Off the beaten path: Hong Kong's Cultural Kaleidoscope



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Take advantage of the rare opportunity to ride a Duk Ling, watch early morning Tai chi at Kowloon Park and explore museums that tourists rarely go. Museum visits give you a choice that no other city in Asia could beat, with the most popular ones being History, art, heritage, space, science. The Big Buddha and the various outlying islands, especially Lamma Island are quieter off the beaten path choices. Markets and the Architecture Walk through the business districts of Admiralty and Central during office hours will be a different way to see the area. A top tip when going to Mai Po Marsh is explore the wilderness in ambience whilst reflecting that this world heritage site is right at a bustling Hong Kong. With plenty of cultural fusions of East and West, theres no shortage of culture in Hong Kong and you should not be shy in suggesting a few tips of your own as you visit.

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Day 1 - Jordan, Hong Kong


After an authentic Hong Kong breakfast at Australia Dairy Co. Your favourite cultural fixes where the day starts off at Kowloon Park for some early morning Tai Chi watching. Afterwards, take advantage of the rare opportunity to ride a Chinese Junk boat. Take it from the Kowloon Public Pier in Tsim Sha Tsui, only on Thursdays and Saturdays. Hong Kong Musuems are hidden gems that most tourists skip but whether you are interested in Chinese art, culture, modern history of science, the Musuem of History and Museum of Science are sure to entice. The next stop is Mong Kok where you'll be walking through one of the world's densest populated area that is bustling at every hour of day. The night markets around Temple street are a great place to find bargains and explore the soul of Hong Kong's older areas.


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Australia Dairy Co.

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Location:

47 Parkes Street
Jordan, China

Contact:

tel: 852 27301356


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Early Morning Tai Chi Watching

Location:

Gloucester Road
(Victoria Park)
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

fax: +852 2807 6543 (Hong Kong Tourist Association)
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Kowloon Park

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Location:

Nathan Road
Tsim Sha Tsui
Hong Kong, China

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tel: +852 2508 1234
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Duk Ling Ride (Chinese Junk)

Location:

G/F, The Center, 99 Queen's Road Central
Central
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: +852 2508 1234
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Museum of History

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Location:

Kowloon Park, Haiphong Road
Tsim Sha Tsui
Hong Kong, China

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tel: +852 2367 1124
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Hong Kong Science Museum

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Location:

2 Science Museum Rd
Tsim Sha Tsui East
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: 852/2732 3232
fax: +852 2311 2248
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Mong Kok

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Location:

Kowloon
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: +852 2508 1234


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Goldfish Market

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Location:

Tung Choi Street
Mongkok
Hong Kong, China

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tel: +852 2508 1234
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9

Jade Market

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Location:

Junction of Kansu Street and Battery Street
Hong Kong, China

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tel: +852 2508 1234


10

Yaumatei Tin Hau Temple

Location:

Yaumatei
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: +852 2508 1234
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Jia

Location:

1-5 Irving St
Causeway Bay
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: 852/3196 9000
fax: 852/3196 9001
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Honeymoon dessert

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Location:

10C Po Tung Road, Sai Kung
Sai Kung
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: 852 2571 4246
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Day 2 - Hong Kong


Your Lantau Island experience is going to be different starting with a cable car ride on Ngong Ping 360. Get off the MTR at Tung Chung Station Exit B and walk 5 minutes to the Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal where you'll head off to see the Big Buddha. Skip the tourist haven of Ngong Ping Village and instead visit the Po Lin Monastary next to the Big Buddha. Not too far away if the WIsdom Path, an outdoor replica of the centuries-old Heart Sutra. Its a beautiful 15 minute hiking trail that is deemed the path to wisdom. Returning from the Big Buddha it is time to explore Sham Shui Po. This is an electronics and computer bargain buy area it may seem but explore the streets and you will find a textiles export and import market as well as the oldest Hong Kong buildings too. It will be hard to find people who speak English at Sham Shui Po, as it is not an area where tourist visit. Dinner at Chao Inn is a great local dining option.


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Lantau

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Location:

Lantau Island
Hong Kong, China

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tel: +852 2508 1234


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Big Buddha

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Location:

Ngong Ping Plateau
Lantau Island
Hong Kong, China

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tel: +852 2805 1234
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Po Lin Monastery

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Location:

Ngong Ping Plateau
Lantau
Hong Kong, China

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tel: +852 2508 1234
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Sham Shui Po

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Location:

Sham Shui Po
Hong Kong, China

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tel: +852 2508 1234
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Chao Inn

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Location:

10/F, 1 Peking Road
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: 852 2369 8819
fax: 852 2369 9300
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Day 3 - Hong Kong


Choosing betweem Lamma Island or Cheung Chau is a tough decision whilst standing outside Central Ferry Pier. Pier number 5 goes to Cheung Chau whilst Pier number 4 goes to Lamma Island. Cheung Chau or Lamma Island? Why not both if you have time. Too much to do, too little time? Lamma Island is a little more off the beaten path whilst Cheung Chau is a more popular choice. But don't forget that Hong Kong is made up of more than 200 outlying islands, so the choice is dizzying.


