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Other Districts

Sham Shui Po is one of the most interesting districts of Hong Kong, but it is far from the only one that is worth visiting. Here are a selection of other important parts of the region which certainly should be considered an essential part of any trip to Hong Kong.

Tsimshatsui - The southern part of the Kowloon peninsular has been synonymous with tourism, business and culture for a very long time. From the fabled Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour to the Historic Peninsular Hotel the area is now also an essential place to shop in Nathan Road or Granville Road, or to visit museums such as the Art Museum, History Museum and of course Hong Kong's well known Science Museum.  Walk along the Avenue of Stars to see the views of the harbour and the handprints of stars from Hong Kong's movie industry, be there at 8pm to see the worlds largest regular light show when the Symphony of Lights illuminates buildings on both sides of the harbour. website

Wanchai - Always a favourite for Nightlife this Hong Kong Island district has developed in recent years with hotels and international dining options vying with traditional nightclubs plus the mix of local residential life seen around the well known Toy Street and Wanchai Market. Historic buildings like the Old Wanchai Post Office are open for public viewing and sit comfortably beside modern tower blocks with world class shopping. From the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre on the waterfront to the historic Blue House there are sights big and small in this vibrant area. website

Outlying Islands - Hong Kong is more than just the city, and some of the most interesting rural areas are on some of the 200 plus islands of the Hong Kong archipelago. While most are uninhabited there are three which are vibrant reminders of a time when Hong Kong was known more for fishing than finance. Visit Cheung Chau or Lamma Island to enjoy beaches, seafood, quiet hill walking and a peek back into traditional village life. While Lantau Island being the biggest of all in Hong Kong offers a range of sights from big flashy attractions like the Big Buddha statue or the Hong Kong Disneyland, through to the quiet and peaceful such as hiking to Sunset Peak, a rewarding challenge for any hill walker.




Populated for at least 2000 years according to archeological evidence the history of Sham Shui Po is long and deep but poorly documented. Having been a poor area for much of the 20th century little attention was given to it but now that has become developed and busy, though still not as prosperous as some other parts of Hong Kong, people have begun to seek it's history.

Originally a coastal settlement before reclamation brought it inland it was close to the important peninsular of Tak Kok Tsui with it's Cosmopolitan Dock, now since long gone of course. The last of the connection with the sea disappeared in the 1970s when the Nam Cheong Street nullah, or concrete stream, was covered over and today all that remains of it is the wide street which now runs past the open green park.

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