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Most popular places to visit in hong kong 2023
Even if you’ve spent time in New York, Paris and Tokyo, the bright lights of Hong Kong will still surprise you. Surrounded by vast green mountains and split by Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong is a breathtaking sight. The city’s reputation precedes it. We all know it’s a grand metropolis, a hub of world-wide trade and business. But nothing can quite prepare you for the intricate local culture. One that dates back centuries, influenced by China, colonialism and its standing as an international city. Travelers won’t just be captivated by the skyscrapers and culture, but also by the tranquil parks and temples, along with a food scene that will take you around the world. The immense Hong Kong skyline is a breathtaking sight. But rather than gawk up at the towering skyscrapers from land, capture it on a bright green ferry. The Star Ferry has been operating along the beautiful Victoria Harbour since the late 19th century and remains one of the best things to do in Hong Kong. The inexpensive experience and takes you out into the harbor, one bustling with maritime activity. The word busy doesn’t quite capture the atmosphere, as boats, ships and tankers share the water. But life on Victoria Harbour is nonetheless refreshing as the cool breeze laps through your hair, a lovely cure to time spent in the dense city core. Hong Kong Disney Land, Victoria Peak, Ocean Park, Big Buddha, Victoria Harbour, Star Ferry, Ngong Ping Cable Car, Dragon’s Back, Jumbo Floating Restaurant, Symphony of Lights, Sky100 Observation Deck, Tai Mo Shan Waterfalls, Lantau Island, Hong Kong Observation Wheel, Tai O Fishing Village, Madame Tussauds and more. The fascinating places to visit in Hong Kong are known to give a whole new essence of the nation to the tourists. You will get to visit loads of heritage sites, museums, exhibition halls, botanical and zoological gardens, bustling shopping destinations, and a myriad of adventure hotspots. If you are wondering about some of the best places to go in Hong Kong, then the Hong Kong Science Museum will provide you with a magnificent experience of modern science and technological advances, while Sunset Peak is well-known for its exciting walks and paths. The gigantic Hong Kong Observation Wheel can provide you with a bird's eye view of the city, while the noteworthy Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens GreenHouse can show you a broad variety of flora and wildlife. If you're looking for some of the top places in Hong Kong with your loved ones, consider the Hong Kong Space Museum, which represents the importance of astronomy and space scientific education. You can also go to Lion Rock, which is famous for its spectacular views of the city. So, the options are plenty and you will never get bored for a second when you are in Hong Kong.
#1- Sky 100 Hong Kong Observation Deck
Sky 100 is another best place to enjoy panoramic view of Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong skylines and even Macau. Located on the 100th floor of Hong Kong’s tallest building - the International Commerce Center (ICC) - Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck, the highest point indoor observation deck in the city, offers incredible 360-degree views. To catch the best views, it is good to go at sunset. Besides the spectacular views, you can explore different facets of Hong Kong at Sky-High Tech Zone (offer VR and AR experiences), 28-m long multimedia story wall (showcases 100 fascinating local tales and anecdotes). You can enjoy speedy elevator bringing you from second floor to 100th floor in merely 60 seconds. Cafe’ and gift shop are also available.
#2- Aberdeen Fishing Village
Aberdeen is an area and town on southwest Hong Kong Island, which is about 7 kilometers from Wan Chai or Causeway Bay. Aberdeen is famous not only to tourists but also to Hong Kong locals for its floating village and floating seafood restaurants located in the Aberdeen Harbor. Enjoy a walk along the waterfront to see numerous ferries and ships stopping or sailing on the harbor. To explore the harbor better, it is recommended to take a sampan tour sailing a circle in the harbor for 30-minutes ride. If you just want a glimpse of the harbor, you can take a small ferry across to Ap Lei Chau Island which is cheaper.
#3- Stanley Market
Located on the south coast of Hong Kong Island about 13 kilometers from the Central, the seaside village of Stanley can take you escape the city grind into a land with peace and stunning sea view. The Stanley Market is a good place to buy “plus-size” clothing, handcraft arts, handbags, different kinds of souvenirs such as chopsticks, tea sets, placemats, games, lanterns, jade charms with your zodiac animal and the like. It will be interesting time for you to look around. The market winds its way down the narrow streets towards the waterfront and the Stanley Promenade, a lovely place to stroll around on a sunny day. The Stanley Plaza is a place full of cafes, gourmet shops, a piazza and a playground. For a half day or one day trip, it is a good choice to combine with Repulse Bay and Aberdeen Fishing Village in one go.
