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Off the beaten path: Hong Kong's Cultural
Kaleidoscope
Hong Kong, 7 Days


Table of contents:
Guide Description 2
Itinerary Overview 3
Daily Itineraries 6
Hong Kong Snapshot 29




                                              1
Guide Description




AUTHOR NOTE: Take advantage of the rare opportunity to ride
a Duk Ling, watch early morning Tai chi at Kowloon Park and
explore museums that tourists rarely go. Museum visits give
you a choice that no other city in Asia could beat, with the most
popular ones being History, art, heritage, space, science. The
Big Buddha and the various outlying islands, especially Lamma
Island are quieter off the beaten path choices. Markets and the
Architecture Walk through the business districts of Admiralty and
Central during office hours will be a different way to see the area.
A top tip when going to Mai Po Marsh is explore the wilderness in
ambience whilst reflecting that this world heritage site is right at
a bustling Hong Kong. With plenty of cultural fusions of East and
West, theres no shortage of culture in Hong Kong and you should
not be shy in suggesting a few tips of your own as you visit.




                                                                       2
                                                                                                                             things to do
Itinerary Overview                                                                                                            restaurants
                                                                                                                                    hotels
                                                                                                                                  nightlife



Day 1 - Hong Kong                                                                 Jia
                                                                                  Slice of Paradise
DAY NOTE: After an authentic Hong Kong breakfast at Australia
Dairy Co. Your favourite cultural fixes where the day starts
off at Kowloon Park for some early morning Tai Chi watching.                      Honeymoon dessert
Afterwards, take advantage of the rare opportunity to ride a                      Local dessert fare
Chinese Junk boat. Take it from the Kowloon Public Pier in
Tsim Sha Tsui, only on Thursdays and Saturdays. Hong Kong
Musuems are hidden gems that most tourists skip but whether
you are interested in Chinese art, culture, modern history of        Day 2 - Hong Kong
science, the Musuem of History and Museum of Science are sure
to entice. The next stop is Mong Kok where you'll be walking         DAY NOTE: Your Lantau Island experience is going to be
through one of the world's densest populated area that is bustling   different starting with a cable car ride on Ngong Ping 360. Get
at every hour of day. The night markets around Temple street         off the MTR at Tung Chung Station Exit B and walk 5 minutes
are a great place to find bargains and explore the soul of Hong      to the Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal where you'll head off to
Kong's older areas.                                                  see the Big Buddha. Skip the tourist haven of Ngong Ping Village
                                                                     and instead visit the Po Lin Monastary next to the Big Buddha.
                                                                     Not too far away if the WIsdom Path, an outdoor replica of the
            Australia Dairy Co.                                      centuries-old Heart Sutra. Its a beautiful 15 minute hiking trail that
                                                                     is deemed the path to wisdom. Returning from the Big Buddha
            Great breakfast spot
                                                                     it is time to explore Sham Shui Po. This is an electronics and
                                                                     computer bargain buy area it may seem but explore the streets
            Early Morning Tai Chi Watching                           and you will find a textiles export and import market as well as the
            Take part in an ancient disipline                        oldest Hong Kong buildings too. It will be hard to find people who
                                                                     speak English at Sham Shui Po, as it is not an area where tourist
            Kowloon Park                                             visit. Dinner at Chao Inn is a great local dining option.
            Tsim Sha Tsui's green oasis

                                                                                  Lantau
            Duk Ling Ride (Chinese Junk)                                          Largest outlying island
            Morning harbour cruise

                                                                                  Big Buddha
            Museum of History                                                     Largest seated outdoor bronze Buddha
            Let's get historical, baby

                                                                                  Po Lin Monastery
            Hong Kong Science Museum                                              Popular Lantau monastery
            Science Mysteries Revealed

                                                                                  Sham Shui Po
            Mongkok                                                               The lost old Hong Kong sights and scenes are found
            The real Hong Kong                                                    in Sham Shui Po

            Goldfish Market                                                       Chao Inn
            For fish fanciers                                                     Chiuchow Cuisine with a view


            Jade Market                                                           Jia
            Jade Dealers Bazaar                                                   Slice of Paradise


            Yaumatei Tin Hau Temple
            The spiritual side to Kowloon                            Day 3 - Hong Kong
                                                                     DAY NOTE: Choosing betweem Lamma Island or Cheung Chau
                                                                     is a tough decision whilst standing outside Central Ferry Pier. Pier

                                                                                                                                              3
                                                                                                              things to do
Itinerary Overview                                                                                             restaurants
                                                                                                                     hotels
                                                                                                                   nightlife


number 5 goes to Cheung Chau whilst Pier number 4 goes to
Lamma Island. Cheung Chau or Lamma Island? Why not both               Museum of Tea Ware
if you have time. Too much to do, too little time? Lamma Island       Tea Drinking History
is a little more off the beaten path whilst Cheung Chau is a more
popular choice. But don't forget that Hong Kong is made up of         Hong Kong Park
more than 200 outlying islands, so the choice is dizzying.            An Oasis in the Concrete Jungle

                                                                      Bank of China Tower
             Lamma
                                                                      Hong Kong's signature postcard landmark
             Favourite hippie hangout

                                                                      Legislative Council (Legco) Building
             Deli Lamma
                                                                      Old colonial style
             Excellent food in hip atmosphere

                                                                      Statue Square and Cenotaph
             Cheung Chau
                                                                      Major landmark
             Seafood, temples, hikes and beaches

                                                                      Fringe Club (The)
             Outlying Islands
                                                                      Cool building for alternative art
             Want to go island hopping?

                                                                      1A Space
             Boat trips around Sai Kung
                                                                      The alternative to alternative art
             A fantastic island tour

                                                                      Old Government House
             Jia
                                                                      Former home to British governors
             Slice of Paradise

                                                                      Former French Mission Building
                                                                      Missionary-Style Building: Court of Final Appeal
Day 4 - Hong Kong
                                                                      Colonial Duddell Street Steps
DAY NOTE: Hong Kong offers a wealth of architectural
                                                                      Gas lamps from by-gone era
influences and styles waiting to be discovered as you visit Hong
Kong Island today. During this walk through Admiralty and
Central you'll see historical structures juxtaposed to glass and      Lascar Row (Cat Street)
steel monuments of the Bank of China Tower. Hollywood Road,           The Street for Junk Collectors
Cat Street and the Mid levels Escalator are going to be unique
experiences where you'll see a fusion of East and West. Nightlife     Hollywood Road
today at Lan Kwai Fong is a must try, although packed with
                                                                      Antique lover's mecca
tourists and locals alike. If neon nightlife is not your cup of tea
then why not try the alternative Fringe Club to end the night off.
                                                                      Mid-levels Escalator
                                                                      800-metre-long escalator system
             Tsim Sha Tsui East
             Interesting places to see                                Fringe Club
                                                                      Friendly and eclectic venue on the border of Lan
             Star Ferry                                               Kwai Fong
             The glorious ferry
                                                                      Fong Underground
                                                                      Where the Nightlife Begins
             Admiralty
             A commercial district and extension of Central



                                                                                                                               4
                                                                    things to do
Itinerary Overview                                                   restaurants
                                                                           hotels
                                                                         nightlife



            Jia
            Slice of Paradise



Day 5 - Hong Kong
DAY NOTE: Access to the Marsh is limited as the site was listed
as a Wetland of International Importance in 1995 but the Hong
Kong Wetland Park, is open from 10am to 5pm daily but closed
on Tuesday. Definately off the beaten path, Mai Po is world class
ecotourism that most people never associate Hong Kong with.


            Mai Po Marsh
            Wetland of international importance

            TakeOutComedy
            Asia's only fulltime comedy club

            Jia
            Slice of Paradise



Day 6 - Hong Kong
DAY NOTE: Wong Tai Sin Temple, Kowloon Walled City Park
and Law Uk Folk Museum are your special opportunity to truly
see Hong Kong through its local customs and history.


            Nishimura
            Sushi, sashimi anyone?

            Wong Tai Sin Temple
            Busiest temple in Hong Kong

            Law Uk Folk Museum
            Lifestyles of earliest settlers

            Kowloon Walled City Park
            Park with an unusual history

            Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical
            Gardens
            Wildlife of Hong Kong...And Beyond




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Day 1 - Hong Kong
                                                                                           QUICK NOTE




DAY NOTE: After an authentic Hong Kong breakfast at Australia Dairy Co. Your favourite cultural fixes where the day starts off at
Kowloon Park for some early morning Tai Chi watching. Afterwards, take advantage of the rare opportunity to ride a Chinese Junk boat.
Take it from the Kowloon Public Pier in Tsim Sha Tsui, only on Thursdays and Saturdays. Hong Kong Musuems are hidden gems that
most tourists skip but whether you are interested in Chinese art, culture, modern history of science, the Musuem of History and Museum
of Science are sure to entice. The next stop is Mong Kok where you'll be walking through one of the world's densest populated area that
is bustling at every hour of day. The night markets around Temple street are a great place to find bargains and explore the soul of Hong
Kong's older areas.




contact:                            Australia Dairy Co.
tel: 852 27301356
                                    DESCRIPTION: Very reknowned Hong Kong style all day breakfast place, all day tea restaurant
location:                           with steamed milk and egg whites, tea sets. Fascinating service speed, long lines and complete
47 Parkes Street                    Chinese crowd. Staff know how much you ought to pay simply by a glimpse at your plates. The
Jordan                              scrambled eggs are nothing like anything you will have tasted elsewhere.

hours:
daily 7:30am to 11pm




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                                1 Early Morning Tai Chi Watching
contact:
fax: +852 2807 6543 (Hong
Kong Tourist Association)
http://www.discoverhongkong. DESCRIPTION: To China this may seem like a rather
com/eng/touring/heritage/ta_h insignificant everyday happening, but to a westerner, seeing
eri_138497l1.jhtml            hundreds of voluntary Tai Chi devotees going through the
                                 paces is quite the Kodak moment. Each morning in the rising
location:                        mist of dawn Victoria Park fills with the concentrated focus of
Gloucester Road                  Tai Chai disciples, who, through their movement, seemingly
                                                                                                           Early Morning Tai Chi Watching
Hong Kong Hong Kong              match the silent feel of the moment. It is not only a spectacle of
                                 sight, but also of Chinese culture in general. © wcities.com



