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Hong Kong Island Travel Guide - with Wired Destinations
Hong Kong Island Sightseeing - with Wired Destinations
The Peak Tower, located in the Western half of Hong Kong Island, is a must-see attraction. It overlooks the Victoria Harbor and offers a fantastic view of the Hong Kong skyline which is defined by many commercial high-rises and Hong Kong Island hotels, the Victoria Harbor and Kowloon. Travelers can take the Peak Tram up 1,200 feet and enjoy the spectacular view of towering buildings and beautiful green hillsides. The Peak is also a great place for nature-lovers. Travelers can wander through a forest of bamboo and fern, Chinese pines, hibiscus and vines of fascinating, writhing beauty there.
Madame Tussauds Museum Hong Kong is located at the Peak Tower and is one of the two Madame Tussauds museums in Asia, the other being the Madame Tussauds Shanghai branch. The place houses over 100 wax figures of world's renowned personalities. The museum features the figures in themed settings, including Hong Kong Glamour, Historical and National Heroes, World Premiere, The Champions, Music Icons and The Scream – featuring the most dangerous criminals and psychopathic killers.
Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens is located on a slope overlooking Central and the Bank of China Tower. The eastern area is known as the Old Garden where a children's playground and a fountain garden are found. The western garden is home of numerous wild mammals and reptiles, such as the jaguar, orangutan, Chinese alligator, ruffed lemur, kangaroo, etc.
Man Mo Temple is located in Hollywood Road. The temple was dedicated to two Chinese Gods; the God of Literature, Man Tai (Man Cheong), and the God of War, Mo Tai (Kwan Yu).
There are many markets worth a stroll. After exploring the markets in the area, continue your trip to Possession Street. Captain Edward Belcher landed here and took possession of Hong Kong for Britain. Possession Street is a reversion of the 19th century as the road is barred to vehicles. There is no traffic; instead, the sounds here are generated by people – the shopkeepers, street side fortune tellers and Chinese herbalists selling their goods.
The residential district of Pok Fu Lam and Kennedy Town is one of Hong Kong's oldest Chinese settlements. Kennedy Town marks the western end of the tram route and is of interest to tourists. From outside the slaughter houses and squatter shacks close to the waterfront travelers can see the waters leading to Macau, and in the foreground, the grassy hump of Green Island. A former munitions dump, this small island is uninhabited, though there is talk of a project to build a bridge linking it to Kennedy Town.
Bonham Strand or known as Nam Pak Hong in Chinese, meaning South North Trading Center, is Hong Kong's medical herb district and travelers can see a collection of traditional Chinese shops selling ginseng and other medical herbs. The area is worth a look, especially for those who are interested in Chinese herbs and their medicinal properties.
On Morrison Road, close to the harbor, a red brick Edwardian style building called Western Market stands there. Its elegant architectural features are recognized as a historical landmark and it was converted into a shopping complex. Sometimes referred to as Hong Kong's Convent Garden, a wide selection of handicrafts, clothes and souvenir are on offer, as well as a Chinese restaurant on the top floor. A haven for Hong Kong Island shopping
There are many places to enjoy the panoramic views of the area in Happy Valley. One is the Stubb's Road Lookout, which offers breathtaking views of the harbor, the Kowloon Peninsula and the Central Plaza Building, with the Happy Valley Racecourse is just down to the right. The Lover's Rock is at the hillside above Bowen Road. In addition to the beautiful views of Wan Chai and Happy Valley, many tourists, local men and women flock to the site of the 6th, 12th and 26th of each lunar month to light joss sticks, hang bottles of wine on strings to the tree there and pray for harmonious marriages.
Happy Valley is also famous amongst horse racing fans. The Hong Kong Jockey Club's Happy Valley Racecourse attracts up to 75,000 punters during weeknights and weekends. Night races are exciting and the reward for picking the right horse can be huge. The racing season is during October to May.
Causeway Bay is bounded on the east by Victoria Park and on the west by Canal Road. To the south there is the Caroline Hill and Leighton Road and to the north is the harbor.
Causeway Bay features a unique genuflection to the musician Noel Coward: the Noon-Day Gun. Nobody knows exactly why the gun is fired at noon every day, but according to the locals, this ritual began when the Jardine's opium boats sailed into the harbor and a minion gave the boat a gun salute. The Governor at the time ordered that the gun be fired at noon every day to greet sailors.
Pak Tai Temple is at the top of Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai. This is a triple-halted temple famous for its three-meter-high statue that was made in 1604. The temple itself was built in 1863.
Just before Stone Nullah Lane, travelers will encounter the circular, 66-storey Hopewell Center which was once Hong Kong's tallest building. The Hopewell Center has a rooftop restaurant that offers an inspiring view of the city and provides a shortcut to Mid-Levels. Take the elevator to the 17th floor and walk out of the building onto Kennedy Road, which leads you to the lower part of the area known as Mid-Levels.
Choi Sai Woo Park is located near the top of Braemar Hill and is known as a social hub for Hong Kong Island neighborhood. The park covers the area of 2,400 m2 providing country freshness among residential estates and schools.
Sunbeam Theater is a private theater for stage performances. It is situated on King's Road, North Point, and was opened to business since 1972, showcasing traditional Cantonese Opera. Chinese dialect and English films are showed when there is no Chinese operas or Mandarin shows performing in the theater.
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