Once a red-light district popular among foreign troops during the Vietnam War, Wan Chai now stands as one of the busiest commercial regions in Hong Kong. Bars, dance halls, nightclubs, and karaoke spots co-exist with art centers, cultural institutions, and offices buildings, like its renowned 78-story Central Plaza skyscraper. Walking the rows of narrow streets, visitors will find any number of shops, street stalls, and inexpensive eateries to enjoy. Whether for business of recreation, Wan Chai is a Hong Kong must-see.
Located on the northern shore of Hong Kong Island, Causeway Bay is one of Hong Kong's top shopping and nightlife districts. Originally a fishing harbor and warehouse area for merchants, Causeway Bay has became a shopper's paradise, drawing the biggest crowds on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons. As many of the shops stay open until midnight and later, it is also a popular social spot for local teens. Apart from large department stores, Causeway Bay houses a number of restaurants, ranging from cheap Dai Pai Dongs to more expensive establishments.
If you haven't been to Victoria Peak, you haven't been to Hong Kong! All visitors should go to the Peak for panoramic views of the city, which have to be amongst the most spectacular in the world, especially at night. A walk around the Peak reveals further scenic vistas over the greener Western parts of Hong Kong Island, and the viewing platforms on top of the Peak Tower and Peak Galleria are a must for anyone with a camera. It is a steep climb to the top, and while hikers are welcome, an inexpensive tram is also available to visitors. Once there, you're likely to enjoy the company of birds, butterflies, and giant dragon flies.
The mysteries of the world are revealed in this information-packed, scientific fun house. Over 500 exhibits, of which 60 percent are hands-on, help to answer questions such as: How many atoms do you weigh? What is an atom anyway? Have you ever taken a quantum leap? And, if so, how many calories did you lose? These questions and many more will be answered at this excellent educational, entertaining half-day jaunt through the magical and logical world of science.
This park features a full-fledged amusement park with the popular Dragon Roller Coaster, a Ferris wheel, a marine park with a shark aquarium, and a Chinese cultural village with temples, pagodas and traditional street displays. The star attraction, though, has to be the theme park's two very adorable pandas. A great way to start the day's amusements is by taking a cable car to the headlands - the views of the ocean are stunning.
Although mainly a small village with a traditionally Chinese community ambiance, Shek O is also home to some of Hong Kong's wealthiest families, who live in luxurious mansions perched along the headland. A number of restaurants and cafés within the village and along the sandy beach offer refreshments in relaxing open-air surroundings, making this one of Hong Kong's most popular seaside destinations. Adventurous travelers can attempt to climb the rocky cliffs, or head north to Big Wave Bay for surfing and paragliding. A half-hour drive from Central, Shek O displays a different side of Hong Kong.