Victoria Park Tennis Stadium (Causeway Bay, Hong Kong) – held every January, the “Hong Kong World Tennis Classic” tournament is held at this arena, and attracts major tennis players, such as Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Stefan Edberg, Mark Philippoussis, and Melanie Oudin, among others. See the event website for more details: www.hongkongtennisclassic.com
Tai O Dragon Boat Water Parade (Lantau Island, Outlying Islands) — During the annual Dragon Boat Festival, three fishermen’s associations in west Lantau Island’s tranquil fishing village of Tai O organize a religious ritual known as the Tai O Dragon Boat Water Parade (or the Tai O Deities Parade) which takes place on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. Inscribed on China’s third national list of intangible cultural heritage in 2011, the Tai O Dragon Boat Water Parade provides an opportunity to experience Hong Kong’s living culture up close, and to squeeze in a visit to an old stilt house community at the same time.
Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance (Tai Hang, Hong Kong Island) – started over a century ago by Hong King’s Tai Hang community to ward off bad luck, this theatrical outdoor event is held every September and involves 300 performers, 72,000 incense sticks and a 67-metre-long dragon producing a spectacle of fire, smoke and dynamic fury as it dances and winds its way through the narrow backstreets of Tai Hang.ang.
Star Ferry (Star Ferry pier, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong) – this ferry service has been faithfully carrying passengers from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and back since 1888. While the two sides of Victoria Harbour are now connected by a world-class infrastructure system of road and rail tunnels, tens of millions of people still climb aboard the humble Star Ferry vessels each year. Many visitors take the ride for an up-close look at one of the world’s most photographed harbors, while locals have kept their affection for it because, even after a century, it’s still a highly reliable and efficient form of transport.
Sha Tin Racecourse (near Tai Po Road, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong) — is a racecourse of superlatives – the home of the world’s richest day of turf racing, the world’s first retractable roof over a parade ring, and the world’s longest Diamond Vision Television screen. With a capacity of 85,000 spectators, major racing events include the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races, the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup, Champions Mile and the BMW Hong Kong Derby, etc
Ocean Park Hong Kong (Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong Island) — Opened in 1977, Ocean Park Hong Kong is a marine-life theme park featuring animal exhibits, thrill rides and shows. In 2012, its impressive ability to offer guests a world-class experience that blends entertainment with education and conservation was confirmed when it became the first Asian winner of the biannual Applause Award, the most prestigious award in the amusement and theme park industry. The park is located on the southern side of Hong Kong Island, covering more than 870,000 square meters. The Waterfront and The Summit areas are connected by the Cable Car and Ocean Express funicular train
Noah’s Ark Hong Kong (33 Pak Yan Road, Ma Wan, New Territories, Hong Kong) – as the name of this theme park implies, it is indeed a full-size replica of Noah’s Ark (the only one anywhere in the world). Located at Ma Wan Park, the distinctive ark on the waterfront overlooks the Rambler Channel and Tsing Ma Bridge. The attraction also has activities and exhibits that explore the unique history and culture of Ma Wan, making it a great destination for families. Noah’s Ark is a wonderful place for parents and children to bond in a comfortable, natural environment, where entertainment and education are combined in diverse activities that promote life, family, the earth and positive values. Noah’s Resort on the top floor has both double and twin rooms, as well as dorms for groups of four to eight.
Ngong Ping 360 (Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Outlying Islands, Hong Kong) – first time visitors to Hong Kong can visit this theme park to explore Lantau Island on the outskirts of the city. A visit here begins with a 25-minute cable car ride from Tung Chung. Give the amazing Crystal Cabin a try. Its glass bottom offers an astonishing bird’s eye view of the magical deep blue sea and lush green mountainside underneath your feet. Upon leaving the cable car, you will be greeted by the culturally themed 1.5-hectare Ngong Ping Village, where a wide array of shops and eateries in Ngong Ping Village offer a delightful shopping and dining experience. There is also the Walking with Buddha multimedia presentation and the educational animated fable Monkey’s Tale Theatre. The renowned Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping Piazza and Wisdom Path are only a five-minute walk from Ngong Ping Village. The visit to Lantau will wrap up with a breathtaking sunset view as you take the cable car ride back to Tung Chung.
Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau (New Territories, Hong Kong) – this 54-hole public golf facility was opened a few years ago, operating at an astounding 80% capacity. Its main distinction is that this course offers seaside views at every hole (providing a dramatic view of the South China Sea). In addition to the three golf courses Kau Sai Chau offers superb golf instruction and facilities including a 60-bay floodlit driving range and short game practice area, a golf shop, and picturesque catering facilities making it an ideal place for organizing corporate or society events. Go to the course’s website for more info: www.kscgolf.org.hk
Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival (New Central Harbourfront, Hong Kong) – held annually from later October to early November, visitors are invited to samples the fabulous wines and delicacies provided at this event — right in the heart of Hong Kong’s commercial center and set against Victoria Harbour and its iconic skyline. Organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, this event achieved instant worldwide recognition in its inaugural year in 2009, when it was named by ForbesTraveler.com as one of the world’s top 10 international food and wine festivals. There is also live entertainment.