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  • Kobe Liao
    1 contribution
    I love the little shops above and the cable car makes it very convenient also the noise makes me feel the Hong Kong vibe overall very outstanding
    Written 15 June 2022
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  • prem m
    Hong Kong, China11 contributions
    The HKJC Happy Valley Race course is one in town unlike Shatin Racecourse which is a bit far off from the central district. The happy valley race course is a very famous place for night races where a lot of people enjoy themselves at the public stand eating drinking and even dancing at times.. the restaurants for Owners as well as Members are quite a few however they i would advise anyone with a special food diet to try and contact the restaurant in advance to arrange for your own special dishes in advance as people whom are Vegan / Vegetarian / NON Beef & NON Pork eaters at times have load of problems to eat at the restaurants when there are races that day.
    Written 11 July 2021
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China147,458 contributions
    The Dragon's Back Trail is one of the most popular urban hikes in all of Hong Kong. Located in the Shek O Country Park, this is an easy, well-surfaced and maintained trail with a few moderately difficult ascends. As such, you will find hikers and walkers of all fitness levels doing this hike, including families with little ones.

    Most begin at the southern end of the trail near Tei Wan Village and make the roughly 8km hike north to Big Wave Bay. Bus route 9 from Shau Kei Wan (MTR Exit A) to Shek O has a drop off at To Tei Wan at the Dragon's Back trailhead. At Big Wave Bay, you can take red minibus to 'Shau Kei Wan' or call in a taxi when ready to head back to the city.

    The Dragon's Back Trail is particularly impressive in the southern section where it winds a ridge and provides rewarding views the Shek O Peninsula and sea to the east. To the west, you will be able to see much of the southern side of Hong Kong Island. When sky conditions are favourable, the views are outstanding.

    The northern half of the trail is very flat and easy for walking, it winds through forested and some exposed parts. There are a few places with tables to rest and public toilets. You'll also find a couple of places to link up with other trails such as the Pottinger Road and Gap north of the final descend into Big Wave Bay.

    Overall, Dragon's Back is a good trail. It is accessible, easy to hike, views can be outstanding on clear days. Unfortunately, this means heavy foot traffic as well, particularly on weekends and public holidays. Keep that in mind if planning on including this hike during your time in Hong Kong.
    Written 5 January 2022
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  • MikeAKL
    Auckland Central, New Zealand60 contributions
    When I have the time to take it slowly I take the tram. They rattle, don't appear to have much in the way of suspension and can get crowded. If possible I go up stairs and sit in the front. During summer with the windows open there is a nice breeze.
    Written 9 June 2022
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  • Jake pan
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    Very Nice Place for all ages groups to visit ! Although the weather is bad, this park is still good to be visit, because didn't have many visitors to visit in the weekdays!The Pandas, Aquarium, cable car, etc...are so so interesting!!So relax and enjoy to visit the Ocean Park Hong Kong!!!
    Written 22 January 2022
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  • mosto
    Hong Kong, China2,838 contributions
    I can’t find any fault at all with this park. It’s very well done, clean, green, good for families, couples, joggers, singles. Even good during a lunch break. Very conveniently located in Admiralty - walking distance from the train stop, shopping complex and hotels. You can spend a good hour there and not feel bored. It has an impressive aviary. No charges for entry. Lots of turtles in a very nice pond, a man made waterfall, a look-out post, a tea museum, nice jogging grounds, toilets - all in one place. Highly recommend to visit.
    Written 23 November 2021
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China147,458 contributions
    Stanley is a seaside community on the southern side of Hong Kong Island. When the British took possession of Hong Kong in 1841, there was a community of over 2,000 people living here. The Chinese name for this seaside village area is Chek Chue. However, the British gave it the English name after Lord Stanley.

    Today what you find at Stanley is a relaxing place to spend time near the sea. There are a couple of good beaches, St. Stephen's Beach and the larger Main Stanley Beach which also has a water sports centre. You'll find one of HK's most popular street markets, the Stanley Markets, which has a covered walking lane, nice for rainy days. There is a nice promenade area lined with restaurants and good views of the sea. Additional shopping and eateries can be found at the Stanley Plaza complex just past the promenade.

    Those interested in historical attractions in the area will find the old Tin Hau Temple just past the Stanley Plaza. There is a tiny Tai Wong Temple sandwiched between the Plaza and waterfront restaurants. The colonial period Murray House and Blake Pier, both of which were originally in the Central district have been relocated here to Stanley, providing a bit more to see while you are here. The Murray House is used for yet more restaurants and retail shopping.

