Star Ferry Pier Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
The charming Star Ferry boats have been faithfully carrying passengers from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and back since 1888. While the two sides of Victoria Harbour are now connected by a world-class infrastructure system of road and rail tunnels, tens of millions of people still climb aboard the humble Star Ferry vessels each year. Many visitors take the ride for an up-close look at one of the world’s most photographed harbours, while locals have kept their affection for it because, even after a century, it’s still a highly reliable and efficient form of transport. National Geographic rates the Star Ferry crossing as one of 50 ‘places of a lifetime’.
Near the terminus in Tsim Sha Tsui
Standing 44-metres tall, the old Clock Tower was erected in 1915 as part of the Kowloon–Canton Railway terminus. The once-bustling station is long gone, but this red brick and granite tower, now preserved as a Declared Monument, survives as an elegant reminder of the Age of Steam. It has also been a memorable landmark for the millions of Chinese immigrants who passed through the terminus to begin new lives not just in Hong Kong, but in other parts of the world via the city’s harbour.
2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
A visit to 1881 Heritage will transport you to Victorian-era Hong Kong. From the 1880s to 1996, this was the headquarters of the Hong Kong Marine Police. Several buildings and artefacts of historical interest have been preserved and restored, and the site now features a shopping mall, a heritage hotel, and an exhibition hall.
In a city that preserves its traditions while looking firmly to the future, 1881 Heritage fittingly combines historical attractions with more contemporary pursuits. Visitors can shop for international fashion brands and enjoy fine dining on the grounds where pirates were incarcerated and a daily signal was watched by ships in the harbour as they prepared for long and treacherous trans-global journeys. Tradition and innovation, past and present, 1881 Heritage is a real Hong Kong experience.
Canton Road, 3 - 27, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Harbour City Hong Kong is the largest shopping mall in Hong Kong and certainly one of the largest in Asia. It comprises about 700 shops, including 50 restaurants. Located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui along the west side of Canton Road, this shopping mall is adjacent to the Star Ferry and Bus Terminal.
Ocean Terminal: It's a major cruise terminal in Hong Kong. Also, the lower three floors are shops and restaurants.
Shops: There are about 700 shops selling men's and women's clothing, shoes, kid's wear and toys, bags, watches, cosmetics and personal care products, underwear, lingerie, leather goods, jewelry, electronic goods, sportswear, home furnishings, optical products and gifts. Also, there are many branded boutiques, such as Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Versace, Calvin Klein, CHANEL, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana Hugo Boss Mango, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent.
Restaurants: The dining options include 50 restaurants, coffee shops and fastfood outlets, offering Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Western cuisine, and also finest coffee and desserts.
Canton Road, 33, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
China Hong Kong City - China Ferry Terminal
Links to the Mainland China ferry terminal, from which regular ferries connect Kowloon to Macau and cities in Mainland China.
Nathan Road, 105, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Kowloon Mosque and Islamic Centre
Kowloon Masjid and Islamic Centre or Kowloon Mosque and Islamic Centre (Traditional Chinese: 九龍清真寺暨伊斯蘭中心) is one of the four principal mosques in Hong Kong. Located at the corner of Nathan Road and Haiphong Road next to Kowloon Park, the Mosque is currently the largest Islamic house of worship in the city. The Mosque holds prayers daily and is capable of accommodating up to approximately 2000 people.
The Kowloon Masjid and Islamic Centre was first established in 1896, on the site where the Tsim Sha Tsui Police Station now stands. It was originally intended to serve the Indian Muslim troops of the British army stationed at nearby Whitfield Barracks, now the site of the adjacent Kowloon Park. In the late 1970's, the building suffered structural defects due to the underground construction carried out for the Mass Transit Railway. With the compensation given by Mass Transit Railway Corporation and donations from Muslims, a new Mosque was built in 1984 on the present site at 105 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, to replace the old one.
The building (Mosque), designed by architect I.M. Kadri, represents the unique identity of Muslim community in Hong Kong. Decorated and elaborated, the traditional Muslim architecture of the Mosque distinguished itself from the rational and modern architecture of the nearby commercial buildings. The most prominent features of the building are the four 11m high minarets which mark the corners of the upper terrace and the extensive use of white marble on both paving and the façade.
In addition to three prayer halls and a community hall, there is a medical clinic and a library. The main prayer hall on the first floor can accommodate 1,000 people. A smaller, women's prayer hall is on the upper floor and is surrounded by a terrace. This upper hall is surmounted by a dome 5m in diameter and 9m in height.
