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Top Things to Do in Hong Kong

Mid-Levels Escalators

The longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world covers half a mile of moving stairs, walkways, and passageways from the business hub of Central to the residential heights of Mid-Levels. Step off a few flights up from Central in SoHo or on Hollywood Road for gallery hopping, eating out, or club crawling.

Victoria Peak

At 552 meters (1,810 feet) above sea level, the peak is Hong Kong Island's highest hill above the harbor. Buy a ticket for the 125-year-old Peak Tram, take in the postcard views, then take a scenic nature walk or bus ride back down to Central.

Mong Kok Markets

Flowers, birds, goldfish, turtles, and jade by day; clothes, sneakers, toys, and knickknacks by night. And there's always food around Temple Street. Visit the stronghold of the Triads (secret-society gangs) on Nathan Road, or wander down Sai Yeung Street, which is full of snacks, buskers, and touts.

Kowloon Walled City Park

Exempted from British rule and abandoned by the Chinese following their treaty in 1842, the Walled City grew into a lawless, labyrinthine slum occupied by Triads, gambling houses, brothels, and disease. In 1995 it was resurrected as a peaceful and expansive Qing Dynasty-style garden. The documentary photos and restored South Gate remnants exhibit how far the park has come.

Tian Tan Buddha

The Ngong Ping 360 cable car ride can take you only so far. The true path to divine ascension is by way of 268 steps leading up to the 275-ton Tian Tan Buddha statue (the Big Buddha), which sits on a hill next to the Po Lin Buddhist Monastery. Nearby is the Wisdom Path, a beautiful walk that offers splendid views.

Stanley

Come to this waterside town to see classic colonial buildings, wander through the eclectic market, dine on the waterfront, and swim at the beach where hundreds of Dragon Boats race every spring.

Dragon's Back Trail

This hiking trail across the southeast end of Hong Kong Island will give you a whole new perspective of Hong Kong, though you don't need to be an athlete to walk the undulating ridge.

Duk Ling

Sail Victoria Harbour on Hong Kong's last authentic red-sailed junk. The Duk Ling was built in Macau over half a century ago and was restored to her original glory in the late 1980s. It's now the symbol of the Hong Kong Tourist Board, which offers HK$100 one-hour rides exclusively for tourists.

Ocean Park

This popular theme park has exciting rides as well as up-close access to some of the world's most fascinating animals. The park is best known for its marine life exhibits, the grand aquarium, and the spectacular dolphin shows. Make sure to pay a visit to the giant panda habitat, too.

Wong Tai Sin Temple

One of the busiest religious shrines in the city, Wong Tai Sin Temple is perpetually packed with dedicated worshippers looking to have their prayers answered. The complex itself is a stunning structure that houses the teachings of Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. The temple can get crazily crowded during major Chinese festivities so check the lunar calendar before you go if you want to avoid the madness.

Updated: 06-2013

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