Victoria Bay is situated between Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island. It is the largest harbor in China and third largest in the world after the San Francisco of United States and Re de Janerio in Brazil. It is the home to the most of the ports of Hong Kong and making this port one of the busiest ports of the world. This harbor is busy all the day and night with all kinds of watercrafts like from historic star Ferries to the cruise liner, wooden fishing vessels and cargo ships.
Victoria harbor was named after the British Queen Victoria, who was on throne for 63 years during the period of 1837 to 1901 which is the longest in the history of the Great Britain. During her reign the Great Britain enjoyed the economic prosperity and unprecedented culture. In the year 1860 after the Second Opium War, China was forced for signing the Peking Treaty and Kowloon Peninsula was ceded to Britain. In April of the same year, the bay between the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island was named as Victoria Harbor.
The harbor is famous for its stunning panoramic view and is a major tourist attraction of Hong Kong. The myriad of lights twinkling at night from the skyscrapers in on the Island of Hong Kong and Kowloon Peninsula make the Hong Kong as three best night scenes of the world after the Hakodate in Japan and Naples in Italy.
In the year 2004, the Hong Kong Tourism board has introduced the show A Symphony of Light which features nightly more than 40 Skyscrapers in stunning multimedia extravaganza. In the year 2005m this show was listed in the Guinness World Records as the largest permanent light and sound show of the world. Victoria peak, at the height of 554 meters is the highest mountain in Hong Kong and Victoria Tower on it is the best place for viewing the enchanting night views.
Hong Kong Disneyland is must see for everyone coming to Hong Kong as it has some special attractions and inimitable sense of Chinese Culture. You will feel that you are in a wonderland while walking into Hong Kong Disneyland. You will be accompanied by the Mickey Mouse and other Disney and you can start your magical and fantastic journey. With the Disney Theme Hotels and unique scenic spots, you can escape from the real world. You can also enjoy the delicious Chinese and Asian food in this Disneyland.
Hong Kong Disneyland
Main Street U.S.A is the first theme park that you will come across. After entering the main street you will be amazed by seeing the delicate buildings, paddy wagon and dim gas lamp passing by. Disneyland Railroad, Antique taxicabs and the City hall transports you back to the USA in the early 20th century. There are some Chinese elements here too. Plaza Inn is the first Chinese restaurant in the Main Street which is complete with the Chinese table service of 19th Century. Main Street Corner Café and Market House bakery are some of the good places for you to enjoy. You can also look at Silhouette Shop, The Curiosity Shop, Emporium and Main Street Mercantile and find some timeless treasures.
Hong Kong Disneyland Park
If you are courageous then you should try Adventure land. It is guided by Jungle River Cruise, brave captain which will take you into the heart of the hidden regions. Cobras, Hippos, elephants, Orangutans and startling jungle events are there waiting for you. You can enjoy the colorful music and dance which is like classical music drama of its consummate performers, exotic scenery and costumes. This show is appealing to all age group people. You can also enjoy the River of adventure by traveling by raft in the Tarzan Island. You can explore the Tarzan Island and visit Treehouse of Tarzan which will remind you the story of the human child raised by the gorillas. You can enjoy your whole day in this park and explore the endless opportunities.
Ocean Park is one of the major attractions in Hong Kong and the luminous pearl of Oriental and world financial center in the South-east China. The coastal scenery and mild climate of Hong Kong attracts many visitors from all over the world throughout the year. Any visit to Hong Kong should include the famous Ocean Park.
Hong Kong Ocean Park is located at the southern end of the Hong Kong Island. The larger section among the two sections is situated on the headlands of Nam Lang Shan Mountain. The smaller section is in the lowlands of Wong Chuk Hang Valley. Having an area of about 170 acres, it is one of the largest ocean parks of the world.
