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Wonders of Hong Kong

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

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This small territory (originally: Heung Gong – "fragrant harbour") is part of China and 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…

The most amazing sight though is the center of this metropolis around Victoria Harbour. No other city in the world has such an amazing array of thousands of highrise buildings with the backdrop of sea and forest-covered mountains. Colorful lights (the light show takes place every evening) make this sight unforgettable and without analogs in the world.

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WorldViolet Top 22 wonders of Hong Kong

Geological wonders

Po Pin Chau

Large cliff with exposed hexagonal basaltic columns.

Kwun Yam 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

35 m tall waterfall on Wang Chung Stream. The tallest waterfall in Hong Kong.

Archaeological wonders

Tung Lung Chau rock carving

Largest ancient rock carving in Hong Hong, 180 by 240 cm large.

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 that were made the Bronze Age, made around 1500 – 700 BC.

Po Toi rock carvings, Hong Kong
Lo Ah Tsai Stone Circles

Two overlapping stone circles from 28 upright stones.

Fan Lau Stone Circle

Stone circle, most likely made in the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age for unknown purposes.

Architecture wonders

Bank of China Tower

One of the world’s most imposing skyscrapers, 315 m tall building with 72 floors, built in 1990. Building is characterized by sharp edges and for local architects it is controversial due to its non-compliance with feng shui rules.

Tai O

Historical village with many buildings built on stilts (pang uks) in sea water.

Tai O - historical village in Hong Kong
Stonecutters Bridge

The 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.

International Commerce Centre

The tallest building in Hong Kong, eighth tallest building in the world. Building has 118 floors and is 484 m tall, built in 2010.

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.

Wai Loi Tsuen

One of the best-preserved walled villages in Hong Kong. The village was built around 1584 and up to this day, there have been preserved fortification walls and moat that were built in 1646 – 1647.

Wai Loi Tsuen

One of the best-preserved walled villages in Hong Kong. The village was built around 1584 and up to this day, there have been preserved fortification walls and moat that were built in 1646 – 1647.

Yuk Hui Temple

This old temple was constructed in 1783. This Taoist temple contains important relics, such as legendary, 800 years old iron sword.

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.

Ting Kau Bridge

One of the largest cable-stayed bridges in the world, built in 1998. It has the longest cable stays in the world – 465 m long. Bridge is 1,177 m long.

Tin Hau Temple at Joss House Bay

Old temple, constructed in 1266. This is the oldest temple in Hong Kong devoted to Tin Hau – Chinese goddess of the sea.

Highcliff and The Summit

Two very tall and very thin skyscrapers are 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.

The Summit and Highcliff, Hong Kong
Tian Tan Buddha

An enormous statue of Buddha, 34 m tall. Constructed in 1993 and was the tallest seated Buddha statue in the world until 2000.

Tian Tan Buddha - one of the largest monuments in the world, Hong Kong
Mang Gui Kiu

Reportedly, a haunted bridge. In 1955 there perished a group of children and their teachers. Since then there repeatedly have taken place unusual events such as local children seem to be playing with some invisible kids.

Tsang Tai Uk

The historical walled village of Hakka people, Tsang Clan. The construction of walls was started in 1847 and lasted for some 20 years. Most of the historical buildings have been preserved.

WorldYellow Recommended books

Top 10 Hong Kong

True to its name, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Hong Kong covers all the city’s major sights and attractions in easy-to-use “top 10” lists that help you plan the vacation that’s right for you.

This newly updated pocket travel guide for Hong Kong will lead you straight to the best attractions the city has to offer, from the city’s amazing skyline and modernist architecture to the Hong Kong Museum of History and Man Mo Temple to Victoria Peak.

Hong Kong: Monocle Travel Guide

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