Hong Kong at a Glance
Mr. Chen Guanzhong says it is a representative of the half-Tangpan urban aesthetic, a great mongrel, a mix of half Chinese, half barbarian, half Chinese, half foreign, half human, half ghost. China’s constant displacement by war has given her vicissitudes that do not belong to her age.” How is it all right, this is Hong Kong.
Tsim Sha Tsui: there is a night view of Victoria Harbour also Harbour City, DFS, Elements Mall, Park Lane Shopping Boulevard, Galenway Old Road. Shopping, scenic views one can not be missing.
Causeway Bay: The local people’s favorite shopping paradise and food gathering place, Lee Gardens, famous stores, Sogo Department Store, Times Square, Jardine’s Bazaar, all kinds of trendy goods to find.
Central: comparable to Shanghai’s Shanghai Tang, it is the economic center of Hong Kong, with top shopping malls, high-end hotels, the world’s largest Apple flagship store and the famous Lan Kwai Fong.
Mongkok: the first choice for in-depth Hong Kong culture, trendy young people hang around, Mongkok and Yau Ma Tei between the section of Nathan Road is the most prosperous place, with Nathan Road as the boundary, shopping centers are concentrated in the east, a few major streets, such as Women’s Street, Bo Shoes Street; the west, inexpensive small goods, full of street snacks are very attractive.
Golden Mile: a section of the road from Jordan to Tsim Sha Tsui is full of brand businesses, the Golden Mile thus named, which shows the prosperity of this place.
Outlying islands: Hong Kong’s downtown comfort, seafood to eat to the full, the only way to Lamma Island, Cheung Chau, Peng Chau and other outlying islands to unveil the quiet side of Hong Kong.
Best time to travel
October-November: Stroll around the Victoria Harbour or take a hike on the outlying islands (Lamma Island, Cheung Chau), where you can enjoy the breeze and sunshine.
December-March: Hong Kong’s discount season, shopping areas are mainly concentrated in Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, Central, Causeway Bay and other places. The further the discounts, the greater the good goods are also less.
The common currency in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong dollar, marked as HK$.
The coldest in Hong Kong is not less than 10 ℃, the hottest can reach 37 ℃, year-round between 23-27 ℃.
Spring (March – mid-May) thin jacket or sweater.
In summer (late May-mid September) short-sleeved shirts and cotton dresses. Hong Kong public places are mostly air-conditioned, so you can prepare an extra thin jacket.
In autumn (late September – early December), the weather is sunny and dry. Bring rain gear as typhoons are common from May to November.
In winter (mid-December – late February), the weather is cool. You should wear a suit and a thin sweater, and a coat when it is coldest. If you go to the beach, it is best to bring more clothes.
If you just come to feel the prosperity of this place, women fall in love with the bloodbath, children fall in love with the dream of Disney, but the essence of Hong Kong is also his night, you can go to Lan Kwai Fong in Central to order a glass of wine all night long, take the Star Ferry to swim in the harbor, or take the Peak Tram to the top of the Peak, look at the charming night of Victoria Harbour, feel the rhythm of Hong Kong neon lights.
And Hong Kong, there are also quiet times, go to Lantau Island, experience the staggering of time; go to the seawater Bay, enjoy the romance of the sea breeze; go to Stanley, taste the old European style; go to Lamma Island, let the mind do a yoga; go to Sai Kung, looking for the old fishing port style, and let you see a different Hong Kong.
Avenue of Stars
This is a must-see spot for first-time visitors to Hong Kong, and it is also a great location for viewing the scenery of Victoria Harbour (especially the night view). Not only can you ask the stars for “autographs” and “shake hands” with them, but you can even take photos with the bronze statues of international kung fu star Bruce Lee and Hong Kong cartoon character McDull.
Nearby attractions: Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong Space Museum, Hong Kong Museum of Art, across the river from the International Convention and Exhibition Centre; shopping mall: SOGO; hotel: InterContinental Hong Kong
Address: Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront Garden, Yau Tsim Mong District, Kowloon, a section of the promenade at the southern end of Salisbury Gardens
Hong Kong Museum of Art
It is the most centralized place for art exhibitions in Hong Kong, with five floors, each with two fixed exhibition areas, divided into Chinese heritage, Chinese painting and calligraphy, Hong Kong contemporary art, historical painting and Chinese painting and calligraphy from the Xu Bai Qi Collection, etc., with ancient Chinese artworks as the main focus, and from time to time there will be various mobile exhibitions that keep up with the times. When you are tired of looking, you can sit on a comfortable chair or inside the bookstore and watch the view of Victoria Bay.
