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Peninsula Hotel
Peninsula Hong Kong
#About the Best Hotel in the World

The Peninsula Hong Kong, opened in 1928, is the oldest still operating hotel in Hong Kong. This is one of the most well-known hotels worldwide, and several times has been chosen as the world's best hotel.

This hotel, established by members of the Kadoorie family, is today a part of the family's hotel group in Hong Kong and Shanghai. It is considered the flagship location of the Peninsula Hotels Group worldwide.

Beyond the prestige and luxury that is oozing out of every corner, the hotel is known for its fleet of Rolls Royce rentals, that it held for its guests. This fleet consists of 15 expensive Rolls Royce cars, all colored green. This order of Rolls Royces is considered the largest in history from the British car manufacturers, for each car is very expensive. It is worth noting that, these cars, Phantom Modern style, replaced an earlier fleet of the hotel, that was made by...Rolls Royce, but only the Silver Spirit.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/9ATwmA0AZOM


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/lllk34sJQ60
Avenue of Stars
Avenue of Stars
#About the Avenue of Stars on the Ocean Promenade

Just like in Los Angeles and Cannes, the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars also offers the local stars for theater and entertainment. There are international stars like Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan which many will probably recognize, but many of the stars are not recognized outside of China and Hong Kong.

The Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong is located on the shoreline and near the Hong Kong Harbour. Come here for a nice walk with the sea breeze, and enjoy the city view from the impressive landscape.

As the local interpretation of the Wall of Fame in Hollywood, you can pass between statues, handprints of stars on the ground, and a real bonus - across is an incredible view of the promenade and the entire city of Hong Kong.

On the promenade you can see statues of characters like Bruce Lee - the world-renowned Kung Fu movie star.

#Tips

If you arrive here in the evening hours, you can enjoy a great light show, in collaboration with dozens of skyscrapers on the island. The Guinness Book of World Records decided that it is the largest light show in the world.



A Visit:

https://youtu.be/tZLczheN1Zk
The Kowloon Peninsula
Kowloon Peninsula
#About the Peninsula with the Elephant Trunk

The Kowloon Peninsula is located north of Hong Kong Island and is the largest peninsula in China. It came under Hong Kong rule in 1860, and today is a main commercial center.

In Kowloon, there is an abundance in stores, restaurants, luxury hotels, entertainment centers and vibrant shopping malls, like Nathan Road, the famous shopping street in Hong Kong. Most things are concentrated in Tsim Sha Tsui (meaning elephant trunk), located on the southern edge of Kowloon and is a main tourist attraction.

Especially popular is the Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade, on the edge of Victoria Bay. Many believe it is the best vantage point on the skyscrapers of Hong Kong. This magnificent promenade stretches along Victoria Harbor, on the side of the Kowloon Peninsula.

The Star Ferry connects Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, which leaves the pier on the promenade and heads for one of the docks at Victoria Harbor. This shuttle is an attraction in itself. On the cruise, you can see the magnificent Kowloon skyline on the one hand and Hong Kong on the other.



#About the Nine Dragon Legend

The name Kowloon, means nine dragons, was given the peninsula in the 13th century. According to legend, this happened after Di Ping, the Emperor of the Song Dynasty, escaped from China. It was the Mongols that swept China from the north and made him flee quickly.

At the same time, the Emperor spend some time on the peninsula. Legend tells that he looked around and saw 8 mountain ranges. It is traditional to believe in China that inside mountains lays a dragon. Since the Emperor himself is considered a dragon, there were 9 dragons, and since the southern part of the peninsula has been named so, Kowloon, nine dragons.


#Tips

The cost of a ferry to Kowloon is really cheap.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/GO7TY4OTEgI
Bruce Lee Statue
Bruce Lee Statue
#About the Statue of the Legend of Cinema Kung Fu

The Bruce Lee Statue, on the magnificent Kowloon promenade, is located in what is called the "Hong Kong Star Avenue." Lee, the Kung Fu movie star, who symbolized justice and honesty in his films, was born in the United States but moved to Hong Kong as a child. He became famous in a series of films in which he demonstrated impressive martial arts skills. He died in 1973. His death at the age of 32, has been officially tied to cerebral edema, although conspiracy theories claim otherwise.

The bronze statue shows Lee in his classic pose, shirtless in his upper body and holding his weapon, the Nunchaku. The sculpture was founded at the initiative of the Bruce Lee Club in Hong Kong, which also financed the sculpture. The club members, by the way, originally intended to build a museum for the esteemed star, but failed to raise enough money and a suitable place in the city for a museum. So the statue was finally placed in the Kowloon area, a place is formerly known as the Hong Kong Martial Arts Center.



