SoHo and the "world's longest escalator) 6am – 11pm Offering 50% off and 'Buy 1, get 1 free' discounts at nearly 100 of Hong Kong's top restaurants, shops and spas, the Hong Kong Card includes plenty of quality dining options, and is really easy to use. What's more, it comes with a handy pocket-sized city guide that was written by locals and resident expats and covers everything, from transport and attractions, to culture, shopping and nightlife… Hong Kong has a fantastic public-transport system, which makes it an ideal destination for do-it-yourself trips. Nonetheless, many of the city's most unique sightseeing spots are located far from town, which means that visiting them on your own might waste much of your precious holiday time... This is exactly the case where taking a guided tour makes a lot of sense. Take a look at our recommended Hong Kong day trips… Some of which cover the territory's less known "gems" and are, therefore, well worth considering... Click here to view all our FREE travel eBooks of Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and Bangkok Name and details What is there to be seen How to get there and what to see next 3. Victoria Peak, Peak Tram "The Peak", as it is commonly known, To get to Victoria Peak: You can either ride is probably Hong Kong's most popular the 120 years old Peak Tram (a real "must and Madame Tussauds tourist attraction, boasting world-class do"), or take the bus (very scenic road), Daily, 24 hours a day views of the city and Victoria Harbour, but the best option is to combine them Sky Terrace: Daily, 10 am - 11 pm which look as if they were taken from both… (One way tam + one way bus). Madame Tussauds: 10 am - 10 pm a postcard… The view at night is particularly beautiful, when the city's The Peak Tram can be boarded at the The Peak Tram: 7am – 12midnight countless skyscrapers and neon-signs Lower terminus, on 33 Garden Road, daily, Bus/Minibus: 6am – 12midnight flash in millions of dazzling lights... 7am – 12midnight (See the guide-map to Peak Tram Lower Terminus) Entrance to the compound is free, but When reaching "The Peak", you can transportation is not, neither is opt for the Sky Terrace, which offers a Bus No. 15 runs daily, 6am – 12 midnight. entrance to the "Sky Terrace" or to breathtaking 360° panoramic views of It departs from "Central" (next to the Star Hong Kong Madame Tussauds the city and the waters around it, or Ferry Terminus) and passes through the visit Hong Kong's Madame Tussauds… bus terminus at Exchange Square (next to Central MTR station) and Admiralty (MTR Visiting Hong Kong? Don't There are also more than a few shops, Admiralty Station, exit C-1) miss out on all the fun things cafés and restaurants around here, as this city has to offer! Click well as some surprisingly quaint and Green minibus No. 1 departs from the bus HERE for the city's best easy walking trails (You can read interchange, next to Hong Kong Station - attractions and fun things. about them here) Exit A1 (direct link through Central MTR), daily, 6:30 am - 12 midnight. 4. Stanley and its market The picturesque beach town of Bus Nos. 6, 6A, 6X and 260 come here Stanley is best known for its market, from Central. 24 / 7 although it has a lot more to offer… All four routes depart from Exchange Free entrance The market boasts a relatively good Square Bus Terminus and have stops on choice of pocket-friendly clothes, Connaught Road Central (outside City Website (Maritime Museum) shoes, silk garments and traditional Hall), as well as outside MTR-Admiralty More info on restaurants and bars Chinese dress, as well as toys, (next to exit C-1). No. 260 also stops at 7 ornaments, luggage, souvenirs and Gloucester Road in Wan Chai (outside the arts-and-crafts, and although it is quite Immigration Tower). touristy, it is still a popular destination for both tourists and locals. Drop off at "Stanley Village bus stop", right in the middle of town and walk a few steps Other highlights in Stanley include the down Stanley New Street, till you get to lovely seafront promenade, where the market. quite a few alfresco cafés and restaurants can be found, the old Tin Hau Temple and the beautifully Although Hong Kong has one of the restored Murray House, where the best public-transport systems in the Hong Kong Maritime Museum is world, taking the Hong Kong Hop- located. on Hop-off Tour is highly recommended, as it takes you There are also two beautiful beaches directly to the various attractions in Stanley, namely Stanley Main and saves you the time and hassle of Beach (Five minutes' walk from waiting for a bus or walking from "Stanley Village bus stop", through the nearest MTR station… Stanley Beach Road) and St Stephen's Beach (short walk from Stanley Prison bus-stop): Both of them offer a sandy strip, nice views and some facilities... St Stephen's is the quieter of the two. Click