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11 Apr 2024

Top 20 places to visit in Hong Kong, China

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Have you ever wondered what's going to happen if Chinese hard work would be combined with British laconicism? If you are still thinking about it, then don't, because the answer is in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is a city in China and a state in a state that has its own laws, traditions, and history that was partly influenced by Great Britain during the time of colonization. This is a place of amazing contrasts, where advanced technologies coexist with centuries-old traditions, skyscrapers, piercing clouds with their peaks, are adjacent to simple fishermen's houses, and huge shopping centers with chaotic trading rows of floating markets. The sights of Hong Kong combine the color of oriental culture and the extraordinary contrast between antiquity and modernity. This time ManyTours has prepared for you TOP 20 things to see in Hong Kong, so if you don't want to miss anything read our article and don't forget to book one of the services offered by us at Tourflow.co.

1. Lantau Island

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Lantau Island is the largest island in Hong Kong, located at the mouth of the Pearl River. Here you can take a break from the hustle and bustle of a huge metropolis and plunge into the atmosphere of peace and tranquility. That's also true that you won't get bored here either. On Lantau Island, there is a statue of the Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, Hong Kong Disneyland, The Tai O Fishing Village, Ngong Ping 360 plateau with stunning views on the island and excellent beaches.

2. The Big Buddha

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Perhaps one of Hong Kong's most impressive sights is the Big Buddha.

This landmark of Hong Kong is striking at its enormous size, the statue of 34 meters high and weighing more than 250 tons rise on a mountain about 500 meters above. Unlike other Buddha sculptures facing south, the Big Buddha looks north, as if blessing the lands stretched before him. Buddha's right raised hand is folded in Abhayamudra, which helps to dispel fears, and Buddha's left hand is folded in Kubera mudra, which helps to fulfill desires.

Although we don't really know if the Buddha statue can really make your dreams come true, we are sure that it will impress you from the first sight.

3. The Wisdom Path

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On the island of Lantau (Lantau) near the statue of the Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha) passes the Path of Wisdom. It is enclosed in a sign of infinity, and along giant wooden pillars are situated with the Heart Sutra inscribed on them (Buddhist ideas of perfect wisdom). The trail offers beautiful views of the bay and the mountain.

4. Tai O Fishing Village

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Tai O is often called "Hong Kong Venice", but in fact, it's just a traditional fishing village located in the western part of the island of Lantau. Most of the structures here stand on stilts directly in the water, and the main mode of transport is boats. Streams of the sea and river water merge along the coastline of a fishing village. Due to this, beautiful mangroves grow on the local soils.

5. Hong Kong Disneyland

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Once you are in Hong Kong you definitely shouldn't miss the opportunity to visit local Disneyland that has been working since 2005. The most exciting rides and entertainments in the best traditions of Disneyland function here. Disneyland in Hong Kong is a kind of special, even if we just consider the fact that it's different from French one but the most amazing fact about it is that its built-in accordance with rules of Feng Shui. By the way, Hong Kong's Disneyland can be attributed to the most popular attractions in China.

6. Victoria Harbour

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If you only have 10 hours to see Hong Kong and you don't know where to start and where to finish, that could be your perfect option. Perhaps the obligatory item in the program of any tourist, even arriving in Hong Kong for half a day, is Victoria Harbour - one of the most emblematic places of the city.

7. Victoria Peak Hong Kong

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Victoria Peak is the highest point of Hong Kong Island. In the XIX century, this peak was even used as a lighthouse for incoming ships. Nowadays at the top, there is the Sky Terrace 428 observation deck, where you can enjoy the bewitching view of Hong Kong, including skyscrapers, Victoria Harbour, Kowloon Peninsula.

8. Avenue of Stars

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Due to the popularity of films made in Hong Kong, many tourists are already aware of some of Hong Kong's attractions, such as the Avenue of Stars. This 440-meter long street is never deserted - it attracts not only tourists but also Hong Kong residents who come here as whole families, because everything else, the Avenue of Stars is also a good place for photographs.

It is unlikely that such a person will meet who does not find what to see in Hong Kong on the Avenue of Stars, or will be left without impressions of her visit. After all, the entire Alley is decorated with various figures that the movie stars painted themselves, and along with the figures of various employees of the film industry, whose participation work scenes are depicted here.

By the way, don't forget to take a photo of Bruce Lee's statue.

9. International Finance Centre (IFC2)

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On the 55th floor of the second tower of the IFC business center, there is a closed observation deck and a money museum. It offers views of Victoria Peak, Hong Kong Streets, Tsing Ma Bridge, and Lantau Island.

10. Hong Kong Science Museum

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If you have just read the title of the attraction and you already feel like yawning, please don't, because the Hong Kong Science Museum is not a typical one. Here you can discover, learn and play with the more than 500 interactive objects which are located on 4 floors.