Address: 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Yau Tsim Mong District, Kowloon (near the Avenue of Stars)
Hong Kong Space Museum
The hemispherical building by the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront is the Space Museum, which, as its name suggests, is naturally a museum of some astronomical and space science knowledge. The dome of the east wing is the core of the museum, including the planetarium, space science exhibition hall, and the most worthy of seeing Stanley Ho’s planetarium, that is, the sky screen movie, and a number of production workshops; the west wing has an astronomy exhibition hall, lecture hall and astronomy bookstore, etc.. The Hong Kong Space Museum shows daily astronomy programs and has astronomy exhibitions.
Address: 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Yau Tsim Mong District, Kowloon
Hong Kong Museum of History
The Hong Kong Museum of History connects the history and humanities of Hong Kong into a story by time. Divided into eight galleries, the museum ties together the prehistory of Hong Kong to 1997, showing us the Cantonese cultural traditions of Hong Kong. The museum features ancestral halls, clan temples, lion dances and bao hills, everything is like the Hong Kong films that accompanied us growing up in the 80s and 90s.
Nearby Attractions: Hong Kong Science Museum
Address: 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Yau Tsim Mong District, Kowloon (side of the Hong Kong Science Museum)
Hong Kong Science Museum
It is very suitable for family trip, light, sound, mechanics, magnetism and electricity, mathematics, life science, transportation, telecommunications, food science, energy, occupational safety and health and home science and technology, about 70% of the exhibits can be operated by visitors, the most remarkable exhibit is the “Energy Shuttle”, which is currently the largest of its kind in the world. The DC-3 airliner can be considered another treasure of the Science Museum. It is the first passenger plane in Hong Kong and the first exhibit installed in the museum. Nearby attractions: Clock Tower, Hong Kong Museum of History
Address: 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Yau Tsim Mong District, Kowloon
Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street is also called Men’s Street, is a popular location for Hong Kong movies, Temple Street is most famous for the night market, Temple Street is actually just a very short street, but it is concentrated in the most authentic Hong Kong people’s culture, almost nothing during the day, but at night, here food stalls and a variety of stalls will be enough to enrich your night life. Temple Street’s Hing Kee Pot Rice is worth a try. When you buy something, you can get it at a discount of 30% to 60%.
Address: Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Yau Tsim Mong District, Kowloon
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple, formerly known as the Scots Garden, is one of the most popular temples in terms of incense. The temple is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin, and it is said that all requests are answered, especially during the Lunar New Year or festivals, the faithful men and women flock to the temple, and the incense is particularly strong. The most distinctive feature of the temple is its “five shapes” architectural layout, with the Flying Luan Terrace, the Hall of Scripture, the Jade Liquid Pond, the Bon Incense Pavilion and the Shining Wall, each representing the five elements of gold, wood, water, fire and earth. There are also other traditional Chinese buildings such as the Hall of the Three Saints, the Grand Hall and the Garden of the Heart. There is a small park next to the shrine, which is well designed and exquisite, with a garden view. The Nine Dragons Wall next to it is modeled after the Forbidden City in Beijing.
Address: Chuk Yuen Village, Wong Tai Sin, Wong Tai Sin District, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tai Ping Shan
The thrilling and exotic cable car journey, the fascinating and magnificent night view of Victoria Harbour, the wonderful Madame Tussauds Wax Museum (inside the Peak Tower), and the Peak Tower, which gathers many gourmet restaurants, are the four hot spots for visiting the Mount Tai Ping. At an altitude of 554 meters, the Peak is the top of Hong Kong Island and the best place to overlook the view of Victoria Harbour, which is the first focal point of visiting Hong Kong. Whether you are a romantic or not, you must also arrange to enjoy the night view at the Peak. You’ll feel like flying as you ride the cable car at a 30° angle towards the top.
Address: P101 – 5, P1 Floor, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, Garden Road, Central, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong Island
Golden Bauhinia Square
Golden Bauhinia Square was established to commemorate the return of Hong Kong to the motherland. Surrounded by Victoria Harbour on three sides, Golden Bauhinia Square is in the center of the harbor, opposite Tsim Sha Tsui on the opposite bank, and is a good place to view the harbor and see the illusionary Winged River.
Address: Expo Waterfront Garden, next to the new Jighai, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai District, Central and Western District, Hong Kong Island
This is a must-visit place for families in Hong Kong. Here you can see cute dolphins, sea lions praise, exciting games, do not miss the park’s climbing elevator, known as the world’s second longest outdoor escalator, which can take you to the most famous attractions here: the Pacific Coast, Oceanarium and Shark Museum; and the 72-meter-high Ocean Skyscraper; 360 ° overlooking the mesmerizing scenery and thrilling wave-skiing spaceship. The Village brings together the best of 5,000 years of culture with folk art performances, artisan stores and a variety of buildings modeled after Chinese relics from the past. The Giant Panda Park is also not to be missed.
