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The Star Ferry is an absolute must when you come to Hong Kong. Think of it as the what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. Transporting guests between the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island, this vessel provides the most scenic route through the city. Visitors will be smack dab in the center of the city's famous skyline, providing amazing photo opportunities, especially at night. 

Recent travelers described the views as priceless, with many saying bearing witness to the city's many towering skyscrapers while floating along the calm waters of the Victoria Harbour took their breath away. Some recommended catching the ferry at 8 p.m. for the Symphony at Lights Show, which is considered to be the world's largest permanent light and sound show. 

Every day, the Star Ferry Company shuttles passengers from its Tsim Sha Tsui pier (near the promenade) on the Kowloon Peninsula to either its Central pier or its Wan Chai pier on the Hong Kong Island side. The short voyage costs between HK$2.50 and HK$3.40 (about $0.32 and $0.44) for adults. The company also operates an hour-long tour of Victoria Harbour. You can hop on this route at any of the three piers. A variety of ticket types are available, but standard single-ride, round-trip tickets cost HK$68 (about $9) during the day and HK$128 (about $16.50) at night. For more information, consult the Star Ferry Company's website.

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#1 Star Ferry The Star Ferry is an absolute must when you come to Hong Kong. Think of it as the what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. Transporting guests between the Kowloon ... Read more » marco wong / Getty Images

#2 Victoria Peak Along with the Star Ferry, Victoria Peak, or simply "The Peak," is a must-visit attraction simply for its incredible views. Situated atop the highest point on Hong Kong Island, The ... Read more » David Wong / Getty Images

#3 Street Markets Chances are you'll accidentally stumble upon one of these shopping frenzies on a tour of the city. But don't just stop at one. Hong Kong's street markets ... Read more » AzmanL / Getty Images

#4 Happy Valley Racecourse Every Wednesday from September to July, thousands of Hong Kong residents flood the stands of the Happy Valley Racecourse. Horse racing is the only legal form of gambling in Hong ... Read more » Emperorderek / Getty Images

#5 Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade On the edge of the Kowloon Peninsula's popular Tsim Sha Tsui neighborhood, the promenade is the Hong Kong locale for many visitors. Stretching from Hong Kong's colonial-era Clock ... Read more » IMAGEMORE Co. Ltd. / Getty Images

#6 Ocean Park Competing with Hong Kong Disneyland as the top spot to take your family in Hong Kong, Ocean Park pulls out all the stops. Spectacular natural scenery right on the coastline ... Read more » Best View Stock / Getty Images

#7 Nan Lian Garden If you're looking to rest your feet after a long day of touring, retreat to the Nan Lian Garden. Located in Kowloon, the Nan Lian Garden is a nearly ... Read more » bushton3 / Getty Images

#8 Hong Kong Museum of History From prehistoric times to the modern era, the Hong Kong Museum of History squeezes 400 million years of the city's history under one roof. Spanning more than 75,000 ... Read more » Andrew and Annemarie / Flickr

#9 Lantau Island Like Singapore's Sentosa Island, Lantau Island is a tourist's playground. You've got historical sites, amusement parks, sunny beaches and more. Families love Hong Kong Disneyland, while active ... Read more » pat138241 / Getty Images

#10 Hong Kong Disneyland "It's a small world after all" has never been more true than at Hong Kong Disneyland. If you've been to either Disneyland or Walt Disney World, you might ... Read more » Courtesy of Disneyland Hong Kong

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The Star Ferry is one of Hong Kong's most popular attractions, offering exceptional views of downtown from Victoria Harbour. marco wong / Getty Images

Day or night, Victoria Peak is a tourist favorite for its incredible views of the skyline, waterways and distant New Territories mountain range. David Wong / Getty Images

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Strolling the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade at night, you'll get a spectacular view of Hong Kong Island. IMAGEMORE Co. Ltd. / Getty Images

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Nan Lian Garden enchants travelers with its lush greenery and colorful structures. bushton3 / Getty Images

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