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[Sha Tau Kok Day Trip] Special Attractions and Transportation Guide

It is getting easier to visit Sha Tau Kok! The Second Phase Opening-up of Sha Tau Kok will begin on 1 January 2024. Initially, up to 1 000 tourists per day will be allowed to visit all parts of Sha Tau Kok, except Chung Ying Street, after applying online for a Closed Area Permit (CAP). More people can learn about the history, culture, and geological features of Sha Tau Kok and its outlying islands nearby, which can promote cultural- and eco-tourism. Let's scroll down and go through the attractions and transportation suggestions below before planning your Sha Tau Kok trip! Special Attractions 1) Chung Ying Street Garden Situated in front of the Chung Ying Street Checkpoint, visitors will find a viewing deck overlooking Chung Ying Street and a replica of an old railway station in Hong Kong as well as a locomotive model in actual size at the Chung Ying Street Garden. 2) The Fish Lantern Square The Fish Lantern Square displays scenes of the national intangible cultural heritage "Sha Tau Kok fish-lantern dance", where visitors can immerse themselves in colourful fish lantern installations and have a taste on the unique charm of traditional culture. 3) The Old Sha Tau Kok Fire Station The old Sha Tau Kok Fire Station still retains its former appearance and displays the replica of a century-old fire-fighting hand cart from time to time.   >>More attractions and delicacies   Electronic Tourism Closed Area Permit (CAP) Remember to have your CAP ready before you set off!  The daily tourist quota includes 700 tour group visitors and 300 individual tourists. Travel agencies or tourists can log onto the Hong Kong Police Force Online Applications Platform to apply for a free electronic Tourism CAP on a first-come, first-served basis. Hong Kong residents or visitors to Hong Kong can both apply and visit Sha Tau Kok from 7am to 9pm on the date they have applied for. The application process usually takes three working days. The quota for January is now open for application. Subsequently, applications will be open on the first day of each month for all the quotas in the following month. Tourists may also contact licensed travel agents directly to sign up for visiting tour to Sha Tau Kok, and licensed travel agents will handle the relevant CAP application procedures.   Transportation Lastly, individual tourists visiting Sha Tau Kok are required to take public transport to Sha Tau Kok. Access of private vehicles is not allowed. Tourists may take the following transport: Bus route Nos. 78S (express) or 78K at MTR Sheung Shui Station or Fanling Station; Minibus route No. 55K at MTR Sheung Shui Station and get off at the terminal; or Bus route No. 277A at MTR Lam Tin Station. Some of the above bus routes only run at specific times. The Transport Department will issue traffic notices to announce details of public transport services. The bus company will also update its website for passengers to check the relevant informati   The Hong Kong Tourism Board has launched a thematic website to introduce the "Top 10 attractions", "Top 10 delicacies" and "Top 10 cultural attractions" of Sha Tau Kok to allow visitors and locals to explore its new offerings. Check out the page if you are interested!

Three IG spots you absolutely cannot miss in West Kowloon

West Kowloon’s stand-out architecture and location on Victoria Harbour makes it the perfect place to get some great instagrammable photos. There is plenty to see, so go ahead, take the perfect photo and share it with the world! Xiqu CentreBy blending traditional and contemporary elements, the Xiqu Centre's award-winning architectural design reflects the evolving nature of Chinese opera. The Xiqu Centre facade, made up of over 10,000 curved metal fins, is a perfect background from every angle. Inside, the Xiqu Centre atrium provides a hugely popular backdrop for photos. Whether looking up from the ground level at the stunning roof or looking down from one of the balconies at the podium and steps, every angle provides an Instagram-worthy opportunity that will be guaranteed to get plenty of 'likes'. Art Park Want to catch the most glorious Hong Kong sunset? The Art Park is one of the city’s premier spots to view the spectacular colours of the magic hour as the sun sets over Victoria Harbour. It’s a view that never gets old, and every sunset reveals something new. The Competition Pavilion “Growing Up” Located on the West Kowloon waterfront promenade, the Competition Pavilion “Growing Up” is one of the most Instagrammable spots in our city. Its symmetrical design, timber columns, and stepped seating area provide the perfect backdrop for stylish pictures. Share your photos by tagging @westkowloon. (The photos and the text are provided by West Kowloon Cultural District)

