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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,736 contributions
    The Dragon's Back Trail is one of the most popular urban hikes in all of Hong Kong. Located in the Shek O Country Park, this is an easy, well-surfaced and maintained trail with a few moderately difficult ascends. As such, you will find hikers and walkers of all fitness levels doing this hike, including families with little ones.

    Most begin at the southern end of the trail near Tei Wan Village and make the roughly 8km hike north to Big Wave Bay. Bus route 9 from Shau Kei Wan (MTR Exit A) to Shek O has a drop off at To Tei Wan at the Dragon's Back trailhead. At Big Wave Bay, you can take red minibus to 'Shau Kei Wan' or call in a taxi when ready to head back to the city.

    The Dragon's Back Trail is particularly impressive in the southern section where it winds a ridge and provides rewarding views the Shek O Peninsula and sea to the east. To the west, you will be able to see much of the southern side of Hong Kong Island. When sky conditions are favourable, the views are outstanding.

    The northern half of the trail is very flat and easy for walking, it winds through forested and some exposed parts. There are a few places with tables to rest and public toilets. You'll also find a couple of places to link up with other trails such as the Pottinger Road and Gap north of the final descend into Big Wave Bay.

    Overall, Dragon's Back is a good trail. It is accessible, easy to hike, views can be outstanding on clear days. Unfortunately, this means heavy foot traffic as well, particularly on weekends and public holidays. Keep that in mind if planning on including this hike during your time in Hong Kong.
    Written January 5, 2022
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  • Louises1964
    Cape Town, South Africa48 contributions
    The best experience.
    Wonderful staff and amazing hotel with great facilities..
    highly recommended.
    Very central to all amenities.
    Written April 16, 2022
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  • Von Geraldizo
    Cebu City, Philippines20 contributions
    One of the Best places to visit in Hongkong if you are a Sunset or Sunrise chaser great view and the best lightshow ive seen so far. Excellent!
    Written March 24, 2022
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  • MsMkonnichiwa
    Sydney, Australia111 contributions
    So much to enjoy. Yes, gorgeous garden with wandering paths and picture-perfect settings at every turn. Calm and serene. What sets it apart from similar parks is the addition of wood and rocks. Wood in a beautiful display of structures like the nunnery made from special joinery; no nails. The wood smell and cooler temp in this delightful gallery was quite special. Rocks of all sorts for the garden in a lovely way, and feature with philosophical quotes in the nunnery. Beautiful.
    Written May 16, 2020
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  • TK88888
    618 contributions
    Oddly enough, situated directly opposite Plaza Hollywood.

    Well, I thought it was an interesting juxtaposition.
    Written November 30, 2021
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  • Edgar S
    Hong Kong, China1,472 contributions
    What a find. The 10.000 Buddha Monastery is a true and wonderful experience. One has to climb steps to reach the main temple but is rewarded by the view of the lined up monks on the way. There are seats provided along the climb. Once you reach the main temple, you look at 10.000 Buddhas all lined up. There are larger size monks, other buddha sculptures as well a pagoda which no closed to climb up because of the coronavirus. You shall be at inner peace and enjoy the splendid surroundings of Shatin. There is a gift shop that sells refreshments too. One can climb up further to see more of stone carved generals and other female sculptures. To sum it up, sensational. If you are in Hong Kong for a longer time, go there. It is free and one has to strike it off one's bucket list.
    Written November 19, 2020
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,736 contributions
    The Tsim Sha Tsui promenade is where the Kowloon Peninsula meets Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong. Here you find a fine stretch of waterfront that starts at the Star Ferry Pier and runs east along what is known as the Avenue of Stars and stretching past the newly opened Victoria Dockside.

    Here you will find heritage attractions such as the Star Ferry and historic Clock Tower. Along the Avenue of Stars you will be able to learn a bit about Hong Kong film history while checking out the neat installations, seating benches and art space created outside and within the new K11 Musea.

    There are monuments including the Hong Kong Films Award statue and the famous Bruce Lee statue that are popular for visitors. This is also where you find the Hong Kong Museum of Art (HKMOA), Space Museum (currently under restorations) and the Culture Centre, where performances are held throughout the year.

    Lastly, you will be rewarded with lovely views of the harbour and the world famous Hong Kong Skyline which is remarkable to see on clear sunny days as well as most nights when the skyline is lit up brightly for all to enjoy. There is a nightly laser light show called the Symphony of lights begins at 8pm. Most impressive are annual fireworks shows over the harbour that can be viewed well from the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. A Particularly impressive show is held with the annual Chinese New Year holiday.
    Written March 30, 2020
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  • MissHK2009
    Hong Kong, China3,754 contributions
    There're some offshore islands good for day trip and I picked Lamma Island for my nephew last Sunday. We took ferry from Central pier and the ride was very cozy with excellent air con (very important these days) and less than 30 mins.

    Our route was from Yung Shue Wan (some western restaurants) to Sok Kwu Wan (some Chinese seafood restaurants) via the Hung Shing Yeh Beach.

    The path was flat with a bit uphill, we walked awhile, ate awhile (eg the famous Ah Po Tofu) and took a rest in the kiosks on the way. We had lunch in the Concerto Inn which is next to the Hung Shing Yeh beach.

