Get the hang of Hong Kong: getting around hotspots, streetmarkets and nightlife
Getting around Hong Kong
Hong Kong ferry from the Star ferry pier in Central Tsim Sha Tsui is a cross harbour ferry ride. Hong Kong Tramway rides through the commercial and shopping districts with the likes of Wanchai and Chun Yeung markets and runs through the length of Honk Kong island. Peak Tram Sky pass terminus with the access to Sky Terrace is a great funicular ride and trip to Noahs Ark on Ma Wan Island which is an evangelical theme park is a must do.
Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off tour
The Red Route which travels through the north from Causeway Bay to Sheung Wan is called the Hong Kong Island Tour.
The Blue route covers the central Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok and Yau Ma Tei is also called the Kowloon Tour.
The Green Route covers the southern portion of Hong Kong island which includes Aberdeen, Ocean park, Repulse Bay and Stanley Market.
Ocean park Hong Kong is a marine theme park with mammals like polar penguins, koalas, wallabies, sharks, seals, foxes, pandas, dolphins, walrus, golden monkeys, salamanders, alligators and what not in their natural habitat. It houses hair raising high speeding rides which are a must try.
Hong Kong Maritime Museum on Central Pier 8 is an out-and-out maritime center with exhibits, informative panels and interactive 3D displays of the maritime heritage and maritime routes, maritime radar readings, exploration and warfare. A walk to the pier via Man Yiu Street is the easiest way to reach there.
Hong Kong Disneyland This theme park In Penny’s Bay on Lantau island is a world of Disneyland with an Asian touch.
Sky 100 Hong Kong Indoor Observation Deck is the highest deck 393 meters above sea level can be reached via International Commerce centre in the metal zone on the second floor in downtown area in Kowloon with 360 degree spectacular and interrupted views of Hong Kong island, Kowloon and Victoria Harbor. The high end telescopes and the high speed lifts offer a great view of the Peninsula and the skyline. Photos can be taken in the booth with 3D effects and Augmented Reality technology. The easiest way to reach is via MTR Kowloon Station.
Madame Tussauds Hong Kong houses the life like wax figures.
Tian Tan Buddha or Big Buddha in the Po Lin Monastery is a must visit. The mighty Big Buddha is 34-meters tall with 268 steps. It is the biggest Buddha bronze statue and other Bodhisattva statues with the views of South China sea. The easiest route to reach this place is to take the Ngong Ping Cable Car. The Lantau walking trail is a must do.
Hong Kong street markets
Stanley Market is expensive yet the kind of worth spending open air market popular for Asian Arts, Calligraphy, chopsticks, Hong Kong themed souvenirs, Chinese Linen and chess sets.
Ladies Market in the Mong Kok in Kowloon on Tung Choi street is the most famous market for cheap shopping and the best of fake brands.
The Temple Street Night market sells wide range of second hand electronic items. There are also palm readers, fortune tellers and Cantonese karaoke artists. Dai Pai Dongs, curried octopus tentacles are must eats.
Cat Street is a hub for antiques and is a consolidated junk market for kitsch collection on Lascar Row in Sheung Wan. Hollywood road is a must visit where you can shop for the best of Chinese contemporary art.
Wan Chai Street market is the biggest outdoor market to shop at affordable prices.
Costume Market is a party market in Wing-wo Street Central with options of costumes for soiree, masquerades and accessories. Causeway bay is a shoppers paradise with fashion retailers around Fashion Walk Area. It is the nearest to MTR station.
Mongwok Market is the best to shop for articles made from jade. and Central Market is the paradise for high street fashion.
Hong Kong Nightlife
The entertainment spots in the Central Tsim Sha Tsui Kowloon are endless.
The nightlife of Hong Kong beats in Wanchai and Lan Kwai Fong. Apart from that a luxury night cruise over Victoria Harbor. These districts boast of the trendiest Hong Kong night life. Acrobat and Cantonese Opera are must see. Hong Kong night tours is well recommended. Aberdeen Harbor and Promenade is a must visit for its floating structures,Sampan ride and contrasting vistas of being a quaint floating village and metropolis.
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