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1. Victoria Peak

www.thepeak.com.hk
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
4. Statue Square

What is it? This square is an amalgamation of Hong Kong's contemporary architecture that reaches its most spectacular manifestation in the designs of The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation and the Bank of China Tower. The most significant feature of the HSBC building is that it has been designed without a central core, a feat of structural engineering blended with the ultimate in aesthetic principles. The Bank of China Tower became a much-debated conversation piece following its construction, largely because of the asymmetrically-designed pinnacle that acquires differing perspectives depending on one's vantage point. Hours of Operation: Phone:
5. Hong Kong Museum of History
100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui
www.lcsd.gov.hk/hkmh
What is it? The Hong Kong Museum of History showcases Hong Kong's history through a display of artefacts, photographs, traditional costumes and models that span 6,000 years. Glorious period sets tell the story of Chinese life in replicas of village houses, streets and stores. These memorials to the past are contained within an incredible building opened in the year 2000. Hours of Operation: Monday, and Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 6pm; Sunday 10am to 7pm; closed on Tuesdays and first two days of Chinese New Year Phone:2724 9042
6. Wong Tai Sin Temple
Tai Sin Road, Kowloon
What is it? This grand Taoist temple is one of the most frequently visited temples of Hong Kong. It is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin, a legendary hermit who reputedly had healing powers and could foretell the future. A number of fortune tellers ply their trade in the temple complex, as well as a large pharmacy. The ornate temple with its red pillars, gold ceilings and decorative latticework is usually full of people burning incense and making floral offerings. The temple also has a lovely adjacent park, called the 'Good Wish Gardens': a peaceful green spot with waterfalls tumbling over rocks. Hours of Operation: Daily 7am to 5.30pm, gardens closed on Mondays Phone:2327 8141
7. Ocean Park and Middle Kingdom
Ocean Park Road, Aberdeen
www.oceanpark.com.hk
What is it? The Ocean Park and Middle Kingdom is a theme park spread over two parts connected to each other by cable car. A spectacular aquarium, reputed to the be largest in world, is complemented by a fun-fair containing a roller coaster, space wheel, octopus and swinging ship amongst its rides. Entrance fee also includes a visit to the ancient Chinese Middle Kingdom. Hours of Operation: Daily 10am to 6pm Phone:2552 0291
8. Aberdeen
South District
What is it? Some 200 years ago, Hong Kong's Aberdeen district was a haven for pirates. Located on the southern shore of Hong Kong Island, it was also home to the Tanka boat people and a popular destination for floating restaurants. Today, there is lively marina crammed with junks, sampans, water taxis (kai do), cruisers and yachts and the fishing harbour is a wonderful way to experience the activity of life on water. Tours along its watery stretches can be enjoyed onboard one of the many sampans offering half-hour trips around the harbour and the sensory delights of Hong Kong cuisine can be experienced within the unique environment of the famous Jumbo Floating Restaurant. Hours of Operation: Phone:
9. Lantau

What is it? Lantau is the largest of the 235 outlying islands in Hong Kong, almost twice the size of Hong Kong Island. It is better known for its walking trails and beaches and provides a pleasant respite from crowds and shopping. The main arrival point to the island by ferry is at Mui Wo (Silvermine Bay). The finest beaches are located along the west coast, most notably Cheung Sha. Besides beaches Western Lantau is the location of the Po Lin Monastery, the largest temple in Hong Kong. Beyond the doorstep of this vast temple is the world's largest outdoor Buddha. Aptly named Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), the bronze statue sits contemplatively from the reaches of Ngong Ping Plateau. From the monastery buses will transport one to the quaint fishing village of Tai O. Here little wooden houses perch on stilts and much of life flows from the fish industry that sustains it. Lantau's north shore is predominantly a farming region. The main attraction here however is the historical Tung Chung Fort, which was built in the early 19th century as part of a short-lived attempt to suppress the opium trade and defend the coastal area from pirates. Six old Qing Dynasty cannons dating back to 1832 stand on the ramparts. Development has changed the landscape of the Northeastern stretches of Lantau, known as Discovery Bay. Here upmarket housing complexes, shopping malls, yacht clubs and golf courses promise to provide the ultimate designer lifestyle at a price. Hours of Operation: Phone:
10. Macau

What is it? The cultural influence of Portuguese life threaded through a Chinese framework has produced a unique landscape in Macau, fused with contrast and complexity. Here Baroque churches and colonial mansions appear from the cobbled pavements interspersed with plazas and cafes. Visitors are enticed here by the lure of gambling and the glitz of its promise. Macau's attractions are exemplified in its architectural heritage. St Paul's Cathedral is one such legacy that dates back to the early 17th century. It is an Italian-designed building perched on a hilltop that is most spectacular when illuminated against a night sky. The vantage point from the Fortaleza de Monte is a good place to reflect on the defensive role it played against Dutch assault in 1622 alongside an exploration of the museum and meteorological observatory. The classic Chinese temple of A-Ma rests at the base of Penha Hill. Its name derives from Tin Hau, Queen of Heaven, or the Honoured Mother. Myth has it that a poor girl saved the fishing vessel, on which she was travelling, from the ravages of a storm. In tribute to her this temple was built and is a place of pilgrimage for Macau's fishing community. Another temple dedicated to the power of female intervention is the Kun Iam Temple, built in honour of the Goddess of Mercy, located in the northern reaches of the peninsula. It was here in 1844 that the first trade and friendship treaty between USA and China was signed. Macau is 37 miles (60km) west of Hong Kong; ferries take around an hour to get there and leave every fifteen minutes. Hours of Operation: Phone:

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