Tourist Directory in Central

MAJOR  ATTRACTIONS

Fabulous skyline, world-class architecture, friendly people too busy to smile, melting pot of worldwide cultures, rural areas that impose big contrasts....Hong Kong is more than just a land of financial centre, there are many attractions that make you the captive of Hong Kong's unique charm.
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Victoria Peak  

Famous for its magnificant view of the the Victoria Harbour and surrounding areas, the Victoria Peak has two shopping arcades (Peak Tower and the Galleria) and a walking trail loop (Luguard Road and Harlech Road) that provide breath-taking viewing points.
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Victoria Harbour ferry  

A ferry ride in the Victoria Harbour has been named by the National Geographic of Traveler as one of the "fifty places of a lifetime". The most popular route is between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui. This 6-minute ferry ride provides a splendid view of the Hong Kong skyline, which has topped the world's sky lines for many years. Views in day time and at nigt are totally different, worth seeing both if time allows. (Fare : HK$2.20 upper deck and HK$1.70 lower deck. Opr hrs : everyday 6:30am to 11:30pm, every 6-12 mins).

If you want a longer ride, and see more of the harbour view, you can take the below ferry rides -
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Po Lin Monastery and the big Buddha Statue  

Po Lin Monastery is a place where visitors can see natural beauty and heritage which are very different from the busy city life of Hong Kong. It used to be just a small temple, but has been expanded in the past decades, it is now one of the oldest and most famous monastery in Hong Kong.
The big Buddha Statue is the world's largest seated outdoor bronze Buddha statue, opening hours : 10:00am-6:00pm. Visitors can go inside the buddha which has a 3-level exhibition hall if they eat a vegetarian meal there, meal serving hours : 11:30am-17:00pm, price : HK$60.
Ngong Ping Village - composed of a number of souvenir shops and restaurants, very touristy, worth seeing when you visit the Big Buddha Statue.
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Tsing Ma Bridge

Completed in 1997, Tsing Ma Bridge is the world's 7th longest span suspension bridge, carries road (upper deck) and rail (lower deck) traffics, and is the world's largest bridge that carries rail traffic. It has splendid views on both sides of the bridge, and is another spot where you can see Hong Kong's landscape and natural beauty blended with modern world-class architecture.
As it does not allow pedestrians, visitors can enjoy the sightseeing from a viewing platform - the Lantau Link Visitor Centre and Viewing Platform. From the viewing platform, you can also see the the Ting Kau Bridge, the world's first major 4-span cable-stayed bridge.) and Kap Shui Mun Bridge, longest cable-stayed bridge in the world. Visitors Centre & Viewing Platform opening hrs : Mon-Fri except Wed - 10:00am-5:00pm, Sat, Sun & Pub holidays : 10:00am-6:30pm. Only cars, taxis, green minibus and private coaches can reach the Visitor Centre and Viewing Platform.
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Symphony of light  

symphony of light Performed every evening at 8:00pm, for around 20 mins. It was ranked the World's largest permanent light and sound show by the Guinness World Records, it is done by shooting laser beams from 44 waterfront buildings along the Victoria Harbour, with music as background.
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Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront Promenade  

Avenue of Stars This pleasant path is scenic and has one of the best views of the Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong Island skyline, and is a popular place for evening leisure strolls. When taking a walk there, take a look at the Avenue of Stars, clock tower, Hong Kong Space Museum, and Hong Kong Cultural Center.
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Tai O Fishing Village

Tai O is the only fishing village left in Hong Kong. To see the old-day Hong Kong before its face lift, Tai O gives you a glimse of fisherman's daily life, including the stilt houses built along the shore, for years these wooden houses stand still in strong waves, typhoons and intense sunshine.
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Theme parks  

Hong Kong has 2 theme parks that attract a large number of visitors each year, especially visitors from the Mainland China areas. They are the Disneyland, and the Ocean Park. Both parks have special excitements for festivals especially Halloween. Visit respective websites for details.