Even standing at the top and looking at the view is something special.
Address: Ocean Park Road, Aberdeen, Southern District, Hong Kong Island
Repulse Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches in Hong Kong with its long beach, wide beach bed, fine soft sand and calm mirror-like sea, and it is often used by TVB for filming, and most importantly, it has a very good feng shui, so all of the most important Hong Kong tycoons own properties in Repulse Bay. The park of Zhenhai Building and the statues of the Goddess of Mercy and the Goddess of Mercy in front of it, and Shadow Bay Park, which was converted from the famous Repulse Bay Hotel, are a gathering place for food and stores, and still have a strong colonial flavor.
Address: Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong
Stanley Market / Murray House
Stanley, most people who have been there will miss its laid-back, European style, its beaches, swimming pools, exotic food and some old local buildings. Nostalgia has become the whole point of this place. The Stanley Market and Stanley’s iconic Murray House are a must-see. Stanley Market is a great place for shopping with its various small stores and vendors, while if it weren’t for Murray House, Stanley might be a little less flavorful. As the only remaining Victorian building in Hong Kong, it is extremely rich in ancient continental colors, with a variety of delicacies inside the building, and the Maritime Museum is also worth seeing.
Address: Stanley Main Street, Stanley, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Disneyland
Here you can see an all-star cast of Disney characters, Donald Duck will appear in 3D Mickey’s Fantasia, leading you into the classic scenes of the world of Disney animation; Mickey, Minnie and Goofy, moreover, will appear at any time in the Dream Garden to meet you up close. If you want to meet with many Disney friends at once, remember to pay attention to the grand Disney Parade; and be sure to enjoy the singing and dancing Broadway show Mickey’s Golden Award Musical! If you’re tired, hop on the Disneyland Railroad, and in the evening, the dazzling Starry Night Fantasy fireworks are not to be missed.
If you want a panoramic view of Lantau Island, you can take the fully transparent Ngong Ping Cable Car (see Map 40), which takes you on a 25-minute journey full of lush greenery, the Hong Kong International Airport, the South China Sea and the North Lantau Country Park. The market is a collection of restaurants and shopping places. The “Land of the Southern Buddha”, known as the Giant Statue of Buddha, is also close by.
Address: Lantau Island, Outlying Islands
Tai O Fishing Village
Tai O was the first fishing village to be developed on Lantau Island and is known as the “Venice of Hong Kong”. It is known as the “Venice of Hong Kong” because it is divided into two areas by Sam Chung and used to be connected by a cross-harbour ferry, and the residents used small boats to travel between them. Tai O is also characterized by its “high houses” built on the water, which are elevated houses built on the river side.
Cheung Chau has a mountain of buns, fish eggs, coconut groves and trees, and clear water and sand. Cheung Chau is the Maldives of McDull. This is probably one of the few places in Hong Kong that maintains the characteristics of the old fishing port and lives a very relaxed life, the streets are still so shabby and permeated with a sense of the times. On weekends, Cheung Chau is particularly lively, which is also a good place to swim in the water. In summer, many people come to vacation, mainly in East Bay and Guanyin Bay two beaches, Guanyin Bay is a good place for windsurfing activities, but also Hong Kong’s first Olympic windsurfing gold medalist Li Lisan’s practice ground.
Lamma Island is located across the sea from Cheung Chau Island. Due to its proximity to the city, Lamma Island has become a relaxing weekend destination. At Sok Kwu Wan, you can savour the culture of the old Hong Kong fishing village full of oriental colors; cross the Carrefour Trail to reach Yung Shue Wan, but it is a leisurely and romantic western mood, and the Tin Hau Ancient Temple at Yung Shue Wan must not be misjudged. A strong artistic atmosphere. Fresh air, beautiful coastal scenery, delicious seafood cuisine, attracting many tourists to this excursion hiking.
Hong Kong Wetland Park
Hong Kong Wetland Park is a popular choice for many Hong Kong primary and secondary school students on field trips. The park is divided into two major parts: the “Visitor Center” and the “Wetland Reserve”, and has a wide variety of animals. At the entrance of the Visitor Center, there are exhibits, merchandise, short films, and a food vendor. There is also an indoor play area (Swamp Adventure), while the Wetland Reserve is a large wetland environment, including freshwater swamps, ponds, reed beds, mudflats, mangroves, meadows and woodlands, etc., where you can enjoy a wide variety of wildlife at close quarters.
