Sight-Seeing / Places of Interest
Kowloon ] -
Tsim Sha Tsui
Clock Tower ~
The old Clock Tower near the Star Ferry Concourse in Tsim Sha Tsui is a
landmark from the Age of Steam, when trains arrived here with passengers
who had set off from London weeks before on the world's longest railway
journey. Part of the original Kowloon-Canton Railway Station, it was completed
and came into operation in 1921. The Clock Tower is open every Sunday 10
a.m. to 6 p.m.
* Tsim Sha Tsui MTR exit E, walk towards harbour, go through subway (pedestrian
tunnel) and then head
... towards exit marked 'Star
Hong Kong Cultural Centre / Space Museum /
Museum of Art ~
The Teddy Bear Kingdom ~
The Hong Kong Cultural Centre is one of the city's main performing
arts venues. The Hong Kong Space Museum offers Omnimax and Sky shows and
astronomy exhibits. Exhibition halls open 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Wednesday
to Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Closed
on Tuesdays. The adjacent Hong Kong Museum of Arts features Chinese antiquities
and fine art, calligraphy and special exhibitions. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
closed on Thursday.
* Tsim Sha Tsui MTR exit E, walk towards harbour, go through pedestrian
subway and then head towards the
... exit marked 'Hong Kong Cultural Centre'
Hong Kong Museum of History / Hong Kong Science Museum ~
The Hong Kong Museum of History includes a fascinating 7,000
square meter permanent exhibition 'The Hong Kong Story' with cultural
objects related to the archaeology, history, ethnography and natural history
of Hong Kong and South China. Open Monday, Wednesday to Saturday 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m.; Sunday and public holidays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.. Closed on Tuesdays.
The Hong Kong Science Museum makes learning fun. The 4-storey high museum
has approximately 500 exhibits, over 80 percent of which are hands-on.
These exhibits offer insights into a wide range of science and technology
topics including robotics, transportation and much more. The exhibits
will amaze and enthral the whole family. Open Monday to Wednesday and
Friday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10 a.m.
to 9 p.m.. Closed on Thurdays. Admission fee HK$25 for adults, free on
Wednesdays. Tel.: 2732 3232
* Tsim Sha Tsui MTR exit B2 and walk 20 minutes along Cameron Road towards
Tsim Sha Tsui East. OR
...From exit D of Hung Hom KCR Station, walk
along the pedestrian walkway and follow the signs to Tsim Sha
...Tsui East. About 10 minutes.
The Teddy Bear Kingdom is designed to be fun for the whole family. This
is the world's first amusement park dedicated to the lovable bear. This
attraction includes a Teddy Bear Museum, DIY Teddy Cradle and other activities
based on a teddy bear theme. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m..
* Tsim Sha Tsui MTR exit E, walk towards harbour, go through pedestrian
subway and then follow the signs
Jordan / Yau Ma Tei
Jade Market ~
located in Yau Ma Tei at the junction of Kansu and Battery streets,
the Jade Market features 450 stalls selling jade of all types, shapes, sizes
and prices. Open daily from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.
Yau Ma Tei MTR exit C;
or Jordan MTR exit A
Temple Street Night Market ~
Temple Street Night Market opens at 5 p.m. till midnight but really comes
alive after sunset. It offers an amazing range of inexpensive items for
men and women. There are also fortune-tellers and impromptu Chinese opera
* Jordan MTR exit A, turn right on Jordan Road, then right on Temple Street
Bird Garden / Flower Market and Goldfish Market ~
The charming Chinese-style garden on Yuen Po Street includes some
70 songbird stalls as well as courtyards and moon gates. The Bird Garden
is open from 7 a.m. till 8 p.m.. Next door, the colourful Flower Market
sells everything from Dutch tulips to exotic orchids. It's open from 7 a.m.
to 7 p.m.. The Goldfish Market on nearby Tung Choi Street sells aquariums,
corals and exotic fish. It's open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m..
* Prince Edward MTR exit B1 or B2.
Ladies' Market ~
In Tung Choi Street, it is the place for bags, accessories and
inexpensive women's clothing. Men's and children's clothing and toys are
also on sale. Open daily from 12:30 p.m. till 11 p.m.
Mong Kok MTR exit E2, take the Nelson Street exit and
walk two blocks
Sham Shui Po
Cheung Sha Wan Road Fashion Street / Apliu Street Flea Market ~
Cheung Sha Wan Road is a great place to pick up the latest fashions
at wholesale prices. There is also a fascinating flea market in Apliu Street.