    It's a sunny hot day. Felt so good to sweat 💦 We spent nearly 7 hours in the island. This place is less crowded than Cheung Chau, another popular island.
    Written July 26, 2021
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  • mosto
    Hong Kong, China2,832 contributions
    I can’t find any fault at all with this park. It’s very well done, clean, green, good for families, couples, joggers, singles. Even good during a lunch break. Very conveniently located in Admiralty - walking distance from the train stop, shopping complex and hotels. You can spend a good hour there and not feel bored. It has an impressive aviary. No charges for entry. Lots of turtles in a very nice pond, a man made waterfall, a look-out post, a tea museum, nice jogging grounds, toilets - all in one place. Highly recommend to visit.
    Written November 23, 2021
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  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China8,608 contributions
    Tai O is the only remaining fishing village in Hong Kong despite of the touristy outlook. It is also the only place to see the floating houses in the city. The fresh air and lush space makes it a perfect respite from the urban crowd. Unfortunately most of the shops are tourist-oriented and do not really offer something unique or interesting. Transportation can be a hassle given the very limited ship and infrequent bus options.
    Written August 25, 2021
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,736 contributions
    Sai Kung has long been a popular place for residents and tourists enjoying the laid back seaside atmosphere, promenade, boat trips and alfresco dining scene. However, it has become something of a street art scene in recent years as well.

    The HKWalls annual art event was held in Sai Kung in May 2021, as part of this event, quite a few of the building walls were brought to life with interesting artworks. You can find many of them around Man Yee Square and the buildings nearby. If you are into street art, walk around this square and take some back alleys to see what unfolds upon the walls you pass by.
    Written February 1, 2022
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,736 contributions
    Stanley is a seaside community on the southern side of Hong Kong Island. When the British took possession of Hong Kong in 1841, there was a community of over 2,000 people living here. The Chinese name for this seaside village area is Chek Chue. However, the British gave it the English name after Lord Stanley.

    Today what you find at Stanley is a relaxing place to spend time near the sea. There are a couple of good beaches, St. Stephen's Beach and the larger Main Stanley Beach which also has a water sports centre. You'll find one of HK's most popular street markets, the Stanley Markets, which has a covered walking lane, nice for rainy days. There is a nice promenade area lined with restaurants and good views of the sea. Additional shopping and eateries can be found at the Stanley Plaza complex just past the promenade.

    Those interested in historical attractions in the area will find the old Tin Hau Temple just past the Stanley Plaza. There is a tiny Tai Wong Temple sandwiched between the Plaza and waterfront restaurants. The colonial period Murray House and Blake Pier, both of which were originally in the Central district have been relocated here to Stanley, providing a bit more to see while you are here. The Murray House is used for yet more restaurants and retail shopping.

    Looking for a bit more, there is a large public park and garden area called Ma Hang Park just west of the Murray House. Nearer to St. Stephen's Beach, you will also find the Stanley Military Cemetery and Hong Kong Museum of Correctional Services.

    To visit Stanley from the main areas of Hong Kong, best to take a bus (6, 6A, 6X or 260) from Exchange Square in Central or a taxi to save time.
    Written December 1, 2020
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  • Dear Daphne
    Hong Kong, China9 contributions
    Starter with Italian Creamy Burrata with heirloom Tomato which is quite appetizing And the display is attractive.

    Grilled Spanish Duroc pork cutlet portion is big. And the taste of the pork cutlet was on average.

    Grilled U.S Beef Sirloin only have three pieces. It is definitely not enough for a man portion. But the taste was delicious.

    It was surprised on their Phenomenon Tiramisu. I love that utensil using for Tiramisu . The taste a bit too sweet.

    Over all, lunch in here with very reasonable price and nice interior design. You can see a cyber design of their corridor to the washroom.

    ☏Phenomenon Wine & Bar
    Written April 29, 2022
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    For those who want to see a different side to Hong Kong, visiting one of the outlying islands is a great thing to do. Cheung Chau Island is one of the easiest and best to visit. It has all the old-world charm of a fishing village, with a colourful harbour, traditional temples, small roadside shrines and a string of local seafood restaurants along the waterfront.
    The highlights of our most recent trip were swimming, a coastal walk along part of the Looped Family Trail and lunch at Pirate Bay, where the French owner does a whole roast chicken.
    Rather than swim at the main Tung Wan Beach, we prefer to continue a little further around the headland instead to Kwan Yum Beach. It’s smaller but it’s also prettier, quieter and has the charming Hing See beach-shack bar.
    GETTING TO CHEUNG CHAU: Public ferries run all day, roughly every 30 min from #5 Central Pier. It is only a short walk from HK MTR station and the piers are numbered in order, from 1-10 so it is easy to find the #5. If you don’t already have an Octopus travel card then you can buy tickets at the gate. There are 2 choices of ferries – the big, slow ferry or the smaller, fast ferry. Both leave from #5. The slow ferry takes just under an hour and is $14 HKD one way. The fast ferry takes half that and is $25 HKD. If you tend to get queasy on boats, the fast ferry is a much smoother ride and is a/c throughout. The advantage of the slow ferry is that you can sit outside. If you have the time, the slow ferry is a very cruisy and scenic trip.
    Written August 7, 2021
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  • Jerry G
    Coppell, TX504 contributions
    We were fortunate to visit this temple during the Lunar New Year because there was so much activity to comprehend. Worshipers ask for guidance with their issues and problems and make offerings. Also, many seek vision from the fortune tellers in the area. The music, chanting, incense and lanterns all add to the scene. The grounds are also stunning. This temple deserves a visit any time of the year.
    Written March 31, 2020
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