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Hong Kong Sights

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Climate:

  Tropical climate with hot, humid summers that can reach temperatures of 95°F/35°C 
  and humidity close to 100%. Heavy rains May-September make the season a bad time 
  to visit. From May-October, typhoons with strong winds are likely. Ferries stop 
  operating once a typhoon signal 8 is hoisted (signals range in escalating order 
  from 1-10), so don't get caught on an outlying island. Signal warnings are posted 
  at ferry piers, or check http://www.underground.org.hk for weather updates. From 
  October, temperatures drop to the cool 60s°F/20s°C. Coldest time of year is 
  December-February. Clear, sunny days make October-November the best time to visit.
  

Hollywood Road:

  Hollywood Road is an antique lover's paradise. The street is filled with curio and antique 
  shops of all kinds: from Chinese furniture to porcelain ware, from Buddha sculptures to 
  oriental rugs, from Japanese netsukes to Coromandel screens. Aside from all the antique 
  shops, it has numerous small specialty shops that sell unique home accessories and handmade 
  products. Many of them are inside buildings on upper floors, so always remember to look 
  above street level so as not to miss them.

  Address:      Hollywood Road
                Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
  Neighborhood: Central
  Phone:        +852 2807 6543 (Hong Kong Tourist Association)
  Hours:        24 hours daily; individual shop hours vary


Mid-levels Escalator:

  OK, who wants to see an escalator? Well, this 800-metre hillside escalator starts from 
  Connaught Road Central, runs to the Hang Seng Bank Building on Des Voeux Road Central, 
  then passes through the Central Market and continues to climb past Hollywood Road to the 
  prime Mid-levels residential district. The free ride from Central to Conduit Road takes 
  about 20 minutes, a lot quicker than walking up which usually takes forever. The longest 
  covered outdoor escalator system in the world, the system took two and a half years and 
  more than HKD205 million to build.

  Address:      Connaught Road
                Hong Kong
  Neighborhood: Central
  Phone:        +852 2807 6543 (HK Tourism Board)
  Hours:        Downhill: 6am-10am daily; Uphill: 10am-10pm daily


Noonday Gun:

  Anyone who knows about the Noonday Gun will remember Noel Coward's 1924 song, Mad Dogs and 
  Englishmen," which tells the world: "In Hong Kong they strike a gong, and fire off a noonday 
  gun, to reprimand each inmate, who's in late." This historic relic, built in 1901, is still 
  fired everyday and is the best-known landmark in Causeway Bay. It is situated in a small 
  garden on Gloucester Road right across from the Excelsior Hotel.

  Address:      Gloucester Road
                Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  Neighborhood: Causeway Bay
  Phone:        +852 2807 6543 (Hong Kong Tourist Association)
  Hours:        Gun fires at noon daily


Wanchai:

  Once a red light district during the Vietnam War, Wanchai, in many tourist guidebooks, is 
  still linked with the name Suzie Wong. Although it had the reputation of being a sailors' 
  paradise in the late 1950s, it is mainly a business and entertainment area nowadays. 
  Bars, dance halls, nightclubs and karaoke rooms co-exist with modern office plazas, art 
  centres and a wide variety of inexpensive restaurants. The rows of narrow streets house 
  all sorts of interesting shops including printers, small fashion outlets, sign-writers 
  and so on. You can also find many street stalls around the area.

  Address:      Fenwick St and Lockhart Road
                Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  Neighborhood: Wanchai
  Phone:        +852 2807 6543 (Hong Kong Tourist Association)
  Hours:        24 hours daily; individual business hours vary


Peak Tram:

  The Peak Tram ascends the steep incline of Victoria Peak, offering visitors a convenient 
  way of getting to the peak and all its sightseeing amenities. The Tram, which is itself 
  an attraction, dates back to 1888 with new and larger cars installed in 1989. Passengers 
  sit back for a literally vertical ride enjoying panoramic views as the car steadily makes 
  its way to the top. Trams leave every 10-15 minutes from the Peak Tram Station between 
  7am and midnight. Admission: One-way: Adults HKD20, children HKD6. Round-trip: 
  Adults HKD30, children HKD9.

  Address:      Garden Road
                Hong Kong
  Neighborhood: Central
  Phone:        +852 2849 7654
  Fax:          +852 2849 6237
  Web Site:     http://www.thepeak.com.hk/
  Email:        peaktram@peninsula.com
  Hours:        7am-midnight daily


Star Ferry:

  Hustle down to the Star Ferry and take the short ten minute trip across Victoria Harbour, 
  either to the Kowloon or Central side. Gaze up at Hong Kong's majestic skyline, which is 
  an erratic stretch of skyscrapers, hotels and apartment blocks. The nighttime views, when 
  Hong Kong glitters like a diamond, are dramatic. As the cheapest therapy in town (currently 
  HKD2.20 for an upper deck seat), few people disembark in anything but the lightest of moods.
  Details
  Address:      Star Ferry Pier, Edinburgh Place
                Hong Kong
  Neighborhood: Central
  Phone:        +852 2366 2576
  Hours:        6:30am-11:30pm daily


Victoria Harbour:

  One of Hong Kong's star attractions and one of the deepest container ports in the world, 
  the harbour is shielded on both sides by stunning skylines--skyscrapers and Victoria Peak 
  on one side, and the Tsim Sha Tsui shoreline on the other. Everyday, hundreds of ferries, 
  tugs, junks, speed boats, and barges chug up and down the shore, carrying people and cargo, 
  only pausing for typhoons. Best viewed from the famous Star Ferry, or the Harbour Cruises.

