Sunday, May 24, 2009
Must Dos in Hong Kong
During the 90´s when I was a Hong Kong resident, the average stay for a tourist to the Territory was 32 hours. Such a shame, for Hong Kong has a lot to offer, apart from the quality dining opportunities.
A trip on Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour is a must, and is still the best bargain in town. The views day or night are exceptional.
A trip on the tram to The Peak leaves from Garden Road. The viewing platform is good and the 40 minute walk around Jardine´s Bazaar offers a great birds eye view over the Island.
For some traditional urban life check out Kennedy Town (HK Island) or Sham Shui Po (Kowloon).
The History Museum has been expanded and improved. Found at 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui from 10am (closed on Tuesdays) it is free to visit on Wednesdays. The museum boasts displays on the natural environment, prehistoric, Chinese dynasties, folk culture, Opium Wars and the Japanese war-time occupation.
Walk off those extra pounds on one of Hong Kong´s many walking trails. Combine it with a trip to an outlying island – Lamma is good and Cheung Chau awesome.
Unfortunately, pirated software is much more difficult to find. The South China Morning Post reports that piracy continues to drop dramatically in the Territory. Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan now top the charts for software piracy. It´s possible you may have some joy around the Golden Arcade in Sham Shui Po.
Suit touts abound around Tsim, Sha Tsui. A few bargains for made to measure suits and shirts can still be found cheaply. For high quality, expensive Chinese-style clothes, visit Shanghai Tang on Peddar Street, Central. For cheesy souvenirs, you can´t beat a visit to the night market in Jordan Road / Yau Ma Tei.
Check out the Restaurant Guide below for a range of eateries.