Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong, one of the most conveniently located boutique Hong Kong hotels, is in close proximity to a number of famous places for sightseeing in Hk such as Happy Valley, the Peak, Ocean Park and many more. Most of the world-famous city hotspots are within 30-minute drive from the hotel.
Explore the City
The Hong Kong tram was founded in 1904 and remains an efficient and the most economical mode of public transport in Hong Kong. It is a relaxing means by which to see the city. Only running on Hong Kong Island, it has the world’s largest fleet of double-deck tram.
The Peak Tram service will be temporarily suspended from 23 April 2019 for an upgrade project.
Hong Kong is famous across the world for its stunning views from Victoria Peak. The seven-storey Peak Tower – an all-in-one viewing, dining, and entertainment centre – provides the very best view of Hong Kong! The jogging trail around Luard Road is a perfect place to get some exercises whilst taking in superb views.
The Peak Tram, Hong Kong’s only funicular railway, ascends steeply up the leafy mountainside to Victoria Peak. In operation since 1888, it takes just seven minutes up the steep incline to spectacular views at the top. The Peak Tram runs daily (7:00 am to midnight) at a 10-15 minute interval. For the fit, you can walk down steep paths to the heart of the city – just follow the signs!
Situated on Lantau Island, this huge seated Buddha (or Tian Tan) is a majestic 34-metre high figure. Cast in China, it took ten years to complete and weighs 220 tons. It was unveiled in 1993 accompanied by an elaborate religious ceremony. Walk up the hundreds of steps to admire the colossus up close before going back down again to the museum inside the base of the statue for information about the Buddhist faith. Then enjoy an excellent vegetarian lunch in the restaurant run by the adjoining Po Lin Monastery. This is out of all Hong Kong attractions, this is a must-see.
Ngong Ping Skyrail is a visually spectacular 5.7 km cable car journey travelling from Tung Chung Town Centre to Ngong Ping on Lantau Island. Take sightseeing tours Hong Kong around Ngong Ping which is a culturally-themed village close to the Tian Tan Buddha Statue – the largest, seated, outdoor, bronze statue in the world! The ride offers spectacular views over Hong Kong airport, the South China Sea and the North Lantau Country Park as you travel on this amazing 25-minute journey. A number of attractions at Ngong Ping include Walking with Buddha, Monkey’s Tale Theatre and the Ngong Ping Tea House.
Sky 100 is an observation deck located high on the 100th floor of International Commerce Centre in Kowloon West, offering a panoramic 360-degree views of the Victoria Harbour. The high-speed lift at Sky 100 will take visitors up to the 100th floor in only 60 seconds. Opening hours: 10:00am to 8:30pm daily.
Chi Lin Nunnery is established in 1934 and renovated in 1990 covering an area more then 33,000 square meters. The buildings are the only buildings to be built in this style in modern day Hong Kong. A large temple complex of wooden architecture, the nunnery is filled with temple halls, Chinese gardens and a vegetarian restaurant. The temple halls and the Chinese garden in front of the nunnery are open to the public daily free of charge.
Hong Kong’s most famous open-air market opens at 2:00pm but really comes to life at dusk, with a bustling array of stalls selling everything from watches and leather ware to clothing and souvenirs. Other attractions include fortune-tellers and occasionally, Cantonese opera singers. Temple Street is in Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon.
Wong Tai Sin Temple is where worshippers come and pray for good fortune anytime of the year. The temple is beautifully ornamented making it a scenic attraction as well as an important religious landmark. Visit the temple to see faithful worshippers perform ancient rituals amid the pungent aroma of incense. The temple is a spectacular place to be on Lunar New Year’s day where hopeful worshipers want to ring in the New Year on a lucky note. The temple opens daily from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm.
Lam Tsuen has a history of 700 years and it’s still crowded with people who come to visit its two “wishing trees” today. In the past, visitors came to make wishes and throw joss paper into these two trees. In order to protect the tress, wishes are more tidily made by tying joss paper to nearby wooden racks or imitation trees nowadays.