Well known for selling bargain (brand new and second-hand) electrical devices
and electronic products, AV equipment and telecommunications products, sharp-eyed
shoppers can also find good deals in antique watches, old coins and other
relics. Both trade daily between noon and night-time.
Cheung Sha Wan Road Fashion Street : Sham Shui Po MTR exit C1
* Apliu Street Fleat Market : Sham Shui Po MTR exit C2
Kowloon Walled City Park ~
The former Kowloon Walled City, once a semi-lawless, high-rise slum, has
been transformed into an award-winning park featuring a Qing dynasty almshouse,
the Old South Gate, pavilions, sculptures, flower gardens and a playground.
Open daily 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m..
* taxi from Lok Fu MTR exit B to the entrance on Tung Tau Rsuen Road or
bus No. 1 from the Tsim Sha Tsui
Star Ferry bus terminus
Wong Tai Sin
Wong Tai Sin Temple ~
the temple is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin, a shepherd who earned
immortality through his good deeds. The temple is a shining example of traditional
Chinese architecture, with red.
pillars, a golden
ceiling and ornate lattice-work. All three main religions of China - Buddhism,
Taoism and Confucianism - are practised at this colourful temple. Fortune-tellers
often work outside the temple. Open daily 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
* MTR Wong Tai Sin exit B2 or B3, a 3-minute walk
Lei Yue Mun Seafood Bazaar
located in the south-eastern park of Kwun Tong. Lei Yue Mun fishing village
popular for its.
and is ideal for a night out with friends. Here you can choose your own
fresh seafood (so fresh it's still swimming in a tank) and decide how you'd
like it prepared. Check the price before ordering.
* take 24M green minibus from Yau Tong MTR exit A2, alight at Sam Ka Tsuen.
or MTR to Sai Wan
Ho Station on Hong Kong side, exit A and
take the Lei Yue Mun ferry from the nearby
[ Hong Kong Island ] -
The Peak Tower
A favourite attractive among visitors and locals alike. The Peak not only
offers breathtaking views but also.
is a one-stop
entertainment spot with dining, shopping and theme attractions.
* Mtr Central exit J, mini-bus bus No.1 from City Hall; or MTR Central exit
A, Exchange Square bus.
bus No.15; or MTR Admiralty exit F, walking
distance to The Peak Tram Station.
Government House ~
The former residence of 25 British Governors.
in 1855 and has become the guest house for VIP of HKSAR since July 1997.
Hollywood Road / Man Mo Temple ~
Bag a bargain in Hollywood Road and Upper Lascar Row (also known as 'Cat
Street') where shops and stalls sell antiques and handicrafts. There's everything
from dinosaur eggs to Han decor - at afraction of auction house prices.
Nearby Man Mo Temple is a photogenic tribute to the God of Literature (Man)
and the God of War (Mo).
* Central MTR D1. Walk along Queen's Road Central towards The Center. Then
take the Central -
Mid-Levels Escalators to Hollywood Road.
Hong Kong Park ~
An oasis of green amid the urban landscape, featuring an aviary, greenhouse,
Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, fountains, lily ponds, playgrounds, a restaurant
and a marraige registry.
Lan Kwai Fong ~
When the lights go down, the "in crowd" heads for Lan Kwai Fong,
a buzzing centre fo clubs, bars and restaurants. A must for night owls and
* Central MTR exit D1. Walk along Theatre Lane and uphill to D'Aguilar Street.
About five minutes walk to
Lan Kwai Fong.
SoHo offers a wide range of upmarket international restaurants and bars
along Staunton Street, Elgin Street and Shelley Street. Jump on what Guinness
World Records calls the world's longest covered escalator and experience
the cosmopolitan atmosphere of this popular food district.
* Central MTR exit D1. Walk along Queen's Road Central towards The Center.
Then the Central -
Expo Promenade ~
The imposing 'Forever Blooming Bauhina' sculpture and the Reunification
Monument located on the Expo Promenade outside the Hong Kong Convention
and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) on the waterfront in Wan Chai marks the most
significant occasion in Hong Kong's hsitory - the return of the former British
colony to the People's Republic of China and the establishment of the Special
Administrative Region of Hong Kong on 1 July 1997. Flag-raising ceremony
daily, 7:50 a.m. - 8:03 a.m., extended ceremonies 1st, 11th and 21st of
every month (7:45 a.m. - 8:03 a.m.) Flag lowered at 6 p.m.
