Taking a Stroll Down Lee Tung Avenue – At Least the Former Site of Lee Tung Avenue

Lee Tung Avenue is one of the most famous streets in Hong Kong and is now famed throughout the world as a centre for luxury shopping and housing. Its transformation, however, was quite controversial.

Lee Tung Avenue | Image Credit - Wing1990hk, CC BY 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Lee Tung Avenue | Image Credit – Wing1990hk, CC BY 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Background

The street was initially famous for housing a wide selection of printing presses. At one point the Hong Kong Times as well as Ta Kung Pao, the oldest active Chinese newspaper, were headquartered here.

Transformation

As part of a project by the Urban Renewal Authority of Hong Kong, there was radical construction to transform the street into what it is today. This resulted in a multitude of evictions and to this day many of the tenants have not been resettled, although they were compensated greatly.

I Like You

One of the most interesting incidents involving this road was its name change to ‘Avenue Walk’, with the Chinese name being ‘I Like You’. This caused a massive spectacle and uproar, with one shop owner naming their store ‘Avenue Lane Lou Mei’, which translates to ‘I Like Yo Momma’.

Lee Tung Avenue

Eventually, the original name of the street was reinstated. The street showcases a beautiful ambience that retains a very Chinese feel. If you find yourself at a nearby Wan Chai hotel the likes of Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong, then a walk through this lane is essential!

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What to do in Hong Kong in 24 Hours – 4 Things in Particular

Hong Kong is a truly cosmopolitan city with a wide variety of things to do that are varied as much as they are numerous. Here are four experiences you shouldn’t miss out on.

Ride a Ding Ding

The Hong Kong trams are a fun and cost-efficient way to navigate the metropolitan sprawl, and they are referred to as ‘ding dings’ due to the bells which are utilised in place of car horns.

 

Tim Ho Wan | Image Credit - Calvin Ieon, CC BY-SA 4.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Tim Ho Wan | Image Credit – Calvin Ieon, CC BY-SA 4.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Tim Ho Wan

Who would want to miss a chance to dine in one of the cheaped Michelin-starred eateries in the world? At Tim Ho Wan you can gorge on expertly prepared dim sum, such as their world-famous pork baked-bun.

Wong Tai Sin Temple

This temple is legendary for the number of prayers that get answered. If you find yourself staying at a family room hotel in Hong Kong the likes of Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong, with your loved ones and wish to try your luck, then you should definitely pay a visit to the temple.

Go for a Hike

Despite Hong Kong being a world-famous metropolis, there’s no shortage of hiking trails to be found here. Through embarking on a hiking adventure you can burn a load of calories and also experience some of the most astonishing sights the city has to offer.

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Visit the AO Vertical Artspace in Wan Chai – A Unique Space for Art!

The Asian One Vertical Art Space is a unique platform which showcases the work of local and international artists in a special ”staircase” setting.

Image Credit - Almond Chu Via Wikipedia

Image Credit – Almond Chu Via Wikipedia

The Museum

The Vertical Art Space was first established in May 2012. An avid supporter of the local art community, it’s one of the most unique art galleries in the whole of Hong Kong. Artwork and photography are showcased in a ”staircase” setting which stretches over ten flights of stairs.

The Collections

The stairwells house a collection consisting of over 100 works of art including sculptures, paintings and photographs of 28 artists and more, mainly from Hong Kong and China such as Jeani Leung and Chun Wai.

How to Get There

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., throughout Monday to Saturday, and is located in the Photo Book Centre, 1-14th floors, Asia One Tower, 8 Fung Yip Street. The gallery can be reached easily from a 4 star hotel in Hong Kong including the likes of Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong. If one is taking the MTR, from Chai Wan, the 47m will stop directly in front of the bookshop.

Things to Do

Apart from taking in the art, one can also visit the bookshop on the ground floor which offers a wide selection of books on art. However, it is only open by appointment so it’s best to call ahead before visiting.

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Visit the Viva Blue House in Wan Chai – An icon in Hong Kong Island

Located in Nullah Lane, this Wan Chai building is a primary attraction in Hong Kong Island. If you are some interested in architect and are in this part of the world, do visit the building.

Blue House, Wan Chai | Image Credit - Gloriashek91, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Blue House, Wan Chai | Image Credit – Gloriashek91, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

About

A three floored building with Spanish style balconies made of cast iron, the house will remind one of New Orleans. Standing as one of the remnants of tong lau, this house stands out among the other structures on the street and is one of the most photographed attractions in Wan Chai.

History

Built in the early 1920s, the Blue House has a Yellow House and Orange House right beside it. Known as the Viva Blue House, on the whole, the main attraction of the three is still the Blue House.

