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Cultural vultures
   

There really is more to Hong Kong than just shopping, not that you would think it to look at the city.  There are numerous museums worth checking out, from the mainstream museums of history, art and space, to the smaller museums of tea, horse racing, coastal defence and even the police!

 

Star Ferry Art & champagne

Head over to the HK Museum of Art on Salisbury Road via the Star Ferry, check out the latest temporary exhibitions as well as the permanent Chinese Galleries.  Then reward yourself at the Hotel Intercontinental bar with a glass of champagne, some critical appraisal and a spectacular view of the harbour and Hong Kong Island.

 

Buddhas and walled villages

Take the KCR train to Sha Tin to visit the Ten Thousand Buddha’s Temple, known locally as Man Fat Sze Temple.  Climb the hill to reach the temple passing numerous life size golden statues.  Then marvel at the shrine on the top that houses over 10,000 miniature Buddhas.  After that, head to Tsang Tai Uk (also known as Shan Ha Wai), one of the best preserved walled Hakka villages in Hong Kong.  It’s located close to the south of the Pok Hong Estate, not far from the Lion Rock Tunnel Road.  Visitors are permitted in the first courtyard and ancestral hall; the remaining courtyards and buildings remain private.

 

Look at the pretty creatures

There’s more to Hong Kong wildlife than the little animals you may see scuttling around some of the darker street corners.   Simply watching the large birds of prey wheeling around the skyscrapers of Central either from your office window or from the top of The Peak is a most rewarding sight.  The Hong Kong Bird Watching Society will help you sort your Black Throated Laughing Thrush from your Red Whiskered Bulbul.

 

Botanical & Zoological Gardens 

The gardens, encased by Garden, Robinson, Glenealy and Upper Albert Road, are home to hundreds of species of birds, including many rare varieties.  The small zoo houses numerous animals including orangutans, sloths and alligators.

 

Mai Po Marshes

A nature reserve near the Chinese border, much of the area is a salt marsh filled with mangroves.  Binoculars can be rented if you don’t have your own pair, so keep your eyes open for otters, leopard cats, and mainly birds.  Visitor numbers are limited so it’s best to reserve a place in advance as you need to apply for a visitor’s permit to gain entry.

 

Ocean Park 

Ocean Park is not all cable cars, water rides and roller coasters.  There’s something way more appealing.  They’re big, they’re furry, they’re black and white and they only eat bamboo. Yes, Hong Kong’s very own Giant Pandas.

 

Disneyland

Who needs to travel when you have Adventureland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland AND Main Street USA on your doorstep.  Curb your carbon footprint and lose yourself in Walt's fiefdom.

 

Finding out what’s on

Cityline 
T: 2317 6666 (films)
T: 2111 5333 (events)

Hotline / online booking for cinema, theatre, performances & events in Hong Kong.

HK Ticketing 

T: 3128 8288

Hotline / online booking for theatre, performances & events in Hong Kong. It’s worth signing up to their regular email.

 

Sources for things to do

BC Magazine 

Free fortnightly magazine with good listings section.

DS Magazine 

Free monthly gay lifestyle magazine available at most cafes, restaurants & bars.

Hip Hong Kong

Keep an eye on the hipper side of life. 

HK Magazine  

Weekly publication available at most cafes, restaurants & bars. Subscribe to be updated on Friday for things to do over the weekend.

Time Out Hong Kong  

The venerable publication arrived a couple of years ago and does a good job of summarising the city fortnightly.  Register for their emails, but buy the magazine for more comprehensive coverage.

 

 

Cultural Hong Kong

Hong Kong International Film Festival  

Annual event (March/April) – check the website for dates & upcoming films.

Hong Kong Arts Festival  

Annual event (February/March) – check the website for dates & upcoming events.

I Shot Hong Kong

A short film festival showcase of cinematic talent, attracting entries from 40 countries. 

Macau Arts Festival  

This annual arts festival is well worth the trip to Macau bringing in acts from all over the world. Held around May.

Hong Kong Museum of Art 
10 Salisbury Road
Tsim Sha Tsui
T: 2721 0116

Open 10am to 6pm daily, closed Thursday (except public holidays).

Fringe Club
2 Lower Albert Road
Central
T: 2521 7251

Join and get involved in local art and theatre.

Hong Kong Sinfonietta  

Quality orchestral music performed by local musicians.

 

 
 
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