Explore Central District, Hong Kong – A City That is a Time Capsule

Central district is the epicentre of Hong Kong and this is where you’ll find all the exciting things to do! Along with keeping you busy with plenty of fun activities, glamorous nightlife and plenty of shopping; Hong Kong also gives you scenic harbour cruises and abandoned villages.

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The Peak Tram

Although Victoria Peak isn’t the highest mountain in Hong Kong, the Peak Tram is loved by many! This funicular railway is known to be a classic Hong Kong experience. The tram runs every 10 – 15 minutes from 7 am to midnight. Try avoiding busy days, to avoid the crowds.

Hong Kong Maritime Museum

This museum records 2000 years of Chinese maritime history and the development of the Hong Kong Port city. Only 21 minutes away from Hong Kong’s unique boutique hotel, D. Collection, the exhibits in the museum include artefacts from shipwrecks, ceramics from China’s ancient sea trade and other marine instruments.

Hong Kong Observation wheel

This popular attraction overlooks the Central Ferry Pier and several skyscrapers surrounding it. The 42 air-conditioned cabins hold up to 10 people a time and is best experienced at night time during the Symphony of Lights. The wheel is open from 10 AM to 11 PM every day.

Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical gardens

The gardens are located up a hill in the central district, close to Lan Kwai Fong Hotel central, thus is an easy reach. You’re bound to be rewarded with sights of several furry friends such as Gibbons, Lemurs, Bornean Orangutans, etc. Access is free, and the main exhibits are open from 9 AM to 4:30 PM.

Must see tourist attractions in Kowloon – A City So Lively

You’ll find Kowloon in the northern part of Hong Kong. Kowloon offers more than just an amazing nightlife and shopping, it has a curious cultural mix between the British and the Chinese. Don’t miss out on the unique photography opportunities!

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Temple street market

The Temple street market is known to be the liveliest and largest in Hong Kong. This street is roughly a stretch of a kilometre, full of tiny shops to shop and dine in. The best place to put your bargaining skills to test for all sorts of items, from footwear to homeware, Temple street night market isn’t too far from any budget hotel in Hong Kong, such as the likes of Silka Tsuen Wan, which is only 19 minutes away by car.

Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery

Resembling architecture from China’s Tang dynasty, Chi Lin Nunnery is a temple that offers peace and tranquillity among the busy streets of Hong Kong. Nan Lian Garden, situated adjacent to the temple, is a public park also modelled after the Tang dynasty.

Symphony of lights

The largest and grandest show of lights, as per Guinness World Records, is the Hong Kong Symphony of Lights. The show consists of five main themes, with interactive lights from 45 buildings coming together to create a synchronised vision of music and colour.

The Avenue of Stars

Similar to the Hollywood walk of fame, The Avenue of Stars honours the great contributors to the local film industry. The avenue highlights the golden age of China’s film industry. The 440-metre promenade is in honour of the international popularity the Hong Kong film industry attained and was built in 2004.

 

Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+

Tanah Lot Temple – An iconic destination!

On a unique rock formation located off the coast of the Indonesian island – Bali there lies a Hindu pilgrimage site and a temple known by the name Tanah Lot Temple. Read on to know more about this holistic site.

 Tanah Lot Temple | Img by: DEZALB via Pixabay

Overview

In Balinese language, Tanah Lot means “Land in the sea”. The temple sits on a rock that has been shaped the ocean over thousands of years. Today a temple sits on the rock which is of a Hindu origin. The main deity of the temple is Dewa Baruna or Bhatara Segara, who is worshipped as the god of the seas by the Balinese people.

The tale of the temple

According to legends, during the 16th century, a Hindu traveller named Dang Hyang Nirartha upon visiting the rock sensed a holistic presence at the place. He requested the fishermen who resided near the region to build a temple to worship the Balinese sea gods. The fishermen too agreed and they built a shrine on the rocks.

Restoration

During the year of 1980, the rock face of the temple started to crumble this started to affect the temple’s structural integrity and the site became dangerous to visit. Fortunately, with financial aid from the Japanese government, the iconic temple was fully restored.

The temple as a tourist site

Located close to many other holiday destinations resort properties the likes of Alila Seminyak of Alila Corporate, tourists can visit the site by a taxi and will have to take a short walk to reach the temple. Foreign visitors have to pay RP60000 (approximately USD 4.5) as an entrance fee to visit the temple.

 

 

Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+