Location

Any hotel accommodation in Hong Kong the likes of Cosmo Hotel Wan Chai Hong Kong would be able to point you in the right direction to the Blue House, and if it’s not within walking distance you can always hail a taxi or a tuk-tuk.

What to expect

The Orange House has about 20 flats inside it and is a residential building. The Blue and Yellow Houses are more like an open museum of sorts.

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Must Visit Markets in Mongkok – A shopping experience like no other!

Being Hong Kong’s most congested shopping district, markets in Mongkok has everything from toys, jewellery to caged birds. Without further ado, here are some of them!

Markets in Mongkok | Image Credit - Sdata, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Markets in Mongkok | Image Credit – Sdata, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Mongkok Wet Market

Are you a foodie? If you are in Hong Kong, look no further than the Mangkok’s Wet Market. One can find vegetables, fresh fruits and rows of pork ribs hanging from hooks. If tourists wish to take something home from this market, they have many choices.

Jade Market

This market has all kinds of jade, pearls, carvings, little statues or at least just a little knick knack to take home. Female guests have a lot to choose from and they may not feel hours are passing. If you are staying at Dorsett Mongkok Hong Kong, it is just a 10-minute walk to reach the Jade Market. In addition, it provides easy access to some of the best restaurants in Kowloon Hong Kong.

Gold Fish Market

You will not come across any street market like this! Several tiny shops display water-filled plastic bags with different kinds brightly coloured fish. It also includes many pets such as dogs, kittens, and turtles.

Ladies Market

This is probably the most famous market among many Mongkok market. Ladies will surely be spoilt for choice with all fashions knock-offs, watches and handbags. The market often gets busy in the evening.

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Devil’s Peak Hong Kong – A Fun & Fascinating Hike

There is nothing better that working up those calves, feeling the burn in the gut, trekking miles up a mountain and reaching that vantage point just to feel as if you are on top of the world. If you are busy away in the East on business and just want to take a break or if you have become the kind of modern trekker who loves a bit of outdoor adventure, hiking up Devil’s Peak in Hong Kong is the ideal activity for you!

While adrenaline junkies will not find the hike that challenging since it takes only one to one and half hours, there is no putting a price on soaking up the sight of the Kowloon skyline and filling up your lungs with fresh air at an elevation of 222 metres.

If you are planning to enjoy the indulgences of hotels in Kowloon, Hong Kong, try lodging at properties that cater to all types of travellers and which are centred amidst all the action and entertainment such as Dorsett Mongkok, Hong Kong. Even though this metropolis is one of the busiest, if you are looking for that laidback yet active getaway, a hike up Devil’s Peak is worth considering.

Hiking up Devil’s Peak is not merely an active pursuit. Since the area was once garrisoned by the British Army during the late 1800s, you can still see the remnants of some age-old batteries during your walk. As you move further up the peak, you will be awed by the staggering views of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon harbour front. For complete immersion of Hong Kong’s natural beauty, you ought to experience that silver screen worthy perspective atop Devil’s Peak.

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Highest Point of Hong Kong, Victoria Peak – A Peak With A View

Victoria Peak Tower

Victoria Peak Tower, Image Credit: Expedia

Gazing at the beautiful cityscape from the vantage point that is Victoria Peak would be the ideal ending to a Hong Kong shopping & sightseeing tour. At an altitude of 1811 feet, Victoria Peak is the highest peak in Hong Kong and affords a spectacular view of the Victoria Harbour and the multitude of skyscrapers including the 72 storey high Bank of China Tower teeming with the pulsating energy that is the signature flavour of Hong Kong.

This energy is even more pronounced if you watch the city from the peak after sundown. A good way to enjoy the night time view would be to take the shuttle service to the city centre offered by Cosmopolitan Hotel Wan Chai Hong Kong (soon to be rebranded as Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong), indulge in retail therapy and fine dining during the day and catch the peak tram after sunset to capture the city’s beauty at night. The flickering light of hundreds of buildings and the inimitable night life aura of Hong Kong can capture the imagination and make poets out of even the most pragmatic individuals. The most enjoyable and scenic way to travel to the peak is to catch the peak tram which departs every 10 to 15 minutes. Rising approximately 1300 feet above sea level and sloping 4 to 27 degrees, the tram ride in itself is an amazing experience.

There is more to Victoria Peak other than the view; the mountainous landscape is packed with lush foliage and bird life while the peak garden presents a beautiful grassy scope. The peak tower is home to a myriad of shops and restaurants to indulge ones taste buds as well as the love for souvenirs of your Hong Kong visit. For a glimpse of history one can visit the site of the old governor’s summer lodge along the Mt Austin Road which was burned down by Japanese soldiers during WWII. The beautiful garden has been refurbished with sundials, gazebos and stone pillars.

