Hong Kong Walks

To really get to know a city and its environs, you have to get out and walk. Hong Kong is full of refreshing views that are best explored on foot at your own pace. These diverse and fascinating walks will introduce you to many of the delights of the City of Life, from traditional culture and heritage to out of the way places beyond the city's bustling urban areas.




Central & Western District Back Streets
Catch intriguing glimpses of daily life in Hong Kong with a stroll through Central & Western district. Central, the financial heart of the city, is full of the energy and dynamism of business people on the go. Only a few blocks away is Western district where amongst the dried seafood and Chinese herb shops, you'll glimpse signs of a bygone era.

 DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS
 Western Market :  An elegant historical monument selling Chinese arts and crafts.
 Theme Streets :

Makes shopping for Chinese dried seafood, Chinese medicines, antiques and curios a breeze.

 SoHo :  A variety of chic restaurants all in one area.

 

Tourist Attractions :
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Western Market
Built in 1906, this elegant four-storey, red brick building was declared a historic monument by the Hong Kong Government in 1990 before being renovated and reopened as a Chinese arts-and-crafts centre in 1991. Open daily 10am to 7pm.

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Wing Lok Street (commonly known as Ginseng and Bird's Nest Street)
Wing Lok Street, Bonham Strand and Bonham Strand West feature a number of fascinating ginseng and bird's nest shops.

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Des Voeux Road West (commonly known as Dried Seafood Street)
Exotic dried seafood from all around the world, including such rare and expensive items as abalone, can be found in the Des Voeux Road West area.

- Ko Shing Street (commonly known as Herbal Medicine Street)
Herbal Medicine Street is the wholesale centre of Hong Kong's thriving herbal medicine scene.
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Bonham Strand West (commonly known as Nam Pak Hong Street)
Bonham Strand West was built on newly reclaimed land in Sheung Wan in 1849. Merchants from different Mainland Chinese provinces such as Fujian and Shandong, and from cities like Guangzhou and Shanghai opened stores selling specialty goods and groceries from all over Southeast Asia and Mainland China.

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Hollywood Road
Famous for its curio and antique shops, Hollywood Road is the perfect place to find wood-block prints, china, porcelain, Buddha statues, ikebana baskets from Japan, snuff and perfume bottles, Chinese furniture and a host of other items.

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Upper Lascar Row (commonly known as Cat Street)
Famous for its array of antiques, curios and collectibles, Upper Lascar Row, also known as Cat Street, features a wide range of goods to delight shoppers.

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Man Mo Temple
One of the first traditional-style temples built during the colonial era, Man Mo Temple's magnificent external architecture reflects its historical roots. Gold altars and red shrines pay homage to the Taoist gods of literature (Man) and war (Mo) - Man with his calligraphy brush and Mo with his sword.

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The Central - Mid-Levels Escalator
The world's longest covered escalator is 800m long and links Central district with Conduit Road in the Mid-Levels. Opened to the public on 15 October 1994, the Escalator runs downhill from 6am to 10am and uphill from 10:30am to midnight.

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SoHo (South of Hollywood Road) Theme Dining Area
Some of the finest restaurants in town offering a dazzling variety of international cuisine line Staunton, Shelley, Peel, Old Bailey and Elgin streets, making it a highly popular area for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

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Central Police Station
This huge, grey building with its Doric-style columns and facade was built in 1864 and stands as mute testimony to Hong Kong's colonial heritage.

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Gage Street
Billows of steam rise from an array of stalls where the best of Hong Kong-style fragrant soups, noodles, herbal teas and pastries are all served outdoors with a big Hong Kong smile.

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Lyndhurst Terrace
Shops selling ancient maps, prints and paintings, stationery and picture frames rub shoulders with beauty salons and spas. Walk further and you'll find linens, fine silks, crafts and antiques for sale.

- Stanley Street
A photographer's paradise where cameras, film and accessories are available at very reasonable prices.
- Pottinger Street
Small stalls selling ribbons, bows, buttons and other items of interest line the paved steps.
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Li Yuen Streets East and West
These compact, narrow alleys packed with stalls and shops selling casual wear, leatherwear and knick-knacks to local housewives, visitors and Central commuters are great spots to go bargain hunting. Open daily about 10am to 7pm.