here to view all our FREE travel eBooks of Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and Bangkok Traveling to Hong Kong ? Click here to get some of the best rates for accommodation in Asia's most cosmopolitan city. 5. Ocean Park Ocean Park, one of Asia's most Citybus No. 629 comes here directly from popular and successful amusement Admiralty (next to MTR-Admiralty, exit B). Daily: 10am – 6pm parks, occupies a mountainous Even if you come from the Kowloon side of peninsula near Aberdeen and boasts 3923 2323 Victoria Harbour, it makes more sense to 35 attractions and rides: From ocean- take the MTR to Admiralty and continue and-sea related attractions, such as website from there with bus No. 629, than to world-class aquariums and Dolphin board any other bus route. shows, to the colossal roller coasters Explore Hong Kong's less and the Giant Panda habitat known "gems" through our exhibition, and from the magnificent range of Unique Day Trips and cable car ride to one of the world's Guided-Walks ! longest escalators and other adrenaline boosting rides... The See Hong Kong Sightseeing Pass is truly GREAT for those of you who wish to make the most of their precious holiday time… You can jump aboard the Big Bus for an open-top ride around Hong Kong’s famous landmarks, or ride the world’s famous Peak Tram, visit one (or more) of Hong Kong's many museums, enjoy a scenic balloon flight, or take a dim-sum cooking class and much more… 6. Tsim-sha-Tsui Waterfront, Facing Victoria Harbour and one of the Salisbury Road / Tsim sha Tsui Waterfront world's most imposing city skylines, Avenue of Stars and The Avenue of Stars is Hong Kong's If coming by Star Ferry from Central / Symphony of Lights show answer to Hollywood's Walk of Fame, Wanchai: Turn right as soon as you leave and boasts floor plaques of celebrities the terminus and walk along the water. Symphony of Lights, daily, at 8 pm of the city's thriving film industry, Avenue of Stars is open 24 / 7 including legends like Jackie Chan and From MTR-Tsim sha Tsui: Use exit J Free entrance Bruce Lee. This is also one of the best places to Make the most of your trip to watch the "Symphony of Lights" from: Hong Kong and enjoy substantial Awarded the world's "Largest discounts at the city's BEST Permanent Light and Sound Show" by attractions, restaurants and Guinness World Records, this nightly shops with our range of special light, sound and laser show is featured discount-cards and flexi-packs ! on 37 key buildings on both sides of the Victoria Harbour. InterContinental Hong Kong enjoys one of the best locations in town, right in front of Victoria Harbour, and although it is not as "classic" as the Peninsula, it is just as posh… Sink into one of the comfy couches around the lobby and enjoy the breathtaking views of Hong Kong's metropolitan skyline through the huge floor-to-ceiling window. 7. HK Museum of History This fabulous museum tells "the Hong Chatham Road South, Tsim sha Tsui (few Kong Story", from the Devonian period minutes' walk from Tsim-sha-Tsui MTR (via Daily, except Tuesday, 10 am - 6 pm 400 million years ago until exit B-2 : see map) (till 7pm on Sundays and public reunification with China in 1997. holidays) Eight galleries, loaded with thousands Entrance is not free of exciting exhibits, including antiques Hong Kong Day Trips and pieces of art, as well as 3D Discover Asia's World City Website dioramas and interactive multimedia with those who know it best ! displays, make the visit to the museum a rich experience. Hong Kong Science Museum, right next to Hong Kong Museum of History, boasts 16 galleries, with hundreds of exciting exhibits (many of which interactive) that cover almost every aspect of science and technology, including light, sound, motion, electricity & magnetism and what not… The museum's "jewel in the crown", however, is its colossal Energy Machine (the biggest of its kind in the world) which demonstrates how the potential energy of a dropped ball converts into other forms of energy throughout the track. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays : 1pm - 9pm, Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays : 10am - 9pm Closed on Thursdays (except Public Holidays), Entrance fee applies, Website 8. The markets of Yau-ma-Tei Temple Street Night Market Temple Street Night Market operates From MTR-Jordan: Leave via exit A, turn daily, from 4 to 11pm (although the right to Jordan Road and right again, on Daily, 4 – 11pm "action" starts only at around 7 pm) the third street and its hawkers sell almost Entrance is free everything… There are also some nice From MTR-Yau ma Tei: Leave via exit C, Chinese eateries along the street and turn right to Nathan Road and after a few its offshoots, and at the northernmost minutes right again, to Market Street end of the street, next to the old Tin (canopied walkway), from where