                                   2 Kowloon Park
contact:
tel: +852 2508 1234
http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/parks/
kp/en/index.php                  OUR LOCAL EXPERT SAYS:
location:                        Despite urban development, there are still old
Nathan Road                      trees on Nathan Road, Haiphong Road. According
Hong Kong Hong Kong              to the Government's regsiter of old and valuable
                                 trees, 13 camphor trees on Haiphong Road are                          .
                                 130 years old, and all the Chinese Banyans on
                                 Nathan Road are 70 to 120 years old. Meanwhile,
                                 in Kowloon Park it's common to find trees that are
                                 over a century old.
                                 DESCRIPTION: Once the Whitefield Barracks, the site of
                                 military barracks for British and Indian troops, the 14 hectare
                                 Kowloon Park is an oasis of green in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui.
                                 Those who are familiar with old photgraphs of hong Kong will
                                 remember the image of a broad, tree lined Nathan Road.
                                 The parkland attractions include a bird lake and aviary, a
                                 maze, Chinese gardens and a banyan tree court. Sculpture
                                 Walk is an open-air exhibition featuring works by local sculptors
                                 and a magnificent bronze statue by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi. At
                                 night, the sculptures are illuminated. Kowloon Park is also
                                 home to the Urban Council Health Education Exhibition and
                                 Resources Centre, the Hong Kong Museum of History, and a
                                 large sports complex.
                                 © wcities.com




                                   3 Duk Ling Ride (Chinese Junk)
contact:
tel: +852 2508 1234
http://www.discoverhongkong
-minisite.com/meet_the_peop      DESCRIPTION: This two hour cruise on board a Chinese-
le.html                          style junk, sadly without sails, first sets off towards the eastern
                                 end of Victoria Harbour, sailing past the skyscrapers lining the
location:                        northern shore of Hong Kong Island. The cruise then heads
G/F, The Center, 99 Queen's      towards north-eastern Kowloon, passing Lei Yue Mun Fishing
Road Central                     Village before sailing back to Causeway Bay for the firing of the     .
Hong Kong Hong Kong              famous noon-day gun. Boarding takes place at the Kowloon
                                 Public Pier in Tsim Sha Tsui and at Queen's Pier in Central. The
hours:                           tour is free of cost. © wcities.com

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Thursdays: 2p-3p, 3p-4p,
4p-5p & 5p-6p (departure
timings)


                                4 Museum of History
contact:
tel: +852 2367 1124
http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Mu
seum/History/                  DESCRIPTION: From the Hakka to the Hang Seng, from
                               Neolithic to Neocapitalist, this excellent information-stop will
location:                      divulge everything you ever wanted to know about Hong
Kowloon Park, Haiphong         Kong's history but were too afraid to ask. On show are old
Road                           photographs, ancient costumes, snuffboxes used by former
Hong Kong Hong Kong            governors, and even a reconstruction of a 100 year old street.     .
                               Guides are available and a good half-day spent roaming the
hours:                         exhibitions will leave you educated, elated and exhausted.
10a-6p Tue-Sat; 1p-6p Sun      Plenty of bars in the Tsim Sha Tsui area are on standby to
                               boost faltering spirits. Free all day Wednesday. © wcities.com



                                5 Hong Kong Science Museum
contact:
tel: 852/2732 3232
fax: +852 2311 2248
http://hk.science.museum       DESCRIPTION: The mysteries of science and technology come
                               to life here, with plenty of hands-on exhibits sure to appeal
location:                      to children and adults alike. More than 500 exhibits cover
2 Science Museum Rd            four floors, with sections devoted to the life sciences; light,
Hong Kong                      sound, and motion; meteorology and geography; electricity
                               and magnetism; computers and robotics; construction;               .
hours:                         transportation and communication; occupational safety
Mon-Wed and Fri 1-9pm; Sat-    and health; energy efficiency; and food science and home
Sun and holidays 10am-9pm      technology. Children ages 3 to 7 can have free reign of an area
                               designed especially for them. Visitors can play with different
                               optical illusions, enter a rotating room to learn physics in a
                               noninertial frame, "freeze" their shadows on a wall, pick up
                               remote voices with a large parabolic disc, play with bubbles,
                               navigate a flight over Hong Kong Island or Kowloon at night,
                               watch the mechanisms of an eight-cylinder gasoline engine,
                               and learn about herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine.
                               There are exhibits designed to test a visitor's fitness, such as
                               lung capacity, endurance, and blood pressure. The computer
                               section has more than 30 personal computers for guests to
                               learn about computer software, including word processing
                               for children and graphics production (to access the Internet,
                               however, you'll have to go to the museum's Resource Center,
                               where two computers are available for you to use for free until
                               6pm on weekdays and 7pm on weekends). This is a great place
                               to bring kids on a rainy or humid day, when you'll want spend
                               about 3 hours here. However, since this museum isn't unique to
                               Hong Kong, I think childless adults can better spend their time
                               elsewhere. © Frommer's




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                                  6 Mongkok
contact:
tel: +852 2508 1234

location:
                                 DESCRIPTION: Tung Choi Street (Ladies Market) and Fa Yuen Street are the essence of Mong
Kowloon                          Kok, Ladies market is probably the most famous street market in Hong Kong for tourists. Fa Yuen
Hong Kong Hong Kong              street sells sports-shoes and later turns into an outlet street market that locals tend to visit more.
                                 Mong Kok used to be a Mango Plantation Village and it is difficult to imagine now, Mong Kok has
hours:                           the reputation of being the most densely populated urban areas in the world. Pedestrian traffic is
8a-6p (Visitor hotline hours)    amazing so the best way to absorb its atmosphere is simply to walk the streets. Cars and people
                                 fight for road space, nothing is considered a traffic jam because most of the time the cars are just
                                 waiting for people to finish crossing. Rather than Nathan Road, take Sai Yeung Choi Street South,
                                 although hardly glamourous or relaxing, Mong Kok oozes with life and character. You should go in
                                 the evening after dark because then you can see the shop signs lit up in all kinds of neon lights in
                                 Chinese - just like what you see on postcards. © NileGuide



                              7 Goldfish Market
contact:
tel: +852 2508 1234
http://www.discoverhongkong.
com/eng/travelneeds/family/m DESCRIPTION: The Goldfish Market is on Tung Choi Street
k_fami_insp_goldfish.jhtml   south of Prince Edward Road West, and it is the place for fish
                                 lovers to go to for all manner of fish-related products. Not only
location:                        are there all sorts of different kinds of fish, including many
Tung Choi Street                 colourful tropical fish, but there are also other special sea
Hong Kong Hong Kong              creatures like small jelly-fish, Brazilian tortoises and dainty sea   .
                                 horses. Also on offer are a variety of fish tanks ranging from
hours:                           the ubiquitous bowl to enormous tanks, as well as all sorts of
Daily 10:30a-10p                 plants and rocks with which to create that perfect fish home. ©
                                 wcities.com



                                  8 Jade Market
contact:
tel: +852 2508 1234

location:
                                 DESCRIPTION: The Jade Market, just west of Nathan Road on the
Junction of Kansu Street and     junction of Kansu and Battery Streets, is where vendors sell various
Battery Street                   shades and qualities of jade, a greenish stone found in East Asia. Actually
Hong Kong Hong Kong              more a place for locals than for tourists, visitors may have to suffer a long
                                 bargaining session with persistent vendors before arriving at a good deal
                                 for a high-quality piece of jade. Nevertheless, there are also plenty of
                                 trinkets and souvenirs at much lower prices. © wcities.com



                                                                                                                 .


                               9 Yaumatei Tin Hau Temple
contact:
tel: +852 2508 1234
http://www.discoverhongkong.
com/eng/touring/hkwalks/ta_w DESCRIPTION: This traditional Tin Hau Temple is one of
alk_walk2.jhtml              the most popular sites for the filming of Hong Kong gangster
                                 movies. Located just a block north of the Jade Market, it is
location:                        yet another one of the many temples in Hong Kong dedicated
Yaumatei                         to the Goddess of the Sea. The public square of this temple
Hong Kong Hong Kong              complex is a favourite place for Chinese chess players and acts       .
                                 as the communal heart of Yaumatei. In front of the main temple,

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                             there is a row of fortune-tellers, who are only to keen to help
                             temple visitors see into the future. © wcities.com



                              A Jia
contact:
tel: 852/3196 9000
fax: 852/3196 9001
www.jiahongkong.com          DESCRIPTION: Travelers who are allergic to ugly hotel rooms will want to head straight to Hong
                             Kong's first -- and still hippest -- boutique hotel, opened in 2004 by a Singaporean 20-something
location:                    entrepreneur and designed by Philippe Starck. From the moment guests step into the low-key lobby
1-5 Irving St                with its teak wood floors, white sheer curtains, and whimsical furniture and are greeted by staff in
Hong Kong                    chic Shanghai Tang-designed uniforms, they know this is no ordinary abode. Stylish rooms (35 sq.
                             m/380 sq. ft.), bathed in white and divided into living, dining, and working areas, feature kitchens
                             and home theater units with surround sound. One- and two-bedroom suites are also available.
                             Guests enjoy free local telephone calls, free Internet access, complimentary continental breakfast
                             and cocktail hour, free access to a local gym, and access to both Kee, a private members' club,
                             and the VIP area of Dragon-i. I wouldn't be surprised if some people check in and never move out,
                             especially with this incentive: Long-staying guests get a free massage. © Frommer's



                              B Honeymoon dessert
contact:
tel: 852 2571 4246
www.honeymoon-dessert.co
m                            DESCRIPTION: A famous spot among locals, Honeymoon
                             Dessert serves up some of the most authentic chinese dessert
location:                    specialties in Hong Kong. The Durian pancake is a mainstay.
10C Po Tung Road, Sai Kung   Be adventurous and try Honeymoon.
Hong Kong

hours:                                                                                                Photo courtesy of Honeymoon
                                                                                                                            dessert
Mon-Sun 13:00-02:00




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                                                                                              QUICK NOTE




DAY NOTE: Your Lantau Island experience is going to be different starting with a cable car ride on Ngong Ping 360. Get off the MTR
at Tung Chung Station Exit B and walk 5 minutes to the Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal where you'll head off to see the Big Buddha.
Skip the tourist haven of Ngong Ping Village and instead visit the Po Lin Monastary next to the Big Buddha. Not too far away if the
WIsdom Path, an outdoor replica of the centuries-old Heart Sutra. Its a beautiful 15 minute hiking trail that is deemed the path to wisdom.
Returning from the Big Buddha it is time to explore Sham Shui Po. This is an electronics and computer bargain buy area it may seem but
explore the streets and you will find a textiles export and import market as well as the oldest Hong Kong buildings too. It will be hard to
find people who speak English at Sham Shui Po, as it is not an area where tourist visit. Dinner at Chao Inn is a great local dining option.