Amid the sleek modern skyscrapers of Hong Kong, one can find elements of tradition. One of the first traditional-style temples built during the colonial era, the Man Mo Temple’s magnificent external architecture reflects its historical roots. The temple is dedicated to the Taoist gods of Man (literature) and Mo (martial arts). There is also a statue of Pau Kung, the god of justice, and another of Shing Wong, the god of the city. The plaques near the entrance provide an interesting perspective on the history of the temple and its gods. Inside, the air is thick with aromatic smoke from the incense coils and sticks that are said to carry prayers to the spirit world.
Enjoy a relaxing evening cruise in Victoria Harbour set against the backdrop of the glittering lights of Hong Kong’s skyline as the sun sets over the distant horizon. After this magical cruise, visitors can choose between a Chinese-style seafood dinner on the famous floating restaurant in Aberdeen, or take a leisurely walk from the harbour waterfront to the old village of Lei YueMun for an equally superb seafood dinner.
*Please contact hotel tour desk for tour package details.
Golden Bauhinia Square is the home to the Forever Blooming Bauhinia Sculpture, which was a gift from the Chinese government to mark the occasion of the 1997 handover. The site is now highly popular with tourists who come to take photographs and witness the daily flag-raising ceremony with Victoria Harbour as the backdrop. The Flag-raising ceremony starts is from 7:50 a.m. to 8:03 a.m. daily except for the first day of each month.
Lee Tung Ave, known as the Wedding Card Street by locals, was famed in Hong Kong and abroad as a centre for publishing and for the manufacturing of wedding cards and other similar items. The street has recently been redeveloped as a luxury shopping and dining area which houses a bevy of famed restaurants and bars, as well as international jewellery and cosmetic brands.
Lan Kwai Fong is literally the central party area in Hong Kong! From down and dirty pubs to the city’s best night clubs, night owls will find a plethora of locations that cater for all. Whether you are an alcoholic looking for buckets of beer or just want to meet some new acquaintances, LanKwai Fong is definitely the place not-to-be-missed in your Hong Kong’s itinerary.
Hollywood Road and Upper Lascar Row, also known as “Cat Street”, are musts on any trip to Hong Kong. Crammed with antique shops and an open-air curios market, these quaint streets are ideal spots for picking up eclectic souvenirs and gifts. Everything from Ming dynasty furniture and lotus lamps to Mao badges and snuff bottles is on sale. Warning: not everything is as old as they appear!
The largest island in Hong Kong, Lantau Island provides visitors with a delightful array of experiences! Witness the world’s tallest, outdoor, seated bronze Buddha statue at the Po Lin Monastery. Also, explore Tai O Village with its traditional lifestyle for a glimpse of Hong Kong’s past. Cheung Sha Beach, the longest beach in Hong Kong, is an ideal sunbathing spot and the perfect place for a cool swim.
Avenue of Stars will be closed from 8 Oct, 2015 onwards for improvement and maintenance works.
During the period, you may visit the new attractions “Garden of Stars” and “Starry Gallery” from 15 November, 2015 onwards for exhibition relating to the Avenue of Stars and Hong Kong movies.
Exhibitions at Garden of Stars include the Avenue of Stars sculptures, Stars’ handprints and cartoon painting illustrating movie scenes at Starlight Cinema; and Starry Gallery allows you to walk through the milestones of Hong Kong movies history and photos of classic movies and Stars.
Located in The Peak Tower, Madame Tussaud’s presents over 100 life-like wax figures of celebrities and important faces such as martial artist Bruce Lee, American President Barack Obama, football personality David Beckham or local Canto-pop favourite Andy Lau. The exhibition opens from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily.
Situated on the south side of Hong Kong Island, the theme park is divided into two sections, connected by a scenic cable car with spectacular views across Hong Kong and the South China Sea. With one of the largest aquariums in the world, thrilling roller coaster rides, giant pandas, and fascinating aviaries, Ocean Park Hong Kong provides a fun-filled and educational day for visitors of all ages. Ocean Park Hong Kong is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong Hotel now offers Ocean Park ticket purchase service at the Concierge Desk. Tickets are HK$480 for adults and HK$240 for Children. Service charge HK$10 will be applied for each ticket. Each ticket purchased at the concierge will come with a hearty gift courtesy of the hotel (while stocks last). A one-way Ocean Park express shuttle service is also available to make your journey hassle-free. Our Shuttle bus operates Friday through Sunday for only HK$15 per person. For bus schedule, click here.
