Wednesday, December 3, 2008

travel to Hong Kong——attractions

Today, we are going to explore the wonderland, Hong Kong. Set among beautiful natural surroundings, Hong Kong is an open city with a wonderful natural harbor, full of fabulous events and attractions. The following are a few of the must-sees rated tops by tourists.

Hong Kong Island Tour

Hong Kong Island, the heart of Hong Kong, is the center of economy, politics, entertainment and shopping. A rather famous landmark, the Victoria Peak, is a must see! Visitors can spend a whole day here and admire an outstanding view of this Oriental Pearl. Whether you can climb the tower or take a ride on the tram, this is a great introduction to the bustling city of Hong Kong. Have the kids with you? They will love a trip to the Ocean Park, which is among the top theme parks and aquariums in Southeast Asia, as well as the best marine education center. Also, Repulse Bay is a popular destination, tourists can enjoy the natural beauty of the sea shore and bays.

Another favorite attraction is the Madame Tussaud Wax Museum with figures of celebrities including local movie star Jackie Chan.

Aberdeen remains the characteristic of a traditional fishing village in the 18s, inhabits hundreds of fishing men. Here, you can tour around the bay by a sampan. Fishing boats ranging from the traditional Chinese sailing boat to the luxuriously furnished modern ship fill the bay. Many visitors come here only for the seafood, which is authentic, superb fresh and tasty.

Stanley Market will satisfy epicureans with its many stands, shops, original restaurants, outdoor cafes, and even a performance stage.

The HK Convention and Exhibition Center and Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai, which were established in 1997 to commemorate the Return of Hong Kong to Her Motherland, are also definitely worth a visit. From this vantage point, Victoria Bay at night presents a glittering spectacle that will delight the eye of even the most seasoned traveler.

Happy Valley, located between Wanchai and Causeway Bay is a low-lying land where people gather to enjoy the excitement of horse racing or gambling in racecourse.

Additionally, you can go to visit Man Mo Temple, located in the middle section of Hollywood Road. Many local people go there to worship gods.

Kowloon Peninsula Tour

Kowloon Peninsula, which links Hong Kong to the mainland, offers yet another view of this exciting part of China. Allow at least one full day to experience its sparkling delights, which include Tsim Sha Tsui, Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok.

In Tsim Sha Tui, you should not miss visiting Hong Kong Coliseum . It's a very eye-catching building in Hong Kong and regarded as a landmark by many tourists.

Wong Tai Sin Temple, patterned after an ancient Chinese palace and rich in Chinese culture, is the most famous temple in Hong Kong. Fortunetellers are active there.

The Star Ferry can be both inexpensive and romantic. For shutterbugs, a ride on the ferry provides the optimum angle from which to snap fantastic views of Victoria Harbor.

Open-air markets lure every tourist, and no one leaves empty-handed. There is something for every taste, from the fashionable bargains at Ladies' Market in Mong Kok to the electronic gadgets and souvenirs in Yau Ma Tei's Temple Street Night Market.

Kowloon Park and the Hong Kong Space Museum are also popular with tourists.

The New Territories Tour

Built with bricks and surrounded by blockhouses,Kim Tin Walled Village has a moat near it. In 1899, when the New Territories was leased to British army, the British soldiers met the resisting of the local people in the region. In the end, the iron gate of the garden was destroyed and carried to Britain as a war booty, which was eventually returned to Hong Kong in 1924 at the request of local citizens.

The brick wall of 6 meters' height, blockhouses at four corners as well as the moat outside are well preserved, and thus the old appearance is maintained. At present,Kim Tin Walled Village i being a frequent destination for foreign visitors, there are old men in country clothes for them to take photo with in front of the village.

The Outlying Islands Tour

Lantau Island is twice the size of Hong Kong Island. Ever since 70's, lots of Hong Kong residents have preferred to escape into Lantau Island for a refreshing rest during weekends and holidays. Visitors can explore its hilly walking trails, enjoy its crowded beach and inhale the fresh air. Be sure to stop by Tai O Town, honoured as the "Oriental Venice" for the numrous fishing boats and sanpans moored at the tiny harbor. Next, tourists can experience countless excitement in Hong Kong Disneyland.As the fifth Disneyland Park built in the mode of Disneyland and the eleventh theme park of Disneyland in the world, Hong Kong Disneyland Park is the first one take California Disney (including the Sleeping Princess Castle) as the base. On entering the park, you will be captured by the feeling of being in another world with and adventures.

Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery was originally built by three monks in 1924. Until now, it is warmly welcomed and frequently visited by its believers. In front of the mountain gate, there are wonderful scenic spots, like the Big Buddha on the Muk Yue Peak, Fahua Pagoda and Huayan Pagoda on the left and Lotus Mountain and Lion Stone on the right. Besides, there are stately Majestic Palace and Heaven King Palace and so on. Po Lin Monastery offers accommodation for visitors who want to view the sunset on the Phoenix Mountain. The sunrise or sunset scenes viewed from the mountain top is fabulous. When you decide to leave, don’t forget to take a vegetable diet, the most special food on Lantau Island.

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