                                      1 Lantau
contact:
tel: +852 2508 1234

location:
                                     DESCRIPTION: This is the biggest of all the outlying islands,
Lantau Island                        almost twice the size of Hong Kong Island. Although the new
Hong Kong Hong Kong                  town of Tung Chung next to the airport is bringing more people
                                     to Lantau, the island is still largely unspoilt and undeveloped.
                                     The general atmosphere is tranquil with many hiking trails
                                     snaking across the rugged peaks. Lantau Peak is the highest,         .
                                     and at nearly 1,000 metres, it is almost twice as tall as Victoria
                                     Peak. Home to the Big Buddha (not to be missed on a trip to
                                     Lantau) and the Po Lin Monastery, this escape from hectic city
                                     life should be on everyone's itinerary. © wcities.com




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                                    2 Big Buddha
contact:
tel: +852 2805 1234
http://www.discoverhongkong
.com/eng/touring/hkiidistricts/t   DESCRIPTION: The giant bronze Buddha Statue at Po Lin
a_dist_isla1.jhtml                 Monastery is the biggest seated, outdoor image of its kind
                                   in the world - is Lantau's number one attraction. Despite the
location:                          hordes and tour buses full of tourists who flock there and
Ngong Ping Plateau                 the often themepark like atmosphere, it's difficult not to be
Hong Kong Hong Kong                impressed by the grandeur of standing right next to the Big        .
                                   Buddha. The Buddha is not the fat, jolly Buddha often portrayed
                                   in tacky souvenirs. Avoid the weekends, but you can stay
                                   overnight at the monastery's dormitories and wander the temple
                                   grounds early next morning. Whilst you are at Bid Buddha, why
                                   not take some time to tour "Lantau" Island as well? © NileGuide



                                    3 Po Lin Monastery
contact:
tel: +852 2508 1234
http://www.hong-kong-travel.o
rg/PoLinMonastery.asp              DESCRIPTION: What would you expect to find next door to the
                                   Big Buddha? The answer is, of course, the largest Buddhist
location:                          monastery in Hong Kong. Once a peaceful haven for Buddhist
Ngong Ping Plateau                 monks, this monastery is now firmly on the tourist trail. Wander
Hong Kong Hong Kong                around the temples, take in the views of the surrounding lush
                                   countryside and do not forget to sample some of the vegetarian     .
hours:                             cooking served by the monks in a huge dining hall. Try to get to
10a-6p M-Su                        the monastery via Mui Wo, and you will experience a truly hair-
                                   raising bus journey along narrow, steep and windy roads. Great
                                   fun! © wcities.com



                                    4 Sham Shui Po
contact:
tel: +852 2508 1234
http://www.discoverhongkong
.com/eng/mustknow/hkstory/h        DESCRIPTION: Sham Shui Po is totally geared up for the local market and is not the place to go
k_stor_sham.jhtml                  looking for designer goods. Computer fanatics will love the Golden Computer Centre and New
                                   Capital Computer Plaza, where all the latest computer and high-tech products are sold. Apliu Street
location:                          Market, on the other hand, is a good place to look for interesting electrical accessories, including
Kowloon Peninsula                  everything from old room fans to second hand mobile phones and television sets. © wcities.com
Hong Kong Hong Kong



                                    5 Chao Inn
contact:
tel: 852 2369 8819
fax: 852 2369 9300
http://www.taoheung.com.hk/        DESCRIPTION: Chao Inn offers authentic Chiuchow Chinese cuisine, a
eng/restaurants/chao_inn/intr      Northern Chinese type cuisine. The food is always delicious and a favorite
o.jsp                              among locals to bring visiting guests. Located in the heart of Tsim Sha
                                   Tsui's shopping area at the prestigious 1 Peking Road, the restaurant
location:                          offers a spectacular view of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong Island
10/F, 1 Peking Road                skyline. Not only do you get a beautiful view, but the price doesn't put a
Hong Kong                          hole in your wallet. Best to book in advance for dinner. © wcities.com

hours:
Daily: 9a-11p                                                                                                                  Chao Inn


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                        6 Jia
contact:
tel: 852/3196 9000
fax: 852/3196 9001
www.jiahongkong.com    DESCRIPTION: Travelers who are allergic to ugly hotel rooms will want to head straight to Hong
                       Kong's first -- and still hippest -- boutique hotel, opened in 2004 by a Singaporean 20-something
location:              entrepreneur and designed by Philippe Starck. From the moment guests step into the low-key lobby
1-5 Irving St          with its teak wood floors, white sheer curtains, and whimsical furniture and are greeted by staff in
Hong Kong              chic Shanghai Tang-designed uniforms, they know this is no ordinary abode. Stylish rooms (35 sq.
                       m/380 sq. ft.), bathed in white and divided into living, dining, and working areas, feature kitchens
                       and home theater units with surround sound. One- and two-bedroom suites are also available.
                       Guests enjoy free local telephone calls, free Internet access, complimentary continental breakfast
                       and cocktail hour, free access to a local gym, and access to both Kee, a private members' club,
                       and the VIP area of Dragon-i. I wouldn't be surprised if some people check in and never move out,
                       especially with this incentive: Long-staying guests get a free massage. © Frommer's




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Day 3 - Hong Kong
                                                                                            QUICK NOTE




DAY NOTE: Choosing betweem Lamma Island or Cheung Chau is a tough decision whilst standing outside Central Ferry Pier. Pier
number 5 goes to Cheung Chau whilst Pier number 4 goes to Lamma Island. Cheung Chau or Lamma Island? Why not both if you have
time. Too much to do, too little time? Lamma Island is a little more off the beaten path whilst Cheung Chau is a more popular choice. But
don't forget that Hong Kong is made up of more than 200 outlying islands, so the choice is dizzying.




                               1 Lamma
contact:
tel: +852 2805 1234
http://www.discoverhongkong.
com/eng/touring/hkwalks/ta_w DESCRIPTION: Lamma has long enjoyed its well-deserved
alk_walk6.jhtml              reputation as a hippie hangout. Although the atmosphere is still
                                    artsy, the handover to China and changes in immigration laws
location:                           for British citizens has seen the bohemian community shrink
Lamma Island                        considerably. Rents are still cheap however, making property
Hong Kong Hong Kong                 very affordable. For a great day out, take the ferry from Central   .
                                    to Yung Shue Wan, spend some time on Hung Shing Ye Beach
hours:                              and then hike over to Sok Kwu Wan for an evening meal in
24 hours M-Su                       one of the many seafood restaurants before heading back to
                                    Central or Aberdeen. © wcities.com




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                                2 Deli Lamma
contact:
tel: 852 2982 1583
fax: +852 2982 2391
http://www.lamma.com.hk/de     DESCRIPTION: Great food and a hip atmosphere makes
li/                            Deli Lamma a favourite hangout for the Islanders, whether for
                               breakfast while reading the morning papers, for late lunch or
location:                      dinner. The menu includes French, Continental, Mediterranean,
36 Main Street, Yung Shue      Indian and other favourite cuisines, and a CD music machine
Wan                            gives diners the option to play their kind of music while
                                                                                                       Photo courtesy of Deli Lamma
Hong Kong                      enjoying their meal. Deli Lamma prides itself as having the
                               longest happy hour, from 8a-10p daily, except on Sundays. ©
hours:                         wcities.com
Mo to Sa from 06:00 PM to
04:00 AM,Su from 09:00 PM
to 04:00 AM


                                3 Cheung Chau
contact:
tel: +852 2508 1234
http://www.hkta.org/
                               DESCRIPTION: There is only one way to get to Cheung Chau,
location:                      which literally translates to Long Island, and that is by ferry
Cheung Chau                    from the Central Ferry pier. As you approach Cheung Chau
Hong Kong Hong Kong            it isn't hard to guess what the main occupation of the thriving
                               local community is by looking at the crowded harbour full of
hours:                         traditional Chinese fishing boats all sizes. Numerous seafood
8a-6p M-Su (Visitor hotline                                                                        .
                               restaurants line the quayside to take advantage of the fresh
hours)                         daily catches, and visitors should do the same! For forty dollars
                               per dish, the seafood dishes are delicious and authentically
                               Chinese. If Chinese seafood doesn't seem filling enough Fish
                               balls, fried chicken, tofu dessert are extremely delicious local
                               Cheung Chau snacks. Rent a bicycle and bike around the
                               island for the best experience of the "old China" way. Infamous
                               Cheung Po Chai little cave retreat, as legend says, is where
                               the infamous pirate keeps his loot and is worth exploring. Once
                               a year the whole island community comes together for The
                               big Bun Festival. This is when Pak Tai Temple is the focus of
                               the frenzied four-day Bun Festival in late April or early May.
                               Alternatively, there are always beaches to head for. Tung Wan
                               Beach is popular, but try hiking to Tung Wan Tsai for a little
                               more seclusion. © NileGuide



