After reverting back to Chinese rule from the British, Hong Kong is now a special administrative region of China. It’s still one of the most popular places in the world with about 7 million people living in an area that’s just over 425 square miles in size.
There are dozens of fantastic attractions and sites to visit with these being among six of the best.
1. Tsim Sha Tsui East
This area of Hong Kong is ideal for waterfront strolls and to get exceptional views across the harbour to the magnificent Hong Kong Island. You’ll also be able to witness the amazing and colourful laser show known as the Symphony of Lights here.
If you happen to be there without your camera, you’ll find photographers selling prints of the night’s show. The Tsim Sha Tsui promenade is also the home to the popular Avenue of Stars, much like Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Here you’ll find hand prints of stars such as Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee.
2. Stanley Market
This bustling market can be found in the southeast section of Hong Kong Island. The market sells lots of Asian arts and crafts as well as all types of gifts, clothing and other souvenirs. The best time to visit the market is during the day as some of the shops close after the sun goes down.
Next to the market you’ll find some waterfront restaurants and bars with patios. The street is closed to traffic on the weekends and the place can get quite active.
3. Victoria Peak
This lovely area known by local residents as the Peak offers some exceptional scenery. You’ll be able to see shadowing over the skyline Kowloon from the hill which sits close to Victoria Harbour. You’ll also be able to see the popular Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront as well as Mongkok and Lion Rock.
You can get to the top of Victoria Peak by the local tram. If you sit on the right side of the tram, closest to the doors, you’ll get a better view of the surroundings while heading to the top of the peak.
4. Hong Kong Disneyland
This magical theme park is a hit with local residents and visitors of all ages. It’s not quite as big as the American version, but it’s just as fun and popular.
There are 4 main sections to the park, which are Adventureland, Main Street USA, Tomorrowland, and Fantasyland. Main Street USA features most of the shops while Adventureland is home to jungle-themed rides. Over in Fantasyland you’ll find Mickey Mouse’s 3D show as well as many other Disney characters. Tomorrowland is filled with popular rides such as Buzz Lightyear, space Mountain, and Astro Blasters. All of the areas have shops and restaurants as well.
5. Repulse Bay
Repulse Bay is considered to be the most famous of all beaches in Hong Kong. While the name may sound a little odd in English, the beach definitely isn’t. In Chinese, the name translates into Shallow Water Bay. The place is hopping during the summer as it’s filled with sun worshippers. If you’d like to go when it’s not as crowded then November is an ideal time.
The Mongkok area of Hong Kong sits in Kowloon and gives you a very good glimpse of the typical sights and sounds of life there. It’s quite a sight at night time once all of the neon signs light up the dark skies and the area transforms itself into a living postcard. Like many other areas of Hong Kong it’s pretty active and populated.
In fact, it’s one of the world’s most densely populated areas. Some of the most popular areas in Mongkok are Nathan Road, Jordan, Yau Ma Tei, and Sai Yeung Choi Street South, which are all filled with shops and restaurants. Other hot spots in Mongkok are the Ladies’ Market, the goldfish market, Mongkok Computer Center, the flower market, Temple Street, and the bird park.