The bauhinia is the emblem of Hong Kong. The Forever Blooming Bauhinia Sculpture that gives the Expo Promenade the commonly used name, Golden Bauhinia Square, was a gift from the Central Government to mark the 1997 Handover — an occasion that held tremendous significance for the world’s largest nation and that stands out as a landmark event in 20th century history.
Today the site is hugely popular with Chinese visitors who come to take photos of the Reunification Monument, which bears inscriptions of the calligraphy of President Jiang Zemin who represented China at the Handover Ceremony and to enjoy the pomp and symbolism of the daily Flag-raising Ceremony with beautiful Victoria Harbour as a backdrop.
If there is only one thing you can do in Hong Kong, go to The Peak. If you have many things to do here, still go to The Peak. The highest point on Hong Kong Island, this has been the city’s most exclusive neighbourhood since colonial times — back then it was the cooler air that attracted the rich and famous; in the post air-conditioning era, the views of one of the world’s most spectacular cityscapes keep them coming.
That view is also what makes The Peak one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong. By day your eyes stretch across sparkling skyscrapers and Victoria Harbour all the way to the green hills of the New Territories. In early evening this panorama melts into pink and orange before reincarnating as a dazzling galaxy of light, shimmering beneath you. And if you listen carefully enough, you can hear Asia’s world city humming below.
Thanks to the efforts of Hong Kong’s movie industry over the past century, many in Asia and farther afield are familiar with the city’s sights before they’ve even set foot here. The Avenue of Stars pays tribute to the names that helped make Hong Kong the ‘Hollywood of the East’.
Redesigned by renowned landscape architect James Corner, together with other international and local designers, and re-opened in 2019, Avenue of the Stars has more than a hundred celebrity handprints to take you on a dazzling ‘journey to the stars’. The Hong Kong Film Awards Association statue and the star statues are decorated with flowing-water features that, in concert with the soft light, perfectly echo Bruce Lee’s philosophy of ‘be like water‘, and Anita Mui’s evocative song ‘Years Flow Like Water‘. You can even take a photo and interact with these two superstars using Augmented Reality technology. You can also enjoy the captivating harbour view and the starry sky together with the Mcdull statue.
Avenue of the Stars’ glamorous movie theme is complemented perfectly by the splendour of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong skyline, of which the promenade also offers spectacular views.
If you thought Victoria Harbour was a dazzling cityscape on its own, hang around for A Symphony of Lights. The multimedia show has set the harbour ablaze every night since 2004, and is recognised as one of the world’s most spectacular light shows. It has become the signature icon for Hong Kong, showcasing the vibrancy and glamorous night vista of the city.
Iconic buildings on both sides of the harbour unite to form a harmonious canvas for a sensational multimedia extravaganza, with a myriad of searchlights, lasers, LED screens and lighting working in symphony to put together a nightly spectacle that transforms the Hong Kong skyline into an outdoor audiovisual feast.
In 2017, exciting, new elements and a new soundtrack performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra were introduced. In 2018, a second phase was launched, expanding the show to even more buildings.
You can listen to the show’s music at the harbourfront areas near Hong Kong Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui and near Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai every night at 8pm. Or, download the show’s mobile app to tune in to the music anywhere you like!
The remote Po Lin Monastery, hidden away by lush mountains, became a popular attraction when the extraordinary Tian Tan Buddha statue (informally known as the Big Buddha) was erected in 1993. Sitting 34 metres high and facing north to look over the Chinese people, this majestic bronze Buddha draws pilgrims from all over Asia.
The eyes, lips, incline of the head and right hand, which is raised to deliver a blessing to all, combine to bring a humbling depth of character and dignity to the massive Buddha, which took 12 years to complete. Climb the 268 steps for a closer look at this remarkable statue, and to enjoy the sweeping mountain and sea views that can be seen from its base.
