Top 30 Things to Do in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is blessed with many popular attractions and sightseeing opportunities. You will find endless things to see and do.
Here, we have listed the top 30 things to do in Hong Kong for you. These are places and sights that give Hong Kong its highlights and unique local color.
1. Take the Tram to Victoria Peak
With an elevation of 552 meters, Victoria Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island. It is the best place to look out over the towering city skyline.
Riding the 125-year-old Peak Tram is a visual experience. This 8-minute trip will offer you sweeping views of Hong Kong Island's skyscrapers, verdant trees, and walking paths.
On the peak, you will feast your eyes on a sea of skyscrapers and the city's beautiful blue waterways, and even the green hills of the distant New Territories, if the weather permits. At night, you can enjoy the beautiful night view of Hong Kong - a dazzling galaxy of light.
See our Half-Day Hong Kong Island Tour including Victoria Peak with a one-way Peak Tram trip.
2. Ride the Star Ferry
The Star Ferry is one of the best ways to enjoy the view of the Victoria Harbour skyline. The Star Ferry has been carrying passengers from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and back since 1888.
You can embark on a trip from Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier on the Kowloon Peninsula to either the Central Ferry Piers or the Wan Chai Pier on the Hong Kong Island side. The shortest voyage takes about 7 minutes and costs US$0.25.
It is memorable to take a close look at so many towering skyscrapers while floating on the calm waters.
3. Soak Up the Temple Street Night Market Atmosphere
To experience local life in Hong Kong, the street markets are worth a visit. Temple Street is one of the best markets with a local atmosphere. There, you can find a great variety of things, such as local food, clothes, watches, jade, and antiques. Street singers and fortune-tellers make it more colorful.
Read more on Top Street Markets in Hong Kong .
4. Stroll Along Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade runs along the tip of Kowloon's waterfront. It is one of the best places to see the beautiful views of the Hong Kong skyline and bustling Victoria Harbour.
The Avenue of Stars , the Clock Tower, Star Ferry Pier, and Hong Kong Museum of Art are located along the promenade.
It is enjoyable to take a stroll and experience a slower pace of life in the international metropolis.
5. Enjoy Dim Sum in a Local Restaurant
Dim sum literally means "to touch your heart" and refers to a vast number of exquisite bite-sized dishes.
The diversity of dim sum dishes is amazing. The restaurants always offer 30 or 40 different dishes for customers to choose from, including shrimp dumplings ( har gow ), congee (rice porridge), steamed pork dumplings ( siu mei ), and spring rolls.
Read more on The Best 20 Hong Kong Restaurants - there is something for everyone.
6. Ride the Tram (Ding Ding) for Sightseeing
The tram has been used as a vehicle in Hong Kong Island for over a century. It is affectionately called "Ding" by the locals. You will be surprised that this old-fashioned contraption still operates in this modern metropolis.
A tram ride is a cheap and enjoyable way to experience the color and atmosphere of Hong Kong's backstreet life. It stops at all the right places and goes slowly enough so that tourists can see the sights along the streets and can get close-up photos from the top of the boxcars.
7. Pray at Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple , built in 1945, is one of Hong Kong's most famous temples. It is known as a temple that "makes every wish come true upon request".
The temple is unique for being dedicated to three religions (Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism). Even though you may not believe in those religions, this temple is worth a visit because of its natural setting and beautifully decorated buildings.
8. Have Fun at Hong Kong Disneyland
If you're traveling with kids, Hong Kong Disneyland is a must-visit place. It is a fairy-tale world with classic Disney attractions, unique shops and restaurants, and dazzling live entertainment in a delightful setting. Travel with us to enjoy a worry-free Hong Kong Disneyland tour including tickets and transfers.
9. Visit Pandas at Ocean Park Hong Kong
Hong Kong's biggest and most popular theme park is Ocean Park Hong Kong. Along with acrobatic sea mammals, there are exhibits of other sea creatures. The Amazing Asian Animals section has pandas.
You can ride the sky tram to see the scenery. There is a roller coaster and many other big rides. See our One-Day Ocean Park Hong Kong Tour Package .
10. Relax at Lan Kwai Fong
Lan Kwai Fong is an L-shaped uphill trail in the Central district of Hong Kong. It is an entertainment area with bars and restaurants.
This stone-paved path is full of European-style bars and restaurants. Most of them are open from noon to 1am or later. As night falls, many young people love to party there.
Originating in the early 1970s, Lan Kwai Fong has developed from an alley into a region rich in Western culture.
11. Enjoy a Macau Day Trip
Only an hour away by ferry, another world awaits you with Portuguese buildings to see, a different style of cuisine to taste, and huge casino resorts. The world's biggest gambling city is a big change of pace from Hong Kong.
Get detailed information about How to Plan a One Day Trip to Macau from Hong Kong .
12. Explore Lantau Island
Lantau Island is the largest island in Hong Kong. It is still a sparsely populated island of natural parkland, beaches, mountains, and hiking and biking trails.
You can get away to this island for relaxation, sightseeing, and outdoor adventures.
A 25-minute ride on Ngong Ping 360 offers an astonishing bird's-eye view of the magical deep blue sea and lush green mountainside.
13. Discover Hong Kong's History
Hong Kong has had a fascinating history since the last emperor of the Song Dynasty fled there 700 years ago. British colonization made Hong Kong a key port and a stage for battle during WWII.
Hong Kong has a number of good museums but the Hong Kong Museum of History will probably stand out as the favorite for tourists. Learn why Hong Kong became one of the world's foremost trade, investment, and financial centers.
Discover more about Hong Kong's history in The Top 10 Museums in Hong Kong .
14. Visit Tai O Fishing Village
Tai O Fishing Village was the earliest developed fishing village on Lantau Island and is known as the "Venice of Hong Kong".
Thanks to its location far away from the busy urban areas, Tai O is less affected by urbanization and still retains the style of the early fishing village.
Most of the residents of Tai O are Hakkas, who make a living from fishing and live a peaceful life. The residents shuttle around on small boats. The high-rise houses built on the water are a major feature of the village.
15. Experience the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge
Opened on October 23 rd , 2018, Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge is the world's longest sea crossing bridge. It is a combination of a cross-sea bridge, an artificial island, and a submarine tunnel, with a total length of 55 kilometers.
The west end connects to the Zhuhai and Macao ports and the east end connects to Hong Kong Port, which greatly facilitates the local people and tourists from Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao.
16. Ride the Famous Central–Mid-Levels Escalator
The escalator connects the central business district with the Mid-Levels residential area. It is 800 meters long and is the world's longest outdoor escalator. The journey takes about 20 minutes.
The Mid-Levels Escalator traverses a number of major Central streets, including Queen's Road Central and Hollywood Road. There are many attractions, such as the former Central Police Station, along the way. It is a good and free means of transport for tourists.
In addition, the escalator also passes through the SoHo area, which has restaurants and bars. It is full of European-style bars, Hong Kong tea restaurants, and souvenir shops. Foodies enjoy finding satisfactory food.
17. Enjoy the Famous Light Show: A Symphony of Lights
A Symphony of Lights is a famous laser light and music show in Hong Kong. It utilizes 44 skyscrapers on both sides of Victoria Harbour. It is the world's largest light and sound show.
The best place to watch the show is from the Avenue of Stars on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, the Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai, or the Star Ferry in Victoria Harbour.
18. Admire Po Lin Monastery and the Big Buddha
Po Lin Monastery is located on Ngong Ping, Lantau Island. The monastery has one of the biggest bronze statues of Buddha in a sitting position in the world, called the Big Buddha or Tian Tan Buddha.
The Buddha statue is made of 202 pieces of bronze, weighs 250 tons, and reaches up to 23 meters.
19. Bargain at Stanley Market
Stanley Market is a must-see spot if you visit Stanley at the southern end of Hong Kong Island.
There are stalls and shops selling a wide variety of items, such as traditional Chinese handicrafts, antiques, paintings, silks, clothing, fabrics, postcards, and more. It is definitely a good place to buy souvenirs and enjoy the fun of bargaining.
20. Visit the Floating Village at Aberdeen
Aberdeen was originally a fishing village and it is now a popular tourist spot. It is unique due to its tranquil beauty and the mix of tradition and modernity.
Hundreds of villagers still retain the traditional lifestyle and live on the fishing boats. You can take a small fishing boat to explore the floating village and listen to the fishermen telling stories of the past.
21. Relax at Repulse Bay Beach
Repulse Bay is located on the south side of Victoria Peak on Hong Kong Island. It is known as "the first bay in the world" and also has the reputation of being the "Oriental Hawaii". It is the most popular and most accessible beach in Hong Kong.
Repulse Bay is one of the most prestigious residential areas in Hong Kong, with numerous villas on the slopes of the bay.
22. Lose yourself in the Tranquil Nan Lian Garden
Nan Lian Garden is a traditional Chinese garden in the style of the Tang Dynasty (618–907). It is a perfect blend of hills, water features, trees, rocks, bridges, and wooden structures.
Surrounded by high-rise buildings, this is an elegant garden that is rare in the downtown area. It will impress you with its striking contrast of tradition and modernity.
23. Taste Amazing Seafood at Jumbo Kingdom
Jumbo Kingdom is home to a famous restaurant floating in Aberdeen's harbor, the Jumbo Floating Restaurant, and is surrounded by million-dollar yachts. Jumbo Kingdom offers a free shuttle service to/from the restaurant. It is the world's largest floating restaurant and is best known for its fresh seafood, traditional Cantonese cuisine, and its traditional Chinese decorations.
24. Hike Along Dragon's Back
If you are a lover of outdoor activities, you can enjoy a hike along Dragon's Back, which is at the southeast corner of Hong Kong Island. This hike is rated as one of the best urban walking routes in Asia.
During the 4–5 hours' hike along the mountain ridge, you will enjoy a bird's-eye view of the sea, mountains, and outlying islands.
25. Experience Excitement at Happy Valley Racecourse
Happy Valley Racecourse, located in the heart of Hong Kong Island, is surrounded by high-rise buildings. It was the first racecourse in Hong Kong, with a capacity for 35,000 spectators.
Every year, the horse racing season lasts from September to June and every race attracts tens of thousands of horse racing fans. The races at Happy Valley Racecourse are usually held on Wednesday evenings. The rest are held at Sha Tin Racecourse.
26. Spend Some Time on Lamma Island
Lamma Island is the third largest island in Hong Kong. As it is close to the city, this island has become a leisurely weekend resort. Blessed with fresh air, beautiful coastal scenery, and delicious seafood, it attracts many local people and tourists.
There, you can experience the old fishing village culture and you can also feel the romantic Western atmosphere. You can take a leisurely hike amid the picturesque scenery, visit the art shops, and taste some seafood.