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Snorkeling and Kayaking at Hoi Ha Marine Park – Place for thrilling adventures

If navigating through calm waters amidst a backdrop of aesthetically pleasing rainforest landscapes suits your fancy, if diving into the depths of these pristine waters and embarking on an underwater adventure through a dreamscape consisting of a myriad of colours appeals to you, then there is a magical place where your dreams are awaiting to be discovered. This place is the Hoi Ha Wan national park, at the heart of Hong Kong, at the north of the Sai Kung peninsula. Hoi Ha Wan national park, also known as Jones Cove, is a sheltered that is famous for a handful of factors including her pristine unspoilt waters, breath-taking scenery, and most importantly, her highly rich biodiversity. The park contains Hong Kong’s largest coral colonies, and is one of the most treasured and protected places in the nation. Access however, is not at all restricted to this heavenly retreat, and a visitor can easily embark on one the most unforgettable adventures of their life by taking a kayaking and diving tour the park specializes in.

If you wish to embark on an international voyage to this incredible locale, there are many accommodation options to choose from ranging from luxury hotels to more budget-friendly options such as the Dorsett Mongkok Hong Kong, which despite being considered a budget hotel in Hong Kong, provides all the necessary amenities of her five-star counterparts.

The Hoi Ha kayaking and diving adventure kicks off from the tiny village, also known as Hoi Ha, where a twenty minute kayak ride along the exquisitely forested shorelines of Hoi Ha Wan into the heart of the park, where the kayaks are abandoned at one of the mooring buoys. After the donning of the essential diving gear, you’ll be able to dive into a magical underwater realm populated by coral, crabs, sea-stars and many species of under-water fish.

So an underwater adventure is what you seek, look no further than Hoi Ha Wan Park, in Hong Kong.

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Ocean Park Hong Kong – A fun filled learning experience

Whether you are a first timer or a regular visitor, there is always something new to be surprised and delighted by in Hong Kong. Located in south-eastern China but a British colony for many years, the city is unique blend of East and West. English is acknowledged as an official language and widely spoken by the locals. International visitors will find travelling within Hong Kong easy because street signs and maps are also marked in English. The city welcomes a large number of travellers every year and a budget hotel in Hong Kong is a top priority for many. There is also plenty to see and do that will not put a dent in your wallet.

Ocean Park is one of the top attractions in Hong Kong. It is a marine-life theme park that has been in operation since 1977. The attraction has several animal exhibits but also offers thrill rides and shows. In 2012 it was awarded the biannual Applause Award for creating a unique experience that successfully combines entertainment with education. The Park has also pledged its commitment to promoting and supporting animal conservation in Hong Kong and throughout Asia. Part of the proceeds from entrance fees and some items sold in the souvenir shop are directed towards the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong in support of wildlife conservation projects. The park is located on the southern side of the Island and short hop away is the Dorsett Mongkok Hong Kong, a great option for the thrifty traveller.

Ocean Park celebrates each holiday season with special events like Halloween Bash, the biggest Halloween party in Asia and Summer Splash for the summer season. Rides and exhibits like the Amazing Asian Animals, Rainforest, Adventures in Australia and Polar Adventure allow you to meet the most fascinating animals from all across the world. Thrill Mountain promises a rush of adrenalin and Shark Mystique will bring you nose to nose with some of the most feared ocean dwellers.

 

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Hong Kong Sightseeing and Tours- West of the East

One of the highly cosmopolitan cities in the east that bears striking resemblance to the West is Hong Kong. Always a popular spot among the tourist the city has a whole heap of attractions to visit. One of the best ways to get the most of the city is to be a part of a Hong Kong Sightseeing and Tours. Having to accommodate large number of tourist the city has a large pool of options to choose from in terms of lodging. A popular choice among past travelers has been the Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong, Having a prime location the hotel makes the commute around the city easy. It also offers a large raneg of room choices to choose from.

One of the highly recommended sight seeing tours is the “Big Bus Tours” which covers most of the city. A perfect way to explore the blend of the Chinese and Colonial mix of the city. The tour takes the visitors through most of Hong Kong’s tourist attractions. The recorded commentary on the bus comes in ten different languages.

There are many famous landmarks covered during the tours. One of them is “The Peak” which offers picturesque views of the city from great elevations and features many restaurants cafes and shopping for the whole family.

“Central” is Hong Kong’s heart of Business, filled with some of the biggest names in the corporate world the district is also home to some high end shopping and restaurants. Stanley Market is another famous pit stop, a famous colonial sea side town on the edge of the Hong Kong island. Covered market space offers wide range of brand name shopping as well as oriental specialties. Perfect place to enjoy the beach or stroll around.

The seight seeing tours have various packages and some are even night tours so visitors have options to pick from.

 

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