Travel Hong Kong - Ocean Park HongKong Popular Tourist Attractions
Travel Hong Kong Popular Tourist Attractions. But before that let’s take a look at a brief history.Hong Kong is divided into 3 parts namely Hong Kong Island, Kowloon (Kowloon Peninsula), and New Territories. As a whole it is called Hong Kong. It was a former British Colony. In 1842 the Hong Kong Island became officially a British colony and in 1859, under the Convention of Peking, the Kowloon Peninsula and Stonecutters Island was ceded to the British. Finally in 1898, under the second Convention of Peking, the New Territories was leased for 99 years to the British. The British agreed to return Hong Kong to China not only the New Territories in which lease was expiring, but also Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. And so on July 1, 1997 Hong Kong became Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Hong Kong SAR) China.
Hong Kong Major Tourist Attractions:
1.) The Peak or Victoria Peak
This is located in the main Hong Kong Island on the top of the mountain. From the peak looking down you will see that magnificent view of the city skyline, along with the Kowloon skyscrapers and the beautiful Victoria Harbor. There are several places at the Peak to get a glimpse of Hong Kong but the best place to view the Island is the Peak Tower Sky Terrace. It is a 360 viewing platform that offers a spectacular view of the Island and its stunning city skyline view. At dusk and early evening is the best time to visit Victoria Peak especially on a clear day with no clouds, rain or fogs. You will see Hong Kong by night with all those beautiful lights from all the buildings below. But if you want to see both the daytime view and night time view it is better to go up in the afternoon.
How to get to the Peak?
- By Peak Tram - The most popular way to go up the Peak is by taking the famous Peak Tram located at the Peak Tram Terminus on Garden Road. This will give you an unforgettable ride; the tram is pulled by cables and is so steep that you don't want to look behind you. It's either you look to your side, look upwards or close your eyes while the tram is climbing up. I don't want to frighten you but it's really a great experience. By the way I mostly look at the side view and saw the building seems in a slanting position, like they are about to fall. I tried to look behind me once and I did for a second.
- By Bus and Taxi or Car - You can also take bus and taxi to the Peak but if you do you will never know what I felt when I ride the Peak Tram.
2.) Victoria Harbor - In between the Hong Kong Island and Kowloon lies a body of water that separates them. Victoria Harbor is the most popular tourist attraction in Hong Kong. In the Hong Kong side we have the towns such as Central, Wanchai, and Causeway Bay etc. Tsim Sha Tsui is in the opposite side of Victoria Harbor. Hong Kong Island is a home to many skyscrapers building such as the Two International Finance Center which is the 2nd tallest building in Hong Kong, Central Plaza - the 3rd tallest, Bank of China Tower - the 4th tallest and The Center - the 5th tallest building in Hong Kong. There are clusters of many tall buildings located here.
Best Location to View the Hong Kong Victoria Harbor:
- The Star Ferry - you ride the Star Ferry from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui. This is the cheapest way to see the Victoria Harbor. You can go back and forth from side to side to view the harbor from both sides. During the night upper deck is preferable because you can see all the light more clearly.
- From the Avenue of Stars Promenade - This is located in the opposite side Tsim Sha Tsui. It is a good place to see the view of the Victoria Harbor in the Hong Kong side, also called the million dollar view. In the night you can also watch the "A Symphony of Lights" here which is thenightly show starts at 8:00 pm.
- From the Peak -View the stunning Victoria Harbor, skyscrapers and cluster of tall buildings in both Hong Kong and Kowloon side from The Peak.
Site seeing Tours like Harbor Night Cruise - this is a 1.5 hour tour including unlimited drinks. Refreshments are included too. You can take Harbor night Cruise and see Hong Kong Harbor by night.
- Site seeing Tour Star Ferry's Harbor Tour - this is a 1 hour tour including refreshment coupon.
In the Restaurant and Lounge along both side of the Harbor - There are some great restaurant spots that you can view Victoria Harbor perfectly.
3.) Ocean Park -Ocean Park is said to be one of the 50 top attraction in the world. It surpasses the newly built Hong Kong Disneyland.
What's in Ocean Park? - There are two different locations of attractions in Oceans Park located in two different sides of the mountains, the Waterfront and the Summit.
- Ocean Square - It is the starting point of your Ocean Park journey.
- Asian Animals - Don't miss to see Panda Village, Giant Panda Adventure, The HKJC Giant Panda Habitat, Emperors of the Sky, Goldfish Treasures and Emerald Trail
- Aqua city - what is in Aqua city?
- Grand Aquarium - Brand new Aquarium and one of the world's top 10 Aquariums. Listen to the sound of roaring water in the ocean. It has coral tank, touch pool, reef tunnel, giant swirl tank, bubble tunnel and the world's largest aquarium dome. Finally the 13m acrylic viewing panel where you can see 400 species of fish eye to eye.
