Top 5 Historic Attractions To Visit While On You Private Hong Kong Tour

With an astounding population of over 7.4 million people in a territory covering 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi), Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities on Earth. This spectacular island has a long, storied history covering thousands of years. Here are the top 5 historic attractions to visit while on your private Hong Kong tour.

Po Lin Monastery

Situated on beautiful Lantau Island, Hong Kong is the extraordinary Po Lin Monastery. This historic attraction is a must-see on any private Hong Kong tour. Founded in 1906 by three monks visiting from Jiangsu province, the monastery is only of the most popular attractions to visit on the island.

Originally, Po Lin Monastery was simply referred to as “The Big Hut”, but in 1924 was given the present name. The monastery complex consists of numerous structures including the Hall of Bodhisattva Skanda, and the Main Shrine Hall of Buddha. The main temple houses numerous Buddhist scriptures, in addition to three bronze Buddha statues.

Situated on Ngong Ping Plateau, the Po Lin Monastery is home to the world-renowned Tian Tan Buddha (also known as the Giant Buddha), which was completed in1993. Symbolizing the harmonious dynamic betwixt nature and humanity, the bronze statue is 34 meters (112 ft) tall and weighs over 250 metric tons.

Lantau Island

Situated at the mouth of the Pearl River off the coast of Hong Kong, is the stunning Lantau Island. As the largest island in Hong Kong, it has a rich history spanning almost 10,000 years, making it a perfect historic attraction on your private tour of Hong Kong.

The earliest artifacts discovered on Lantau Island date from the late Neolithic Period. A stone circle located at Fan Lau, a peninsula on the southwest tip of the island was discovered in 1980. The exact nature and purpose of the structure is unknown. In addition, stone rock carvings were discovered at Shek Pik and believed to be from the Bronze Age.

In more recent times, Lantau Island has been the seat of the imperial court during the Southern Song Dynasty. In 1276 CE, the imperial court fled to the island to escape Mongol Invaders. During the 16th and 17th centuries, Portuguese traders briefly settled Lantau Island, with nine settlements being founded. In the subsequent centuries, the island became a British important trading post.

Lantau Island boasts several historical attractions including Po Lin Monastery, Tai O, and Tung Chung Fort, just to name a few.

Aberdeen

Located on the southern portion of, is Aberdeen. This incredible town has a rich history spanning centuries and is world-renowned for its floating village populated by the Tanka people, floating restaurants, and harbor. Despite the encroachment of modernity, the traditional lifestyle of “the boat people” prevails in Aberdeen. It is definitely a must-see historic attraction to visit on your private Hong Kong tour.

Boat-dwelling fisherman known as the Tanka, have long inhabited the area of Aberdeen. Since ancient times, the Tanka people pursued their livelihood of fishing in the region. During the Ming dynasty (1368 to 1644 CE), “Hong Kong” was the original name for what is present-day Aberdeen Village.

In the early 19th century during the Qing dynasty (1644 to 1912 CE), foreigners began arriving near the settlement of Aberdeen. They mistakenly believed the name of the village “Hong Kong”, referred to the entirety of the island.

In 2012, a beautification project to improve Aberdeen’s tourism commenced. The campaign included improving information boards and signs, and the promenades lining the harbor.

Women’s Street

Women’s Street (also known as Ladies’ Market) is located on Tung Choi Street in the Kowloon area of Hong Kong. It is one of the most renowned street markets in all of Hong Kong. Kowloon itself is steeped in history, and Women’s Street is a must when on your private Hong Kong tour.

Traditionally, Women’s Street sells clothing and commodities for women (hence, the name). It is a beacon for bargain shopping with a wide variety of general merchandise.

(Photo: Wikipedia)

Wong Tai Sin Temple

Founded in 1921, Wong Tai Sin Temple is a renowned Taoist shrine located in the north of Kowloon, Hong Kong. The temple is one of the most famous temples on the island. It is certainly a must-see on any private tour of Hong Kong. The Taoist temple is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin, a Taoist deity bestowed with the powers of healing.

Wong Tai Sin Temple covers 18,000 m2 (190,000 sq ft) and consists of numerous halls including the Great Hall and the Three-Saint Hall. It also contains a wall modeled after the “Nine-Dragon Wall” found in Beijing. Three ornately carved memorial archways can be found in Wong Tai Sin Temple, as well as a wonderful collection of Buddhist, Confucian, and Taoist literature.

Recommended Hong Kong Tours

Half Day Private Tour of Kowloon

Private tour with private tour guide and private car. Explore the old part of Hong Kong.

1 Day Private Tour of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island

Tour Highlights Visit Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay, Aberdeen, Wong Tai Sin Temple, Nanlian Garden and Kowloon Walled City Park.

Half Day Hong Kong Island Tour

The great panoramic view of Victoria Harbour. The famous fishing village Aberdeen and its lifestyle.

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