you can Hau Temple, there are fortune tellers turn left to Temple Street, or right, to the and performances of Cantonese open piazza in front of the old Tin Hau Opera. Temple. Jade Market Officially known as Yau Ma Tei Jade From MTR-Yau ma Tei: Leave via exit C, Hawker Bazaar, this crammed indoor turn right to Nathan Road and walk along Daily, 10am - 5pm (come early if market accommodates hundreds of it for a few minutes. After passing under a you want to put your hands on the stalls that sell a wide choice of jade road-viaduct, turn right to Kansu Street best stuff) products of various quality grades: and after 2-3 minutes' walk you will see From shockingly expensive (which you the low market buildings on your right Entrance is free should not buy, unless you really know (under the flyover) jade) to nice and cheap pieces that make a lovely souvenir... The variety includes statues, figurines, jewellery, beads and what not… Offering 50% off and 'Buy 1, get 1 free' discounts at nearly 100 of Hong Kong's top restaurants, shops and spas, the Hong Kong Card includes plenty of quality dining options, and is really easy to use. What's more, it comes with a handy pocket-sized city guide that was written by locals and resident expats and covers everything, from transport and attractions, to culture, shopping and nightlife… The old atmospheric streets of Yau-ma-Tei are lined with many "unique" Chinese shops that sell all sorts of exotic products, from herbal medicines to dried snake meat… If you happen to be around the area, on your way to Jade Market or Temple Street, try to spare an hour or two to explore those small streets… Start your stroll from Shanghai Street, which is the main thoroughfare of old Yau-ma-Tei… From exit A of MTR-Jordan: Turn right to Jordan Road, and right again, to Shanghai St. (the fourth corner) Take a look at Nanking Street, where some market stalls can be found, before you continue strolling through Shanghai Street. On 164 Shanghai Street, not far from the corner of Ning Po, there is a small and popular eatery called Sek Wong Lam (蛇王南) which is particularly famous for its Snake Soup… Turn left to Ning Po and right to the bustling wet market of Reclamation Street, which will bring you to Kansu Street and the Jade Market. Turn right to Kansu and almost immediately left, to Shanghai Street. After a minute or two you will see an open piazza with old banyan trees on your right, near the corner of Public Square Street. This is where the old Tin Hau Temple can be found and although there are more impressive temples in Hong Kong, it is well worth visiting. Cross Public Square Street. On you right (corner of Temple Street) is Mido Café: One of the city's oldest and most nostalgic eating houses… Keep walking along Shanghai Street: A short stroll will bring you to Man Kee Chopping Board, on 342 Shanghai (on your right), which is one of the best places to buy professional chopping boards, and right next to it, on 344 Shanghai, you can see the historic red-bricks building which once housed the oldest pumping station in Hong Kong. Tak Yu Restaurant ( 得如酒樓 ), on 378 Shanghai Street (corner of Pitt), opened its doors more than a century ago and still serves lovely Cantonese fare, including dim-sum, at reasonable prices. Make the most of your stay in Hong Kong and Macau with our special discount-cards and enjoy significant discounts in attractions, restaurants, shops and places-of-interest! 9. Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan One of Hong Kong's most beautiful To get there: MTR Diamond Hill, exit C-2, spots. out to the street, turn left and walk along Lian Garden the wall of the shopping mall to the Daily, from early morning till late The nunnery features rich Tang style pedestrian crossing, cross Sheung Yuen afternoon. architecture and boasts beautiful gold, Street, walk a minute or two along Fung clay, wood and stone statues of the Tak Road and use the pedestrian's bridge Free entrance Buddha, Kwun Yam (The Bodhisattva above it to enter the nunnery / garden. of Compassion) and other bodhisattvas. Nan Lian Garden lies next to the nunnery and is just as beautiful, with pavilions, goldfish ponds with water lilies, rock - gardens and manicured Bonsai trees. 