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“Off Path” and Free Sites around Hong Kong
Learn Tai Chi, the ancient form of breathing and exercise. Free classes
are offered daily at Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront and Hong Kong Park. You can
take a taxi from your hotel to either one.
Climb the Peak all the way to the Top. There a series of escalators that will take you up the mountain in the heart of Hong Kong, known as The Peak, or Victoria Peak. Many tourists take it up a few levels, but you can keep going if you would like a workout. One can go up 20 levels, which is about 1,800 feet above sea level. This trek is great for those who like a bit of a hike. There are no shops or markets at the top-- but you get rewarded with the best view in town! If you decide to climb, think of the exercise you are getting and you will get excellent photos to bring home!
Hike. After you've reached the peak, walk down the winding road a few levels toward the Zoological Botanical Gardens. You cannot get in from this side, but if you make your goal to hike around it you will be enjoy a great walk, interesting sites, and a different perspective.
Visit Aberdeen. Take a taxi from your hotel, or we can arrange a boat
tour to Aberdeen. It used to be a fishing village, and you can still see
boat dwellers there. You'll also find large floating restaurants. A free
ferry will take you to them. Hung Shing Temple is in that area, where the
legend has it that the God of the Sea protects the fishermen.
The Star Ferry. Cross over to Kowloon on the Star Ferry. It costs about $1 and takes just 10 minutes to get you from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon. From there at 8pm every evening you get to enjoy a light show performed on the skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island.
Tsing Ma Bridge. You can get some wonderful photos by crossing the
Tsing Ma Bridge and you can say that you crossed the world's longest
suspension bridge that has both cars and trains crossing.
Mai Po. Mai Po is on the northwest coast of the New Territories, and is a series of shrimp and fish ponds with a large mangrove forest. It’s also a resting-place for migratory birds. The area boasts of hosting 430 kinds of birds. From October to April is the key season for the migratory birds to stopover at Mai Po Marshes and this creates a bird’s paradise and a photographer’s dream.