#Who Was Bruce Lee?

Bruce Lee, the hero of Kung Fu movies of the 1970's, is memorialized in a statue in Hong Kong that was placed here for his 65th birthday. The bronze statue cost $150,000, and commemorated the one who was named "The most prominent Chinese Movie Star in the 20th Century."

The inspirational story of Bruce Lee begins in 1955, when he was 14 years old he lost in a street fight between gangs who he fought. He decided to dedicate his life studying Kung Fu, and learned at the Hong Kong Martial Arts Center. His decision took an interesting turn when instead of being a gang member, he decided to act in movies about Chinese martial arts. From there he shot up and became an international movie star, when in a series of box office hits in the 1970's, he revealed Kung Fu to the world.

He became famous with Kung Fu movies, Lee became a huge star in China, and later on across the globe. He got famous especially after the movie "Big Boss" in 1972, and in 1973 "Dragon," "Fist of Fury," and "Return of the Dragon." These movies got him international fame and respect in the history of cinema and the movie industry.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/EJPg6vBx3-E


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/kSkZKRsJsNw


Bruce Lee Imitator in the Streets of Hong Kong:

https://youtu.be/aaeHTgYvIj0

Kowloon

Hong Kong Dolphin Watch
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
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
Symphony of Lights
A Symphony of Lights
#About the Largest Light Show in the World

"A Symphony of Lights" is the name of the famous light show of Hong Kong, attracting tourists from all over the world. The show combines lights and colors, laser beams and matching music.

The spectacular multimedia free experience is shown daily on the Kowloon promenade. The Guinness Book of World Records considers the show the largest consistent light-sound show in the world. Dozens of skyscrapers in the city are decorated and lit up, from both sides of Victoria Harbour - Hong Kong Island as well as Kowloon.



#Tips

Watching the light show is free.

With the show you can combine a walk on the promenade that overlooks Victoria Harbour, or add romance by watching the light show from the desk of a ferry that floats around in the harbor.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/DsBQO6ZzH5Q


From Far Away:

https://youtu.be/dtlryOoJ_ZY
Flower Market in Hong Kong
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


Hong Kong Museum of History
Hong Kong Museum of History
#About the Museum that Tells the Story of Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Museum of History is a museum that displays the history and cultural traditions of Hong Kong, from the prehistoric period to today.

The museum reviews the entire history of Hong Kong from different periods, you can learn the history, archeology, and ethnography of Hong Kong. This includes the ancient periods, the days of British rule, and up to today.

In the museum are permanent and temporary exhibits about history, culture, and folklore. Children will enjoy the ancient ship models and navy uniforms of days past. Notice the wonderful reconstruction of a Chinese street, that was redone in a 1:1 scale.

With the help of archeologists, videos, photos, monograms and statues, there are 6,000 different items displayed here from the place's history. This begins in the Neolithic period, and there is also a display of items and documents from known and less-known historical events, like the Japanese conquering of Hong Kong, World War II days, and the return of Hong Kong from Britain to China in 1997.

The museum is placed in Tsim Sha Tsui on the east, near the Hong Kong Science Museum. It was established in 1975 with the separation of the city museum and art gallery: The Museum of Art and the Museum of History.


#Tips

The museum is good for children who are older, teenagers and adults.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/axJHaodGwog


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/ddeEaplhn84
Yuen Po Street Bird Garden
#About the Meeting Place of Bird Owners

The men of Hong Kong, mostly retirees, really love to keep birds. Many believe it brings good luck. So, they take great care of the birds and walk around the neighborhood each evening, with the cage of the bird in their hands, or a parrot on their shoulder.

At Yuen Po Street Bird Garden you can see many colorful birds, chirping and singing in their cages. Among the birds offered for sale, there are colorful parrots, who peek from their cages or are placed on the shoulder of visitors, for fun, to take photos with.

These birds receive a lot of attention from visitors. The vendors enjoy showcasing their birds and different tricks that they have taught them.

Actually, the Hong Kong Bird Market is the main place for bird owners, who come to ask questions, trade recommendations, and gossip and talk about their pets. With the birds, other things are offered for sale, like cages, equipment, food like nuts, grasshoppers on chopsticks, caterpillars and live or dried crickets, considered to be the gourmet delicacies for the birds.




