Jul 092012

This post is the continuation of the first part of this post Places of Interest Near Victoria Harbour Part 1/2. So, serial numbers for these places start right from the first post.

10. Star Ferry Pier: Adjacent to the Clock Tower. This is in the list because of those vintage white-and-green boats known as Star Ferries.From the decks of these boats visitors get a sense of Hong Kong’s history and energy. Riding the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour is one of the first things any tourist does in Hong Kong. It remains an important link in the city’s transportation network — its low fares attract a cross-section of the population.

Opening Hours: Between Tsim Sha Tsui and Central, these ferries run between 6:30 AM to 23:30 PM with 6-12 minutes frequency, that varying as per peak hours of the day.
Ticket Costs: Mon-Fri (Except Public Holidays): Upper deck: HKD 2.50, Lower Deck: HKD 2.00.
Sat-Sun and Public Holidays: Upper deck: HKD 3.00, Lower Deck: HKD 2.40.
Expect concession for children (3-12 years), person with disabilities (upon production of Registration card ) and Person aged 65 or above (upon production of HKID or senior citizen card).
Time Requirements: 10 minutes to travel between Star Ferry Pier of Kowloon Island to Central Pier of Hong Kong Island.

Green and white boats at Star Ferry Pier with Hong Kong Island Sky-scrappers in the background

A ferry boat sailing between Kowloon and Hong Kong

Star Ferry Pier with a colorful ferry featuring Hong Kong as “Asia’s World City”

11. 1881 Heritage: 5 minutes walk from Clock Tower. This Former Marine Police Headquarters Compound, constructed in 1884, is now officially renamed as 1881 Heritage. It features luxury shops, fine dining establishments and hip bars, a heritage hotel and a Heritage Hall which allows visitors to discover the history of the site. The compound is a declared monument since 1994 as it is one of the four oldest surviving government buildings in Hong Kong.

Admission Tickets: Free guided tours are conducted every day.To make a reservation please call 2926 8000.
Time Requirements: 30 minutes to 2 hours

1881 Heritage with One Peking Tower in the background

1881 Heritage in the night

12. Hotel Peninsula: 5 minutes walk from the Clock Tower, in front of Hong Kong Space Museum. Opened in 1928, and expanded in 1994, the hotel combines colonial and modern elements, and is notable for its large fleet of Rolls-Royces painted the distinctive “Peninsula green”.

The Peninsula

One of the Rolls Royce from the famous fleet of The Peninsula

13. Hong Kong Skylines: Hong Kong has one of the most impressive skylines in the world – the high density of skyscrapers, squashed in between the mountains of Hong Kong island and Victoria Harbour, is simply mind-boggling. Major vantage points are along the waterfront at Victoria Harbour near Clock Tower. Other impressive vantage points are The Peak, 55th Floor of International Finance Center 2 (Free of cost for public viewing, just register with security guard at entrance) and 43rd floor of Bank of China (open and free of cost for public).

Hong Kong Skylines

Hong Kong Skylines

Hong Kong Skylines

14. China Hong Kong City: 15 minutes walk from the Clock Tower.Known as the”Golden Gateway to China” due to its gold curtain wall cladding and the presence of the China Ferry Terminal.It is a commercial complex including five office towers which have a shopping center, office buildings, a hotel and a ferry terminal, that is popularly known as China Ferry Terminal.It is one of three cross-border ferry terminals in Hong Kong.The pier has operated since 1988. It operates 06:00-22:00 Mon-Fri, and 06:00-02:00 Sat, Sun and public holidays. It provides ferry services to Macau and mainland China.

Opening Hours: 24 hours
Admission Tickets: Free of Cost.

China Hong Kong City

15. SOGO: 5 minutes walk from the Clock Tower,between The Intercontinental and Hong Kong Museum of Art, it is the largest Japanese-style department store. It is one of the major shopping landmarks for Hong Kong people and tourists. SOGO is characterized by the “one-stop shop”, “shop-in-shop”, “Japanese style” and “customer oriented” concepts, which offer quality goods and services, customer convenience, and comfortable and pleasurable shopping environment.