  Address:      Edinburgh Place
                Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
  Neighborhood: Central
  Phone:        +852 2807 6543 (Hong Kong Tourist Association)
  Hours:        24 hours daily


Victoria Peak:

  If you haven't been to Victoria Peak (also known simply as the "Peak"), then you haven't 
  been to Hong Kong! All visitors to Hong Kong should go to the Peak for panoramic views 
  of the city, which have to be amongst the most spectacular in the world, especially at 
  night. A walk around the Peak reveals further scenic vistas over the greener western parts 
  of Hong Kong Island, and the viewing platforms on top of the Peak Tower and Peak Galleria 
  are a must for anyone with a camera. A tram will get you to the top.

  Address:      128 Peak Road
                Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
  Neighborhood: Central
  Phone:        +852 2807 6543 (Hong Kong Tourist Association)
  Hours:        24 hours daily; tram: 7am-midnight daily


Western District:

  The Western District ironically is not "Western" at all. It is the traditional "China Town" 
  area of the city. It is filled with many specialty shops that are not seen in other main 
  shopping areas: Chinese furniture, antiques of all kinds (including the odd fake), art 
  supplies for Chinese painting and calligraphy, choice seafood and Chinese delicacies, 
  paper offerings to be burnt at funerals, all kinds of preserved food, and much more. 
  Possession Street, near the intersection of Bonham Strand and Queen's Road West, is 
  where the British fleet first planted its flag in 1841, marking the beginning of 
  modern Hong Kong.

  Address:    Hollywood Road
  Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  Neighborhood:    Western District
  Phone:    +852 2807 6543 (Hong Kong Tourist Association)
  Hours:    24 hours daily; individaul business hours vary


Nathan Road:

  Nathan Road, named after governor Sir Matthew Nathan, runs directly up to Boundary Street, 
  the northern limit of the British colony prior to the leasing of the New Territories in 
  1898. Since everyone thought such a wide road was unnecessary at that time, Nathan Road 
  became known as "Nathan's Folly." Today, this is one of the busiest commercial roads in 
  Hong Kong; the lower end of the road is known as the Golden Mile because of the plethora 
  of storefront neon signs. A walk along Nathan Road will reveal a shopping paradise with 
  many boutiques, camera shops, street markets and restaurants crammed in side-by-side.

  Address:    Nathan Road
  Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  Neighborhood:    Tsim Sha Tsui
  Phone:    +852 2807 6543 (Hong Kong Tourist Association)
  Hours:    24 hours daily


Yuen Po Street Bird Garden:

  Originally, the bird market was on Hong Lok Street, but it relocated to this Chinese-style 
  bird garden on Yuen Po Street in 1999. There are hundreds of birds on display and the price 
  of a bird is often decided by how well the bird sings. Apart from the birds, there are 
  also other accessories for sale, including bamboo and teak cages, ceramic water vessels 
  and food containers, and different types of bird food, including live crickets sold by 
  the bag-full.

  Address:    Yuen Po Street
  Mongkok
  Hong Kong
  Neighborhood:    Kowloon
  Phone:    +852 2807 6543 (Hong Kong Tourist Association)
  Hours:    7am-8pm daily

The Big Buddha:

  Although this is quite a jaunt from central Hong Kong (a ferry trip and a long, at times 
  frightening, bus ride), it is well worth the excursion. Buddha's do not get any bigger 
  than this, especially seated and outdoors. Dreamed up by the community of monks on Lantau, 
  it took more than ten years to build. It is made entirely of metal and consists of a steel 
  framework covered by a steel and bronze skin, as well as over one ton of gold amalgam. 
  Note however that there are 268 steps to get to the Buddha.

  Address:    Ngong Ping Plateau
  (Lantau Island)
  Hong Kong
  Neighborhood:    Outlying Islands
  Phone:    +852 2807 6543 (Hong Kong Tourist Association)
  Hours:    10am-6pm daily


Wong Tai Sin Temple:

  Probably the most well-known and busiest temple in the city, Wong Tai Sin was built 
  in 1973 on the site of a previous temple dating back to 1921. The current temple is an 
  excellent example of a traditional Chinese temple. Wong Tai Sin himself was a shepherd 
  boy from Zhejiang province in China, who was thought to have mystical healing powers. 
  Most people visiting the temple come to assess their fortune by using fortune sticks, 
  and there are even some of English speaking soothsayers who can help visitors interpret 
  the fortune sticks. Admission: Free (donations welcome).

  Address:    upper edge of Wong Tai Sin Estate
  Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  Phone:    +852 2320 2883
  Hours:    7am-5:30pm daily




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