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Hong Kong is divided into four sections: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, New Territories, and the outlying islands. Each section is further divided into several neighborhoods.
On Hong Kong Island , start with Victoria Peak, the highest point on the island with renowned views of the city and the southern slopes down to the South China Sea. Clinging to the northern slopes of the Peak are the Mid-levels, best explored via the Peak Tram or the Mid-levels Escalator. In Central, the city’s hub, visitors can ride the historic 'ding ding tram' and find both colonial history and modern architecture. Lan Kwai Fong and Soho are filled with international eateries and bars. The area of Admiralty is home to the Pacific Place shopping and hotel complex. Hong Kong Park is best for some peace and quiet, and more traditional settings can be found in the old districts of Western and Sheung Wan. Causeway Bay is a shopper's paradise. Not far away is North Point, where there is all the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, but almost no tourists, and this area has great shopping, great value too.
On Kowloon Peninsula Yaumatei, home to Tin Hau Temple and Jade Market, is rich with tradition, and Mongkok is the place for shopping for both tourists and locals. If you want to have some fun with your hotel concierge, just ask them "can you please tell me how I get to Chinatown" - hahaha, actually Mong Kok is one of the most 'local Chinese' places in all of Hong Kong, featuring some very good street markets including the famous Ladies (night) market, the goldfish market and Fa Yuen Street markets among others. There is a spectacular Temple in the Wong Tai Sin District (about 15 minutes by train from Tsim Sha Tsui and about US$8 in a Taxi). The name of the temple is actually Wong Tai Sin Temple and every taxi driver and local resident will know of this place if you mention it. It is arguably the most famous temple in all of Hong Kong. You can buy incense or "joss" sticks from local vendors outside and just watch what the Chinese people do with them to experience something beautifully Chinese. You can also have your fortune read or get help from a 'Feng Shui' Master. A must see attraction for anyone looking for the beautiful side of Chinese culture in Hong Kong. Another very nice temple attraction in Kowloon is the Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Gardens near to the Diamond Hill MTR, just one stop away from the Wong Tai Sin Temple.
The New Territories offer Shatin, with the Shatin Racecourse, the Tsang Tai Uk walled village, Che Kung Temple, Hong Kong Heritage Museum and Man Fat (10,000 Buddha) Monastery.
Outlying Islands : The biggest of the more than 200 outlying islands is Lantau, with the Tung Chung area, the Big Buddha, Ngong Ping 360 cable car, Po Lin Monastery and Disneyland. The third-largest island, Lamma, hosts a large western population and great seafood restaurants- to get to Lamma, take a ferry from Central (approx 20- 30 mins. one way).