27. Hunt for the Best Bargains at Mong Kok Ladies' Market
It is so called because almost all of the stalls sold women's clothing and supplies in the early days. Nowadays, in addition to women's clothing, you can also find men's clothing, leather bags, jewelry, toys, cosmetics, and even household items. This open-air market has a length of over 100 meters.
28. Visit Hong Kong Wetland Park
Hong Kong Wetland Park is located in the northern part of Tin Shui Wai, New Territories. You may not believe that Hong Kong, which has a lot of high-rise buildings, can have such a large-scale original wetland reserve.
The park has a variety of ecological environments, such as freshwater swamps, reed beds, ponds, mudflats, and mangroves. There are many birds, fish, insects, and amphibians living there.
If you are a photography enthusiast or a nature lover, you will love this wetland park.
29. Head to the Stars at the Hong Kong Space Museum
The Hong Kong Space Museum is located in Tsim Sha Tsui, close to Victoria Harbour. The unique egg-shaped design is very eye-catching. It is one of the most advanced space science museums in the world. It is a good place to visit if you are traveling with kids.
30. Explore Sai Kung
Sai Kung is located on Sai Kung Peninsula in the eastern part of Hong Kong. It has the reputation of being the "Back Garden of Hong Kong". The best way to see the scenery there is to hire a boat and take a trip around the island (about 150 Hong Kong dollars). You can also stroll along the beach and enjoy the rich seafood.
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24 Best Things to Do in Hong Kong
By Kate Springer
More than 20 years after the 1997 handover of sovereignty from Britain to China, Hong Kong is seeing new infrastructure projects, such as a super-speed train link with Beijing . Some things haven’t changed: The twinkling skyline remains, the Star Ferry still plies the harbor day after day, dim sum is still a sacred weekend ritual, and once edgy districts like Wong Chuk Hang, Sai Ying Pun, and Shek Tong Tsui have found new momentum, thanks to major MTR (metro) expansions. Of course, there’s still plenty of old-world glamour to be found, whether you’re luxuriating over afternoon tea in the lofty lobby of The Peninsula or savoring a chilled silver tankard of beer at the Captain’s Bar in the Mandarin Oriental . If you’re wondering where to begin amid the action and energy, here's our list of what to do when you're in Hong Kong.
Click the link to read our complete Hong Kong city guide .
Victoria Peak Arrow
If you’ve seen postcards of Hong Kong then you’re probably familiar with the famous views from Victoria Peak, Hong Kong Island’s highest point and poshest neighborhood. If the mansions are any indication, this is where the city’s rich and famous reside. But most travelers don’t come to stalk celebrities or tycoons—they’re here for the views. This lofty vantage point overlooks the city’s dense skyline as well as the outlying islands to the south. Come, snap a few selfies, and take in the sights.
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Located on a pedestrian street just below Hollywood Road, the century-old Cat Street market is a dream come true for vintage treasure hunters . You’ll find a few bona fide jade stores alongside makeshift street stalls; the latter brim with everything from throwaway souvenirs to quirky memorabilia, vintage photography prints, and genuinely beautiful retro vases. A few contemporary restaurants, such as Bibo (French cuisine and contemporary art) and Man Mo Cafe (French-ified dim sum) provide worthy resting spots should you need to refuel.
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With its soaring classical columns, gilded plasterwork, gargoyles, and live band, the Lobby at the Peninsula sets the scene for Hong Kong’s most famous afternoon tea . Consider sampling the hotel’s loose-leaf teas, or order anything from Champagne to fresh juice to accompany your three-tiered Afternoon Tea set. It’s impossible not to feel a bit of wonderment looking at the beautiful pastries, homemade finger sandwiches, and assortment of raisin scones (complete with clotted cream and organic strawberry jam). It’s an ideal way to while away a lazy afternoon with friends, coworkers, or family.
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Couples, families, and solo travelers are equally likely to visit Victoria Dockside in hot pursuit of the epic views of Hong Kong’s famous skyline. Beyond the general waterfront appeal, this avant-garde urban village also lures architecture and design nerds seeking to peek into Hong Kong’s evolving cityscape, which increasingly integrates organic structures, high-tech features, and ample greenery. Victoria Dockside gets crowded on weekends, so if you’re even the tiniest bit agoraphobic, take a pass or visit best on a weekday.
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At the Chi Lin Nunnery and adjacent Nan Lian Garden you’ll stumble into a world of chanting nuns and meticulously pruned bonsai trees. Though it looks ancient, this Buddhist monastery complex was actually built in the 1930s and later renovated in 1998. Channeling ancient Chinese construction methods, the impressive wooden structure features a matrix of interlocking cypress wood beams—and not a single nail—making this one of the world’s largest handmade wooden buildings. Inside the structure, the Main Hall honors the founder of the Buddhist religion with an impressive statue.
Dragon's Back Arrow
Short but incredibly scenic, Dragon’s Back begins in the photogenic Cape Collinson Crematorium in Chai Wan and is a favorite hike for families and athletic travelers. With the initial ascent of the hike behind you, you’ll follow the trail south along the undulating ridge, which resembles a dragon’s spine. It’s one of the prettiest treks in Hong Kong, flanked by ocean and reservoir views on either side. As you approach Shek O, you’ll see the photogenic golf course at the Shek O Country Club off to the left, a handful of empty beaches, and a few paragliders soaring above the hills.
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It’s a little tricky to find Maxim’s Palace, which is located on the second floor of Hong Kong’s City Hall in Central. But as you ascend the escalator, the noisy crowds waiting to be seated should give it away. Established in 1980, Maxim’s is among Hong Kong’s most famous dim sum halls , decked out with elaborate pillars, dragon motifs, and glitzy chandeliers. Fair warning: The high-end address doesn’t take reservations, so it’s common to queue for at least 30 minutes if you come at peak hours, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m on weekends. But for an old-school dim sum feast, Maxim’s delivers in spades.
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Aqualuna’s Symphony of Lights Cruise, which coincides with the city’s multimedia laser and lights show, is a perfect way to unwind before dinner or after a long day of touring. The experience is all about enjoying a glass of complimentary wine or a cocktail while admiring the neon-lit skyscrapers. From this vantage point, it feels as if you’re being hugged by Victoria Harbour on all sides. Get your camera ready—as soon as the Symphony of Lights show begins, most guests are busy taking photos.
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Home to one of the most expensive real estate markets in the world, Hong Kong never wastes a square foot. Which is why it’s so refreshing to come across a place like Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts. Open off Hollywood Road in 2018, this landmark heritage regeneration project welcomes visitors with a massive courtyard surrounded by 16 historic colonial-era buildings and leafy trees. It’s a free, open, and relaxed space—a unicorn in Hong Kong—that delivers big on its promise of arts, culture, dining, and shopping experiences .
Whether you’re lounging on the secret garden terrace or pausing for a power lunch in the main dining room, Duddell’s masters the art of hospitality. Executive chef Fung Man-Ip is a specialist in traditional Cantonese cuisine and composes classic dishes with meticulous attention to detail and only the best ingredients. Come for the heartfelt Cantonese dishes, stay for the surprising wine pairings and revolving art exhibitions.
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When the sun’s out, there’s nothing better than a quick ride on the Star Ferry. It’s a relaxed and civilized way to travel, particularly if you make your way to the top deck where you’ll find slightly nicer furnishings and working air-conditioning. But even with its imperfections, the old boats provide an enjoyable ride, and taking a ride on them is considered a must-do in Hong Kong . It’s a quick but memorable trip that frames the city’s skyline from every angle. Families love it, as do couples of all ages—really, anyone who appreciates a cheap thrill and terrific views.
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Just 20-to-30 minutes away from Hong Kong Island by ferry, Lamma Island is a natural wonderland, not to mention one of the city's coolest outlying islands. You've got the best of everything: excellent seafood, nature trails, chill cafes, waterfront bars, local markets, and beaches . You can make your own adventure. If you’re a foodie, head to Main Street for delicious vegan fare at Bookworm Cafe, or try some local craft beers at Yardley Brothers Beer Shack. Swing by Lamma Rainbow, an institution, for top-notch garlic scallops, black bean clams, and juicy prawns.
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A sartorial institution in Hong Kong, W.W. Chan & Sons is where taipans (business tycoons) go when they need impeccable suits, vests, and accessories. The famed outfit is among an elite set of “Red Gang” Shanghainese tailors—a term that’s synonymous with superlative craftsmanship and timeless style. Flash forward nearly 70 years, and W.W. Chan continues to stay true to traditional techniques. The tailors take all measurements by hand, create dummy jackets to check the client’s posture, and meticulously stitch using only pure silk.
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Blue House, a Grade I historic building, has stood the test of time. The name is a bit of a misnomer: It's not just one house, but a cluster of four interconnected tenement-style residences and shophouses in a rainbow of shades—blue, orange, yellow, and gray. The Blue House is the most famous, thanks in part to its head-turning cobalt facade, and has played host to all kinds of businesses—a hospital, temple, and even a kung fu studio. It currently serves as a residence for local Hongkongers and a few businesses.
Man Mo Temple Arrow
One of Hong Kong’s most famous urban temples , Man Mo Temple is an excellent example of Qing dynasty architecture and a great place to experience a slower, more spiritual side of Hong Kong. Free to enter, visitors are welcome to wander around the main temple at leisure. As intense, eye-watering smoke wafts from incense coils hanging overhead, stop to admire golden deities, murals, and Chinese wood carvings. There’s also a fortune-telling area off to the right—a traditional practice at Taoist temples.
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Those fascinated by the history of the Walled City—and what it might have been like to live there—will enjoy a visit to the peaceful Kowloon Walled City Park, where they can peruse the remaining artifacts and explanatory plaques telling the story of what was once one of the world’s largest slums. Everyone else will enjoy the fresh air, bamboo groves, pavilions, Qing Dynasty–style Chinese gates, flower gardens, and pretty ponds. Ironically, this is now one of the most pleasant corners in Hong Kong.
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Smack in the middle of Soho, PMQ is one of the only places in Hong Kong that’s fully dedicated to indie design. This major heritage revitalization project debuted in 2014, and you can expect cool architecture alongside a groundswell of creativity. It’s not a single boutique, but rather a complex of dozens of buzzing workshops, studios, and ateliers from the coolest labels in town. Look for more than 100 local shops, several excellent dining options , and a wide-open courtyard that comes alive on weekends with seasonal markets, pop-ups, and art installations.
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One of the most convenient options for a foot massage in Central is Gao’s, located just a few steps from the MTR inside a commercial tower in Lan Kwai Fong. This no-frills massage parlor feels fairly traditional—picture black or red leather chairs, lattice woodwork, and a soundtrack of birds chirping. Most of the men and women who perform the foot massages are incredibly experienced, with an uncanny ability to zoom in on a trouble spot within minutes and massage away the pain and strain. Whether or not you believe in traditional Chinese reflexology, you will walk out on refreshed feet and legs that feel balanced and energized.
