Hong Kong is the "Oriental Pearl," one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the world. Set in an amazingly beautiful natural environment, it is a thriving commercial center with a rich history and almost unlimited opportunities for visitors. The Port of Hong Kong's wonderful natural harbor is the center for diverse cultures, including traditional Chinese influences. Hints of its British history are everywhere around the Port of Hong Kong, yet the Port of Hong Kong preserves traditional values and customs of Confucianism that have been largely forgotten in the Chinese mainland.
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Visitors to the Port of Hong Kong can participate in wonderful festivals, dine in the finest world restaurants or at street food stalls, stay in luxurious mansions and penthouses, visit tenements and villages of wooden boats, and hear a range of languages, accents, and Chinese dialects unmatched anywhere in the world. The Port of Hong Kong contains far too many attractions to describe in this article. Please refer to the Port of Hong Kong's tourism website for detailed information on things to see and do.
The Port of Hong Kong, just south of the Tropic of Cancer, has a humid subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid, punctuated with intermittent showers, thunderstorms, and typhoons. Winter is cloudy with occasional cold fronts that bring cool winds. Spring and autumn are the most comfortable seasons. Temperatures range from an average high of 31 °C (88 °F) in July and August to an average low of 14 °C (57 °F) in January.
Visitors to the Port of Hong Kong will want to check out The Peak, one of the most popular attractions the city has to offer. From atop The Peak, you get spectacular panoramic views of the Port of Hong Kong, Victoria Harbour, and the surrounding hillsides. The Peak Tram climbs 373 meters up the steep hillside that makes the buildings appear to lean over as you pass. The renovated avant-garde The Peak Tower is one of Hong Kong's iconic landmarks. Offering a 360 ° view, the Sky Terrace is complemented by restaurants, shops, and entertainment facilities within The Peak Tower. For more personal experiences, visitors can walk the Peak Circle Walk or Lugard Road or visit the Lions View Point Pavilion or the Peak Galleria viewing terrace.
Victoria Harbour is possibly the most recognizable of the Port of Hong Kong's magical treats. The Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, located in the Yau Tsim Mong District, offers wonderful views of Victoria Harbor and the Hong Kong skyline. In addition to the wonderful walk and views, the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade is home to the Avenue of the Stars, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Hong Kong Cultural Center, and the 1921 Clock Tower. Added to these traditional tourist attractions are many exotic and international restaurants and shopping malls, including Harbor City, the biggest shopping and entertainment center in the Port of Hong Kong.
The best way to enjoy Victoria Harbor is taking a nighttime cruise on a ferry where passengers enjoy the stunning "Symphony of Lights," a multi-media show that involves over 40 skyscrapers outfitted with colored lights, laser beams, and searchlights synchronized to music. Whether during the day or at night, visitors love the experience of cruising the Port of Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor on the Star Ferry or on a traditional Chinese junk.
A definite must-see in the Port of Hong Kong is the Giant Buddha/Po Lin Monastery. The Giant Buddha is the world's tallest outdoor seated Buddha. Sitting atop Ngong Ping plateau on Lantau Island, the breathtaking bronze statue is 34 meters high and weighs 250 tons. Made in China and unveiled in deeply-religious ceremonies in 1993, the Giant Buddha forever changed the nearby Po Lin Monastery. Devout Buddhists come there to pray, but the monastery also contains figures of gods and other objects related to the religion that visitors will admire, including a homemade vegetarian lunch made by the monks.
The Temple Street Night Market in the Port of Hong Kong is famous for its celebratory atmosphere and outdoor stalls. Shoppers can find everything there, including Chinese souvenirs, clothing, street singers of Chinese opera, and fortune-tellers. While the market opens at 4pm, it comes alive after 7pm.Travelers who want to visit the Port of Hong Kong by sea can find a long list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website.