                                4 Outlying Islands
contact:
tel: +852 2508 1234
http://www.hkta.org/home.htm
l                              DESCRIPTION: The outlying Islands are abundant because
                               Hong Kong has more than 80 big and small island but Peng
location:                      Chau and Lamma Island are two Islands worth visiting the
Outlying Islands               most. Ferries from Central Pier will take you there and the ferry
Hong Kong Hong Kong            trip in itself is worth it for the cool sea wind and views. Peng
                               Chau is quite similar to Cheung Chau, just much smaller. Home
hours:                                                                                                              Outlying Islands
                               to fishing hamlets, as is the case with most outlying islands.
8a-6p M-Su (Visitor hotline    Peng Chau does also have a small rattan and hand-painted
hours)                         ceramics industry. A walk through the rabbit-warren lanes of the
                               town leads past some of the shops selling these local wares,


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                               as well as many sweet Chinese desserts and local salted
                               preserved fish and shrimp.
                               Lamma Island, on the other hand, has gained a reputation as a
                               hippy expat hangout. Rumors circulate that the Japanese used
                               Lamma during their World War II occupation. Supposedly, they
                               used the island as a snake farm, with many snakes flown in
                               around the world - explaining the numerous unusual breeds on
                               the island. Now creates dangerous and exciting Lamma that
                               numerous nature-loving residents now live on. Still quite an
                               alternative culture from mainstream Hong Kong. Be sure to take
                               note of the last ferry times or else there will be no other ways of
                               getting back to Hong Kong Island. © NileGuide



                                5 Boat trips around Sai Kung
contact:
tel: +852 2508 1234
http://www.discoverhongkong
.com/eng/touring/kung/ta_kun   DESCRIPTION: For a fantastic day trip far from the madding
g_138590.jhtml                 crowd, get yourself down to the main pier in Sai Kung, and wait
                               for an old woman to come up and grab your arm, gesticulating
location:                      wildly towards Sharp Island. Sampans are fun, though slightly
Sai Kung Pier                  noisy boats, and the scenery is terrific. You can request other
Hong Kong Hong Kong            routes, or arrange to be dropped off at Hap Mun Bay, or Kiu
                                                                                                              Sai Kung Things To Do
                               Tsui Beach, then hike around Sharp Island's trails for the day,
hours:                         and get picked up at an appointed time. © wcities.com
8a-6p M-Su (Visitors hotline
hours)


                                6 Jia
contact:
tel: 852/3196 9000
fax: 852/3196 9001
www.jiahongkong.com            DESCRIPTION: Travelers who are allergic to ugly hotel rooms will want to head straight to Hong
                               Kong's first -- and still hippest -- boutique hotel, opened in 2004 by a Singaporean 20-something
location:                      entrepreneur and designed by Philippe Starck. From the moment guests step into the low-key lobby
1-5 Irving St                  with its teak wood floors, white sheer curtains, and whimsical furniture and are greeted by staff in
Hong Kong                      chic Shanghai Tang-designed uniforms, they know this is no ordinary abode. Stylish rooms (35 sq.
                               m/380 sq. ft.), bathed in white and divided into living, dining, and working areas, feature kitchens
                               and home theater units with surround sound. One- and two-bedroom suites are also available.
                               Guests enjoy free local telephone calls, free Internet access, complimentary continental breakfast
                               and cocktail hour, free access to a local gym, and access to both Kee, a private members' club,
                               and the VIP area of Dragon-i. I wouldn't be surprised if some people check in and never move out,
                               especially with this incentive: Long-staying guests get a free massage. © Frommer's




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DAY NOTE: Hong Kong offers a wealth of architectural influences and styles waiting to be discovered as you visit Hong Kong Island
today. During this walk through Admiralty and Central you'll see historical structures juxtaposed to glass and steel monuments of the
Bank of China Tower. Hollywood Road, Cat Street and the Mid levels Escalator are going to be unique experiences where you'll see a
fusion of East and West. Nightlife today at Lan Kwai Fong is a must try, although packed with tourists and locals alike. If neon nightlife is
not your cup of tea then why not try the alternative Fringe Club to end the night off.




                                       1 Tsim Sha Tsui East
contact:
tel: +852 2508 1234
http://www.discoverhongkong
.com/eng/travelneeds/busines         DESCRIPTION: Just as Admiralty is the extension of Central,
s/bt_entt_bars.jhtml                 Tsim Sha Tsui East is the extension of Tsim Sha Tsui. This big
                                     piece of land was the result of a large reclamation project in the
location:                            70s and did not exist until 1980. Now it has become a major
Kowloon Peninsula                    hotel, shopping and nightlife area, with excellent views of the
Hong Kong Hong Kong                  harbour and the north-shore of Hong Kong Island. The Museum
                                                                                                          Photo courtesy of Tsim Sha Tsui East
                                     of Science and the Museum of History are also in this area. ©
hours:                               wcities.com
8a-6p (Visitor hotline hours)




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                               2 Star Ferry
contact:
tel: +852 2367 7065
fax: +852 2118 6028
http://www.starferry.com.hk   DESCRIPTION: One of the National Geographic Traveler "fifty
                              places of a lifetime" – crossing the Victoria Harbour in Star
location:                     Ferry. The Star Ferry has preserved its original looks, feel and
Star Ferry Pier, Edinburgh    smell since the 1960s era when Star Ferries were the main
Place                         form of transport for Hong Kongers to cross the harbor between
Hong Kong Hong Kong           Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. What is meant by a Star Ferry        .
                              trip is the main line from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central. Gaze up
hours:                        at Hong Kong's majestic skyline, which is an erratic stretch of
Daily 7a-8p                   skyscrapers, hotels and apartment blocks. The nighttime views,
                              when Hong Kong glitters like a diamond, are a dramatic Red
                              Neon lights and Golden glitter reflected against the lapping
                              waters. As the cheapest therapy in town, few people disembark
                              in anything but the lightest of moods. © NileGuide



                               3 Admiralty
contact:
tel: +852 2508 1234

location:
                              DESCRIPTION: Admiralty, sandwiched between Central and Wanchai, has in fact become an
Admiralty                     extension of busy Central. The area is characterized by modern landmarks, such as the deluxe
Hong Kong Hong Kong           Pacific Place shopping and hotel complex, the new Supreme Court Tower of Hong Kong and Hong
                              Kong Park. A relaxing afternoon can be had at any one of the five star hotels adjoining Pacific
                              Place, all of which offer a delicious afternoon tea buffet accompanied by spectacular views of
                              Victoria Harbour or Victoria Peak! © wcities.com



                               4 Museum of Tea Ware
contact:
tel: 852/2869 0690
fax: +852 2810 0021
www.lcsd.gov.hk/hkma          DESCRIPTION: Flagstaff House, located in Hong Kong Park,
                              is the oldest colonial building in Hong Kong -- the best place
location:                     to go if you want to see typical Hong Kong architecture of
10 Cotton Tree Dr             160 years ago. The house was completed in 1846 in Greek
Hong Kong                     Revival style for the commander of the British forces. Now
                              a museum devoted to the subject of tea culture in China,
hours:                                                                                               Photo courtesy of Museum of Tea
                              its collection includes about 600 pieces of tea ware ranging                                     Ware
Wed-Mon 10am-5pm              from earthenware to porcelain, primarily of Chinese origin,
                              dating from the 7th century to the present day. However,
                              only 150 or so pieces are on display at any one time, with
                              exhibitions changed two or three times a year. I always find
                              them fascinating, especially the exhibits describing the various
                              kinds of tea and tea-making methods favored by the major
                              dynasties. Don't miss the museum shop, which sells beautifully
                              crafted teapots as well as teas. You can see everything here in
                              about 30 minutes. © Frommer's




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                                 5 Hong Kong Park
contact:
tel: +852 2521 5041
fax: +852 2537 1236
http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/parks/   DESCRIPTION: Hong Kong Park is not just a park: it features
hkp/en/index.php                an aviary, greenhouse, fountain plaza, lily ponds, playgrounds,
                                artificial waterfall, viewing tower, visual arts centre, museum,
location:                       restaurant, indoor games hall and even a marriage registry.
Admiralty                       Some people say it looks anything but natural. Still, it is
Hong Kong Hong Kong             beautiful in its own odd way, with high-rise buildings on one        .
                                side and mountain greenery on the other. The aviary houses
hours:                          over 150 species of birds and visitors walk on a suspended
Daily 6.30a-11p                 wooden bridge around 10m above the ground to look at the
                                birds perched in tropical greenery at eye level. © wcities.com



                                 6 Bank of China Tower
contact:
tel: +852 2826 6888
http://www.bochk.com/web/co
mmon/multi_section.xml          DESCRIPTION: The most elegant symbolic skycraper in your mind along
                                Hong Kong's waterfront. Built by American Chinese architect IM Pei and
location:                       completed in 1989 around the time of the joint declaration.
1 Garden Road                   The 74 storey Bank of China's feng shui was reputed to be bad news
Hong Kong Hong Kong             - well not for the bank itself but for all the buildings around it. Its sharp
                                corners, built in four triangular glass and steel shafts with an oriental
                                flavour of the spikes on the roof, supposedly radiates bad vibes.
                                Nevertheless, there is no observation deck on the 73/F so instead the
                                highest that you will be able to go to is the 64/F where the majority tourists
                                take photos of the stunning harbour views. © NileGuide
                                                                                                                 .


