A Tale of Tradition

A Tale of Tradition

Hidden between the high-rises of the busy city, various temples and European-style buildings from the colonial era have been witnessing the co-existence of Chinese and Western culture for more than a hundred years.

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Morning
  • Wong Tai Sin Temple
    Wong Tai Sin Temple
    The Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple’s claim to ‘make every wish come true upon request’ might have something to do with its popularity. Its natural setting and beautifully ornamented buildings make it as much a scenic attraction as an important religious centre.
    Address:
    2 Chuk Yuen Village, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon
    Tel:
    +852 2327 8141
    How to Get There:
    MTR Wong Tai Sin Station, Exit B2, walk for about three minutes.
  • Wong Tai Sin Fortune-telling and Oblation Arcade
    Wong Tai Sin Fortune-telling and Oblation Arcade
    In 1967, the Tung Wah charitable organisation set up the first fortune-telling stall opposite Wong Tai Sin Temple. This then developed into the Wong Tai Sin Fortune-telling and Oblation Arcade, an assortment of more than 160 fortune-telling stalls and 40-odd shops selling worship paraphernalia. Visitors are welcome here to worship deities, purchase incense sticks or find any number of traditional gifts to take home.
    Address:
    Lung Cheung Road, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon
    Tel:
    +852 2320 2883
    How to Get There:
    MTR Wong Tai Sin Station, Exit B2 and follow the footpath for a few minutes to the temple.
Afternoon
  • 1881 Heritage
    1881 Heritage
    A visit to 1881 Heritage will transport you to Victorian-era Hong Kong. This was the headquarters of the Hong Kong Marine Police. Several buildings and artefacts of historical interest have been preserved and restored, and the site now features a shopping mall, a heritage hotel, and an exhibition hall. You can shop for international fashion brands and enjoy fine dining on the grounds where pirates were incarcerated and a daily signal was watched by ships in the harbour as they prepared for long and treacherous trans-global journeys.
    Address:
    2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
    Tel:
    +852 2926 8000
    How to Get There:
    MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit E, walk towards Salisbury Road, turn right, take subway (pedestrian tunnel) next to YMCA to 1881 Heritage.
  • Clock Tower
    Clock Tower
    Standing 44 metres tall, the old Clock Tower was erected in 1915 as part of the Kowloon–Canton Railway terminus. The once-bustling station is long gone, but this red brick and granite tower, now preserved as a Declared Monument, survives as an elegant reminder of the Age of Steam. It has also been a memorable landmark for the millions of Chinese immigrants who passed through the terminus to begin new lives not just in Hong Kong, but in other parts of the world via the city’s harbour.
    Address:
    Star Ferry Pier, Kowloon Point, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
    Website:
    How to Get There:
    • MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit E. Walk towards Salisbury Road, then turn right and take the subway (pedestrian tunnel) located next to the YMCA to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Turn right again and walk straight ahead towards the waterfront; or,
    • Star Ferry from Central or Wan Chai and follow the signs. The Clock Tower is located next to the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier.
  • Star Ferry
    Star Ferry
    The charming Star Ferry boats have been faithfully carrying passengers from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and back since 1888. Many visitors take the ride for an up-close look at one of the world’s most photographed harbours. National Geographic rates the Star Ferry crossing as one of 50 ‘places of a lifetime’.
    Address:
    Star Ferry pier, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
    Tel:
    +852 2367 7065
    How to Get There:
    • TST Star Ferry pier: MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit L6. Walk to the Clock Tower along Salisbury Road; or,
    • Central Star Ferry pier: MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit A2 or MTR Central Station, Exit A. Walk to the pier along Man Yiu Street; or,
    • Wan Chai Star Ferry pier: MTR Wan Chai Station, Exit A1. Take the skybridge to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and descend to Convention Avenue at Harbour Road.
  • Statue Square
    Statue Square
    Statue Square in the middle of downtown Hong Kong is a fine symbol of the city’s architectural complexity. Built in the late 19th century, it was dubbed Statue Square due to the number of effigies here. The only statue still standing after World War II is that of Sir Thomas Jackson, a former HSBC chief. Bordering the square sits the Legislative Council Building — preserved as a historical monument, the two-storey neo-classical building is supported by ionic columns. Its most outstanding feature is the central pediment that contains the statue of the Greek Goddess of Justice, Themis, who is blindfolded and holds a scale.
    Address:
    Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong Island
    How to Get There:
    MTR Central Station, Exit K.
Evening
  • The Peak
    The Peak
    If there is only one thing you can do in Hong Kong, go to The Peak. The highest point on Hong Kong Island, this has been the city’s most exclusive neighbourhood since colonial times — back then it was the cooler air that attracted the rich and famous; in the post air-conditioning era, the views of one of the world’s most spectacular cityscapes keep them coming.
    Address:
    Mid-Levels, Hong Kong
    Tel:
    +852 2849 0668 (The Peak Tower)
    +852 2522 0922 (The Peak Tram)
    +852 2849 4113 (The Peak Galleria)
    How to Get There:
    • Take bus 15C from Central Pier 8 or walk from MTR Central Station Exit J2 to take the Peak Tram from the Peak Tram Lower Terminus on Garden Road; or,
    • bus 15 from Exchange Square bus terminus (near MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit D); or,
    • minibus 1 from the public transport interchange at MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit E.

Celebrities' Hong Kong moments

Kennedy Alfonso
Hong Kong is a city that is truly worth exploring! Experience both traditional Chinese and colonial European culture among the forest of skyscrapers. And not forgetting the stunning views from The Peak to the harbour!
Kennedy Alfonso, Host of GMA News Touchdown

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