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The unique Symphony of Light takes place every evening, Hong Kong
Every evening in Hong Kong takes place a unique show of light and sound - Symphony of Light / Prachanart Viriyaraks, / CC BY 2.0

This small territory (originally: Heung Gong - "fragrant harbour") has a lot more than one would imagine: besides the countless skyscrapers here are amazing geological formations, waterfalls, unique plants and animals, ancient fortified villages, petroglyphs...

Most amazing sight though is the centre of this metropolis around Victoria Harbour. No other city in the world has such amazing array of thousands of highrise buildings with the backdrop of sea and forest covered mountains. Colourful lights (light show takes place every evening) make this sight unforgettable and without analogues in the world.

Natural landmarks

  • Kwun Yum Shan - "hot pots", where volcanically heated air is exhaled. When the air at the summit is cold, the steam is visible and is called by locals "dragon's breath".
  • Dragon Ball Waterfall - tallest waterfall in Hong Kong, 35 m tall, formed on Wang Chung Stream.
  • Po Pin Chau - large cliff with exposed hexagonal basaltic columns.

Man made landmarks

Po Toi rock carvings, Hong Kong
Po Toi rock carvings / Jackl, / CC BY-SA 3.0

Petroglyphs

  • Kai Sau Chau rock carving - petroglyphs, believed to be made in the late Bronze Age. There are eight ancient and prehistoric petroglyph sites in Hong Kong.
  • Po Toi rock carvings - group of petroglyphs which were made the Bronze Age, made around 1500 - 700 BC.
  • Tung Lung Chau rock carving - largest ancient rock carving in Hong Hong, 180 by 240 cm large.

Prehistoric stone circles

  • Fan Lau Stone Circle - stone circle, most likely made in the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age for unknown purposes.
  • Lo Ah Tsai Stone Circles - two overlapping stone circles from 28 upright stones.
Tai O, Hong Kong
Tai O / Anna & Michal, / CC BY 2.0

Historical villages

  • Kat Hing Wai - historical walled village of Punti people from the 15th century, walls were built in the 17th century. Many of its inhabitants belong to the original builders - Tang Clan, e.g. represent a single family. Village is 100 by 90 m large.
  • Tai O - historical village with many buildings built on stilts (pang uks) in sea water.
  • Tsang Tai Uk - historical walled village of Hakka people, Tsang Clan. Construction of walls was started in 1847 and lasted for some 20 years. Most of the historical buildings have been preserved.
  • Wai Loi Tsuen - one of the best preserved walled villages in Hong Kong. Village was built around 1584 and up to this day here have been preserved fortification walls and moat which were built in 1646 - 1647.

Temples

  • Tin Hau Temple at Joss House Bay - old temple, built in 1266. This is the oldest temple in Hong Kong devoted to Tin Hau - Chinese goddess of the sea.
  • Yuk Hui Temple - old temple, constructed in 1783. This Taoist temple contains important relics, such as legendary, 800 years old iron sword.
The Summit and Highcliff, Hong Kong
The Summit and Highcliff / ParkerStarS, / CC BY-SA 2.5

Skyscrapers

  • Bank of China Tower - one of world's most imposing skyscrapers, 315 m tall building with 72 floors, built in 1990. Building is characterised by sharp edges and for local architects it is controversial due to its non-compliance with feng shui rules.
  • Highcliff and The Summit - two very tall and very thin skyscrapers located close together. Highcliff (the most slender skyscraper in the world) is 252 m tall and has 75 floors, The Summit - 220 m tall, with 65 floors.
  • International Commerce Centre - tallest waterfall in Hong Kong, eighth tallest building in the world. Building has 118 floors and is 484 m tall, built in 2010.

Bridges

  • Stonecutters Bridge - second longest cable-stayed bridge in the world in 2009, when it was built. Bridge is 1,596 m long, the longest span is 1,018 m. Two towers of the bridge are 298 m tall.
  • Ting Kau Bridge - one of the largest cable-stayed bridges in the world, built in 1998. In has the longest cable stays in the world - 465 m long. Bridge is 1,177 m long.
  • Tsing Ma Bridge - one of the largest suspension bridges in the world, a suspension bridge with a span of 1,377 m. Road carries six lanes of road traffic, railway line and two more emergency access lines.
Tian Tan Buddha, Hong Kong
Tian Tan Buddha - one of the largest monuments in the world / Edwin Lee, / CC BY 2.0

Other man made landmarks

  • Mang Gui Kiu - reportedly, a haunted bridge: a site where in 1955 perished a group of children and their teachers. Since then here repeatedly have taken place unusual events, including frightening cases when local children seem to be playing with some invisible kids.
  • Tian Tan Buddha - enormous statue of Buddha, 34 m tall. Constructed in 1993 and was the tallest seated Buddha statue in the world until 2000.

List of described attractions

Map of Hong Kong

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