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Hong Kong
Hong Kong
#About the Only City in the World with More Skyscrapers Than New York City

With the place as one of the most successful centers of finance and trade in the world, Hong Kong is one of the most successful cosmopolitan cities in the world and in history. For the 150 years that Britain ruled the island, an interesting combination of western and eastern cultures took place. There are not many other places in the world where the new and old worlds connect so well.

Historically, Hong Kong started as a small island with a few hundred fishing villages and families, to a massive metropolitan full of skyscrapers with millions of residents and enormous density. Gradually, the island, whose name means " Incense Harbour," has become a metropolis that displays world domination of modern finance, commerce, and economy while preserving ancient Chinese traditions. Near the big port in Asia and the world's largest and perhaps the most innovative airport, there are ancient neighborhoods and villages from the past, where not much has changed.

But ultra-modern Hong Kong, the banks, skyscrapers, and tycoons, which is a financial center and axis of the global economy, has a hard time getting rid of the diseases that are inherent in it. Thus, housing prices are among the highest in the world, and there are many contradictions between an old population, a modern population, and a forward-looking population.

Either way, you are in the heart of the island, which was an amazing city, with fascinating connections and a wonderful blend of the wisdom of the East with the West, of ancient modern people, nature near city and past living in peace with a vibrant and achievement present.

Welcome to Hong Kong!



#History

The story of Hong Kong is fascinating and long. If we want to shorten it, in the last few centuries Hong Kong has been ruled by the British Empire. It became a British colony, a crown colony, after the first Opium War. It was a lease agreement signed by Britain with China in 1898, at the end of the Second Opium War, which allowed it to hold in Hong Kong for 100 years. The port of Hong Kong was then declared a free port and served the British Empire, along with various British institutions established on the island. Side by side was the Chinese community of Hong Kong and its British population.

After the Second World War, in the shadow of the dissipating British Empire and with the gradual rise of China, the small country became a prosperous capitalist city, which built one of the world's most prosperous and prosperous economies. Despite their small size, the city and island in Hong Kong have become a cosmopolitan and leading place in the global economy.

In 1997, after 156 years of foreign rule, Hong Kong was returned to Chinese sovereignty. Since then there has been a method agreed upon with Britain prior to the evacuation, of "one state and two methods". Hong Kong is in Chinese control, but it enjoys great autonomy, including its own immigration, legal, and customs systems. The foreign and security system, on the other hand, is run by the Chinese government. Simply put, the state continues to operate in the capitalist system and in great freedom, unlike the Communist mother country.

But since it was returned to China, Hong Kong has also become China's bridge to the West. The great country, which for hundreds and thousands of years guarded isolation and isolation from the influences of the West and foreign influences in general, was unable to withstand the dizzying economic success of the small island, which became one of the axes of the world economy and fascinated Chinese leaders.

As a result, Hong Kong has created a fascinating change in China, a change that has a decisive influence on the communist nation. China underwent an exciting change that brought it into a crazy economic leap and turned it into a technological superpower, the world leader. Beyond the enormous economic changes that have been created in China, China also seems to be connected to the global village and to the approach to the modern world culture, from which it has managed so far.


#Geography

The tall urban city of Hong Kong is in the middle of picturesque nature. See the insane skyscrapers, whose numbers surpass even those of New York City, and all around are tall mountains, full of nature and greenery, that continue until the shoreline.

The "settlement" of Hong Kong spread across 1,070 square kilometers. It divides into four main sections - Hong Kong Island, the financial heart of the city, small Kowloon, densely populated, on the south side of the peninsula that is attached to the Chinese mainland, and the northern part of the peninsula, the New Territories.

All of Hong Kong is made of Hong Kong Island, the most populated area, together with Lantau, Kowloon, and 263 additional small islands, with the New Territories in the north of the peninsula.



#When to Visit?


Hong Kong is lucky to have moderate subtropic weather. It is highly recommended to visit Hong Kong during the changing of seasons, if its fall (September to December), or Spring ( March to May). These are the seasons that are most recommended for a visit because the weather is the best, with bright skies, moderate temperatures, and the humidity levels are low. This is also a busy tourist season, and it is important to book things ahead, so as not to pay a lot or stand in long lines.