Yau Ma Tei & Mong Kok Memorable Markets
For a non-stop display of local, urban Chinese lifestyles, travellers need look no farther than the heart of the Kowloon Peninsula. The side streets and alleys off Nathan Road, between the Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok Mass Transit Railway stations, are home to one of Hong Kong's liveliest urban spectacles. Walking through these neighbourhoods is an exciting and memorable experience any time of the day or evening. Visitors will be enthralled by the ambiance of the area and the comings and goings of its inhabitants.

 DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS

Flower Market + Yuen Po
Street Bird Garden:

 These beautiful blooms and dainty birds are sure to delight the senses.
 Temple Street Night Market :   Bargain hunting amidst mesmerising sounds is just part of an evening's fun.
 Tin Hau Temple (Yau Ma Tei) :   Enjoy a fascinating glimpse inside this treasure.

 

Tourist Attractions :
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Yuen Po Street Bird Garden
Birds are prized and pampered pets for many Hong Kong men, who flock here to chat with their friends while their pets warble from cages hung in the trees. Open daily from 7am to 8pm.

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Flower Market
Specialist shops and sidewalk stalls display a multicoloured array of exotic blossoms and pot plants from all over the world. Open daily from about 7am to 7pm.

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Goldfish Market
Iridescent, brightly coloured tropical fish and aquarium supplies, from coral to tank "furnishings" are on sale from about 10am to 6pm daily.

- Fa Yuen Street
Why not make a detour to explore the open-air market here?
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Ladies' Market
This is a great place to shop for bargain-priced clothes, beauty products and knick-knacks. Open daily from about noon to 10:30pm.

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Tung Wah Museum
Originally part of a hospital, the Tung Wah Museum is an excellent example of traditional Chinese architecture. Open daily, except Sundays and public holidays, from 10am to 6pm.

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Shanghai Street
Traditional Chinese products crowd storefronts and shelves with such goods as herbal tonics and dried seafood, embroidered items and paper products, traditional wedding buns (usually made with lotus seed paste) and 99 per cent pure gold merchandise (sold by the Chinese tael, not the ounce).

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Jade Market
This is a fun place to browse and buy an inexpensive memento of your visit, but don't buy anything costly unless you know a lot about jade. Open from 9am to 6pm daily.

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Tin Hau Temple
The Tin Hau Temple (dedicated to the Taoist Goddess of the Sea) on Public Square Street is a classic example of Chinese tradition and is typical of temples where Hong Kong's fishermen worship. Open daily from 8am to 6pm.

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Temple Street Night Market
The Temple Street Night Market, open 4pm - midnight, is one of Hong Kong's most popular open-air markets.



Sha Tin New Town Charm
Sha Tin was originally known as "Lek Yuen" or "the source of clear water" a reference to the Shing Mun River. During the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), many farmers settled in the area, taking advantage of the excellent water supply. At its height, more than 50 villages were located here, the most famous of which was Sha Tin Village. In 1970, the Government began building satellite towns in the New Territories to provide housing for the mushrooming population. Sha Tin was the first new town developed and was built on land reclaimed from the sea.

 DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS
 Che Kung Temple :  Meet a general who stopped a plague and saved an emperor.
 Hong Kong Heritage Museum :  Enjoy twelve entertaining galleries chalk full of Chinese culture.
 New Town Plaza + Snoopy's  World :  A great place to shop and dine and meet Snoopy.

 

Tourist Attractions :
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Che Kung Temple
The temple was built in honour of Che Kung (General Che), a military hero who lived during the Sung dynasty (AD 960-1279). An 11-metre-high statue of Che Kung stands on the central altar. Beside the altar is a Wheel of Fortune - spin the wheel and your fortunes may improve! Open daily 7am to 6pm.

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Tsang Tai Uk
Literally meaning Tsang's Big House, the dwelling was built by Tsang Koon Man in 1848. Constructed of granite, green brick and timber, this dwelling consists of three rows of houses all linked by passages and small courtyards.

