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Things to do in Hong Kong SAR

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

Central–Mid-Level Escalator
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Central–Mid-Level Escalator

In Hong Kong’s South of Hollywood (SoHo) neighborhood, you’ll find the largest network of outdoor covered escalators on earth, known simply as the Central Escalators (or Mid-Levels Escalators). The series of 20 escalators and three inclined walkways stretch 2,625 feet (800 meters) with a 443-foot (135-meter) total vertical rise. This unusual Hong Kong attraction ferries more than 50,000 commuters and tourists between Central and the Mid Levels each day, moving downhill for four hours in the morning then uphill for the rest of the day. The ride takes about 25 minutes one way, but part of the fun is getting off at the various stops to explore these busy Hong Kong neighborhoods. The streets and alleys to either side of the escalators, particularly at the Staunton Street and Shelley Street stops, are lined with bars and restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world....
Hong Kong Central
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Hong Kong Central

Hong Kong’s Central District is quite literally at the heart of Hong Kong Island — culturally, financially and geographically. During the 1840s British colonists founded the community of Victoria here, and it quickly expanded to become a world hub for trade and commerce. Sandwiched between Victoria Harbour and Victoria Peak, Central is a packed grid of innovative high rises, historic landmarks, restaurants, bars and high-end shopping malls. It’s an eclectic mishmash that somehow works, much like Hong Kong as a whole. For travelers, Central District also houses some of Hong Kong’s most famous attractions. Visitors can ride the Peak Tram for views of Victoria Harbour from above, or take in this historic district at street level aboard one of the city’s historic trams. The Zoological and Botanical Gardens are also found in Central, as is Hong Kong Park....
Hong Kong Tramways (Ding Ding)
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Hong Kong Tramways (Ding Ding)

Hong Kong’s public transportation system is one of the most modern and efficient in the world, but for an authentic, street-level tour of old Hong Kong Island, hop on the Ding Ding Tram. These double decker trams got their nickname from the dinging sound used to warn other traffic and pedestrians that the tram is approaching. The bell was replaced by a beeping sound in 2000, but the public vehemently opposed the change, and the “ding ding” sound was shortly reintroduced. Trams have been ferrying passengers along the streets of Hong Kong since 1904, but the iconic double deckers didn’t show up on the scene until 1912. The modern line makes a loop from Kennedy Town in the west to Shau Kei Wan in the east, passing through some of the island’s oldest neighborhoods. Hong Kong maintains the largest fleet of double decker trams in the world, so you’ll only have to wait a minute or two, and you can pay the inexpensive fare with your octopus card....
Stanley Market
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Stanley Market

Stanley, a former fishing village on the quiet south side of Hong Kong Bay, has become one of the area’s top destinations for shopping. Its famous open-air market, a maze of streets running down toward the water, is crammed with cut-price clothing, souvenirs, silks, crafts, art, Chinese costume jewelry, and bric-a-brac....
Man Mo Temple
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Man Mo Temple

You’ll probably smell Man Mo Temple before you get there, as worshippers light enough giant incense coils within to turn the air an odd shade of blue and ensure everyone who enters leaves with a distinctive but pleasant Taoist perfume. Originally built in 1847, Man Mo is Hong Kong’s most famous temple, dedicated to the gods of literature and war. Students make up a significant portion of devotees who come seeking divine aid in their studies. Within the temple, look for a statue of a man in green robes with a writing brush. This is one of the gods for which the temple is named -- Man Chung, the god of literature. Statues of Kwan Yu, the Chinese god of war, flank the main alter. As a famous general known for his martial successes, Kwan Yu is sometimes considered the deity of both the police force and the Chinese triads....
Aberdeen Harbour
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Aberdeen Harbour

Aberdeen Harbour is a busy harbor with floating restaurants, brilliantly illuminated at night. Jumbo is the most famous of these floating restaurants, along with its neighbor Tai Pak. Recently refurbished, and outlined in colored lights, the double-storied Jumbo serves up a huge array of gourmet delights, highlighting fresh seafood and traditional Cantonese dim sum. While you’re here, take a sampan tour of the harbor and its famous ‘floating village’ of junks, used for fishing, restaurants, sightseeing and also the home of Aberdeen’s boat-dwellers....
Hollywood Road
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Hollywood Road

Hong Kong is famous for its diverse shopping, and one of its most famous shopping districts lies along Hollywood Road on Hong Kong Island. This street running from Central to Sheung Wan is one of Hong Kong’s oldest (built in 1844), and appropriately, it’s where you’ll find some of the best antique shops. Dozens of them line the sidewalks, each filled with eclectic collections of Ming dynasty porcelain, cloisonné, snuff bottles and plenty of bric-a-brac masquerading as old artifacts. Joining these shops is an expanding collection of independent art galleries. For those less interested in serious (and seriously expensive) antiques and more interested in picking up some inexpensive souvenirs, the market on nearby Cat Street fits the bill....

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