Superlatives

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, which comprises little more than 1,000 square kilometres (400 square miles), is full of surprises ... and superlatives.

In April 2001, the Hong Kong Tourism Board launched its biggest tourism campaign ever - City of Life: Hong Kong is it!, sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. The campaign has received full support from government departments, the 18 District Councils and various business organizations, which as well as organizing major events, assist in promotion and publicity activities. In total, the value of resources committed to the project is more than HK$240 million.

Sharing the same objectives as the tourism campaign, these web pages share with you some of the extraordinary achievements of nearly seven million people who live and enjoy their lives in here. The Hong Kong Tourism Board encourages all of you to take pride in introducing Hong Kong's specific features and attractions to overseas visitors.

To ensure consistency in the overall framework of research for Hong Kong Superlatives 2002, and to encourage diversity and liveliness of information, the following principles have been applied in its compilation:

  • entries are of international or regional significance

  • entries relate to Hong Kong obtaining world recognition in a specific sphere

  • entries reflect the "Best of Hong Kong" in every community and across all social strata

The Hong Kong Tourism Board thanks the many individuals and organizations whose co-operation has made these web pages possible. Although the content of these pages is by no means exhaustive, the Hong Kong Tourism Board has endeavoured to include all relevant information as far and as accurately as possible as at end of March 2002.



ROMANTIC HOLIDAY

Whether you are planning your wedding, celebrating an anniversary or second honeymoon, or simply getting to know one another, Hong Kong has the magic to make memories for life. This stunning city of ceremony and diversity is perfect for an unforgettable romantic getaway. With its perfect marriage of East and West, Hong Kong's picturesque cityscape forms a glorious backdrop for those in love. The glamour of Asia's most international city offers lovers the chance to stay in an attractive hotel, enjoy romantic seafood dinners on the waterfront and indulge themselves shopping for exclusive designer goods.
Why not dance the night away in each other's arms, explore the chaotic colour of backstreets and temples, hike up hilltops or stroll on the beach at sunset? The territory is so compact and easy to get around.


MATURE PERSPECTIVE
With its intriguing blend of East and West, with its Chinese roots and British colonial heritage, and its ultra modern sophistication and ancient traditions, Hong Kong is one of the most diverse and exciting cities in the world. What's more, it's also one of the most convenient and comfortable destinations for mature visitors. In survey after survey, Hong Kong's hotels frequently top the list of the world's best accommodation. Whether you're treated to hand-made chocolates in your room or greeted by a doorman in impeccable white gloves and pillbox hat, the city's deluxe hotels offer a style and service second-to-none. English-speaking front-line staff provide useful information about how to spend your days here. And when you go out you'll discover a world full of wonders - old and new. Restaurants will tempt you with the dishes you love and many you've never tried. Well-preserved country parks invite you to stroll around green and serene hills. You can buy souvenirs and antiquities from street markets for family members back home. Or simply take in the sights with convenient organized tours.



WITH THE KIDS
Hong Kong is a wonderland packed with fun and adventure for children of all ages. From the world-famous thrills of the roller coaster and dolphin show at Ocean Park to the educational Hong Kong Science Museum - where inquisitive young ones can tug, push, twist, press and pummel more than half of the hands-on exhibits - there is an amazing range of attractions and activities in Hong Kong to keep them smiling. Whether it is just a few hours of Play Time or a whole Day Trip, Hong Kong has a range of activities and attractions to enthuse both the young and the young-at-heart. There is also a wide range of Food Fun with theme restaurants and delicious meals aplenty. Parents are advised to check out the Useful Tidbits section. This makes travelling with kids an effortless dream.



PLAY TIME
Hong Kong is packed with fun attractions to keep children amused, excited and occupied for hours on end. You can pack your itinerary with as many as you want, or just slot a few into the whole family's day to keep everybody happy and interested. As a parent, the choice is yours.