* Wan Chai MTR exit A5. Follow signs to HKCEC by covered walkway. About
a 15-minute walk.
Happy Valley Racecourse ~
The home of Hong Kong racing since the first meeting was held on a strip
of reclaimed marshland in 1846. Happy Valley Racecourse boasts world-class
facilities including a 35m x 8m Diamond Vision screen that is the largest
in the world - the equivalent of 2000 52cm television sets. To enjoy all
the action, join a Come Horseracing Tour during the annual Sept-June horseracing
season. The nearby Hong Kong Racing Museum offers a fascinating glimpse
of the sport's exciting history. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday
or 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on race days. Closed on Mondays.
* Causeway Bay MTR exit A walk for 20 minutes along Wong Nai Chung Road.
Shau Kei Wan
Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence ~
Converted from the 19th-century Lei Yue Mun fort, the museum includes apermanent
exhibition featuring the history of Hong Kong's coastal defences since the
Ming dynasty, as well as a historical trial. A great day out for children
and adults. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Closed on Thursdays.
* Shau Kei Wan MTR exit B2 to Shau Kei Wan Main Street East. Follow the
sign about 15 minutes walk or take
Floating Restaurants ~
Aberdeen's renowned giant floating restaurants can be reached in a few minutes
by motor launch from Shum Wan Pier and Aberdeen Promenade. Visitors can
explore the fishing port aboard a local sampan.
* Bus 7 from bus terminus by the Central ferry piers or bus 70 from Exchange
Square bus terminus (Central MTR
exit A) to Aberdeen terminus. Cross highway
via subway (underground tunnel), turn right, walk to dock for
free boat ride to floating restaurant. For
a tour of Aberdeen harbour, rent a sampan, negotiate a fee first - it will
be about HK$50 depending on the number of
It consists of dolphin shows, aquariums, thrilling rides and Asia's largest
film simulator ride. It is also ........................
home to the two giant pandas, An An and Jia Jia. Open daily from 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m.
Take bus No. 629 either at Admiralty MTR station exit B, or from
near the Star Ferry Piers/City Hall (Central
MTR exit K). Or take green minibus No.6
from the Star Ferry Piers in Central (Monday to Saturday, except
public holidays). Round trip bus fare plus
park admission for adult is HK$204 whilst for child HK$102.
Repulse Bay ~
It is named after the British warship HMS Repulse, this crescent-shaped
bay is one of the most.
beautiful beaches and
scenic spots in the territory. The beach features a lifeguard clubhouse
built in traditional Chinese style. The Repilse Bay complex , built in colonial
style offers upmarket shopping and dining.
* MTR Central exit A, take bus No. 6, 6A, 6X or 61 from Exchange Square
Stanley Main Street and Murray House ~
A popular market town and swimming area for both locals and visitors on
the sunny south side of Hong Kong Island, Stanley's relaxed ambience, crisp
sea environs and bargain buys have made it world famous. Murray House is
a restored colonial building, completed in 1846, that was dismantled and
moved to Stanley from its original site in Central. It now houses restaurants
and bars. Stanley Market is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
* Bus 6, 6A, 6X or 260 from Exchange Square bus terminus (Central MTR exit
A), or take the MTR to Chai
Wan station exit C and catch green minibus
Western Market ~
The Western Market which was renovated in 1991 as a shopping complex, is
an Edwardian style building that features arts, crafts and cloth.
* Sheung Wan MTR exit B or C to Western Market.
[ New Territories ] -
Hong Kong Heritage Museum ~
Packed with fascinating hands-on exhibits, this museum is dedicated
to preserving the material and visual culture of Hong Kong's people. The
complex features a variety of specially designed exhibits covering history,
art and culture. Also on display are the gifts from China's provincial authorities
to mark Hong Kong's return to the Motherland. Recommended for families.
Open Monday, Wednesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and public holdiays
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays.
* KCR East Rail to Sha Tin station then a 10-15 minutes walk to the Museum
in Man Lam Road or take a taxi.
Sha Tin Racecourse ~
No trip to Hong Kong is complete without a visit to one of the world's finest
racecourses. Opened in 1978, Sha Tin Racecourse has a capacity of around
80,000 spectators and is home to the HongKong International Races in December.
For the thrill of a lifetime, join a ’Come Horseracing Tour’
during the annual September-June horseracing season. Penfold Park inside
the racecourse is open to the public on non-racing days only. The park is
decorated with a specially designed artificial lake and various species
of sub-tropical plants. It is a nice place for photo taking.