Green Summer Outing - Fun & Educational Places to Go 2021

Apart from the splendid citylandscape, there are so many hidden gems in the rural areas of Hong Kong. To enjoy the sunny weather in this early summer time, read the following outing suggestions and get closer to the nature! Hoi Ha Visitor Centre - Innovative Technologies help "Dive" into the Sea The first thematic marine park visitor centre in Hong Kong, the Hoi Ha Visitor Centre opened in June 2021. It is located in Sai Kung West Country Park, adjacent to Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park. The centre is a hub disseminating information of other attractions in the surroundings of Hoi Ha and introducing the progress of ecological studies conducted by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department in various marine parks and marine reserve, with the aim of raising public understanding of the functions and management of marine parks and public awareness on marine conservation. Visitors can take part in an interactive display "Into the Sea", where virtual reality (VR) technology is applied for visitors to explore the underwater world of marine parks.  Another display "Hoi Ha Coastal Safari" in augmented reality (AR) features the rich marine biodiversity in Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park. The Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park is attracting lots of divers and swimmers with its good water qualities, diverse marine lives and famous coral communities.  Visitors must pay special attention to avoid damaging the natural habitats when engaging different activities in the water of Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park, such as not standing on fragile corals when diving or swimming. Lifeguard service is not provided in Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park. Swim at your own risk and always pay attention to your own safety. Before visiting Marine Parks and engaging water activities, remember to read the "Marine Parks Visitors Code" and "Code for SCUBA divers and skin divers (snorkellers) to visit the coral sites"! >>Click here fore more about Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre -  A Historical, Humanities and Environmental Trip Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre was jointly established by the Environmental Protection Department and the University of Hong Kong in April 2008, located near the Lung Fu Shan Country Park. Through promoting the exploration of nature, the centre seeks to build a community inclusive of nature, as well as encourage the public to practice a sustainable lifestyle. The centre’s garden and exhibition hall are free for public admission. In collaboration with the university, government and community, the centre holds themed exhibitions such as "Ecology in the Making" and "The Pulse of Nature", alongside an assortment of activities such as ecological guided tours, green workshops and BioBlitzes. These activities allow the public to learn about Lung Fu Shan and the historical, humanities, environment and ecology of Hong Kong’s nature. Grab an Exploring Lung Fu Shan map and start your trip up to Lung Fu Shan!  Visitors could hike all the way to The Peak and High West and enjoy the charming view of the Western District and the Victoria Harbour. Though the Lung Fu Shan Country Park is the smallest country park in Hong Kong, it is the habitat of over a hundred bird and butterfly species and home for historical relics such as the Pinewood Battery and handmade reliefs by morning walkers before the establishment of the country park. >>Click here for FREE hiking information guide made by the centre T · PARK Environmental Education Centre - A "Waste-to-energy"  Experience A Sludge Treatment Facility might not sound the most enticing of venues, but there's more to T · PARK than scientific jargon.  T · PARK is a self-sufficient facility which combines a variety of advanced technologies into a single complex, bringing together sludge incinerators with a daily treatment capacity of up to 2 000 tonnes, with power generation, desalination, wastewater treatment, and various recreational, educational and ecological facilities. To enhance public awareness of sustainable waste management solutions and resources circulation, the Environmental Education Centre of T · PARK provides guided tours. It also features educational and recreational facilities for the public, which require prior reservations.  Although some popular facilities such as T · SPA and the outdoor footbath in T · GARDEN are suspended due to the pandemic situation, the educational and recreational facilities are still worth visiting. Some examples include T · GARDEN, the outdoor landscape area, and T · CAFE, the eco-friendly self-service cafe.  Book your visit online and experience in person the benefits of the waste-to-energy approach in waste management.   >>Click here for the thematic website of T · PARK   Please refer to websites or other announcements of the exhibitions or facilities for latest visiting arrangements