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Hong Kong Heritage Museum
The five-storey Hong Kong Heritage Museum features a traditional Chinese courtyard design and Chinese-style roofs, and the museum's 12 galleries feature permanent and temporary exhibitions covering history, arts and culture. The museum is closed on Tuesdays.

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Sha Tin Park
The lush eight-hectare Sha Tin Park, featuring many varieties of trees and shrubs, comprises six separate gardens. Open daily from 7am to 10:45pm.

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Sha Tin Town Hall
Depending on the time of the year, you can watch world-class ballet, listen to international orchestras in the auditorium, view a painting exhibition in the gallery or sculptures displayed in the podium outside the hall.

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New Town Plaza
New Town Plaza offers a comprehensive range of shopping, recreational and entertainment facilities, as well as residential blocks, an office building, hotel and six mini-cinemas.

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Snoopy's World
Snoopy's World features six amusement zones: Snoopy's House, Peanuts Academy, Canoe Ride, Peanuts Dugout, Peanuts Boulevard and Party Pavilion. Open daily 10am to 8pm. Free admission.

- Lek Yuen Public Housing Estate
Lek Yuen Public Housing Estate was the first public housing estate in Sha Tin and was built in 1976.



Cheung Chau Island Retreat
Cheung Chau (meaning "long island" in Cantonese) is one of the most popular of all the outlying islands and is about a 40-60-minute ferry ride from Hong Kong's Central district. Cheung Chau is most famous for its week-long Bun Festival, held during the fourth moon in the lunar calendar (April/May). The celebration culminates in a unique and colourful street procession.

 DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS
 Praya Street + Pak She Street
 and San Hing Street :
 Enjoy the Mediterranean ambiance and walking around the warren of alleys.
 Pak Tai Temple :  This is the venue for a stunning celebration, the Bun Festival.
 Tung Wan Beach :  Come and see where Hong Kong's gold medallist windsurfer Li Lai-shan trained.

 

Tourist Attractions :
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Praya Street
Along the waterfront, seafood is dried in the sun and fishmongers sell fresh shellfish and seafood in shops and restaurants.

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Pak Tai Temple
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Cheung Chau Bun Festival (usually in April or May) features huge towers covered with buns erected in front of the Pak Tai Temple and a street procession in which costumed children appear to float above the crowds, supported by hidden rods and wires. Pak Tai Temple is open daily 9am to 5pm.



Cheung Chau Bun Festival
Fourth Moon, Day 8
(April/May)
A celebration dominated by sweet buns is quite a spectacle, and it is one not to be missed. Every year on the tiny island of Cheung Chau, Hong Kong's people celebrate the Bun Festival. Enormous bamboo towers studded with sweet bun and effigies of three gods dominate the grounds near the Pak Tai Temple, where the main festivities take place. The festival that lasts for about a week climaxes with a large, colourful street procession, which features costumed children on stilts in a carnival atmosphere that winds its way through the streets.

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Pak She Street and San Hing Street
Stroll along these streets past rebuilt blocks and modern shops and you will see people still practising traditional trades - baking lotus-seed cakes, dispensing herbal medicine or manufacturing and selling Cheung Chau's famed, pungent, purplish-brown shrimp paste.

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Tung Wan
Tung Wan , a popular public beach, is where Hong Kong's first Olympic Games gold medallist, Lee Lai-shan, practised windsurfing as a schoolgirl.

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Kwan Kung Pavilion
The colourful Kwan Kung Pavilion is a gilded, lacquered temple dedicated to Kwan Tai, the Taoist God of War and Righteousness.



Lamma Island A Taste of the Sea
Lying just a half-hour ferry ride from Central, Lamma - the third largest of Hong Kong's islands offers a great escape from the city. Trails meander along hills and coastline. There are fine bathing beaches and the island is home to some of the Hong Kong's most popular seafood restaurants.

 DISTRICT HIGHLIGHT
 Yung Shue Wan:

This quiet village combines dried fish stalls and outlets selling high-tech appliances.

 Hung Shing Yeh Beach :

Relax at pleasant sandy beach and enjoy a refreshing swim on a hot summer's day.

 Sok Kwu Wan :  A great place for a sumptuous seafood dinner.