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Lamma Island

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Location:

Lamma Island
Hong Kong, China

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tel: +852 2805 1234
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Deli Lamma

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Location:

36 Main Street, Yung Shue Wan
Lamma
Hong Kong, China

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tel: 852 2982 1583
fax: +852 2982 2391
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Cheung Chau

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Location:

Cheung Chau
Hong Kong, China

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tel: +852 2508 1234
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Outlying Islands

Location:

Outlying Islands
Hong Kong, China

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tel: +852 2508 1234
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Boat trips around Sai Kung

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Location:

Sai Kung Pier
Sai Kung
Hong Kong, China

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tel: +852 2508 1234
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Day 4 - Hong Kong


Hong Kong offers a wealth of architectural influences and styles waiting to be discovered as you visit Hong Kong Island today. During this walk through Admiralty and Central you'll see historical structures juxtaposed to glass and steel monuments of the Bank of China Tower. Hollywood Road, Cat Street and the Mid levels Escalator are going to be unique experiences where you'll see a fusion of East and West. Nightlife today at Lan Kwai Fong is a must try, although packed with tourists and locals alike. If neon nightlife is not your cup of tea then why not try the alternative Fringe Club to end the night off.


1

Tsim Sha Tsui East

Location:

Tsim Sha Tsui East
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: +852 2508 1234
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2

Star Ferry

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Location:

Star Ferry Pier, Edinburgh Place
Edinburgh Place
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: +852 2367 7065
fax: +852 2118 6028
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Admiralty

Location:

Admiralty
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: +852 2508 1234


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Museum of Tea Ware

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Location:

10 Cotton Tree Dr
Flagstaff House, Hong Kong Park, Central
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: 852/2869 0690
fax: +852 2810 0021
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Hong Kong Park

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Location:

Admiralty
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: +852 2521 5041
fax: +852 2537 1236
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Bank of China Tower

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Location:

1 Garden Road
Central
Hong Kong, China

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tel: +852 2826 6888
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Legislative Council (Legco) Building

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Location:

8 Jackson Road
Central
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: +852 2869 9200
fax: +852 2537 1851
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Statue Square and Cenotaph

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Location:

Chater Road
Hong Kong, China

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tel: +852 2713 9211
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Fringe Club

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Location:

2 Lower Albert Road
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: +852 2521 7251
fax: +852 2868 4415
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1A Space

Location:

1/F, Block B, 12 Oil Street
Fortress Hill
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: +852 2529 0087
fax: +852 2529 0072
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Old Government House

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Location:

Upper Albert Road
Central
Hong Kong, China

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tel: +852 2508 1234
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Former French Mission Building

Location:

1 Battery Path
Central
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: +852 2208 4400
fax: +852 2721 6216
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13

Colonial Duddell Street Steps

Location:

Central
Hong Kong, China

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tel: +852 2508 1234
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14

Lascar Row (Cat Street)

Location:

Sheung Wan
at the intersection between Ladder Road and Hollywood Road
Hong Kong, China

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tel: +852 2508 1234


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Hollywood Road

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Location:

Hollywood Road
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: +852 2807 6543


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Mid-levels Escalator

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Location:

Connaught Road
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: +852 2807 6543


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Fringe Club

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Location:

2 Lower Albert Road
Central
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: 852 2521 7251
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Fong Underground

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Location:

34 D'Aguilar St
Central
Hong Kong, China

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tel: 852/2523 2002
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Day 5 - Hong Kong


Access to the Marsh is limited as the site was listed as a Wetland of International Importance in 1995 but the Hong Kong Wetland Park, is open from 10am to 5pm daily but closed on Tuesday. Definately off the beaten path, Mai Po is world class ecotourism that most people never associate Hong Kong with.


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Mai Po Marsh

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Location:

Near Yuen Long, Deep Bay
Deep Bay
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: +852 2652 0285
fax: +852 2651 0276
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TakeOutComedy

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Location:

34 Elgin Street
(basement, SOHO, Central)
Hong Kong, China

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tel: 852 6220 4436
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Day 6 - Hong Kong


Wong Tai Sin Temple, Kowloon Walled City Park and Law Uk Folk Museum are your special opportunity to truly see Hong Kong through its local customs and history.


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Nishimura

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Location:

6th Floor, Hong Kong Marco Polo Hotel,
Harbour City
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: 852 2113 0088
fax: +852 2736 8909
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Wong Tai Sin Temple

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Location:

upper edge of Wong Tai Sin Estate
Wong Tai Sin
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: +852 2320 2883


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Law Uk Folk Museum

Location:

14 Kut Shing Street
Chai Wan
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: +852 2896 7006
fax: +852 2724 9090
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4

Kowloon Walled City Park

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Location:

Tung Tsing Rd
Kowloon City
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: +852 2716 9962
fax: +852 2383 5506
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Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens

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Location:

Albany Road,
Central
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: +852 2530 0154
fax: +852 2537 1207
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