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Things to do in  Hong Kong SAR

Welcome to Hong Kong SAR

Home to a show-stopping skyline and world-class shopping opportunities, the Chinese island of Hong Kong is modern, eclectic, and fast paced. At night, take a Hong Kong harbor cruise or ascend Victoria Peak to watch the Symphony of Lights laser show. By day, Stanley Market bustles with trade, "Ding Ding" trams ferry locals and visitors about the city, and the floating village of Aberdeen bobs in the bay. No trip to Hong Kong is complete without a day trip to Big Buddha on Lantau Island, a Star Ferry ride, or a taste of the city’s culinary scene, which comprises Michelin-starred restaurants, late-night dim sum spots, and street food.

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Top 10 attractions in Hong Kong SAR

Dragon's Back
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Dragon's Back

Recognized by travelers and locals as one of the world’s best urban hikes, Shek O Peak and Dragon’s Back trail draw visitors in search of wilderness adventure. The pristine forest is filled with tropical Chinese foliage and a number of challenging climbs that offer the promise of stunning ocean views. Travelers who venture to the top of 284-meter-high Shek O Peak will be greeted with panoramic views of Shek O, Tai Long Wan, Tung Lung Island and even the distant Hong Kong skyline. While exploring the entire trail can take even an expert hiker upwards of six hours, the less adventurous can still experience the beauty of the forest on shorter treks....
Ngong Ping 360
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Ngong Ping 360

It used to be that visitors landing in Hong Kong’s airport quickly hopped on the metro or hailed a taxi to Kowloon or Hong Kong Island, completely skipping Lantau Island. Thanks to a massive development project, Lantau is now home to some of Hong Kong’s most popular attractions, the Ngong Ping Cable Car among them. The 3.5-mile (5.7 kilometer) takes passengers on a 25-minute journey from the Tung Chung metro terminal to the plateau at the peak of Ngong Ping. From the gondolas, you’ll be able to look out over the South China Sea with views over verdant Lantau Island and its Tian Tan Buddha, which you can visit upon arrival at the top. Cable car passengers have the choice of riding the standard car or a Crystal Cabin equipped with a glass bottom. For special occasions, you can ride the 360 Sky Lounge, a private cabin appointed with Swarovski crystals....
Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha)
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Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha)

The Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha), located on Lantau Island, has the very specific distinction of being the largest outdoor seated bronze Buddha on earth. Including its podium and lotus flower, the entire statue stands 112 feet (34 meters) tall. The stature was erected in 1993 and faces north toward Mainland China. When you make the climb the 268 steps to the Big Buddha’s base, you’ll have panoramic views over the surrounding mountains and South China Sea. Just opposite the statue sits the Po Lin Monastery, one of the most important in Hong Kong. Come hungry and eat at the highly rated vegetarian restaurant run by the monastery. Saturdays and Sundays are always busy at the Big Buddha, as this is when locals and many mainland tourists come. While you can ride a bus to the top of the mountain, the best and most scenic way to go is on the Ngong Ping Cable Car from the Tung Chung MTR station....
Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery
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Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery

Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery, is one of the city’s most important Buddhist sites. It was established in 1906, long before the Big Buddha was erected, by three monks traveling from China. The three men discovered a flat stretch of land amid the verdant mountains and though it would be a perfect place for meditative religious practice. The monastery didn’t gain a spot on the global tourist map until 1993 when the Buddha statue was completed, and today it welcomes thousands of tourists who ride the cable car to see the statue and gaze out over the South China Sea.The monastery itself is easy to overlook but is well worth a visit, particularly for the excellent vegetarian restaurant run by the monks. Dishes vary season to season and are made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients thought to help cleanse the body and spirit....
Lantau Island
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Lantau Island

Lantau Island is twice the size of Hong Kong Island, but only a fraction of the population live here, leaving its beaches, hills and national parks to visitors to enjoy.The highlight is the Po Lin monastery and temple, reached by the Ngong Ping 360 cable car on the western side of the island. The temple’s amazing seated bronze Giant Buddha is the world’s largest.Hong Kong Disneyland offers more familiar entertainment, and the island’s fishing villages, walking trails, beaches and seafood restaurants are also popular....
Tai O
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Tai O

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Victoria Harbour
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Victoria Harbour

Riding a Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island is a signature Hong Kong experience.The low-slung, double-decker, green and cream ferries are a Hong Kong emblem, dating back to 1888. Until the cross-harbor road tunnel and underground train link were built, the only way to cross between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island was by ferry.Take a trip by day to experience the harbor and see the buildings on both sides, then take another trip at night to see the buildings light up and enjoy the nightly Symphony of Lights.You can also cruise Victoria Harbour aboard a circular Star Ferry harbor tour, or book yourself onto an evening dinner cruise to sit back and drink in those twinkling views....
Hong Kong Disneyland®
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Hong Kong Disneyland®

Anyone who’s experienced either of the Disney Magic Kingdom resorts in the United States will feel a sense of déjà vu when walking in to Hong Kong Disneyland. The Disney franchise has stayed true to form with a topnotch amusement park experience combining a few classic attractions, like Space Mountain and the Jungle Cruise with some new offerings, like the Toy Soldier Parachute Drop in the newly opened Toy Story Land. The park is split into six themed areas: Main Street USA, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Toy Story Land, Grizzly Gulch and Adventureland. Weekdays have the lightest crowds, but no matter when you visit, remember to pick up a Fast Pass for the big attractions....
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
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Victoria Peak (The Peak)

Overlooking the Central district on Hong Kong Island, Victoria Peak (Tai Ping Shan) is one of the best vantage points for stupendous views of the harbor and high-rises. Rising 1,810 feet (552 meters), Victoria Peak is topped with the touristy Peak Tower complex of shops, restaurants and 360-degree Sky Terrace viewing platform.Go for a stroll through the Victoria Peak Garden, follow one of the many nature walks on the mountain, and stay on for nightfall to see Hong Kong's spectacular nightly light show....

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