Kowloon/HK Island HONG KONG

Country code 852, $1=HK$7.71, Mar 20, 99

Hong Kong Island
By contrast to Kowloon - the 'ordinary peoples' town, N shore of HK Island is the business area, packed with high-rise buildings, big hotels and shopping centers, and high-class residential area on the hill side of the HK Island.
On the S side of the business district, double-decker trams (
HK$2 No change given) are running from E to W. These are very good for sightseeing but you should avoid the peak periods as they get crowded.
On top of the hills overlooking the city are high class condominiums.

MTR Central or by Star Ferry from TST. Center of the business district.
S1 HK Shanghai Bank: British architect Norman Foster's design Excellent example of hi-tech architecture.
You can enter the lobby, but there is no visitors' room. The opening /closing of the large shutters attracts a large audience.
S Bank of China: Chinese/American architect I.M. Pei's design. Observation room is located on 43F, open until 17:00. Excellent view of HK. You cannot visit any other floor.
S HK Park: Huge park S from Bank of China. A very long escalator transports you to a high section of the park.
S Flagstaff House Museum of Tea ware
S HK Zoological & Botanical Gardens
S Victoria Peak: Night view from Victoria Peak is excellent, known as the " million dollars night view".Highly Rec
7:00-24:00 One of the best views in the world.
During winter, it is quite cold at night. Better to have a jacket with you.
How to get there
1. On Foot
It is quite hard to walk up, but easier to walk down.
2. Peak Tram is popular(One way HK$18, Round ticket HK$28. Free bus runs from Central Star Ferry port to the Peak Tram station.but you can walk to the station, 20min.Rec
3. Micro Bus
to Discovery Bay departs from Star Ferry, HK$7
4. Ordinary Bus
from Exchange sq. HK$6.1, A/C HK$8.2

Wan Chai
MTR Wan Chai or ferry from TST.
E of Central. Modern high rise buildings, convention Center, etc. stand along the seaside. In the back streets you can still find old style houses, the area retains a local community feel.

Sheung Wan
MTR Sheung Wan. W from Central district. Contrasted by Central where many highlized buildings, you can find many old Chinese houses or shops and temples
S Man Mo Temple: 300m S from the Macau ferry terminal Chinese temple dedicated to the god of literature & War or army
S Cat street(Upper lascar Row)
used to be the area for brothels. Now on the narrow street, people sell souvenir for tourist such as antiques on street
S Queen' Road West: you can find many Chinese shops on the street.
S Western market: Connaught Rd.+Morrison St.
Originally opened in 1858 for food market. Now it has been renovated and used for art relating shops boutiques.
S Snake restaurants: A few restaurants serve snake food near Man Mo Temple. Expensive & smelly.
Snake soup small $35, large$40

Bus (#70,72) runs from Exchange sq. SE of HK Is. $4.5
S Marina ?
S Floating Restaurant:Famous. Illustrated on many postcards. Supposed to have good night views.A free boat shuttle to the restaurant runs from the bus stop at Aberdeen.

Repulse Bay
S side of HK Is. Beach resort.
Bus #260 from Exchange sq.
HK$6.2 (Sa Su Holiday : different price) Also has a Shopping center.

Kowloon is the people's town, a good place for shopping & museums.

Museum Pass HK$50 valid for one month, unlimited entry. It's good for tourists who visits all 4 branches. FREE admission on Wed.- very crowded.
HK Museum of Art HK$10 HK Museum of History HK$10
HK Space Museum HK$10 show $32 HK Science Museum HK$25