For those on a budget - the summer months are much less busy with fewer tourists, and accommodation prices are lower than normal. The reason is that this is the wet and humid season. July-September is months when many tropical storms and typhoons occur. But the summer rain tend to be short, and it is enough to have an umbrella and raincoat to walk around.



#Transportation

The public transportation system in Hong Kong is modern and very efficient. Use mostly this system.

For those driving - driving here is on the left side of the road.



#Savings

The summer months are times when you can enjoy the cheaper hospitality prices due to the low numbers of tourists at those times.

The "Octopus" ticket is a smart discount ticket for saving money, where you can pay a discounted price for transportation. It includes the metro, ferries, and buses in Hong Kong, also restaurants like McDonald, Starbucks, 7/11, electronics, vending machines, phone booths, parking tickets, and more. Sometimes, at entrances to building and offices in the city, there will be an electronic identification system. It is easiest to purchase this ticket at the airport, load it with funds (with a deposit that is returned with the ticket at the end of your use), and enjoy the card during your trip from the airport to the city. Loading the card can be done mostly at metro stations, but also at kiosks around the city.

But in stores that have the QTS sticker, which stands for "Quality Tourism Service," meaning the prices are fair and correct.

The more fancy restaurants are located usually inside expensive hotels.

The great luxury restaurants in hotels offer a discounted lunch menu that cuts the prices in half from the dinner menus.



#Entertainment

For romantic entertainments, you can go to the Felix bar on the 24th floor of the expensive Peninsula hotel. The giant windows overlook the harbor.

More lively entertainment you can experience at the club district in Lan Kwai Fong. This is a district with a few small streets located in Central. There are many dance clubs, bars, pubs, different restaurants, and jazz clubs.

Stanley Market on Hong Kong Island is an entertainment center for enjoying and walking around in the evenings, along with shopping of course.

For entertainment recommendations, click on the tag "Entertainment in Hong Kong".



#Backpackers

It is difficult to see in Hong Kong a backpacker destination. This is more of a connection for many backpackers., This city is more for its vacationing and shopping. If backpackers do come here, it is usually for a short 2-3 day visit.


#Food

In Hong Kong, you will find endless restaurants from all types and kitchens possible. At the restaurants here you will see the best of the Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, Thai, Indonesian and Singapore kitchens. Barbeque restaurants and Japanese restaurants are very popular. From an Australian pub to Japanese Sushi, French bistro or Middle Eastern Falafel - it seems the side streets of the city holds all the world's kitchens.

At the luxury hotels of Hong Kong there are fantastic kitchens, with big international menus. However, the prices in this city are usually expensive and high. For lunch, most places offer business lunch options that are much cheaper than the dinner menus.

Hong Kong is a paradise for seafood. These are mainly found in restaurants for decent prices. With dim sums, small dough pockets filled with different things, are crucial to taste while on your trip. Many times food stalls a the markets are the best places to try these dishes.

Health warning: don't buy in the market's food that is sitting out for display, without the proper heating this may be bad. Also in restaurants, beware of local dishes you do not know, especially those who have a sensitive stomach. All these can contain raw materials or something exotic and not familiar to your stomachs and may cause food poisoning or stomach paints. You don't want to be sick or not feeling well instead of enjoying your travels.

For food recommendations, click on the tag "Must eat in Hong Kong".



#Shopping

In Hong Kong, you can find just about anything you can think about. The prices are not super cheap, but the variety is huge and makes up for it. Walking around the markets of Hong Kong is an interesting experience. Click on the tag "Markets in Hong Kong".

From both sides of the Queen's Road, there are small side streets that have souvenir shops, like boutique fashion and jewelry stores. This street since 1849 had been the main of Hong Kong Island.

Hong Kong is not really all too cheap. There are cheap fakes, but some might be of low quality. Though there is endless variety here. The vendors in the city are strong and even sneaky. Haggling with them is difficult!

Luxury fashion - drive to Causeway Bay.

Cheap cameras and gadgets - go to Nathan Road.

Computer games - you will find at Oriental Shopping Centre, where new games are sold at great prices.

Athletic clothing and quality camping gear - you will find at Try Fa Yuen Street, near the Mong Kok train station.

Impressive Malls - you will find; Harbour City mall, the largest mall in Hong Kong and of the largest in Asia. Times Square Mall with its many floors, each one dedicated to a different type of product. With children it is recommended to go to the Festival Walk, where you can enjoy an ice rink, special events, and more.