Ocean park Entrance
This park is also famous for many thrilling rides on its headland. The Abyss Turbo drops vertically on 185 foot tower. As the platform slowly ascends, you can get a overall view of the ocean park. The platform stops briefly at the top before dropping down abruptly and surprises you even if you are prepared. The thrills are hard to express. Flying Swing is another ride where you can swing in the chairs as high as 23 feet or seven meters through a gyrating wave. When it begins the swinging you will seem to be thrown off. Another visceral side is on the Roller Coaster which is one of the longest in Hong Kong. It swoops and twists with a speed of 77 kilometers or about 48 miles per hour. You can hear the screams of the riders when the trilled rider is suspended upside down. You can feel the thrill even after your ride is over.
The trill Mountain was open in December 2011 and is a place full of shrieks and screams of excitement in the carnival atmosphere. There are many roller coaster, exciting rides, flash, whirly bird, Rev Rooster, Bumper Blaster. You can test your bravery with every turn, twist and drop of the roller coaster. Hong Kong Ocean Park will fill your day with pleasure, excitement, wonder and reward you with the satisfying memories of your visit there.
If you are looking for shopping and entertainment in Hong Kong then you should not miss the Causeway bay. It was a shoal about more than one hundred years ago. It became the commercial area after its reclamation and now it has well interconnecting road system. It also serves as a very famous center for dining, shopping and nightlife in Hong Kong.
The popular destinations for shopping here are the ultra-modern Times Square, fashion boutiques and the Japanese departmental stores. Times Square is the symbol of Causeway Bay and it is the biggest emporium of this area and one of the top ten scenic sites in the City of Hong Kong. You can find many well-known brands of clothes here. It is also a perfect place for holding large scale activities. Every year, on the Eve of New Year, The New Year Countdown ceremony is held here and thousands of locals participate. Lee Garden in another shop which is renowned for its luxury brand clothing. This place is also frequently visited by the celebrities. The City Trade Center is favorite shopping place for the office workers.
Although Causeway bay is known mainly for the stock of luxury brands, you can also get the items at reasonable price here. The stalls in the Jardine’s bazaar are very popular where the accessories and fashionable costumes are sold at very cheap price.
You can also enjoy the Hong Kong style of seafood and snacks in the Causeway Bay. Most of the restaurants and shops are open until late when the area becomes colorful world with the flash of neon and crowded. You can take a boat or sampan and sail all in the harbor and enjoy the beautiful evening with the delicious foods.
On the eastern part of Causeway Bay, lies famous Victoria Park which is the biggest park in Hong Kong. It has tennis courts, modern swimming pool, football field and other facilities for playing sports. The statue of Queen Victoria is located at the entrance of the park. Lantern Festival is also held here every year and you can enjoy the perfect sight of the moon at during the Mid-autumn Festival.
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong is also known as the paradise of shopping is famous for its fast developing economy. You can feel the vibrancy and have better understanding of the local culture on visiting this modern place. Among the many prosperous areas of Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui is the most famous and located in the south of the Kowloon Peninsula.
Tsim Sha Tsui is the concentration of shopping malls, stores, office buildings and restaurants. You will be confronted by the crowds of tourists and citizens and heavy traffic while walking on the streets. But you will find that everything is very ordered.
Tsim Sha Tsui
Nathan Road is leading road of Tsim Sha Tsui and other streets radiate from there. You can find many international brands grouped in these streets. The park Lane Shopper’s boulevard is very much famous for shopping and young people like roaming there for buying some fashionable clothes. If you are looking to buy some cosmetic products then you can go to the cosmetic stores in the Harbor City or Granville road for getting all kinds of cosmetic items.
You can also have the full sight of the Victoria Bay from this area and the other attractions are Avenue of Stars and Tsim Sha Tui Beach. The Avenue of star was build according to the one that is built in the Hollywood in USA. This lists the honored stars of the Hong Kong and inlaid into the surface of avenue. The beach of Tsim Sha Tsui is very much charming in the evening. The varied light of neon mingle together making the night becoming another colorful world.
Tsim Sha Tsui
In addition to this, the Hong Kong Space Museum, Hong Kong Museum of Art and Cultural Center also lie here. All these things make the Tsim Sha Tsui a perfect area for shopping, entertainment and education. If you are visiting Hong Kong then you should not miss visiting this area.