Opposite the statue, the Po Lin Monastery is one of Hong Kong’s most important Buddhist sanctums and has been dubbed ‘the Buddhist World in the South’. Home to many a devout monk, this monastery is rich with colourful manifestations of Buddhist iconography and its pleasant garden is alive with birdsong and flowery scents. You can also enjoy a meal at its popular vegetarian restaurant.
The Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple’s claim to ‘make every wish come true upon request’ might have something to do with its popularity. Home to three religions (Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism), its natural setting and beautifully ornamented buildings make it as much a scenic attraction as an important religious centre.
The temple commemorates the famous monk of yore, Wong Tai Sin (also known as Huang Chu-ping), who was born in the Fourth century and became a deity at Heng Shan (Red Pine Hill). In 1915, Taoist priest Liang Ren-an carried a sacred portrait of Wong Tai Sin from Guangdong in southern China to Hong Kong. Now housing this precious portrait, the Wong Tai Sin Temple is where worshippers pray for good fortune through offerings, divine guidance and fortune telling.
Feng shui enthusiasts may notice structures representing the five geomantic elements: the Bronze Pavilion (metal); the Archives Hall (wood); the Yuk Yik Fountain (water); the Yue Heung Shrine (fire), where the Buddha of the Lighting Lamp is worshipped; and the Earth Wall (earth). Other areas of the complex include the Three Saints Hall, the Confucian Hall and the extravagantly colourful Good Wish Garden that is lavishly decorated with chinoiserie.
Primarily an upmarket residential area, sun-drenched Repulse Bay has a relaxed resort-like feel to it. Its wide, wave-lapped beach is popular with both locals and visitors and is great for strolls in the early morning, daytime sun soaking when the bathers are out in force, or lingering at sunset when all has turned mellow.
This crescent-shaped stretch of sand is one of the most beautiful beaches in Hong Kong. It is also home to the Hong Kong Life Saving Society clubhouse, which is built in traditional Chinese style, with a ceiling decorated with magnificent swirling dragons. Towering twin statues of the deities Kwun Yam and Tin Hau dominate the picturesque gardens that lead down to the beach.
The nearby colonial-style building, The Repulse Bay houses designer shops and award-winning restaurants, and resembles the luxury hotel built in 1920 that originally occupied the site. Most of its grounds were redeveloped into luxury apartments more than 20 years ago, and only the original arcade remains.
This market in the quaint village of Stanley on Hong Kong Island’s south coast is a huge hit with locals, expats and tourists for good reason: its enormous selection of brand-name clothing items (large sizes are available) and accessories, jewellery, home furnishings, souvenirs, ornaments and Oriental knick-knacks are sold at reasonable prices in a picturesque warren of lanes.
And if that’s not enough to grab you, the nearby eateries along the breezy seaside strip surely will!
Lan Kwai Fong is one of Hong Kong’s most popular nightlife hot spots and home to over 90 restaurants and bars. The atmosphere ranges from stylish wine pairings to raucous jelly shots and the food on offer is as diverse as the clientele.
Thanks to Hong Kong’s dominance in Asian cinema, this centre of late-night revelry is so renowned that its official street sign is more photographed than many of the celebrities who haunt its clubs. Mostly, the area is crowded with people from the surrounding offices of Central, eager to shake off the working day or week. Get in the thick of it with a street side perch, or watch the antics on the road below from one of the upper floors.
Lan Kwai Fong usually hosts carnivals and other celebrations during major festivals, such as Halloween, Christmas and New Year and has its own beer festival.
Opened in 1977, Ocean Park Hong Kong is a marine-life theme park featuring animals, thrill rides and shows. It is located on the southern side of Hong Kong Island, with an area of more than 915,000 square metres. The two major attractions areas, the Waterfront and the Summit, are connected by the Cable Car and Ocean Express funicular train.
Ocean Park Marriott Hotel
With the opening of Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel, you’ll be able to make your whole vacation an Ocean Park experience. The lobby features a large cylindrical aquarium filled with swirling tropical fish, while the guest rooms are themed around the park’s attractions, including Marine World, Rainforest and Amazing Asian Animals. Also available for hotel guests are two exclusive experiences - Kids Discovery Club and Breakfast with Animals.
