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Tourist Destinations of Hong Kong

Hong Kong is home to over 7 million people. It is a major trading and banking center and has the most liberal economy on the planet. Hong Kong is also a great tourist destination for there are many things to do and see.

If you need a workout, consider climbing the 431 steps of the Temple of 10,000 Buddhas which houses 12,800 statues of the Buddha and a mummy of a holy man covered in gold leaf.

Or you could try 268 steps to Big Buddha on Lantau Island which is home to the world's largest seated Buddha. Experience a nice lunch at the Polin Monastery before making your way back down the 110 foot height.

Many spectacular museums are located on Kowloon Peninsula which is just across from Hong Kong Island. You can simply stroll along the neighborhood and soak up the old world ambiance of Hong Kong which is pretty much the same it has been for 200 years. The Hong Kong Heritage Museum is a grand art museum which houses Chinese art in its various forms from comics to opera, paintings, and sculpture. The Lei Cheng UK Branch Museum has a Han Dynasty tomb which is 2000 years old, but still young compared to some of the 4000 year old history elsewhere in China. You will also find the Hong Kong Science Museum and the Space Museum and planetarium.

Next you can take the famous Star Ferry boat ride over to Hong Kong Island and see the ancient Chinese art at the Hong Kong Museum of Art. It holds over 2000 antique pieces.

When you are ready to relax, head to Hong Kong Park in the Central district where you can stroll through the aviary or sit by the pond and enjoy a meal from an open air restaurant. Enjoy a leisurely walk to the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens then take a taxi to the tram which goes up to Victoria Peak. This tram will take you by the homes of the elite in Hong Kong which are nestled into the steep mountain. You can enjoy the view they see from the balcony of their $10 million homes which encompasses Hong Kong and the harbor below.

If seen by day or night, the panoramic view of ancient hills, reflective harbor, and city skyscrapers is not duplicated anywhere else on earth, and is surely a sight to remember of one of the world's greatest cities


About the Author:

Abby Johnson is a staff writer at Visit World Cities and is an occasional contributor to several other websites, including Lifestyle Gazette.

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