Tsing Ma Bridge
The Tsing Ma Bridge in Hong Kong is the world’s longest dual-purpose suspension bridge for vehicular traffic and railroads, and the sixth longest suspension bridge in the world. The Tsing Ma Bridge is also a major architectural landmark and tourist attraction in Hong Kong. Together with the Kap Shui Mun Bridge, which connects Ma Wan and Lantau Island, it is like two rainbows, and its spectacular grandeur has completely surpassed the Golden Gate Bridge in the United States, making it a new tourist attraction in Hong Kong.
When you enter Saigon, what you feel must be completely different from the city. Low houses, narrow streets and alleys, quaint atmosphere, sparse people, fishing boats and private yachts floating on the sea, a few pleasant tranquility and relaxation. Only a few dozen minutes drive, but it is like traveling through the tunnel of time to Hong Kong decades ago. The most charming part of the town is the Yichun Street behind the Tin Hau Temple, which still retains the ancient charm of the old town. And Saigon is best known as a favorite seafood foraging place for locals.
Hong Kong is a “gourmet paradise” where visitors can enjoy some of the most delicious food and wine from around the world. According to statistics, there are more than 10,000 Chinese and Western restaurants in Hong Kong, with one restaurant in five steps and one pavilion in ten steps. In Hong Kong gathered the top national food cuisine, with Lan Kwai Fong, Soho, Nouveau Terrace and other Western-style food district, English, French, Japanese, Italian, German flavors of various countries are gathered in Hong Kong’s major food districts and high-end hotels. Hong Kong’s local cuisine is also very special, seafood, desserts, herbal tea, Cantonese BBQ, teahouse snacks and so on, none of them are marked with the unique stamp of Hong Kong, and become a must-try classics in Hong Kong.
Tea Culture in Hong Kong
Hong Kong people attach great importance to drinking tea, that is, drinking tea while eating various kinds of dim sum, so the tea restaurant is a well-deserved representative of Hong Kong’s food culture. From Western-style ham omelette, toast, coffee, etc., to Chinese style raw congee, dish head rice, boiled rice, meal egg noodles, etc., pineapple oil and mandarin duck are the favorites of Hong Kong style tea restaurants. Prices for dim sum a la carte items generally range from HK$25-55.
Generally 11:00 am before the morning tea time, 12:00 noon end is not fresh, so also known as “morning tea”. In the afternoon 14:30-16:30 is the afternoon tea, after 21:30 is the night tea, these hours to eat will be discounted. Hong Kong people love to eat late at night, 12:00 pm roadside stalls are still lit up.
Teahouse / barbecue piece
Teahouse is the successor of the “ice house” decades ago, can be said to be a unique style of Hong Kong, a fusion of Hong Kong characteristics of Western-style dining, and the development of their own authentic culture. Breakfast coffee, oil more (buttered toast) or egg treatment (egg sandwich), lunchtime beef fried rice noodles, ham macaroni, afternoon pineapple buns with milk tea, dinner in the Juan Chu steak rice or cream (cream) chicken Gordalia (pasta) …… rich and inexpensive Chinese and Western meals and set meals, diversified services. So that the tea restaurant can be for the neighborhood’s three meals properly organized. Hong Kong also has a number of special barbecue stores, also operating a variety of meals in the restaurant, which shows that Hong Kong people love barbecue.
Australian Milk Company
Famous for its scrambled egg toast
Tsui Wah Tea Restaurant
Hong Kong’s highest star rating, with many branches throughout the territory
Sheng Heung Yuen
Pork Chop Tsui Tsui, the only one in Hong Kong
Tsui Yuen Restaurant, Macau
A Portuguese restaurant famous for its curry buns
Kam Wah Ice House
The pineapple bun is the best in Hong Kong
Wah Sing Ice House
Address: Shop B1, G/F, Kwong Sang Hong Building, No. 6, Rua de Coronel, Wanchai
Minsheng Ice House
The most famous one is the steamed pork cake with salted egg
Address: G/F, 16 Wun Sa Street, Tai Hang
Very historical teahouse, many classic TVB dramas were filmed here
Lan Fong Yuen Tea Restaurant
The first mandarin duck, stocking milk tea, pork chop bun is also the signature cuisine
Address: 2 Knotts Street, Central
Tai Hing Barbecue
Address: Shop 1-3, G/F, Sino Global Insurance Centre, 470-484 Sheffield Road, Causeway Bay, with many other branches
Yuen Kee BBQ
Address: G/F, 12-13 Hung Wai Building, 3-5 Fa Yuen Street, Mongkok; multiple chain stores
Sham Tseng Chan Kee Roast Goose
Address: 427-427A, Reclamation Street, Mongkok, another branch in the New Territories