  • Ocean Park
    Ocean Park, one of the largest leisure parks in Southeast Asia, tops the agenda. Here the children can marvel at the two giant pandas, An An and Jia Jia. The park's simulated coral reef is set in one of the largest aquariums in the world. The performing sea lions and dolphins top the bill, along with the gravity-defying Dragon roller coaster. There are also numerous rides and attractions that will thrill the kids and keep them busy for hours.
    Location: Aberdeen, Hong Kong
    Enquiries: +852 2552 0291
    Opening Hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Closed on Monday.
    Website: http://www.oceanpark.com.hk
     

  • Teddy Bear Kingdom
    Welcome to the Teddy Bear Kingdom home to more bears than you could possibly ever imagine. The revered bear is featured in a great museum featuring over 400 animals. The kids will also enjoy Teddy's Cyber Universe, the Teddy Bear Picnic Place and the Dr Teddy Playhouse. And they won't want to miss the Teddy Bear Jazz Band!
    Location: Levels P1-P2, The Amazon shopping mall, 12 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
    Enquiries: +852 2130 2130
    Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm, daily
    How to Get There: Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Exit E, walk two blocks south towards the harbour and then take the underground subway near the Peninsula Hotel.
    Website: http://www.teddybearkingdom.com.hk
     

  • Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens
    The Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens is a real oasis. The gardens enjoy a reputation for breeding endangered species and there are usually a couple of baby orangutans or a few gibbons to admire. The exotic bird aviary is also fascinating. Here you will find a kookaburra living beak to beak with flamingoes, ibises and parakeets.
    Address: Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Albany Street, Central, Hong Kong.
    Opening Hours: Daily 6:00am-7:00pm.
    How to get there: From Hong Kong Island Star Ferry pier take bus number 3 or 12.
     
  • Snoopy's World
    Lovers of the cuddliest beagle will adore Snoopy's World. Split into six different "fun zones", this magical world contains a canoe ride, a baseball dugout, a big yellow American school bus as well as 60 popular Peanuts figures. The amazing giant Snoopy that sits reclining on top of his famous doghouse is the largest outdoor model Snoopy in the world. Regular live shows.
    Address: Snoopy's World, L3 podium, New Town Plaza, Shatin.
    Opening Hours: Daily 10:00am-10:00pm
    How to get there: Take the KCR to Shatin Station.
     

  • Hong Kong Space Museum
    The
    Hong Kong Space Museum is another "must see" for youngsters. Sit back in your seat, plug in your headset and watch the wonders of the universe unfurl before your eyes. The programme changes regularly, so even on your second or third visit to Hong Kong there will be something new to view. In addition, special exhibition halls provide the adventurous with the chance to fly a space shuttle or take a walk on the moon.
    Address: Hong Kong Space Museum, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Complex, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
    Tel: +852 27210226
    Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 1:00pm-9:00pm; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10:00am-9:00pm. Closed Tuesday.
    How to get there: Take the MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui station.
     

  • Hong Kong Science Museum
    Learning is so much fun at the
    Hong Kong Science Museum, where 500 interesting hands-on exhibits offer insights into a wide range of science-related themes. The exhibition covers various areas of science and technology, including robotics, transportation, virtual reality and more.
    Address: Hong Kong Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon.
    Tel: +852 27323232
    Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday 1:00pm-9:00pm; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10:00am-9:00pm. Closed Monday.
    How to get there: Take green maxicab number 1 from Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry, get off at Science Museum Road.
     

  • Stanley Market
    The perfect shopping getaway for teenagers lies on Hong Kong Island's south coast. At Stanley Market, teenagers can rummage through a bewildering variety of jeans, shorts, T-shirts and swimwear, all at exceptionally low prices. Let them loose with HK$300 and watch: they will come back with a whole new outfit . . . as well as some change.
    Address: Stanley Market, Stanley Market Road, Stanley, Hong Kong Island.
    Opening Hours: Daily.
    How to get there: Take bus number 6, 6A, 6X or 260 from Exchange Square bus terminal in Central. Or take bus number 973 from Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon.
     