Kowloon Park Sports Centre, 22 Austin Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
After the hectic surrounds of Tsim Sha Tsui, the tranquillity of Kowloon Park washes over you like a mountain spring. But this peaceful place was actually once an army fortress that was handed over by the military for public use in 1970.
For some relaxation, head to the Chinese Garden, which comprises a two-tier lotus pond linked by a rock cascade, and be sure to look out for the terrapins basking in the sun.
Don’t let a wet weather day put you off from visiting either: listening to the rain falling on the foliage from the park’s 200-meters sheltered walkway is pure bliss. There are also kung fu and lion dance performances every Sunday.
Tsim Sha Tsui East Waterfront Podium Garden, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong
Avenue of Stars
Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront signifies a world-famous harbour, a legend in the orient, and the spirit of Hong Kong.
It came into existence in 1982 and was subsequently transformed into Avenue of Stars in 2004 – both with the sponsorship and development contribution by New World Group – to envision a spectacular and integrated leisure experience of an enlivened waterfront, with tributes paid to local film industry hence tourism promotion. The destination has been well-received by local communities, industry stakeholders, tourism and movie counterparts. Over the past decade, Avenue of Stars has been one of the most popular scenic spots in Hong Kong, attracting more than half a million of patrons every month – for handprints of local movie stars, thousands of exhibitions, overseas cultural programmes, local musical, dance and drama performances - colourful and vibrant above all.
To strive for an even better ambiance and visitors’ contemporary experience, it’s time for rejuvenation – in 2015, Avenue of Stars is temporarily closed for repair and improvement works with a view to presenting a brand-new and more exciting leisure and entertainment destination to the world by 2018. For the time-being, please visit Garden of Stars and Starry Gallery for film-related exhibitions
2 Science Museum Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Science Museum
f you think a visit to a museum means staring into glass cabinets for endless hours, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Over 70 per cent of the Hong Kong Science Museum’s 500 exhibits are hands-on, meaning you can literally play around with a broad spectrum of cool topics, including robotics, virtual reality and transportation.
Be sure to check out the 22-metre-high twin-tower Energy Machine which, when activated, triggers a series of displays to produce spectacular audio-visual effects demonstrating various forms of energy.
10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Space Museum
ou may recognise the rather unusual egg-shaped building that has become a landmark on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. This striking dome is home to the Hong Kong Space Museum.
The city’s popular planetarium is made up of the Stanley Ho Space Theatre, the Hall of Space Science, and the Hall of Astronomy. There’s plenty of action and toys for wannabe space explorers and closest geeks, such as the Omnimax and sky shows, astronomy exhibits, digital planetarium projector, and seats installed with multi-language and interactive systems.
Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, Kowloon
With over 100 stalls of bargain clothing, accessories and souvenirs, the Ladies’ Market on Tung Choi Street provides a one-kilometre stretch on which to practise your haggling skills. It gets its name from the huge amount of clothing and accessories on sale for women of all ages; however, with watches, cosmetics, bags, home furnishings, CDs and trinkets also up for grabs, you don’t need to be just in the market for a pair of nylon stockings to find something within its crowded aisles.
Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong, Kowloon
Temple Street Night Market
When the sun goes down, the traders have already laid out their wares and the opera singers and fortune tellers begin to emerge. Welcome to the Temple Street Night Market, a popular street bazaar, named after a Tin Hau temple located in the centre of its main drag, and a place so steeped in local atmosphere that it has served as the backdrop to many a memorable movie.
Trinkets, tea ware, electronics, watches, menswear, jade and antiques are scrutinised and haggled over, while claypot rice, seafood, noodles and other treats are consumed with gusto.
Temple Street Night Market is an enduring example of the theatre and festivity of a Chinese market. And it’s on show nightly.
Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple, Hong Kong
Wong Tai Sin Temple
The Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple’s claim to ‘make every wish come true upon request’ might have something to do with its popularity. Home to three religions (Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism), its natural setting and beautifully ornamented buildings make it as much a scenic attraction as an important religious centre.
The temple commemorates the famous monk of yore, Wong Tai Sin (also known as Huang Chu-ping), who was born in the Fourth century and became a deity at Heng Shan (Red Pine Hill). In 1915, Taoist priest Liang Ren-an carried a sacred portrait of Wong Tai Sin from Guangdong in southern China to Hong Kong. Now housing this precious portrait, the Wong Tai Sin Temple is where worshippers pray for good fortune through offerings, divine guidance and fortune telling.
