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Dynamic Hong Kong

2010-12-01 09:42:43 GMT2010-12-01 17:42:43 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Hong Kong Island

Beautiful Views from The Peak (Victoria Peak)

Causeway Bay is Hong Kong's most dynamic district.

The size is only 80 Square Kilometers, but it is the heart of Hong Kong.

On the Island's north, from Central to Causeway Bay are the shopping, entertainment and commercial districts. Whereas the Southern District is the backyard of HK where you can find nice beaches, cafes and markets.

Hong Kong, The City of Life, has one of the most beautiful and stunning views in the world! Therefore it is nick named "Pearl of the Orient". So when you come to Hong Kong, you must not miss this marvellous night scene!

Where to view?

To enjoy this spectacular scenery of Victoria Harbour, one must go to The Peak that is above the Central district of Hong Kong Island.

The Peak Tram

To reach The Peak, you can take a ride on The Peak Tram that has been in operation since 1888. The steepest gradient is 27 degrees, which offers you an unforgettable journey.

Just a reminder, if you have enough time, you should reach the Peak before the sunsets, so that you can enjoy the day-view, sunset and night view of Hong Kong!

Southern District

Facing the South China Sea, the Southern District on Hong Kong Island has a number of beautiful beaches, such as Repulse Bay, Deep Water Bay and Stanley.

Every summer, tons of Hong Kong people come to these beaches to enjoy the sun and the sand.

Of course, apart from the beaches, you can't miss Ocean Park and Stanley Market too.

Wan Chai

Wan Chai is a place of contrast.

The new infrastructures are on the waterfront, such as the Golden Bauhinia Square, Convention and Exhibition Centre and Central Plaza.

The residential areas and older buildings scattered around the inland, around Hennesy Road and Johnston Road where the trams go.

Causeway Bay

Causeway Bay is Hong Kong's most dynamic district, with most middle to high class shops and restaurants. This district is renowned for its numerous Hong Kong style and Japanese style shopping malls.

To shop and indulge in Causeway Bay, you may start from Windsor House from the east (close to Victoria Park), and stop at Times Square on the west. Along this route, you can find Fashion Island, World Trade Centre, Sogo, Causeway Bay Plaza, Mitsukoshi, Jardine's Cresent and Lee Gardens.

Most of the shops in Causeway Bay start trading from 11am or noon, and close at 10pm or 11pm.

New Territories

New Territories covers most part of Hong Kong, it also consists of Lantau Island, Cheung Chau Island, Lamma Island and another 260 islands.

Although Sha Tin, Tuen Mun and Lantau Island are now redeveloped into more modern satellite cities, but the historic and natural parts of the New Territories are still preserved.

Tsing Yi's Lantau Link Visitors Centre has exhibition about the Lantau Link models and videos, it also has a viewing deck for viewing the Tsing Ma Bridge and Ting Kau Bridge.

The Maritime Square is a mall right above the Tsing Yi MTR Station, it has over 200 shops and restaurants. The square is a major shopping centre between the Airport and city .

Lantau Island is the focus of Hong Kong in recently years. It has the new International Airport, also Hong Kong Disneyland will open by the end of this year.

Of course, the tranquil Po Lin Monastery and Big Buddha are still the major attractions on Lantau Island!

Kowloon

In between Hong Kong Island and New Territories is the Kowloon Peninsula. It is also an important part of the bustling city. Its districts like Tsim Sha Tsui, Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok are the most attractive, they contain all the shopping, eating, entertainment and cultural attractions, highly comparable to Hong Kong Island!

Tsim Sha Tsui is famous for its shopping, eating and cultural attractions. The Harbour City shopping mall has 700 shops! It also has a Shopping Boulevard, many garment outlets and cosmetics shops at Granville Road etc.For cultural services, it has a Cultural Centre , History Museum, Space Museum and Science Museum etc...

Mong Kok is the shopping and eating mecca for young people. There are plenty of small shopping centers and shops on the streets selling mainly young people merchandise. Such as clothing, jewelleries, CD, mobile phones, electronics, tv games and computer stuff.

Mong Kok also has some speciality streets, such as Sport Shoes Street, Women's Street, Goldfish Street, Flower Market and Bird's Market.

Kowloon Tong is an interchange for MTR and KCR East Rail. The Festival Walk shopping mall has over 200 shops, it is well known for its elegant, spacious and stylish decorations.

Wong Tai Sin Temple is one of the most popular temple in Hong Kong, as prayers believe Wong Tai Sin the god gives them what they prayed for!

Yau Ma Tei has a famous Temple Street. It is often the highlight of Hong Kong Tour. This street has stalls sell all sorts of bargain merchandise, food stalls, fortune tellers and even some Chinese opera performances.

Yau Ma Tei also has a Jade Market where it has hundreds of jade hawkers selling jade rings, jade buddha and jade animals.

Sham Shui Po is well-known for its Golden Computer Arcade and Golden Shopping Centre, as these computer malls have a long history in Hong Kong.

Apliu Street is a famous electronics street, where you can find batteries, radio equipments, mobile phones, watches, Hi-Fi or even classic records etc.

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