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Tsz Shan Monastery

The seven wonders of Hong Kong

Whether natural or man-made, Hong Kong’s got wonders aplenty

By Graham Turner
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Talk a walk, colossus. Piss off, pyramids. There’re some new wonders in town. There’s a reason the camera loves Hong Kong – we have an incredibly diverse range of things that are frankly amazing. Here are seven of the best. We could name more but we don’t want to embarrass less well-endowed cities.

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The seven wonders of Hong Kong

Tian Tan Buddha

Attractions Lantau Island

Something like Hong Kong’s version of the Colossus of Rhodes, Lantau’s Big Buddha is a striking fixture set against incredibly tranquil and beautiful surrounds. It’s also a spiritual hub for many with pilgrims coming from all over the world to ascend the 268 steps up to Po Lin Monastery to pray and receive a blessing from the statue.

Hok Tau
Hok Tau
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Hok Tau Reservoir

Attractions New Territories

One of the most picturesque spots in all Hong Kong, nature doesn’t get much better than this. Found in Pat Sing Leng Country Park in the New Territories, the crescent-shaped reservoir is sensory perfection – verdant greenery, birdsong and the smells of nature make for a heady mix. It’s a special place. 

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Things to do West Kowloon

Looking at this 108-storey, 1,588ft architectural marvel never gets old. The amount of wizardry in the International Commerce Centre’s construction is astonishing. It’s even built to sway during typhoons – equal parts terrifying and wondrous.

High Island Reservoir East Dam

Attractions Sai Kung

It might not roll off the tongue quite as pithily as, say, Machu Picchu, but High Island Reservoir East Dam is no less wondrous. The talking point of this natural delight is, without doubt, its surreally beautiful hexagonal rock columns. Formed over 140 million years ago, they’re an astonishing sight.

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The Peak

Things to do The Peak

It’s obvious but so what. The Peak has been the seat of power, wealth and privilege in the city for over 150 years. As well as being Hong Kong’s most popular tourist attraction, with around seven million visitors annually, it is also as sought-after an address as ever, and home to some spectacular walks and parks. Oh, and apparently there’s a decent view too.

Tai O Infinity Pool

Things to do Tung Chung

This one takes a bit of work to get to, but it’s totally worth it. Hike through the scenic outskirts of Tai O and eventually, you’re greeted with one of the most resplendent views in the territory. It’s a bummer, though, that there are now guards posted by the pool to stop people from swimming. It’s still well worth your time to make the trip, however.

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Tsz Shan Monastery

Attractions Tai Po

Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing’s massive Tsz Shan Monastery cost $1.5 billion and took 12 years to build. The 500,000 sq ft space is simultaneously state-of-the-art yet reverentially traditional in its composition. Found in the Ting Tsz hills near Tai Mei Tuk, Tsz Shan is grandiose, Tang dynasty-style goodness. The daily quota for visitors is capped at 400 which only serves to enhance the lovely tranquillity of it all.

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