Major attractions in the theme park include:
Adventures in Australia
Adventures in Australia brings you on a quest to meet vibrant and captivating Australian animals in Hong Kong! Watch the furry koalas perched on branches and red-necked wallabies springing about, and don’t miss the sweet serenade of the laughing kookaburras! Discover the rich history of Australia while discovering how you too can adopt a Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS).
A journey deep underwater to meet over a hundred sharks and rays that shatters the myths surrounding them, including the sawfish with a saw-like rostrum, and the zebra shark with leopard-like spots! Discover their beauty from 360 degrees at this exciting exhibit.
Polar Adventure — Explore the North and South poles in one day
Polar Adventure lets you explore the North and South poles, from the exhilaration of a bobsled ride to the wonders of meeting king penguins up close. You’ll also see long-tusked Pacific walruses, spotted seals, arctic foxes, snowy owls and other extraordinary animals. And when you need a break, Tuxedos Restaurant serves refreshments with a view of more than 70 penguins frolicking on the ice.
Old Hong Kong — Relive fond memories of times gone by!
Old Hong Kong brings the unique culture of Hong Kong in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s back to life. Savour the sights and sounds of yesteryear aboard the Heritage Tram! Be mesmerised by the colour and buzz of life in accurate recreations of old streets and scenes. Take a trip into nostalgia and take home some antique souvenirs to keep the memories alive!
In this zone, guests can dangle off a cliff on the floorless roller coaster, Hair Raiser, or hang upside down while swinging on The Flash. Soar with The Aviator to feel the sensation of flight, before knocking around on bumper cars. Don’t leave without a ride on Rev Rooster, a high-speed and energetic classic.
Hop aboard a raft and become immersed in the exotic sounds of a tropical rainforest. On this journey, you’ll encounter some of the most fascinating animals in the world! Catch the antics of the world’s smallest monkey, the pygmy marmoset; or see weirdly wonderful critters, including the capybara, the world’s largest rodent, and kinkajou, as well as the green aracari, the world’s smallest toucan.
In this world-class marine-themed area, you can watch Symbio, a multi-sensory show featuring the world’s first 360-degree water screen, embark on a journey of exploration into the Grand Aquarium, or view marine life from the world’s largest aquarium dome or through a giant viewing panel eight by 13 metres large. Make sure you drop by Neptune’s Restaurant for Hong Kong’s first aquarium dining experience!
Amazing Asian Animals
At the Amazing Asian Animals exhibit you can visit some of Asia's rarest animals. Take an interactive journey of discovery at the Giant Panda Adventure where you’ll get to know some of Asia's most precious native animals, including giant pandas, red pandas, Chinese giant salamanders and Chinese alligators. Admire the spectacular display of goldfish at the Goldfish Treasures exhibit, or visit the colourful birds and playful Asian small-clawed otters at Panda Village.
Other popular attractions include the Sea Jelly Spectacular, The Abyss turbo drop, the Mine Train roller coaster and the show at Ocean Theatre.
During festive seasons, Ocean Park Hong Kong will organise special events such as Halloween Bash, Asia’s biggest Halloween party, and Summer Splash water play activities.
Ocean Park Hong Kong is committed to promoting and supporting animal conservation in Hong Kong and throughout Asia. Part of the proceeds from admission tickets and some retail items will go towards the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong to support wildlife conservation projects.
As you step out of the cable car, you will be greeted by the culturally themed 1.5-hectare Ngong Ping Village, where a wide array of shops and eateries offer a delightful shopping and dining experience. And don’t miss the exciting Motion 360, VR 360, and Walking with Buddha multimedia presentations!
The renowned Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping Piazza and Wisdom Path are only a five-minute walk from Ngong Ping Village.
Conclude your Lantau Island day out with a breathtaking sunset view as you take the cable car back to Tung Chung.
