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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Chi Lin Nunnery

The Chi Lin Nunnery near the Diamond Hill MTR (subway) station is a modern Buddhist monastery complex built using the "Tang dynasty" (or "Tong") traditional Chinese architectural style.

Chi Lin Nunnery, Diamond Hill, Kowloon, Hong Kong

The magnificent temple halls and beautiful Chinese gardens are opened to the general public with no admission fees. Your generous donations are accepted.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Kowloon Walled City Park

Opened in 1995, the Kowloon Walled City Park occupies one of the most historic sites in modern Hong Kong. Prior to the eviction and demolition that during the March 1993 and April 1994 period, the Kowloon Walled City probably had the highest prostitution, gambling, drug use and crime rate in Hong Kong.

Kowloon Walled City Park, Hong Kong

It was believed that this city behind walls was controlled by triads. It was a time when neither the Hong Kong Government nor its police force had any control over the area.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Western Market

Serving customers in the Sheung Wan district since 1906, the Western Market is the oldest surviving market building in Hong Kong. The current structure was the North block of the original market which became a declared monument.

Western Market, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

The four-story building is in Edwardian style that was popular in England in the early 20th century. In 2003, the exterior was refurbished to offer a photogenic look; and the interior was renewed to host a small number of tenants.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Hong Kong, an international finance and trade centre, has two major convention and exhibition venues. The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai has been in service since 1988, where the AsiaWorld-Expo near the "new" Hong Kong International Airport on the Lantau Island was opened in 2005.

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront

Each year, exhibitors and conference attendees from every corner of the world gathers at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre to participate in the hundreds and thousands shows, expos, conferences and meetings. 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Golden Bauhinia Square

Located at the waterfront of Wan Chai on the Hong Kong Island, the Golden Bauhinia Square is a must visit location for tourists from mainland China. The square is an open area in front of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre that commemorates the handover of Hong Kong to China on 1st July 1997. 

Golden Bauhinia Square, Hong Kong

A flag-raising ceremony is held daily at 8am. Special ceremonies are held on 1st July and 1st October, the National Day of the People's Republic of China.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront

The waterfront of Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon offers a diverse range of attractions, all within walking distance to each other. Whether you are in town for a day, a week or a month; the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront offers several unique attractions that one would find interesting.

Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower and Hong Kong Cultural Centre

The Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront is a prime location to admire the world famous Victoria Harbour with skyscrapers on the Hong Kong Island as its backdrop. The Avenue of Stars is one of the great location to enjoy the daily outdoor light and sound show A Symphony of Lights at 8pm.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Avenue of Stars

At the waterfront of Tsim Sha Tsui, a promenade named the Avenue of Stars honours celebrities of the Hong Kong film industry. Inspired by the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the concrete handprints at the Grauman's Chinese theater's forecourt, Hong Kong's Avenue of Stars attracts numerous visitors each year.

"The Oscar of Hong Kong" at the Avenue of Stars

The Avenue of Stars is also the perfect location to enjoy the daily "A Symphony of Lights" outdoor light and sound show at 8pm. On a clear day, the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront is a great location to take pictures of the famous Victoria Harbour with Hong Kong Island's skyscrapers in the background.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Canton Road

Canton Road is a must visit destination for rich tourist from mainland China. It is a location where they can show off their spectacular spending power; and go home happily with designer brands and luxury handbags, clothing, watches and pens.

Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

For those of us who has slightly less spending power, it would be interesting to observe the long queues on shoppers outside almost every luxury designer brand stores. It is also a breath taking scene to see mainland Chinese tourists leaving the stores with bags and bags of shopping "trophies".

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hong Kong International Airport

In the past 200 years, Hong Kong has been a major transportation hub in Asia. It all began with a seaport for vessels from the West, then to an airport near Kowloon City on the peninsula. The days when aeroplanes descended into residential areas and landed at the "old" Hong Kong International "Kai Tak" Airport were over when it was relocated to Chek Lap Kok on the Lantau Island in 1998. 

Hong Kong International Airport

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

The Hong Kong Disneyland Resort offers two different themed hotels to its fans. The Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel is a Victorian themed hotel and convention area; where the Disney's Hollywood Hotel is 1930s Hollywood themed.

Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel has most facilities that any standard hotel would have. Its backyard has a giant Mickey Mouse Maze made of bushes. Together with the exterior of the Victorian themed building, the green backyard offers great photo opportunities.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Hong Kong Disneyland - Part II

Hong Kong Disneyland, the smallest Disneyland in the world, has four themed areas at present: Main Street, U.S.A, Adventureland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.

