More than just a modern and thriving metropolis, Hong Kong is full of hidden, and not-so-hidden historical attractions. Stay in the Dorsett Kwun Tong, Hong Kong and discover these with us together. Eat seafood at a Lei Yue Mun traditional fishing village, go hiking in Sai Kung, and find Buddhist calm in the garden of the Chi Lin monastery. Kowloon Sightseeing has a lot to offer the traveller who wants to find both modernity and tradition.
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Chi Lin Nunnery is a large Buddhist temple located in Diamond Hill. It was founded in 1934 and was rebuilt in the 1990s. It was built in traditional Tang dynasty style and constructed entirely in cypress wood, without using a single nail. It is currently the world’s largest hand-made wooden building. Stroll around the nearby Buddhist gardens and contemplate life.
The Kwun Tong Promenade on the waterfront provides visitors with close-up views of Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and Runway Park, the new landmarks of East Kowloon, but also splendid night-time views of Hong Kong Island East and the panoramas of Victoria Harbour and Lei Yue Mun.
The fishing village of Lei Yue Mun shows that old Hong Kong is still alive and well in the modern metropolis. First you buy your fish from a tank in a market stall; then you take it to one of the nearby restaurants, which will prepare it for a fee. Overall, tasty fresh seafood at reasonable prices.
Sai Kung is known as “Hong Kong’s back garden” because of the beautiful hiking trails and beaches in this area. The village of Sai Kung is also noted locally for its seafood restaurants.