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Admiralty, sandwiched between Central and Wanchai, has in fact become an extension of busy Central. The area is characterized by modern landmarks, such as the deluxe Pacific Place shopping and hotel complex, the new Supreme Court Tower of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Park. A relaxing afternoon can be had at any one of the five-star hotels adjoining Pacific Place, all of which offer a delicious afternoon tea buffet accompanied by spectacular views of Victoria Harbour or Victoria Peak!
Located near the Old Government House, the Zoological and Botanical Gardens is a popular place for parents to bring their children on the weekends. The gardens are divided into two main areas: plants and aviaries in one area and animals in the other. Although the zoo is not that big, it is one of the world's leading centers for captive breeding of endangered species, and thus is worth visiting. It is also a great place to take pictures of the kids with the various spotted, striped and feathered animals on show.
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.
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.
This off-the-beaten-path gem is worth seeking out for its historical edifice and unusual collection. Housed in the former Old Pathological Institute, the museum charts the development of medical science in Hong Kong and makes a fascinating comparison between traditional Chinese and Western medicine. To find the place, go to the Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road, walk up Ladder Street and turn right onto Caine Lane.
The Cat Street Gallery is committed to exhibiting the best of international contemporary and modern art by both established and emerging artists. The Cat Street Gallery opened in November 2006 in it's first home in Cat Street with a group show of Australian artists including David Bromley and recent Archibald Prize winner Guy Maestri and held various exhibitions before moving to 222 Hollywood Road in February 2008. The Cat Street Gallery is a bit different. Nestling amidst the cold store meat packers and coffin shops of downtown Hollywood Road. Vibrant, edgy and mercurial, it is a gallery that likes to make a noise.
Another great place to take the kids! Hong Kong Space Museum, with its prominent domed theatre, features exhibition halls, a lecture theater, and a Space Theatre showing films and presentations on the themes of science, nature, and technology. So if rocket ships, telescopes and moon rocks interest you, then you will want to check this place out. In addition to this, the museum house a gift shop, in case you want a sovenir of your visit here. Though toddlers up to the age of four are not allowed inside the museum, this is a great learning experience for students with curious minds.
At a height of 552 meters (1,811 feet), Victoria Peak is Hong Kong's highest point and one of the most visited of the island's many attractions. The Peak, as it is locally known, boasts spectacular views of the city's glimmering skyline, punctuated by towering skyscrapers and backed by the bustling Victoria Harbour. By night, the view transforms into a glittering sea of vibrant lights. A walk around the Peak reveals further scenic vistas over the greener Western parts of Hong Kong Island, and a visit to the viewing platforms at the Peak Tower and Peak Galleria is a must. It is a steep climb to the top, and while hikers are welcome, an inexpensive tram is also available. The oldest funicular in Asia, the Peak Tram is over 125 years old. With an astoundingly steep ascent, the tram links Central to the Peak Tower. The Peak is also known for its lovely gardens, most notably that of the old governor’s summer lodge with its faux-Victorian embellishments. Once there, you're likely to enjoy the company of birds, butterflies, and giant dragonflies as well.
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.
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.
Victoria Park is one of Hong Kong Island's largest parks and has a statue of Queen Victoria near the entrance. This waterfront park offers a panoramic vista of the ocean and surrounding skyscrapers. In the morning, early risers gather here for walking, jogging and practicing martial arts like Tai Chi. Facilities such as tennis courts and swimming pools are open to the public for a small fee. On special occasions like the Mid-Autumn Festival and the Chinese New Year, this park dons a festive look and is packed to the brim with ebullient children and adults. Victoria Park is also the site of important art and political events.
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.