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Russell Street is one of the major shopping destination of Hong Kong and is named one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world. Lined with a wide array of boutiques and shops, it offers you an eclectic shopping experience. From local to international brands, you will find it all here. Just stroll around, window shop or take in the feel of the area, this place will always be bustling with activity. Take a breather from the shopping and dine in one of the restaurants. Definitely worth a visit, when in Hong Kong.
Anyone who knows about the Noonday Gun will remember Noel Coward's 1924 song, "Mad Dogs and Englishmen," which tells the world: "In Hong Kong they strike a gong, and fire off a noonday gun, to reprimand each inmate, who's in late." This historic relic, built in 1901, is still fired everyday and is the best-known landmark in Causeway Bay. It is situated in a small garden on Gloucester Road right across from the Excelsior Hotel.
If you want to walk the walk, then Fashion Walk is the place for you. With some of the best brands under its stylish roof, the clothing store has something for every fashionista. In town for a business meeting and you get invited to dinner? Fret not, Fashion Walk to the rescue. The staff knows their stuff and will find something suitable for you. Drop by for some unprecedented retail joy.
Wan Chai is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. On the Wan Chai Heritage Trail, you'll be able to see historical landmarks and other significant sites that tell the neighborhood's story. Spanning 3 kilometers (1.8 miles), this 2-hour walk features temples, historic buildings, and other sites (totaling to 15). Some of them feature touch-screen computers to help visitors learn.
Horseracing has been the most popular spectator sport in Hong Kong since 1846, and it is one of the few legal gambling activities within the territory. The race season runs from September to June, and races at Happy Valley are usually held on Wednesday evenings, with extra races sometimes held on Sundays and public holidays. For a comfortable way to see the races, there is a horse race tour organized by the Hong Kong Tourist Association. Racing is also held at Shatin Race Track. The racing season usually runs through most of the year, during which matches are held on Wednesdays beginning at 7p. Check website for more details.
Built in the early 1990s, Central Plaza was one of the tallest skyscrapers in Asia at the time of its construction. Located in Wan Chai, it is renowned for its splendid architecture and unrivaled viewing experience. Take the lift to the Sky Lobby on the 46th floor and admire stunning vistas of the island beyond their floor-to-ceiling windows. The building is well-positioned to offer 360 degree views of Causeway Bay, Victoria Harbor and the likes.
Back in the early days of Hong Kong's life as a colony, Queens Road followed the shoreline and this lovely old temple was situated on the harbor front. Land reclamation has changed the shoreline a great deal since then and the temple is no longer visible from the waterfront. Never the less, the temple is still worth a look as a vibrant reminder of Hong Kong's Chinese heritage. Incense fills the interior, which features the usual glowing red and gold draperies. Intricate Shek Wan pottery figurines on the ridge of the roof add to the traditional decorations.
Hong Kong's tallest building stands 374 metres tall and houses 78 floors. At the time of completion in 1992 it was the tallest building in Asia. Although it no longer holds that accolade, it is still the tallest reinforced concrete structure in the world. The building's design includes an unusual triangular floor plan, which allows almost 70 percent of the offices to enjoy a harbor outlook. An added bonus is the public viewing gallery on 46th floor, which has great all-round views. Lastly, check out the Central Plaza website for details of the neon clock at the top of the tower. Admission: Free.