360 Sky-Land-Sea Day Pass
Venture out to the other parts of Lantau Island by taking a bus at Ngong Ping’s Public Transport Interchange located right next to Ngong Ping Village. Ngong Ping 360’s 360 Sky-Land-Sea Day Pass comes with transportation for your exploration of Lantau’s aerial, land and water fun. Take the bus for an excursion to Tai O fishing village. From there, you can take a boat to see Hong Kong’s unique stilt houses and Hong Kong’s ‘pink’ dolphins.
Located on the 100th floor of Hong Kong’s tallest building — the International Commerce Centre (ICC) — sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck, the highest indoor observation deck in the city, offers incredible 360-degree views of Hong Kong as well as Victoria Harbour.
Besides the spectacular views, you can also discover different facets of Hong Kong through the various facilities at sky100:
Sky-High Tech Zone:
Be sure to check out VR Time Travel in the Sky-High Tech Zone. This Virtual Reality (VR) experience, which was developed in collaboration with TimeLooper, will immerse you in two stories set in old Hong Kong. Visit the neighbourhood around the old Kai Tak airport in the 1980s, when planes would fly dramatically close to the tops of tenement buildings. And ‘time-travel’ back to Hollywood Road in the 1960s to be surrounded by rickshaw drivers and street merchants and watch as a kungfu fight erupts. The Sky-High Tech Zone also offers other VR and Augmented Reality( AR) experiences.
sky100’s Tales of Hong Kong:
A 28-m long multimedia story wall, showcases 100 fascinating local tales and anecdotes.
Packed with useful functions to add fun to your visit, including SKY100 Tour, themed photo frames, timelapse videos and discount coupons.
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Give both your palate and eyes a treat with the amazing food that rivals the stunning view.
The fastest Double Decker Lift in Hong Kong, bringing you from 2nd to 100th floor in merely 60 seconds.
A variety of exclusive souvenirs and Hong Kong-themed merchandise.
Get ready for non-stop Disney fun with all your favourite rides and characters! Extend the magic with a hotel stay to enjoy world-class hospitality and indulge in incredible meals by award-winning chefs.
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!
The world’s first attraction featuring Ant-Man and The Wasp is open! Ride on S.H.I.E.L.D.’s newest combat vehicle and use an EMP Blaster to join the heroic battle against Zola and his Swarmbots. The seemingly ordinary becomes incredible as guests shrink down to the size of an ant alongside Ant-Man and The Wasp!
Iron Man Experience
See Stark Industries’ latest offerings here! Check out the Hall of Protection for the Iron Man MARK III suit, the Hall of Energy for the arc reactor and the Hall of Mobility for the gravity-defying Iron Wing.
Iron Man Experience
Pick up a pair of StarkVision Glasses and prepare for a thrilling aerial tour of the latest and tallest addition to the Hong Kong skyline — Hong Kong Stark Tower.
Iron Man Tech Showcase
This is your chance to meet Iron Man in person, at the Iron Man Tech Showcase — Presented by Stark Industries.
Star Wars™: Tomorrowland Takeover
See a gigantic X-wing starfighter, flight suits and pilot helmets before trying your hand as a rebel pilot at the Hyperspace Mountain and meeting Chewbacca and R2-D2 at Star Wars: Command Post. At Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, adapted exclusively for Hong Kong Disneyland, aspiring younglings will be recruited to don Jedi robes and join a secret training session with Jedi masters!
Royal Princess Garden
Meet up with Disney Princesses at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, a magical beauty salon where children are transformed into princesses complete with hairstyling, makeup and a Disney princess costume of their choice before taking home a souvenir photo. Families can also opt for their very own Enchanted Storybook, a truly unique keepsake featuring their precious moments.
Mickey and the Wondrous Book
Go on an epic journey through an enchanted storybook. As the pages turn, you will be immersed in seven beloved Disney tales, including The Jungle Book; The Little Mermaid; Tangled; Brave; Aladdin; The Princess and the Frog and, of course, Frozen.