- Symbio - It is a night show in The Lagoon, a fire and water show. Symbio is the world's first 360 degree water screen show.
- Sea Life Carousel
- Sky Fair Celebration - Beautiful Helium balloons will take you 100 meters into the air.
Hong Kong Grand Aquarium
Hong Kong Symbio Water Screen Show
- Cable Car Plaza - Ocean Park attractions are located on two different sides of the mountain so riding the cable car is a must-do, so you will see the beautiful waterfront view and the whole surrounding mountains and sea and you will see the other side of the mountain. It's just a very beautiful view.
- Ocean Express Waterfront Station - you can also ride the latest Ocean Express train that will take you from the waterfront to the summit. It resembles a submersible vehicle that stimulates a journey through the ocean's depths.
- Whiskers Harbor - This place located at the waterfront consist of Whiskers Harbor skill games, Whiskers theater, Merry-go-round, Clown -A- round, Balloon Up-up and away, Frog Hopper, Bouncer House, Whiskers Harbor playground, Interactive shadow play, Animal story corner. A great playground, for kids, games and entertainment.
Ocean Park Cable Car
The Abyss Turbo Drop Ride
At the Summit:
- There are the Summit Cable Car station and the Summit Ocean Express station.
- Marine World -There are more entertainment here at the summit:
- Chinese Sturgeon Aquarium - explore Yangtze river
- Ocean Theater - Dolphin show. New spectacular show called Sea Dreams.
- Pacific Pier - say hello to seals and sea lions
- Sea Jelly Spectacular - watch over 1,000 fluorescent sea jellies of all sizes colors and shape here.
- Garden of Joy - featuring a beautiful Japanese Garden
- Headland Skills games
- The rest in Marine World are the rides such as Ocean Park Tower - one of the tallest observation towers in Southeast Asia. It is 72m high located 200m above sea level.
- The Abyss Turbo Drop -Ocean Park ultimate thrill ride?
- Crazy Galleon - Don't be fooled by the simplicity of the boat (like it's just a boat) this is really a crazy galleon that almost made my heart stopped. Of all the rides here in Ocean Park I choose the crazy galleon because I thought "it looks harmless, it's just a boat." But on the first swing I thought my heart fall off as it swing from one side to the other and every time it stops for a second before swinging back to the other side I desperately catch my breath so as to survive for another second. The swinging back and forth of the galleon tortured me but that was just my experience.
- The Dragon - ultimate roller Coaster experience in Hong Kong
- The Eagle - sort of like the Ocean Park Tower but much shorter
- Ferris wheel - the old time family favorite.
- Flying Swing - It's just a swing? You never know until you ride.
Ocean Park Mine Train
- Adventure Land - Here are the rides at the Adventure land:
- Mine train - you will love to ride this runaway train with the sea beside you, a great ride and a stunning view.
- Ocean Park Escalator - It is a 225m escalator from the Marine World down to the Adventure Land. It is said to be the second longest escalator in the world.
- Raging River
- Space Wheel
- Thrill Mountain
The Flash ride will turn you around 360 degrees at a speed of 60 km/h, swing you full circle with a massive force of 3.9G while rotating you in your seat. This is a new addition and from what I observe this is the most thrilling yet among all the Ocean Park entertainment rides.
4.) Tsing Ma Bridge - Tsing Ma Bridge is the longest bridge in the world carrying both passenger traffic and rail traffic. By taking a bus from the Hong Kong International airport to downtown area you will see the whole view of the surrounding area of the bridge and the airport.
5.) Po Lin Monastery - this is the most famous monastery in Hong Kong and is the home of the bronze Giant Buddha. This is located in Ngong Ping, Lantau Island. The Big Buddha is 34 meters tall or 112 feet and weighs 250 metric tons. For a grander view, you can take Ngong Ping 360(Ngong Ping cable car) from Tung Chung Town Center to the Giant Buddha. Ngong Ping 360 is a new attraction. You will see the beautiful view in the surrounding area such as the Hong Kong International airport, the Giant Buddha, the South China Sea. Ngong Ping Village is also a new attraction located near the Ngong Ping cable car terminal.
6.) Man Fat Monastery or Ten Thousand Buddha Monastery - this place is located in Shatin, New Territories. It has 12,800 Buddha there. You have to climb more than 400 steps to the top.
7.) Hong Kong Disneyland - Hong Kong Disneyland was opened in 2006.
Attractions in Hong Kong Disneyland:
- Main St. U.S.A - Flights of Fantasy Parade, Tinker bell Castle, Disney in the Stars Fireworks, High School Musical: Live, Art of Animation, Animation Academy, Muppet Mobile Lab, Main Street Vehicles, Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad, Street Entertainment and City Hall.
- Fantasyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle, "it's a small world", The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mickey's PhilharMagic, The Golden Mickey's Fantasy Gardens, Mad Hatter Tea Cups, Cinderella Carousel and more.
- .Adventureland - Jungle River Cruise, Festival of the Lion King, Rafts and Tarzan's Tree House and more...
- Tomorrowland - Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Stitch Encounter, Autopia, Orbitron, UFO Zone and Street Entertainment.
8.) Central District, Wanchai and Causeway Bay - When you visit Hong Kong these three places which are located close to each other should not be ignored.
- In Central area you will find the longest escalator in the world. The escalator is going up from Central to the Mid-levels. The good old Star Ferry Pier is located in Central. You can cross the Harbor as often as you like because the fare is cheap. The second, fourth and fifth tallest building in Hong Kong are located here in Central district.
- Wanchai area has many bars and entertainments but in the opposite side of the street are wet markets where you can buy Chinese foods such as dried mushrooms, dried fish, fresh vegetable, meats, fresh fish and lots of small restaurant. You will also find some small Dim Sun restaurant which are much cheaper than other bigger Dim Sun restaurant.
- Causeway Bay is a popular place for shopping and dinning. There are lots of shopping center and international restaurants here. It is the home to the famous department store Sogo. You will also find big shopping center like the Times Square. This area is always crowded with so many shoppers and dinners. It seems this area never sleeps. They also have a small wet market where local people buy fresh vegetables, meat and fish and side streets that have some budget restaurants. In Causeway Bay you will also find Victoria Park and close to the Park is the Hong Kong stadium. Along Hennessey road, the main route that connects Wanchai and Causeway Bay, you will see the Tram, double deck busses, mini busses, cars and trucks. This is the busiest street around this area. The Hong Kong Central Library is also located here in Causeway Bay. This is a very nice library with lots of computers.
9.) Kowloon Side -Tsim Sha Tsui, Night Market (Temple St.), Ladies' Market (Mongkok)
- Tsim Sha Tsui has many restaurants and hotels. It is the home of the tallest building in Hong Kong, the International Commerce Center (ICC). The highest hotel in the world Ritz-Carlton Hotel is located at the top of ICC building from 102 to 118 floors. There are many restaurants and shopping centers here as well, just like in Causeway Bay.
- Night Market is very popular for bargain hunters. Some people have to exercise their negotiation skills to get the best price in which they cannot do in a Department store.
- Ladies' Market in Mongkok is a good place to buy much cheaper products like clothes, bags and many other items. Both markets are very crowded but shopping here is fun.
10.) Repulse Bay and Stanley = These are mostly residential area where many expatriate lives, and also where the beach lover go (Repulse Bay beach and Stanley beach)
11) Islands - Lamma Island, Cheung Chau Island, Peng Chau Island
- Lamma Island is the closest island to Hong Kong Island. It is the place where people from the nearby city go for a quick vacation or celebration or just to eat seafood at the many seafood restaurants there.
- Cheung Chau Island is a small island much further away but the restaurants there are much cheaper than in Lamma. It is more like of a vacation Island and there is the Warwick Hotel in this Island. It is a narrow island that you can walk for a few minutes from one side to the other side which is both sea shores. There are no cars around so all you have to do is walk around the area. You will see many small boats along the shore. This is a good place to go to relax after a long week work. I love Cheung Chau Island and I love their fresh seafood and cheaper price.
- Peng Chau Island is much smaller Island and you have to go around by foot to see the whole area. With these three Islands I prefer to Cheung Chau Island.
Best Affordable Fresh Seafood Restaurant in Hong Kong:
- Lei Yue Mun - famous place to eat fresh seafood in Hong Kong. You can even choose your fresh and live seafood and they will cook it for you. You will also find bigger seafood here like big clams and lobster and fish. Some said that the price is a little bit higher but a friend told me that the seafoods are usually much bigger here.
- Lamma Island - many seafood restaurants to choose from and an island to escape to after a busy week. Mostly people come here in groups for dinning and drinking beer.
- Sai Kung is also very nice to visit. There are many boats along the seaside and outside table is preferrable so you can watch the sea side view. You can also buy some seafood from the sampan sellers.
- Cheung Chau - small island but they also have some fresh seafood restaurants along the shore and a lot cheaper from the other 3 places.
If you travel Hong Kong you will find out that there are many more Hong Kong popular tourist attractions such as the New Territories, Tsuen Mun Gold Coast, Happy Valley race course, Tai Po area and many more. And also when you get to Hong Kong you can also visit Macau and Mainland China. You take a ferry from Hong Kong to Macau. It is known for its many Casinos. You take train from Hong Kong to the mainland China. You will need a China visa though. Travel doesn't need to be expensive. If you are in a budget there are clean lodging that cost less than hotels.