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If you love the call of the wild, calm seas, and simple pleasures, then you’ll love a side trip to Tai Long Wan—a beautiful bay hugging the eastern side of the Sai Kung Peninsula. Tai Long Wan (meaning "Big Wave Bay") is made up of four distinct, white-sand beaches —Sai Wan, Ham Tin, Tai Wan and Tung Wan—each separated by hilly formations. The easiest to reach is Sai Wan, but the more remote beaches are the most idyllic. We’d recommend setting off early in the morning in order to enjoy the afternoon at one of these far-flung beaches—heading back a few hours before sunset.
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Holding court on the 49th floor of ultra-luxe Upper House hotel in Admiralty, Café Gray Deluxe sets the tone with a long, Champagne-hued corridor that feels more like a spa than a dining establishment. Round a corner and the pièce de résistance comes into full view: wall-to-wall windows framing uninterrupted panoramas of Hong Kong’s famed Victoria Harbour. On a clear night, this is one of the best views in town, especially if you manage to snag a corner table or one of the purple banquettes lining the windows.
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Dedicated to Hong Kong’s history , art, and culture, Hong Kong’s Heritage Museum houses 11 different galleries that will transport you through various dynasties and artistic epochs, from the Cantonese opera exhibits to literature, photos, and masterful Chinese paintings. The Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall is particularly impressive, with life-size stage setups, colorful floral backdrops, and more than 30,000 artifacts from past performances—and don’t miss the ongoing Bruce Lee exhibition.
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The monastery will lift your spirits from the moment you start your trek in the hills of Sha Tin. Grinning gold buddha statues will guide you to the top of the hill, and once you peek into the main Ten Thousand Buddhas Hall, you’ll see rows and rows of tiny buddhas that glow when they catch a ray of sunlight. Elsewhere around the grounds, there are several smaller temples, a nine-story pavilion, pagodas, and verandas. Keep climbing higher and you’ll find more temples and even better views.
Young Master Brewery Arrow
Hong Kong’s top craft brewery , Young Master Ales, recently expanded into a larger space in Wong Chuk Hang—an industrial district on the south side of Hong Kong Island that’s now connected to Central via MTR. Once you enter the eclectic space, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Brooklyn—picture two bars with about eight taps, knotty wood counters, communal picnic tables, and some retro-chic couches. Just beyond, you can see the steel vats where the magic happens. If you’re a beer enthusiast or you simply love to experience homegrown brands when you travel, visiting the brewery will be a memorable Saturday afternoon. Plus, you’ll get to see a more industrial side of Hong Kong—often overlooked by those who stick to Central and Tsim Sha Tsui districts.
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The humble homes, restaurants, and shops of Tai O provide a very different image that what many travelers expect of Hong Kong . There’s not a skyscraper in sight—just open ocean, a few outlying islands, and relatively small one or two-story houses. Exploring the tranquil town takes no more than two or three hours, even with a stop for lunch, but it’s a pleasant side trip—particularly when combined with a visit to the Big Buddha (which sits atop a mountain peak about 15 minutes away by bus) or Upper Cheung Sha Beach to the east.
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Hong kong toursim board, 10 must-do experiences for visitors in hong kong.
- Written by Time Out Hong Kong
From conquering mountain trails to exploring neon-lit streetscapes, Hong Kong is a city that offers myriad possibilities and experiences. Go from ancient temples to glistening skyscrapers, then dip into bustling city markets before decamping to seaside villages. The only question is — where to start? Read on for a list of unmissable experiences to tick off your Hong Kong wish list.
Gaze across Hong Kong and Kowloon from The Peak
Hike up the Morning Trail to the Peak Galleria, where refreshments await — along with classic picture-postcard skyline views across both sides of Victoria Harbour. Alternatively, the Peak Tram offers a scenic sprint up to the top with stellar views along the way. For a different view, come at sunset when the sky erupts into brilliant reds before blinking back to life with a million lights below.
Devour local delicacies like dim sum
Get arty at galleries, museums and more
Hike hong kong’s great outdoors.
Climb the steps up to the Big Buddha
Drink in the city’s never-ending nightlife
Take in the hong kong skyline from all angles.
Get a thrill at theme parks
Hong Kong’s proudly homegrown theme park Ocean Park has been entertaining kids and adults alike with its thrilling rides and animal encounters for over 40 years. But you can also head to Disneyland to meet Mickey, ride Space Mountain and enjoy the rides at Toy Story Land and other areas of the magical kingdom.
Try your luck at Happy Valley Racecourse
[Remarks: Racecourses, including Happy Valley, may be implementing restrictions or special procedures, such as requiring reservations, for entry. Please check the official website before you visit.]
Take yourself on self-guided tours of local neighbourhoods
The best way to experience the charms of the city’s distinct neighbourhoods is on foot. The emerging neighbourhood of West Kowloon connects the traditional craftsmanship, historic buildings, authentic dining and shopping experiences in the city to the new bustling energy of an international art and culture district. Take yourself through Central’s backstreets, markets and the historical buildings surrounding Graham Street wet market. Get to know the quirky cafes, galleries and boutiques sprouting up in Sham Shui Po’s traditionally working-class neighbourhood. And go further to experience laid-back Sai Kung’s seaside restaurants and rural villages.
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It’s hard not to fall in love with Hong Kong at first sight, a disarmingly high-rise metropolis in the dreamiest of island settings. Then you start to discover just how memorable the food scene is, how vibrant the nightlife is, how endless the shopping is – and game over, you’re smitten.
Hong Kong truly is one of the world’s most iconic cities, which is all the more remarkable given its relative youth, sprouting from the seeds of British colonialism to dizzying heights of wealth and success. Recent years have brought a raft of new challenges, as China seeks to bring its upstart territory to heel. For now, at least, this incredible city retains its allure.
There really is no set way to experience this incredible city, but this list offers the most popular, unique, and unusual things to do in Hong Kong.
1. Marvel at Hong Kong’s skyline from the deck of the Star Ferry
Despite rumors in 2022 that the service would close after 142 years, Hong Kong’s iconic Star Ferries continue to chug the ten-minute trip across Victoria Harbour between Kowloon and Central. Costing mere pennies each way, it’s a commute dressed up as the world’s cheapest sightseeing cruise. It’s also simply the best way to take in the skyscrapers (over 500 are above 150m/492ft tall) and jungle-clad hills that Hong Kong Island is best known for.
Detour: Star Ferry also runs a one-hour Harbour Tour voyage with pick-ups at Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, and Wan Chai.
2. Savor craft cocktails in Asia’s most creative bars
With eight venues ranking in Asia’s 50 Best Bars for 2022 (including first and third place with Coa and Argo respectively), Hong Kong’s bar scene is positively humming with creativity. Coa is all about boutique agave and the flavors of Mexico, while Argo utilizes sustainably sourced staples like coffee and cacao to make a statement about climate change. Hong Kong’s trailblazing mixologists also include Quinary , inspired by Spanish molecular restaurant El Bulli, and The Old Man , which takes its inspiration from Ernest Hemingway.
3. Explore Hong Kong island by tram
Hong Kong’s teetering trams have been traversing the north shore of Hong Kong Island since 1904. Looking like slimmed-down London buses, the double-decker "ding dings" are a fun and low-impact means of exploration, and you get a killer view from the top deck. Hop on an east-bound tram to North Point and you’ll have the added thrill of trundling right through the middle of Chun Yeung Street Market , inches away from stalls and carts stacked with glossy cabbages and fresh seafood.
4. Queue up for Michelin-starred roast goose
Glitzy Hong Kong has some of the best (and most expensive) fine dining in Asia, but you can still eat like a king on the cheap if you know where to go. Yat Lok and Kam’s Roast Goose are two unpretentious local diners that specialize in the Cantonese staple of roast goose over rice. Both serve glorious renditions of the dish for around HK$100 (approx US$12), and both also happen to have a Michelin star.
Local tip: Goose leg is more highly prized than breast and typically costs more on menus.
5. Go for a hike up and around Victoria Peak
Taller than Hong Kong’s highest skyscraper, the 552m (1811ft) Victoria Peak is Hong Kong’s most popular beauty spot, with hordes of visitors riding the white-knuckle Peak Tram to its upper terminus for jaw-dropping views of the city and the South China Sea. To skip the crowds, consider hiking up from Pok Fu Lam Reservoir, a relatively gentle ascent, and then circling the top following the Ludgard Road loop, a flat, accessible trail with panoramic viewpoints. They’re worth the effort, but allow 2.5 hours to complete the 6km (3.7 miles) route.
Planning tip: Aim to hit the Peak at sunset to see the skyline in both day and night mode.
6. Have a night at the races, Hong Kong style
Wednesday night is race night on Hong Kong Island, with thousands of revelers descending on the Happy Valley Racecourse to watch horses thunder around the track, place a bet or two, and drink copious amounts of beer. The atmosphere is usually electric, with live music and silly wigs a-plenty, and entry costs just HK$10 using your Octopus (subway) card. It’s one of the most fun things to do at night in Hong Kong. The oval race track, first laid out in 1845, is overlooked by a cliff face of towering apartment blocks and makes for a remarkable setting.
Local tip: Outside of race days, joggers are welcome to use the course as a public running track.
7. Get nostalgic for old Hong Kong at Yau Ma Tei
For a taste of old Hong Kong, steeped in neon and nostalgia, head to Yau Ma Tei in Kowloon where you’ll find mahjong parlors, martial arts dens, dried seafood sellers, cleaver shops, plus Hong Kong’s oldest theater, performing Cantonese opera . Be sure to stop in for a cuppa at one of the area’s retro cha chaan tang (teahouses) and if you’re feeling in fine voice, head to a neighborhood "singalong parlor" for old-time karaoke and beers with the locals.
8. Seek out Hong Kong’s atmospheric urban temples
Easily overlooked amid all the tightly packed, high-rise modernity are Hong Kong’s many urban temples, with their double-eave tiled rooftops, resident fortune tellers and hanging coils of incense. Some are dedicated to Tin Hau (Mazu), a sea goddess, while others honor a Chinese general called Che Kung. The gods of literature and war are also represented, as is the case with the magnificent Man Mo Temple . Entry is usually free, even to the best temples, and the temples are at their busiest during Hong Kong’s regular folk festivals.
9. Embark on an island-hopping adventure
There are some 250 islands around Hong Kong, a few of which are an easy ferry trip away from the piers at Central. You might try laidback Lamma with its hippy vibes and craft beer shacks, or hipster Cheung Chau with its temples, trails and beaches. Lantau , Hong Kong’s biggest island and joined to the mainland since 1997, is home to the world’s largest seated bronze Buddha , as well as the world’s most famous mouse at Hong Kong Disneyland .