Day Trip Ideas for Museum Lovers - Fun & Educational Places to Go 2021

As the epidemic situation stabilises, do you have any plans for holidays? Apart from dining at fancy restaurants or shopping at new malls, there are plenty of educational and fun alternatives for you to visit! This series provides various ideas and surely you could find something suitable for yourself.  Let’s start with some latest exhibition information for the museum lovers! The museums and exhibitions introduced below are all located in Tsim Sha Tsui, which are very accessible to immerse yourself in museum experience for the whole day! Hong Kong Museum of Art - "NOT a fashion store!" Exhibition After more than 3 years of major expansion and renovation, the new Hong Kong Museum of Art has been reopened in end of 2019. With the 10,000 sq m expanded exhibition area, the museum continues organising diverse art exhibitions. A unique art exhibition entitled "NOT a fashion store!" has recently been opened to public. The exhibition showcases more than 70 sets of artworks related to fashionable and traditional clothing, shoes and accessories from various eras curated from the four core collections of the museum, namely Chinese Antiquities, Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, China Trade Art, and Modern and Hong Kong Art. The exhibition is to inspire visitors' thoughts on personal image and fashion and culture when appreciating the works of art. Among all the fun installations, an interactive "fitting room" is set up at the gallery. Visitors can select and "purchase" unique clothing tailor-made for them through an interactive screen. Hong Kong Science Museum - Earth Science Gallery To mark the 30th anniversary of the Hong Kong Science Museum, the museum’s new Earth Science Gallery has been recently open to the public. Comprised of four areas and featuring over 28 sets of amazing interactive exhibits, models, and installation, visitors of this new permanent gallery not only can go underneath the Earth's crust to learn the secrets hidden down there, how drastic natural phenomena such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons are formed, they can even experience the mighty power of a typhoon through our typhoon simulator. In addition to learning, the exhibition also aims to inspire the public to reflect on the human impact exerted on the planet's system. To enrich the experience of the visitors, invaluable and colourful minerals and touchable local rock specimens from different geological ages are also showcased in the gallery. Hong Kong Museum of History -  "Recreating a Classic: The Best Features of The Hong Kong Story" Exhibition "The Hong Kong Story" permanent exhibition was opened in 2001 and is currently undergoing a comprehensive renovation for the permanent exhibition. Before the new permanent exhibition is launched, the Hong Kong Museum of History organises "Recreating a Classic: The Best Features of The Hong Kong Story" exhibition to showcase the essence of "The Hong Kong Story". Featuring about 460 sets of selected exhibits and 210 photos, the exhibition is composed of five sections including prehistoric Hong Kong and historical development, folk culture in Hong Kong, cession of Hong Kong and early growth of the city, Japanese occupation, modern metropolis and concludes with the return to the motherland in 1997. New multimedia programmes and photo-taking zones are featured for greater interaction and enjoyment, enabling visitors to revisit memories of old Hong Kong. Before visiting the exhibition, prepare yourself by checking out the new snapshots video!   For information of more museums, please refer to the story:Heritage & MuseumsPlease refer to websites or other announcements of the exhibitions or facilities for latest visiting arrangements

Heritage & Museums

Public Records Office As a Hong Kong resident, you surely know a lot of interesting things about Hong Kong. For instance, you know all the best shopping centres and the nicest beaches. But here are a few interesting things you might not know. When did the first humans settle in Hong Kong? What are the origins of the Cheung Chau Bun Festival? Where did young people hang out in the 1960s? If you are interested in exploring the history of Hong Kong, you may start from the Public Records Office where you will find valuable historical records, photos, posters and maps, etc. about the city. Leisure and Cultural Services Department's (LCSD) museums Hong Kong may be tiny geographically, but its heritage is surprisingly rich. Many precious collections that form a composite picture of our local culture, history, art and science are preserved in the Leisure and Cultural Services Department's (LCSD) museums. Antiquities and monuments But some antiquities and monuments can still be found in their original locations from ancient times. Art Promotion Office The Visual Arts Centre managed by the Art Promotion Office of the LCSD provides studios and exhibition hall rental services and a wide range of activities to art lovers. Thematic exhibitions If you are the kind of person who thinks museums are boring, stuffy places that only grandparents enjoy, you are in for a surprise. Not all museums exhibit things from the past. Apart from permanent exhibitions, museums stage thematic exhibits that change periodically. For example, exhibitions about the genomic revolution, China's first manned space mission, decoding Chinese script, visual arts, and many more. Other non-government museums Some other non-government museums specialise in other subjects about Hong Kong, such as medical science development, maritime topics, the police force and horse racing etc. West Kowloon Cultural District When development of the West Kowloon Cultural District is completed, there will be even more arts and cultural facilities, exhibition venues and open space under the backdrop of the beautiful harbour. These might then become the hottest meeting spots for our young people in future.  

Fun in City

Dining and shopping in Hong Kong Do you have overseas friends or relatives visiting Hong Kong but do not know where to go? Here is a tip: most tourists coming here to look for two things - dining and shopping. After all, these are what keep tourists coming back to Hong Kong. Hong Kong tours After a good meal and a day of shopping, the real Hong Kong tours begin. Hong Kong has 18 districts. Local tours will introduce different walking routes for tourists to explore the city. Hong Kong walking routes Tourists can also discover more themselves by following the Hong Kong walking routes. It’s a great way to explore the city, experience local life and have fun in the 18 districts. Events and Festivals in Hong Kong Events make the city a popular tourist destination. The Hong Kong Disneyland and the Ocean Park are the places offer visitors hours of fun – putting it at the top of every tourist’s must-see list. “A Symphony of Lights” which has been awarded the world’s “Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show” by Guinness World Records, is also one of the major tourism projects in the city.