For great shopping, click on the tag "Shopping in Hong Kong".



#Hong Kong Country Code

852


#Electric Outlets
Hong Kong electric outlets use 220 volts. The required types of plugs are Types G or M.


A taste of the upcoming trip? - Here's a video that will show you the city in all its beauty:

https://youtu.be/TIpdSIesiqI



A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/pihWEw7cTLU



Fast Run Through:

https://youtu.be/PY0WnDMnhPw



The Wonders of Hong Kong:

http://youtu.be/9iMxEhba470
Stanley Market
Stanley Market
#About the Wonderful Colorful Market of the City of Stanley.

The colorful and vibrant Stanley Market is an ancient and open market, full of narrow and curving alleyways. It offers a variety of cheap stores which are fun to walk around to see their goods.

The market is located in the city of Stanley, and is mostly geared towards western tourists. Here you can buy souvenirs and Asian items, and fill the need for shopping. At the market stalls you will find very varied merchandise, including clothes, jewelry, dresses, bags, sporting clothes, drawings, art pieces and more.

Many see Stanley Market as the best market on the island, though we are not sure why. The prices are not the cheapest on the island, and neither does it have the most variety of merchandise. Maybe it's the better level of goods, or the order of the market, or maybe the charming way it leads from the city center.

Either way, the town of Stanley is on the southern tip of Hong Kong Island. Once it was the village of Stanley, which is considered the largest fishing village in Hong Kong. Today it is known mainly by this popular market. After you have finished and if you have not stayed there for a long time, you can stroll along Stanley's scenic promenade, with beautiful sea views along the south coast. Here you can enjoy the lovely cafes, bars and restaurants on the promenade.

Further along the promenade, you can see the Blake pier, whose roof is more than 100 years old and has already passed through some of the beaches of Hong Kong until it was posted here. It was named after Sir Henry Arthur Blake, the 12th British governor of Hong Kong.



#Tips

The prices at the market are up for haggling, do not hesitate.

After wandering around the market, at the exit from the market turn to Stanley Road where there are many different restaurants and food stalls that are worth trying. There is also a viewpoint over the whole area, with a wooden promenade and cafes and different foods.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/BFp3ktttLV4


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/fPj6felyoO0
Lantau Island
Lantau Island
#About the Largest Island in Hong Kong

The largest out of 235 islands spread around Hong Kong is Lantau Island. Lantau is located about a half hour boat ride, and about 10 kilometers west of Hong Kong Island.

Lantau Island is located at the mouth of the Pearl River. It is about 147 square kilometers large, twice the size of Hong Kong Island. Lantau Island is the largest island out of the 235 islands scattered around Hong Kong. Lantau is mostly made up of villages, with a small population.

The most popular attraction on the island is the Big Buddha, which is the largest in Asia, and the largest of its kind in the world. Most of the park is conservation and National Park land. There are wonderful hiking trails, places to lay down on the beach and wander around the picturesque fishing villages.

At the end of the 1990's, with Hong Kong going back under Chinese power, the modern Chek Lap Kok airport began operating here. Since then, underground tunnels and wonderful bridges have been built that connect Lantau to Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.


#What is on the Island?

Among the popular sites on the island, you will find the village of Tai O, the Buddhist Po Lin Monastery, Tung Chung village and Silvermine Bay. Also, Mui Wo beach on the east side of the island is great, without almost any tourists coming there. There is wonderful nature, peaceful villages, organic farms, and old viewpoints from the beginning of the 20th century.

At the northwest corner of the island is the Hong Kong airport, and Disneyland Hong Kong, the successful Disney amusement park.

The most famous and successful attraction on the island is without a doubt the Big Buddha, in Po Lin Monastery, where many tourists and Buddhists come from around the world to see. It is 34 meters tall, and weighs close to a fourth of a ton, and is one of the largest Buddha statues in the world. At its footsteps is the Po Lin Monastery.



#Tips

Mui Wo on the east side of the island is a wonderful nature area with waterfalls, looks of green and water, small villages that are not commercialized. Worth the trip for nature lovers!



The Big Buddha:

https://youtu.be/oebopaol9zM



The Island's Nature Including Mui Wo:

https://youtu.be/NJeIM8c60eo
Causeway Bay
Causeway Bay
#About the Highly Fashionable and Expensive Shopping Street in Hong Kong

Causeway Bay is a trendy shopping area in Hong Kong. Here the rich in Hong Kong buy their clothes, and walk around and see the new fashion lines.

