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Hong Kong Bucket List

 2017-10-11    ThomasIronmonk    Activities    Hong Kong    1280  

If choice is core to capitalist societies well you’re simply spoiled in Hong Kong. For such a small place, there’s simply so much to do. The only limitation is time. One could spend months entertained in the SAR, with its diverse geography, cosmopolitan urban culture, and world-class tourist sites. But what if you only had five days? What if you had to pick five spots to make your Hong Kong journey truly memorable?

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With the aim of covering all bases, here’s China Tour Advisors Hong Kong bucket list:

Ascend Victoria Peak

If there’s one thing the spectacular city warrants, it’s a photo. And where better to snap the high-rise than Victoria Peak, which is the highest point on Hong Kong Island. The best way to reach the Peak is by the 125-year-old gravity-defying Peak Tram that drags visitors from the terminal in Central up the cliff face to the Peak Tower. Up here, in addition to the panorama, you can enjoy the beautiful gardens of the old governor’s summer lodge, though Japanese soldiers burned the residence to the ground during WWII. The 50km Hong Kong Trail also starts on the Peak should you fancy a good walk through forested hills past colonial mansions and ancestral shrines.

Walk the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade

On the edge of the Kowloon Peninsula is the ever-popular Tsim Sha Tsui neighborhood, which, like Hong Kong Island opposite, is festooned with bars, hotels, shopping malls and restaurants. But stretching from Hong Kong's colonial-era Clock Tower to Hung Hom you’ll find a waterfront promenade that awards you with unobstructed views of Hong Kong harbor and the Island's gravity-defying cityscape. From 8 pm each evening one can watch a sound and light show the Symphony of the Stars, which is projected onto Hong Kong’s skyscrapers. Along the first part of the promenade is the Avenue of Stars which pays homage to the Hong Kong movie and music industry with handprints, sculptures and information boards. The promenade also enables easy access to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong Space Museum and Hong Kong Museum of Art.

Bet on a Horse at Happy Valley Racecourse


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Horse racing is a Hong Kong obsession as the only sport on which Hongkongers can legally bet. There are two racecourses in the territory but the Happy Valley Racecourse, built in 1845 on Hong Kong Island just off Morrison Hill Road, is the most famous. Every Wednesday during race season the action plays out here with eight races for you to test your luck. The stands here can hold 55,000 racing fans, conjuring an electric atmosphere. There’s also a Hong Kong Jockey Club museum on sight. Theoretically, you need to be a member of the club to catch a race but show your passport, and you can get a one-off ticket for this uniquely Hong Kong event.

Visit Ocean Park

Opened in 1977 on the southern coast of Hong Kong Island and expanded in 2005 this is the top family attraction in Hong Kong, with a fairground replete with rollercoasters and other hair-raising rides, live theatre shows, amusements, a zoo that is home to pandas, an amazing aquarium with sharks, rays, dolphins and every other sea born animal to boot as well as dining and shopping for the grown-ups. Indeed, you may need more than a day to explore the theme park that has largely stolen Disney’s thunder in the territory.

Dine Out on Dim Sum

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You haven’t been to Hong Kong unless you’ve dined out. There’s everything you could imagine to eat from fine French fare to Filipino fast food. But to get a taste for the territory you need to attend a Dim Sum banquet. Just make for a Cantonese teahouses where carts of dim sum – small snacks served in mini steamer baskets or on small plates – will be served around the restaurant for diners to order without leaving their seats. The variety is enormous from sweet to savory, vegetarian to meat. Typical dishes include shrimp dumplings, pineapple buns and spring rolls accompanied by pots of jasmine tea. You can eat dim sum any time of day but you’re best to go for Sunday brunch when locals are out in their droves for their weekly banquet.

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