11. Dragon's Back trail

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Dragon's Back hiking trail lies in the southeast of Hong Kong Island. It offers spectacular views of the mountain ranges and sea bays of Hong Kong Island itself and the nearest small islands, including the island of Lamma. The road includes ascents and descents, but they are not difficult, and even a child will cope with them. At the usual pace, you can go all the way in 2 - 2.5 hours. The route is 5 km long. In 2004, Time Asia magazine called this tracking the best walking city route. One more amazing thing that you can do it absolutely for free.

12. Wong Tai Sin Temple

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Be sure to visit the most famous temple in Hong Kong. Wong Tai Sin attracts not only with its architecture and interior decoration (the Wall of Nine Dragons and the Garden of Good Wishes are especially interesting) but also with the opportunity to take part in the temple ceremony itself.

Many people come to the temple in search of a spiritual answer via a practice called Kau him. If you want to do this, you need to light an incense stick in the temple, kneel at the altar, ask a question or formulate a request and shake the cylinder with the sticks of fate until one of them falls out. Then take a piece of paper with the same number as on your wand, and read the prediction. Sounds interesting?

13. Hong Kong Museum of Art

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Truly saying this museum is a real treasury of the region. Here the collected exhibits telling the history of the development of art in Hong Kong from ancient times to the present. Calligraphy, painting, jewelry, ceramics and fabrics, prints and antiques and, of course, the work of contemporary artists are unlikely to leave anyone indifferent.

14. Ma Wan Park

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Ma Wan Park is famous primarily for the fact that the world's only full-size Noah's ark is placed here. In fact, there is a museum in the Ark with an exposition dedicated to the famous biblical history, as well as a treasury and an informative interactive exhibition dedicated to the theme of the Great Flood. In the park, you can see figures of all animals selected by Noah, and a beautiful view of the sea opens from the Ark's garden.

15. Hong Kong Park

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Hong Kong looks like an urban jungle, a real forest of dizzying skyscrapers. It's for sure beautiful but sometimes a man needs a breath of fresh air and a piece of nature so that right in the middle of the urban jungle of Hong Kong a green oasis was created where you can abandon the endless urban running around. In Hong Kong park the main elements are plentiful greenery and running water, linking different park compositions together. Here you can find ponds, streams, waterfalls, magnificent landscape compositions and even some animals.

16. Nan Lian Garden

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Another corner of peace and tranquility in the heart of vast Hong Kong is the modern Nan Lian Garden, opened in the 2000s. Today it's one of the most picturesque parks of the metropolis, located in the Kowloon area and occupying more than 35 thousand square meters. In the northern part of the park is the Chi Lin Nunnery. Nan Lian was planned precisely as part of the monastery complex that's why everything here built up in accordance with feng shui rules

17. Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

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Buddhist temples are not necessarily ancient structures. For example, the Monastery of Ten Thousand Buddhas has not turned a century yet, and crowds of tourists and pilgrims rush towards it. The monastery was founded by a simple layman, although he was a pious preacher of Buddhism and his sermons attracted many parishioners. In order to conduct performances in a more organized manner, a temple was erected, but for many years its interior decoration was supplemented by countless Buddha figurines. And today the number of Buddhas has crossed the ten-thousandth line and reaches 13 thousand. All the statuettes are gilded and have a small height of up to 30 cm.

18. Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade

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You do not have to choose what to see in Hong Kong if you decide to visit Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. This street passes by the most popular and important sights of Hong Kong. The avenue originates at the Clock Tower and stretches along the entire cultural center of the city. Each of the attractions located along is worthy of attention. That's why Tsim Sha Tsui attracts so many tourists, especially shopaholics. After all, a real paradise for shopping fans has been created here. A lot of shops, shopping centers, restaurants are located on Tsim Sha Tsui.

19. Ocean Park Hong Kong

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In the southern part of Hong Kong Island, there is a huge amusement park, that would be interesting to visit for both adults and children. This is Ocean Park with an area of ​​880 thousand square meters km, built-in 1977 and reconstructed in 2005. This fantastic park is one of the topmost visited attractions in Hong Kong and around the world, annually it's visited by about 5 million people.

The park is famous for the fact that here you can travel underwater with sharks and stingrays or get acquainted with king penguins and other animal poles. Basically saying, you can be a little bit closer to nature and you can feel full without going to different parts of the planet.

20. Temple Street Night Market

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Even when the sun goes down and the dark is covering the city in its haze, there is always something interesting to do in Hong Kong. Temple Street Night Market opens its doors for visitors and you already can see how traders begin to lay out their goods, shops come to life, fortunetellers begin their work at the far end of the market and bright street performances start.

Even if you don't plan to buy anything, a walk through the night market will bring you an unforgettable experience. The atmosphere here is so unique that the market has repeatedly become the place where the scenes of many famous movies unfold.

Thank you for reading out Top 20 Things to See in Hong Kong. We hope you enjoyed it a lot. Although to see and fully discover Hong Kong, you definitely should visit China or at least book one of our services.

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