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Hong Kong Holidays Overview

Hong Kong was a British Colony and therefore is a city with contemporary British as well as Cantonese Chinese influences. It is an important destination with global connections and is called Asia's World City because of its cultural influences.

Southern Hong Kong is a high scale district with some of the best beaches on the island like Repulse Bay. On the northern side, Causeway Bay and Wan Chai are the most visited areas.

Kowloon is very densely packed peninsula with a large array of shopping and dining facilities. Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok offer an excellent range of markets, shops and hotels. Some of the most idyllic beaches in Hong Kong are located in Lantau. It also has a number of other attractions like the Ngong Ping cable car and Disneyland.

The island of Lamma is known for excellent seafood while Cheung Chau offers good sunbathing and windsurfing opportunities. Some of the oldest existing historic structures in Hong Kong like the Kowloon Walled City, Central Police Station and the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower date back to the 19th century.

There are a number of world class cultural institutions in the city like Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Hong Kong Museum of Art and Hong Kong Heritage Museum.

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Hong Kong holidays - Top Places To Go

1. Victoria Peak
What is it? Much of the pleasure derived from a trip to Victoria Peak lies in the journey to its summit. The funicular railway or peak tram has steadily made its way up the mountain since 1888. Energetic travellers can scale the real peak that extends 140m (459ft) above the tram terminus. From the top marvellous vistas open out onto central Hong Kong and across to Kowloon. Victoria Peak used to serve as a hill station in colonial times and later became the location of exclusive summer homes. Today it is a popular tourist spot offering a cooler perspective from which to contemplate the pleasures of travel to the region. The Peak Tower on the summit houses numerous attractions, like a Ripley's Believe it or not 'Odditorium', shops and restaurants. Hours of Operation: The Peak Tram runs every day, including Sundays and public holidays, between 7am and midnight. The tram departs every 10-15 minutes Phone:2522 0922 (Peak tram)



2. Western Market
Connaught Road
What is it? This indoor market is a four-storey red brick colonial building constructed in 1906. After extensive renovation it re-opened in 1991 and now occupies an entire block at the western end of Central. The building houses a variety of shops and stalls that sell a range of products from curios to assorted silks and fabrics. From here one can hop onto Hong Kong's ancient double-decker tram headed for Wanchai, Causeway Bay and Happy Valley. Hours of Operation: Open daily from 10am to 5pm Phone:2543 6878



3. Police Museum
27 Coombe Road, The Peak
What is it? The museum showcases a display tracing the development and history of the Royal Hong Kong Police Force. It provides an interesting visit and insight into the dedication of the officers who served within this elite force. Hours of Operation: Wednesday to Sunday 9am to 5pm; Tuesday 2pm to 5pm. Closed Mondays Phone:2849 7019



Hong Kong holidays - Top Events


1. Chinese New Year

From 2007-02-18

To 2007-02-18

What is it? When it comes to Chinese New Year celebrations, nobody does it better than Hong Kong. The streets are jammed with dragon dancers, street performers and illuminated floats; doors are hung with colourful messages of good fortune, and lights are draped over all the city's skyscrapers. The highlight of the festivities is the glittering night parade, which is complemented by special lighting effects and concluded by a traditional fireworks extravaganza over the harbour that is said to scare away demons and ensure good luck. In 2007 the year of the boar begins. Where is it? Wan Chai Harbourfront; parade route in Tsim Sha Tsui



2. Hong Kong Arts Festival

From 2007-02-27

To 2007-03-25

What is it? As a major international arts festival and the city's premier arts event of the year, the Hong Kong Arts Festival presents a fabulous assortment of music, theatre, dance and a wide range of creative visual arts by top international and local performers. The festival is renowned for the richness and diversity of its programme, ranging from classic entertainment to modern and innovative forms of performing arts. The festival is opened at the Piazza Party that is a special open-air extravaganza of music, dancing and free entertainment. Where is it?



3. Cheung Chau Bun Festival

From 2007-05-24

To 2007-05-24

What is it? The tiny island of Cheung Chau hosts the world's only bun festival in honour of the God of the Sea, Pak Tai, to ensure fair weather and a good catch at the start of the fishing season, as well as protection against evil spirits. Spectacular bun towers, 60ft (18m) high bamboo structures covered with iced buns, are erected in front of the Pak Tai Temple as an offering, and the blessed buns are handed out to believers at the end of the festival. A colourful street procession with floats, dragon and lion dancers, acrobats and young children in rich costumes make it one of Hong Kong's most vivid and intriguing festivals. Where is it? Cheung Chau Island



4. Dragon Boat Festival (Tuen Ng)

From 2007-06-19

To 2007-06-19

What is it? The festival commemorates the death of a national hero, Qu Yuan, who drowned himself as a protest against the corrupt rulers of the 3rd century. Legend has it that the villagers threw rice dumplings into the river and beat drums to scare the fish away from his body in an attempt to rescue him. The main festival activities today bring to mind the event, as rice dumplings are eaten and teams of local and international racers compete in fast and furious dragon boat races to the pounding of drums, as well as other various water-based activities. The elaborately carved, brightly painted dragon boats are the highlight of the festivities, combining heritage, sport and spectacle. For more information email the Hong Kong Tourism Board Where is it? Shing Mun River, New Territories



5. Mid-Autumn/Moon Festival

From 2007-09-25

To 2007-09-25

What is it? One of the major festivals celebrated in Hong Kong, the Moon Festival is also one of the most widely celebrated festivals for Chinese all over the world, and is traditionally a time for family reunions. At this time of year the moon is thought to be the biggest, brightest and most beautiful, and to celebrate this sighting colourful lanterns in a variety of traditional shapes are lit and all open spaces and hilltops are crowded with families and bright lanterns, watching the full moon rise and eating traditional sweet moon cakes. As with many Chinese celebrations there are numerous ancient myths and legends to explain the festival. For more information contact the Hong Kong Tourist Office Association on +852 2807 6543 or email Where is it?




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