Feng shui enthusiasts may notice structures representing the five geomantic elements: the Bronze Pavilion (metal); the Archives Hall (wood); the Yuk Yik Fountain (water); the Yue Heung Shrine (fire), where the Buddha of the Lighting Lamp is worshipped; and the Earth Wall (earth). Other areas of the complex include the Three Saints Hall, the Confucian Hall and the extravagantly colourful Good Wish Garden that is lavishly decorated with chinoiserie.
Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Disneyland Hong Kong
Star Wars™: Tomorrowland Takeover
Celebrate Star Wars with ‘Star Wars: Tomorrowland Takeover’ this summer, with exclusive experiences for Star Wars fans! Reimagined from Space Mountain, you will walk past a gigantic X-wing starfighter, flight suits and pilot helmets on your way to try your skill as a rebel pilot in the Hyperspace Mountain, before meeting legendary Wookiee warrior Chewbacca and resourceful astromech droid R2-D2 at Star Wars: Command Post.
Experience Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, adapted exclusively for Hong Kong Disneyland. Aspiring younglings (aged 4-12) will be recruited to don Jedi robes and join a secret training session with Jedi masters on how to use the Force, and their wit, to wield lightsabers! So join the Star Wars action by becoming a brave pilot, hero of the Resistance or Jedi Knight!
Mickey and the Wondrous Book
This brand new stage performance is an epic journey through an enchanted storybook. As the pages turn, you will be immersed in seven beloved Disney tales, including The Jungle Book with Baloo and King Louie; The Little Mermaidwith Ariel; Tangled with Rapunzel; Brave with Merida; Aladdin with the Genie, Aladdin and Jasmine; The Princess and the Frog with Tiana and of course, an epic ‘happily ever after’-style Disney finale, Frozen with Princess Anna and Queen Elsa.
Fairy Tale Forest — presented by PANDORA
Have fun meandering through this enchanted living forest, where there will be miniature iconic scenes from five of the most cherished Disney Princess stories:Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Tangled. Activate music box scenes to see them come to life with captivating music and animation, recreated in miniature perfection for your regal delight!
‘Disney in the Stars’ with All New Castle Projection
During the 10th anniversary celebration, the nightly fireworks will be accompanied by an enhanced castle projection with cutting-edge technology and dazzling lighting effects. Your favourite stories and characters will be joined by some new friends, including Joy and Sadness from Inside Out, Nemo and Dory from Finding Nemo and the new upcoming release Finding Dory, Hiro and Baymax from Big Hero 6, and Lightning McQueen from Cars.
Ngong Ping 360, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Ngong Ping 360
gong Ping 360 is the ideal springboard to exploring Lantau Island. Your journey begins with a 25-minute cable car ride from Tung Chung. Give the amazing Crystal Cabin a try. Its glass bottom offers an astonishing bird’s eye view of the magical deep blue sea and lush green mountainside underneath your feet. As you step out of the cable car, you will be greeted by the culturally themed 1.5-hectare Ngong Ping Village, where a wide array of shops and eateries in Ngong Ping Village offer a delightful shopping and dining experience. Also, don’t miss the Walking with Buddha multimedia presentation.
Conclude your Lantau Island day-out with a breathtaking sunset view as you take the cable car back to Tung Chung.
Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Opened in 1977, Ocean Park Hong Kong is a marine-life theme park featuring animal exhibits, thrill rides and shows. In 2012, its impressive ability to offer guests a world-class experience that blends entertainment with education and conservation was confirmed when it became the first Asian winner of the biannual Applause Award, the most prestigious award in the amusement and theme park industry.
The park is located on the southern side of Hong Kong Island, covering more than 915,000 square metres. The Waterfront and The Summit areas are connected by the Cable Car and Ocean Express funicular train.
Expo Drive, 1, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Golden Bauhinia Square (and HKCEC)
The bauhinia is the emblem of Hong Kong. The Forever Blooming Bauhinia Sculpture that gives the Expo Promenade the commonly used name, Golden Bauhinia Square, was a gift from the Central Government to mark the 1997 Handover — an occasion that held tremendous significance for the world’s largest nation and that stands out as a landmark event in 20th century history.