                                 7 Legislative Council (Legco) Building
contact:
tel: +852 2869 9200
fax: +852 2537 1851
http://www.legco.gov.hk         DESCRIPTION: In the midst of some formidable modern architecture
                                stands the neo-classical structure of the Legco Building. The Goddess of
location:                       Justice above the main entrance dates back 1912 when the building was
8 Jackson Road                  originally opened as the Supreme Court. In the early 1980s the Legislative
Hong Kong Hong Kong             Council took over occupancy. Many of the Legislative Council meetings
                                are open to the public, which is a great way to get a look inside this old
hours:                          colonial beauty. Check out the Legco website to see what is on and then
Call for details                call during office hours to reserve a seat. © wcities.com

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                               8 Statue Square and Cenotaph
contact:
tel: +852 2713 9211
http://www.discoverhongkong.
com/eng/touring/heritage/ta_h DESCRIPTION: The Cenotaph was erected in remembrance for those
eri_138494.jhtml              who sacrificed their lives in the First World War and the Second World
                                 War. From Statue Square you will see, not just the Cenotaph but also
location:                        the three main bank towers of Hong Kong: HSBC, Bank of China and
Chater Road                      the Standard Chartered. This greenery amidst the three giant buildings
Hong Kong Hong Kong              is Central's "green lung" and a gathering place for thousands of foreign
                                 Filipino maids on Sundays. Right next to the Cenotaph there is the
hours:                           swank Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Princes' Building and of course
24 hrs                           the Landmark. The MTR is the best mode of transport to use to get to
                                 Central. Surrounding Status Square, the legislative Council (LEGCO) is
                                 an impressive reminder of colonial times still standing next to futuristic
                                                                                                                   .
                                 chrome and glass, it used to be the next best thing to the British
                                 parliament but now the High Court has moved to Admiralty. © NileGuide



                                   9 Fringe Club (The)
contact:
tel: +852 2521 7251
fax: +852 2868 4415
http://www.hkfringe.com.hk/      DESCRIPTION: Housed in a building - the former ice house
                                 for a dairy manufacturer and built in 1892 - that is as cool and
location:                        funky as the art inside, the Fringe Club is the undisputed centre
2 Lower Albert Road              of the local alternative arts scene. The main Nokia gallery
Hong Kong Hong Kong              hosts a panoply of exhibitions and installations, from photos to
                                 performance art. The attached Fringe Club Bar also serves as
hours:                                                                                                   http://www.hkfringe.com.hk/index.gif
                                 the AGFA gallery, and focuses on work by local artists. This bar
Box Office: noon-10p M-Sa,       is, incidentally, also one of the cheapest spots for drinks and
Galleries: noon-10p M-Sa,        live music in the area. © wcities.com
Fringe Gallery: 3p-midnight
M-Th, 3p-3a F-Sa, Bars:
noon-midnight M-Th, noon-3a
F-Sa


                                   A 1A Space
contact:
tel: +852 2529 0087
fax: +852 2529 0072
http://www.oneaspace.org.hk/     DESCRIPTION: Oil Street, located within easy access of the Fortress Hill MTR train station, has
                                 become even more alternative than Central's Fringe Club. Nothing more than a warehouse area,
location:                        artists have been able to acquire cheap studio rents and promote their work either individually or
1/F, Block B, 12 Oil Street      cooperatively. Not everything is for sale - there is a lot of performance art and installation work
Hong Kong Hong Kong              going on in here - but most pieces will cost a fraction of what you would pay in the upmarket
                                 Central galleries. © wcities.com



                              B Old Government House
contact:
tel: +852 2508 1234
http://www.discoverhongkong.
com/eng/heritage/monuments DESCRIPTION: Built in 1855, and extensively redesigned
/mo_hk_0018.jhtml            during the wartime occupation by the Japanese, Government
                                 House has been home to 25 British governors until 1997.
location:                        Today, it is used for entertaining VIPs, and for fund-raising
Upper Albert Road                events. Government House is closed to the public, but it throws
Hong Kong Hong Kong              open its doors for one Sunday in March every year, allowing the     .
                                 populace an opportunity to view the gardens filled with beautiful
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                                 azaleas. Alternatively, the 46th floor of the The Bank of China
                                 Tower is a great place for a birds-eye view of this monument to
                                 Hong Kong's colonial history. © wcities.com



                                  C Former French Mission Building
contact:
tel: +852 2208 4400
fax: +852 2721 6216
http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Mu     OUR LOCAL EXPERT SAYS:
seum/Monument/en/monume
                                 What a better time to pay a visit to a few of the city's
nts_37.php
                                 most famous french colonial buildings?
location:
                                 DESCRIPTION: This distinctive red and granite neo-classical
1 Battery Path                                                                                         .
                                 building, which dates back to Edwardian times, is currently
Hong Kong Hong Kong              home to the Court of Final Appeal but has enjoyed a colourful
                                 past. The original structure dates back to the 1842 and housed
                                 the first governor of Hong Kong, Sir Henry Pottinger. It is likely
                                 the building served as one of the early homes of the Legislative
                                 Council. The French Mission bought the building in 1915 and
                                 renovated it, adding a chapel in the northwest corner and a
                                 dome. It was sold back to the government in 1953 and was
                                 declared a Hong Kong monument in 1989.
                                 © NileGuide



                                  D Colonial Duddell Street Steps
contact:
tel: +852 2508 1234
http://www.hkta.org/eng/herita
ge/monuments/mo_hk_0001.         DESCRIPTION: So the fun evening of partying in Lan Kwai
jhtml                            Fong is over, but what to do about a night that is definitely still
                                 young? Okay, how about grabbing a few cans of beer from the
location:                        bar and walking to Duddell Street, which is only five minutes
Central                          away. Just off Ice House Street, the stone steps at Duddell
Hong Kong Hong Kong              Street were built between 1875 and 1889 and are lit by the only
                                                                                                           Photo courtesy of Colonial Duddell
                                 surviving gas street lamps in Hong Kong. An ideal spot, in fact,                               Street Steps.
                                 for whiling away those late night hours, relaxing and enjoying
                                 the night air. © wcities.com



                                  E Lascar Row (Cat Street)
contact:
tel: +852 2508 1234

location:
                                 DESCRIPTION: Cat Street used to be famous for its arts and crafts. But, today, as many dealers
Sheung Wan                       have moved to the Cat Street Galleries (near Lok Ku Road) and, with the growth of new antique
Hong Kong Hong Kong              shops on Hollywood Road, Cat Street has become a flea market for junk collectors. Still, you
                                 can find fascinating collections of odds and ends, and bits and pieces, and all sorts of useful and
                                 useless treasures. © wcities.com




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                               F Hollywood Road
contact:
tel: +852 2807 6543

location:
                              DESCRIPTION: Carved along the hillside was built in 1844 for
Hollywood Road                the British regiment attached there and named after the holly
Hong Kong Island Hong Kong    wood trees that used to line the street. It winds its way down
                              from the upper section of "Central" into the heart of Sheung
hours:                        Wan at Queen's Road West, and makes for a fascinating
Daily 24 hours , individual   stroll. At night, the upper part of Hollywood Road is home to
shop hours vary                                                                                   .
                              crowds and crowds of young and professional groups of people
                              come and party in the clubs of SoHo (South of Hollywood
                              Road). Soho is gaining a growing reputation as the place to
                              seen partying. The Western District of the road are lined with
                              dozens of antique stores and other shops selling all manner
                              of merchandise. Here you can buy snuff bottles, carpets, bird
                              cages ornate name seals that are made to order, paintings etc.
                              Most of the stores are for the serious collector but as move
                              farther and farther down west, the glass fronted stores with
                              expensive displays give way to traditional Chinese knickknacks
                              or making and selling coffin, funeral wreaths and antique
                              reproduction. © NileGuide



                               G Mid-levels Escalator
contact:
tel: +852 2807 6543

location:
                              DESCRIPTION: OK, who wants to see an escalator? Well, this 800-metre
Connaught Road                hillside escalator starts from Connaught Road Central, runs to the Hang
Hong Kong Hong Kong           Seng Bank Building on Des Voeux Road Central, then passes through the
                              Central Market and continues to climb past Hollywood Road to the prime
hours:                        Mid-levels residential district. The free ride from Central to Conduit Road
Downhill: Daily 6a-10a ,      takes about 20 minutes, a lot quicker than walking up which usually takes
Uphill: Daily 10a-10p         forever. The longest covered outdoor escalator system in the world, the
                              system took two and a half years and more than HKD205 million to build.
                              © wcities.com
                                                                                                            wcities



                               H Fringe Club
contact:
tel: 852 2521 7251
http://www.hkfringe.com.hk/

location:                     OUR LOCAL EXPERT SAYS:
2 Lower Albert Road           There's also a pottery gallery.
Hong Kong
                              DESCRIPTION: This is the place to ponder the state of
                              the Hong Kong arts scene, discuss the works of Brecht, or
hours:
                              ostentatiously read books by authors with unpronounceable           .
Noon-midnight M-Th, noon-3a   East European names. The Fringe Club Bar is where the
F & Sa                        alternative arts crowd gathers for drinks and to sample some
                              of the excellent programmes on offer. The choice of drinks
                              might be limited but this is one of the more convivial places for
                              a civilized evening out in Central.
                              Original music in its gallery bar from 10:30pm on Friday and
                              Saturday with jazz, rock and world music getting the most
                              airplay. There's a pleasant rooftop bar open in the warmer
                              months. The intimate theatres, each seating up to a hundred,


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                              host eclectic local and international performances in English
                              and Cantonese.
                              © NileGuide



                                I Fong Underground
contact:
tel: 852/2523 2002
http://www.lankwaifong.com/
                              DESCRIPTION: If you don't embarrass yourself by falling
location:                     down the stairs leading to this hip basement venue, decorated
34 D'Aguilar St               in chic Asian style, you might find this a welcome refuge for
Hong Kong                     an early evening drink or a quiet place to chill Monday and
                              Tuesday nights. Things heat up the rest of the week after 9pm,
                              however, when the resident DJ's house music entices people
                                                                                                                    Lan Kwai Fong
                              to the small dance floor. Open 6pm Monday to Friday and 8pm
                              Saturday, closing at 1am Monday to Thursday and 5am Friday
                              and Saturday. © Frommer's



                                J Jia
contact:
tel: 852/3196 9000
fax: 852/3196 9001
www.jiahongkong.com           DESCRIPTION: Travelers who are allergic to ugly hotel rooms will want to head straight to Hong
                              Kong's first -- and still hippest -- boutique hotel, opened in 2004 by a Singaporean 20-something
location:                     entrepreneur and designed by Philippe Starck. From the moment guests step into the low-key lobby
1-5 Irving St                 with its teak wood floors, white sheer curtains, and whimsical furniture and are greeted by staff in
Hong Kong                     chic Shanghai Tang-designed uniforms, they know this is no ordinary abode. Stylish rooms (35 sq.
                              m/380 sq. ft.), bathed in white and divided into living, dining, and working areas, feature kitchens
                              and home theater units with surround sound. One- and two-bedroom suites are also available.
                              Guests enjoy free local telephone calls, free Internet access, complimentary continental breakfast
                              and cocktail hour, free access to a local gym, and access to both Kee, a private members' club,
                              and the VIP area of Dragon-i. I wouldn't be surprised if some people check in and never move out,
                              especially with this incentive: Long-staying guests get a free massage. © Frommer's




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DAY NOTE: Access to the Marsh is limited as the site was listed as a Wetland of International Importance in 1995 but the Hong Kong
Wetland Park, is open from 10am to 5pm daily but closed on Tuesday. Definately off the beaten path, Mai Po is world class ecotourism
that most people never associate Hong Kong with.




