Hong Kong Journals

The Sights of Hong Kong

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A March 2005 trip to Hong Kong by MichaelJM

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery Photo, Hong Kong, China More Photos
Quote: Our son guided us around some of the sights in Hong Kong. Here are some of our favourites.

The Sights of Hong Kong

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Overview

Hong Kong Photo, Hong Kong, China
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There are numerous things to remark upon in Hong Kong, but here are some that are not subject to more detail in my Hong Kong Journals. The harbour at night is a must, from Kowloon side you’ll be treated to a nightly lightshow from Hong Kong Island. The buildings that look supreme in the day are stunning at night – take the Star Ferry and enjoy the experience even more. Strolling through the streets, we were transfixed with the sensational architectural design of Hong Kong’s buildings, which are transformed and virtually unrecognisable at night. Hong Kong’s cityscape and skyline just is… There are amazing modern buildings (HSBC); rundown, almost sleazy low-rises alongside sparking high-...Read More

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

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Attraction

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery Photo, Hong Kong, China
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The temple is walking distance from Shatin rail station, and once you find the small village of Paitau (incongruously placed in the shadow of the railway), just follow the signs. Within 200 yards, we were walking a gradual incline and then up a steeper staircase to the temple. The route is flanked with large golden Buddhas of varying ages and in different postures signifying everyday chores. Bizarrely, they seem almost caricatures offering smiling and overly happy faces in a simple but perhaps satirical form. As we reach the entrance, a magnificent pagoda has pride of place in the square, which is surrounded by more 6-foot Buddhas – some sporting black eyelids, and others, bright-red lips. They...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 8, 2005

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
220 Pai Tau Village
Sha Tin, Hong Kong
(852) 2691-1067

Shatin

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Attraction | "A Day at the Races"

Shatin Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Even if you’re not big into betting, you'll enjoy a visit the Hong Kong races. I’d never been to a horse race in my life, and placing a bet was one of life’s mysteries, but a day at the track provided excitement and a superb chance to people watch. Racing and betting is big business in Hong Kong, and meetings are held each Wednesday evening and on the weekend. Sha Tin is surrounded by high rises, and for this green oval in the centre of the concrete jungle, punters travel to enjoy hours of socialising and attempt to emerge, at the end of the meet, a dollar or two for the better. In all honesty, with the minimum bet of HK$1 and the maximum of HK$20,000, there are a few serious gamblers in this environm...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 11, 2005

Shatin

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Victoria Peak

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Attraction | "The Peak"

Victoria Peak Photo, Hong Kong, China
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I would reckon that travelling to Hong Kong and not going to the peak is a bit like New York without the Empire State Building. However, you do need to gauge the timing of the visit to ensure a half decent view. In March, we were plagued with indifferent weather, and so on the morning when visibility was good and the weather forecast favourable, we headed off to Hong Kong’s "viewing station". We, like most visitors, opted for the Peak Tram to take us to the summit. We had an Octopus card so didn’t need to wait in the queue, but were ushered to stand and wait at the side of the platform. Here we were able to read a little about the history of the tram, that’s been carrying people up to the top si...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 13, 2005

Victoria Peak
128 Peak Road.
Hong Kong
+852 2807 6543

Central–Mid-levels Escalators

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Attraction | "The Largest Covered Escalator"

Central–Mid-levels Escalators Photo, Hong Kong, China
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The escalator is around 730m long and links the Ferry Terminal (well almost!) to Conduit Road. It is the world’s largest covered escalator, and it’s used by almost quarter of a million people a day. The direction is set dependent on the largest usage, and we were happy that it was going up at the time of our visit. It’s free to use, and if you have an Octopus travel card, you can get credits for travelling on the escalator. Although most people use it to travel from A to B, we found it an interesting experience providing regular hop-off points for sightseeing. There was no hassle or hurry on our escalator journeys, and despite the fact that it cuts through busy parts of Hong Kong, it was a stran...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 14, 2005

Central–Mid-levels Escalators
Central and Western District
Hong Kong
+852 2807 6543