Exploring Hong Kong
by Mark Heng
Hong Kong Disneyland: Embark on a magical journey through the four themed lands of the Magical Kingdom - Main Street U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, and Tomorrowland. Disney On Parade features all Disney characters singing and dancing along Main Street U.S.A; catch them at the Fantasy Gardens for photographs and autographs. Mickey’s PhilharMagic is a 3D show that relives the memorable moments of Disney's animated films, while Mickey and his friends perform in the Broadway-style musical show “The Golden Mickeys”. Stay for the breathtaking Disney in the Stars Fireworks at night. Two Disney-themed hotels complement the theme park in the resort.
Ocean Park Hong Kong: This is the theme park that locals grew up with, featuring a wide range of rides, such as roller coasters, exhibits including many large aquariums, and conservation facilities. The attraction areas - Headland Rides, Adventure Land, Amazing Asian Animals, Marine Land, Lowland Gardens, Whisker's Harbour and Tai Shue Wan - are connected by a iconic cable car, an outdoor escalator which is the second longest in the world, and the Ocean Express. Attractions such as the Ocean Theatre, Abyss Turbo Drop, and Mine Train are accompanied by some of Asia's most precious animals - giant and red pandas, Chinese giant salamanders and Chinese alligators.
A Symphony of Lights: This spectacular multimedia display, named the “World's Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show” by Guinness World Records, includes 44 buildings on both sides of scenic Victoria Harbour. Coloured lights, laser beams and searchlights, set against the glamorous night vista of the Harbour, perform a wonderful spectacle synchronised to music and narration, celebrating the energy, spirit and diversity of Hong Kong. The best vantage points are the Avenue of Stars on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, the waterfront promenade outside the Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai and on sightseeing ferries on Victoria Harbour.
The Peak: The trip up to Victoria Peak on the Peak Tram is unforgettable, where you climb 373 metres past buildings that look like they're leaning. This takes you to the iconic vantage point, which offers stunning spectacular panoramas of central Hong Kong, the Victoria Harbour, as well as the peaceful green hillsides and surrounding islands, in both day and night. Hong Kong's Madame Tussauds is also located here, offering a fun and interactive celebrity experience for everybody.
Avenue of Stars: A tribute to Hong Kong cinema, featuring commemorative milestones, handprints of celebrities, kiosks with movie memorabilia, a towering Hong Kong Film Awards statuette, and a life-size statue of the legendary kung-fu action star, Bruce Lee. The location on the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade offers incredible views of Victoria Harbour and the city's iconic skyline.
Repulse Bay: Primarily an upmarket residential area with a resort-like atmosphere. The crescent-shaped beach is perfect for sandy strolls, especially at dawn and as the sun sets. The beach features a lifeguard clubhouse built in traditional Chinese style, with a ceiling decorated with magnificent swirling dragons. Towering twin statues of Kwun Yum and Tin Hau, the protectors of fishermen, dominate the picturesque gardens that lead down to the seaside.
Aberdeen: This harbour is home to hundreds of Tanka people living on fishing junks. A sampan ride brings you up-close to these local fisherfolk and their boat community, dramatically juxtaposed against a modern high-rise community on the hillsides. Aberdeen's Jumbo is a magnificent, elaborately-decorated floating restaurant, especially popular with tourists.