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28/10/2013

Hong Kong things to see and do I

 

Chi Lin Nunnery

Take a relaxing stroll around the Chi Lin Nunnery, a modern complex built in a spectacular Tang Dynasty style; continue across a footbridge to the pleasant Nan Lian Gardens. To see Hong Kong's only historic pagoda, head for the Tsui Shing Lau Pagoda, which was built in 1486 in the Yuen Lang district

Disneyland Hong Kong

At Disneyland Hong Kon (one of famous Hong Kong scenic spots), on Lantau Island, visitors can meet characters old and new, from Mickey Mouse to Buzz Lightyear, and can tour the park aboard the Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad. It’s small by Disneyland standards, but attractions range from the Jungle River Cruise of Adventureland to the rollercoasters in Tomorrowland.

Dragon's Back

Walk along the Dragon's Back on the south side of Hong Kong Island, which follows a ridge and gives spectacular views. It takes about two hours to complete, and isn’t too challenging. Start at the To Tei Wan Shuen bus stop, and finish with dinner in one of the restaurants in Shek O Village.

Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware

An imposing colonial-style building in Hong Kong Park, the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware houses ancient Chinese artefacts used in tea-making. Dating from 1846, the building is the former residence of the colonial Commander-in-Chief, and the oldest surviving colonial building in Hong Kong. For more information, contact the tourist board for details of classes held in the tea shop next door.

Happy Valley Racecourse

Vast sums of money change hands at Hong Kong's horse-racing meetings, held from September to June on Wednesday evenings (around 1900-2300). The easiest racecourse to access is Happy Valley, which is on a tram route on Hong Kong Island. There is another racecourse in the New Territories, in Sha Tin

Hong Kong Park

A popular escape from the busy city streets, Hong Kong Park (must-see for your Hong Kong tour packages) includes plenty of green space as well as an aviary, fountains, a restaurant and the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre. On Wednesday mornings at 0800 there are organised birdwatching sessions starting from the artificial lake; these are cancelled when there’s a cyclone warning of level 3 or above.

Kowloon Walled City Park

This park and garden were developed on the site of an old fort with a fascinating history. Built by the Chinese after the British first took Hong Kong (more via Hong Kong travel guide), the fort did not surrender when Kowloon became part of British territory. It remained a semi-autonomous community until the Japanese tore down the walls during World War II, after which it was squatted. Today, the park includes a small museum with photographs of the old walled city.

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