August 23rd, 2010
This March I've been to Hong Kong, located on the south coast of China forming one of it's two, together with Macao, independent regions.
Hong Kong itself consists in three different regions being the New Territories in the North, West and East of the peninsula, Hong Kong Island in the South and Kowloon in the center.
All of these regions are made up of different districts and the New Territories can be divided into 9 districts, Hong Kong Island into 4 districts and Kowloon into 5.
Within the Hong Kong Island region we visited several areas starting with Causeway Bay, a heavily built up area filled with tall, impressive skyscrapers located on the northern shore of Hong Kong Island.
Hong Kong Island would be one of the more urban parts of Hong Kong where the commercial and economic hub of the state is to be found.
Most people head to Causeway Bay for the excellent but expensive shopping with a lot of Japanese fashion and gadgets on sale.
On Hong Kong Island we took some pictures on Robinson Road, an important road which connects a lot of districts in this part of Hong Kong. Some buildings on Robison Road are home to famous people and some are even protected monuments.
From Hong Kong Island people can get to the Kowloon area by ferry as the Star Ferry operates from Victoria Harbor covering four different routes. Some of the ferries are beautifully painted in shades of red and often decorated with colourful flags.
Kowloon is located north of Hong Kong Island and together these two areas form the urban core of Hong Kong. Beside the central business district of Kowloon we also visited the Mong Kok area.
Mong Kok is located within the Yau Tsim Mong District in the heart of urban Kowloon and it's known as an area where old elements and new innovative projects meet.
Walking through Mong Kok you'll will see traditional market stands next to modern skyscrapers and high-tech billboards. We loved this part of Hong Kong for its many markets like the Ladies' Market and the one on Flower Market Road.
To get to the Mong kKok district we took the metro to Jordan Station, a very traditional working class area which isn't that popular with the mainstream tourists but shows a bit of authentic Hong Kong that shouldn't be missed.
Jordan is known for its Temple Street where we headed for the busy night market where they will sell almost everything from clothes and antiques to food and other gadgets and souvenirs.
Back in downtown Hong Kong we went to see the Bank of China Tower which offers an amazing panoramic view over Hong Kong City. From there on we did some sightseeing covering the up hill parallel streets of D'Aguilar Street like Wo On Lane and other interesting streets.
We also visited the Shatin Pai Tau Village in the norther districts of the New Territories Region of Hong Kong. The New Territories is the third most important district of Hong Kong after Hong Kong Island and Kowloon and is also the largest region covering most parts of Hong Kong.
The Shatin area where we visited the Pai Tau Village is located around the Shing Mun River and known for tourist attractions like the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery and local markets.
The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in the Pai Tau Village was very beautiful with its tall red and golden pagoda and beautifully decorated Buddha statues. Travelling back south we visited the Chi Lin Nunnery in Kowloon and also paid a visit to Nan Lian Garden and the Lei Yue Mun Passage on our way to Hong Kong.
The Lei Yue Mun Channel is known for its fishing villages, restaurants and markets on Kowloon side while on the side of Hong Kong it's used as a military base. Still in Kowloon we had a really good meal at a fish restaurant within the Lei Yue Mun area and saw some of the biggest lobsters ever.
In Hong Kong we made a trip to the western side of the island for our Victoria Peak tram ride which was a lot of fun and from the top of the mountain we had some spectacular views of the city.
Besides Hong Kong Island we also travelled to Lantau Island, New Territories, which is the largest island of the state of Hong Kong and home to the Po Lin Monastery where the statue of the Tian Tan Buddha can be found.
Another popular drawcard of Lantau Island is the Ngong Ping 360, a Cable Car Project that connects Tung Chung, on the north coast of Lantau with the Ngong Ping area in the hills. To get to the Po Lin Monastery you can travel by Ngong Ping 360 so you can easily combine the two things.
We had an amazing holiday in Hong Kong and got to see a lot of the country travelling from one region to another.
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