Sham Shui Po – Hong Kong
Impressive markets for technology and design fans
The exciting Sham Shui Po district is part of the Kowloon district in the world-famous city of Hong Kong in southern China. The still relatively unknown part of the city, in which a large number of working-class families live, offers tourists and visitors to the city of Hong Kong a very special kind of shopping: Various themed markets, such as the Apliu Street Flea Market, for example. This market, which is held in the middle of the streets, offers its customers above all electronics, accessories and toys at an absolute bargain price. Both used and brand new items are offered. Anyone looking for cheap technology items is guaranteed to find it here.
The clothing market on Cheung Sha Wan Road, on the other hand, offers visitors and interested parties all kinds of clothing. The choice is almost limitless and a visit to such a market is an absolute must-see attraction in Hong Kong. These unmistakable and also very impressive markets offer a lot of entertainment in any case.
Delicious street food and sights on Foodie Tours
Those who prefer to escape the hustle and bustle can take a stroll through the district and take part in one of the many tours on offer. We recommend, for example, a gourmet tour through the culinary delights of typical Chinese cuisine or a normal city tour, on which the popular Jockey Club Creative Arts Center with almost 140 artists and art organizations and the public residential complex of the “Mei Ho House” can be explored.
Hong Kong’s oldest temple
The oldest temple in the cosmopolitan city of Hong Kong is dedicated to two deities – the god of war and the god of literature. The smell of frankincense and sandalwood fills the air as visitors cross the threshold of Man Mo Temple on their way to Victoria Peak. In the lively metropolis, this is a place to linger and breathe. The temple is a popular destination for pilgrims or vacationers and a quiet oasis of the economic metropolis.
A historic temple district
Wealthy merchants founded Man Mo Temple in 1847, which is now the most important part of the historic temple district on Hollywood Road. It forms a unit with the Kung Sor and the Lit Shing Kung and is separated from them by narrow passages. Fortune tellers at the gates have always shown the way to the Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong. They are all waiting to prophesy their future to visitors. The sanctuary from the era of British colonial rule is the destination of devout Chinese who meditate there before exams or seek the favor of the gods in their literary work.
Red colors for luck and fortune
Originally it was Taoists who tried to build the Man Mo Temple. At the center of their worship was the god of literature, Man Cheong, who saw the light of day around the year 287 according to the Christian era. The temple gained in importance in imperial China because it was there that it was decided who was chosen and found worthy for important tasks of the state. Incense spirals hang on the temple ceiling. Often they are burned to attract the attention of the gods and to serve as food for the unearthly beings. The devout Chinese are convinced that the burning of the spirals gives their ancestors comfort and hope in the afterlife. The all-determining color of the temple is red – it is the color of luck and wealth.
Hong Kong: the longest sea bridge in the world
It is a masterpiece of Chinese engineering: the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. With a record length of 55 kilometers, the steel construction connects the Chinese mainland with the two special administrative areas of Hong Kong and Macau.
A record bridge at 55 km
The mega-bridge is not only the longest bridge in the world, but with its weight of more than 400,000 tons it is also probably one of the heaviest. The construction of several bridge sections and a tunnel, which is about seven kilometers long, is also record breaking in terms of time. The travel time between Hong Kong and Zhuhai, for example, is reduced from 3 hours to just 30 minutes. The construction time was 9 years.
The bridge is another project by China, with which the country proves progressive thinking. The bridge’s engineers have overcome a number of hurdles to build. For example, a tunnel had to be built for which artificial sand islands had to be raised so that air traffic in front of Hong Kong could continue. Overall, the costs were given as 15 billion euros.
Absolute tourist magnet
The mega-bridge is worth seeing simply because it is the longest overwater bridge in the world. The peculiarity of the technical implementation and the optics make the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge an absolute eye-catcher for tourists and locals. So if you are planning a trip to China in the Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Areas, you cannot avoid this attraction and should not forget your camera.