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HONG KONG Itinerary • MUST READ! (2023)
Hong Kong is quite unlike anywhere else on earth and is chock full of unique and exciting activities. Whether you are visiting for fun, business or simply to experience a different culture, you’ll be blown away by everything it has to offer. From its ancient temples to futuristic theme parks and everything in between – Hong Kong literally has it all!
You wouldn’t want to arrive in Hong Kong without a plan, as you may end up missing some amazing things to do! While the attractions are relatively easy to access, no matter where you are, there are optimal ways to see and do the best on offer. Which is exactly what we’ve highlighted in this detailed Hong Kong travel guide!
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Hong Kong actually consists of 3 islands and 1 peninsula. The peninsula that connects to mainland China is known as Kowloon and this is where a lot of tourists attractions are situated. Then there is Hong Kong Island, Lantau Island and Lamma Island.
This itinerary spans all of these areas but fortunately, they are well connected by Metro or Ferries.
The first 2 days are very busy and time will be of the essence. Day 3 is more like a buffet option whereby we set out a number of cool options for you to choose from. Anyway, let’s dive in and look at what do for your first time in Hong Kong.
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3 Day Hong Kong Itinerary Overview
Day 1 in Hong Kong: Big Buddha , Tai O Fishing Village , Victoria Peak , The Symphony of Lights , Drinks at the Old Man
Day 2 in Hong Kong: 10, 000 Buddhas Monastery , Sham Shui Po , Hong Kong History Museum , Hong Kong Museum of Art , Cocktails in the Sky at Ozone
Day 3 in Hong Kong : Ocean Park , Lamma Island , Tai Chi Class , Dragons Back
When choosing your accommodation in Hong Kong , it’s good to know that there are several neighborhoods of varying atmospheres to choose from. If you’re wanting shopping malls, nightlife and being in the center of excitement, then staying in Hong Kong central is your best bet. Causeway Bay or Wan Chai are also fantastic choices too!
Lantau Island is not only where you will land, but also home to Hong Kong’s Disneyland, so this is usually a family favorite location. The Western District is a slightly “quieter” neighborhood, perfect for those who need some peace and tranquility at night. Alternatively, you can stay in Kowloon, which is busy, but full of budget accommodation and backpacker lodges.
Best Hostel in Hong Kong – Hop Inn on Mody
The Hop Inn on Mody is a comfy, affordable hostel nestled in the center of TST, Kowloon. There are both female-only and mixed dorms, sleeping 4 – 8 people each. It’s the perfect mix of quiet rooms and colorful artistic decor, with open common areas to chill and meet other travelers, making it one of the best hostels in Hong Kong !
Best Airbnb in Hong Kong – Cozy Studio near Mongkok
Conveniently based in northern Kowloon, this spacious apartment is as cool as the bustling streets outside. With exposed brick walls and quirky egg-shaped chairs, it’s every hipster’s dream – minus the avocado. It also boasts high-speed WiFi, 24-hour security and easy access to the subway.
Best Budget Hotel in Hong Kong – Ovolo Southside
This may be budget accommodation, but it certainly won’t seem like it when you’re there. The hotel has 162 rooms, each as comfy and stylish as the next. The floor-to-ceiling windows show off the beauty of Hong Kong, while you rest comfortably in your soft, relaxing bed! Enjoy in-room comforts, as well as on-site extras such as a restaurant and fitness center.
This is gonna be a busy day and your legs are going to get a workout! Day 1 of this itinerary also covers some pretty extensive ground so be prepared to spend some time in transit. However, it will be worth it as we whisk you around Hong Kong’s Biggest Buddha, Hong Kong’s iconic peak and finish off with a light show.
9:00 AM – Tian Tan Buddha – Big Buddha
The Tian Tan Buddha stands at 34 meters high and is a must-see for any trip to Hong Kong! You can visit this ginormous statue any day of the week. To get to the platform you must first take the cable car or bus (definitely way more fun on a cable car) to Ngong Ping village.
The statue is at the top of the village next to the Po Lin Monastery, you’ll need to walk up the grueling 268 steps – quite a workout, but oh so worth it!
For those with mobility issues, or simply unable to fathom a 268-step climb, opt for the small, winding path that leads up to the Buddha instead!
Once at the top, you’ll have insaaaane views of Lantau Island, as well as a close-up look of this huge landmark.
You can choose to go inside the statue, there are 3 halls inside and they are full of Buddhism relics and interesting items. However, staying on the outside of the statue doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on anything though. You’ll be able to catch some fabulous photos either way!
- Cost: Free unless you want to go inside (in which case purchase a meal ticket ranging from Us $ 9 – 13)
- How Long Should I Stay here? The visit should take no more than 2 hours
- Getting There? Lantau Island is reached by taking the Tsung Chung line from Tung Chung Station. The ride takes 25 minutes. If you are coming from Tsim Sha Tsui, the whole journey will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes
12.00 PM – Tai O Fishing Village
Hong Kong is famous for its skyscraper city line, but it wasn’t always like this. Tai O fishing village takes you back to rural Hong Kong times when it was just a fishing port, and not much else.
When you’re tired of all the rush and crowds, then a trip to the Tai O fishing village is the perfect antidote.
You’ll find it’s a much slower pace of life here, and it’s the best place to pick up some fresh seafood street food to eat while you’re at it too.
If you’re into nature and wildlife, you can take a boat ride around the village with one of the locals, and even look for pink dolphins. Now they are super rare and I’ve never actually seen one, but the boat ride is only $30HKD or so and it’s a nice activity – you get to see all the stilt houses in their pride and glory..
- Cost: Free to explore – only pay for food and the bus ticket
- How Long Should I Stay here? 2 hours
- Getting There? There is a bus directly from Ngong Ping to Tai O.
5.00 – Victoria Peak
To get from Tai O to Victoria Peak will take some time. I suggest getting the bus from Tai O to Mui Wo, and then the ferry back to Central. This journey should take around 1.5 hours if you time it right.
Victoria Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island and draws a crowd of tourists each day. This mountain stands at 552 meters above sea level and was used as a natural signal for cargo ships in the 19th century. Today, it is simply a beautiful place to visit and enjoy.
On top of the peak, you will find The Peak Tower.
Inside this fantastic building, there are shops and restaurants galore, as well as Sky Terrace 428 – Hong Kong’s highest outdoor observation deck.
At the peak, visitors can also take advantage of the Madness 3D Adventure experience, the Post Love to the Future mailbox, and the amazing nature walks available.
- Cost: The train is $5 one way
- How Long Should I Stay here? Stay to enjoy the sunset over Hong Kong city before heading down.
- Getting There? I’m giving you options! If you want a perfectly manageable but sweaty 45 minute hike, do it. But after hiking up to Big Buddha, I reckon your feet are feeling tired. So, you should definitely opt for the peak tram! It’s a funicular railway system that’s iconic for Hong Kong.
8.00 PM – The Symphony of Lights
When you’re ready to leave Victoria Peak, you can take a bus down to central, or the tram. From central, you can get the MTR or ferry over to TStT to catch the Symphony of Lights. This should take you around 1 hour at most.
Each night, at exactly 8 pm, tourists and locals alike will make their way to the harbor to amaze their senses with the Symphony of Lights show! This show is a mix of dazzling lights and glorious orchestra music. The best vantage points include the “Avenue of Stars” on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, on the waterfront promenade outside the Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai and on sightseeing ferries (i.e. Star Ferry) running across the Victoria Harbour.
It can be seen from both the Hong Kong main island and Kowloon and is one of the top attractions in Hong Kong .
As well as from The Peak, and other rooftop bars and lounges, but from those spots, you won’t be able to hear the music… So why not just take a boat cruise and enjoy the show from the water??
The best way to see the show is to find a comfy spot, preferably where they serve dinner and drinks and sit back to relax. The show only lasts around 10 minutes, but it’s a definite must-see!
- Cost: Free
- How Long Should I Stay here?
- Getting There? Get the Metro to Tsim Sha Tsui and walk along the promenade to take in the spectacle
9.00 PM – Drinks at the Old Man
Whether you are a Hemingway fan, or not, The Old Man is sure to delight and entertain you! This cozy bar has been fashioned in a way that honors Hemingway and his love of literature.
Ready for some classy and seriously elegant cocktails? Bingo! This venue is the ultimate place to end of a busy day. The quiet atmosphere and innovative drinks are sure to be the cherry on top of a perfect first day in Hong Kong!
- Cost: About $4 per drink
- Getting There? It’s a 16 minute walk from Central down near the Waterfront.
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Any trip to Hong Kong must swing by the 10,000 Budda’s monastery as well as take a look at the fascinating history of this unique city state. Day 2 of our 3 days in Hong Kong itinerary does just that.
9.00 AM – 10,000 Buddhas Monastery
Day 2 starts in the north of Kowloon, at the 10, 000 Buddhas Monastery – a must see in Hong Kong. Slightly off the beaten path, on a hill in Sha Tin New Territories, sits the 5 temples, 4 pavilions and 1 pagoda that make up the 10, 000 Buddhas Monastery! To get there, from Kowloon, it takes around an hour if you take the bus, a taxi cab could do the trip in around 20 minutes too.
Fill up on a big breakfast before you leave, because this is going to involve a lot of walking!
There is much to explore once you are here, and with a long hill and many steps to climb, those with mobility issues will, unfortunately, find this a hard activity to take part in.
Take a walk through the forest – beware of the wild monkeys though – and take your time to really appreciate the serenity that this place offers. Many people come here to meditate and reflect on their thoughts.
By the way, contrary to the translation of its name, the monastery houses 13,000 Buddha statues in total.
- How Long Should I Stay here? 2 -3 hours
- Getting There? Head to Sha Tin Metro station
12.00 PM – Sham Shui Po
Sham Shui Po is a district you can’t miss on your Hong Kong trip! Firstly, you absolutely must try out Tim Ho Wan, the district’s only Michelin-star restaurant, offering some of the best Dim Sum you’ll ever eat. Dim Sim is by the way one of THE things to do in Hong Kong in 3 days.
You can visit the many shops, from clothes to electronics, and even toys!
There are many a special and sale to be found along these crowded streets too, so keep your eyes peeled.
The main attraction, though, is the food! We suggest walking around for a little while, just enough to gain an appetite, you know? Then, make your way through your list of faves – bite-by-bite. Try out a 3-course traveling meal – doing each course in a different eatery.