A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/KavkFcXslA4


The Wonderful Atmosphere:

https://youtu.be/83vflY4clqI


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/69ZM88gE0TU
Hong Kong Space Museum
#About the Museum that Deals with Space and Astronomy

The Hong Kong Space Museum is an experiential museum that fits families and children that are curious and inquisitive, and always thirsty for more knowledge. There are a lot of things to do with the science and technology, from a variety of angles and fields, with a focus on exhibits, that provide information and research in the fields of astronomy and space.

In the few exhibit halls, the planetarium, and movie theater at the museum, you will see a variety of different fascinating displays, movies, and be able to experience different things. All through meeting and seeing hundreds of subjects like space, computers, robotics, communication, energy, and physics.

In the museum, with the dome-shaped like an egg, you can learn and research the world of astronomy. In the planetarium, you will get to experience interesting views of the solar systems and the stars in the galaxy of the Milky Way. There are also models of the solar system, a space shuttle, and information displays of the Chinese space program.

One of the special experiences here is the simulation of walking on the moon. With a system of springs that are tied to a person's body, here you can experience your body weight on the moon, only 1/6 of your body weight on Earth.

Another great experience is the solar telescope in the Solar Hall. From here you can observe the sun.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/F6pRNQAKozo
Kowloon Park
#About the Park that Was Once a Poor Neighborhood

Kowloon Park, a nice and popular public park, is much loved by both locals and tourists alike.

There are many attractions to enjoy here. With the great Hong Kong weather, locals and tourists in town can enjoy the activities and nature.

In the park, designed in a traditional Chinese way, are many attractions for all ages. You can find here areas with amazing views, many kinds of flowers, trees, lawns, and birds. There is a small lake, a bird watching station, a playground, a maze, playing areas, cute Japanese gardens, statues, greenhouses and more.

In Kowloon Park, located in an area where once a poor neighborhood used to be, today offers visitors an experience of walking around different gardens.

In the park, there are many ways to be active, starting from walking and running trails, to a sports center that includes basketball and squash courts, ping-pong tables, a gym, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools.



#Tips

Opening hours every day of the week at 5:00 am to midnight.

Every Sunday between 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the statue garden you can see an incredible Kung Fu performance - for free!



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/V8y2OajFvI4


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/Jt67euxmFVU?t=1m10s
Ladies Market
#About the Market for Fakes, and Though the Name there is Merchandise for Everyone

The Ladies Market has existed for 50 years. This is the most popular market on the Kowloon Peninsula, an area full of markets in itself.

The market is about a kilometer long, and has a wide variety of cheap stalls' souvenirs, clothes, accessories, gifts, and such. On the north part of the market, there are more curious stores, with less standard items, include pet stores for different animals.

By the way, even though with its name you might there is only merchandise for women, today there is merchandise for everyone, including men.



#Tips

Try coming here at night to enjoy the market, it is much cooler and nice.

Don't buy the first thing you see, the stalls at the center are cheaper than at the entrance.

Haggle and don't be afraid to start walking away slowly, the vendors are experts.




A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/mFYar_xwXcI


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/hCMUNVWKsls



Tours:

https://youtu.be/U2xzKdvuUrE
Hong Kong Science Museum
#About the Great Science Museum of Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Science Museum is a 4-story museum where you can spend many hours of fun. There are no less than 18 exhibition halls, over 500 exhibits and a variety of interactive exhibits where visitors can experience physics, science, technology, energy, the earth and more.

It is important not to be confused with the Hong Kong Science Park, which is the high-tech area of ​​the city. This is another museum, which is a great attraction for the whole family.

In this museum you will find, among other things, a simulator of driving a real car, a wing of mirrors, a demonstration of various physical forces, such as the largest facility in the world that demonstrates potential energy conversion to kinetic energy, or illustration of energy consumption.

There is a display of a variety of physical and scientific principles in the fields of motion, light, sound, electricity and electromagnetism. Children will be able to obtain scientific illustrations in areas such as mathematics, life sciences, geography, meteorology and computer science. Technology is well handled here, in areas such as transportation, communications, energy conservation, food technologies and more.

Children will also enjoy a film editing room where they can learn how to edit them. After shooting with the video camera they receive, they can edit the movie, add effects, combine more videos, and more. This is pure pleasure for the "screen generation..."



#Tips

The location of the Science Museum, around Tsim Shan Tsui in the east and near the History Museum of Honk Kong, promises an exciting museum day.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/zmOi9iwqM7c
Hong Kong Museum of Art
#About the Hong Kong Museum of Chinese Art

The Hong Kong Museum of Art is considered the center for art in the city, where you can see 14,000 Chinese pieces of art, historic art as well as modern Hong Kong and Chinese art.

