Cultural Charms of Hong Kong: Top 5 Sites to Explore

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Along with stunning skyscrapers, magnificent beaches and luxurious shopping malls, Hong Kong is home to an array of cultural treats that can be enjoyed by the holiday makers. From temples and museums to traditional villages and Chinese gardens, there’s a lot to explore here!

Lam Tsuen

Located near Tin Hau Temple, Lam Tsuen is inhabitated for over 700 years. The area has two towering banyan trees which are believed to fulfil wishes of the visitors! Expectedly, a number of people make their way to Lam Tsuen asking for good fortune; the Lunar New Year is the time when Lam Tsuen sees most crowds. Besides, you can explore the unique charm and customs of the surrounding villages.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum

Displaying the early history, art and culture of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum is a fantastic place to explore. Situated beside the Sing Mun River with greenery all around it, the museum stands on a 7,500 square metre space and features six permanent galleries. The rotating exhibitions including the most interesting Cantonese Opera Hall that boasts a traditional bamboo shed theatre, and hands-on activities offered for the kids are major draws for the museum.

Sam Tung Uk Museum

Offering an insight into the pre-skyrise history of Hong Kong, Sam Tung Uk Museum is a museum restored from a Hakka walled village in Tsuen Wan named Sam Tung Uk. The village was constructed in the 18th century and was later converted into a museum in the 1980s, displaying the non-tangible Chinese heritage and the life of the Hakka people. The museum has been modified with some changes such as a reception area and an exhibition hall. Besides, the preserved ancestral hall and standalone houses from the original architecture of the complex draw the attention of the visitors with traditional furnishings and Hakka equipment on permanent display.

Yim Tin Tsai Village

Situated in Port Shelter, a harbour containing many islands in Sai Kung, Yim Tin Tsai Village is a small offshore island offering a beautiful holiday experience for the visitors. Just a 15-minute boat ride away from Sai Kung, the island was originally inhabited by many Hakka villagers and is also called “Ghost Island”. Ching Po School, converted into a heritage centre, and St Joseph’s Chapel, a Grade III historical building, are the key tourist attractions of the island.

Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre

Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre is an art colony and multi-disciplinary artist centre. It was an industrial estate and reopened as an arts hub in 2008 after a facelift. Boasting studios, galleries and a small-scale theatre, this creative community impresses with workshops, performances, art festivals and exhibitions. Besides, there is a beautiful Heritage Tea House where visitors can enjoy dim sum lunches and premium brews, and learn about the ceremonies of Chinese tea.