- Cost: Free to explore – pay for what you buy
- How Long Should I Stay here? 1 -2 hours
- Getting There? From 10,000 Budda’s you take the Blue East Line metro from Sha Tin Station to Kowloon Tong Station. Then take the Green Kwun Tong line to Prince Edward Street
2.00 PM – Hong Kong History Museum
The Hong Kong Museum of history tells the fascinating and complex history of the region using a series of exhibitions. From ancient times, through the rise and fall of Chinese dynasties and into the days of the British Empire, the full tale of Hong Kong is told here. There are some wonderful mock-up’s of Hong Kong corner shops, banks and shipping terminals that give you a feel of how it must have been back when it was the world’s major trading hub.
- Cost: $10
- How Long Should I Stay here? 90 – 120 minutes
- Getting There? It’s a ten minute walk from TST East Metro Station. If you are happy trying the bus, then it’s 3 minute walk from the Empire Centre. From Sham Shui Po it should take about 30 minutes.
4.00 PM – Hong Kong Museum of Art
Located on Salisbury Road, the Hong Kong Museum of Art offers extensive collection of Chinese art. The collections include a busy mixture of Qing ceramics, ancient calligraphic scrolls, bronze, jade, lacquerware, textiles, and contemporary canvases. It is an essential stop for those wishing to understand Hong Kong’s artistic culture through the ages. If you are wondering what to see in Hong Kong in 3 days then some fine art is a good safe bet.
- Cost: $2
- How Long Should I Stay here? 60 minutes
- Getting There? It’s a 13 minute walk from the History Museum
6.00 PM – Cocktails in the Sky at Ozone
Provided you’re not afraid of heights, this is an experience you should have at least once in Hong Kong. The Ozone bar is listed on the list of the 10 highest bars in the world! It’s situated on floor 118 of The Ritz-Carlton hotel. The elegant, rich decor gives the bar a classy feel, and the large windows allow for the perfect night.
The friendly staff, delicious cocktails, and breathtaking views make this an experience on its own! You can get anything from beer to top-quality whiskeys and wines. Their menu includes sushi and scrumptious tapas, so you can easily enjoy a luxury dinner on the terrace, overlooking Hong Kong.
- Cost: Cocktails are about $25 each
- How Long Should I Stay here? I think 1 drink is plenty!
- Getting There? It’s a 10 minute walk from Kowloon Metro
8.00 PM – Temple Street Night Market
If you want to pick up some epic souveniers, you’ll need to head over to Temple Street Night Market. The market opens around 8pm and goes on until late. Here you will find everything from souveniers, to random electronics (including sex toys, if you’re into that), tarot card readers and psychics. Yes, it is a varied place.
It’s also a great place to sample some delicious street food (if your belly isn’t full yet). I also recommend getting an egg waffle from Mamma Pancake while you’re there – they are so good!
Alternatively, you could visit Ladies Market in Mong Kok which is basically the same thing, but without the tarot card readers and psychics.
- Cost: whatever you want to spend on souveniers
- How Long Should I Stay here? 1 hour should be enough
- Getting There? It’s a 5 minute walk from Jordan MTR
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On your third and final day in Hong Kong, you’re gonna want to rest your weary legs after all that walking the last two days…NOT! Hong Kong is known for its hikes, in fact, it has over 100 hiking trails and more than 60% of Hong Kong is a national park. Sure, the Hong Kong skyline is nice, but the mountains and beaches are out of this world.
Today we will just be doing one hike because they do take a long time, and no Hong Kong trip would be complete without hiking. But don’t worry, because this hike is suitable for beginner hikers and families. It is the world-class Maclehose Trail to Sai Wan beach.
9.00 AM – Breakfast in Sai Kung
The hike I have picked for you for today’s hiking adventure starts at Sai Kung Town Center.
It is completely up to you when you start your hike, but I do suggest getting to Sai Kung early to catch the bus. In that case, you should also have breakfast in Sai Kung.
There are a ton of local breakfast restaurants in Sai Kung, and it’s a very expat-heavy area, so you’ll find a ton of hipster coffee shops. I went to Shiba Taro Cafe when I was there and it was great.
After breakfast, you will need to catch a village bus to Sai Wan Pavilion. The bus has a sporadic schedule, it only comes 4 times a day in the week and 8 times on weekends.
If you miss the bus, you can catch a taxi to Sai Wan instead (make sure to get a green taxi because they are cheaper).
- Cost: depending on where you eat
- How Long I Should Spend There? 1 hour to eat, you can also walk along Sai Kung pier but there is not much else to see.
- Getting there: You can catch a red mini bus from Dundas Street in Mong Kok, or more commonly, from the bus station outside Hang Hau MTR.
10.00 AM – Sai Wan Pavilion – Sai Wan Beach
Once you have made it to Sai Wan Pavilion you can begin hiking. The walk is completely paved and is sometimes shaded, but mostly exposed to the elements.
It should take you no more than an hour to reach Sai Wan beach and it is mostly downhill all the way.
Once you reach Sai Wan, you will find a couple of restaurants and a magnificent beach to bask on.
If you like water sports, you can rent a surfboard or just kick back and relax on the beach.
- Cost: bring around $50 HKD for food, or you can bring your own and pay nothing!
- How Long I Should Spend There? 2-3 hours
- Getting there: Hike from Sai Wan Pavilion. There is only one trail and everyone takes it, so you won’t get lost.
12.00 PM – Sheung Luk Stream
If you’ve had enough of the beach and fancy a nice cool river to swim in, take a short walk to the Sheung Luk Stream, or Sai Kung Rock Pools, which in my opinion is one of the best waterfalls in Hong Kong .
Here you will find a huge natural river pool, and probably some daring teenagers jumping off rocks. Don’t do it though, because accidents are known to happen to those who try!
It is a magnificent place for a cool and refreshing dip in the Hong Kong heat, but once you’ve spent an hour there, there’s not much more to do.
- Cost: free HKD for food, or you can bring your own and pay nothing!
- How Long I Should Spend There? 1 hour
- Getting there: Hike from Sai Wan beach. The trail is only a 20 minute walk from the village.
2.00 PM – Ham Tin and Tai Long Wan Beach
If you’re not tired and want to see what I think is THE BEST beach in Hong Kong, continue hiking towards Ham Tin beach and Tai Wan Beach.
You can stop in Ham Tin if you’re tired, but if you can continue on to Tai Wan you won’t be disappointed.
By now, you would have done a lot of hiking, but this is the last stop, I promise!
Tai Wan beach is a long stretch of pure white sand beach with excellent surf. It’s usually very quiet, because it takes some effort to get to, but it is the cleanest and most picturesque beach in Hong Kong, hands down.
- Getting there: Hike from Sheung Luk Stream. It will take 30 minutes to Ham Tin beach and 45 minutes to Tai Wan.
5.00 PM – Boat to Sai Kung
There are two options to get back to civilization. One, the way you came. That means hiking all the way back to Sai Wan Pavilion and trying your luck with the bus.
Or, and the most popular choice is to take a boat back to Sai Kung pier.
You can catch the boat from either Sai Wan or Ham Tin, so if you’re at Tai Wan beach you should plan to get back accordingly. You can buy your boat ticket from the restaurants at Ham Tin or Sai Wan.
- Cost: around 120HKD for the boat
- Getting there: Hike from Tai Wan back to Ham Tin or Sai Wan Beach and wait for the boat. The boat takes roughly one hour.
7.00 PM – Rooftop dinner @ Wooloomooloo
For your last evening in Hong Kong, you must have a rooftop dinner to get the second-best view (after the views from the hike today) of Hong Kong. The best views are by far from a rooftop restaurant.
Now there are a lot of rooftop restaurants in Hong Kong, but a lot of them are really overpriced and a bit of a gimmick.
That’s why I always recommend people visit Wooloomooloo. Yes, it is pricey, but they serve the best steaks in Hong Kong! And the views are insaneeeeee.
There are two restaurants in Hong Kong, both are stunning. If you’re staying in Kowloon, head to the Tsim Sha Tsui branch, or if you’re staying on the Hong Kong island side, there’s a great one in Wan Chai. Ideally, try to book ahead as they tend to fill up quickly, though you can have luck with walk-ins too.
- Cost: depends on what you order
- How Long I Should Spend There? 2 hours
- Getting there: Take the MTR to either TST or Wan Chai and walk.
Aside from the itinerary, there are loads more stuff to do in Hong Kong. If you’re lucky enough to be spending three or more days in this exciting city, be sure to check out some of these exciting, quirky and memorable activities!
The Ocean Park in Hong Kong is so much fun, you really need an entire day to fully enjoy it! You’ll find adventure rides, bumper cars, a cable car, jumping castle, even wet rides. You would want to miss the chance to visit the many animal encounters, from koalas to pandas and marine animals, too!
To eat, there is a list of amazing restaurants, as well as food kiosks for a quick bite in between the fun!
You can get anything from traditional Hong Kong dishes to seafood. There are also some amazing desserts, cakes and other sweet dishes available from the several restaurants and bakeries.
Shopping is an experience on its own in the park! Check out the Waterfront Gift Shop and take an ocean-themed souvenir home with you, or go to The Panda Kingdom Shop and pick one of the many panda-related gifts on offer there.
The park is big on conservation! The seafood served in the restaurants is all sustainable, they encourage visitors to bring reusable bags, and charge for plastic bags to be taken when shopping or taking home doggy bags. They also offer conservation resources on their website and app.
- Cost: An adult day ticket is $65USD
- How Long Should I Stay here? 4 hours
- Getting There? There are 3 main options. Take South Island Line and get off at Ocean Park Station , Exit B. Take bus 48, 107, 629, or 973 to Hong Kong Ocean Park directly. Take bus 71, 71P, 72A, 75 or N72 to Wong Chuk Hang. Then, you will see the Park
Ferry over to Lamma Island
If you’re in Hong Kong for an extended period, a trip to Lamma Island is absolutely worth it! This fishing village-turned multicultural hub is home to many different types of people and offers some splendid sights.
You can hike the Lamma Island family trails or take a breathtaking cycle around the island. Fill up on a delicious lunch at the Rainbow Seafood Restaurant.
Then, make your way to the Lamma Fisherfolks Village where you can learn about this community and even take part in some of their fishing activities if you wish to!
You can spend a good 7.5 hours doing the sea kayaking and hiking tour around the island – a wonderful, active way to spend a day! Be sure, though, that you don’t leave the island before grabbing a coffee at the Book Worm Cafe. Sit down with a good book – read one of theirs or bring your own – and relax after a day of walking!
Other sights to see are the power station, the wind power station, and so many gorgeous picnic spots and beaches to relax in. Whether you visit the island for an entire day or just a few hours, it makes for a great break from everyday life! If you need to stay over, there are affordable and comfy spots to rent a room on the island as well.
- Cost: Exploring is free, the ferry is around $30 HKD.