                                    1 Mai Po Marsh
contact:
tel: +852 2652 0285
fax: +852 2651 0276
http://www.wwf.org.hk/eng/m        DESCRIPTION: A nature reserve in the unlikeliest of spots in
aipo/                              the northeastern New Territories designated a site of special
                                   scientific interest in 1983 and a wetland of international
location:                          importance in 1995. There are over 60,000 water birds have
Near Yuen Long, Deep Bay           wintered in and around the Mai Po, including endangered
Hong Kong Hong Kong                species such as Saunders' Gull and a quarter of the world's          .
                                   population of the Black-faced Spoonbill. In addition to the birds,
hours:                             the heart of the reserve is made up of 24 traditionally operated
Call WWF for tour times or for     shrimp ponds (locally called gei wai), which are now the only
special access                     such ponds in Hong Kong, and possibly in southern China.
                                   When the gei wai is drained, the areas of shallow water or
                                   exposed mud on the pond floor would provide feeding and
                                   roosting habitats hundreds of for fish-eating birds, particularly
                                   herons, egrets and the endangered Black-faced Spoonbill.
                                   Since this traditional form of gei wai management can
                                   contribute to the ecological value of the site, WWF Hong Kong
                                   is continuing with the winter drain down of the gei wai on a
                                   rotation basis. Access to the Reserve is limited so make a
                                   reservation well in advance online. © NileGuide




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                               2 TakeOutComedy
contact:
tel: 852 6220 4436
http://www.takeoutcomedy.co
m                             DESCRIPTION: For an inexpensive night out, you'll want to
                              take in a show at the TakeOutComedy Club. The affordable
location:                     ticket price includes a free drink at a nearby bar and you get
34 Elgin Street               to take in an hour and a half show. The comedians are mostly
Hong Kong                     regular people with normal day jobs who do stand-up comedy
                              by night. Some are also flown in from the US. All shows are in
hours:                                                                                                                       editor
                              English and they also have some shows that are in Cantonese.
M-Su 9:30p                    If you fancy to be a prospective stand-up comedian, they
                              also have open mic Tuesdays and free comedy classes. ©
                              wcities.com



                               3 Jia
contact:
tel: 852/3196 9000
fax: 852/3196 9001
www.jiahongkong.com           DESCRIPTION: Travelers who are allergic to ugly hotel rooms will want to head straight to Hong
                              Kong's first -- and still hippest -- boutique hotel, opened in 2004 by a Singaporean 20-something
location:                     entrepreneur and designed by Philippe Starck. From the moment guests step into the low-key lobby
1-5 Irving St                 with its teak wood floors, white sheer curtains, and whimsical furniture and are greeted by staff in
Hong Kong                     chic Shanghai Tang-designed uniforms, they know this is no ordinary abode. Stylish rooms (35 sq.
                              m/380 sq. ft.), bathed in white and divided into living, dining, and working areas, feature kitchens
                              and home theater units with surround sound. One- and two-bedroom suites are also available.
                              Guests enjoy free local telephone calls, free Internet access, complimentary continental breakfast
                              and cocktail hour, free access to a local gym, and access to both Kee, a private members' club,
                              and the VIP area of Dragon-i. I wouldn't be surprised if some people check in and never move out,
                              especially with this incentive: Long-staying guests get a free massage. © Frommer's




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                                                                                          QUICK NOTE




DAY NOTE: Wong Tai Sin Temple, Kowloon Walled City Park and Law Uk Folk Museum are your special opportunity to truly see Hong
Kong through its local customs and history.




                                     1 Nishimura
contact:
tel: 852 2113 0088
fax: +852 2736 8909
www.nishimura.com.hk/locati         DESCRIPTION: Get a little official here, for your sushi course fits ideally into a business lunch or
on.htm                              brunch. Moreover, the beef and sashimi are fresh. Throw in the spectacular city skyline and you are
                                    in for chill, Japanese style. © wcities.com
location:
6th Floor, HongKong Marco
Polo Hotel,
Hong Kong

hours:
Noon-2:30p, 6:30p-10:30 M-
Su




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                                2 Wong Tai Sin Temple
contact:
tel: +852 2320 2883

location:
                               DESCRIPTION: Hong Kong's most popular place of worship because of
upper edge of Wong Tai Sin     its reputed good blessings. Or wishes almost exclusively centered around
Estate                         money. People flock here to earn enough merit for a big win at the horse
Hong Kong Hong Kong            races, the lottery or any other windfall the powerful Wong Tai Sin, god of
                               good fortune and healing, may bestow. Even if you aren't a temple fan,
                               this really is the one to visit, simply to watch the crowds of devotees. It's
                               a crowded, colorful spectacle and famed for its soothsayers Wong Tai
                               Sin Temple was founded on the lower slopes of Kowloon Hills over half
                               a century ago after a shepherd boy gained immortality through his good
                               deeds and mystical healing powers. Tossing a bamboo can full of joss
                               sticks and make offering of food or fruit, which isn't left behind because the
                                                                                                                  .
                               god is never that hungry and no one wants good food to go to waste. ©
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                                3 Law Uk Folk Museum
contact:
tel: +852 2896 7006
fax: +852 2724 9090
http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Mu   DESCRIPTION: Rural furniture and farm implements are on
seum/History/en/luf.php        display in this converted 200-year-old Hakka village house.
                               The Hakkas--meaning "guest people"--arrived from central
location:                      and southern China centuries ago and are among Hong
14 Kut Shing Street            Kong's earliest residents and landowners. Hakka women were
Hong Kong Hong Kong            forbidden from inheriting land so that ownership could be
                                                                                                        http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/
                               retained through the male's family. The museum is located in             History/graphics/aboutus/branch/luf/
hours:                         Hong Kong Island's easternmost district, where tourists are a                                      pic_1.jpg
M-W, F-Sa: 10a-6p, Su &        rarity. Take the MTR Island line to Chai Wan and then follow
public holidays: 1p-6p         signs for exit B and the museum, which is a five to 10 minute
                               walk from the station.
                               Admission: Free. © wcities.com



                                4 Kowloon Walled City Park
contact:
tel: +852 2716 9962
fax: +852 2383 5506
http://www.lcsd.gov.hk         DESCRIPTION: For its titillating past, Kowloon City Walled City
                               Park is a poor remnant of what the place used to be as a triad
location:                      stronghold, notorious for its excess of brothels, casinos, opium
Tung Tsing Rd                  dens, cocaine parlors and secret factories. During its heydays,
Hong Kong Hong Kong            authorities turned a blind eye towards the squatter settlement.
                               Over the years, many films depicted Kowloon City Walled City         .
hours:                         when they wanted to convey a sense of ominous foreboding.
Daily 6.30a-11p                Square buildings folded up into one another as thousands
                               of modifications were made, virtually none by architects or
                               engineers, until the entire City became monolithic. In 1992,
                               after all 30,000 inhabitants of the drug-ridden high-rise slums
                               on the 90-by-100 meter site had been re-housed, the area was
                               cleared to make way for the park with its old almshouse and
                               Chinese-style gardens. Nowadays it is underground triad fights
                               are no longer seen around the area, instead replaced by the old
                               who sit in the park, remembering the old days. In the park itself
                               the stone plaques from the Old South Gate remain and are the



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                                only remainder of what Kowloon City Walled City used to be. ©
                                NileGuide



                                 5 Hong Kong Zoological and
contact:
tel: +852 2530 0154
fax: +852 2537 1207                   Botanical Gardens
http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/parks/
hkzbg/en/index.php              OUR LOCAL EXPERT SAYS:
                                Walk along the foliage shaded paths for a feel of
location:                       what a park should really be like. The Gardens are
Albany Road,                    a five minute walk uphill from Hong Kong park.
Hong Kong Hong Kong                                                                                  .
                                DESCRIPTION: Located near the Old Government House,
                                the Zoological and Botanical Gardens is a popular place for
                                parents to bring their children on the weekends. The gardens
                                are divided into two main areas: plants and aviaries in one
                                area and animals in the other. Although the zoo is not that big,
                                it is one of the world's leading centers for captive breeding
                                of endangered species, and thus is worth visiting. It is also a
                                great place to take pictures of the kids with the various spotted,
                                striped and feathered animals on show. © wcities.com




