Hong Kong Tourist Information and Tourism

(Hong Kong, China)

Aerial photo of skylineThe territory known as Hong Kong lies on the southern side of China and comprises a number of administrative districts and regions. In general, the main land areas include the Kowloon Peninsula, Lantau Island, the New Territories and Hong Kong Island, as well as more than 200 Outlying Islands.

Tourists will find that Hong Kong embodies elements of both China and Britain (East and West) and boasts everything from local history, culture and museums packed with information, to mountain peaks, breathtaking modern architecture, busy harbours and nature reserves.

The New Territories and Lantau Island offer the places to be for the best hiking and uncrowded beaches, while Kong Kong Island and the neighbouring area of Kowloon are central to tourism, being packed with hotels and restaurants. In particular, Kowloon's Tsim Sha Tsui is an especially well-developed tourist zone, along with Causeway Bay and Wan Chai in Hong Kong Island,where the nightlife is almost legendary.

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Hong Kong Tourist Information and Tourism: Top Sights

Although Hong Kong is very much classed as a part of China, its wealth of tourist attractions really are quite unique and unlike any other. For the very best beaches and scenic seaside views, head to Deep Water Bay on Hong Kong Island and immerse yourself in the tranquility, away from the skyscrapers. For families, the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens are especially appealing, as is the Kowloon Park, which now occupies an important greenbelt area. For fun an excitement the rides at Disneyland will certainly leave a lasting impression, as will the killer whale shows at Ocean Park, where you will also find a large panda enclosure. More information about Hong Kong Tourist Attractions.

Photograph of cruise boat in the harbourThose holidaying in Hong Kong with a taste for history and landmarks will find plenty to explore. Wong Tai Sin is an especially famous Taoist temple and shrine, and stands next to Lion Rock, on the northern side of Kowloon. On Lantau Island, the sight of the elevated Big Buddha is quite overwhelming and this enormous bronze statue is the biggest of its kind in existence, serving as an important centre for Buddhism and being visible for literally miles. For some of the best skyline views, pay a visit to Victoria Harbour, or take a tram ride to the very top of the Victoria Peak. More information about Hong Kong Landmarks and Monuments.

Victoria Harbour imageWith so much history at your fingertips, the museums of Hong Kong are exception and filled with information, documenting past events and excavations. The relatively new Hong Kong Museum of History is amongst the best on offer and tourists will find it contains exhibits dating back some 6,000 years, while the Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum is certainly another firm favourite. Families will enjoy spending time at the Hong Kong Space Museum, and art lovers at either the Museum of Art or the University Art Gallery, both of which house extensive collections. More information about Hong Kong Museums and Hong Kong Art Galleries.

Picture taken on Lamma IslandDay trippers looking for places of interest away from Hong Kong will often find themselves catching a ferry or train to reach their chosen destination. Macau is particularly close and a recommended excursion for tourists, with modern architecture and casinos, along with waterfront attractions, Colonial buildings and historic churches. Hong Kong is always within reach of Guangzhou, Shantou, Shekou, Shenzhen, Xiamen and Zhuhai. It is very possible to take a short break in Taiwan and explore the allure of Taipei, which is relatively close by and easy to reach by ferry. More information about Hong Kong Attractions Nearby.

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