- How Long Should I Stay here? 4 to 5 hours
- Getting There? Lamma is easily reachable by ferry from Central Pier 4 on Hong Kong Island and from Aberdeen on the south side of Hong Kong Island.
Take a Tai Chi Class
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art, known for its health benefits. If you’ve never tried it before, doing a class in Hong Kong is a brilliant idea! Not only will you be learning from masters of the art, but the culture of the activity is well-preserved as well.
You can find many places to catch a Tai Chi class , most are free and open, taking place in public spaces.
Some of these will have numbers or emails where you need to book ahead of time, while others let you simply drop in and find a space! These will usually be in a public park, under the shade of a large tree or next to a calm body of water.
The carefully choreographed moves, along with the peaceful setting allow for a tranquil, yet energized experience! This truly is a rejuvenating activity for both body and mind.
If you prefer to learn in a more private setting, you can book one of the private classes on offer, which are not free but offer you some privacy in a smaller group.
This is actually something you can do on more than just one occasion, if you find the right spots, you can try and catch a Tai Chi class each morning of your stay.
- Cost: Varies
- How Long Should I Stay here? Classes are usually 1 hour
- Getting There? Depends where it is
Hollywood road is one of the oldest, and most famous, roads you will find in Hong Kong. It is approximately 1 km (0.6 miles) long and features many cultural and historic landmarks.
Fun Fact, Hollywood Road was built and named in 1844, before the famously known Hollywood, California! Along this road, you will find art galleries, museums, and temples galore.
These show off the history of Hong Kong, and the culture that the state has preserved all these years.
Some attractions to look out for:
- Man Mo Temple
- Hollywood Mural
- Hollywood Road Park
- Liang Li Museum
Although not quite on Hollywood Road itself, you should definitely make a detour to check out the Alex Croft G.O.D graffiti wall in Graham Street .
- Cost: Free to explore – only pay for food and gallery/temple entrances where necessary.
- How Long Should I Stay here? 3 hours
- Getting There? The metro from Lantau’s Big Budda takes around 1 hour 15 minute
Hiking Dragon’s Back is thought to be the best way to start a hiking habit! The peak is easy to access and doesn’t require a very high level of fitness. The scenic views are well worth the climb as well, as from the top of the ridge you get to see a more natural side of Hong Kong.
The name, Dragon’s Back, comes from the shape of the spinal ridge.
The ridge is situated between the Wan Cham Shan and Shek O Peak.
The ridge is a 4-hour bus ride from Central Hong Kong. It is best to do the hike before it gets hot, so you’ll want to leave quite early in the morning or find closer accommodation for the night before. The bus will bring you right to the foot of the ridge, allowing you to start your hike without too long of a pre-walk!
There are different hiking options, ranging from 5 – 8 km, and will take around 2 to 3 hours. Finishing the hike will leave you either at the bus stop, where you can take a bus to Shek O Beach, or it will take you right to Big Wave Bay beach, depending on the route you decide to take.
Once the hike is done, you can enjoy the afternoon soaking up the sun on the soft beach sand. There are also some great lunch spots to fill you up for your trip back to your hotel.
- Cost: Free!
- How Long Should I Stay here? The hike may take 2 – 3 hours
- Getting There? Take the metro to Shau Kei Wan Station. Then take the bus to To Tei Wan, Dragon’s Back
Need a place quick? Here’s the best neighborhood in Hong Kong:
Tsim Sha Tsui
As one of the most central districts in Hong Kong city, it’s little wonder Tsim Sha Tsui receives so many visitors and we believe it’s the best area to stay in Hong Kong on a first-time visit. The nightlife, cafes, and markets might also have something to do with it.
- Kowloon Park – those keen to escape city life can take a wark in sprawling Kowloon Park which is home to greenery, plants and birdlife.
- The Avenue of Stars walkway beside Victoria Harbor is as famed for its static telescopes allowing you to admire the cities skyline and it also focuses on another type of star – those from the movies.
- Don’t miss the K11 art gallery and shopping center which displays exhibitions all throughout the year. Pick up some goods as you explore the installations.
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First things first, when is the best time to head down to this beautiful location? There isn’t necessarily a wrong time to visit Hong Kong, but each season has pros and cons of its own. The table below is pretty helpful.
Wherever you choose to base yourself in Hong Kong, you’ll have easy access to transport and accessing the attractions and sights on this itinerary. Taxis in Hong Kong come by often, and the Star Ferry shuttles crowds across from the main island to Kowloon and back often each day.
The Metro is perhaps the easiest way to get around as you can study the maps and announcements are in English. However, it gets very crowded. Busses can sometimes be faster and signs are written in English – still drivers do not speak much English and knowing where to get off can very confusing. As you only have 3 days in Hong Kong, wasting time getting lost may not be adviseable.
If you are visiting Hong Kong for the weekend then the business and financial districts will be quieter but the shopping areas and temples may be busier.
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Planning a trip to Hong Kong is simple enough as many nationalities don’t need a visa to enter. The weather can be very hot and humid all year round. Even when it rains it can remain very stick out. Despite the tropical climate, people in Hong Kong dress very well usually donning a mixture of business/casual/fashionable attire. For this reason, flip flops and cargo shorts are not advisable – you will look ridiculous.
Instead, wear loose but nice clothes of thin material. If you must wear shorts make sure they are nice ones and dress them up at least. Most things a traveller will need can easily be bought in Hong Kong so if you do forget anything, don’t worry too much.
Hong Kong is relatively safe and violent crime is rare. There is a significant criminal underworld in Hong Kong but it is not a concern tourists or backpackers in Hong Kong need worry about. However, always travelers are encouraged to stay vigilant when in crowds and to keep valuables safe.
There is a high police presence all throughout Hong Kong, which creates a safe feeling for both locals and tourists.
The public transport in Hong Kong is relatively safe and reliable, and walking through the streets and parks shouldn’t be an issue! If you a female traveling alone, however, take the necessary precautions and try not to walk down secluded streets on your own, especially at night.
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Find out what people want to know when planning their ultimate Hong Kong itinerary.
How many days do you need in Hong Kong?
That depends on what you want out of your trip. 3-5 days are enough to cover top attractions, but you could easily spend up to 10 days exploring!
What should you include on a 3 day Hong Kong itinerary?
Make sure to include out these awesome Hong Kong hotspots: – Big Buddha – Victoria Peak – Sham Shui Po – Buddhas Monastery
What is the best month to visit Hong Kong?
February-April are the best months for sightseeing in Hong Kong, as these have the lowest chance of rain and smallest tourist crowds.
Where should you stay in Hong Kong?
Kowloon, Causeway Bay, and the Western Districts are some of the best areas to stay in Hong Kong for sightseeing.
Now, you can easily plan your trip to Hong Kong, knowing where you should go and what you should do when there! All there is to do now is book your trip and decide how long you have to spend there. Be double sure that you make time to try out Hong Kong’s food – as this is usually a large part of the enjoyment for visitors!
We hope you found valuable information in this Hong Kong guide, and that you’re able to travel Hong Kong with the knowledge you need. Also remember that in between the larger, better-known attractions are tiny sights and scenes that are not often found in other parts of the world. Keep your eyes peeled and be sure to arrive in Hong Kong ready to learn and embrace all their culture has to offer you!
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20 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Hong Kong
Written by Lana Law and Michael Law Updated May 11, 2023
Hong Kong is known the world over as a glamorous city and a top choice for luxury shopping. But this city-state is steeped in culture and history, and has a lot more to offer than mouthwatering dim sum and an impressive skyline.
Hong Kong has an energy about it that is hard to describe. Around every corner is something new and unique, whether it's an ancient temple, a shop selling the latest electronic gadget, or a man taking his bird in a cage for a walk.
Hong Kong has another side as well, where you'll find forest-covered mountains, hiking trails, beautiful beaches, islands, and traditional fishing villages.
As a Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong presents an interesting study in the influences of ancient Chinese culture, as well as its own attitudes and history, independent from that of mainland China.
Hong Kong is one of the most impressive cities in the world, certainly, but there's much more here than meets the eye. Find out what to see and do and discover the best places to visit with our list of top attractions in Hong Kong.
1. Star Ferry
2. hong kong skyline, 3. victoria peak (the peak) and the tram, 4. big buddha (tian tan buddha statue), 5. wong tai sin temple, 6. repulse bay and the beaches, 7. temple street night market, 8. hong kong disneyland, 9. ocean park, 10. water world at ocean park, 11. dragon's back hike, 12. lan kwai fong, 13. tai o fishing village, 14. avenue of stars, 15. ten thousand buddhas monastery, 16. hong kong park, 17. chi lin nunnery and nan lian garden, 18. day trip to lamma island, 19. man mo temple, 20. tsim sha tsui, tips: how to make the most of your visit to hong kong.
Hong Kong's famous Star Ferry, with roots dating back to 1880, costs only a few Hong Kong Dollars to ride, making it one of the best deals in all of Hong Kong. Victoria Harbour is a hive of activity, and ships of all shapes and sizes chug, zip, or wallow past as the expert captains of the Star Ferries somehow avoid collisions.
As you travel the main route from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island, or more specifically, Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) to Central, it's hard not to be struck by the dense towers of Hong Kong Island, backed by green mountains rising up before you. The breeze off the water is exceptionally refreshing, and the wide-open spaces are a perfect antidote to the tight confines of the city.
Don't worry about scheduling a time to ride the ferry, they leave every few minutes all day long and later into the evening, so it's always easy to get a great seat in the front or along the rail. The return trip from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui is also just as impressive.
If you time it right in the evening, you can catch one of Hong Kong's Symphony of Lights shows. The 360-degree spectacle of laser beams striking the skyscrapers on either side of the harbor is one of the city's free attractions and one of the most popular things to do at night in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong has one of the most impressive and recognizable skylines in the world. The dense collection of skyscrapers, both on the island of Hong Kong and in Kowloon, combined with the surrounding mountains and harbor set this city apart.
In the harbor, traditional red-sailed Chinese junk boats and the historic Star Ferry contrast sharply with the backdrop of modern high-rises. At night, the skyline changes character completely as the sky darkens and the city lights fill the scene.
Two of the best places in Hong Kong to see the skyline are from the top of Victoria Peak or from the Kowloon waterfront (along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade near the clock tower), not far from the Star Ferry dock, where benches line the waterfront and look across to Hong Kong. The latter location is the best place to watch the nightly A Symphony of Lights laser and light show set to music.
You haven't seen the best of Hong Kong until you've taken in the skyline from Victoria Peak, more commonly known as The Peak. Ride the tram to the top of this scenic viewpoint to see the skyscrapers, bustling city, harbor, and surrounding islands. It's best to sit on the right-hand side to get the best views on the way up.
