By Michael Moore
In Hong Kong, East doesn't simply meet West. The exciting
City of Life offers a kaleidoscope of colour and culture that
makes every visit simply unforgettable. Combining 150 years
of colonial influence and 5,000 years of Chinese tradition,
Hong Kong has its own special brand of magic and mystique.
In 1841, when it was claimed as a Crown Colony by Britain,
Hong Kong was a collection of small fishing villages. As the
British presence grew to include Kowloon and the New Territories,
it became a trading port and gateway to mainland China.
On July 1, 1997, Hong Kong returned to Chinese sovereignty
and is now a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China,
with a high degree of autonomy. Since Hong Kong retained its
own legal, social and economic systems, there was no perceptible
change in lifestyle for residents and visitors alike.
For first time visitors, Hong Kong's forest of skyscrapers
crowding the busy harbour is sure to leave a lasting impression.
From the famous Victoria Peak one can grasp the diversity
and scale of the city, giving a magnificent view of modern
architectural wonders and beautiful, verdant mountains. Just
walking around and stumbling upon seemingly undiscovered streets
and corners will reveal adventures just waiting to begin.
Visitors will be swept away in a wave of commotion, smells
and clamour. Each neighborhood has its own distinct character,
sights and sounds. Hong Kong may be small but it's a place
that likes to live large.
Hong Kong - the Events Capital of Asia
Hong Kong has become the undisputed Events Capital of Asia.
Visitors can see everything from a hit Broadway musical or
a Shakesperean play to a concert by the Hong Kong Chinese
Orchestra. There are also many international sporting events,
fantastic nightlife and numerous activities to keep the whole
family entertained at all times.
From February 14 to March 9, the City of Life will become
the Dynamic Cultural Center of the region with the Hong Kong
Arts Festival that will put together over a hundred performances,
programmes and exhibitions, focusing on the accumulation of
the best of the arts, both internationally and from Hong Kong.
The Festival is one of Hong Kong's world class events and
is acknowledged as the premiere event of this calibre in the
Among the highlights this year are performances by Maestro
Kurt Masur who will conduct the Orchestre National de France
on their exclusive tour to Hong Kong; the legendary dance
master John Neumeier and the Hamburg Ballet. William Christie
will lead his celebrated ensemble Les Arts Florissants. Jazz
giant Herbie Hancock will also grace the Festival with a tribute
to Davis and Coltrane and the world music sensation Cesaria
Evoria, the "Barefoot Diva," will captivate audiences
with her inimitable style. It will be a time of celebration
and delight and also a time to explore and discover new cultural
During this period, there is also the most important event
on the Chinese calendar that is not to be missed in Hong Kong
- the Chinese New Year. The city glows with colourful lights.
Festivities include an incredible fireworks display over Victoria
Harbour, a waterfront parade and all-night markets. The Spring
Lantern Festival marks the end of Chinese New Year celebrations
as traditional lanterns are lit in temples and parks.
Hong Kong - For the Greatest Taste Sensations
The stunning variety of Chinese regional cuisine available
in Hong Kong makes it a paradise for food lovers - no place
on Earth offers the same quality or variety. Perched on the
doorstep of mainland China, Hong Kong features food from every
mainland province - all deliciously different. Regional styles
include Cantonese, Chiu Chow, Shanghainese, Yunnan, Peking
Late last year, local restaurants were given the opportunity
to compete for top awards in a "cook-off' organized by
the Hong Kong Tourism Board, known as the Best of the Best
Culinary Awards, regarded as the highest honour in Hong Kong's
Food lovers can check out the restaurants and dishes that
participated in this fantastic gastronomic contest that was
divided into four categories: Pork, Fried Rice, Bean Curd
and Lobster. The chefs performed an excellent job in creating
the best gastronomic delicacies to please the palates of both
visitors and local residents. The Best of the Best Culinary
Awards Guide which showcases the finest examples of Hong Kong's
classic and representative dishes, is available at the HKTB
Visitor Information Centres.
For food lovers, the charm of Hong Kong lies in the fact
that culinary treats can be enjoyed in every corner of the
city! Residents love to boast that it is possible to dine
on a different cuisine three times a day, seven days a week
and never repeat the same choice!
At Hong Kong, Shop Till You Drop
From early in the morning until late at night, shoppers can
be on their toes combing the city for the latest fashion accessories,
the funkiest clothes, antiques and memorabilia, Asian crafts
or the latest in electronics and hi-tech gadgets
the year, stores offer fabulous discounts and promotions,
luring bargain hunters from all over the region. There are
treasures out there just waiting to be discovered!
The City's duty-free status makes it a true shopper's paradise
offering unrivalled shopping pleasure and excellent value.
Hong Kong, with its unique character and history, is a rich
and fascinating destination. It is bursting with such unexpected
sights and undiscovered treasures that each visit is guaranteed
to be a genuine thrill for all the senses.
The slogan chosen by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, City of
Life - Hong Kong Is It! is so appropriate because it highlights
to its visitors Hong Kong's vibrancy, energy and fusion of
Famous Food Districts
In the heart of Causeway Bay lie many of the city's most authentic
traditional dining experiences. Sample everything from steaming
noodles to dumplings, sushi to shark's fin.
Packed with friendly restaurants. Clustered around Nga Tsin
Long Raod and Nam Kok Road, Cantonese, Chiu Chow, Vietnamese
and Thai eateries sit alongside Asian-influenced French and
Italian restaurants. Good food - and great value.
Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo
Long regarded as the trendiest night-time bar area in Hong
Kong, Lan Kwai Fong is equally famous for its international
restaurants. Nearby SoHo offers intimate and varied dining
around Staunton, Elgin and Shelly streets.
Sai Kung, Lamma Island, and Lei Yue Mun
Famed for their seafood restaurants. In Lei Yue Mun, visit
the local fish market, where you can buy your seafood and
take it to a nearby restaurant to be cooked. Sai Kung and
Lamma Island boast spectacular seaside scenery.
This charming South Side town offers a captivating mix of
laid-back eateries in a relaxed, seaside setting. Perfect
for a seafront, alfresco romantic dinner.
Tsim Sha Tsui
Easily accessible and offering a smorgasbord of tastes, from
international cuisine to traditional Chinese delights along
Hillwood Road and Austin Road. Check out Knutsford Terrace,
an international dining oasis in this bustling neon-lit shopping
On & Off Island
Top Ten Sites:
Man Mo Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Chi Lin Nunnery
Jumbo Floating Restaurant Museums
Hong Kong Island:
Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware
Hong Kong Arts Centre Pao Galleries
Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences Mid-Levels
Hong Kong Racing Museum
Law Uk Folk Museum
University Museum & Art Gallery
Museum of Coastal Defense
Shau Kei Wan
Hong Kong Museum of Art
Hong Kong Museum of History
Hong Kong Science Museum
Hong Kong Space Museum
La Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum
Tsim Sha Tsui
Tsim Sha Tsui
Tsim Sha Tsui
Tsim Sha Tsui
Sham Shui Po
Art Museum, Chinese University of HK
Hong Kong Railway Museum
Sam Tung Uk Museum
Sheung Yiu Folk Museum
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