What to see in Hong Kong during furniture shopping? Visitor guide
One of the most amazing and eclectic cities in the world is Hong Kong, which is just an hour by train from Guangzhou. Hong Kong is not only skyscrapers, but also the legends around them, the love for the city from locals, delicious dim sum, the smell of the sea and fresh seafood, old Chinese districts, Buddhist and Taoist temples mixed with Catholic churches, English-language service everywhere and, of course, hilly landscape, which was preserved despite the very dense city development.
How to get to Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China. When going from Hong Kong to mainland China and other way around, there are two borders to cross: Hong Kong and Chinese.
Hong Kong is visa-free for many countries, to check the number of days for your country click here.
How far: 1 hour by direct train from Guangzhou South to Kowloon West.
Price: 187-215 RMB from Guangzhou South. The price depends on the departure time.
Click here to book tickets.
Tsim Sha Tsui (尖沙咀) in Hong Kong
Tsim Sha Tsui is a Hong Kong street that goes through the most popular and important places of southern Kowloon such as the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong History Museum, Hong Kong Science Museum and, of course, Star Avenue.
In addition to cultural significance, the avenue is a real gem for shopaholics - a lot of shops, shopping centers, restaurants are located in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Hong Kong Museum of Art owns more than 16 thousand exhibits, but is currently closed for restoration, which has been going on for several years. The planned opening is in November 2019.
Address: 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Hong Kong History Museum
Its permanent exhibition occupies 7000 m2 and 8 halls, which are located on 2 floors. You will find stunning installations, documentary short film rooms (there is an electronic schedule next to each room showing sessions time for Cantonese, Chinese and English) and 400 million years history of Hong Kong.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday, Sunday, holidays 10:00 - 19:00
Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year Eve 10:00 - 17:00
Address: 100 Chatham Rd S, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Science Museum
More than 500 exhibits covering a wide range of sciences such as light, sound, motion, electricity and magnetism, mathematics, biodiversity, environmental protection, transport, telecommunications, etc. About 70% of the museum's expositions are interactive.
Price: HKD 20
Free entrance on Wednesdays for kids under 4 years old accompanied by adults (with tickets.
Working hours: Monday-Wednesday, Friday 10:00 - 19:00
Saturday, Sunday, holidays 10:00 - 21:00
Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year Eve 10:00 - 17:00
The ticket office closes an hour before the museum.
Address: 2 Science Museum Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong
Avenue of Stars and The Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong
A 450-meter long promenade is home for sculptures of famous Chinese and Hongkongese actors and shows business figures. Previously, the stars were laid out on the cobblestones directly on the walking zone, now they are all moved to the railing or stand separately on pedestals.
The laser light show – The Symphony of Lights takes place every evening, at 8 pm. This light show is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest permanent light show in the world (there are 45 skyscrapers involved in the show). The Symphony of Lights is 15 minutes long.
Getting there: metro station Tsim Sha Tsui or East Tsim Sha Tsui, exit J2.
Address: Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui, 星光大道
Victoria Peak in Hong Kong
Victoria Peak is the highest point of Hong Kong Island. From the top of the Peak, Sky Terrace 428, you can enjoy iconic view of Hong Kong: skyscrapers, Victoria Bay, Kowloon Peninsula - the view worth seeing in daylight and night. We recommend coming to the observation deck of Victoria Peak at about 5 pm to witness both day and night city scenery.
How to get there: by the tram, the lower station of which is located near the Central metro station, exit J2; by bus #15 from the bus terminal near Central Ferry or on foot.
Price: you can visit Victoria Peak for free, but the entrance to the observation deck costs 45 HKD for adults, 26 HKD for children. You can buy a special offer ticket: tram ride + observation deck.
There are also many restaurants and cafes with breathtaking view on the top of Victoria Peak, an exhibition gallery and Madame Tussauds wax museum is also here.
Locals have great respect for this place and therefore there is a law – no buildings should exceed the height of Victoria Peak (because of this law International Commercial Center is much lower than planned initially).
Peak Tram Lower Terminus
33 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong
The Peak Tower Terminus
128 Peak Road, The Peak
Sky 100 Hong Kong Observation Deck
Over $4 billion spent on Union Square construction. It almost entirely consists of glass and metal, a very noticeable desire to create perfect symmetry, which, of course, is a tribute to traditional Chinese architecture.
The Union Square complex includes the Union Square, six Waterfront skyscrapers (the very first buildings on Union Square), Elements shopping center, Sorrento — a residential complex of 5 skyscrapers, Harborside and The Arch skyscrapers, Cullinan Towers (the most elite real estate in Hong Kong) and the International Commercial Center.
The observation deck itself is located in the International Commercial Center. By the way, the elevator reaches the 100th floor in just 60 seconds.
Price: when booking online 142 HKD, from ticket office — 168 HKD. Free entrance for kids under 3 years old. «Sun & Stars» ticket — from 198 HKD.
Address: International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Rd W, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
Big Buddha in Hong Kong
Big Buddha located on Lantau Island, not far from Hong Kong Airport (it is convenient to visit if you have a day-long connection in Hong Kong or if you have an early arrival and still have a lot of time before checking into a hotel). The Big Buddha in Hong Kong is the largest sitting Buddha in Asia. A long staircase of 268 steps leads to the Buddha. Next to the Buddha, you’ll find a tourist village and the Po Lin monastery.