The tram station is located near the entrance to Hong Kong Park by the Murray building. At the top of the tram are the Peak Tower and Peak Galleria, with shops, restaurants, and an observation deck. Most of The Peak is covered by a large park with lush greenery, nature trails, and more beautiful lookouts with views over the thriving metropolis below.
A trail also leads down from The Peak to the city below, following a mix of trails through the forest and sections of road here and there. It can be a bit confusing finding your way. See our article on Hong Kong hiking trails for more details.
Evening is a great time to visit The Peak, when you can see the spectacular skyline lit against the night sky. This is one of the best views in Hong Kong at night . If the tram line is long, or you want to go directly from your hotel, you can also take a taxi to the top.
The 34-meter-high "Big Buddha" sits above Lantau Island's Po Lin monastery , which was a fairly secluded place until the statue was built in 1993. This is one of the largest Buddha statues of its kind in the world and took 12 years to complete. The size is astounding, both up close and seen from a distance. The setting here is also incredible, surrounded by the green forest and views out over the ocean and islands.
Although you can take a bus, the best way to reach the Buddha is via the scenic Ngong Ping cable car , which takes you on a 5.7-kilometer, 25-minute ride over forest, water, and mountains. The ride terminates at the small tourist-focused Ngong Ping Village, which you'll have to walk through before reaching the monastery and Big Buddha. Once through the village, a huge set of stairs leads up to the base, but don't be daunted. The walk up goes quickly, and the views from the base of the statue are well worth the effort.
You can access the cable car from the MTR Tung Chung Station. Some people combine a trip to the Big Buddha with a stop at Tai O fishing village, 20 minutes away by bus, but still on Lantau Island. You can also pick up a Hong Kong Travel Pass Combo: MTR Pass, Ngong Ping Cable Car, and Big Buddha Tour, which will give you a one- to three-day MTR Pass (metro), round-trip cable car ride, and a guided tour of the Big Buddha. This is a good deal if you are planning on getting around by MTR during your stay in Hong Kong.
The Wong Tai Sin Temple is one of the newest in Hong Kong and also one of the most interesting. Located in Kowloon, the original temple was a private structure built in 1920. It was later replaced with a newer building in 1968, which is what visitors see today.
The temple was built to honor the Taoist god Wong Tai Sin, whom locals regard as the bringer of good luck in horse racing and a healer of illnesses. A festival is held at the temple in Wong Tai Sin's name each fall.
The temple complex is made up of several buildings, including the Hall of Three Saints , the Good Wish Garden , and another hall dedicated to Confucius and his 72 disciples. Expect to see fortune-tellers in the large hall, as well as joss sticks and other offerings that visitors can use. It is customary for guests to leave a small donation toward the temple's maintenance.
Address: 2 Chuk Yuen Village, Wong Tai Sin, Hong Kong
Not everyone thinks of beaches when they think of Hong Kong, but you don't have to go far to find some incredible stretches of soft sand. The beach at Repulse Bay is the most popular in all of Hong Kong, with beautiful views and a great place for swimming, although it's very non-touristy.
A day spent here is complemented by the luxury and style typical of Hong Kong itself. The street running along the oceanfront and overlooking the wide beach is lined with trendy restaurants and shops. Amalfitana is a fun place to enjoy a pizza, with casual open-air dining looking over the beach.
Another nearby spot for a day at the beach is Big Wave Bay . Here, the water rolls in relatively gently to a large U-shaped cove with a splendid beach. This is a much more relaxed and casual atmosphere than at Repulse Bay. A popular outing is to walk part of the famous Dragon's Back hike to Big Wave Bay and dip in the ocean for a swim.
At the back of the beach, barbecues line the walkway to the parking lot and serve up seafood and other tasty treats. Scheduled buses and the occasional taxi are available in the parking area and will whisk you back to the city.
Also worth checking out is scenic Shek O Beach . It's easily accessible via public transit. For more details see our article on the best beaches in Hong Kong .
A stroll through the Temple Street Night Market is another one of those all-important things to do while you're in Hong Kong. Located in Kowloon, this is the place to go to taste eclectic foods and to shop for bargains on everything from clothing and trinkets to electronics and household goods. Vendors sell gadgets of every shape and size, as well as jade jewelry and traditional Chinese crafts.
This is the best market for tourists in Hong Kong, but you can find a number of other interesting street markets selling almost anything you can imagine. See our article on Hong Kong street markets to learn about markets to explore by day.
The market gets going around 6pm, but vendors are often slow to get set up, so it's best not to arrive too early. The MTR stop for the Temple Street Night Mark is Jordan Station, Exit A.
Hong Kong Disneyland is located on Lantau Island. Here, you'll find a wonderful world filled with fun and fantasy populated with the cast and characters from Disney movies. The park is divided into seven lands: Adventureland; Fantasyland; Toy Story Land; Tomorrowland; Grizzly Gulch; Mystic Point; and Main Street, U.S.A.
Performances happen throughout the day in the various lands and feature everything from parades to musicals, right through to evening fireworks over the castle. Also on offer are a wide array of adventures, ranging from Jungle cruises to a trip to Tarzan's Treehouse, as well as water-based fun at Liki Tiki.
The park undertook significant renovations and upgrades in late 2019. One of the major highlights of this revitalization was the construction of the Castle of Magical Dreams. Here, your children can gaze in awe at wonders like Cinderella's Coach, Snow White's apple and Belle's rose. The new castle will also be the venue for daytime and evening musical shows and extravaganzas.
The second major upgrade is the addition of the Frozen area and the installation of the brand new ride called Wandering Oaken's Sliding Sleigh, where Olaf and Sven pull your sleigh to the top of the hill and send you on your way. In addition to the ride, you'll be able to meet Elsa and wander through the kingdom of Arendelle.
You can easily reach Hong Kong Disneyland on the MTR Disneyland Line, Disneyland Station.
As theme parks go, this one covers all the thrills you can handle in a day — a walk through old Hong Kong, roller coasters, a Grand Aquarium, and a look at rare and exotic wildlife. Ocean Park boasts a huge aquarium dome and offers a look at thousands of fish from 400 species, a Reef Tunnel, and a chance to get hands-on with sea stars and sea cucumbers.
Above the sea, you can partake in a Giant Panda Adventure, featuring giant pandas, red pandas, and the endangered Chinese Giant Salamander. Also worth checking out are special programs focused on the North and South Poles. Fun rides include the Mine Train, Raging River, Hair Raiser, and the Eagle. To reach Ocean Park, take the MTR South Island Line to Ocean Park Station.
Major changes are ongoing at Ocean Park, with older rides being replaced by new ones and with the park focusing more on marine conservation.
The Ocean Park theme park has just opened the long-awaited Water World section. This year-round aquatic park has 27 indoor and outdoor water-based attractions. Park highlights include Torrential River, Cyclone Spin, Tropical Twist, Thunder Loop, and Vortex. All include an element of water that either loops you, spins you, or sends you careening into a black hole.
If those sound interesting but not overly frightening, perhaps a ride down the Daredevil Drop or a plunge off the Bravery Cliffs might do the trick. All that said, it's not all about thrills. More family-oriented options include water features for children and a large wave pool. For those truly looking to chill out (or recover from the adrenaline rush) cabana beds are also available.
Dining options are available throughout the park including take-out treats, sit-down restaurants, and halal-certified establishments.
Why not make a holiday of it? Water World even has its own luxury hotels: the brand-new 417-room Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott and the 425-room Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel Hong Kong .
If you've had enough of the tight confines of Hong Kong and are ready for a little exercise, try escaping to the Dragon's Back Hike. Hong Kong's most popular hiking trail, this hike offers spectacular views out over the ocean, Big Wave Bay , Mount Collinson, Stanley, and Shek O . It's a pleasant change from the buzz of the big city to hear birds singing, the sound of small waterfalls, and the leaves rattling in the ocean breeze.
The hike is relatively easy but be sure to start at Section 8 (bus stop To Tei Wan). From here, the walk takes you up a short distance and then is predominantly downhill with rolling sections to Big Wave Bay. Once you've reached Big Wave Bay, you have the option of catching a taxi or minibus to nearby Shek O.
Both areas have fantastic beaches for swimming, and Shek O has a variety of restaurants serving good seafood. Don't forget to bring plenty of water and your bathing suit and towel on this hike. A swim to cool down followed by a fruit smoothie or ice cream at the end of the hike is heavenly.
As Hong Kong's most popular dining area, the lively streets that make up Lan Kwai Fong are packed with crowds checking out Hong Kong's trendiest restaurants. If you are looking for a place to eat in Hong Kong, especially at night, this is the place to come. Dining on the open-air patios lining the sidewalks, and watching the crowds stroll by is a must-do when in Hong Kong.
In addition to the street-level establishments, you'll find restaurants are literally stacked upon one another in the buildings along here. Be sure to check out the directories located at the main entrances. You can find cuisine from around the world. For a dependably good meal, try Bistecca (Italian) or Brickhouse (Mexican).
The main street in Lan Kwai Fong is D'Aguilar, but make sure you don't miss wandering down some of the many laneways to find hole-in-the-wall-style restaurants serving some of Hong Kong's best food. Lan Kwai Fong is just up from Queens Road in Central Hong Kong (MTR Central Station).
A visit to Tai O village offers an experience you won't find anywhere else in Hong Kong. Although it is a popular place to visit for tourists, it is a far cry from the busy city, crowded markets, and theme parks. Tai O is home to people who live a quieter, more traditional way of life.
The Tanka people who live in Tai O, found on Lantau Island, build their homes on stilts over tidal flats. Villagers offer boat rides around the village, after which you can visit the local markets and sample some of the fresh seafood. Occasional sightings of the endangered pink dolphin occur in the nearby waters. Many people visit Tai O village after they've made the journey up to the Big Buddha.
For an escape from the city towers to a wide-open space with a bit of culture thrown in, be sure to visit the Avenue of Stars. This is where the city pays homage to some of Hong Kong's best-known film stars. Similar to the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, the Avenue of Stars is dedicated to Chinese performers.
Closed for several years due to waterfront development, it has now reopened bigger and better than ever. The new walkway is curved and stretches farther out into Victoria Harbour than before, allowing fantastic views of Hong Kong Island. The Avenue of Stars is one of the best spots to catch the nightly laser show and see the neon lights shimmering across the water.
The famed handprints are back, along with two new impressive sculptures, one of Bruce Lee with a wonderful water feature and another of Anita Mui. Each night, just down the way, a water fountain dances and sprays water high into the air in a choreographed performance on a regular schedule.
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, located in Sha Tin, offers a beautiful and peaceful escape from the bustle of central Hong Kong and a look at the countryside. Set on a hilltop, the main access to the monastery is reached by walking up a long and curving set of stairs (approximately 400 steps), lined with hundreds of golden statues.
