40 Sights Worth Seeing in Hong Kong
Noah’s Ark Theme Park | Photo: wikimedia
Strolling around Ma Wan Island under the hanging Qingma Bridge, you’ll be quite surprised to see a huge ship – the world’s first full-size replica of Noah’s Ark. The Ark is part of a Christian theme park based on the Biblical stories.
The Ark, which opened in 2009, boasts 67 pairs of life-size sculptures of various animals, a 4D movie theater, a giant 8-meter swing and other amazing attractions. Those who want to stay in the park until the next day will be offered accommodation in a hotel on the top floor of the ark. This wonderful park is not only a perfect place to entertain the whole family, but also an interactive educational complex.
The address is Noah’s Ark Hotel and Resort, Pak Yan Road, Ma Wan, Hong Kong.
Top Sightseeing Attractions (14)
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The Macau Tower is an important landmark as it offers the best views of the surrounding area and the entire peninsula. The skyscraper is located in the south of Macau, near Nam Van Lake. The height of the tower is 338 meters, so it is visible at a distance of several kilometers.
Fort Gaia is located at the monastery of Lazarus in Macau City, the highest point on the island. It was built in the early 17th century and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort itself was built in 1622 and its main purpose was to protect the monastery from the Dutch.
Church of St. Dominic20
Church of St. Dominic is one of the most beautiful churches in Macau. It is located in the historic center of the city, on Senate Square. St. Dominic’s Church was built in the 17th century by Spanish Dominican monks.
Macau Science Center and Planetarium17
There are 12 galleries in the exhibition hall of the Macau Science Center where you can explore all branches of science: Earth, Lifestyle, Technology and Science for Kids. All of the galleries are spiral, so it is recommended to take the elevator to the top and explore the departments by descending the floors below.
The ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral17
St. Paul’s Cathedral was built in the 17th century by Christians who had been expelled from Japan and by Jesuit monks. At the time, it was the largest of all Christian churches in Asia. The ruins of what was then the largest cathedral are a monument to the history of the clash, fusion and penetration of such different and dissimilar cultures as the oriental and the western, during Portugal’s colonization of Asia.
Lin Fong Temple17
The Taoist temple of Lin Fong was built in Macao at the end of the 16th century, more precisely in 1592, near the frontier gate of Portas de Serco. The temple was built in honor of Kun Yiam, the goddess of mercy, whose statue adorns the main altar of the temple.
Fortalezza do Monte and the Macao Museum13
Fortalezza do Monte was the main outpost that protected the city from the attempted invasion of the Dutch in 1622. The fortress, which was built by the Jesuits, also protected St. Paul’s Cathedral, nearby, from pirate raids.
Temple of the Goddess A-Ma13
The temple of the goddess A-Ma is perhaps one of the oldest in Macao. The palace of the goddess was built more than six centuries ago, during the Ming Dynasty – at the end of the 14th century Macau was leased to Portugal. There is a legend according to which the girl A-Ma tried to get on a ship that was headed to Canton.
Macau Wine Museum is a unique museum among many others of its kind in the world. Its area is 1,400 square meters and it is the first wine museum in Asia. In this museum the modern techniques of winemaking are closely intertwined with the primitive ones.
The Grand Prix Museum is considered unique because the leading concept of the museum is closely related to such an iconic event in the world of motorsports as the Macau Grand Prix, which annually gathers a large number of adrenaline fans and race cars.
Parque Luis de Camões12
The old Luis de Camões Park, with its Suzhou garden-like grottoes, is perfectly preserved to this day and is a popular attraction in Macau. The park’s name, atypical of the Middle Kingdom, comes from the famous Portuguese poet who visited the city more than once.
Senado Square (Senate Square) is located in the heart of the city of Macau. Since the presence of the Portuguese colony in Macau, the square has been a major social life center for the people of the city as well as a venue for various events.
St. Lazarus Church12
In one of Macau’s squares, the oldest Church of St. Lazarus was built in 1570 for the purpose of holding religious services to heal lepers. In addition to its primary function, the church served as a place of pilgrimage and service for the city’s chief bishop.
The museum complex of houses on the Taipa8
Museum House Complex on Taipa – All of the buildings were built in 1921, and at the time were the homes of Macau’s most honorable and respected people. In the late 1980s, these houses were bought by the Macau Tourism Department, and in 1999 almost all of them were renovated.
The waterfront in the Chimsachey East district.
Clock Tower | Photo: Andrew Wong / Flickr.
A stroll along the Chimsatchie East waterfront promenade and its views of Hong Kong’s skyscrapers is an experience. Take a stroll to several of the city’s landmarks: the historic Clock Tower, Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the city’s Space Museum.