#4- Repulse Bay
Repulse Bay Beach is Hong Kong’s most famous beach and home to some of its riches residents. The hills around the beach are strewn with luxury apartment blocks while the beach is great for strolls in the early morning or late afternoon. You can take a walk towards the southeast end of Repulse Bay beach to Kwun Yam Shrine which is an unusual shrine to Kwun Yam. Surrounded with many amazing deities and figures - goldfish, rams, the money god, the moon lord, and other southern Chinese icons as well as the status of Tin Hau. In front of the shrine to the left as you face the sea is Longevity Bridge and Longevity Pavilion. After the leisure walking, you can relax on the sandy beach and if you want to swim, you can go. And showers and changing rooms are available.
#5- Temple Street Night Market
When night falls and neon buzzes, Hong Kong’s liveliest market - Temple Street night market - rattles into life. This street extends from Man Ming Lane in the north to Nanking Road in the south and is cut in two by the historic Tin Hau temple complex. It is a fantastic place to immerse in the bustling atmosphere, hunt for some food on offer form the dai pai dongs, enjoy the random free Cantonese opera performances and some fortune-telling. The night market opens from 18:00 till 00:00 in midnight. This place is also served as the backdrop to many memorable movie you may watched before. You can also do some shopping here, from cheap clothes, watches, pirated CDs, footware, cookware and every items. You’d better bargain here.
#6- Ocean Park
Ocean Park is a good place for family with kids. It is a marine mammal, animal theme park and amusement park situated in Wong Chuk Hang and Nam Long Shan in the Southern District of Hong Kong. It is the second largest theme park in Hong Kong, following Hong Kong Disneyland. Travelers can explore major attractions in the park including Adventures in Australia, Shark Mystique, Polar Adventure (explore the North and South Poles in one day), Old Hong Kong, Thrill Mountain, Rainforest, Aqua City, and Amazing Asian Animals.
#7- Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong is one of the six cities in the world to have a Disneyland to call its own. As the first Disneyland in China, Hong Kong Disneyland is an awesome choice for families with kids to have a lot of fun. Hong Kong Disneyland is the largest theme park in Hong Kong located on Lantau Island. The park consists of seven themed areas: Main Street, U.S.A, Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Grizzly Gulsh, Mystic Point and Toy Story Land. It is worth spending about half day to one day throwing yourselves in this paradise with thrilling activities and amazing performances.
#8- Hong Kong Museum of History
If you only have time to visit one museum, Hong Kong Museum of History should add it into your list. Its whistle-stop overview of the territory’s archaeology, natural history, ethnography and local cultures will help to give context to your experience of Hong Kong. Visit “The Hong Kong Story” and you’ll enjoy a fascinating walk through the territory’s history, starting with the natural environment and prehistoric Hong Kong - about 6000 years ago, and ending with the territory’s return to China in 1997. Besides, you’ll explore folk culture and customs of Hong Kong - encountering colorful replicas of the dwellings of early inhabitants, having a look at traditional costumes and beds, a recreation of an arcaded Central street from 1881, and also exploring Hong Kong’s urban culture
#9- Nan Lian Garden & Chi Lin Nunnery
To escape the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong for a while, you can take a walk in the peaceful Nan Lian Garden in the midst of Kowloon. It is a public Chinese classic garden in Diamond Hill designed in the style of Tang Dynasty. With an area of 3.5 hectares, its every hill, rock, body of water, plant and timber structure has been placed according to specific rules and methods. A striking gilded pagoda and a pair of arched red wooden bridges are the focal points of a lotus pond and a favorite photo subject. You can also combine the nearby site Chi Lin Nunnery (built in 1934 in the style of Tang Dynasty) into your trip. This nunnery is world’s largest cluster of handcrafted timber buildings, one exhibiting a level of artistry rarely found in faux-ancient architecture. Taking a walk is quite enjoyable when passing through the temples, lotus ponds, bonsai tea plants.
