VISITING HONG KONG
Hong Kong, located at the Pearl River Estuary and the South China Sea, is famous for its extravagant skyline and natural harbour. The main language is Cantonese. Hong Kong is a buzzling city boasting a strong economy and home to a large international wealth of business and banking. The city is one of the densest in population with over 7 million inhabitants covering a surface of no more than 1,104 km2.
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- AVENUE OF STARS
This is an interesting opportunity to take a walk through the history of Hong Kong’s cinematography. The avenue begins its showcase with the ‘father of Hong Kong cinema’ Lai man-wai, who in 1913 directed Hong Kong’s first feature film Zhuangzi Tests his Wife, and takes you through to the international superstars of more recent times, including Jacky Chan and Chow Yun Fat. These are the people who contributed to the development of what is now known as Hong Kong’s Hollywood of the East. There are commemorative plaques,celebrity handprints, descriptive milestones, movie memorabilia, a life-size statue of kung fu action hero Bruce Lee and a bronze rendering of popular cartoon character McDull. Whilst enjoying this nice stroll, on avenue of the stars, by the Victoria Harbour, one can take in the beauty of Hong Kong’s fabulous skyline, be it by day or by night, both offering a spectacular show of modern architectural wonder in a completely different way.
- THE PEAK
The Peak, featured in the 1955 film Soldier of Fortune, starring Clark Gable, is the highest point of Hong Kong island, boasting breathtakingly gorgeous views of the cityscape. It is also the most prestigious address in Hong Kong and has been since the colonial times. By day the Peak offers sensational views of your eyes sparkling skyscrapers and Victoria Harbour all the way to the green hills of the New Territories. At dusk, the sus reflection paints a beautiful abstract masterpiece of pinks and oranges melting into the glass buildings and at night, the lights of the city diffuse into a sparkling galaxy of stars in the cityscape shimmering at your feet.
The Peak Tower is endowed of a grandiose panoramic platform, Sky Terrace and houses delicious restaurants and numerous shops for the city spenders to enjoy. Peak Circle walk offers a sensational 360 ° view of the city.
The Peak Tram is a must when in Hong Kong. As you go up, Hong Kong’s impressive skyscrapers appear to be moving past you at the most unusual angles, making a very unique and special experience for anyone.
- SIK SIK YUEN WONG TAI SIN TEMPLE
Known for making wishes come true, the SikSik Yuen Tai Sin Temple is a very popular site indeed. It houses three religions Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism, making it a very important religious centre. The temple is a true depiction of oriental architecture, with its vibrant colours, ornaments and natural setting.
The temple was built to commemorate a 4th famous monk from the 4th century, monk of yore, Wong Tai Sin, also known as Huang Chu-ping, who became a deity at Heng Shan (Red Pine Hill). Story has it that in 1915, a Taoist priest, Liang Ren-an brought a portrait of Wong Tai Sin from Guangdong in southern China to Hong Kong. Today this portrait is exposed at the Temple, where worshippers pray for good fortune through offerings, divine guidance and fortune telling.
The structure itself represents the five geometric elements: the Bronze Pavilion (metal); the Archives Hall (wood); the Yuk Yik Fountain (water); the Yue Heung Shrine (fire), where sits the Buddha of the Lighting Lamp; and the Earth Wall (earth).
- TEMPLE STREET NIGHT MARKET
This is a lovely market which in contrast to most markets, opens at night. At sundown traders get their artefacts ready for the passers-by to admire and indulge. Opera singers, fortune tellers and other artists start to crowd the street entertaining people as they enjoy an evening stroll through the market. It is a lovely traditional Chinese experience and one that the whole family can enjoy.
- TSIM SHA TSUI PROMENADE
The TsimShaTsui promenade begins at the Clock Tower and goes as far as the Hung Hom. As you walk across the promenade it takes you to various palces of interest in Hong Kong, the city’s cultural centre, the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Hong Kong Museum of Art and Avenue of Stars. This gives you the opportunity to visit Hong Kong’s museums and enrich your souls with a little oriental culture whilst enjoying a nice walk.
- THE CLOCK TOWER
This is a clock tower dating back to the colonial times and has got a very rich history behind it. It stands, 44 metres tall and was built in 1915 as part of the Kowloon–Canton Railway station, which no longer exists today. The clock tower however, stands as a reminder of the past and the beginning of the industrial age. It also stands in memory of the millions of Chinese immigrants who passed through the station once a long time ago, with the hopes of beginning a new life for the better elsewhere.