Hong Kong was formerly a colony of the British Empire, after the perpetual cession of Hong Kong Island from Qing China at the conclusion of the First Opium War in 1842. Originally a lightly populated area of farming and fishing villages, the territory has become one of the most significant financial centres and trade ports in the world. With the exception of the Second World War, during which the colony was occupied by the Empire of Japan, Hong Kong remained under British control until 1997, when it was returned to China. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains a separate political and economic system apart from mainland China.
Causeway Bay – Typhoon Shelter
When in Hong Kong everybody visiting should apparently take a sightseeing tram ride along the harbour, and rightly so.
Hong Kong Museum of History
The Hong Kong Museum of History (Chinese: 香港歷史博物館) is a museum which preserves Hong Kong’s historical and cultural heritage. It is located next to the Hong Kong Science Museum, in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The collections of the museum encompass natural history, archaeology, ethnography, and local history.
The Peak Tram’s route from Central district to Victoria Peak covers a distance of about 1.4 kilometres (0.87 mi) and an elevation of just under 400 metres (1,312 ft). The line has two pronounced curves, one to the left immediately after leaving the lower terminus, and the other to the right in the upper half of the ascent.
The Peak Tower, Hong Kong’s No. 1 destination, also one of the most stylish architectural icons in Hong Kong. With an avant-garde design representing the epitome of modern architecture, the spectacular tower has been featured in millions of photographs and postcards across the world. Come and enjoy the fun and entertainment at the Top of Hong Kong!
In perhaps one of the most memorable scenes from the film (certainly one that I remember fairly vividly from when I first saw this film in the late 80’s when it was first released onto VHS), JCVD heads up to the Peak to fight his inner demons and sits atop the Lion Pavilion in full splits whilst showing off the old ‘muscles from Brussels’. The scene starts with some hallucinations aboard the Peak Tram before giving us that famous panoramic vista down across the harbour.
Avenue of Stars
The Avenue of Stars (Chinese: 星光大道), modelled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is located along the Victoria Harbour waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. It honours celebrities of the Hong Kong film industry. The Avenue of Stars is a 400-metre long bridge section of waterside promenade along the northern side of Victoria Harbour, in front of the New World Centre at Tsim Sha Tsui.
Kowloon Park is a large public park in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. It has an area of 13.3 hectares (33 acres) and is managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Apart from the birds in the Bird Lake and the Aviary, about 100 different wild bird species can be found in the Park. The Conservation Corner, Color Garden, Chinese Garden, Bird Lake and Fitness Trail are ideal spots for wild bird watching.
Muslim Cemetery was built in the 1850s. The 2nd generation of the two-storey mosque, Happy Valley Mosque, was demolished by the construction of Aberdeen Tunnel in 1979 and more than 200 tombs were moved to Cape Collinson. A new mosque, Masjid Ammar and Osman Ramju Sadick Islam Centre, was opened in 1981. That is why no church in this western cemetery.
Victoria Harbour is a natural landform harbour situated between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon in Hong Kong. The harbour’s deep, sheltered waters and strategic location on the South China Sea were instrumental in Hong Kong’s establishment as a British colony and its subsequent development as a trading centre. Throughout its history, the harbour has seen numerous reclamation projects undertaken on both shores, many of which have caused controversy in recent years.
Beijing, China’s massive capital, has a history stretching back 3 millennia. Yet it’s known as much for its modern architecture as its ancient sites such as the grand Forbidden City complex, the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Nearby, the massive Tiananmen Square pedestrian plaza is the site of Mao Zedong’s mausoleum and the National Museum of China, displaying a vast collection of cultural relics.
The Great Wall of China
Jiankou is a section of the Great Wall of China. This section is a photographic hotspot due to its unique style, steep mountains, and beautiful scenery. ‘Jiankou’, is translated as ‘Arrow Nock’ in English, for the shape of the collapsed ridge opening is reminiscent of an arrow nock.
The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City is a palace complex in central Beijing, China. The former Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty—the years 1420 to 1912, it now houses the Palace Museum. The Forbidden City served as the home of emperors and their households as well as the ceremonial and political center of the Chinese government for almost 500 years.
The Tiananmen ([tʰjɛ́n.án.mə̌n]), or the Gate of Heavenly Peace, is a monumental gate in the centre of Beijing, widely used as a national symbol of China. First built during the Ming dynasty in 1420, Tiananmen was the entrance to the Imperial City, within which the Forbidden City was located. Tiananmen is located to the north of Tiananmen Square, separated from the plaza by Chang’an Avenue. The Chinese name of the gate (天安门/天安門), is made up of the Chinese characters for “heaven,” “peace” and “gate” respectively, which is why the name is conventionally translated as “Gate of Heavenly Peace”.
Yonghe Temple, also known as Harmony and Peace Palace Lamasery, Yonghe Lamasery, or Yonghe Lama Temple, is located at the northeast corner of Beijing City, considered as the largest and most perfectly preserved lamasery in present-day China.
Shanghai is one of the four direct-controlled municipalities of China and the most populous city in the world, with a population of more than 24 million as of 2017. It is a global financial centre and transport hub, with the world’s busiest container port. Located in the Yangtze River Delta, it sits on the south edge of the estuary of the Yangtze in the middle portion of the East China coast. The municipality borders the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang to the north, south and west, and is bounded to the east by the East China Sea.
Yu Garden or Yuyuan Garden is an extensive Chinese garden located beside the City God Temple in the northeast of the Old City of Shanghai, China. It abuts the Yuyuan Tourist Mart and is accessible from the Shanghai Metro’s Line 10 Yuyuan Garden Station. A centerpiece is the Exquisite Jade Rock (玉玲珑, Yù Línglóng), a porous 3.3-m, 5-ton boulder. Rumours about its origin include the story that it was meant for the imperial palace in Beijing, but was salvaged after the boat sank off Shanghai.
Jade Buddha Temple
The Bund or Waitan is a waterfront area in central Shanghai. The area centers on a section of Zhongshan Road (East-1 Zhongshan Road) within the former Shanghai International Settlement, which runs along the western bank of the Huangpu River in the eastern part of Huangpu District. The area along the river faces the modern skyscrapers of Lujiazui in the Pudong District. The Bund usually refers to the buildings and wharves on this section of the road, as well as some adjacent areas. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai. Building heights are restricted in the area.
The Shanghai Tower is a 632-metre (2,073 ft), a 128-story megatall skyscraper in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai. It also has the world’s highest observation deck within a building or structure (Level 121, 561.25 m), and the world’s fastest elevators at a top speed of 20.5 metres per second (74 km/h; 46 mph). It is the world’s second-tallest building by height to the architectural top.
Zhujiajiao Water Town
Zhujiajiao (Chinese: 朱家角; pinyin: Zhūjiājiǎo; literally: “Zhu Family Corner”) is an ancient town located in the Qingpu District of Shanghai. The population of Zhujiajiao is 60,000. Zhujiajiao is a water town on the outskirts of Shanghai, and was established about 1,700 years ago. Archaeological findings dating back 5,000 years have also been found. 36 stone bridges and numerous rivers line Zhujiajiao, and many ancient buildings still line the riverbanks today. The village prospered through clothing and rice businesses.