In a few smaller streets around the underground trains station in Causeway Bay, are popular malls and an impressive number of department stores. These offer clothes and brands, some from the top names in the world, some very expensive and popular, like Prada, Nike, Gucci, Tiffany & Co, Hermès, and more.

In the big stores usually original items are sold, and not any fake names of the known brands. Causeway Bay has many sales, fairs, and sales events, where clothes and accessories are sold in a market-like style for a very cheap price. Pay close attention, because if an item is too cheap, there is a likelihood it might be fake.



#Tips

The area is wonderful for shopping, and some of the stores are open until late at night, around 10:00 pm.

Beware of knock-offs!



A Closer Look

https://youtu.be/ykTOAdMC4Tc


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/xOFhNehW9hI


Guides:

https://youtu.be/9UMSZ_134DI


Bloggers:

https://youtu.be/xhyT_s4LkL8

Hong Kong

Tin Hau Temple
Tin Hau Temple
#About the Temple Center for the Goddess of the Sea

The Tin Hau Temple is a beautiful temple, at the heart of Kowloon on the seashore. It is considered the most ancient temple around Hong Kong.

In the complex, developed in 1868, are 5 small temples all bound together. The complex is dedicated to Tin Hau, the Chinese goddess of the sea. In Hong Kong alone there are over 60 temples dedicated to her.

In the temple, as in many other temples to Tin Hau, you can join the celebrations for the goddess of the sea. For hundreds of years the birthday of the goddess has been a holiday in Hong Kong, combined with a festival and big celebrations. During the festival there is the main event - a flotilla of decorated fishing boats departing from Kowloon and arriving at the Tin Hau Temple.

Also, the celebrations include colorful parades, with Kung Fu shows, drummers, dancers, and dragons and lions. For metropolitan Hong Kong, these celebrations hold a special place of tradition, a connection between the glorious past of the region and citizens, and today.



#Tips

In the Tin Hau Temple, you can meet a fortune teller that will tell you your future.

Entrance to the temple is free.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/R7rXf4grmxE



The Dragon Ceremony in the Tin Hau Festival:

https://youtu.be/Ac36Zdt2Mg8



A Visit:

https://youtu.be/uEUAoLy_KsI
Noon Day Gun
Noon Day Gun
#About the Cannon that is Fired Every Day At Noon

Hong Kong's Noon Day Gun is a naval cannon stationed in the Causeway Bay area. According to the name "Cannon of the Day," they fire it every day at noon.

In English tradition, which has been going on since 1850, a uniformed Matheson guard goes out every day and rings the bell. In this he marks the changing of the shifts. Then he fires the cannon on the shoreline and rings the bell again.

It is said that the custom was born when one of the senior members of the British Royal Navy arrived in Hong Kong. He did not like the fact that a barrage of honor was fired from a cannon in honor of senior officers only. He then ordered to fire the cannon every day at noon. The custom continues even today, when England no longer controls Hong Kong. This is because the cannon has become a popular tourist attraction in Hong Kong, just like similar cannons in Edinburgh, Scotland and Cape Town, South Africa.

According to British tradition, it is customary to fire a cannon at midnight on December 31, to symbolize the New Year.

By the way, in 1961 they replaced the previous cannon with a smaller cannon used during the Battle of Yutland during World War I. The reason was not historical, but from complaints of residents that the sound of the cannon was to great.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/nnlwd8rxHug


The Cannon Firing Ceremony:

https://youtu.be/d9FX1FHIB6g
Wan Chai
Wan Chai
#About the Area in Hong Kong for Bars and Pubs

Wan Chai is an area for pubs and bars in Hong Kong. Here you can hang out at night, drinking with friends, in a light and fun atmosphere.

It is worth it to go to The Wanch pub, of the more well-known nightlife places in Hong Kong and a place is known for pop music performances every night.




A Closer Look at Good Bars in Wan Chai:

https://youtu.be/XmVrxcC-zjc



A Band Performing in the Wanch Pub:

https://youtu.be/kwSG_nUehLE
Golden Bauhinia Square
Golden Bauhinia Square
#About Hong Kong's Historic Square

The Golden Bauhinia Square is a popular tourist destination point in Hong Kong and maybe the most important historical square in the city.