Opening Hours: 24 hours
Admission Tickets: Free of Cost.

16. Nathan Road: 10 minutes walk from the Clock Tower. It seems the most important road of Kowloon near Victoria Harbour. It is lined with shops and restaurants and throngs with tourists, and was known in the post-World War II years as the Golden Mile, a name that is now rarely used. You can buy everything from Genuine Rolex and Tag Heuer watches to fake remake of these watches at cheap prices. You can meet many Indians on Nathan road, who will try to sell you the fake watches,suits and provide you the guidance for nearby Indian or Pakistani Restaurants. But the most famous Indians there are the tailors. There is an Indian tailor every 100meters, with the common harassing calls of “Big Boss you need a suit?” to “I make suit for you cheap”. They pull at you, block your walking movements, even if you are not interested. Tourists across the world are always excited to come to Hong Kong and get a suit made here, and this is where Indian Tailors find their opportunities. Nathan Road is also famous for its neon glowing signboards of Canon, Sony, Nikon and Olympus at the shops selling tax free cameras and accessories. But when I went to buy a genuine Canon Battery for my DSLR, the shop keepers tried to sell me the local battery, though at cheap price. So, beware of these things while shopping at the shops of Nathan Road. Better to go to shopping malls or a genuine company outlet.

Nathan Road in night

One of the Tax Free Camera Shops

Nathan Road at the intersection of Jordan and Austin Station Road

17. Kowloon City Park: 15 minutes walk from Clock Tower. The scenic spots mainly include the Maze Garden, Color Garden, Chinese Garden, Roof Gardens, Banyan Court and Bird Lake.The site was once home to the British Army’s Whitfield Barracks part of which has been restored and houses the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Center.The park has a small aviary with around 40 species of 140 birds including macaws and parrots, Bird Lake with over 200 birds including swans, flamingos, ducks and pochards, Chinese Garden with lotus ponds and rock cascades, maze garden, sculpture walk, a 200-metre loggia providing shelter and seating in wet weather and landscaped roof gardens above Park Lane Shopper’s Boulevard.

Opening Hours: 5:00 AM to 12:00 Midnight.
Admission Tickets: Free of Cost. Every Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m,the park provides the activity of watching birds for tourists free of charge.
Time Requirements: 2 to 4 hours

Inside Kowloon City Park

Bird-watching at Kowloon Park

18. DHL Balloon: 30 minutes walk for clock tower. The 22m-wide air balloon offers a 100-meter-high flying experience.Its a really nice way to see the panoramic view of Victoria Harbour and adjacent skylines.But make sure that weather is good enough.

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 AM to 21:45 PM
Admission Tickets: Day flights tickets HKD 150 for adult and HKD 75 for child (must be over 1.2 m height) from 10:00 AM to 18:45 PM
Night flights tickets HKD 250 for adult and HKD 175 for child (must be over 1.2 m height) from 19:00 PM to 118:45 PM

Time Requirements: 15 minutes for each ride, with just a few minutes at the peak

DHL Balloon

  9 Responses to “Places of Interest near Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Part 2/2”

  1. Hello

    Very beautiful pics and very nice and informative blog. All the best !!!


  2. Stunning imagery. Shopping heaven out there.

  3. lovely post again!! that green and white boats look awesome!! liked that colorful one as well.

    most of the buildings are pretty old, right?

    Nathan road market sounds like those typical chor baazar markets of India

    • Hi Deb, Nathan Road is not like a chor baazar markets of India..It may be a lower-end market for Hong Kong..by Indian standards, it can beat many of our best markets in terms of shopping malls and availability of genuine clothes, watches and jewelleries and even for the electronic items like camera. You only have to be at the right shop.

  4. Beautiful! Very well compiled, a complete guidebook… if ever I will visit Hongkong, I know where I need to look up to! Thanks.

  5. You have a lovely travel blog. Keep travelling.

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