Before our recent trip to Hong Kong, Andy was kind enough to send us a great deal of good information about things a person can do in Hong Kong. I thought that the information was too good to leave simply in the comments. So I have put it inot a post so that it is easy to find and people traveling to Hong Kong can make use of his work.
The must visit place is the Peak for anybody who has not been to HK. I'm assuming Jiao Jiao has not. Visit there about 30 mins to 60 mins before sunset so you can see the city transition from day to night lights. It's spectacular.
Here is some pics I took in 2004
Seeing that Jiao Jiao has a bad leg... taking the Peak Tram might be a long walk from the Hong KOng / Central / IFC MTR station. It's a bit shorter walk if you can catch a minibus after getting off the MTR. It's a long walk to the Peak Tram terminus (uphill too) behind the Bank of China building.
If you want to see the nature side of HK, visit Lanma Island. it is one of the most easily accessible not too inhabited islands. Catch a ferry from Hong Kong MTR terminal.
there are other more remote and islands less touched by civilization, but are a bit harder to get to due to limited ferry traffic and lack of sufficient guides.
I'd stop by Mong Kok.. ti's HK's night market..
while there also stop at the Langham Plaza on Portland St (just take hte Langham plaza or Portland street exit from the MTR). it's a 13 story mall and pretty cool... has a section called the spiral which is kind of cool but has crappy stores...
another must visit place is the Big Buddha on Lantau. They've built this 3 mile cable car called Ngong Ping 360. It rotates or does something while scaling up the mountain to the big bhuddha... supposed to be spectacular... I didn't hav e time to go there while in HK this past Dec, but here are some pics of the Buddhas. so take the Yellow Line to Tunch Chung and then get on the Cable Car (Ngong Ping 360).
another interesting place to visit is the Wetlands Park in Yuen Long. It's quite a hike up there (as it's close to the mainland border), you will need to take KCR West Rail to Yuen Long and then transfer to KCR light rail. It just opened a few months to has been all rave with biologists and the locals. My sister went there and showed me some spectacular pictures.. great architecture that blends modernism, minimalism and nature... and yes of course, the draw of the park is the nature which is you dont' see much in urban China. Especially Hong Kong for that matter. the interior exhibits are so futuristic.. they are star trek like.. I didn't see it but my sis showed me her pics.
and the official site.