#10- Won Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple (Sik Sik Yuen Temple), built in 1973, is dedicated to a deified healer named Wong Tai Sin who as a shepherd in Zhejiang Province, was said to have transformed boulders into sheep. When he was 15 an immortal taught Wong how ti make a herbal potion that could cure all illness. He is thus worshiped both by the sick and those trying to avoid illness. Now, this busy Taoist temple is a destination for all walks of Hong Kong society, from pensioners and businesspeople to parents and young professionals. Some of they simply to pray and some to divine the future with “chim” (bamboo fortune sticks) which are shaken out of a box onto the ground and then interpreted by a fortune-teller. When you visit Hong Kong, Wong Tai Sin Temple is a good place to witness local people and prayers from all over the world to pray and make a wish. If you have more time, you can take a walk in the nearby Good Wish Gardens repleted with pavilions, zigzag bridges and carp ponds for some photos.
#11- A Symphony of Lights
To spend an exciting life in Hong Kong at night, you’d better not miss “Symphony of Lights”. It is the world’s largest permanent light and sound show listed into Guinness World Records. There are 42 buildings participating in the show. Every night at 20:00, it starts performing which lasts for 13 minutes and 40 seconds. The show comprises five major themes, taking spectators on a unique journey celebrating the energy, spirit and diversity of Hong Kong. The first scene is “Awakening”, the second is “Energy”, the third is “Heritage”, the fourth scene is “Partnership” and the final is “Celebration”. Different types of lighting effects include in the show, such as laser, searchlights, LED lights, simple lighting and projection lighting.
#12- Avenue of Stars & Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
The resplendent views of Victoria Harbor make Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade one of the best strolls in Hong Kong. It is no doubt one of the best free things to do in Hong Kong. A good place to begin your walking journey is at the old Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower, a landmark of the age of steam, near the Star Ferry Concourse. Passing the Cultural Center and the Museum of Art, you’ll arrive at the Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong’s lacklustre tribute to its once-brilliant film industry. You can see the 2.5-meter tall bronze statue of Kung Fu icon - Bruce Lee. At the Avenue of Stars, you can watch the Symphony of Lights (begin at 20:00), the world’s largest permanent laser light show projected from atop of 42 skyscrapers. This promenade is also one of the best spots to take awesome photos of prosperous Hong Kong Island.
#13- Lantau Island
Lantau Island is the largest island in Hong Kong, located on the western side of Hong Kong Island. It has some of Hong Kong’s biggest and best sights - dramatic ocean views, gorgeous hiking trails, unspoiled beaches and picturesque village. You can explore the mighty Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha), enjoy amazing views from the Ngong Ping cable car, have adventure in Hong Kong Disneyland, visit the traditional Tai O Fishing Village
#14- Star Ferry
The time-honored Star Ferry has been linking Hong Kong Island with Kowloon since 1888. National Geographic rates the Star Ferry crossing as one of “50 Places of a Lifetime to Visit”. If you come to Hong Kong, it will be awesome experience to take Star Ferry to catch the view of Victoria Harbor. It is one of the most inexpensive way to explore Hong Kong. Come aboard the fabulous ferry, relax and enjoy the magnificent view while sipping a cup of fine coffee, or soak up the sun on the open deck while enjoy the cooling sea breezes.
#15- Victoria Peak
If there’s one destination on every Hong Kong itinerary, it should be the Victoria Peak. Being the highest point on the Hong Kong Island, Victoria Peak provides 360-degree breathtaking panoramic view of the cityscape with its skyscrapers standing magnificently. You’d better visit Victoria Peak at dusk that you can have broad view in daytime and appreciate stunning night view. In the daytime, your horizon can stretch across sparking skyscrapers and Victoria Harbor all the way to the green hills of the New Territories. In early evening, you can witness the panorama melting into pink and orange before reincarnating as a dazzling galaxy of light. Besides the panoramic view, you can visit Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, the Peak Tower & Sky Terrace 428. To reach up Victoria Peak, the best way is to take the Peak Tram. Opened in 1888, it is one of the world’s oldest and most famous funicular railways, rising to 396 meters above sea level. It is so steep that the buildings on both sides you pass look like they are leaning a gradient of between 4 to 27 degrees. It will be a special visual experience.
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