Wong Tai Sin Temple is a Taoist temple which was established in the year 1921. It is the most famous temple of Hong Kong and renowned in the overseas in Southern Asia, America and Europe.
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple has been named after Wong Chuping. At the age of 15, Wong Chuping began following Taoism. After forty years, he achieved the enlightenment and became immortal. He was known as Wong Tai Sin since then. It is belived that he punishes the evils, rescues the dying and heals the wounded. The influence of Wong Tai Sin spread from the Guangdong Province to the Hong Kong in the early 20th century. With his power and mercy, his is said to grant whatever is requested. The temple of Wong Tai Sin is also known for its fortune telling. The fortune sticks or lots in Wong Tai Sin are very much accurate. Most of the people visiting this temple come for having their fortunes told. The worshippers generally entreat the fate of the same year. They kneel before the main altar, light worship sticks, make a wish, shake the bamboo cylinder which contains the fortune sticks until one falls out. The stick is exchanged for the piece of paper which bears the same number and the soothsayer interprets the fortune on the paper for the worshipper. Won Tai Sin has many devotees in hong Kong and the joss sticks and candles burn all round the year and especially during the Chinese Lunar Near year and Birthday of Wong Tai Sin which falls on the 23rd day of the eighth lunar month.
Wong Tai Sin Temple
This temple is also called as Sik Sik Yuen. The architecture of Wong Tai Sin Temple resembles the traditional Chinese Temple style having grand red pillar, yellow lattice work, resplendent multi colored carvings and golden roof with blue friezes. Besides the Grand Hall or Daxiong-baodian, Sansheng hall and Good Wish Garden are worth seeing. There are there memorial archways on the temple ground and first one standing outside the temple is carved with the name of the temple. This temple is the ony temple which offers you the facility for holding the wedding ceremonies.
The Avenue of Stars is located in the Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon which was build to showcase the movie industry of Hong Kong, movie stars, its history and those who are working behind the scenes. It is 440 meters or 481 yard long waterfront promenade which extends from the Hong Kong Museum Art to the New World Center. It was completed in April in the year 2004 costing HK$ 40,000,000. Its architecture was modeled after the Avenue of Stars of Hollywood of USA.
The avenue of stars
There are tablets inlaid of 73 movie celebrities on the surface of the avenue. 30 of them have also left their handprints on their tables which include Jackie Chan, Andy Lau and Jet Lee. There is a three meter bronze statue of Kung Fu star Bruce Lee standing on the avenue. Hong Kong was the starting point of the movie career of Bruce Lee. Later, he left here for the Holly wood and made many famous Kung Fu movies which were enjoyed by the audiences all around the world.
There is a bronze simulation of the Oscar statue and a small stage for the performances at the entrance of the avenue. On walking along the avenue, you can find many souvenir booths, snack shop and some statues related to movies and benches for sitting and resting. There are roaming Star Ambassadors on the roller skates which offer assistance when needed.
The Avenue of Stars
You can also get the view of the popular Victoria Harbor promenading on the avenue. You can also enjoy the performance of a symphony of lights at night. It is a spectacular laser and light show which is synchronized to music. There are decorative plants along the shoreline and a metal handrail which will prevent you falling into the ocean below along the sidewalk. You can also see many tall buildings on the Hong Kong Island from here.
Repulse Bay is located in the south of the Hong Kong Island and it is the most spectacular bay of this region. Its name has been derived from the battle of 19th century in which the British army repulsed the attacking pirates. Now days, Repulsive Bay is the most luxurious area for relaxation, dining and aquatic activities.
This beach starches along the clear blue water which gently lap the seashore. It has golden and soft sand and the temperature of water ranges between 16ºC to 26ºC throughout the year. It is mecca for the visitors and the locals to escape from the heat.
