Things to see in Hong Kong

Tourist offices

Hong Kong Tourism Board

Buffer Halls A and B, Arrivals Level, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2508 1234.
Opening Hours: Daily 0800-2100.
www.discoverhongkong.com

Passes

The Hong Kong iVenture Card (www.seehongkongpass.iventurecard.com/hongkong-tourist-attractions) offers entry to seven major attractions including Macau Tower, Madame Tussuads and the Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck, plus either access to Ocean Park, a Big Bus Hong Kong Tour, a Watertours cruise or a three-course meal at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant. The 5-day pass is available to buy online.

Happy Valley Races

Wednesday means horse racing in Happy Valley, where the floodlit racecourse, hemmed in by towering apartment buildings and steep hills, attracts hardcore Chinese gamblers (it's the only legal form of gambling in Hong Kong) and boozing expats. Order a drink from the beer marquee and stand by the home straight as the horses gallop in, or admire the views from the grandstand.

Opening Times: Wed and Sat-Sun from 1930 (Sep-Jun).
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: 2 Sports Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Telephone: + 852 2895 1523.
Hong Kong Disneyland

The Hong Kong outpost of Disney’s magical wonderland is every bit as alluring as its European and US counterparts, and is great for kids of all ages. There are two excellent themed hotels on site for visitors wishing to get the full Magic Kingdom experience, plus a slew of super rides and rollercoasters guaranteed to get the heart pumping.

Opening Times: Daily 1000-2100.
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Telephone: +852 3550 3388.
Ngong Ping 360

Travelling 5.7km (3.5 miles) between Tung Chung Town Centre and Ngong Ping on Lantau Island, this cable car offers stunning views across North Lantau Country Park, Tung Ching Bay and the giant Tian Tan Bhudda statue. Part of the development is Ngong Ping Village, a small theme park incorporating family-friendly attractions such as Walking with Buddha, the Monkey's Tale Theatre and the Ngong Ping Tea House.

Opening Times: Mon-Fri 1000-1800, Sat-Sun 0900-1830.
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: 11 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Telephone: + 852 3666 0606.
Star Ferry

Green and white tub-shaped ferries have been a familiar sight around Hong Kong since the 1920s and are a much-cherished symbol of the city. More importantly, their decks give one of the best available views, day or night, of the waterfronts of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon - not to mention the plethora of ocean traffic surging through the shipping lanes.

Opening Times: Daily 0630-2330 depending on service.
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Wan Chai and Hung Hom Star Ferry terminals, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Telephone: + 852 2367 7065.
Statue Square

With its dazzling ensemble of modernist buildings, Statue Square is an essential stop for architecture fans. Designed by Norman Foster, HSBC’s headquarters form the south side of the square, with I M Pei's Bank of China Tower to its east, where visitors can ascend to the 43rd floor for a stunning view of Central. Other key buildings include the Legislative Council Building and the soaring 88-storey International Finance Centre (known as 'Two IFC'), home to a Four Seasons hotel and the city's showpiece shopping mall.

Opening Times: Daily 24 hours.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Statue Square, Hong Kong
Victoria Peak (The Peak)

A miniature hill station in colonial times, Victoria Peak is stratospheric in its social exclusiveness and its rents. Groundlings can still visit, ascending by the vertiginous Peak Tram - a funicular in use since 1888, which feels more like a Victorian-era Space Shuttle, or by taxi or bus. Atop the hill is the Sky Terrace 428 viewing platform, Madam Tussauds waxwork museum, several restaurants, and the revamped Peak Galleria shopping arcade. Hikers can scale the real peak, some 140m (459ft) above the tram terminus, or leisurely follow the Peak Circuit route with vistas over Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the outlying islands. Both are signposted.

Opening Times: Daily 0700-0000 (Peak Tram).
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Garden Road (Lower Peak Tram Terminus), Hong Kong
Telephone: + 852 2522 0922.
Hong Kong Museum of History

Opened in late 2001, the Hong Kong Museum of History houses ‘The Hong Kong Story’ exhibition which covers the region's history from prehistoric times, including some spectacular period sets. There are traditional costumes, a huge collection of period photographs, replicas of old village houses and an entire street, circa 1881, with its own Chinese medicine store.

Opening Times: Mon and Wed-Fri 1000-1800, Sat-Sun 1000-1900.
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Telephone: + 852 2724 9042.
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade

Offering great views of the spectacular Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island waterfront, this esplanade is where couples go in the evenings for a romantic stroll. The colonial-era Clock Tower, by the Star Ferry piers, makes an attractive historic terminus. Watch out for visiting cruise liners, which moor at Ocean Terminal. Shoppers should head to Harbour City shopping mall. Stretching along the promenade, the Avenue of Stars features hand prints and commemorative plaques honouring Hong Kong's greatest film stars.

Opening Times: Daily 24 hours.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Star Ferry Terminal to Hung Hom, Hong Kong
Wong Tai Sin Temple

An ornate temple in the heart of Kowloon, Wong Tai Sin Temple combines Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist traditions. Wong Tai Sin himself was a Zhejiang shepherd/alchemist who supposedly concocted a marvellous cure-all. His statue in the main building was brought from the mainland in 1915. The building is spectacularly colourful with its red pillars, golden ceiling and decorated latticework, although not particularly distinguished. Far more fascinating are the fortune-tellers in their arcade of booths and the throngs of worshippers.

Opening Times: Daily 0700-1730.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: 2 Chuk Yuen Village, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Telephone: + 852 2327 8141.
Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware

Situated in the beautiful Hong Kong Park, Flagstaff House dates from 1846 and is the former residence of the colonial Commander-in-Chief. The oldest surviving colonial building in Hong Kong, it now houses a fine museum of tea ware, seals and other ceramics and includes many fine examples of the famous Yixing teapots. The museum also holds regular demonstrations, tea gatherings and lecture programmes to promote ceramic art and Chinese tea drinking culture.

Opening Times: Wed-Mon 1000-1800.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: 10 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Telephone: + 852 2869 0690.
Website: hk.art.museum
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