* KCR East Rail to Racecourse Station (open on race days only).
Star Seafood Floating Restaurant ~
Located at the bank of Shing Mun River, this is one of the legends of Shatin.
The restaurant is designed as a Chinese imperial boat, where visitors can
enjoy an amazing night view of the river while dining on the boat.
* 55-57 Tai Chung Kiu Road, Shatin. Tel.: 2637 7222
Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre ~
It was founded by a Norwegian, Dr. Karl Ludvig Reichelt in 1930. The abbey
features Chinese style constructions including a fascinating chapel incorporating
a Tao's motif, which facilitates the spread of Christianity to the local
Buddhists in the past. Besides, there is a big cross on the hill at where
you can have a panoramic view over Shatin.
* Take a taxi from Sha Tin Station. About 5 minutes. Tel.: 2694 4023
Sam Tung Uk Museum ~
This restored, two-centuries-old walled village was once a prosperous Hakka
farmer's family compound, comprising 12 houses set within defensive walls.
It now houses a folk museum. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays.
* Tsuen wan MTR exit E, then walk to 2 Kwu Uk Lane.
Tsing Ma Bridge ~
The world's longest road-and-rail suspension bridge, the graceful 2.2-kilometre
Tsing Ma Bridge, opened in 1997, is one of the landmarks of Hong Kong. The
Lantau Link View Point and Visitors' Centre north of the bridge on Tsing
Yi provides excellent views of this and two adjoining bridges. The Visitor
Centre is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday to Friday; 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday,
Sunday and public holidays; closed during Christmas holidays, New Year's
Day and Chinese New Year holidays. The view Point is open 7:30 a.m.-midnight
daily with extended hours to 1 a.m. on some days before public holidays
(call 2495 7583 to confirm).
* Tsing Yi MTR exit A1; minibus 308M stops on the hour at Visitors' Centre
Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. to
4 p.m.. Last bus leaves the Centre at 4:30
p.m.. On weekends and public holidays minibus runs from 9:30 a.m.
to 6:30 p.m. with last bus leaving the Centre
at 6:40 p.m.; or take a taxi, about 10 minutes.
Ching Chung Koon ~
Originally opened as arural retreat in 1949, this peaceful oasis in the
heart of Tuen Mun's crowded residential estates features pavillions, lotus
ponds and bonsai trees. The ground's Taoist temple contains many treasures,
including lanterns from Beijing's Imperial Palace. OPen daily 6 a.m. to
* Take bus 60M from the bus terminus at Tsuen Wan MTR station and alight
at Tuen Mun Town Centre. From there, ...
Light Rail train 505 to Ching Chung station.
Mai Po Wetlands ~
More than 300 species of birds have been recorded at Mai Po, along
with a number of Hong Kong's reptile and mammal species. This site was listed
as a Wetland of International Importance in 1995.
Ping Shan Heritage Trail ~
This trail reveals some of the most interesting historical buildings still
standing in the Yuen Long District in the New Territories. It provides an
insight into the very foundation of Hong Kong - life hundreds of years ago
when hard-working peasants tilled their small-holdings. This is also the
home of the Tang Clan - one of the five great clans who established themselves
in the New Territories almost 1,000 years ago.
* Take bus 68M from the Tsuen Wan MTR station to Yuen Long then change to
Light Rail train 610, 614, 615
or 721, alight at Ping Shan station and
walk about 10 minutes to reach the southern tip of Ping Shan Heritage
Trail along Ping Ha Road.
Tai Fu Tai ~
This elegant residence was built in 1865 by a senior Man clan members, who
achieved the highest grade in the Imperial Chinese Civil Service Examinations.
A cultural gem, this is one of the most beautiful decorated buildings in
the New Territories. Besides, it won the Hong Kong Institute of Architects
Annual President's prize one year after the completion of restoration in
1988. Open daily except Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
* KCR East Rail to Sheung Shui Station, walk through the footbridge to Choi
Yuen Road bus stop, take bus
76K (opposite the station) to Yuen Long
(west) and alight at San Tin near the .
office, then follow the signs. ...
5-10 minutes to Tai Fu Tai.
Kam Tin Walled Village ~
This fascinating 16th century walled village near Yuen Long has narrow streets,
stone houses, a temple and an ancestral hall.
* Take bus 68M from the Tsuen Wan MTR station to Yuen Long (West). Then
take a taxi from the bus terminus.