    Looking for a bit more, there is a large public park and garden area called Ma Hang Park just west of the Murray House. Nearer to St. Stephen's Beach, you will also find the Stanley Military Cemetery and Hong Kong Museum of Correctional Services.

    To visit Stanley from the main areas of Hong Kong, best to take a bus (6, 6A, 6X or 260) from Exchange Square in Central or a taxi to save time.
    Written 1 December 2020
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,453 contributions
    For those who want to see a different side to Hong Kong, visiting one of the outlying islands is a great thing to do. Cheung Chau Island is one of the easiest and best to visit. It has all the old-world charm of a fishing village, with a colourful harbour, traditional temples, small roadside shrines and a string of local seafood restaurants along the waterfront.
    The highlights of our most recent trip were swimming, a coastal walk along part of the Looped Family Trail and lunch at Pirate Bay, where the French owner does a whole roast chicken.
    Rather than swim at the main Tung Wan Beach, we prefer to continue a little further around the headland instead to Kwan Yum Beach. It’s smaller but it’s also prettier, quieter and has the charming Hing See beach-shack bar.
    GETTING TO CHEUNG CHAU: Public ferries run all day, roughly every 30 min from #5 Central Pier. It is only a short walk from HK MTR station and the piers are numbered in order, from 1-10 so it is easy to find the #5. If you don’t already have an Octopus travel card then you can buy tickets at the gate. There are 2 choices of ferries – the big, slow ferry or the smaller, fast ferry. Both leave from #5. The slow ferry takes just under an hour and is $14 HKD one way. The fast ferry takes half that and is $25 HKD. If you tend to get queasy on boats, the fast ferry is a much smoother ride and is a/c throughout. The advantage of the slow ferry is that you can sit outside. If you have the time, the slow ferry is a very cruisy and scenic trip.
    Written 7 August 2021
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  • Ken-Ye
    Hong Kong, China125 contributions
    If you're travelling to Hong Kong, the Victoria Harbour undoubtedly is a must-visit spot. You can witness the prosperous of the city built on both sides of the harbour.

    Here, you can enjoy the sun rising on one side of the harbour and sun setting in another side. When the night comes, the stunning view of Hong Kong cityview will appear along the Victoria Harbour.

    Locate just beside the Central Ferry Pier, the observation wheel of Hong Kong, will only cost you 20HKD for a 10-minute ride (was over 100HKD/ride before the acquisition).

    This is our third time here and the family is still enjoying the view much. I must say, this 20HKD is one of the best well spent 20HKD in Hong Kong.
    Written 4 October 2021
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China147,458 contributions
    Tai Kwun has probably been Hong Kong's very best revitalisation projects to date, making superb use of the historic Central Police Station, Victoria Prison and Central Magistracy situated along Hollywood Road for the purpose of heritage preservation and fostering of local arts and culture. It is mostly free to the public to enjoy throughout the year and a place well worth visiting from time to time.

    First and foremost, this is a collection of declared monument buildings which have been restored and repurposed with several permanent exhibitions (Story-telling spaces) related to the former Police Station, Prison and Magistracy. The old Parade grounds are regularly used for large scale events and new buildings such as the JC contemporary art museum have been added to provide more performance space. There is some retail shopping available and a surprisingly good collection of restaurants, bars and coffee shops within.

    You can pick up brochures, map and other general information from the Visitor Centre as well as by visiting the Tai Kwun website. Many events require reservations but the museum and permanent exhibitions can be viewed at any time. Easy to pass by for a quick 30 minute walk around while spending time in the Central District or allow for 2-3 hours to walk through the various historical buildings, see whatever art exhibitions are being held and to grab a light bite to eat at one of the food and drink venues at Tai Kwun. This can make for a rewarding experience for those who enjoy history, architecture, heritage, arts and culture.
    Written 24 April 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China147,458 contributions
    The Beach at Repulse Bay is probably one of the best we have in Hong Kong in terms of beach size, sand quality, access to public transportation and area restaurants and shopping. This is a nearly 300 metre long stretch of seaside nuzzled up against the southern shores of Hong Kong Island. It is one of a series of beaches including Deep Water Bay Beach (to the northwest), Middle Bay Beach and South Bay Beach (to the southeast) and by far the most interesting.

    You can visit Repulse Bay beach by public bus or taxi or by foot walking the Seaview Promenade from Deep Water Bay. You'll find promenade and pier areas on both ends of the beach with park benches. Alongside the beach there is a shopping arcade called the pulse, where there are a handful of alfresco restaurants, coffee shop, ice-cream as well as s sports gear and other retailers.