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Museums

Archaeological excavation revealed that Hong Kong's human history started as early as 30,000 years ago, the earliest settlement was at Wong Tei Tung of Sham Chung at Sai Kung, eastern coastal area of Hong Kong, however, this part of the history was very limited. When Hong Kong Island was ceded to Britian in 1841, the British reckoned that it was "a rock with hardly a house upon it". In these less than 170 years, Hong Kong went through wars, immigrants influx and outflow, industrial bloom, economic bloom and crises, health scares, political instabilities, change of ownership, and controversy of new laws; these histories were all well recorded, and were concisely presented in various museums in Hong Kong. Hong Kong museums feature Hong Kong’s many years of history, many of the information is dated back before the Opium Wars. Visitors can buy a weekly museum pass at HK$30 to the following seven museums (marked with ##), museum pass allows you unlimited entrances to these 7 museums except some special exhibitions and Stanley Ho Space Theatre of Hong Kong Space Museum.
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"Legends of Luxury and Elegance: Lifestyles of the Han Nobility" Exhibition, at Hong Kong Museum of History. It exhibits more than 100 pieces of newly excavated items from the Han dynasty(around 2000 years ago). The exhibition will finish on 03May2010.
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Dried seafood and herb market

Located at Western Hong Kong, mainly concentrated at Des Voeux Road West. It consists of both wholesellers and retailers selling dried seafood which includes fish maw, scallop, mushroom, sea cucumber, prawn, and salty fish.


ginseng Herbal medicine stores are also concentrated in this area such as Ko Shing Street, they sell a very large variety of dried herbs and fruits such as gingseng, and guard, some even sell exotic things such as toads, deer tendon, tiger genital etc.

dried mushrooms dried scallops Even though Hong Kong has been using metric system for many years, these old-style dried seafood and herb stores are still using catty and tael. If you are interested to buy from these store, the following quick conversion may become handy - Buying things in these stores could be tricky as some price tags are displayed in Chinese, and use different weighing units. Always confirm the price before purchasing.

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Horse race

The British colonial era left this horse racing tradition in Hong Kong. Before the handover of ownership in 1997, Beijing government promised Hong Konger s that, horse racing and dancing will all remain the same in the coming 50 years, this shows how popular horse race is to the Hong Kongers. It is also a tourist attraction that most visitors want to feel the horse race atmosphere, not just due to the excitement of the race itself, but watching people betting is very interesting too, besides, both race courses have world-class facilities and expertise for horse care and trainings. There are several restaurants in the race courses, amongst those, Moon Koon Restaurant, Pak Sing Restaurant, Sushi Bar and Sprinter are the most popular for tourists. Reservations are mandatory, online reservations are allowed. The two race courses are located at Happy Valley and Shatin, lowest entrance fee is HK$10.00.
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Lei Yue Mun villiage and seafood

live sea food Due to its geographical location, Hong Kong has abundant types of seafood, hence seafood meals are popular in Hong Kong, there are tour groups from South East Asian countries going to Hong Kong just for its seafood. Seafood restaurants are signified by fish tanks with live seafood in front of the restaurants, customers are to choose their favourite food and ways of cooking, then the chef will do the cooking accordingly. There are many seafood restaurants in Hong Kong, amongst which, Lei Yue Mun(Sam Ka Tsuen) is the most famous place for tourists due to its unique fishing village appearance. Besides seafood, some stores sells local snacks, if you are thinking about buying these snacks as souveniour, you had better buy those with proper packing, not all countries allow food products, especially not sealed in bags, to enter .
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Seafood price could vary by a lot, especially for tourists. It is recommended to dine in shops that have proper menu. The restaurant almost at the end of the street has a menu with price displayed outside of the store, and have a clean kitchen that allow everyone to see on the street.

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Floating restaurants

Floating restaurants in other countries may be retired big vessels, but floating restaurants in Hong Kong are specially built for dining. The most famous ones are Jumbo Floating Restaurant and Tai Pak Floating Restaurant, together is called the Jumbo Kingdom. They are situated in the typhoon shelter of the Aberdeen Harbour, with feeder boats carrying customers between the pier and these restaurants; For many tourists, this rides on small boats is the most fun part. Besides offering food, these garnish restaurants strive becoming a very Chinese style theme park for shopping.
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Although it has a proper menu, many seafood price are "current price" and therefore could vary by a lot. The good thing is, there is no price difference for tourists. In general, price is at the high side.

