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Hong Kong

Tin Hau temple Hong Kong
Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, is a city that's full of surprises. Hong Kong is much more than skyscrapers, teeming shopping streets and Jackie Chan. Forty percent of the land is devoted to natural habitats – sandy beaches, woodlands and mountains. Hong Kong is a water city with different islands to explore, and kids will have fun taking ferries everywhere.
  Hong Kong Island
    New Territories
    Outlying Islands
Hong Kong ferry
Ride the ferries – The green and white Star Ferry has been in operation for over a hundred years, chugging back and forth between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. The trip doesn't take long, but you get a great view of the harbor, junks, hydrofoils, sampans, and barges. You can also pick up a ferry to go to Lantau, Lamma or Cheung Chau Islands.

Victoria Harbour light show – Every night at 8pm along the harbor is a laser light show with music, "Symphony of Lights," visible from both Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. Go down to the river promenades, Avenue of Stars on Kowloon side, Expo Promendade (Golden Bauhinia Square) on Hong Kong Island. Kids can run around while watching the show.

Pink dolphin cruise – Take a cruise to look for the very endangered pink dolphins in the waters around Lantau Island. The pink dolphins (they really are pink) only live in the waters around Hong Kong and their existence is threatened by boat traffic and polluted waters.

Tin Hau Temples – Look for Tin Hau (Queen of Heaven) temples all over Hong Kong. Tin Hau is the goddess of the sea who watches over seafarers. She is one of the most beloved goddesses in Hong Kong and there are many temples in her honor. At the Tin Hau Festival (April or May), people sail colorfully decorated boats on Hong Kong's waterways and pray in the temples. Tin Hau temples are at these locations: Hong Kong Island – Causeway Bay, Repulse Bay, Wan Chai, Aberdeen; Kowloon – Market Street; New Territories – Joss House Bay, and on the islands of Peng Chau, Lamma, Cheung Chau.

Fun food

Dim Sum

Dim Sum restaurants in Hong Kong are fun food for kids. You can stop into Dim Sum restaurants at all hours. It is invariably busy, noisy and full of families. After you've sat down at a big round table, wait for ladies to come around wheeling carts with different dishes. As they come by, point at dishes you want. The ladies pluck the food off the cart and plunk it down on your table. Keep requesting dishes until you're stuffed!




Hong Kong has many shopping areas, but a good bet is the Jade market in Kowloon. Here you can find jade earrings and jewelry, plus carved animals, such as tigers and dragons. Some jade may not be genuine, so unless you are knowledgeable, look for less expensive pieces.


Tip: Use public transportation in Hong Kong to get around – it's varied and fun. The subway is the easiest way to get between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. Take the double decker buses and trams for a bird's eye view of the city. To get to the New Territories, there is a good bus system. Ferries are a must. The shortest ride is the Star Ferry between Kowloon and Hong Kong. For a day trip, take the ferries to the outlying islands.

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Kids will have a great time cruising to see the pink dolphins. "Our children were delighted and rated this trip as one of their best experiences whilst in Hong Kong."

Hong Kong Pink Dolphin Cruise
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This is Hong Kong childrens books  

Take a trip through Hong Kong, the "Fragrant Harbor" – panoramas from Victoria Peak, colorful junks and sampans, floating restaurants and locals foods, arts and crafts, flowers, firecrackers and festivals, filled with illustrations that capture the color and excitement of Hong Kong. (Picture book)


Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats
Nina Simonds, Leslie Swartz, Meilo So

All about five major Chinese festivals – Chinese New Year and the Lantern Festival, Qing Ming, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, plus holiday tales, recipes, riddles, arts and crafts activities. Sparkling illustrations. (Picture book)


Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats kids chinese festivals hong kong
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The taste of scallion pancakes whisks Emilia and Alfie to Hong Kong, where they get acquainted with a family and help in their restaurant, explore the city, try eating new foods with chopsticks, and watch Chinese New Year celebrations. Plus two recipes to make at home. (Chapter book)



"Little dishes on carts, little dishes on tables," dim sum is fun for everyone in the family. Ma-Ma likes pork buns, Ba-Ba eats fried shrimp, Mei-Mei picks sweet tofu. A charming story, plus a picture glossary of dim sum dishes. (Picture book)


hong kong kids food Dim Sum for Everyone!
hong kong kids books Shanyi Goes to China  

Shanyi goes to Hong Kong to visit her grandparents – making offerings at the ancestral hall, riding the ferries, shopping at local markets, eating dim sum for lunch, enjoying the old and new of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. (Picture book)


Tofu Quilt
Ching Yeung Russell

Charming collection of poems, inspired by the author's childhood growing up in Hong Kong. Poems about bowls of dan lai (milk custard), shopping for jade jewelry, eating special wontons, riding the tram, fireworks and flower markets on New Year's Eve. (Chapter book)


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Hong Kong Cityscape  

Open a small box and fold out a charming miniature cityscape of Hong Kong – 12 different places, including Victoria Peak, Tai O Island, Aberdeen Harbor, Tian Tan Buddha, and fun facts about each landmark. (Mini book)


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