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.
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.
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 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.
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.