  • Man Mo Temple
    Take a few hours out for a cultural excursion to some of Hong Kong's famous religious sites. Visiting a temple is just the thing for children who fancy a little mystery and drama. One of the best is Man Mo Temple on Hong Kong's Hollywood Road, where they can light joss sticks and have their fortunes told.
    Address: Hong Kong Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon.
    Tel: +852 27323232
    Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday 1:00pm-9:00pm; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10:00am-9:00pm. Closed Monday.
    How to get there: Take green maxicab number 1 from Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry, get off at Science Museum Road.

     

FOOD FUN
Kids have a special place in Hong Kong restaurants. Families regularly eat out together and virtually all restaurants cater for young diners. High chairs are provided for the smallest tots and hotel buffets have special children's rates. Of course, all of the regular fast-food faves are available, including McDonald's, Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken. What's more, you'll soon find that children enjoy the simpler Cantonese dishes like fried rice, noodles and chicken and sweetcorn soup. And they are sure to tuck into delicious desserts like red-bean soup, sweet sesame balls and lotus-paste buns, as well as healthy tropical fruits. For a special treat, take the kids to one of Hong Kong's famous theme restaurants. They are guaranteed to keep adults and kids entertained.



DAY TRIP
If the kids are becoming restless, why not set an entire day aside just for them? Many of Hong Kong's finest attractions are Asia's most thrilling and spacious theme parks and countryside escapes perfectly suited to all age groups. You may also be surprised to learn that Hong Kong boasts dozens of sandy beaches and tranquil coves ideal for swimming and sunbathing.

  • Ocean Park
    Ocean Park, one of the largest leisure parks in Southeast Asia, tops the agenda. Here they will marvel at lakes, waterfalls and gardens, as well as a panda exhibit, a bird theatre and an Adventure World of rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks and other small animals that smaller children find adorable. The park's simulated coral reef is set in one of the largest aquariums in the world. But it is the performing sea lions and dolphins that top the bill, along with the gravity-defying Dragon roller coaster. Not forgetting, of course, the park's two giant pandas, An An and Jia Jia and the latest attraction, Pacific Pier.
    Address: Ocean Park, Aberdeen, Hong Kong.
    Tel: +852 25520291
    Opening Hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Closed on Monday.
    Website: http://www.oceanpark.com.hk
     

  • Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Boating Park
    Hong Kong country parks have picnic areas, playgrounds and barbecue pits. On weekdays, when the parks are almost deserted, it is impossible to imagine that a major world business centre is just a few kilometres away. Not far from the Victoria Peak, adjacent Tai Tam Country Park, is Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Boating Park. Rowing boats, pedal boats and ducks share the lake amid landscaped surroundings.
    Address: Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Boating Park, Tai Tam Country Park, Hong Kong Island.
    How to get there: Take bus number 314 from Stanley.
     

  • Hong Kong Beaches
    The bays on the south of Hong Kong Island are lined with the best-known beaches, namely Deep Water Bay, Repulse Bay, Chung Hom Kok and Stanley. Another favoured destination for lovers of sun, sea and sand is Shek O, a village on the east coast. For a modest price, the whole family can hire bicycles to explore the surrounding area or play a round of "crazy" golf. Stalls close to the beach sell kites, ice-cream, frisbees and inexpensive bathing gear should you forget to pack it.
    How to get there: Take bus number 6, 6A, 6X or 260 from Exchange Square bus terminal in Central to Deep Water Bay, Repulse Bay, Chung Hom Kok and Stanley. For Shek O, take the MTR to Shau Kei Wan Station and there take bus number 9.



USEFUL TIDBITS
Travelling with children need not be a chore. Hong Kong is ideally positioned with everything to ensure both you and the children enjoy the holiday of a lifetime. Many of Hong Kong's hotels can arrange for qualified nannies and childminders so that you can enjoy a night on the town safe in the knowledge that the little ones are secure and happy. Parents can rest easy because Hong Kong's medical facilities are among the best in the world. Ask your hotel's concierge.

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