Things to see in Hong Kong

Tourist information

Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Information Centres
Hong Kong International Airport (Buffer Halls A and B, Arrivals Level, Terminal 1)
Lo Wu (Arrival Hall, 2/F, Lo Wu Terminal Building)
Hong Kong Island (Peak Piazza, between the Tower and the Galleria)
Kowloon (Star Ferry Concourse, Tsim Sha Tsui)
Tel: 2508 1234.
Website: www.discoverhongkong.com

Hong Kong Disneyland

Enjoy exhilirating rides, Disney characters and special events at Asia's only Disney theme park. There are also two themed on site hotels for those who would like that extra dusting of magic.

Opening Times: Daily 1000-2100.
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China
Telephone: 183 0830.
Ngong Ping 360

The 5.7km (3.5 miles) Ngong Ping 360 cable car is one of Hong Kong’s top sightseeing attractions, travelling between Tung Chung Town Centre and Ngong Ping on Lantau Island, 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, the Ngong Ping Tea House and several dining, retail and entertainment outlets.

Opening Times: Mon-Fri 1000-1800, Sat-Sun 0900-1830. (Will be shut for three weeks from 2 Sept: see website for details).
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: 11 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Telephone: 3666 0606.
Star Ferry

The 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. Far more important, however, is the fact that 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
Telephone: 2367 7065.
Statue Square

Statue Square is a must-see Hong Kong attraction, with its dazzling ensemble of modernist buildings. The HSBC headquarters building - featuring on most Hong Kong dollar notes and designed by Norman Foster - forms the south side of the square, and just to the east of it is I M Pei's Bank of China Tower, where visitors can ascend to the 43rd of the building's 72 floors for a particularly stunning view of Central. Less distinguished but equally prominent buildings jostle around them, towering over the colonial remnant of St John's Cathedral. In more antiquated contrast, the Legislative Council Building, formerly the Supreme Court, on the east side of the square, houses Hong Kong's partly elected assembly. Standing beside the Star Ferry terminal is the soaring 88-storey International Finance Centre (known as 'Two IFC' - One IFC building is older and much smaller), home to a Four Seasons hotel and the city's showpiece shopping mall, as well as a cinema and a fine portfolio of cafés, restaurants and bars.

Opening Times: Daily 24 hours.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Statue Square, Central, 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, however, 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, as well as the revamped Peak Galleria shopping arcade and several restaurants - dinner at Café Deco is a must-do Hong Kong experience: the view down into central Hong Kong and across the water to Kowloon defies description, day or night. Hikers can scale the real peak, some 140m (459ft) above the tram terminus, or take the leisurely Peak Circuit walk with vistas over Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the outlying islands. Both are signposted.

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

It is somehow fitting that this go-ahead territory has its history commemorated in a dazzling new building. Opened in late 2001, the museum building, situated next to the Hong Kong Science Museum in Kowloon, houses ‘The Hong Kong Story’ permanent exhibition covering 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. There are also numerous temporary exhibitions.

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

Offering another great view of the spectacular Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island waterfront, this esplanade is where Hong Kong couples go in the evenings for a romantic stroll. However, day or night, the view is superb. The colonial-era Clock Tower at the western end of the promenade, by the Star Ferry piers, makes an attractive historic terminus. Shoppers should head to Harbour City shopping mall, plus watch out for the huge visiting cruise liners which moor up in front of Ocean Terminal next door. Stretching along the promenade, the Avenue of Stars features hand prints and commemorative plaques honouring the greatest stars of Hong Kong's celebrated film industry.

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 traditional 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. This is also Hong Kong's number one temple for Chinese New Year celebrations.

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: 2327 8141.
Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware

Situated in the beautiful Hong Kong Park and overlooking the ultramodern mania of Central, Flagstaff House, dating from 1846, is the former residence of the colonial Commander-in-Chief and 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. Alongside its displays, the museum 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, Hong Kong Park, Central, Hong Kong
Telephone: 2869 0690.
Happy Valley Races

Wednesday night is horse racing night 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 alike. Hong Kongers pack the Happy Valley tram after work for this social event and tourists tag along for the buzz. Order a beverage from the beer marquee and stand along the barrier as the horses come up the home straight or take in the view from the amphitheatre-esque grandstand.

Opening Times: Wed and Sat-Sun from 1930 (Sep-June).
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: 2 Sports Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong
Telephone: 2895 1523.
Edited by Tina Banerjee
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