10. Ngong Ping, "Big Buddha" Ngong Ping and its environs form one Getting there: Best you can do is to of Hong Kong's most popular purchase the "special pass" of Lantao Bus and Po-lin Monastery attractions. Co, which gives you one-way cable-car ride Daily: 10am – 6pm (9:30am – + unlimited bus rides across the island Po Lin Monastery was built in the (How to get to the cable-car terminal / bus-terminal) 6:30pm on Weekends & Public picturesque highlands of Lantau Island Holidays) Info on the combo ticket of Lantau Bus Co. almost a century ago, but it was the Entrance fees apply colossal statue of the seated Buddha that came up in the early 1990s and Info on the combo ticket of Lantau Bus Co. turned this area into one of Hong Make the most of your trip to Kong's hottest destinations… Info on Ngong Ping Pricing and Packages Hong Kong and enjoy substantial Later on, the famous cable car came discounts at the city's BEST up (providing almost 6km of scenic attractions, restaurants and ride) and the kitschy "tourist village"… shops with our range of special But there are still more than a few discount-cards and flexi-packs ! nice walking trails around the area, for those who want to get away from it all Offering 50% off and 'Buy 1, get 1 free' discounts at nearly 100 of Hong Kong's top restaurants, shops and spas, the Hong Kong Card includes plenty of quality dining options, and is really easy to use. What's more, it comes with a handy pocket-sized city guide that was written by locals and resident expats and covers everything, from transport and attractions, to culture, shopping and nightlife… Although Hong Kong has one of the best public-transport systems in the world, taking the Hong Kong Hop-on Hop-off Tour is highly recommended, as it takes you directly to the various attractions and saves you the time and hassle of waiting for a bus or walking from the nearest MTR station… And two more things… Crossing Victoria Harbour on the Star Featured on National Geographic's "top 50 experiences of your lifetime” list, Ferry crossing Victoria Harbour on the Star Ferry is one of those tourist clichés you have to do, to say you've been to Hong Kong... Daily, 6:30 am – 11:30 pm The old green-and-white ferries have been plying the waters of Victoria Harbour for Entrance fees apply well more than a century and have long become one of Hong Kong's best known icons. Particularly popular among tourists, who can get a zillion great photo ops of Info on regular tickets the city's world's-famous skyline... Hopping passes / Harbor-tours You can either use the ferry as a "hop on, hop off" (unlimited rides for a specified Offering 50% off at nearly period) or you can opt for the much-cheaper single ride ticket... Then there are day- 100 of Hong Kong's top tours, night-tours and, of course, the ultimate "Symphony of lights tour" (Which is restaurants, shops and really the "crème de la crème"...) spas, the Hong Kong Card offers plenty of quality dining options, and is Ferries depart from: Tsim-sha-Tsui, Salisbury Road / Wan Chai Ferry Terminal, really easy to use. Central (5 minutes' from MTR-Central) Sailing on an authentic Chinese junk Duk Ling, the only authentic Chinese junk that still plies the waters of Victoria Harbour, was built more than 50 years ago in Macau and served as a fishing boat Daily before it was restored and converted to a leisure-cruise vessel. Entrance fees apply Hong Kong Tourism Board offers a one-hour sightseeing harbour cruise on board of Hong Kong Tourism Board's one-hour the Duk Ling at a relatively good price, but as the cruise departs only a few times a sightseeing harbor-cruise week (and the boat can carry only 30 passengers), it is important to book well in advance at one of HKTB's visitor centres. Other cruises on the Duk Ling Call HKTB's Hotline (+852) 2508 1234 or visit their Duk Ling Ride webpage China Pub Company, the owner of Duk Ling, also operates regular tours of 2.5 - 4 hours to the Outlying Islands and other places of interest, and they also charter the boat for functions and fun-days (you can even get married on the boat, if that's what you want...) For more information, check the Duk Ling website. Owned by Aqua Restaurant Group, the Aqua Luna is also an authentically handcrafted red-sail Chinese junk, and although it was built just recently (and purely The See Hong Kong Sightseeing Pass for entertainment purposes), the builders were supervised by an 80 years old is truly GREAT for those of you who traditional boat builder, so it's really as authentic as it gets... wish to make the most of their precious holiday time… The company operates a few 45 minutes-long harbour cruises every day, as well as some day-long cruises to Stanley, Aberdeen, Cheung Chau Island and the Tin Hau Temple in Joss House Bay. Unlike on most of Hong Kong's other cruise boats, the Aqua Luna boasts all the Aqua Luna – Harbour cruises comforts of a floating resto-bar, including comfy lounges and beautifully decked-out interiors, with traditional tick furniture that contribute to the old-days ambience... Aqua Luna – Day cruises Hong Kong Tourism Board's one-hour sightseeing harbor-cruise leaves from Kowloon Public Pier (near Star Ferry Piers) in Tsim Sha Tsui on Thursday (2pm and 4pm) and Saturday (10am and 12 noon), and from Central Pier 9 (Public Pier) in Central on Thursday (3pm and 5pm) and Saturday (11am and 1pm) Copyright © 2012 Asia-Pacific Guides Ltd. All rights reserved.
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