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Lightshow in Victoria Harbour (1 hr)

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Every night at 8 pm there’s a wonderful lightshow around Victoria harbour. This spectacular multimedia show includes more than 40 buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour. It is already named the ‘world's largest permanent light and sound show’ by Guinness World Records.
The show is called a Symphony of Lights and they use all kinds of coloured lights, laser beams and searchlights, which creates a stunning, unforgettable spectacle synchronised to music and narration that celebrates the energy, spirit and diversity of Hong Kong. For the best view of A Symphony of Lights, go to the waterfront promenade on Kowloon. If you are on Hong Kong Island, take a Star ferry and you are exactly at the right spot. From there you have a beautiful view on Hong Kong Island and you’ll have absolute picturesque moments. The show, organized by the Tourism Commission, is a must-see event on any visit to Hong Kong.

Victoria Peak (2 hrs)

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Victoria Peak is a mountain in Hong Kong. It is also known as Mount Austin, and locally as ‘The Peak’. The mountain is located in the western half of Hong Kong Island. With an altitude of 552 m, it is the highest mountain on the island.
The Peak is a major tourist attraction, which offers spectacular views over central Hong Kong, Victoria Harbour and the surrounding islands. The best way to go there is with the Victoria Peak Tram. This tram's route from Central district to Victoria Peak covers a distance of about 1,4 kilometers and a height difference of approximately 400 meters.
You can go to the tram with bus 15C from Central's Star Ferry Pier, or
take bus 12S from Central's Admiralty Station. If you like to walk, you can exit Central's MTR Station from Exit J2, walk along Garden Road which is in between The Bank of China building and The Cheung Kong Centre. The walk to the tram station only takes about 15 to 20 minutes.

And once on the Victoria Peak, you’ll have the best views on Hong Kong and its surroundings. Make a walk around the peak and get surprised again and again by new great viewing points.

Big Buddha at Lantau Island (½ - 1 day)

Tian Tan Buddha also known as the Big Buddha, is a large bronze statue of a Buddha, completed in 1993, and located at Lantau Island in Hong Kong. The statue is located near Po Lin Monastery and symbolizes the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and religion. It is a major centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong, and is also a popular tourist attraction.
Po Lin Monastery and the Buddha are open to the public between 10 am and 6 pm. Access to the Buddha is free of charge. Best way to go there is to travel by MTR to Tung Chung Station This will take you about 35 minutes. From there you can take a taxi or a bus. There’s a special taxi stand with taxis to Big Buddha. If you like to go by bus, take New Lantau bus 23 to Ngong Ping. This will take you about 50 minutes.
The drive at Lantau Island is beautiful. Enjoy the nature and the fresh air. Sometimes the drive can be a bit scary as the roads through the mountains are small and there are a lot of busses driving around. The Buddha is beautiful and of course you have to climb up the stairs to see it. Downstairs it’s nice to see the Po Lin Monastery as well and you can get something to eat and to drink there. This trip will take all day, but it’s worth it.

Lan Kwai Fong (1 - 3 hrs)

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The best places for dining and drinking are in the Lan Kwai Fong district. It’s located just around the corner of the Central business district. There are many restaurants, bars and clubs and you can have a wonderful evening over there. The people who go there is a mix of expats, trendy locals and tourists.
Lan Kwai Fong is an L-shaped street and in the surrounding streets you’ll find many nice places as well. The high costs associated with the area makes this a relatively high society location, although the quality and reputation of this area is obvious virtually every night. Visiting on a Friday or Saturday night you may be overwhelmed by the enormous crowds that fill the streets, with all bars having only standing room.
You can go to Lan Kwai Fong by taxi or by MTR, Central Station, exit D2. There are also several busses stopping there, like 12M, 13, 23A and 40M.

Ladies Market (2 hrs)

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One of the busiest suburbs of Hong Kong is Mong Kok, where you will find Ladies Market. Mong Kok is at Kowloon, so not at Hong Kong Island.
Ladies Market is an outdoor street market with loads of stalls where you can buy anything like copy watches, copy paintings, souvenirs, clothing, bags, accessories, toys, cosmetics and household knick-knacks. It’s a street market so you have to negotiate about the price of the products. So try to get a good bargain.
The market is at Tung Choi Street in Kowloon. Go there by MTR to Mong Kok Station and walk to the street. The market is open from noon until 11.30 pm.

Stanley Market (½ day)

Stanley Market is one of the must-go places for tourists when they visit Hong Kong.  You will find an interesting array of little shops selling silk garments, sportswear, art, Chinese costume jewelry and souvenirs.
It is a day market and it’s best to go there in the morning. A hard morning of shopping is also nicely finished off by a good lunch at one of the many restaurants.
Stanley is located at Hong Kong Island at the ‘other’ side, so not at the Victoria Harbour side. The easiest way to go to Stanley is by taxi. Every taxi driver knows the way and the name ‘Stanley’ in English.
You can also take bus 6, 6A, 6X or 260 from Exchange Square bus terminus in Central. An alternative way would be to take the MTR to Chai Wan station, leave the station via Exit C and catch green minibus 16M which will also take you to the Stanley market.

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Language of the world

Of course you like to speak a few words of the local language onboard the plane or at your destination. Here you find some simple basics of the main language spoken in Hong Kong.