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15/10/2013

The Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower & The Peak in Hong Kong

1. The Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower

Completed in 1915, the Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower (an option of Hong Kong scenic spots) is all that remains of the historic Kowloon-Canton Railway Station, the Asian terminus of the Orient Express to London. The old station was demolished in 1978 and replaced with a new station in Tsim Sha Tsui East. As part of a compromise with preservationists, the historic clock tower, which was also slated for demolition, was preserved.

 

The Kowloon-Canton Railway was inaugurated in 1910, but the terminal and clock tower were not completed until 1915 because the shipment of building materials was delayed by the outbreak of the First World War. At first, only one side of the clock tower contained a clock. By 1920, however, clocks had been installed on the three remaining sides.

Constructed of red bricks and granite, the clock tower is 144 feet (44 meters) tall and is topped by a 23-foot (seven-meter) lightning rod. At one time, it was possible to climb a wooden staircase to the top of the tower for a view of Hong Kong (learn more others via Hong Kong city guide), but it is now closed for renovation, and it is questionable whether it will be reopened to the public or not.

2. The Peak

The view from The Peak is perhaps one of the worlds best views, overlooking the spectacular sky lines of Hong Kong island and Kowloon with the waters of Victoria Harbour separating the 2 pieces of land by around 1.2 kilometres.

The journey begins with The Peak Tramway (separate tip) that takes visitors to the futuristic Peak building - which looks like a huge anvil. The building contains 5 levels of shops, restaurants, entertainment precinct and lots more, however it is the view from the outdoor terrace that should not be missed for your Hong Kong tour.

Suggest going to the Terrace during daylight hours and then having a meal in one of the many eateries, or even a walk in the adjacent parkland and then returning to the Terrace to take in he spectacular night view of Hong Kong and Kowloons buildings lit up with the garish moving swish of traffic.

You will have a fantastic China travel deals in Hong Kong.

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14/10/2013

The brief introdution of Prince Edward District - Kowloon & 1881 Heritage - Salisbury Rd - TST

1. Prince Edward District - Kowloon

One stop north of Mongkok on both the red Tsuen Line and the green Kwun Tong Line is an interesting section of Mongkok - Prince Edward in Hong Kong (learn more via Hong Kong travel guide).

For tourists, the Flower Market and Bird Garden are the best known "sights" to see for your Hong Kong tour packages. To get to the area where the Flower market is located, take exit B1 at Prince Edward Station. The street were you come out is Prince Edward Road West. Turn left and walk down Prince Edward Road West. If you pass the Mongkok Police Station then you are walking in the right direction.

At the end of Flower Market Road (where the majority of the flower stalls are located) you will see the entrance to Yuen Po Street Bird Garden. If you are interested in bird and the quaint sounds some species make then you will find this area entertaining. I personally enjoy watching the elderly bird owners feeding their prized possessions.

The Fa Yuen street market can also be accessed from Prince Edward Road West. I like the very reasonably priced fashion stores on either side of the street. At the southern end of the market there is an overpass which leads to the Grand Century Place shopping mall. This is a more local mid ranged shopping centre (which I like) but was undergoing re-development three months ago. Nevertheless it is still worth going to if you are in the East Mongkok area.

2. 1881 Heritage - Salisbury Rd - TST

1881 Heritage is the result of the compassionate redevelopment of an important colonial site on Victoria Harbour (houses some famous Hong Kong tourist attractions). The main building was the former headquarters of the Hong Kong Maritime Police hence its location and both this and the adjacent Victorian buildings have been beautifully restored. The problem for me is that the immediate area around 1881 now looks even more ugly and needs to be improved to further complement the colonial feel of the surroundings (ie the Peninsula Hotel and Clock Tower).

There is a hotel and exhibition hall and the obligatory shopping mall which does redeem itself in the form of the exotic Shanghai Tang department store (1F) There was still some retail space available a few weeks ago but a number of high end brands have moved in including Cartier, Wedgewood and Royal Doulton. There are upmarket restaurants in the main building and 1881 seems to be a popular place to have wedding photos taken (and perhaps wedding receptions) judging by the number of bridal parties.

