The Pottinger Hong Kong has some of Hong Kong’s most famous and spectacular sights right on its doorstep. No trip to Hong Kong is complete without a visit to at least one of these highlights in Hong Kong.
Located in the midst of the Hong Kong financial centre, Hong Kong Park is a green oasis set within a fringe of gleaming and impressive skyscrapers. Opened in 1991, the 8-hectare park was originally a soldier’s quarters named Victoria Barracks, and a few garrison buildings built between 1842 and 1910 remain. Hong Kong Park also features an impressive walk-through aviary, a greenhouse, fountains, lily ponds, playgrounds and a restaurant.
Built in 1847, the Man Mo Temple is the largest temple in Hong Kong and a splendid example of Chinese cultural heritage in Hong Kong. Halfway along Hollywood Road, just a 20-minute stroll from The Pottinger Hong Kong via the Mid-levels Escalator, it’s open daily from 8:00am to 6:00pm. The Man Mo Temple was built for the worship of Man, the God of Literature and Mo, the God of War. A Grade I historic building, the Man Mo Temple is now a declared monument.
Tucked away among Hong Kong’s ultra-modern skyscrapers are many fine examples of early colonial architecture. One is the former Government House on Upper Albert Road, built between 1851 and 1855 — though the oriental looking central tower is a Japanese addition from the 1940s. Prior to 1997, the building was the official residence of 25 British Governors of Hong Kong. In 2005, Government House became home to the HKSAR Chief Executive.
The century-old Peak Tram takes visitors on a thrilling ride up the mountain to one of Hong Kong’s most spectacular sightseeing spots, offering a stunning panorama of Victoria Harbour and the city below. Popular attractions at the Peak include The Peak Tower, The Peak Galleria with its free-entry vantage deck, and Madame Tussaud’s. The 3.5-kilometre Peak Circle Walk provides an enjoyable flat walk round the mountain, with unforgettable and ever-changing views. From The Pottinger Hong Kong in Central, it’s a 15-minute walk for hotel guests to the Peak Tram Lower Terminus on Garden Road.
The Central Piers, from which most of Hong Kong ferry services depart, is just a leisurely 15-minute stroll from The Pottinger Hong Kong. This is the starting point of the Star Ferry on its short but spectacular run across Victoria Harbour to Kowloon. Alongside the Star Ferry Piers are a whole series of other piers from which ferries depart regularly to the beautiful outlying islands of Peng Chau, Cheung Chau, Lamma Island, Ma Wan and Lantau Island – each worth a visit in its own right.
Details and timetables for the major outlying islands’ ferry services can be found on the following sites:
New World First Ferry Services Ltd (www.nwff.com.hk)
Services: Cheung Chau, Lantau Island and Peng Chau
The Hong Kong & Kowloon Ferry Ltd (www.hkkf.com.hk)
Services: Lamma Island and Peng Chau
Discovery Bay Transportation Services Ltd (www.hkri.com)
Services: Discovery Bay and Lantau Island
Park Island Transport Company Limited (www.pitcl.com.hk)
Services: Ma Wan Island