It’s also nice to relax in one of the many cafes and restaurants. Every day after sunset the Chimsachey East Promenade offers a fantastic view of the city – glowing skyscrapers stand out beautifully against the night sky, and at 8 p.m. begins an amazing light show Symphony of Lights.
Address: Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Hong Kong.
Macau Tower is the unofficial symbol of the city. The top of this skyscraper can be seen from anywhere on the peninsula. The construction of this incredible in its scale construction lasted only three years. For the design of the skyscraper was invited New Zealand architect Gordon Moller, famous for his high-rise buildings. Upon completion in 2001, the Macau Tower became an honorary member of the World Federation of Skyscrapers.
The height of the skyscraper is 338 meters. Inside, the tower is a huge shopping complex with stores, restaurants, exhibition halls and a movie theater. At the top of the tower there is an open observation deck, which is a favourite of those who like to tickle their nerves. Here you can walk with insurance at a height of 200 meters. In addition, the highest bungee jump in the world is located here. Jumping from the tower of Macau is considered the most extreme and expensive pleasure that will cost you about a thousand dollars.
But even without the extreme, you can climb to the top of the skyscraper to admire the view below. A high-speed elevator takes just 40 seconds to get you to the top. The observation deck has two levels, one of which consists of a glass floor and glass railings. The entire observation deck rotates on its axis, making a complete revolution in 60 minutes. From this height and panoramic view you can see the whole city of Macau, Guangzhou, the Zhujiang River, and even some of the islands of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Ferris Wheel
Hong Kong Ferris Wheel | Photo: IQRemix / Flickr.
Although difficult to rival the famous London Eye, the Hong Kong Ferris Wheel is popular with tourists for its spectacular views of Victoria Harbour and the Central City. The rides are 60 metres long and very comfortable.
They are equipped with high speed Wi-Fi connection, air-conditioned in summer and heated in winter. Passing a full circle takes about half an hour, during which time you will have the opportunity to take stunning panoramic pictures of the spread out below the city. The pictures are incredibly spectacular, both during the day and in the evening.
Address: Hong Kong Observation Wheel, Man Kwong Street, Central, Hong Kong.
Chilin Monastery and Nan Lian Garden
Nan Lian Garden.
This Buddhist monastery is a striking example of Tang dynasty architecture, while the beautiful Nan Lian Gardens opposite is a haven of peace and tranquility from the bustling streets of Hong Kong.
The sixteen halls of the temple complex feature magnificent carvings and numerous statues of deities, such as the golden Shakyamuni Buddha, the deity of mercy Guanyin and many other bodhisattvas. Equally beautiful are the temple’s landscaped gardens, which harmoniously complement the traditional architecture of the pagoda, bell tower and monastery library, founded in 1934.
Address: Pavilion of Absolute Perfection, Nan Lian Garden, Diamond Hill, Hong Kong.
Hong Kong sights
Oceanarium Madame Tussauds Museum Victoria Peak Victoria Avenue of Stars Ten Thousand Buddha Monastery Bank of China Tower Lantau Island Po Lin Monastery
This website contains a collection of Hong Kong sights – photos, descriptions, and travel tips. The list is based on popular travel guides and presented by type, name and rating. Here you’ll find answers to what to see in Hong Kong, where to go, and where the most popular and interesting places in Hong Kong are.
The largest oceanarium in Asia is located in Hong Kong – it occupies 870 thousand square meters in the south of the city and is located on the seashore. The oceanarium is considered one of the best entertainment parks of its kind in the world. The park has several main areas: the valley, the children’s world, the sea, the alleys, the amusement park and the bird garden. Here you can see a huge aquarium with sharks, visit a performance of dolphins and sea lions, and admire the famous “Atoll” – a huge aquarium with numerous species of coral and exotic fish.
This huge amusement park welcomes about 3 million people a year from different countries.
Coordinates : 22.23299700,114.17043700
Madame Tussauds Museum
China, as well as some other countries, has a branch of the famous Madame Tussauds wax museum in London and is located in Hong Kong. Of course, in some respects it differs from those you can visit in Europe, for example.
First of all, this museum is different in its location: it is high up on a mountain and can only be reached by a streetcar that runs at an incline, which is quite extreme. Secondly, this museum celebrates a truly unique mix of British culture and Asian characters, a very interesting mix. Of course, as with every branch of the museum located in a particular city, first of all, “local” celebrities are represented here, or rather international stars who were born in China.
By the way, it is here that the Madame Tussauds museum partly resembles the scarecrows from my childhood, with the scarecrow characters themselves and the rooms of horror forbidden to take pictures. It is also forbidden to take pictures of the Jackie Chan figure, as the paid photos with him taken by the museum staff are a solid line of income for the place. But everyone else can be photographed for free, for example, at the entrance to the Hong Kong Museum there is a statue of Bruce Lee which can be photographed by anyone.