In the cube-shaped building of the museum you will find one of the most beautiful museums in Hong Kong. Here are displayed temporary exhibitions, of paintings, sketches, calligraphy, statues, pottery, and a variety of pieces by local artists.

In the museum is a wide display of other fascinating exhibits. Among them are historical photos, ancient and local Chinese drawings, oil paintings and lithographs from old Hong Kong. Additionally, there is also modern art from Hong Kong. Among the museum displays you can see ancient tea tools, vases and delicate ceramics, as well as wooden carvings and jade, and more types of artworks and ancient Chinese art.



#Tips

To arrive at the museum get to the Tsim Sha Tsui station.
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
Mong Kok
#About the Densest District in the World

Mong Kok district is a place that holds the title for the most densely populated living quarters in the world. This is a small district in Kowloon in Hong Kong that is worth a visit to see how half a million people live only 1 square mile.

This district is also called the shopping district for electronics and computers in the city center. There are streets with small shopping centers and many stores for gadgets, phones, smart watches, and all kinds of electronics.

The meaning of the name Mong Kok is "Point of Prosperity," what does not always work with the density of the district. On the weekends the streets become walkways and entertainment for many people. There are many street performers and artists, and vendors of all kinds, selling knick knacks and food and decorations.


#Tips

Try coming here on weekends, when the streets turn into pedestrian walkways.

There are really good stores here for electronics, on Nelson Street.

The store broadways, next to the metro station exit E2, is a great place for electronic and photography items.




A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/PZ-KsQ4uVX8


A Guide:

https://youtu.be/YLuHTnxpV7U


Nathan Road
#About the Central Shopping Street in Kowloon

Nathan Road in Hong Kong is the main street in Kowloon, the main and wide shopping street. This street is the center of everything, and at its southern point is the famous Hong Kong "Green Mile."

On both sides of Nathan Road there are many stores and restaurants. This is a busy street where everything is sold - from luxury items to phones, and knock off watches, cheap gadgets, clothes, and personally tailored suits ready in one day. Don't get us started on the pampering, like massages, spas, and more.

In this street you will find many great eating options - from food stalls with excellent traditional food, and gourmet restaurants in fancy hotels that are planted all along the street.

Nathan Road is 5 kilometers long. It is named after the British governor of Hong Kong, Sir Matthew Nathan. Sir Nathan is the one who broke the way to turning the road into this wide street, which earned him then mainly mockery and anger on the part of the local residents. In retrospect, it turned out that he had created one of the most successful streets in the city and today "Nathan Road" is one of the most important local institutions in the city.



#About the Golden Mile

The southern side of "Nathan Road" is more commonly known as the Golden Mile. This is one of the places with the most expensive real estate in the world. Here live those who have to live near Kowloon.

The Golden Mile and Nathan Road in Kowloon are crowded with people, who visit among hundreds of stores that sell electronics, gadgets, and cameras.

With the noise of honking and loud music that blast from the stores, even when street prostitutes offer endless nonsense and deceit, and even dripping from the air conditioners interferes with walking on the street - here many buy their clothes, shoes, and jewelry. Here, too, men visit tailors, who make great suits, well priced, tailor made, and in just one day!



#Tips

It is not sure that Nathan Road is the most recommended shopping street in the city. There are many fakes here, and the prices are not cheap, and some form the things offered here to tourists are questionable.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/PhGfJ4EoEKg


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/7bD4IKXVZ1c


Luxury Hotels on Nathan Road:

https://youtu.be/Bh7cHEzmb_Q
Temple Street
#About the Dark and Wonderful Night Market on Temple Street

The Temple Street night market on Kowloon Island opens at 4:00 pm and reaches its height in the evening. The exotic food scene in the market is a part of the experience and goes hand in hand with the atmosphere: vibrant and slightly traditional.

The atmosphere here is dark and crowded. The dim lantern lights, strange goods and the sounds of Cantonese folk music and a little jarring, give the market a somewhat mysterious atmosphere. Thanks to this atmosphere, Temple Street's night market is often staring in dark movies. What made this place a movie star, also brings in tourists.

Alongside delicious food stands, the Temple Street night market also offers exotic products and food at good prices and even cheap prices. You can also buy less-than-normal shopping for the small hours of the night. Along with a selection of products, especially for men, you can find here a selection of gadgets, electronics, watches, clothes, pens and more.



#Tips

Further down the market there is a small market for sex toys.


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/BHHAnS_NQow


The Night Market:

https://youtu.be/bOR_bdto3Zg


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