about Hong Kong
Called “Asia’s World City”, Hong Kong is one of the world’s business, tourist and fashion centres. It’s a crossroads of cultures where the best of the east meets the best of the west. Hong Kong is a hub for business, finance and manufacturing. It’s famous for shopping, nightlife and food. It’s fast-paced and international in spirit. And it has a fast-growing jewellery industry, with a world-famous jade market and Jordan Street, a shopping destination for the jewellery connoisseur. An economy growing at an explosive rate makes Hong Kong a vibrant land of opportunity – and an exciting place to build a career.
Places to Eat (6)
Lei Yue Mun
A visit to Lei Yue Mun is to step back in time to a traditional fishing village. The dining experience is just as much of an adventure. You’ll pick your dinner from a tank in the market and then take your catch to a nearby restaurant. If the number of diners heading to Lei Yue Mun is a measure of the food’s quality, then be ready for an unforgettable meal.
Great restaurants. Lively pubs. Chic art galleries. Soho East is home to all these – and more. It’s a vibrant entertainment district that is sure to have something of interest to you. Favourite past times include dining alfresco and walking along the waterfront after you’ve finished eating. Other nightlife adventures await.
Murray House may be one of the world’s most interesting restaurants. Built in 1844 as a barracks for the British, it was disassembled in 1982 to make way for the Bank of China Town. Then it was reassembled on Stanley Main Street and now sports a picturesque view of the bay and an impressive selection of international cuisines.
Want to sample the best of Hong Kong food and nightlife – all in just a few blocks? Then head for Knutsford Terrace, a pedestrian lane packed with gastronomic and musical delights. You’ll find more than 30 restaurants serving every imaginable cuisine and then nightclubs where you can work off your meal. All the fun is just steps away.
Jumbo Kingdom is one of Hong Kong’s great destinations. Designed to look like a floating imperial palace, the restaurant has played host to Queen Elizabeth, Tom Cruise, Chow Yun Fat and dozens of other dignitaries and celebrities. It has also lured 30 million diners with its delicious cuisine and elegant décor. A great place to celebrate in style!
Hong Kong Jockey Club
Up for an adrenalin rush? Make your way to the Hong Kong Jockey Club. You’ll see the thoroughbreds race. Place bets on your favourites. And dine at one of the fine restaurants on the grounds. If soccer’s your passion, you can see the best teams in the world shoot it out throughout the year.
Lan Kwai Fong
The Lan Kwai Fong district is home to some of the most popular bars and clubs in the city. Dublin Jack’s is famous for its pub food and friendly vibe. Bulldogs Bar and Grill is where to go to blow off stress. The Hong Kong Brewhouse is a stop for home brew connoisseurs. Stormies, a popular spot, is in the centre of it all.
Hollywood Road is one of the most famous streets in Hong Kong. It winds its way through Sheung Wan and Central and every inch of it is filled with a store selling something tempting: antiques, furniture, porcelain, Tibetan rugs and just about anything else you can imagine. And if Hollywood Road isn’t enough, walk along Cat Street, a road filled with street vendors, antique shops and more.
Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra
Let’s count the number of ways the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra amazes. It’s the world’s largest Chinese-instrument orchestra. You’ll see 80 incredible musicians playing traditional and modern instruments. You’ll hear an eclectic variety of music that blends east and west. It’s music to your ears!
Temple Street Night Market
When the sun goes down, Temple Street Night Market comes alive. Merchants sell a staggering variety of food items, electronics, jade, antiques, clothing and trinkets. Fortune tellers and opera singers compete for attention, their voices serenading your shopping expedition. It’s a Chinese market at its most magical.
Things to See (6)
Part zoo, part aquarium, part amusement park, Ocean Park has something of interest for every member of the family. Favourite destinations are the homes of giant pandas An An and Jia Jia, Dolphin University (you can swim with them) and the Atoll reef – a mega-aquarium with 200 different species of fish. Thrill seekers will love the Space Wheel – a Ferris wheel that spins on its side.
Avenue of Stars
Hong Kong is a major center for the film industry, so it’s only fitting that it has the Avenue of the Stars – a street celebrating famous actors and actresses. But there’s more to the glitter: you’ll hear live music performances…enjoy a stunning view of the city…and be close to major cultural attractions. It’s the best of the big screen and the city scene.
Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong Disneyland is one of the most popular destinations in the city and home to several exclusive rides. Grizzly Gulch, a town from the Wild West with a hair-raising rollercoaster; Mystic Manor, a tour through the eccentric – and occasionally spooky – castle of Lord Henry Mystic; and Toy Story Land, where you’re “shrunk to the size of a toy” are all must see attractions in this magical park.
Hong Kong Museum of History
Frommer’s has high praise for the Hong Kong Museum of History: “If you visit only one museum in Hong Kong and you're prepared to devote at least 2 hours, this should be it.” Here you’ll find a re-creation of a street from old Hong Kong, the backstage of a Chinese opera, thousands of artefacts and you’ll learn how a humble fishing village became a great world capital.
Po Lin Monastery
Hidden from the eyes of the world for a century, the remote Po Lin Monastery became a popular attraction after the Big Buddha was erected in 1993. Rising 110 feet in height, the Big Buddha is now an international place of pilgrimage. You’ll need to take a cable car to get it – a fitting mode of transportation for a lofty destination. The monastery is also famous for its vegetarian restaurant, so you’ll feed your body and soul.