It is worthwhile taking a few minutes to look over the various historical artefacts that are dotted thoughout the gardens and forecourt.

Don't miss Hong Kong for your affordable China tours.

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12/10/2013

Travel Experience in Ocean Park of Hong Kong

1. Ocean Park: Take A Ride On The Ocean Express

A uniquely-designed train that has an interesting interior. We were pondering whether to take the cable car back to the main area but my wife and I chose against it as it was announced tha the cable cars were full.

So off to the train station we went. We arrived with very few people waiting at the platform. Just before the train arrived, a horde of Chinese mainland tourists rushed towards the platform and while I was first in line when I'd arrived, I was now like 2nd or 3rd after this same group squeezed their way through. When the train arrived, they were also the first to rush for the seats for their Hong Kong tour packages.

Thank goodness I was able to find my children seats as they had given these mainland people the "give me the seat or you'll hear my cry the entire journey" look!

2. Ocean Park: A Place for the Bigger Kids

After having fun at Disneyland, my wife and I thought that it would be a good idea to bring my children - 7 and 2 years old, to Ocean Park. The entire place though seemed to be catered to a more mature group. From the rides to other side activities such as booth games, most of the rides are more suitable for kids 12 years and above.

Of course there were still rides that my elder child liked - for example, the cable car and also the water rides that we got drenched! And that was during winter!

We were on our way out of the park and it was then that we realised there was a small park for younger kids. They had jumping castle to ferris wheel that were catered to kids their age.

3. Spend your entire day at Ocean park

I visited the Ocean Park in Hong Kong (obtain more Hong Kong travel guide) on 10th, 2010. The tickets to ocean World are HKD 250 per adult which translates to approximately INR 1500 (which is very cheap in my view compared to the rides of offer and the activities you can do there – as compared to Essel World and Water Kingdom which I have been to in Mumbai).

You can get to Ocean Park, Hong Kong from the Admiralty Station. Bus No.629 takes you straight to the Ocean Park at the Peak Entrance. It is important to note that there are 2 parts to Ocean Park. The first one is on the Peak and the second part is the Waterfront. These 2 parts are connected in 3 ways. You can choose any of the following 3 ways to travel between the Peak and the Waterfront.

(1) Ocean Park Express (Train Ride)
(2) Cable Car (Very Scenic and highly recommended, however scary for people who are afraid of heights)
(3) Shuttle Bus

The map of Ocean Park is also split into 2 which is the Peak and the Waterfront and you will need to plan the 2 parts separately as you would want to move from one to the other only once in a day, else you will end up wasting time and miss out on all the fun things to do in Ocean Park (one of must-see Hong Kong scenic spots).

4. A theme park and oceanarium

The theme park has been here in Hong Kong long before the arrival of Disneyland. A very popular place still and is listed as the 7th Most Popular Amusement Park and 33rd Most Visited Tourist Attractions in the World by Forbes beating the newer rival. The park is divided into two parts, the lowland (valley) and the headland separated by a hill and connected by a cable car service.

You must plan your visit well starting at the Middle Kingdom at the lowland. Among the main attractions here are the pandas habitat (both were hiding in their caves when I was there), and the dinosaur models exhibit (because they were just models the exhibit did not interest me much).

The real thrill is at the headland. The cable car ride to the headland allows a breathtaking view of Repulse Bay and the surrounding areas. There are many more activities here at the headland including a range of hair raising rides such as the Dragon Roller Coaster and the Mine Train. I can assure you that the mine train ride in Ocean Park is far more thrilling than the runaway mine train in Disneyland California. Maybe because it is perched on a precipice with a full view of the sea below. A total no-no for a faint hearted. The star attraction here however is the dolphin show at the open-air theater. Most audiences are mesmerized by the antics of these intelligent creatures especially their ability to interact with the human actors.

So please contain the ocean park in your affordable China travel packages.

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