Hong Kong Sights to See
Hong Kong is both home and workplace for over 15 million. As if that is not enough, it is one of the three most active business centers on the planet. Hong Kong is also busy offering dozens of things to see and do for the thousands of tourists there on any given day. There is so much to do and sights to see in Hong Kong, that there's no good place to start or end because there is so much more than could ever be experienced in a visit lasting only a few days.
Visitors could start by getting a good workout followed by a
spectacular sight. No, walking up Victoria
Peak isn't a good idea. But climbing the 431 steps to reach
the Temple of 10,000
Buddhas is. It actually delivers more than it offers - a
Hong Kong habit - by containing 12,800 statues of the Buddha. And don't
miss the holy man mummy covered with gold leaf.
If 431 is overdoing it, try the 268 steps to reach the Big Buddha on
After seeing the world's largest seated Buddha,
completed in 1993, you can relax and have a great lunch at the Po Lin
Monastery. Then take your time walking down the
33m (110 foot) height.
On the Kowloon
Peninsula, just across from Hong Kong Island there are
dozens of sights, including some spectacular museums.
You can wander the neighborhood and see the Hong Kong area pretty much
the way it has been for 200 years. The stalls may offer the latest cell
phones, but the ambiance is definitely old-world.
After soaking up some of the local culture, take a stroll over to the
Hong Kong Heritage Museum. This excellent facility gives visitors a
great overview of Chinese art in all its forms from comic strips to
opera to painting and sculpture.
Take in the Lei Cheng Uk Branch Museum and see a Han
Dynasty tomb from
China's "recent" history, only 2,000 years old. It may be the oldest
historical monument in Hong Kong, but that's still young compared to
some of the 4,000 year old civilizations elsewhere in China.
Then zoom into the modern world and check out the Hong Kong Science
Museum. The hands-on exhibits will delight while they entertain. The
same could be said for the Space Museum, which houses the local
Take then the most famous 10-minute boat ride in Asia, the Star Ferry,
over to Hong Kong Island and take in some more ancient Chinese art at
the Hong Kong Museum of
Art. Located in the Hong
Kong Cultural Center,
it holds over 2,000 Chinese antiques.
Finally take a breather from all the metropolitan hustle and bustle and
stroll through the Hong
Kong Park in the Central district. Sit by the
pond and watch the birds or wander through the stellar aviary to see
even more variety. Have a meal at the open-air restaurant and rest your
If you're not quite fully refreshed, take a leisurely walk to a site
about 10 minutes away and visit the Hong
Kong Zoological and Botanical
Then catch a taxi to the tram that leads up to the top of Victoria
Peak. This funicular railway (a cab suspended by
cables) leads up the
steep mountain to the area of $10 million homes owned by the richest of
Hong Kong's rich. Enjoy the sight they see from their balconies and
look out over Hong Kong and the harbor.
Whether seen by day or night the lush, ancient hills and the harbor
contrast beautifully with the ultra-modern skyscrapers for a view
duplicated nowhere else.
As you stand there dreaming of a glorious future - another Hong Kong
habit - you can soak up some memories of one of the world's great
Sights to see in Hong Kong include:
Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb
Mai Po Marsh
Museum of History
Po Lin Monastery
Star Ferry and Victoria Harbor
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