Hong Kong: Treasures of Kowloon
- 4 Hours
- 4 Hours
- On request
This tour reveals some fascinating Hong Kong heritage and starts with a visit to a charming parkland setting for a Qing Dynasty fort The Kowloon Walled City Park. The Park sits on the very site of the former Kowloon Walled City, remembered today as a haven of crime and debauchery. Throughout the 20th century, fugitives and other criminals flocked to the lawless enclave. In 1987, with the agreement of China, the colonial government finally took control of the no-go area, resettled its inhabitants, and replaced the slum with a park.
You will then visit one of Hong Kong's most popular temples, Wong Tai Sin, which specializes in fortune-telling. The temple's claim to 'make every wish come true upon request' might have something to do with its popularity. Home to three religions (Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism), its natural setting and beautifully ornamented buildings make it as much a scenic attraction as an important religious center.
Next be amazed by the Tang dynasty-style Buddhist temple, the Chi Lin Nunnery. This Buddhist nunnery is stunning with its monastery complex having been renovated as a piece of Tang dynasty architecture. The grand and elegant complex will surely become one of China's great cultural attractions in the years to come. There are other halls containing a treasure trove of religious relics as well as restful lotus ponds and an array of well-manicured Bonsai trees. Finally, you will visit the Avenue of Star on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront; it has more than a hundred newly designed celebrity hand prints to take you on a dazzling 'journey to the stars'. The glamorous movie theme is complemented perfectly by the splendor of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong skyline, of which the promenade also offers spectacular views.
Duration: 4 Hours
Departs: 9:30 a.m. - Returns: 1:30 p.m.
Departs: 2 p.m. - Returns: 6 p.m.
From: Hong Kong