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Outlying islands  

There are 262 outlying islands belonging to Hong Kong's territory, the largest is Lantau Island where it houses the Airport, the Po Lin Monastery and Big Buddha Statue, and the Disneyland. Besides Lantau, there are two islands that are easily assesible and exciting to visit, the outlying island experience is unique, leisure and surely unforgettable. They are Lamma Island and Cheung Chau. overlooking from Lamma hiking trial
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Temples visit

You may have a different religion, or you are an atheist, Hong Kong has so many big and small temples, at least one of them worth seeing. Here are 2 of the most famous ones.
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Tailors

Many tourists like making shirts, or even suits, during their stay in Hong Kong. Several decades ago, tailors in Hong Kong were mainly Shanghaiese immigrants. Nowadays, these older tailors still around as tailors, they either send customers' measurements and any specific requirements to the nearby Mainland China cities to make the clothes, or they themselves make the clothes, slowly, focusing on perfection and individual care. However, tourists usually want to have their clothes made in a very short time, some Indian tailor shops are therefore emerged and mostly gathered in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. No matter which tailor you patron, try not to pay before you are fully satisfied with the clothes. Here are some recommendations -
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Shopping  

For decades Hong Kong has been a shopping paradise. Shopping in Hong Kong is an exciting experience, there are so many different varieties, so many choices, prices are so competitive, shopping places are so everywhere, you just wish that there were 48 hours in a day so you can shop continuously.

China manufactures the world's clothings, electronic appliances, shoes, bags....shipping these goods to Hong Kong is much easier than shipping to other countries. As a result, shopping in Hong Kong you will always find good deals.

In Hong Kong, prestige branded goods, such as LV, are not especially low price, unless you are from Shanghai, Beijing or Japan where branded goods are more expensive.

There are mainly two forms of shoppings in Hong Kong that attracts tourists, shopping centers and street markets. Most shopping centers, department stores and retailers do not practice bargaining, but they make use of many occasions to offer big sales and slash their prices. However, you can practise your bargaining skill at street markets especially those merchandise with no price tags.

Warning - Some individual electronic appliance shops in Tsim Sha Tsui sold their stocks to tourists at a very low price, after payment, shopkeeper said the particular appliance was out of stock, but the shop had a no-refund policy, so the tourists were forced to buy another appliance that were way too expensive than it should be. Tourists should be aware of that, the policy of "no refund" should not be applicable in these circumstances. Should that happens to you, call the Police or Consumer Council immediately, they know these tricks so well that they know how to handle it.

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Street Markets

Another form for shopping is Street Markets. Hong Kong has numerous street markets, they are usually of very good price, even though low-price low-quality things are not for everyone, you should at least walk along the markets and get a feel of it. Amongst Hong Kong's street markets there are a few that always draw large number of tourists, they are -
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5 Best souveniours  

We picked 5 favourite souveniours for you, let's see how you like our ideas.
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Night lives  

Three places are famous for its night lives of pubs and restaurants, Lan Kwai Fong, Soho, and Knutsford Terrace. Soho East is getting better, but still not as good as these three. Lan Kwai Fong

Beaches  

The most attractive beaches are in the south side of Hong Kong Island, they are the Repulse Bay and Stanley. You do not even need swimming suits to enjoy the fasination of these beaches. Of course, if you want a dip into the surrounding waters of Hong Kong, these beaches are safe to swim, life guards and shark nets are in place in the warm months of the year. Go to top

Astropark  

Opened in Jan2010, equiped with HK$3million astronomical facilities. Consists of 3 sections, Educational Zone, Naked-eye Observation Area and Telescopic Observation Area. Opens 24 hours everyday, free admission. Location - Chong Hing Water Sports Centre, Sai Kung, The New Territories, Hong Kong.
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Red light districts

There are 2 red light districts in Hong Kong.