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Victoria Peak is Hong Kong Island’s highest point and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. It’s arguably Hong Kong’s tourist Mecca. It is named after Britain’s Queen Victoria. The highest point is located at an altitude of 552 meters above sea level, it offers a magnificent view.
Today the mountain has numerous buildings, parks, cafes, viewing platforms, and in the colonial period it was home to the most privileged, usually of British descent. Going up and down the mountain was carried out in palanquins, and in 1881 the city authorities decided to build a funicular. Even now you can touch the past – funicular streetcar takes you to the top, where the observation deck is located.
At the top is a 7-story tower of Victoria Peak. Its first floor is home to Hong Kong’s Madame Tussauds Museum, which has over a hundred wax figures of international celebrities in its collection. On the second and third floors you can visit the museum of curiosities “Don’t you want to believe it!”, created in honor of the famous traveler, collector and journalist, who was looking for sensations for his columns all over the world. The museum exhibits more than 450 amazing objects from all over the globe.
Coordinates : 22.27426400,114.14432000
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Alley of Stars
Hong Kong’s Alley of Stars is one of the famous and frequently visited places by tourists. The alley was created in 2004. The alley is a walkway paved with convex stars bearing the handprints of prominent figures from the film industry.
There are 101 plaques, more than 30 stars signed by Hong Kong celebrities, as well as many statues and scenes from their work on the sets. Here you can touch the stars of Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Bruce Lee, Wong Karwai and other celebrities.
The pedestrian zone stretches along the coast for 440 meters from Salisbury Garden Park to Star Ferry Wharf. Star Alley has a great view of the legendary Symphony of Lights light show, which starts at 8:00 p.m. every day.
Coordinates : 22.29402000,114.17487400
The Monastery of the Ten Thousand Buddhas
The Monastery of the Ten Thousand Buddhas is a Buddhist monastery located in Hong Kong’s Sha Tin district. Today the monastery is not active and is maintained by laymen. The temple was founded in 1951, it took 10 years to create all the statues of Buddhas.
The monastery complex consists of five temples, two pavilions and a pagoda with the mummy of the founder – Yuet Kaya. At the foot of the monastery is a cemetery.
In the monastery collected about 13 thousand statues of Buddha of different sizes, colors and shapes. Each statue here is unique with its own inherent features. Here you can find a thin and fat Buddha, bald and with hair, Buddha with a dog, frogs, dragon, etc. To get to the monastery, you have to overcome 400 steps decorated with statues of Buddha.
On the territory of the monastery there are Buddha figures everywhere – in the pavilion, in the garden, in the towers and in the temple itself.
Coordinates : 22.38763800,114.18479000
Bank of China Tower
This 70-story skyscraper was built in 1989 and was considered the tallest in Asia until 1992. This skyscraper was the first outside the United States to break the 305-meter height bar. It is currently only the third tallest in Hong Kong, behind the International Financial Center and the Central Plaza high-rise.
The original design was criticized by feng shui followers. Since feng shui has a great influence in Chinese culture, the architects had to make changes to the plan of the building. The futuristic and unusual design became so popular with residents and tourists that the building was used in some computer games, such as SimCity 4. It has also been digitally manipulated and used in the TV series Star Trek: Voyager and in the movie Battleship.
The skyscraper has several observation decks. One of them, open for public entry, is on the 43rd floor. The other is on the 70th floor and is closed to the public.
Lantau Island is the largest island in Hong Kong and is twice the size of Hong Kong Island. It is located two kilometers away from Hong Kong, but very different from it. The main attraction of the island is the world’s largest sitting Buddha statue.
Until recently, the island of Lantau was no civilization, only after the construction of an international airport (in 1998) the island began to be actively built up. Now there are many temples on the island, so the unofficial name of the island is “Prayer Island”.
The island has many amenities for hikers: signposted trails, free campsites, and map booths. There are steep climbs on some sections, providing stunning scenery. The traditional fishing village of Tai O, where the Tanka people live, is a must-see here.
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Po Lin Monastery
Po Lin Monastery houses the largest bronze statue of a sitting Buddha in the world, the Tian Tau statue, which attracts many tourists and pilgrims. The statue is 26 meters tall. It is surrounded by six bronze bodhnsattvas.
The monastery itself was founded in 1905 as a shelter for monks. From that time until today the monastery has been a major religious center with several colorful temples. It is about 140 meters from the staircase leading to the Buddha.
In the main temple of the monastery are statues of Shakyamu-ni Buddha, Amitabha Buddha and the Healing Buddha. Near the main temple is a large refectory where you can try vegetarian meals. It’s worth saying that on weekends the monastery is crowded with tourists, so if you want to wander here in peace and quiet, visit it on weekdays.
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