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Local Info                                       © NileGuide
                                                                                                   he queue for a table can easily stretch
                                                                                                   out into the street. Yet another popular
Cosmopolitan, international and a vivid city                                                       one isTong Pak Fu Like many culinary
of the future, boasting an astonishing blend                                                       phenomena that newcomers either love or
ofbeautiful mountain parks and vibrant           Restaurants Insights                              loathe, Chinesetong shui must be tried at
modern architecture. Crowded, chaotic, but       Hong Kong is dubbed as a culinary                 least a few times betfore a firm like it or not
always charismatic, Hong Kong remains the        heaven not for no good reason, the food           decision can be reached.
gateway to China, and remains reknowned          is a paradise, tantalizingly diverse and
as the'Pearl of the Orient'.                     innovative. From sophisticated fine dining        In fact, all the flavours of the world are
                                                 in Eastern, Western, Fusion as well as            showcased here. Japanese food is the
Facts about Hong Kong:                                                                             most popular Asian food after Chinese, and
                                                 international buffets to street food outlets
Which country is Hong Kong in? Is Hong           serving local delicacies, there is something      a plethora of Japanese restaurants with
Kong part of China?                              for everyone and every budget and food            famous international brand names such
The handover of Hong Kong took place             is available everywhere you go at every           asNobu andZuma have opened their doors
in 1997 and since then Hong Kong has             corner and at all hours. If you want to           here to the well heeled crowds. In contract,
been a Special Administrative Region             spring for a dream meal you can do that           there are inexpensive Japanese cafes and
belonging to China but its colonial roots        too. The vast majority of Hong Kong's             small outlets likeYoshinoya andGenryoku
and British influence on all walks of life can   10,000 odd restaurants serve Cantonese            Sushi serving an array of Japanese street
still be seen easily. Under the'One country      food, of course. Cantonese is by far the          food Japanese style.
two systems' slogan, Hong Kongers have           most popular Chinese cuisine in Hong              Authentic thai tastes can be surprisingly
gotten used to the laissez faire attitude of     Kong, but Chiu Chow, Shanghainese,                difficult to find, and many enthusiasts find
the Hong Kong Government in juxaposition         Sichuanese and Northern are also widely           a culinary pilgramage toOrchid Thai Food
to China. As one of the freest economies         available. Because of Hong Kong's                 every so often is well worth the journey. is
in the world, nearly seven million people        close proximity to China, Hong Kong               unsurprisingly most patronized by expat
are crammed and make a living from the           Restaurants are incredibly blessed with           Thais and those Hong Kong Chinese who
mere 1,100 square kilometres that make           an army of incredible and artistic culinary       appreciate the authenticity on offer here.
up the Hong Kong Special Administrative          Chinese chefs who pride themselves in
Region(SAR). Hong Kong is second to              their innovative and artistic culinary skills,    If you are having a bad noodle day, don't
Tokyo in terms of population density. The        serving up signature dishes from around           despair: you've in fact come to the right
pace of life is quick and Hong Kong is           China.                                            place- Hong Kong is where East eats
reknowned for its efficiency and not to                                                            West and you'll find bangers and mash at
                                                 For a real dining experience in Hong Kong,        theStag's Head, lasagne atFat Angelo's
mention rush hour traffic.
                                                 eating out in the street cafes and stalls is a    as well as Curry Chicken atGaylord's
What doesHong Kong mean?                         must. At these informal outlets, andTemple        before you can say'beef congee'. Central
The official language in Hong Kong is            street night market is especially worth           is the best pick for Western Restaurants,
Cantonese rather than mandarin but               a mention where you can experience                especiallySoho, though you'll find a fair
English is commonly spoken as all. In            local dai pai dong food in the surrounding        few offering alfresco dining in Tsim Sha
Cantonese, which is a different dialect          streets. Famous throughout Hong Kong and          Tsui'sKnutsford Terrace.
from Mandarin,'Hong Kong' mirrors the            beyond, the'greasy goose' restaurants at
                                                                                                   © NileGuide
Cantonese pronounciation'Heung Gong'             Yue Kee Sham Tseng have been popular
meaning fragrant harbour. The name stems         for many years. The famousSham Tseng
                                                 Roast goose is specially air dried for some
from the fact that Hong Kong's harbour                                                             Nightlife Insights
used to be a humid sleepy fishing village        hours after initial basting with honey, oil and
                                                 spices. This process, apparently, helps to        Soho is the place to be for the lively
with plenty of boats parked around the
                                                 crisp the skin and makes the flesh moist          atmosphere of Hong Kong nightlife. Chic
harbour.
                                                 and tender.Sham Tseng siu ngor(roast              restaurants, upbeat bars and cafes, make
The skyline of Hong Kong is one of the           goose) is renowned all over Hong Kong and         a beeline for South ofHollywood Road,
most awe inspiring and panoramic in the          weekend evenings are especially popular           or Soho for short. The area consists
world. Some of Hong Kong's favourite             times to visit Sham Tseng, and the goose          ofStaunton's Wine bar and Cafe,Drop,Prive
skyscrapers include but are not limited to       restaurants are one of those perennial local      as well as theFringe Club.
theHSBC building,Bank of China Tower,IFC         favourites that too many visitors to Hong         While Soho has its appeal to a younger
andCentral Plaza complimented by                 Kong never see or experience. Well worth          expat crowd by day and night,Lan Kwai
numerous high rise residential apartments.       trying!                                           Fong by D'Arguilar Street inCentral is the
Not just a city of skyscrapers, there is         One of Tsim Sha Tsui's most popular               place to be when the lights are low and
also lush countryside inSai Kung,Tai Mo          venues for late nighttong shui(Chinese            you are in the party mood. The place is
Shan andsmall rural communities inPeng           sweet soups),Honeymoon Dessert has                buzzing with clubs, funky bars, pubs and
Chau,Cheung Chau as well asLamma                 been around for years and packs in the            restaurants that swell up with crowds of
Island.                                          crowds, especially on weekends when               merrymakers and drinkers partying till the


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crack of dawn. It is party central for the'in     singing, make for a unique entertainment          scene, both in Cantonese and English. The
crowds and night owls'.                           experience.                                       Fringe Club is the hub of theatre activity
                                                                                                    in town. It also puts on the annual City
AlthoughWanchai had a reputation during           There are several varieties of Chinese
                                                                                                    Festival, a multi-disciplinary festival that
the Vietnam War as an anything goes red           Opera, but the Cantonese style tends
                                                                                                    features a blend of up-and-coming theatre
light district, today its mainly a centre for     to have the most outstanding physical
                                                                                                    artists with more well-known performers. In
shopping, business and more upmarket              choreography. The form is now taught
                                                                                                    addition, the Kwai Tsing Theatre lines up a
entertainment. If you want to see how             in a special program at the Hong Kong
                                                                                                    challenging season of new commissioned
farWanchai has come, check outKlong Bar           Academy for Performing Arts, and
                                                                                                    works as well as classics.
ang grill andLa Bamba,Royal Arms retains          performances can be seen at many venues
some of its old character with hostess bars       around town. Civic Theatres such as the           Movies: Everybody was Kung-fu
along Lockhart Road, and part upbeat fun          Shatin Town Hall, or the North District Town      Fighting Most people think Hong Kong
with lots of zippy club action and late night     Hall will happily provide more information.       cinema is all about violence and martial arts
cover band venues at the western ends of          In addition, there is often a major opera         and they are right, for the most part. Heroes
Jaffe and Lockhart Road.                          company performing at the annual Hong             such as Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan have
                                                  Kong Arts Festival in February and March.         spawned a whole slew of violent martial
Yau Ma Tei is well known for all manner of
                                                                                                    arts films with overblown tragic plots and
cheap and cheerful items, from inexpensive        Canto Pop: What It Is, and How to Avoid
                                                                                                    fast action.
clothing to copy watches to plastic toys          It Canto Pop is the term used to describe
and gadgets,Temple Street is still a lot          Hong Kong's particular brand of pop music.        Aside from seeing the latest films, sitting in
of fun to wander around if you want to            Think Celine Dion meets Karaoke. Sugary,          a big, comfy, air-conditioned theatre, such
see the local Hong Kong nightlife and is          and generally composed of bland tunes             as the AMC Festival Walk, can also be a
as popular with locals out for a low cost         that rip off mid-70s hits by the Eagles, it       great way to escape the heat of summer.
nightlife in Kowloon as tourists. To the right    is definitely an acquired taste! However, if
                                                                                                    As well as all the usual cinematic offerings,
of Temple Street are complexes which              a good, clean melodic puppy-love tune is
                                                                                                    there is a strong indie film scene, mainly
house a plethora of English speaking,             the order of the day, then Canto Pop is the
                                                                                                    featured at the Hong Kong International
tourist friendly fortune tellers. The temple      answer.
                                                                                                    Film Festival, while art house and foreign
has a curious arrangement whereby the
                                                  The best way to hear Canto Pop is to ride         films can be found at venues such as the
individual worshiper draws the lost but not
                                                  the local buses, on which loudspeakers            Goethe-Institut(mainly German films) and
the slip of paper explaining what the lot
                                                  pipe in local radio broadcasts. For anyone        the Broadway Cinemateque.
means. This is where fortune tellers come
                                                  hankering after a live performance, there
in to give you a vague interpretation.                                                              Museums and Galleries: So Much to Do,
                                                  are the occasional concerts at the Hong
                                                                                                    So Little Time From the scientific rigours
© NileGuide                                       Kong Coliseum or the Queen Elizabeth
                                                                                                    of the Space Museum to the modern art
                                                  Stadium by huge stars like Faye Wong,
                                                                                                    installations in the galleries at the Fringe
                                                  Andy Lau or Leon Lai.
                                                                                                    Club, from the informative and unique
Things to Do Insights                             Dance: Something for Everyone Most                Law Uk Folk Museum to the bizarre(and
Hong Kong culture:                                of the city's arts festivals feature dance        definitely worth a visit) Police Museum,
What to do in Hong Kong?                          as a major component. Whether it be               there is no shortage of cultural venues
                                                  ballet, modern dance or the traditional           in Hong Kong. Of course, there is also
All right, so you have settled into your hotel,   Chinese Lion Dance, there is usually lots of      the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and the
you have ordered room service, you are            movement to be found at venues such as            fantastic Marine Land at Ocean Park, and a
all set for your big meeting tomorrow and         the Hong Kong Arts Centre, Shatin Town            quick stroll through Central will reveal many
you are bored. What to do? Never fear,            Hall, Kwai Tsing Theatre, and Hong Kong           intriguing little antique stores and galleries,
the answer is here! Movies, dance, music,         Academy for Performing Arts.                      so take your pick! Those who dismissively
museums or horse racing, one thing is for                                                           suggest that modern Hong Kong gives
sure: Hong Kong will not disappoint.              The Hong Kong Ballet performs strong
                                                                                                    no attention to its own past should visit
                                                  renditions of classical ballets, while the City
Hong Kong traditions:                                                                               the Hong Kong History Musuem. The
                                                  Contemporary Dance Company creates
                                                                                                    Hong Kong Story is justifiably one of
Cantonese Opera: Shrill Pleasure In a             modern, innovative pieces. The colourful
                                                                                                    the musuem's most popular permanent
style that critics describe as"the sound of       Lion Dance is usually performed at the
                                                                                                    exhibits, and remains one of the best ways
cats mating to music," the proud tradition of     opening of new businesses, at weddings or
                                                                                                    to gain a broad overview of Hong Kong's
Cantonese Opera is alive and well in Hong         at other events where the organizers want
                                                                                                    past. Well-curated thematic galleries take
Kong. Actually, learning a little about this      to ward off evil spirits. Chinese New Year
                                                                                                    the visitor through various stages of Hong
art form beforehand, and getting a synopsis       is a great time to see a lion dance on the
                                                                                                    Kong's development.
of the plot, can make watching Cantonese          street or near a temple.
Opera very rewarding. The costumes                                                                  Horse Races To experience the complete
                                                  Theatre: What a Buzz Aside from
and stylised gestures, along with the                                                               insanity of a crowd in Hong Kong, a visit
                                                  the many major international touring
often acrobatic dancing and high-pitched                                                            to one of the city's horse-racing tracks—
                                                  productions that stop off in Hong Kong,
                                                                                                    the Happy Valley Racecourse or the Shatin
                                                  there is lots going on in the local theatre
                                                                                                    Racecourse—is a must. Intense gambling

