Weekend Breaks to Hong Kong
Planning a short break to Hong Kong? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Hong Kong. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Hong Kong. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.
Top 10 Things in Hong Kong on a Short Break
Victoria Peak is the tallest hill on the Island of Hong Kong and stand at 552 meters above sea level. The views from the peak are breathtaking in every direction. The best idea is to take this trip twice, one during the day and the other at night when the lights around the harbour will take your breath away.
The Peak tram has been in service since 1888, and has never been involved in an accident.
The tram almost climbs vertically for 8 minutes before it reaches the peak, and a tram leaves for the peak every 15 minutes between 7am and midnight.
For a one-way ticket you are looking at $2.60 for an adult and 90 cents for a child and for return tickets you are looking at $3.90 for an adult and $1.80 for a child.
This festival for the performing arts is a month long and is held every year in February and March. Artist from around the world perform with orchestras, dance troupes, opera companies and chamber ensembles.
For more info www.hk.artsfestival.org/
The market opens from 4pm and has its busiest times from 7pm to 10pm when it closes, and is a wonderful place to spend an evening. There are countless stalls that sell clothing, lighters, imitation designer handbags, sunglasses, watches, sweaters, cassettes, DVDs, CDs and more. The secret here is to bargain fiercely and check the products carefully to make sure that they are not faulty or poorly made. There are also many seafood stalls where you can get a great inexpensive meal of clams, shrimp, mussels and crab. There are also palm readers, musicians and street singers to keep you entertained. The market is located near the Jordan MTR station.
Madame Tussauds is located on level 2, Peak Tower, 128 Peak Road, Victoria Peak. There are more than 100 life size wax figures of celebrities, historical figures and politicians. Some of the wax figures include Marilyn Monroe, the Beatles, victims in a medieval torture chamber, Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee. Madame Tussauds is open from 11am to 8pm daily and the entrance fee for adults is $9.75 and for seniors and children is $6.50.
Go to: www.madame-tussauds.com.hk
The flagstaff house is the oldest surviving colonial building in Hong Kong dating from 1846, and is situated in the beautiful Hong King Park overlooking the ultramodern mania of Central. The Flagstaff house is located at 10 Cotton Tree Drive and houses a fine museum of tea ware, seals and other ceramics. The collection includes 500 pieces of tea ware ranging from earthenware to porcelain dating from the 7th century to present day. The museum shop sells beautifully crafted teapots as well as various teas. Admission to the museum is free.
For information: www.lcsd.gov.hk/hkma/
This is Hong Kongs shrine to its obsession with the time honoured Chinese pursuit of rearing songbirds. The birds in the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden are pampered and cosseted. They are even fed honey nectar to sweeten their songs. Birds are the favorite pets in Chinese households, and the price is determined not by what it looks like, but rather by how beautifully it sings. The garden consists of a series of Chinese-style moon gates and the courtyards are lined with stalls selling songbirds, beautifully crafted wood and bamboo cages, live crickets, mealy worms and tiny porcelain food bowls. The Bird Garden is open daily from 7am to 8pm and admission is free.
Peak explorer is located on level 4 of the Peak Tower. This is a 36-seat motion simulator theatre which features 8-minute fast-paced films and seats that move, roll, rock and jerk with the action of the screen. This is definitely not for those of us who suffer from motion sickness. The admission fee is $5.85 for adults and $4.15 for children. The Peak Explorer is open from Monday to Friday from noon to 10pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 10pm.
For more info www.thepeak.com.hk/tower/explorer.html
The Museum of History is located at 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui. This museum houses exhibits covering 6000 years of history. There are traditional costumes, a collection of period photographs, replicas of old village houses and an entire street. The museum introduces Hong Kongs ethnic groups and traditions in respect to their livelihoods, customs and beliefs. You can peer inside a fishing junk, see the backstage of a Chinese opera, read about the arrival of European traders and the Opium Wars and see how Hong Kong changed under Japanese occupation. The museum is open from Wednesday to Monday from 10am to 6pm and admission for adults is $1.30 and 65 cents for children.
For info go to lcsd.gov.hk/hkmh/
Ripleys is located on the 3rd level of the Peak Tower. This is the 26th Ripleys museum to be opened worldwide, and contains oddities and replicas of oddities, which have been collected by Robert L Ripley on visits to 198 countries over 55 years. The display includes a shrunken head from Ecuador, torture item from around the world, a two-headed calf, and models of the worlds fattest and tallest men. The children will be fascinated by this museum, where as some adults will be completely grossed out by some of the exhibits. The museum opens daily from 9am to 10pm and the admission fee for adults is $9.75 and seniors and children get in for a mere $6.50.
For more info visit www.thepeak.com.hk/tower/ripleys.html
The Ocean Park combines a marine park and an amusement center, and is situated along a dramatic rocky coastline of the islands southern shore.
The park is divided intolowland and a headland which are connected by a cable car and an escalator. The features include a Dinosaur Discovery Trail, Kiddies rides, playgrounds, remote controlled cars and boats, a theater with hydraulically actuated seats that move, a Ferris wheel, a roller coaster that turns upside down three times, a wet ride on a raging river, and a Japanese Garden.
The Ocean Park gives educational tours at the Dolphin University, where you can watch the training of dolphins up close. There is a Butterfly House which has hundreds of free flying butterflies, a Golden Pagoda set in a lush garden and a variety of goldfish, most of them from China. There are even two pandas, which were given to Hong Kong as a gift from China.
The Pacific Pier features an artificial wave cove, which is home to sea lions and penguins.
There is a shark aquarium with more than 200 sharks and rays on display that can be viewed from the underwater tunnel.
The Atoll Reef is one of the worlds largest aquariums and has over 2 600 fish of 200 different species, and finally there is the Ocean Park Tower, which revolves and offers panoramic views of Aberdeen and the outlying islands and stands at 69 meters high.
The Ocean Park is open daily from 10am to 6pm and the admission fee is $21 for adults and $11 for children.
Details available at www.oceanpark.com.hk
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