    The beach itself is pretty good. In addition to the nice sand quality, there are several rows of trees towards the back of the beach providing a bit of shade on sunny days. You'll find expected range of facilities including public toilets, changing stations and life guard stations, BBQ pits (unavailable during the pandemic). Swimming is good at Repulse Bay Beach with normal sea conditions and views are nice with favourable visibility.

    Do note that Repulse Bay Beach can be very crowded during warmer weather weekends and public holidays during non-pandemic times. As such, you may find it more favourable to opt for a second beach like nearby Deep Water Bay Beach if there are too many people here. Otherwise, this is a very good beach to spend time with friends or family on Hong Kong Island.
    Written 25 January 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Lee Grint
    Newcastle upon Tyne, UK326 contributions
    I have visited the Peak Tram twice now and it offers the most beautiful scenic views of HK. It's best to visit when it's quiet, otherwise there can be long queues.
    Written 31 October 2021
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  • Snowy’s Cooking Kitchen
    Hong Kong, China134 contributions
    說真的,平時少飲咖啡,一來驚飲咗夜晚會瞓唔著,二來驚上癮,平時都係小學雞咁飲吓Latte, Mocha…

    今次突然想試試,先發現原來咖啡係好多唔同mix and match,staff好好recommend我一啲易入口又甜甜哋嘅(唔講以為我飲酒😂)

    ☕️Espresso Tonic💰$55
    -honey lemon with tonic water will explode your coffee
    Staff話呢杯係甜甜哋嘅,叫我試吓,今次見佢沖咖啡先知可以加埋tonic water, lemon落去,飲嘅時候味道好amazing口感好特別,有氣之餘又有檸檬味道,又有咖啡甘香味道,酸酸甜甜又有甘香

    ☕️Americcino💰$50
    -black coffee that has creamy texture like
    nitro coffee
    第一次飲black coffee,平時成日見同事飲black coffee覺得佢哋好勁,呢杯覺得又幾易入口,好香咖啡味

    🍫Brownie💰$30
    呢個好好食,好rich朱古力味,就咁食當然好食,但原來同埋咖啡一齊食先最好,brownie甜甜哋,再飲啖咖啡,2者味道互相中和

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    Written 20 December 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • pindiyath100
    6 contributions
    Made my first visit of this year yesterday. Sure had tons of fun meeting my favorite celebrities! Had little trouble with the rotating pinkish blue overhead lighting above most of the displayed figures. Other than that it was worth the visit. Staff were very friendly as usual.

    Two wishes I've at the moment is if the displays could be used with just one type of overhead lighting and inclusion of refreshments outlet within the visiting area even if it's limited with bottles of plain water. I spent nearly 5 hours inside starting from the opening hours and desperately wished for a drop of water to drink....

    Will definitely visit again, awaiting the arrival of Manny Pacquiao!
    Written 2 October 2020
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China147,458 contributions
    Shek O Beach is one of the best beach options for fine scenery and good sand quality on HK Island. It is located on the east coast and accessible by way of bus route 9 from just outside the Shau Kei Wan MTR Station. This is a very popular place for locals and can see extraordinary crowds during the warmer months on weekends and public holidays.

    The beach is around 230 metres in length, sand quality is fine and very nice to walk on. There are 3 or 4 lifeguard stations, typical range of services including public toilet, changing rooms as well as equipment rental shops. You will also find a handful of Thai restaurants just behind the beach.

    Note: there is no shark net to or swimming platforms at Shek O and the beach is flanked rocky shores with large boulders and crashing waves on both sides so do be mindful to swim within reasonable distance to the beach.

    Note: The Shek O village is rather interesting to explore. There is a historic Tin Hau Temple and a second more isolated beach called Rocky Bay Beach a short 6-7 minute walk from the main beach if this main Shek O Beach is too crowded. Further, if you walk to the end of Headland Road, you'll see the locally famous Blue Bridge (also called Lover's Bridge). Crossing the bridge to Tai Tau Chau, you can walk trails around some impressive boulders and viewpoints of the sea.

    Note: For those that want to explore even further out, you can consider combining a visit to Shek O Beach with Big Wave Beach a couple km north, this is a famous cousin beach that is popular with surfers. Next, there is Cape D'Aquilar to the south, which has incredible craggy shoreline, wave crash spots and the peculiar Crab Cave. Hikers want to to consider combining Shek O with the Dragon's Back trail, just to the west of the beach. This is one of the most popular day hikes in Hong Kong and a place where you will see outstanding elevated views of Shek O beach as well.
    Written 2 January 2022
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