While Hong Kong is mainly associated with glittering skyscrapers and endless shopping, this mega-city has a lot more attractions to offer to its visitors… From some of Asia’s finest museums, to traditional Chinese temples, and from world-beating beaches, to beautiful nature trails and some outstanding themed attractions.
Here is my list of Hong Kong’s top tourist attractions:
Victoria PeakPopularly knows as “the Peak”, the lookout terrace on Mt. Victoria is where most tourists snap their “postcard like photos” of the city and its harbours. Although the peak itself is sealed off to visitors, the views you can get from this building are simply world-class, especially at night, when millions of lights and neon signs twinkle all around the metropolis…Riding up the mountain on the famous Peak Tram is also a must-doStar FerryThe historic Star ferry has been plying the waters across Victoria Harbour for well over 100 years and is one of those things you have to do, to say you have been to Hong upper deck provides some of the best photo ops of the metropolis world-famous Big Buddha and Po Lin MonasteryRising to a height of 34 m above its base, the world’s tallest outdoor seated bronze Buddha is nestled in one of Lantau Island’s most picturesque corners, surrounded by steep cloud-covered mountains…
The 5.7 km cableway ride, from Tung Chung town to the upper terminus, is simply breathtaking, and you can conclude the trip with a visit to the adjacent Po Lin Monastery, where beautiful Buddhist architecture and lavish ornaments can be Kong Museum of HistorySpanning over eight galleries on Tsim sha Tsui’s Chatham Road, the Museum of History tells the story of Hong Kong in a very interesting and enchanting manner, using all sorts of interactive devices and unique displays. Even if you are not a museum person, there’s a good chance you will enjoy the Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian GardenAlthough this temple is not as “historic” as some of its counterparts in Hong Kong, it is certainly the most spectacular. Neighboring a gorgeously landscaped garden, with lily ponds, manicured bonsai trees and unique rocks, the timber-only structures of Chi Lin Nunnery were built in a unique Tang Dynasty architectural style, without using a single nail.Certainly one of the city’s most prominent Thousand Buddhas MonasteryThis beautiful monastery is located on a lush hillside in the New Territories town of Sha Tin, slightly off the beaten track for the average visitor, but it is surely worth the extra ride (especially when it is not far from the KCR station). As its name suggests, the monastery houses an immense collection of more than 10,000 statues of the Buddha, in any form, size and south coast of LantauThe southern coast of Lantau Island, between Mui Wo and Tai O, provides stunning natural scenes… From secluded coves with sandy beaches to sky soaring peaks with lush forests and small mountain-streams. Other than great nature trails, you should also visit Tai O, a traditional fishermen village, built on stilts over the canals. Knows as “the Venice of Hong Kong”, Tai O is a good place to enjoy a nice seafood dinner.Lamma IslandAlthough it lies only a spit away from Hong Kong Island’s skyscrapers and shopping malls, Lamma Island features a relaxed and easygoing atmosphere that is as far as you can go from the hustle and bustle of Central, Causeway Bay and Tsim sha popular among Hong Kong’s expatriates community, the island has some lovely beaches, great walking trails and fantastic seaside restaurants and alfresco markets of Mongkok and Yau ma TeiAlthough they are already fairly touristy, the back lane markets of Mongkok and Yau ma Tei still feature the spirit of “real Hong Kong”, with old building, loud hawkers and bustling authentic eateries… Mongkok’s Ladies Market and Temple Street’s Night Market are the best known, but you should make a point to visit the more “local” ones like Yuen Po Street Bird Garden…DisneylandDisneyland does not need to be introduced, and although Hong Kong’s Disneyland is the smallest of the world’s Disney parks, it is really cute and well worth the visit.