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This is an easy one-hour walk along the pedestrian road that snakes its way around the famous Victoria Peak. You'll get spectacular views of Victoria Harbour and the outlying islands, while passing by a number of beautiful villas built in the early days of Hong Kong. You can take the historic Peak Tram from Central to the starting point of the 2.8-kilometer walk. When you reach the Peak, start either from Lugard Road or Harlech Road.
The Western District ironically is not "Western" at all. It is the traditional "Chinatown" area of the city. It is filled with many specialty shops that are not seen in other main shopping areas: Chinese furniture, antiques of all kinds (including the odd fake), art supplies for Chinese painting and calligraphy, choice seafood and Chinese delicacies, paper offerings to be burnt at funerals, all kinds of preserved food, and much more. Possession Street, near the intersection of Bonham Strand and Queen's Road West, is where the British fleet first planted its flag in 1841, marking the beginning of modern Hong Kong.
What to do when all the level ground is built on? Either reclaim land, something that Hong Kong excels at, or simply start creating marvels of civil engineering, something else Hong Kong is pretty good at. The latter efforts have seen the creation of the Mid-Levels, which are sandwiched between Central and Victoria Peak. And what prevents these 40-, 50-, and even 60- floor tower blocks from simply sliding down the hillside? The answer: enormously long piling pins that, no doubt, took months of effort to drive into place, pinning buildings down for good.
This is Hong Kong's SoHo (South of Hollywood Road), a small area that has emerged as a great place for fine wining and dining in the last few years. The numerous upmarket eateries in the area, especially along Shelley, Staunton and Elgin Streets, offer myriad different international cuisines including French, Nepalese, Italian, Mexican, Portuguese and Indian, to name but a few. There is bound to be something for everyone! Besides food, this is an ultimate entertainment destination and has been a home to the TakeOut Comedy Club which is a first of its kind in the continent. This neighborhood has an amalgamation of old and contemporary architecture and lets you explore the city's history and art variety.
Poho is a quiet neighborhood around Po Hing Fong in Sheung Wan District. In close vicinity to the always bustling Soho and Hollywood Street, Poho is a refreshing change. Filled with many open spaces, eclectic cafes, galleries, restaurants and trendy boutiques, the creative spirit of the area is highlighted. It is home to many cultural activities including the annual Poho Bazaar.
True to its name, Ladder Street is a street of staircases. The staircases are built of granite, which is why they have survived more than a 150 years of damage. With a total length of 250 meters, Ladder Street winds through Queen's Road, Hollywood Road and Man Mo Temple in Sheung Wan, a historic neighborhood. This street appears a lot in local movies and televisions, but somehow not many people know about this hidden gem. Ladder Street is a marvelous piece of architecture in Hong Kong.
Incense coils hang from the ceiling of the Man Mo Temple, which was built in the mid-19th Century. It is dedicated to the God of Literature (Man) and the God of War (Mo), and was historically a place where students taking rigorous civil examinations would worship and hope for success. If you're looking for a glimpse into local traditions and culture, definitely pay a visit to this temple while in Hong Kong.
Hollywood Road is an antique lover's paradise. The street is filled with curio and antique shops of all kinds: from Chinese furniture to porcelain ware, from Buddha sculptures to oriental rugs, from Japanese netsukes to Coromandel screens. Aside from all the antique shops, it has numerous small specialty shops that sell unique home accessories and handmade products. Many of them are inside buildings on upper floors, so always remember to look above street level so as not to miss them.