Swimming is the popular activity of this bay which is outfitted with safety and shark prevention nets and floating platforms. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer time. Besides the aquatic activities you can also enjoy extensive facilities. Barbecue racks are available under the shades near this beautiful beach. Apart from this, there are several hotels, cafes and supermarkets. A lighthouse which is near the beach is one of the famous places for taking photographs. You can also view the sunset which is really charming. The Zhenhai Tower Park is built in the traditional style of china and located near the beack. There are huge statues of Queen of heaven and God of Mercy in front of the park.
The Repulse Bay Tower was rebuilt on the site of Repulse Bay hotel and it is now a building for residence. You can find many shops and restaurant on the Front of the Repulse Bay Shopping Plaza. In addition to this, you can also go to the Deep Water way, South Bay or Middle Bay to spend quality time. These beaches are perfect for water activities and not much far from the Repulsive Bay. If you are looking for a great time in summer in China then this could be an ideal destination for you and your family.
If you consider the city of Hong Kong a jade during the day then it becomes a luminous pearl in the sea of light which twinkles in the streets after the dark. You might be wondering about which one is the best place for enjoying the multi-colorful night scenes in Victoria Harbor and Hong Kong. Victoria peak is one of the best locations for viewing its night scenes. It is about 554 meters or 1817 feet above the sea level and it is the highest point in the Hong Kong occupying the western part of the island.
You can take peak tram to reach the Victoria Peak enjoying the pleasant ride while ascending the mountain. This tram is in operation for more than hundred years and till date, not a single accident has ever occurred. It takes about 8 minutes in tram to reach to the summit where you can see the seven storied building which is in the shape of a ship. There are many attractions on this peak tower like Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong and Peak Explorer Motion Simulator.
If you wish to take the photo with your favorite sports or movie stars, then you can visit the Madame Tussauds Hong Kong. This museum has more than 100 wax works of different celebrities from all works of life from the middle ages to present day including the President Hu Jintao. Ripley’s Believe It or Not Auditorium is situated on the second and third floors of this Peak Tower. It has more than 450 bizarre exhibits collected from all over the world. The fourth floor of this peak has Explorer Motion Simulator which welcomes all the visitors with high tech sound system, projectors and motion chairs. You can look at the images on the screens by sitting on the chair and it will appear like you are actually there and witnessing the things happening around you. You can enjoy beautiful experience there.
Huangling Temple is located at the foot of the Huangniu Mountain at the southern bank of the Yangtze River in the Xiling Gorge Section. It is the oldest and largest ancient architectures of the Three Gorges Area.
It was build during the Spring and Autumn period of about 770 BC to 476 BC and was commemorated Da Yu, who was a hero who controlled the floods in the Chinese history and the yellow ox who has helped Da Yu in controlling the water. Therefore it is also called as Yellow Ox Temple. During the time of the Song Dynasty, the Oyang Xiu who was a reputed rlitterateur and the county magistrate has changed its name to the Huangling Temple thinking that there was no yellow ox that has helped Da Yu.
This temple was used in the previous times for devotions and prayers. But, due to the several wars, it has been destroyed as well as rebuilt several times. The one present now has been rebuilt in the 1618 century in the Ming Dynasty. The temple Gate, Wuhou Temple or Zhuge Liang Memorial Hall, Yuwang Dian or The Hall of Da Yu is the main sections of this temple.
On Disembarking from Yangtze River you can see the antique drama playing stage after passing through the temple gate. Yuwan Dian is situated opposite to the flat and it is consider as the main architectural feature of this temple. It is also supported magnificiently by the 36 poles which are carved with the nine lifelike dancing dragons. The left of the hall records the flood water lever for more than 120 years. There is a huge board which states that the flood has reached here in the 1870 which was recorded as the most severe flood of Yangtze River ever. There are two wooden plaques in the hall and one of them is written by Cixi.
Wuhou Temple is towards the right of the Yuwang Dian. It is the only plaque now which can be seen from inside. There is a garden behind the temple with the cycas revolute thumb which is believed to have been planted by Zhuge Liang which was a great strategist during the period of Three Kingdoms. There is a well in the yard and it is always full even in the years of drought.