On Location: Spotlight on Hong Kong
Dynamic and forward looking, but still steeped in rich history that’s reflected in its colonial architecture, charming back streets, and excellent museums and historical sites, Hong Kong is a premier destination in Asia and well worth more than a few days of exploration. If your cruise itinerary departs from Hong Kong, and you’re looking for some ideas on what to do before your sailing adventure begins, read on. Here are five things you can do in Hong Kong while in town.
Snack at the Temple Street Market
Hong Kong is known around the world for its top shelf cuisine. Whether you’re feasting on dim sum, tucking into BBQ pork with rice, or dining at any one of the city’s 64 Michelin star restaurants, your taste buds are certainly in for a treat on a trip to Hong Kong. For a great introduction into contemporary Hong Kong fare, head on over to the Temple Street Market in the early hours of the evening. The streets here are lined with stalls selling all kinds of delicious – and cheap – food. Don’t leave the market without trying ‘stinky tofu’, which is undoubtedly the king of Hong Kong street food.
Scale Victoria Peak
When your belly’s full and you’re in the mood for some breathtaking views, head on over to Victoria Peak and get your camera out. Standing at 552 metres tall, Victoria Peak is the highest point in Hong Kong and offers panoramic views of this dynamic city. It’s reachable in just 8 minutes from the Central Station, and the best way to reach the top is via the 125 year old Peak Tram.
Visit Lantau Island and marvel at the Giant Buddha
Escape the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong city and jump on a ferry to gorgeous Lantau Island – the largest island in Hong Kong located at the mouth of the Pearl River. Also known as Tian Tan Buddha, this giant bronze statue was completed in 1993 and is said to symbolise the harmonious relationship of man with nature, his fellow human beings, and religion. Visiting the Giant Buddha makes for an excellent day trip from Hong Kong. Just be sure to bring your walking shoes: it’s an arduous 268 steps to the top of the sitting platform.
Learn all about Hong Kong’s history
Get educated on the rich and varied history of Hong Kong by spending an afternoon at the Hong Kong Museum of History. Visiting the museum offers cruise passengers the chance to learn about the archeology and ethnography of the region, as well as its natural and local history. Replicas of traditional village dwellings, authentic Chinese costumes and beds, a re-creation of an entire street in Central from 1881 and a whole host of other interesting displays are scattered through the 17,500m2 floor space of the museum. Free guided tours of the museum are available in English at 11am most days of the week.
Pay your respects at the Man Mo Temple
Dedicated to the gods of literature and war, the Man Mo Temple is one of Hong Kong’s oldest temples and well worth a visit when in town. It was built in 1847 during the Qing dynasty by rich Chinese merchants, and these days, scores of students visit the temple to pay their respects (and pray that they pass their exams). Entry to the temple is free and can be visited between 8am and 6pm, 7 days a week.
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