At the fair center nearby, near the square, a ceremony took place in 1997 where Britain returned Hong Kong to the Chinese. The statue of flowers is 6 meters tall, and was "given" by the Chinese to the people of Hong Kong as a welcoming symbol.

Here, every morning at 7:50 am, a flag-raising ceremony takes place. In the ceremony you can be impressed by the police band of Hong Kong that plays live the national anthem, and later has a small 10-minute performance.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/rG2_5GrjmU0


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/2-pA93BvXcQ



A Guide:

https://youtu.be/vDmZft5V1Gs


Aberdeen
Aberdeen
#About the Ancient Fishermen Village on the Beach

Aberdeen Harbor is the old fishing port of Hong Kong. Aberdeen itself is an ancient fishing village in its origin, which, over the years, has found itself surrounded by the bustling city. Today it is the port city, with a floating village with hundreds of fishing boats and residentes.

Now, the modern port became too large and bourgeois, which can be seen by the diminished number of the boats and yachts. But, it's still a great place to get to know the traditional, non-western Chinese side of the island.

In the port of Aberdeen, the Junks, the traditional Chinese ships, had docked in the past. In hundreds of boats, the fishing families lived here. Here also sailed sampans, small fishing boats, now you can rent them for a ride pleasant around the harbor.

Aberdeen and its port are famous for its floating restaurants, which offer fine seafood. The most prominent is the Jumbo Restaurant, the largest floating restaurant in the world. It has gained world renown fame thanks to good food and traditional Chinese design, combined with British imperial elements.



#Tips

It is worth renting a sampang for a tour of the fishing port, the canals of the floating villages and the floating restaurants.

Bargain over the price of the Sampang, because they tend to raise it for tourists.

A delightful attraction in Aberdeen is sailing and dining in one of its floating restaurants.




A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/dpCgB6H0ZfU


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/fAfLIyn0pSE


A Guide:

https://youtu.be/KJPXvhKusK4
Hong Kong Dolphinwatch
#About the Center of Marine Research of Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Dolphinwatch, on the Kowloon Peninsula, is the center of research dedicated to the special species of the pink dolphins. This species is found in a certain concentration, purposely in the contaminated waters, near the beaches of Hong Kong. This rare species is in risk of extinction.

A boat ride next to the fishing grounds of the pink dolphins is a great experience, unforgettable and recommended for the whole family, especially children. There is never a certainty to see these dolphins, but a high likelihood.



#Tips

Order your tickets in advance.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/QljKK0Stpho


Another Look:

https://youtu.be/aWAm3BuIWNQ


A Guide:

https://youtu.be/4qds3GBHqMU
Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin
#About the Temple Used by Three Religions

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin is incredibly pretty and colorful, it is a monestary named after the monk and saint Wong Tai Sin. The man is known for his healing powers as well as other powers, like seeing the future.

Sik Sik Yuen is a Taoist temple, that combines in one temple the three main religions of China: Buddhism, Toaism, and Confucianism. Believers come here to make wishes and have their future told.

Over the years this temple has become one of the most well-known and visited temples on Hong Kong Island, and one of the most important in the city. At almost every hour you can see believers, hanging up incenses in the main hall of the temple and laying flowers. The temple is also called Wong Tai Sin.

In parallel, notice the impressive and special decorations in the temple.


#Tips

Entrance to the temple is free

In the Good Wish Gardens near the temple where you can rest and enojy a nice park.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/nlW2JAPoNqM


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/uUJSs2phtlA


A Tour:

https://youtu.be/cwgH7uSLHpM


A Guide:

https://youtu.be/m4pdE3g4caM
Flower Market
#About the Flower Market

The calming scent of the flowers proves that you have arrived at Hong Kong's Flower Market. The market is located right near the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden. In the market you will find dozens of stalls selling flowers and decorative plants. It is pleasant to tour around and enjoy the colorful flowers that have an addicting smell.

The colorful and adventurous Flower Market looks its best in the days leading up to the Chinese New Year. This is when many local families come here, to buy their share of flowers, as the local tradition entitles. In the market you will see a variety of stalls and stores for orchids. This flower is considered the holiday flower, and comes in different colors and different shapes and sizes. Flower and plant arrangements including orchids are sold here for different prices, and are the height of the shopping list.


#Tips

We recommend combining your trip to the Flower Market with the nearby Gold Fish Market.