Fung Ying Seen Koon ~
Dominating the skyline from its commanding site on a hillside overlooking
the New Territories town of Fanling, the temple is a superb example of Taoist
design and craftsmanship. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* KCR East Rail to Fanling Station. Look for the temple's distinctive orange
Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail ~
Lung Yeuk Tau means "mountain of the Leaping Dragon" in Chinese.
The trail takes walkers through almost a dozen centuries-old villages, five
of which are enclosed within stout walls for safety reasons. Most are connected
with the Tang Clan, one of the historic Five Great Clans of the New Territories.
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* KCR East Rail to Fanling Station, take green minibus 54K and alight at
the terminus or take a taxi to Lung
Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees and Tin Hau Temple ~
Visit the gigantic banyan trees at Lam Tsuen, a favourite place for villagers
to burn joss sticks and incense papers in order for their wishes to come
true. During Chinese New Year, many Hong Kong people make a pilgrimage to
the Wishing Trees to make their New Year's wishes. The nearby Tin Hau Temple
was built during the Qing dynasty and is the largest temple of its kind
in Tai Po. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
* KCR East Rail to Tai Wo Station and take a taxi.
Sai Kung Hoi Pong Square ~
Stretching along the waterfront at Sai Kung town centre. Sai Kung Hoi Pong
Square is home to a dozen quality seafood restaurants. The stunning variety
of fresh seafood in the glass tanks outside the restaurants and the relaxing
waterfront scenery further enrich the unique dining experience. Don't forget
to spare some time to wander around Sai Kung town centre and experience
the peaceful atmosphere of this tiny township.
* Diamond Hill MTR exit C2 then take bus 92, or Choi Hung MTR exit C2 then
take green minibus 1A, to
terminus at Sai Kung.
[ Outlying Islands ] -
Cheung Chau Island
This tiny dumbbell-shaped island is one of the most densely populated islands
with many of its villagers still clinging to old traditions. The exotic
annual Cheung Chau Bun Festival (8 April on the Chinese calendar) is not
to be missed.
* Ferry from Outlying Islands Ferry Pier 5 (Central MTR exit A, take pedestrian
bridge walk along Man Yiu Street)
in Central. About 30 to 55 minutes depending
on the type of ferry.
Lamma Island is home to traditional Chinese food shops jumbled together
with modern low-rise buildings. Sok Kwu Wan village is famous for its open-air
seafood restaurants. Yung Shue Wan also has western-style restaurants and
bars to enjoy.
* Take a ferry to Yung Shue Wan, about 30 minutes, or Sok Kwu Wan, about
35 minutes, from Outlying
Islands Ferry Pier 4 (Central MTR exit A,
take pedestrian bridge walk along Man Yiu Street) in Central.
Big Buddha / Po Lin Monastery
By far the most popular attraction on Lantau Island is the Po Lin Monastery
Big Buddha. Set high in the hills,
Po Lin is Hong Kong's largest Buddhist.
and only a short distance away is the world's tallest, outdoor, seated bronze
Buddha atop Ngong Ping plateau. Open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
* Take MTR to Tung Chung, then by bus No.23 from Tung Chung Town Centre;
Take a ferry from the outlying Islands Ferry
Pier 6 (Central MTR exit A, take pedestrian bridge walk along
Man Yiu Street) in Central to Mui Wo, Lantau
Island, then take bus No.2 depart from Mui Wo Pier; OR
Take bus No.1R of New Lantau Bus, Tel. 2984
9848, at 105 Nathan Road Tsimshatsui, outside the Kowloon
Mosque & Ismalic Centre (Jamia Masjid
Islamic Centre); fare at HK$40 per trip, on Sundays and Public
Holidays at 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 11:00
a.m. only. OR
Take Citybus No.A22 at Jordan Road to airport,
HK$39, then take bus No.S1 to Tung Chung, HK$3.50,
from there take bus No.23 to Ngong Ping,
fare HK$16. (Pls see Tours)
Tai O Fishing Village ~
Distinguished by the stilt houses in its main creek, Tai O on Lantau Island
is also home to temples and monasteries. It is inhabited mainly by the Tanka
people, descendants of Hong Kong's first settlers.
* Take a ferry from the Outlying Islands Ferry Pier 6 (Central MTR exit
A, take pedestrian bridge walk along
Man Yiu Street) in Central to Mui Wo, Lantau
Island, then bus No.1. Or MTR to Tung Chung and then
bus 11 from Tung Chung town centre.