Nestled in Admiralty’s scenic Hong Kong Park, the Flagstaff Museum of Tea Wares offers an intriguing blend of colonial heritage and Chinese tradition. The museum provides a unique insight into the ancient culture of tea drinking. Housed in the oldest remaining colonial building in Hong Kong (built in 1846), the museum has a huge collection of Chinese tea vessels from all over China. Chinese tea drinking lessons are also available.
Happy Valley Racecourse was built on reclaimed marshland, and the first races were held here in 1846. They have been extremely popular ever since. Today, the track is ultra-sophisticated with computerized betting and races broadcast live on gigantic screens. Night racing was introduced at Happy Valley in 1973 and was an immediate success. The extra revenue raised was used to build Hong Kong’s second racecourse at Sha Tin in the New Territories, which opened in 1978. Also visit the Hong Kong Racing Museum onsite. Racing is held most Wednesday nights throughout the year.
A declared monument, the Blue House is a Lingnan-style (southern-style) house built in the 1920s featuring both Chinese and Western architectural characteristics. The house is blue only because the decorators only had blue paint. The Blue House is also the home to the Wanchai livelihood Museum where visitors can learn about the history of the Blue House and life in Wanchai in days past.
The old Clock Tower, near the Star Ferry concourse in TsimShaTsui, was part of the Kowloon-Canton Railway (KCR) Terminus built in 1921 and today is a landmark representing the romantic era of the Age of Steam. With its distinctive design in red brick and granite, the tower is a reminder of Colonial times. But over many years it had far greater significance for the Chinese as the former terminus was the final stop on their rail journeys from villages in their homeland to new lives, either in Hong Kong or to distant destinations overseas.
The Stanley Military Cemetery is a uniquely peaceful place to visit. Originally the final resting ground for members of the Hong Kong Garrison, the cemetery had been closed for 70 years until 1941 when it was re-opened as an internment camp for Hong Kong prisoners of war after Hong Kong surrendered to the Japanese in World War II.
Murray House was the living quarters for British army officers and is the one of oldest examples of Western architecture in Hong Kong. It was dismantled in 1982 from its location in Central and reassembled brick by brick in Stanley.
Western Market is an Edwardian-style building converted into a shopping complex in 1991 with shops selling arts and crafts. The building impresses with its red brick exterior and a granite arch over the entrance. Being a declared monument, the Western Market is a living heritage – a historical building and a market building two-in-one.
Hong Kong’s own version of the iconic theme park is set in Sunny Bay on Lantau Island. It has four exciting themed areas: Main Street USA, Adventureland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland. It is a magical destination for both young and old, with an exhilarating roller coaster ride, a wealth of amusements, a Disney characters parade, and a superb nightly firework display. Disneyland ticket for adult is HK$619 and children HK$458. Opening hours: Daily 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Hong Kong Science Museum is a unique place to learn and experience the magic of science. In this museum, visitors can play around with a variety of scientific topics including robotics, virtual reality and transportation. Temporary and permanent exhibitions are available. The museum opens Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 7:00pm (except Thursday); Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 10:00am to 9:00pm.
Hong Kong Space Museum comes in a rather unusual egg-shaped dome on the TsimShaTsui waterfront. The museum has plenty of action and toys for space explorers. Sky shows, astronomy exhibits and interactive systems are available. The museum opens Monday to Friday from 1:00pm to 9:00pm (except Tuesday); Friday, Saturday and public holidays from 10:00am to 9:00pm.
Since its grand opening in 1989, the Cultural Centre in TsimShaTsui is a superb venue offering a wide diversity of performing arts including concerts, operas ballet and musicals for both Hong Kong residents and tourists.
Take yourself onto an adventurous journey with Big Bus Tours Open top double decker bus, during which you can freely hop-on and hop-off as often as you wish from over 20 local landmarks and attractions, such as Lan Kwai Fong, Man Mo Temple, Ladies Market, Temple Street, Sky 100 and many more. Big Bus Tours also provides several carefully-designed routes to cater for different tourists’ preferences, allowing everyone to explore the Hong Kong city to its fullest.
*Please visit Big Bus Tours website for more details