At the Flower Market it is worth to take many photos. Many of the vendors are friendly and allow to take photos of their stands.


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/3KVOjpQiGKE
Sheung Wan
#About the Hipster Area of Hong Kong

Want a quick visit in the hipster neighborhood of Hong Kong? Sheung Wan is the known place, with stores and markets in the hipster style. In the varied neighborhood, you will find a special integration between east and west, and many trendy restaurants for hipsters, and besides ancient stores.

In Sheung Wan is the Western Market, that is so well-known in Hong Kong, as a place that offers many handmade items.

In the nearby streets of the market, you can find fish stores, with fascinating culinary products. There won't be many 'simple' foods here, and not a few that could even be defined as 'out of the ordinary' or 'not easy to digest'...


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/9qCX_EyDe24
Cheung Chau Island
#About the Chinese Fishing Village Where Time Stands Still

The main center at Cheung Chau Island is a traditional Chinese fisherman village, where time seemed to stop. The island is not far from the city center, about a half hour ferry ride. The meaning of the name "Cheung Chau" means "Long Island."

The island is great for a trip outside the city. A relaxed trip along the promenade on the waterline is a great opening for a visit here. Later on, you can rent bicycles and ride along the harbor.

You can also spend some leisurely hours on the beach, in the alleyways and the harbor. You can always spend your time at the pleasant cafes, eating seafood in fantastic restaurants on the island and seeing the locals and how they live. These, by the way, are nice and sweet people. They are always happy to hello, even with their broken English.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/OWYWHRou-Jk


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/eJx_dtVaprY


A Tour:

https://youtu.be/pBskcqMvPcI
New Territories
#About the Agricultural Area Outside the City of Hong Kong

The New Territories are an area lush with agricultural lands that surround Hong Kong. This is a wide piece of land, about 794 square kilometers, that is 90% of Hong Kong's land. The area includes the northern part of Kowloon Island, the outer islands and the area south of the Sham Chun River.

In the New Territories, you can see the beauty of rural life outside the big city. Especially you can see the Chinese peacefulness, the pastoral fishing villages, with the crowded houses covered in vibrant ceramics, in soft pastel colors.

This territory in the past symbolized the border between Hong Kong and China. In 1898 during the Second Convention of Peking, Hong Kong was leased to the United Kingdom from Qing China for 99 years. At the end of this time period, it was returned to China.

More of the visitors to Hong Kong don't make the trip to the New Territories and remain with the entertainment between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, the loss is all theirs. A visit to the New Territories will get you as close as possible to what used to be the border with China, and traditional Chinese lifestyles.

Even though agriculture rules in the New Territories, in the region there are also concentrations of developing urban areas, nicknamed the "New Cities." On the other hand, even with the new trains and highways that reach here, and even though in the new cities skyscrapers are being built, the pace of life in the New Territories remains relaxed and slow. You can still see here many traditional villages, like small and pleasant farmer markets.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/ynm6XDkwJCU


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/60VFS0er9hg


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/FZlkcEEtT5U


A Tour:

https://youtu.be/oigkEC5mbrQ
Kadoorie Farm
#About Hong Kong's Botanical Gardens

The Botanic Garden in the Kadoorie Farm are Botanical Gardens and a green farm, located on the northern hillsides of Tai Mo Shan Mountain. This is the tallest mountain in Hong Kong and is located at the center of the New Territories.

Kadoorie Farm was established in 1950, with the purpose of giving support and assistance to the local poor farmers. It is located in a forest with a running river. The farm and Botanical Gardens around have education and preservation facilities. The purpose of studying here is raising awareness about human impact on nature and the interactions between man and his surroundings. The purpose is to change, improve, and strengthen preservation among visitors.


#Tips

The entrance to the Botanical Gardens is free.

Donations are warmly welcomed.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/wJYJGQ7EkQU


A Guide:

https://youtu.be/XL7kO4yf58I
Hong Kong Science Park
#About Science Park in Hong Kong

The famous building in the Hong Kong Science Park is without a doubt the Charles K. Kao Auditorium. The alien-like and impressive building of the auditorium turned into an icon in the city a long time ago.

The Hong Kong Science Park, where the museum is located, is a hi-tech area in the city. This is a sort of advanced industrial area, a place where startups and hi-tech companies are based.