Fireworks on display at the Sleeping Beauty Castle in the Hong Kong Disneyland

You will discover that most of the activities are suitable for and targeted for young families. The only adventure ride in Hong Kong Disneyland that would increase your heart rate is Space Mountain. The park will be expanded to seven themed areas by 2014. 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Hong Kong Disneyland - Part I

"When you wish upon a star ~ Make no difference who you are ~!" Located at the North East corner of the Lantau Island, Hong Kong Disneyland has been realizing dreams in the gateway of China since 2005. It is the newest and the smallest Disneyland in the world.

Hong Kong Disneyland, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

While the size of real estate is evident, the size of a dream cannot be measured. With Mickey and friends welcoming their guests using the usual and familiar friendly gestures, Hong Kong Disneyland is a relax day-trip destination.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Tai O Fishing Village - Part II

Nicknamed "Venice of Hong Kong", Tai O fishing village on the Lantau Island offers a unique half day outdoor and cultural experience to its visitors. We have presented the stilt houses built on waterways in Part I. Let's have a look at the culture preserved in this remote fishing village.

Dried / salted fish and egg yolk at Tai O, Hong Kong

Friday, March 18, 2011

Tai O Fishing Village - Part I

A quiet fishing village name Tai O on the Lantau Island became a popular tourist attraction in recent years. The "Venice of Hong Kong" offers a unique cultural experience to its visitors. In just three to four hours, visitors can see stilt houses built on riverbanks, visit small yet historical temples, purchase salted or marinated food produced by the locals.

Tai O Fishing Village, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car

The Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car is a two-way gondola lift service that connects Tung Chung and Ngong Ping of the Lantau Island. Most visitors aboard the cable cars near the Tung Chung MTR (railway) station next to the Citygate Outlet and departs at the Ngong Ping Village.

Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car

Since it's completion in 2006, Ngong Ping 360 offers an alternative to the existing bus services that departs at Tung Chung. The admission of Ngong Ping 360 is rather expensive; but visitors are rewarded with an amazing scenic views on a clear day.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ngong Ping Village

Built next to the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Terminal, the Ngong Ping Village is a themed shopping and dining area on the Lantau Island. A key feature of the village is its traditional Chinese architectural designs, offering plenty of photo opportunities.

Ngong Ping Village, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

From the cable car terminal, visitors can find shops on both sides of the road that leads to the Po Lin Monastery, Tian Tan Buddha and the Wisdom Path. Most shops in the Ngong Ping Village offer traditional Chinese themed souvenirs, groceries or food at tourist prices.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Wisdom Path

On the Phoenix Mountain of the Lantau Island, a short walk from the famous Tian Tan Buddha, 38 giant rectangular wood pillars organized in the form of infinite figure (horizontal "8") presents one of the world's best known Buddhist prayers "Heart Sutra". The Wisdom Path is the world's largest outdoor display of its kind. 

The Wisdom Path at Lantau Island

First erected in 2005, these wooden pillars were chemically treated and predicted to last for 100 years. Unfortunately they were badly attacked by insects and molds; and undergone re-coat in just one year after its opening.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Tian Tan Buddha

On the mountain ranges of the Lantau Island, a 34-meter bronze statue of Buddha sits on a lotus throne with his right hand raised. It is one of the world biggest outdoor bronze seated Buddha, an landmark and a key tourist attraction in Hong Kong.

Tian Tan Buddha, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Known as the Tian Tan Buddha (literally translate to: Altar of Heaven), the giant bronze statue is nick named "Big Buddha". It so huge that can be easily seen from aeroplanes descending at the nearby Hong Kong International Airport; and even Macau on a clear day.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Lantau Island Hong Kong

Lantau Island is the largest island in Hong Kong. Perhaps due to its remoteness, it has never been a densely populated area, nor a popular tourist attraction. Since the relocation of the Hong Kong International Airport to Lantau Island in 1998, this sixth largest island in China undergone significant infrastructure development.

The Tian Tan "Big" Buddha @ Lantau Island

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Monuments and Historic Buildings in Hong Kong

Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire in the 1840s. A number of Eastern and Western style buildings were erected in the past 200 years. Buildings and structure of significance that has survived WWII and districts re-development became Declared Monuments and Graded Historic Buildings under the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance, as managed by the Antiquities and Monuments Office.