¡ Water Front Park of Tsim Sha Tsui
MTR Tsim Sha Tsui
Park E from Star Ferry. Nightviews of HK Is. from this point are quite good.
S HK Museum of Art HK$10 W free admission
M-W F-Sa 10:00-18:00, Su 13:00-18:00
S HK Space Museum HK$10
M W-F 13:00-21:00, SaSu,Holiday10:00-21:00 Show
$32 English show, but Japanese, Chinese are available with head phone unit(free)
S HK Cultural Centre: Many exhibitions are held here.
S Clock Tower: Former site of the station for trains to China (the station was moved to Tsim Sha Tsui East). Only the Clock Tower is left.
Kowloon Park
MTR Tsim Sha Tsui
Large park spreads out to the east of Nathan Rd. The HK Museum of History, Sculptural gardens, swimming pool etc. are within the park. Good place for relaxing.
S HK Museum of History HK$20, St: $10
M-Sa 10:00-18:00, Su 13:00-22:00
Small museum. Has interesting, detailed exhibition on the history of Hong Kong. The exhibition includes an impressive recreation of an old style Chinese town.
Tsim Sha Tsui East
Lots of shopping centers have been constructed here on reclaimed land. 20 min. walk from Star Ferry, along Seaside Promenade.
S HK Science Museum HK$25 Tu-F13:00-21:00Sa,Su,Holiday10:00-21:00 M close W free admission
S Kowloon Train Terminal(Hung Hom): Trains for China leave from this station.
Yau Ma Tei
MTR Yau Ma Tei Lots of old style shops in this area.
S Jade Market: North of Kansu Street, East of Nathan RdDDon't buy unless you know something about gems.
S Night Market: Temple Street More night-market-atmosphere on this St. than on Tung Choi St., Mong Kok.
S Tin Hau Temple: south-west of MTR station. Most famous temple in HK.

Mong Kok
MTR Mong Kok: Shopping Town
S Bird Market: West of MTR station.
S Night Market: Many shops sell clothes. Music CDs cost about HK$35.

Prince Edward
MTR Prince Edward: Shopping Town
S Goldfhis Market: Tung Choi Street Just S of the MTR, 10:00-18:00
S Flower Market: . E from the MTR sation, 10:00-18:00

Sha Tin: KCR Sha Tin Station
About 10 min from Kowloon Station. Rapidly developed HK bed town.
S Ten-thousand-Buddha Monastery: After climing 400 steps, you will see a Chinese temple where 13000 Buddha statues are kept. Excellent view from the tower. currently temporally closed for renovation. Sha Tin by KCR, 11min. $5.5 from kowloon Station. The monastery is located on the hill N from the train station.
S Tsang Tai UK: Old hakka's multi-family residences. From the station go S and cross a river, 20 min. on foot. It is not a museum. the people are still using this residence.

S Diamond Hill: HK's slam area. MTR Diamond Hill. It is not so dangerous, but please respect people living here. It is not tourist attraction at all.
S Wang Tai Shin: MTR Wang Tai Shin. Chinese temple with a lots of incest fumes. The atmosphere is quite nice.

HKTA Tours
HKTA organize many kinds of tours. The prices are not so cheap, $275+, Discount for over 60 years old. Some tours don't operate on Public holidays.
Heritage Tours $325 M W F Sa 5hr, Many historical sights.
The land Between Tour $385 6hrs Daily, New Territory
Come Horse racing Tours $530, 5hr Days of horsehairs, Watching from Visitors box in Jockey Club & buffet meal
Sport & Recreation Tours $430, TuF
Family Insight Tour $275 Th 4.5hr
Fusui Tour $290 Tu Th Sa 3.5hr
Heritage and Architecture Tour $50 Self guided tour with CD player.
deposit required.
HK International Airport transit Bus Tour $120 Self guided tour. Bus leaves every 45 min. between 9:15-13:45 Buses are airport bus and stop 3 locations in Kowloon. Participants can get off and get on any of those.
Free walking-tour booklets also available from HKTA, covering:
Central Western District
Yau Ma Tei District
Cheung Chau District
Lantau Island
Sai Kung Area
Heritage and Architecture Walks:
Self guided tour with CD player. There are two tours, HK Island and Kowloon area. 8-14:00
A$50+ deposit $500
Free Thi Chi Lessons: Middle Rd. Children's Playground Tu Th Su 7:15-8:15, Free. It must have ended on April, 99, but ask to HKTA. Ware a casual cloth and proper shoes.
HK International Airport Transit Tour: If you have to wait in the airport more than 4 hours, you may consider to take a tour. Take a airport bus and can visit Kowloon 9:15-13:45, bus leaves every 45•ª $120 + the airport tax. $50
Fu Sui Tour: TuThSu $290A4hrs Visiting HK town and learn the secret of Fu sui.

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