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A June 2006 trip to Hong Kong by nmagann

Ocean Park Photo, Hong Kong, China More Photos
Quote: Skyscrapers, shopping and culinary delights may be what Hong Kong conjures up, but flora, fauna, hiking, and streams are more than a diversion.

Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens

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Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Visiting the Hong Kong Zoological & Botanical Gardens is like winning a free pass for an entire day to three great attractions. When the day is over, walk over the Peak Tram Station to watch the night show from the peak or dine above it all.Reptiles and mammals make up the zoological sections of the park. An extensive variety of monkeys in large cages were a favorite of young students on a field trip. I was partial to the lemur because several types of them had just had babies. Perhaps lemur gives birth in certain season. I also enjoyed the trivia included with the statistics written on the plaques in front of the animals. The thought that sloth does everything upside-down conjured up some i...Read More

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Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens
Albany Road
Hong Kong
+852 2530 0154

Repulse Bay

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Repulse Bay Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Just the name Repulse Bay conjures up intrigue. Research and local tales only proved to keep me in the dark. I had heard the jokes about naming it for the pollution of the waters, but knew first-hand that couldn’t be. Was it named for the British warship HMS Repulse or patrolling British ships who were ‘repulsed’ by the pirate ships they encountered or perhaps the pirate ship Repulse that frequented the waters in the 19th century? Each place I researched discounted possibilities read elsewhere claiming theirs was the correct reason.A bit of history of the area is rather interesting. The British used the Repulse Bay Hotel as their headquarters when, in 1941, the Japanese inva...Read More

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Repulse Bay

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Park

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Hong Kong Park Photo, Hong Kong, China
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After visiting the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, I wondered if I should even bother with Hong Kong Park. Having just seen an incredible green house and endangered mammals, but not being able to get close to birds due to avian flu concerns, what could this park offer? As it turned out, the 30m tower overlooking tea houses, lakes, and a lotus garden was a mere warm-up.A conservancy, divided into three areas, housed a cactus garden, tropical plant garden, and humid hot house. The cactus garden seemed to draw the most attention from locals. I gather dessert varieties are more unusual here. The tropical garden consisted of walking path over bridges and through small palms and ferns,...Read More

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Hong Kong Park
Cotton Tree Drive
Central Hong Kong

Pok Fu Lam Reservoir

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Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Photo, Hong Kong, China
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After taking in the sights at Victoria Peak, I returned to the station to take the trail to Pok Fu Lam Reservoir. Following Lugard Road counterclockwise around the peak for 25 minutes, I reached a fork in the road. Hatton Road to the north passes by Pinewood Battery and the University of Hong Kong through Pok Fu Lam Tree Walk. I opted for Harlech Road heading west for a longer walk along the hillside, visiting Pok Fu Lam Country Park and hoping to return the peak at dusk or in the evening.The path continues on Harlech Road to Pok Fu Lam Road. Sai Ku Shan, a mountain 1,600’, gets your attention. Not as high as Victoria Peak at 1800’; nonetheless, it is beautiful if for no other reaso...Read More

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Pok Fu Lam Reservoir
Valley of Pok Fu Lam
Hong Kong

Victoria Peak

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Victoria Peak Photo, Hong Kong, China
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There are several ways to get to the lower peak station, depending on the direction you are coming from and just how inclined you are to walk. I have a tendency to walk as much as possible in an effort to obtain or retain my bearings. Another consideration was Hong Kong Park, just east of the station, which I planned on visiting first.From the Star Ferry Pier, my access point, bus 15C stops at the lower tram station on Garden road. I estimated that I would need 3 to 4 hours to enjoy the peak and hike.Peak Tram is a funicular railway, in operation since 1888, with two 72-seat cars going to Victoria Peak. Ascending, it hugs the mountain on the left, with valley views on th...Read More

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

Ocean Park

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Ocean Park Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Ocean Park encompasses attributes akin to Magic Mountain and Sea World. Add a bit of a local carnival atmosphere and some special guest entertainment and you have a place to please all palates.The main entrance is to the Lowland Gardens where you find the panda habitat, worth the wait, where you can watch them for about 10 minutes and snap non-flash pictures. The Amazon exhibit that featured exotic birds was closed with no date of re-opening. There is also a huge hot air balloon with a huge basket shaped like a donut to accommodate a dozen people. The balloon is tethered while ascends straight up for a 360 degree. The two drawbacks are that the line can be an hour wait and it can close ...Read More

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Ocean Park
Ocean Park Road Aberdeen
Hong Kong 4000039
+852 2552 0291