Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, being among the most modern and visited cities in Asia. If you’re looking forward to visiting this wonderful city, then you should know that the weather is nice and warm all around the year, with mild temperatures between September and February and slightly higher ones between May and September. Communication is not a problem either, as most locals are accustomed with the English language. With this in mind, here are the most challenging 10 Hong Kong tourist attractions which you might want to have a look at while you’re there:
1. Victoria Park
The park features an outdoor municipal pool, several tennis courts, a track for roller skates and large green spaces. In this park municipality organizes regular outdoor concerts, but you will also able to witness bike races and cultural events.
2. Lei Cheng UK Museum
This museum houses the oldest monument in Hong Kong; a tomb dating from 206 B.C. In addition, various relics and artifacts can be seen here.
3. Tin Hau Temple
Along with temples Tam Shea, Shing Wong and Fook Tak Tse, Tin Hau Temple is part of a complex built in 1870 and which was moved to its present location only few years later, in 1876. This temple is dedicated to one Chinese goddess recognized as the queen -and patroness- of sailors. Legend says she was born back in 960, as a fisherman daughter, and during her life she managed to save her family from drowning using magical powers. It is also said to have the power to heal the sick and that could float on the water, on a straw mat.
Bank of China is an imposing building which has been designed by the world-renowned architect leoh Ming Pei, known for constructing the glass-pyramid entrance of the Louvre Museum in Paris. This building has an obelisk shape and is dominated mostly by a triangular surface and several pyramid shapes, considered to be agreeable by Feng Shui adepts.
5. Hong Kong Gardens
Also known as the “Chinese Disneyland”, this park boasts several dragons and other amazing animals from Chinese mythology. In addition, here you can admire artificial mountains with grottoes and caves, but also life depictions from ancient China.
6. Hong Kong Arts Center
Hong Kong’s Art Center is housed in a 14-level building that was inaugurated back in 1976. The three halls (Recital Hall, Studio Theathre and Shouson Theatre) regularly host international events, and if you’re interested in particular art expos you can always admire the exhibitions lying on the 4th and 5th floors of the building.
7. Temple of 10,000 Buddhas
One of the most praised temples in the region, Temple of 10,000 Buddhas actually counts a little over 12,000 statues. It also features monkeys and one pagoda that will put your climbing skills to test. Once you finish walking the many steps you’ll find a restaurant plus other few attractions.
8. Tea Museum
Flagstaff House is Hong Kong’s oldest colonial building. It is now the home of an expo dedicated solely to China’s tea culture, which numbers over 600 pieces made of clay and porcelain dating from the 17th century to present.
9. Man Mo Temple
Man Mo Temple is the oldest Taoist temple in the city, being built in 1940s in the style of new colonies. Its name evokes two main deities; Man, the god of literature, which is dressed in red and holding a calligraphy brush, and Mo, the god of war, wearing a green robe and holding a sword.
10. Tsim Sha Tsui Cultural Centre
This cultural center is among the most ambitious projects of the city. The first part was built in 1980 and consists of a Space Museum and Planetarium. In the second part you can find a concert hall with 3,000 seats, a theater with 1,500 seats, various exhibition halls and lectures as well as an art museum and cultural department.
Thomas M Johanson