 

Tourist Attractions :
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Yung Shue Wan
Walking the narrow streets, you'll see shops and restaurants that reflect a mixed heritage: stalls with dried fish, shops selling hi-tech appliances and outlets that look as if they've been established by latter-day hippies.

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Tin Hau Temple
Such temples are typical of Hong Kong's coastal communities because Tin Hau, Goddess of the Sea, protects fishermen.

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Hung Shing Yeh Beach
You may wish to relax here and swim. The water is pleasant, so why not join the locals for a dip?

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Pavilion
Here you may wish to rest and enjoy views over Lamma and islands such as Cheung Chau and Lantau.

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Lo So Shing Beach
During the Tang dynasty (7th-10th Century AD), this was also the centre of a local industry - baking seashells to make lime.

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Sok Kwu Wan
As you'll see, seafood restaurants dominate Sok Kwu Wan. They mostly serve people arriving on pleasure junks but are also wonderful places for a meal after a walk.



Lantau Island Tung Chung Valley - In the Shadow of the Buddha
Lantau is the largest outlying island in Hong Kong, almost twice the size of Hong Kong Island. More than half of Lantau Island has been designated as Country Park area. Its tranquil and green environment makes it a popular spot for nature lovers and hikers.

 DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS
 Giant Buddha + Po Lin Monastery :  Get up close and personal with the 26-metre-high Giant Buddha.
 Tung Chung Fort:

Visit a 19th century attempt to fight opium and piracy in the South China Sea.

 Tung Chung Town Centre:  An energetic new town filled with shopping and dining opportunities.

 

Tourist Attractions :
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Giant Buddha and Po Lin Monastery
The walk starts near the 26-metre-high Giant Buddha at Ngong Ping, the world's largest, seated, outdoor bronze Buddha statue. The nearby Po Lin Monastery is open daily 10am to 5:30pm.

- Lantau Peak
Lantau Peak is Hong Kong's second highest mountain, and the area is home to unique flora and fauna.
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Lo Hon Temple
Lo Hon Temple, built by lay Buddhists in 1974, occupies the site of a grotto named Lo Hon Cavern where a hermit from Guangdong practised Buddhism in 1926.

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Tung Chung Fort
Tung Chung Fort was built in the early 19th Century as part of a short-lived attempt to suppress the opium trade and defend the coastal area from pirates.

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Tung Chung Town Centre
Tung Chung Town Centre features a variety of shops, restaurants, a cinema and entertainment facilities, as well as transportation back to Kowloon or Hong Kong Island.




The Peak to Pok Fu Lam Picture Perfect
The Peak is the perfect jumping off point on your journey to appreciate just how sharply urban and green Hong Kong contrast. Walk a circuit of the Peak, which provides some of the most stunning views of the city below, and then wander down cosy trails towards Pok Fu Lam.

 DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS
 Enjoy breathtaking views of Hong Kong and then delve into the surrounding countryside for a delightful walk.

 

Tourist Attractions :
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Across the road from the Peak Tower is an historic building, which dates from 1901 and is now a restaurant. It was originally used by sedan chair bearers who carried people between the station and fine residences on The Peak.

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The trees on your right give way to scrub, and there are fantastic views over the city and harbour; this is a great place to appreciate the city at night.

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Keep an eye out for a great banyan tree that is more like a colony of trees, its thinner trunks formed by aerial roots that have reached the ground, while other roots dangle in space like unkempt, shaggy hair.

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The hills above and below are thickly wooded and the city is lost from view. You cross a bridge over a small ravine, with a small picturesque waterfall on your left.




Tai Tam Reservoirs Communing with Nature
The Tai Tam Reservoirs, which lie to the southeast of Hong Kong, are encircled by hills, providing an oasis of calm for walkers and a glimpse of some of the natural beauty spots that define Hong Kong.

 DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS
 Discover the green side of Hong Kong only minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

 

Tourist Attractions :
- Once past Hong Kong Parkview apartments, stop at the picnic area for a breathtaking view.
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This is a good place to stop, and look out over the larger Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir. Completed in 1917, this is the largest of the island's reservoirs.

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  Information provided by Hong Kong Tourism Board.

 

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