Numerous ancient fortresses scattered around the island, they were the last refuge of the Song Dynasty. The most famous sights of the island are the Po Lin monastery and the Path of Wisdom, consisting of 38 huge wooden pillars which have ancient mantras written on them. Try trekking around the island: there are read-made routes and even places for a stay-over in tents.
Price: Big Buddha itself is free of charge, museum inside — 78 HKD (price includes lunch in vegetarian restaurant of the monastery).
There are Ngong Ping 360 cable car and a regular cabin cable car going to the Big Buddha. Prices start from 130 HKD.
The lowest cableway station is close to Tung Chung subway station, Exit B, you can also get to it by S1 bus from the airport. If you do not want to go by cable car, you can use bus #23. To buy cable car tickets online click here.
Address: Ngong Ping Rd, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (万佛寺) in Hong Kong
The Monastery of Ten Thousand Buddhas was founded relatively recently, in 1949. It’s on a mountain, there are about 450 steps leading up. There are 12 800 statues of Buddhas on the territory - a spectacle very unusual and mesmerizing. The monastery does not work anymore.
Getting there: get to Sha Tin metro station and walk 10-15 minutes to the monastery entrance.
Address: Pai Tau, Hong Kong
Ocean Park (香港海洋公园) in Hong Kong
Ocean Park is a huge amusement park in Hong Kong. In addition to a large area with attractions, there is an aquarium, dolphinarium and zoo with pandas.
How to get there: take bus 629 from Admiralty metro, exit B.
Price: 498 HK$ adults, 249 HK$ kids.
Purchase tickets online here.
Working hours: 10:00 - 18:00
Address: Ocean Park, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Disneyland (香港迪士尼乐园)
If you come to Hong Kong with children, visit Disneyland and plunge into the magical holiday atmosphere!
Cool attractions for adults:
Big Grizzly Mountain Runway (Grizzly Gulch)
Mystic Manor (Mystic Point)
Toy Soldier Parachute Drop (Toy Story Land)
RC Racer (Toy Story Land)
Iron Man Experience (Tomorrow Land)
Hyperspace Mountain (Tomorrow Land)
Cool attractions for kids:
All attraction in Fantasy Land, especially Cinderella Carousel.
It’s a Small World tells about all the peoples of the world.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – the cutest of all.
The prices inside the park are quite high; take some snacks and water with you.
We recommend watching the parade closer to the exit, at the very beginning of Main Street, because it’s somewhat problematic catch a subway after.
Come to the opening and go to the most popular attractions (yes, right away). If you do not want to wait, buy a FastPass for 220 HKD.
How to get there: on a special metro line “Disneyland Resort Line”.
Temple Street Night Market (庙街) in Hong Kong
After sunset merchants begin to put out goods, shops come to life, fortune tellers at the far end of the market begin to work, and bright street performances start.
Even if you do not plan to buy anything, a walk through the night market is an unforgettable experience itself. The atmosphere here is so unique that the market has repeatedly appeared in many famous films. By the way, the night market is a great place to practice haggling and bargaining.
The Temple Street Night Market is not just a classic market, so if you’re expecting to see only several rows of clothes and food, you’ll be surprised.
Address: Temple St, Jordan, Hong Kong
Jumbo restaurant (珍宝王国) in Hong Kong
The Floating Restaurant Jumbo was built back in 1976. It has become one of Hong Kong's vibrant attractions. The restaurant, which is a unique architectural creation in the form of two Chinese-style ships, located in Aberdeen, and if you do not know it’s a restaurant, you can easily take it for a ship.
Jumbo includes two restaurants: Jumbo and Tai Pak. Everything here is truly luxurious - expensive furniture, rich old-style interior, and impeccable service.
The restaurant menu offers dim-sum, Chinese barbecue and a lot of seafood.
To check the menu click here. Prices in the menu are per serving for 1 to 12 people (please check it carefully).
You can get to the floating restaurant by ferry, departing from Aberdeen or Shum Wan piers.
Address: Shum Wan Pier Dr, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Wong Tai Sin (黃大仙) in Hong Kong
Go out on Wong Tai Sin subway station and follow the signs, which lead to the place especially the popular among Confucians and Buddhists – Wong Tai Sin Temple.
The shrine was founded in honour of the Taoist deity of healing, who was the reincarnation of a real person - the hermit Wong Tai Sin (real name - Huang Chu Ping).
Wong Tai Sin Temple built in the best Chinese traditions and richly decorated with fine carvings, yellow bars and red columns. The altars located here dedicated to Taoist, Buddhist and Confucian deities. You can buy souvenirs, herbs, incense at nearby shops.
Address: 2, Chuk Yuen Village, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon, H.K.
Fishermen village Tai O (大澳) in Hong Kong
Tai O village is often called "Hong Kong Venice", but it is just a traditional fishing village located in the western part of Lantau island. Most of the structures here stand on stilts in the water, and the main transport – boats. The source of income for locals – fishing and selling dried seafood to tourists.
There are several historical museums and a temple, and while walking along the village streets, you can buy and taste local delicacies: fried rice doughnuts or soy kefir, spinach fried with shrimp paste or salted fish with ginger, and much more.
Address: Tai O, Lantau Island, Outlying Islands
A furniture tour to China is not only a great opportunity to buy everything you need for a home, but also a good time to visit some of the great cities around Foshan, such as Hong Kong.