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Get swept up to the top of a peak, meditate in a monastery garden, and ride a ferry through a light show all in the space of a single day in Hong Kong. This busy city offers visitors sometimes startling contrasts: a hike along a rugged hilltop trail can transport you to a view of the shimmering, modern skyline that will knock whatever's left of your breath away. Wander densely populated streets and then find yourself on a quiet length of shoreline. Welcome to the most cosmopolitan and thrilling city you may ever visit.
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Ngong Ping Rd, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
I'm sure you've seen many pictures of this famous big buddha in Hong Kong. This picture is particularly special to me as I took this trip with my whole family, extended aunts, uncles and all, gathering from all parts of the globe. My mom told me...
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Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
Seeing the amazing light show of the building around the water's edge in Hong Kong from the Star Ferry
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Sai Kung, Hong Kong
Many visitors are surprised to learn how many great hiking trails there are around Hong Kong. In fact, believe it or not, roughly three-quarters of Hong Kong (which, remember, comprises Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and the New Territories) is...
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Shum Wan Pier Dr, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Yes, it’s very touristy, but if you enjoy a bit of flamboyance with your sightseeing, then pass the hoisin sauce. The world’s largest floating restaurant can seat 2,300 diners. The gilded and mirrored Chinese imperial-style...
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2A Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
This Victorian-era building complex was the headquarters of the Hong Kong Marine Police from the 1880s until 1996 (except for a few years during WWII) and was where pirates and smugglers were once imprisoned. Today, the restored complex is a...
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Tai Tam, Hong Kong
This small cove, also known as Sham Wan, is nestled in greenery at the foot of a bluff, and off the radar for most. Because it's crowd-free, it’s a great place to get away from it all for a few hours. There are no food or drink stalls,...
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Macau Island, Macau
Macao, the world’s largest gambling destination, is a one-hour ferry ride from downtown Hong Kong. A former Portuguese colony, Macao is now a semiautonomous special administrative region of China. Dozens of big brash casinos and their...
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Tolo Harbour, Hong Kong
This scenic and flat 20-mile round-trip bicycle route follows the waterfront promenade that wraps around Tolo Harbour, which makes a ride an excellent way to combine an easy bit of exercise with sightseeing. Enjoy views of the eight...
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Kowloon City, Hong Kong
In the early 1800s, a small fortress was built at the strategic beachhead on the Kowloon Peninsula. When the British began to occupy Hong Kong in 1841, the fortress became vital to China’s maritime defenses and so was greatly expanded. Soon...
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Wan Chai, Hong Kong
This two-mile-long, self-guided tour takes you through one of Hong Kong Island’s oldest settlements, Wan Chai. The district grew up around the northern central coast of Hong Kong Island and was once the desired home of rich European and...
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10號 Cotton Tree Dr, Central, Hong Kong
Situated inside Hong Kong Park, the handsome Flagstaff House once was the office and residence of the commander of the British Forces in Hong Kong. Having been constructed in the 1846, it is now the oldest example of Western-style architecture...
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八號碼頭 Central, Central, Hong Kong
Appropriately located at Central Pier 8, this is the place to go to to learn about Hong Kong's rich maritime history. Visitors, through interactive displays, will wander through the city's past seafaring adventures (just how were pirates...
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31 Lugard Rd, The Peak, Hong Kong
I'm always looking for a new take on a classic view, and I found this one while marveling at Hong Kong's famous skyline from Victoria Peak. I used a 50mm Lensbaby to compress the distance between buildings, and I played with the plane of focus by...
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Aberdeen Praya Rd, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
A visit to Hong Kong isn’t complete without a ride on a sampan. Head to the Aberdeen Promenade along the southwestern shoreline of Hong Kong Island and hop aboard a sampan, one of the small local boats operated mostly by elderly Tanka and...
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Discovery Bay Rd, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong

Visit this oasis for a dose of natural beauty amid the urban landscape of Lantau Island. It's a great way to cool off on a balmy summer weekday—definitely avoid weekends, when everyone else has the same idea. A 15-minute walk from the...

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Perched atop the Ritz-Carlton, a staggering 118 floors up at the International Commerce Centre (ICC) building, this trendy bar with mod décor truly is something to see. It claims to be the highest bar in the world....

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Hong Kong
A rocky, reptilianlike spine runs through the center of Hong Kong Island, and there are some 30 miles of hiking trails spreading over it like arteries, offering visitors exercise along with excellent sightseeing. One of the most popular sections...
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1 Man Lam Rd, Sha Tin, Hong Kong

If you go to one Hong Kong museum, this is the one. It’s a balanced and all-encompassing collection of the ancient and the new. Permanent exhibits range from Han dynasty pottery sculptures dating back more than 2,000 years to an exhibition...

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Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
A novel way to combine great food with a classic city tour, the double-decker Crystal Bus provides delicious sightseeing. Nibble Chinese dim sum prepared by the restaurant One Dim Sum (which was awarded a Michelin star in 2012), while driving past...
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Sharp Island, Hong Kong
Located in the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark in the eastern and northeastern reaches of New Territories, teeny-tiny Sharp Island offers a great way to get a gander at Hong Kong’s fascinating ancient geological past. Set off on a...
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Big Wave Bay Rd, Big Wave Bay, Hong Kong
Another Hong Kong "who knew?"—you can surf right off of Hong Kong Island at the aptly named Big Wave Bay Beach. Follow the local surfers to the scenic eastern end of the island near the Dragon’s Back hiking trails. It’s...
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Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Disneyland in Hong Kong is ideal for families with young kiddos. As the smallest of Disney's worldwide parks, it's easily walkable, and the tram service can get you where you want to go. Character meet-and-greet photo sessions are...
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Kennedy Town
Hong Kong’s tram system dates back to 1904 and still plies some of the same routes, stopping on average every 820 feet. Locals affectionately call the trams Ding Ding because of the bells rung when the trams approach a stop. The...
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Hong Kong, Diamond Hill, Fung Tak Rd, 60
Located in the Diamond Hill section of Kowloon, the Nan Lian Garden offers a peaceful oasis in the midst of bustling Kowloon. The eight acre public garden boasts beautiful ponds and pavilions as well as collections of banyan, pine and flowering...
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Man Mo Temple, 124-126 Hollywood Rd, Tai Ping Shan, Hong Kong
After exploring Man Mo Temple we smelled of incense for days – which was actually quite nice compared to the smells wafting up from the butcher shop below our room in Fortress Hill. And like, a lot of other unidentified smells on the streets...