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and socializing mixed with the excitement of    red Tsuen Wan line and the green Kwun             and Central and vice versa. There are
first-rate horse racing; who knows who will     Tong line. Rail service to and from the New       also Hung Hom to Central and Hung Hom
be the winner. No group of people enjoys        Territories is provided by East Rail as well      to Wanchai routes which serve locals as
a flutter as much as Hong Kong, and horse       as the Ma On Shan line, West rail and the         well as tourists. The two most frequented
racing worth more than$1 billion annually,      Light Rail Transit System.                        lines are the Tsim Sha Tsui to Central
remains the most popular form of gambling                                                         and Tsim Sha Tsui to Wanchai ferry lines.
                                                Taxis:
in Hong Kong. Be prepared for a lot of                                                            Star Ferry tours of the harbour are also
noise at the races. If you are in Hong Kong     Red taxis are serve urban Hong Kong               recommended.
for less than 21 days and are over 18 years     Island and Kowloon, while the New
                                                Territories ones are green and the Lantau         Getting Around:
old, its best to buy a tourist ticket, which
allows you to jump the queue, sit in the        taxis are only allowed to travel on Lantau        An Octopus card is all that you need,
members enclosure and walk around next          Island and nowhere else. Taxi flags start         a stored value ticket which is found in
to the finish area.                             at HKD 18 and crossing there are cross            every single Hong Konger's wallet. With
                                                harbour tolls.                                    its growing functionality as instant cash at
Essential Booking Information Cityline:                                                           various supermarkets and convenience
(+852) 2314 4228 URBTIX:(+852) 2734             By Bus:
                                                                                                  stores, it primarily enables you to save the
9009 Hong Kong Tourist Association:(+852)       Double decker buses that are found                hassle of rummaging for exact change and
2508 1234                                       throughoutLondon are ubiquitous in Hong           waiting for the person in front of you to get
© NileGuide                                     Kong. Hong Kong bus service is reliable           their change as you board all transport.
                                                and so interconnected that it is impossible       Octopus cards can be used on all forms of
                                                to find a place that isn't serviced by a bus      public transport in Hong Kong and the one
Travel Tips                                     or mini bus of some kind. Single as well          and only exception is taxis.
Getting There:                                  as double decker buses are operated by
                                                KMB(Kowloon Motor Bus), New World First           Second only to Tokyo in terms of
By Air:                                                                                           interconnectness, the Hong Kong
                                                Bus, and Citybus. The quickest if not the
Hong Kong International Airport has,            best way to see which bus you want to take        transportation system is a marvel for it
since its inception, been awarded the           by asking anyone waiting at the bus stop          allows over seven million people to get to
World's best airport year after year and        and they will be sure to point you to the         places in under an hour's time in orderly
the Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok airport              right bus.                                        fashion. The MTR is the easiest way of
second to Chicago's O' Hare airport in                                                            getting around Hong Kong and a map of
terms of passenger traffic and the amount       By Mini bus:                                      the Hong Kong rail system is all you need.
of cargo it handles. Offering 14 hour service   Green mini buses cover Hong Kong,                 Otherwise buses and mini buses are the
on numerous airlines to destinations            Kowloon and the New Territories and are           perfect way to accessing areas that are not
around the globe. Because of Hong Kong's        by far one of the most local Hong Kong way        covered by the MTR and there are always
geographical location as the gateway to         of getting to places. Hong Kong is all about      taxis.
China, plenty choose to stopover in Hong        speed and when people find that buses             © NileGuide
Kong and spend a few days tourin the city       take too long or stops too frequently along
when transferring flights.                      the line, there will then be a minibus route
There are a number of transit services that
                                                that most people want to get to but are not       Fun Facts
                                                patient enough to wait for the bus. It is the
provide transportation from Hong Kong                                                             Did You Know? Hong Kong fun facts:
                                                unspoken and unwritten rule that when you
International Airport to destinations in and                                                      Being a deepwater port, and its urban
                                                want to get off the mini buses you must
around urban Hong Kong. From the airport,                                                         well developed impressions, people
                                                yell out to the driver that you want to get off
there are MTR Airport Express trains(+852                                                         ask you if there are trees in Hong Kong,
                                                before the stop.
2881 8888/http://www.mtr.com.hk/prehome/                                                          and they don't believe you when you tell
index.html), as well as a number of Cityflyer   Red Mini buses are alot more flexible in          them that 76% of Hong Kong is actually
buses that are bound to cover the location      their routes and the driver is free to choose     green.Hong Kong's GDP per capita ranks
that you want to get to. Limousines are         and operate 24 hours, they also cover both        first in Asia, no wonder it sustains the
definately abundant and of course taxis will    Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New             title as China's goose that lays golden
get you to the city in less than an hour.       Territories.                                      eggs. Yet sadly, the gap between rich
Hong Kong MTR:                                  By Ferry:                                         and poor couldn't be wider as 98% of
                                                                                                  Hong Kong's income goes to only the top
The MTR train comes every 2 minutes so          The Star Ferry used to be the only form of
                                                                                                  3% of society. This can be easily felt if
there is no such thing as missing the train     transport if you wanted to travel between
                                                                                                  anyone compared theCentral mid levels
in Hong Kong. Getting around Hong Kong          the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong
                                                                                                  with neighbourhoods such asSham Shui
and visiting any point of interest couldn't     Island but not its role is slowly reduced
                                                                                                  Po or Tin Shui Wai.Hong Kong has the
be easier with the quick, clean and efficient   to a popular sightseeing trip for families
                                                                                                  highest average IQ in the world at 107.More
MTR. Burgoening demand has led to the           and tourists alike. Named one of the fifty
                                                                                                  than 3900 international corporations have
steady increase of MTR lines and currently      things to do in a lifetime by the National
                                                                                                  their Asia pacific regional headquarters
the MTR consists of ten lines. The three        Geographic Magazine, the Star Ferry takes
                                                                                                  based on Hong Kong for the reason that
major lines are the blue Island line, the       you to and from Tsim Sha Tsui to Wanchai

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Hong Kong is the freeest economy in the      awesome places in the world to travel and
                                                                                           Population: 7.2 million
world.Hong Kong Disneyland is one of the     for tourism.
five Disneylands in the world.TheTsing       Orientation: Hong Kong is located in          Elevation: 0 to 3,143 feet/ 0 to 958 meters
Ma Bridge is the world's longest road and    southeastern China at the base of the Pearl   Average Winter Temperature: 62 degrees F/
rail suspension bridge and a landmark of     River. The city is divided into four major    17 degrees C
Hong Kong.TheHong Kong International         sections that include the New Territories,
Airport has continually be ranked as the     Kowloon, Hong Kong Island, and the            Average Summer Temperature: 84 degrees
best airport in the world.TheBig Buddha is   Outlying Islands.                             F/ 29 degrees C
the world's tallest outdoor seated bronze
                                             Country: China                                © NileGuide
Buddha.Hong Kong skyline is one the best
out of 100 major cities.One of the most      Facts about Hong Kong and Hong Kong
                                             interesting facts: :

Weather
StatisticsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec Temperature C Average High202022262931323231292521
Average Mean161619232628292928252117 Average Low131316202426262625221814 Temperature F Average
High676772798588909088857871 Average Mean616167747983848482787163 Average Low555662697478797977726456
  Rainy Days6811252321191715855 Rain Fall (cm)2.13.34.511.215.823.825.228.216.64.12.22.1 Rain Fall
(in)0.81.31.84.46.29.49.911.16.51.60.90.8
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Description: Take advantage of the rare opportunity to ride a Duk Ling, watch early morning Tai chi at Kowloon Park and explore museums that tourists rarely go. Museum visits give you a choice that no other city in Asia could beat, with the most popular ones being History, art, heritage, space, science. The Big Buddha and the various outlying islands, especially Lamma Island are quieter off the beaten path choices. Markets and the Architecture Walk through the business districts of Admiralty and Central during office hours will be a different way to see the area. A top tip when going to Mai Po Marsh is explore the wilderness in ambience whilst reflecting that this world heritage site is right at a bustling Hong Kong. With plenty of cultural fusions of East and West, theres no shortage of culture in Hong Kong and you should not be shy in suggesting a few tips of your own as you visit.
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