Octopus Card For those who live in major cities that use an electronic card to pay for their mass transit rides, this is Hong Kong’s version of it. The “Octopus Card” is a stored-valued electronic card that can be used on most public transportation in Hong Kong, and even for other purchases at convenience & […]
Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware (Hong Kong Park, 10 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong) – this British colonial era building once housed the commander of the British forces. Over 600 pieces of delicate antique teaware are located here, from the Tang (618-907) to the Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.
Exchange Square (8 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong Island) – Home to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx) and other financial institutions, this spectacular trio of buildings was recognized as an important architectural achievement by Time Magazine and was awarded a Silver Medal by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects in 1985. The complex comprises […]
Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum (7 Castle Road, Central, Hong Kong Island) — Guiding the world’s largest nation out of thousands of years of monarchic rule and transforming it into a republic was no small feat, which makes the museum dedicated to the man responsible for doing this even more fascinating. Dr Sun Yat-sen was educated […]
Clock Tower (Star Ferry Pier, Kowloon Point, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon) – this building was part of the Kowloon-Canton Railway terminal (built in 1915), and stands at 44 meters. Even though the railway station is gone, the local authorities declared it a landmark monument, in part because it once acted as an “Ellis Island” in […]
Central Star Ferry Pier (Man Kwong Street, between Rumsey and Man Yiu Streets, Central, Hong Kong) – visitors show up here to take in the view of the Kowloon skyline from this pier. Green-and-white Star Ferry boats can be seen crossing the harbor.
Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery (Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Outlying Islands, Hong Kong) – at one time this was simply a remote monastery hidden by lush, mountain scenery. Nowadays, the Po Lin Monastery made it to the world map when the extraordinary Tian Tan Buddha statue (informally known as the Big Buddha) was erected […]
Avenue of the Stars (Promenade, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon) – this strip pays tribute to the actors that helped made Hong Kong the “Hollywood of the East”, while giving visitors a panoramic view of the the city’s skyline. Here, visitors will see commemorative plaques, celebrity handprints, descriptive milestones, movie memorabilia, a life-size statue of kung […]
Hong Kong, which is not just a city-state, but one of the world’s major trading centers, began to grow in prominence when it became a British colony in 1842. In 1860, this colony grew from Hong Kong Island to the Kowloon Peninsula, and again into the New Territories in 1898. Hong Kong went through Japanese […]