Today the site is hugely popular with Chinese visitors who come to take photos of the Reunification Monument, which bears inscriptions of the calligraphy of President Jiang Zemin who represented China at the Handover Ceremony and to enjoy the pomp and symbolism of the daily Flag-raising Ceremony with beautiful Victoria Harbour as a backdrop.
Victoria Peak, The Peak, Hong Kong
If there is only one thing you can do in Hong Kong, go to The Peak. If you have many things to do here, still go to The Peak. The highest point on Hong Kong Island, this has been the city’s most exclusive neighbourhood since colonial times — back then it was the cooler air that attracted the rich and famous; in the post air-conditioning era, the views of one of the world’s most spectacular cityscapes keep them coming.
Albany Road, Central, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Zoological And Botanical Gardens
The Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens is the oldest park in the territory. Built in 1860 and partially opened in 1864, they were completed in 1871.
The gardens, with an area of 5.6 hectares, are divided into eastern and western parts by Albany Road. These are connected by a pedestrian subway. The eastern part, known as the Old Garden, comprises the children’s playground, aviaries, a green house and the fountain terrace garden. It is also home to birds such as the American flamingo, Bali mynah, Hawaiian goose and red-crowned crane. The western part, or the New Garden, is mainly home to mammals, including the Bornean orangutan, buff-cheeked gibbon, emperor tamarin and raccoon, as well as reptiles like the elongated tortoise and spurred tortoise.
On top of the zoological and botanical attractions, visitors can also enjoy features of historical importance, such as the Memorial Arch, the Bronze Statue of King George VI and the Pavilion.
Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong
Primarily an upmarket residential area, sun-drenched Repulse Bay has a relaxed resort-like feel to it. Its wide, wave-lapped beach is popular with both locals and visitors and is great for strolls in the early morning, daytime sun soaking when the bathers are out in force, or lingering at sunset when all has turned mellow.
This crescent-shaped stretch of sand is one of the most beautiful beaches in Hong Kong. It is also home to the Hong Kong Life Saving Society clubhouse, which is built in traditional Chinese style, with a ceiling decorated with magnificent swirling dragons. Towering twin statues of the deities Kwun Yam and Tin Hau dominate the picturesque gardens that lead down to the beach.
The nearby colonial-style building, The Repulse Bay houses designer shops and award-winning restaurants, and resembles the luxury hotel built in 1920 that originally occupied the site. Most of its grounds were redeveloped into luxury apartments more than 20 years ago, and only the original arcade remains.
Che Kung Miu Road, Tai Wai, Hong Kong
Che Kung Temple at Sha Tin
This temple located in the Tai Wai area of Sha Tin honours Che Kung, a military commander of the Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279) whose advantageous power for suppressing uprisings and plagues made him a household name. In popular folklore, it’s said that Che Kung escorted the Song dynasty’s last emperor on his escape to Sai Kung in what is now called the New Territories. His achievements led to him eventually becoming revered as a god.
The original temple was built here around 300 years ago in a desperate move to stop an epidemic that was spreading across the Sha Tin area. According to legend, the epidemic began to subside on the day construction was completed. The structure you see today was erected in 1993 to accommodate the increasing number of worshippers during Che Kung’s festival, which happens on the second day of the Chinese New Year.
A giant statue of Che Kung can be found at the altar in the main worship hall, while the main altar is also flanked by a huge drum and bell. Next to this is a fan-bladed wheel of fortune, which, the faithful believe, will bring good luck when spun three times. Fortune tellers often gather to ply their trade at the left of the entrance.
1 Man Lam Rd, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Heritage Museum
Located within a wooded setting just out of view of Sha Tin’s towering housing complexes, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum is patterned after the traditional si he yuan; a compound of harmoniously blended houses built around a central courtyard.
But people don’t just come here for the quaint architecture; the extensive museum is divided into 12 exhibition galleries, each a treasure trove of relics that express the history, culture and arts of early Hong Kong and the nearby South China region.
Notable features include a collection of beautiful Chinese paintings by the acclaimed artist Zhao Shao'ang, and a comprehensive and colourful exhibition tracing the development of Cantonese opera.
The ‘Bruce Lee: Kung Fu‧Art‧Life’ exhibition
In collaboration with the Bruce Lee Foundation in the United States, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum has organised an exhibition that looks at Bruce Lee as not only a film star and martial artist, but also cultural phenomenon. The exhibition has more than 600 invaluable items of Bruce Lee memorabilia provided by local and overseas collectors and organisations. Visitors will be able to gain a greater insight into his achievements and contributions as well as his significance in popular culture