Disney Explorers Lodge
Take a break from your exciting adventures at this exotic accommodation, with rooms furnished according to the four unique geographical areas of Asia, Oceania, South America and Africa. Enjoy international cuisines from five continents and a large outdoor pool.
Guests staying at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort are invited to join fun activities throughout the day at the recreational facilities of the hotels. Young guests can participate in arts and crafts to create their own handmade Disney artwork, while families can meet Disney Friends.
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It really is like gazing upon the ark itself, which is why the world's first full-size replica of Noah's Ark is popular with both international and local visitors. Located on Ma Wan Island, the distinctive ark on the waterfront overlooks the Rambler Channel and Tsing Ma Bridge. The attraction also has activities and exhibits that explore the unique history and culture of Ma Wan, making it a great destination for families. Noah’s Ark Hong Kong is a wonderful place for parents and children to bond in a comfortable, natural environment, where entertainment and education are combined in diverse activities that promote life, family, the earth and positive values.
Visitors can view 67 pairs of life-sized animal sculptures up close.
Ark Expo is an amazing multimedia experience with state-of-the-art facilities, including a wide-screen theatre, plus educational displays exhibiting the challenges the earth is facing. Do not miss the chance to experience animal encounters and a professional guided tour!
Solar Tower, the learning adventure at Noah’s Ark, allows visitors to view activity on the surface of the sun in real time through a 350mm (just over a foot) diameter vacuum telescope, one of the largest professional vacuum solar telescopes in Southeast Asia.
Treasure House has 15 interactive games about life education, multiple intelligence development and liberal learning, offering a fun and new education experience for children.
Ark Life Education House
The Ark Life Education House is an interactive educational facility with innovative games that mirror the happiness and challenges of our varied journey through life. Come and give it a try!
The eight-metre Giant Swing, 3D Giant Ladder and other climbing games provide high-altitude excitement and thrills. (Minimum number of participants: 20; advanced booking is required)
Noah's Ark Hotel & Resort
Located on the top floor, Noah's Ark Hotel & Resort offers comfortable accommodation with deluxe rooms for two people and family rooms for four or eight people for a relaxing holiday. The hotel is just steps from the sandy Tung Wan Beach, which provides a restful environment away from the bustling city. The Harvest Restaurant in the hotel also offers guests great tasting international cuisine alongside spectacular views of Tsing Ma Bridge and Ting Kau Bridge.
Solar Tower Camp
Amidst the park’s tranquil setting, Solar Tower Camp offers visitors a quiet and relaxed atmosphere to enjoy a simpler way of life. The homey rooms can accommodate individual travellers or as many as 10 visitors.
Nature Garden (Ma Wan Park)
Nature Garden is another major attraction at Ma Wan Park. Thousands of native trees have been preserved here and the paths in the garden are terraced along natural landscapes. The Heritage Centre displays relics uncovered at Ma Wan.
Surrounded by greenery and just out of view of Sha Tin’s towering housing complexes, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum is patterned after the traditional si he yuan: a compound of a harmonious mix of houses built around a central courtyard.
But people don’t just come here for the quaint architecture: the extensive museum is divided into 12 exhibition galleries, each a treasure trove of relics that express the culture and arts of Hong Kong and the nearby South China region.
Notable features include a collection of beautiful Chinese paintings by an acclaimed master of the Lingnan School, Chao Shao-an, a comprehensive and colourful exhibition tracing the development of Cantonese opera, and the first exhibition gallery in Hong Kong designed based on the works of renowned writer Dr Louis Cha (pen name Jin Yong), housing more than 300 exhibits, including early editions of Jin Yong's novels, invaluable manuscripts, documents and photos.
In collaboration withe Bruce Lee Foundation from the United States, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum has organised an exhibition that looks at Bruce Lee not only as a film star and martial artist, but also as a cultural phenomenon. More than 600 invaluable items of Bruce Lee memorabilia provided by local and overseas collectors and organisations will be exhibited. Visitors will be able to gain greater insight into his achievements and contributions as well as his significance in popular culture.
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