An April 2007 trip
to Hong Kong by writeonthespot
Quote: Skidding through the cloudy runway, we just loved the cool climate in Hong Kong. Not good for pictures but we don't mind.
Hotel | "Dorsett Seaview"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 2, 2007
Dorsett Seaview Hotel
268 Shanghai Street
+852 2782 0882
The Avenue of Stars is one of the great attractions in Hong Kong. It gives one a magnificent view of the Victoria Bay and the skyscrapers of Hong Kong’s Central district during the day and most especially at night. The Symphony of Lights can be seen at the Avenue of Stars every 8pm at night. In honor of the film industry of Hong Kong, the Avenue of Stars pay tribute to actors, directors, and people behind its movie industry. There where the Avenue of Stars stand is the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade built by the New World Group in 1982. But in 2003, a grand project was undertaken that costs $40 million and delighted millions of locals and tourists. The Avenue features the nine milestones of Hong Kong’s entertainment industry, from the silent era to the '90s.
More than 80 hand prints are laid down along the Avenue which includes famous stars like Jacky Chan, Jet Li, and movie director John Woo. Apart from the hand prints, we also saw movie-related sculptures like that of Bruce Lee, a scene about film shooting, a movie camera, and a movie reel. At that time, celebrities Leslie Cheung, and Tony Leung were featured at the Avenue. Various entertainments are also provided in front of the sculpture of the Hong Kong Film Awards. There are also souvenir shops and kiosks found along the avenue.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 2, 2007
Avenue of Stars
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
It’s a brand new view at Victoria Peak with the newly renovated peak. During my last visit, the structure was still being renovated and was still covered with bamboo scaffolding. Now, it glows beautifully and offers a 360° view of Hong Kong island. Victoria Peak, which stands as the highest peak in the Hong Kong island at 552 meters, was originally built for the wealthy and affluent. Its history shows that then Governor Sir Richard MacDonnell had his summer home built at the peak at the latter half of the 19th century. Yet, the tram came after several homes were built there through a certain Alexander Findlay Smith, a former worker of Scotland’s Highland Railway. He was able to petition for the operation of the tram route in 1881.
Now, tourists can get to Victoria Peak via bus or the quickest, through the Peak Tram at the lower peak tram terminal at the Garden Road near the Central MTR. The tram operates from 7am in the morning till midnight and travels every 10 to 15 minutes. Adults can purchase tickets at HK$22 for a single trip, and HK$33 for the return. With an Octopus card, you can easily ride the tram at HK$33 two-way fee. At the new Victoria Peak, one can find various restaurants and shops including the Madam Tussaud's. On its roof top is the Sky Gallery that features the beautiful works of renowned Hong Kong artists. The roof deck can also be rented for special occasions.
128 Peak Road.
+852 2807 6543
The Hong Kong Museum of History is an interesting place to visit. Our visit was unplanned. We were looking for the Rosary Church and were there hours before the scheduled time for the English mass. So, to kill time, we thought of walking around and viola, right across was the Hong Kong Museum of History. It usually has a special exhibition and during the time of our visit, they were featuring the Ancient Chinese Civilization which zeroed in on the Treasures of the Xia, Shang, and Zhou Dynasties from Henan Province. The said special exhibition is running from February 14 to May 14, 2007 at the Special Exhibition Gallery. We paid HK$10 as entrance to the gallery. At the special exhibit, they displayed pottery and bronze wares, jade articles, and ancient music instruments. But a must see is the permanent exhibition which is The Hong Kong Story with just a HK$10 entrance. Since 2001, the Hong Kong Story never fail to amaze visitors through its eight galleries housed in two floors with a total of 7,000 square meter area. It has 4,000 exhibits that has 750 graphic panels.
It started with the Natural Environment 400 million years ago to the Prehistoric Hong Kong. Then it took us to the various dynasties, the folk culture of Hong Kong to the Opium Wars, and the Cession of the Hong Kong. The latter part was the Japanese occupation, the modern Hong Kong and the reunification of Hong Kong with China in 1997. The exhibits have life-size wax figures of human beings and animals. In most periods, there are small theaters that show a short documentary pertaining to that era. You can view the galleries in the Hong Kong Story exhibit in about two hours. It opens at 7am from Wednesdays to Mondays. It closes at 6pm except on Sundays and public holidays wherein it extends till 7pm. The museum is closed on first two days of the Chinese New year and on Tuesdays except on public holidays.
Contact details: Tel. No. 27249042 Fax No. 27249090
Email: email@example.com Website: http://hk.history.museum
Hong Kong Museum of History
100 Chatham Road South
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
(852) 2724 9042
Tung Chung is a small district in the Lantau Island and a few-minute drive from the Chek Lap Kok airport. Tung Chung got its name from Tung Sai Chung, which was originally called during the time when Hong Kong was just a large group of fishing villages. Now, Tung Chung, being the gateway to Ngong Ping 360° and the Giant Buddha, it has become more commercial with the malls and condominium units.
From the Tung Chung MTR Station we easily got to the Citygate mall which is connected to the station. There were five floors of clothing and food outlets as well a glass and steel bridge way that connects to another building. Vehicles going to the airport pass through under this mall bridge. A money changer at the basement can be found. The main attraction of Citygate in Tung Chung is a square between the mall and the MTR station which has a musical fountain that attracts kids and families. Tung Chung is also where the bus station to other parts of Lantau is located.