Here is a list of Declared Monuments and Graded Historic Buildings reported on Simple. Travel and Show Blog.

Declared Monuments
Former Canton Railway Clock Tower / Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower


Friday, March 11, 2011

Museums in Hong Kong

Over the course of the past few months, Simple. Travel and Show Blog has presented 11 key Museums in Hong Kong. In order to give you a batter indication of where you should spend your precious time while your are in Hong Kong, we have put these museums into four categories.

(1) Highly Recommended
Hong Kong Museum of Art
Hong Kong Museum of History

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Discover Hong Kong's Best Sides in July

Hong Kong, a city where East-meets-West and Traditional-meets-Modern, offers numerous photo and video opportunities to its visitors. Key landmarks including, the Peak, Victoria Harbour, Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower, Tian Tan Buddha and the various Declared Monuments and Historical Buildings are popular photo spots.

Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour featuring Two IFC (photograph taken near the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower in Kowloon)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Apliu Street @ Sham Shui Po

For visitors who are seeking branded electronic goods, Sai Yeung Choi Street in the Mong Kok district is the place to be. For visitors who are looking for electronic components and gadgets, Apliu Street in Sham Shui Po is a must visit attraction.

Apliu Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong

From electronic components to mechanical tools; hand-held radio equipment to armature radio equipment; giant antennas to co-axial cables; good quality speakers to HiFi sets; LED light bulbs to flashing sounds; fancy clocks to rechargeable batteries... Apliu Street has everything for gadget lovers! 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Lover's Rock @ Wan Chai

The Lover's Rock at the Bowen Road of Wan Chai is believed to grant happy marriages to its worshippers. Literally translate to the rock of love and relationships, this special rock has the power to offer husbands to single ladies; and offer babies to wives.

Since it's discovery some 60 years ago, the locals have decorated and built a mini-temple adjacent to this unique rock. Whether you are a believer of its powers, a visit to the Lover's Rock can certainly improve your health with its 30 ~ 45 minutes walk from all main roads.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Police Museum

The Hong Kong Police Force has been serving the city since 1844. The Police Museum housed in the former Wan Chai Gap Police Station showcase a collection (some 700 pieces) of Hong Kong Police related exhibits.

The Police Museum, Hong Kong

Its unusual location is perhaps the biggest obstacle for its number of visitors. Visitors are however rewarded with an educational experience and a green scenic view of the Hong Kong Island.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Hong Kong Heritage Museum

A Museum for history, art and cultural exhibition all-in-one, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Sha Tin has plenty of floor space for permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Sha Tin, Hong Kong

The six permanent exhibition galleries display the museum's collections and the six thematic galleries cater temporary exhibitions. 

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence

The Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence is an outdoor museum near Shau Kei Wan. Modern architectures were added to a former coastal defence fort intended to defend the eastern approaches to Victoria Harbour.

Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence

The Museum of Coastal Defence is one of the few Museums in Hong Kong that has both extensive indoor display floor space as well as large outdoor display area. The Museum itself displays the history of coastal defence in Hong Kong. Historic redoubts, casemates and batteries of the fort are displayed at the outdoor area.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Star Ferry Pier @ Tsim Sha Tsui

The Star Ferry carries passengers across the world famous Victoria Harbour between the Kowloon peninsula and Hong Kong Island. It offers an unique cross-harbour experience at a reasonable price. There are four Star Ferry piers. The Tsim Sha Tsui and Central piers offer the most frequent ferry services.

Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier for Star Ferry on a clear day

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Peninsula Hong Kong

Opened in 1928, The Peninsula Hong Kong is the most historical hotel in town. Located directly opposite to the Hong Kong Space Museum and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Peninsula hotel is just several hundred meters from the water front of Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.

The Peninsula Hong Kong

The five star hotel has served numerous guest over the years. After some 80 years, the front  entrance of the Peninsula Hong Kong is still extremely charming and grand. Both the outside and inside of the hotel are well maintained.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Unique Substations

Substations are important points in any electricity networks. While the public would usually prefer not having a substation next to their home, their existence are essential. Engineers, architects and planners often seek ways to hide these utilities from the public. A great bravo to those who have designed unique outlooks for these substations in Hong Kong.

The "triangular toilet" on Austin Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Victoria Park

Victoria Park is a public park in Hong Kong. Located between the Causeway Bay and Tin Hau MTR subway stations, it is a great resting place on the densely populated northern Hong Kong Island.

Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Although the park was named after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, the statue was not made for the park. It originally erected at the Statue Square at Central.