Star Ferry, Big Buddha, Ocean Park: been there, seen it, done it? Yes, they’re all top quality attractions but what if you’re keen to move away from such mainstream locales? You’re in luck. Scroll down and follow our round-up of some of the weirder sightseeing spots on offer here in our fair city. Charming, baffling, or just a complete waste of space? Pop along and decide for yourself.
Hong Kong’s weirdest attractions
When you see Man Wan’s Noah’s Ark on Google, you’re greeted with the slogan: “A great attraction in Hong Kong” and you can't help but wonder if they're trying to convince you or themselves – they did at least get the part about it being in Hong Kong correct. Maybe we’re being harsh. Anyway, this 'Christian theme park' is home to supposedly the world’s first full-sized replica of the eponymous vessel. It also features 67 pairs of life-sized animal sculptures. There's also a 4D theatre and an eight-metre giant swing. Our suggestion? If you're going to Park Island for the day, check out the abandoned fishing village instead. It might well be less weird.
A shopping mall in the shape of a cruise ship. Definitely not your everyday sight. Whampoa was once a dockyard but we really don't see how a luxury cruise ship is representative of its former landscape – guess cargo ships just aren't as sexy. That being said, we actually like this one and it’s jarring enough (especially when seen from a bird’s-eye perspective) that you just can't help but venture inside. Sadly, once you go inside, it’s a bit of a let-down with average shops and nothing nautical-themed at all.
Is it really a tremendous feat of engineering being the longest outdoor covered escalator in the world? We suppose so, though, if we're being picky, it's actually just a load of small escalators connected by walkways. Do we understand why people make a point of riding it just for the sake of doing so? No. As fascinating as it is, at the end of the day, it's still just an escalator.
Once a decadent Lantau resort, Sea Ranch was all but abandoned in 1984, with the owners selling off whatever units they could after failing to attract any tourists. Since then, the value of these apartments has continued to decline, meaning there's a small contingent of people still living in this bizarre 1980s’ time capsule. The resulting, untouched resort has a distinctly Jurassic Park meets The Shining vibe.
The main draw to this museum is its collection of tea ware ranging from the Tang dynasty to the 20th century. Even if tea is a significant aspect of Hong Kong culture, surely the vessels in which it’s served only have so many legs in terms of museum viability? Sorry, teapot lovers. Though for history buffs, there’s the appeal of the museum being housed inside an old colonial building. We imagine that’s slightly more interesting than the tea ware.
Supposedly, bringing offerings to this rock can help single ladies find an eligible husband or help couples conceive. That's all well and good but the whole premise is built on the fact that the rock is meant to be phallus-shaped. We’re not really seeing it – the rock just looks like a non-descript shaft. Perhaps what’s missing is a pair of balls?
A cannon in Causeway Bay fired once a day at noon by employees of the Jardine company. The tradition arose out of the company’s tendency to fire the cannon every time their boss reached Hong Kong’s shores. This is an honour normally reserved for military bigwigs and so it left one particular Royal Naval Officer pretty unhappy. He declared that they must henceforth fire it every single day, forever, as a punishment. The tradition has stuck to this day. Whether it’s just a marketing ploy or a genuine historical tale, the site is pretty isolated, unattractive and shouldn’t be any resident’s bucket list.