The Science Park is located near the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Tolo Harbour. These are located in Chek Lap Kok Park, between the Sha Tin and Tai Po regions, in the New Territories in Hong Kong.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/GM8o6q_0X3Y


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/NUjtQ7xjzBc


Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
#About the Monastery with the Endless Buddhas

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is a Monastery whose name proceeds it, and is one of the holiest sites in Hong Kong. The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery was built in the 1950's by Yuet Kai, who built it until his very last days.

The monastery is located near the Sha Tin area, in a neighborhood called the New Territories. There are no less than 13,000 statues of Buddha, near the thousands of Buddhas that fill the walls of the temple, is a red light. Notice the center of the monastery, where the large golden Buddha sits. Next to him are some small tombstones, pictures and names of people.

The monastery is located on a terraced hill, and has 431 stairs leading to the top, all painted in red, and the staircase is accompanied by many statues of golden Buddhas, life-sized, and different from one another, each one is in a different position. Nearby you can see the wonderful view of the whole area, with the Chinese Buddhist view that is breathtaking.

Today the monastery on Fook Hil is not operating. There are no monks and it is open to visitors.




#Tips

The entrance to the monastery is free.

On the upper deck of the monastery, you will find a Buddhist restaurant, vegetarian of course, that imitates perfectly meat dishes. You can eat here 'fish' dishes, with no meat, that imitate the taste and texture of fish, also a vegetarian eel, lamb's foot, spare ribs, and more. The vegetable and mushroom dishes are also really good.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/trgN-hggjEY


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/54Br3rTyQ2g
Sha Tin
#About the District with a Village that is Quickly Becoming a City

A little bit of ancient history can be found in Sha Tin, a region in the New Territories, that includes a small visit to a village that reminds of the old Hong Kong. The walled-off village was known in the past as a place where the residents excelled in creating incenses. Today, there is the New Town Plaza here, big shopping centers of Hong Kong and the region.

In the crowded alleyways of villages, like Sha Tin, you will see on the side many old and rattled houses. What was once a peaceful town is today one of the growing cities here. The tall houses, entertainment complexes, and huge shopping centers are a part of the development that is taking over all the regions of Hong Kong.

A short visit in Sha Tin will introduce you to all you will encounter in a long visit to the New Territories. If you can wander around, you will see traditional and authentic works, a model of a temple for 10,000 Buddhist monks with 431 stairs leading to 12,800 scattered Buddha statues.

Go visit the wonderful Heritage Museum. You can see the wonderful collections of Chinese art, like historical items from the history of the New Territories and the evolvement of the Cantonese Opera.

Except for the village of Sha Tin, it is worth to visit more places that give the feeling of the ancient past. If you find the time, visit the village Man Lun Fung, with a traditional Chinese family's house from a high standing, named Tai Fu Tai.




A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/FhGE5RYi_wU


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/bResQYSUNfg


A View From Above:

https://youtu.be/6htCcKmpSKs
Chek Lap Kok
#About Hong Kong's Airport

The Hong Kong airport, Chek Lap Kok, it is an impressive airport and super modern, considered the most active in southeast Asia. It was built on an artificial island specifically built near Lantau Island. The Chek Lap Kok airport was designed by a famous architect Norman Foster, the architect of a few famous buildings in the world.

The island airport is about 30 kilometers from the city. It is connected to Hong Kong with a suspension bridge that curves over the bay. 2,200 meters long, the bridge is one of the longest in the world, and the best looking. The drive is about 20 minutes between Chek Lap Kok airport to Hong Kong Island and the other way around- either by car or express train that crosses the bridge.



#Tips

To reach the city by the express train from the airport, ride to the Hong Kong station, the city's last stop, or towards the center of Kowloon, Hong Kong's downtown.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/0fGFB_5Hth0?t=35
PMQ
#About the Center for Artists and Designers

For young fashion designers, PMQ on Hollywood Road is a center for modern fashion design. Here young designers can create small businesses in this industry.

In the past, there was the Royal College here, and before that a camp for police officers.

The place was abandoned 50 years ago, until it turned into the hipster and trendy place it is today.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/ZEpmOL2jKKE


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/1r4Wbsd50vs

A Tour:

https://youtu.be/AAEsb-bp8cc
1881 Heritage
Lan Kwai Fong
Queen's Road
Ladies Market
Wing Lok Street


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