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Take the 268 steps up to the 34-m tall Buddha at Ngong Ping Plateau. Photo: Shutterstock
Take the 268 steps up to the 34-m tall Buddha at Ngong Ping Plateau. Photo: Shutterstock

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Out and about in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China, really does have something for everyone in the family, from theme parks and secret islands to great restaurants and monkeys.

Ngong Ping Plateau

The 34-m tall majestic bronze Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, can be found at Po Lin Monastery, at the top of 268 steps from which there are also sweeping mountain and sea views. Relax afterwards at the monastery’s popular vegetarian restaurant.

Ngong Ping Plateau

Ngong Ping Plateau, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

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The Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens

The Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens are home to birds such as the American flamingo, the Bali mynah, and the red-crowned crane. Mammals include the Bornean orangutan and the emperor tamarin.

The Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens

Albany Road, Central, Hong Kong Island

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The Hong Kong Observation Wheel

The Hong Kong Observation Wheel is one of Hong Kong’s newest tourist attractions. The Ferris wheel is just a stone’s throw from the Central Star Ferry Pier and provides visitors with another striking venue from which to enjoy sweeping views of Victoria Harbor. Close to the Ferris wheel is the Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park, which recently reopened after an 18-year hiatus.

The Hong Kong Observation Wheel

33 Man Kwong Street, Central, Hong Kong Island

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Po Toi Island

Po Toi Island, southeast of Stanley, is known as the ­“South Pole of Hong Kong,” and is a hidden secret even to many people who have lived in Hong Kong, China, for a long time. The main village has just a handful of ­restaurants of which Ming Kee Seafood Restaurant is by far the most popular with day-trippers. Book ahead if you plan a trip on a weekend. Board a kai-to (small ferry) at Aberdeen Pier or at Stanley Blake Pier.

Dim Sum

Dim sum means “touch your heart,” though with up to 150 items on their menus, dim sum restaurants are likely to touch your stomach more. A good family-style restaurant is Happy Valley’s simply named Dim Sum, which serves Hong Kong’s favorite snacks throughout the day.

Dim Sum

G/F, 63 Sing Woo Rd, Happy Valley

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Kam Shan Country Park

2016 is the Year of the Monkey according to the Chinese zodiac, and there are over 2,000 wild monkeys in Hong Kong. Around 1,800 live in the Kam Shan Country Park. The majority are macaques and you will see plenty of them if you stroll through the park.

Kam Shan Country Park

Kam Shan Family Walk, Kam Shan, Hongkong

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Picnic Filipino style in Hong Kong Central

Every Sunday, Hong Kong’s Central district is transformed into a giant picnic as foreign domestic helpers join their compatriots for food, music and chatter. Hong Kong has more than 300,000 domestic helpers, 3% of the population, mainly hailing from the Philippines and Indonesia. The World Wide House in Central is a shopping mall that is packed with Filipino food stalls and video stores, and it is definitely worth a visit. Try some halo-halo (a sweet mix of jelly, tapioca, shaved ice and fruit) as you browse for Filipino pop music or buy a Jolly Hot Dog at the nearby Jollibee fast food restaurant.

Picnic Filipino style

19 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong

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The Ryze Trampoline Park

The Ryze Trampoline Park on Hong Kong Island features wall-to-wall interconnected trampolines, foam pits, slack lines, trampoline basketball and dodge-ball. There is nothing to stop the adults joining in too – and it’s a good way to bounce off some calories.

The Ryze Trampoline Park

Kodak House 1, 321 Java Rd, Quarry Bay, Hongkong

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Last edited: September 18, 2018

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