One of the top museums in town and also free of charge for its permanent exhibits, Hong Kong Museum of History chronicles 400 million years of this island's history. That is indeed a massive amount of time to explore and understand. Spread across eight galleries, this bi-level repository is like stepping on a time-travel machine. Dioramas, multimedia exhibits and graphic panels give insight into the topography, nature, culture, history and growth of Hong Kong. With thousands of objects creating a storyline that is exciting and engaging, there is probably no other museum in the city that is as comprehensive as the Hong Kong Museum of History. They also have special exhibitions at times. However they have an entrance fee to it.
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.
One of Hong Kong's star attractions and one of the deepest container ports in the world, Victoria Harbour is shielded on both sides by stunning skylines – an army of towering skyscrapers and Victoria Peak on one side, and the Tsim Sha Tsui shoreline on the other. Everyday, hundreds of ferries, tugs, junks, speed boats, and barges chug up and down the shore, carrying people and cargo, only pausing for typhoons. The history of this iconic harbor dates back to the times of the First and Second Opium Wars, when China faced defeat at the hands of the British, promptly rendering Hong Kong a British colony. Christened Victoria Harbour after the Queen of England, the harbor's critical position on the South China Sea, wedged between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, facilitated a thriving trade economy which largely impacted Hong Kong's imminent development. The harbor, a natural landmark that straddles both the past and future of Hong Kong's progress, is a spectacle at night. It comes alive with a permanent light and sound show that features an enchanting dazzle of lasers, synchronized music, and twinkling buildings.
Perched atop a hill in the Sha Tin district of Hong Kong, Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is the labor of love of Yuet Kai, a Buddhist who dedicated his life to this iconic temple. First founded in 1933, the temple was constructed over the course of 24 years, with the last Buddha placed in 1957. The temple complex is remarkable, but it's the walk up that is the true visual treat. Thousands of Buddha statues, each one unique, line the path to the monastery, each begging a closer inspection. The monastery is the final resting place of Yuet Kai. If you've worked up an appetite, the monastery's vegetarian restaurant offers reasonably priced healthful cuisine with all profits going towards temple's maintenance.
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 new museum of history, art, and culture is the largest of its kind in Hong Kong. Located in Sha Tin, New Territories, this expansive museum is a treasure trove and will take you on a journey through the city's past and present. The museum boasts an extensive collection of exhibits that encompass various aspects of Hong Kong's cultural heritage. These include displays on Chinese folk art, traditional customs, festivals, craftsmanship, and more. To make the visit engaging for all ages, here you will be offered interactive displays and multimedia presentations. You can also participate in hands-on activities, view multimedia installations, and even enjoy immersive virtual experiences.
This charming Chinese-styled building, with its simple pitched-roof structure, gable ends and moldings, was built in 1912-1913 and opened as Hong Kong's first post office in 1915. After more than 80 years of service for the bustling Wanchai community, the building is now a declared monument. It is also the home of the Resource Centre of the Environmental Protection Department, which opened its doors to the public in December 1993. The aim of the centre is to provide public education on all matters environmental, and admission is free of charge.
Located in shop G3 in the Chinachem Hollywood Centre on Hollywood street, Connoisseur Art Gallery features many diverse styles of paintings. It aims to popularize contemporary Chinese artists like Ran Jie and Jia Juanli but also exhibits internationally acclaimed Swedish artist Dorina Mocan. Because of the gallery's popularity, works featured here will soon become famous, making this a perfect place for up-and-coming artists to show off their work. Its shows best illustrate the variety and vigor of Chinese paintings. Visitors who enjoy Chinese paintings will definitely find Connoisseur interesting.
Hidden by the adjacent stone walls of King George V Memorial Park, Above Second is a uniquely international exhibition space in local-heavy Sai Ying Pun. Founded in 2010 by resident artists Jasper Wong and partner May Wong, Above Second puts their focus on "New Contemporary" art inspired by illustration, pop-culture, photography, graffiti, murals and other alternative styles of street art that have gained a following in the modern art scene. International artists flock to Above Second to decorate the plain white walls that make a return before every exhibition, designs and tags bursting out from the plate glass gallery facade. The artists featured at Above Second are top-notch talents, many of them native Hong Kongers.
Visit Hidden Agenda Live House and you might find jazz, punk, rock, folk, or other genres of music being played by performers from around the world. The venue was created by friends who wanted to liven up the music scene in Hong Kong, and it does just that. When the venue moved to its second location, a few improvements were made: a better sound system, a sound engineer, and a bar add a lot to the venue.
Located in the heart of the city, Sundaram Tagore Gallery has quickly established itself in the city's vibrant art scenario. Founded by Sundaram Tagore, a multi-talented gallerist, the eponymous gallery has been fostering exchange of cultural ideas. The gallery strongly promotes the collaboration of cultural diversity of the East and West. The gallery hosts exhibitions as well as lectures, book launches and artist talks. Log on to their website to know more.