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The Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum is located at Tonkin Street in Sham Shui Po, Kowloon. It is a five-minute walk from the Cheung Sha Wan MTR Station. The Museum is composed of an Eastern Han dynasty brick tomb and an exhibition gallery. The tomb was discovered in 1955 when the Government was leveling a hill slope at the Lei Cheng Uk Village for the construction of resettlement buildings.
According to the structure, calligraphy and content of the inscriptions on tomb bricks and tomb finds, it is believed that the tomb was built in the Eastern Han dynasty (25 - 220 AD). The tomb was declared as a gazetted monument in 1988 and is preserved permanently thereafter. Though it is closed to public for conservation reasons, visitors can still have a glimpse of the interior of the tomb through the glass panel at the Entrance Passage.
Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware
House of Museum of Tea Ware specializes in housing, studying and displaying
teaware. The core of its collection is donated by Dr. K.S. Lo, among which
the Yixing teapot is the most representative. The museum building was
originally the office and residence of the Commander of British Forces
built in the 1840s. It was converted to the now Flagstaff House Museum
of Tea Ware in 1984, with an extension of new wing, The K.S. Lo Gallery,
built in 1995. Besides exhibitions, the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea
Ware also holds regular demonstrations and lecture programmes for promoting
Chinese tea drinking culture.
Old Kowloon Walled City. It is a wonderfully landscaped park with archeological digs and reconstructions of traditional Chinese walled house enclosures. In 1898 Great Britain leased the New Territories from China for 99 years. Technically Hong Kong did not have to be returned to China, just the New Territories. In this leasing agreement there the Old Kowloon Walled City was an anomaly as it was a fortified, Chinese garrison town that was beyond the original boundary street and was excluded from the agreement and claimed by the Chinese as their territory.
Lei Yue Mun
A short bus or taxi ride beyond the Kwun Tong MTR station is the village of Lei Yue Mun. Partly built on harborside stilts, the old village - a former lair of pirates and smugglers - is a seafood-lover's offbeat destination.Visitors can wander at will along covered plankways, purchase their own live seafood from the many market stalls, and take it into nearby restaurants to be cooked according to their own specifications. Lei Yue Mun is an extraordinary experience. The nearby Eastern Harbour Crossing (opened in 1989) links the eastern parts of Kowloon with Hong Kong Island, but Lei Yue Mun remains a raffishly rural backwater of "old" Hong Kong.
Wong Tai Sin Temple
after a shepherd boy who is believed to have had mystical healing powers,
this temple complex is a gloriously colourful spectacle founded on the
lower slope of the Kowloon Hills over half a century ago. Crucial family
decisions are often resolved by reference to the deity, and the temple's
host of fortune-tellers have helped to make this Hong Kong's most popular
temple. The sacred grounds are most busy during Chinese New Year and on
Wong Tai Sin's birthday, on the 23rd day of the 8th lunar month. The temple
gives its name to the nearby MTR station.
Just north of Tsim Sha Tsui is lively Yau Ma Tei. This area used to house a bustling typhoon shelter, which was relocated to give way to the West Kowloon Reclamation Project. This district is full of specialty shops and street markets which provide fascinating insights into traditional Chinese lifestyles.
Tin Hau Temple
Go straight into Wing On Street from the ferry pier and you will find Tin Hau Temple. Tin Hau Temple was built in 1798 and was renovated in 1876 while the centuries-old architecture was still retained. Inside the temple, there is a 8-feet whale bone which was dedicated to Tin Hau 100 years ago by the fishermen.
Between Market and Public Square Sts, a block or two north of the Jade Maket, is a good Sized temple dedicated to Tin Hau, the God of Seafarers. To the right, as you face the main temple, is a long row of fortune-tellers. The temple complex also houses an altar dedicated to Shing Won (God Oof the City) and To Tei (God of the Earth). The temple is open daily from 8 am to 6 pm.
Located on the junction of Kansu and Battery streets, this casual, open-air market boasts more than 400 stall owners. To Chinese, jade has great spiritual value. When carved into certain shapes, it can represent wealth (deer), good fortune (tiger) or power (dragon). Don't buy expensive jade unless you know what you are doing. Starting at 10 a.m. it runs till about 3:30 p.m. daily. The best time to go is in the morning.
Many beautiful and distinctive pieces of all shapes and sizes can be found in Yau Ma Tei's Jade Market. Located at the intersection of Kansu and Battery Streets, it will be on your right just past the Yau Ma Tei police station as you walk west on Kansu street from the vicinity of the Majestic Hotel and King's Park.
Temple Street Night Market
The Temple Street Night Market comes alive after 6:00 p.m. and offers an wide range of inexpensive items mostly for men, from jeans and t-shirts to lighters and shoes. There are also dozens of fortune tellers, Chinese opera performers, and scores of food sellers offering traditional Chinese cooked snacks.
Very popular night market a short walk from the Jordan Road MTR stop,
the best time to go is after 8:00 p.m.
Mong Kok lies a few blocks to the north. Although parts of the district have been modernized -- it is the site of one of Hong Kong's ambitious redevelopment master plans -- it remains a cheerfully crowded community and a hive of shopping activity.
This daytime equivalent to the Temple Street Night Market is on Tung Choi Street. Open daily from noon to 10:30pm.
At this lively market recently relocated to a Chinese-style bird garden on Yuen Po Street, hundreds of caged birds are the songful stock-in-trade. Opens daily from 7am - 8pm.
Gold Fish Market
On Tung Choi Street south of Prince Edward Road West, this market is where fish fanciers hook good deals on everything from intricate underwater furniture to fluorescent fish. Most shops open from 10am - 6pm.
Located on Flower Market Road near Prince Edward Road West, colorful blooms from all over the world are sold both wholesale and retail. Open 10am - 6pm.
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