The walk is part of the attraction, and each of the statues is unique, many with quirky facial expressions and other interesting characteristics. Once at the top, the path opens into the square in front of the main temple, a welcome sight both because it's the end of the climb and for the impressive structures and statues that surround the open space.
Inside the main temple, small Buddha statues line the walls from almost the floor to the ceiling. In the square stands a large pagoda, and statues surround the complex. At the opposite end of the square from the main temple, the view extends out over the lush surroundings, with beautiful vistas looking over pine trees and rolling hills.
Despite the name, Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is not actually a monastery at all, and no monks live on the site. It also contains far more than 10,000 Buddhas. The complex was built in the 1950s but is still listed as a historic site.
To reach the monastery, take the MTR East Rail line to Sha Tin Station, Exit B. It's easy to get confused here, and another temple is located on a nearby hill. Make sure you are on the right path before heading up.
Located in Central Hong Kong, this beautiful park is a true oasis in the jungle of high-rises and one of the most peaceful places to visit in the city. Stretching out along a hillside, this huge, lush park contains a small forest of mature trees, water features, and a number of important attractions.
One of the main highlights is the aviary. This large, outdoor area covered in netting is home to more than 80 species of birds, and wandering through this space, you would hardly believe you are not in a forest. High walkways take you up to canopy level, where you can see birds nesting and resting in the trees.
Also in the park is a greenhouse, the Hong Kong Visual Art Center, the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, and plenty of space to simply relax and soak up nature. MTR Admiralty Station, Exit C1.
This Buddhist temple dates to the 1930s but was rebuilt in the 1990s in the traditional Tang Dynasty style. The structures are all made of wood, and the large complex is incredibly impressive. In front of the complex are carefully sculpted bonsai trees surrounding the Lotus Pond Garden, with several ponds featuring water lilies.
The Chi Lin Nunnery and the nearby Nan Lian Garden are located in Diamond Hill, in Kowloon. To reach the site, take the MTR Kwun Tong Line to Diamond Hill Station, Exit C2.
If you are looking for a quick escape from the city and want a complete break from streets and cars, one of the easiest and most rewarding things to do is to take a ferry to Lamma Island. This beautiful island of rolling hills, scattered beaches, and quaint villages, has no roads or vehicles. You can hike through the interior to remote beaches and seaside villages.
Ferries will take you either to Yung Shue Wan or Sok Kwu Wan. Both of these villages are quite lovely and have restaurants. You can hike between these two villages, and many tourists choose to take the ferry to one of these and then hike to the other to catch the ferry back to Hong Kong Island. If you are interested in doing a hike on Lamma, see our article on the best hikes in Hong Kong to plan your route. If you don't want to do any hiking, Lamma Island still makes a beautiful outing.
Approximately 8,000 people live on this island, which is only about 13 square kilometers, but most of the island is simply covered in forest. Ferries leave the city from Central Pier 4 to go to Sok Kwu Wan and Yung Shue Wan and take about 30 to 40 minutes. Check the ferry schedule for times.
As you stroll down Hollywood Road, you will smell the incense from the Man Mo Temple long before you see the building. The temple was built in 1847 and is often remembered for its smoke-filled interior, where incredible coils of burning incense hang from the ceiling.
Here, worshipers pay tribute to Man, the god of Literature, and Mo, the god of War. For those looking to see into the future, fortune-tellers are on-site and will advise you for a small fee. Note, there are multiple Man Mo temples throughout Hong Kong, but this location on Hollywood Road is the largest and most famous.
Address: 124-126 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tsim Sha Tsui, known more commonly as TST, is a shopping and entertainment hub at the southern point of Kowloon and offers a real taste of what Hong Kong has to offer. The Tsim Sha Tsui district is a melting pot of culture and commerce that speaks to the heart of Hong Kong.
Nathan Road is the main artery running through the area, where you'll find numerous restaurants, boutiques, and other unique vendors. If you're looking for the world-class luxury Hong Kong promises, you can find high-end retailers on nearby Canton Road .
At the southern end of the neighborhood, you'll find the Clock Tower , a Hong Kong landmark. Nearby, the Tsim Sha Tsui Cultural Complex is the premier cultural center in the country and includes tourist attractions such as the Hong Kong Space Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of Art . In the evening, the waterfront is the perfect place to watch the nightly light show, lighting up the sky and skyscrapers across the harbor.
Octopus Card :
- An Octopus Card functions like a prepaid credit card, which can be used on the MTR; buses; trams; local ferries, including the Star Ferry; taxis; 7-Elevens; McDonald's restaurants; and many other fast food restaurants. This is incredibly convenient and will save you trying to find the correct change for transportation. You can also reload the card with more money at any time.
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Day Trip to Macau : In October of 2018, the 55- kilometer-long Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge opened, connecting Hong Kong and Macau. However, most visitors use the high-speed ferries, which transport passengers to the bustling island of Macau in just under an hour. You can easily spend a day or even a couple of nights exploring the sites of Macau . People come here for everything from shopping and entertainment to visiting temples and historic sites.
Hong Kong Outdoors & More : If you have time to spare in Hong Kong, be sure to see the street markets . For those more interested in nature, don't miss our articles on Hong Kong's beaches and the best hiking trails .
Excursions : For a quick hop into mainland China, you can easily catch a train to Shenzhen, just over the border, for a look around and some shopping. If you want to head farther inland and see some of China's most beautiful scenery, consider taking a bullet train from Shenzhen to Guilin and explore the Li River and quaint town of Yangshuo. For details on how to make this journey and how to make the most of it, see our article on Guilin to Yangshuo & a Li River Cruise .
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27 Things to do in Hong Kong + Hong Kong Tourist Spots
A gawk-worthy modern skyline and exciting urban attractions are the top reasons that got me on a plane to Hong Kong on my first trip abroad. Hong Kong’s compact size makes it incredibly convenient to navigate and explore, allowing you to make the most of your time even on a short visit. Whether you’re a shopaholic, a theme park enthusiast, a culture lover, or a history buff, Hong Kong has something to offer.
Prepare to be dazzled by the city’s stunning urban views, go on scenic harbor cruises, and indulge in the delicious local cuisine. This guide will help you plan your itinerary and embark on an unforgettable journey through Hong Kong, where East meets West in a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity.
Here’s a list of beautiful places to visit in Hong Kong including top things to do & the best Hong Kong tourist spots.
To make your trip planning easy, I’ve added links to the locations on Google Maps. Feel free to click/tap on the links posted. Then, use the “save” feature on the Google Maps app. Seeing all your saved locations on the map will help you get started on planning your Hong Kong itinerary and know the best areas to stay, near places you want to go.
See also: Hong Kong Itinerary + Travel Guide , 14 Places To Visit in Macau , Hong Kong Itinerary , Best Travel Booking Apps . View all travel tips on: Hong Kong .
Best Things To Do in Hong Kong
1. Have fun at Hong Kong Disneyland
Disneyland Hong Kong in Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Location : Lantau Island, Hong Kong . Save on Google Maps .
Experience a magical adventure at Hong Kong Disneyland! This attraction is a must-visit for all travelers. Meet your favorite Disney characters, explore enchanting lands like Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, and enjoy thrilling rides like “Space Mountain.” With something for everyone, Hong Kong Disneyland guarantees a day of joy and excitement. Make sure to check the schedule before you go, so you don’t miss the spectacular parades happening throughout the day and the must-see evening fireworks show.
Disneyland Hong Kong Park Ticket
The Hong Kong Disneyland ticket price online is HKD 590 per adult for a 1-day general admission (regular day). Walk-in price is HKD 639.
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Disneyland Food Vouchers
Enjoy big discounts on combo meals and snacks by booking online.
Where to stay near Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel Location: Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. Save on Google Maps . Book here
Disney’s Hollywood Hotel Location: Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. Save on Google Maps . Book here
Disney Explorers Lodge Location: Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. Save on Google Maps . Book here
How to go :
Very easy to get to since it’s connected with the MTR train system. Take the Orange MTR Line to Sunny Bay and switch to Disneyland Resort “Pink” MTR Line.
Best time to visit is in the afternoon if you want to explore the park and watch the beautiful fireworks show at Sleeping Beauty Castle, which lights up the sky every night. Go to Main Street at least 15-minutes early to get a good spot before the crowds join in.
Disneyland MTR Train (Public Transport)
Enjoy discount fares on HK Public transport and hasslse-free trips by using an Octopus Card.
Private Disneyland Transfers
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Book your trip to Hong Kong
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Hong Kong Airport Express Train Tickets
Where to stay in Hong Kong:
Splurge / Tsim Sha Tsui
Four Seasons Hotel
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2. Ride the Tram up Victoria Peak
Hong Kong skyline view from The Peak Tram, Victoria Peak
Location : The Peak, Hong Kong . Save on Google Maps .
Embark on an unforgettable journey up Victoria Peak aboard the iconic Peak Tram. This thrilling ride offers breathtaking views of Hong Kong’s stunning skyline and lush landscapes. As you ascend, hold on tight and feel the excitement build. Once at the top, step onto the Sky Terrace 428, the highest viewing platform in Hong Kong, and take in the panoramic vistas of the city. While there, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and Trick Eye Museum for an added dose of entertainment and fun.
Victoria Peak Tram tickets
Ticket price for the Peak Tram Sky Pass (The Peak Tram + Sky Terrace 428) is HKD148 per adult for a return journey.
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Ride the MTR to Central. Take the J2 exit and walk to the Peak Tram lower terminus along Garden Road. Board The Peak Tram to get to The Peak Tower. You may go to Victoria Peak more cheaply by taking the bus and go trekking along the Peak Circle Walk. There are a couple of scenic viewing decks along the way. The bus ride down the steep roads of the hill has its own thrills. It’s a good alternative if you want to take a different route back to Central Hong Kong.
3. Sail across Victoria Harbour
Victoria Harbour Cruise in Hong Kong
Location : Between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon (mainland) . Save on Google Maps .
Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong. Hop on the iconic Star Ferry for a scenic journey across the harbor, surrounded by breathtaking city views. Enhance your experience with a Victoria Harbour Cruise, where you can cruise along the shimmering waters and witness the mesmerizing Symphony of Lights. This captivating lights and sound show takes place every evening, usually at around 8 pm, and adds a magical touch to the stunning harbor scenery.
Victoria Harbour Cruise
4. Explore Ngong Ping & Lantau Island
Nong Ping 360 Cable Car in Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Location : Lantau Island, Hong Kong (near Hong Kong International Airport) . Save on Google Maps .
On Lantau Island, near Hong Kong Disneyland and Hong Kong International Airport, the imposing Tian Tan Buddha, known as the Big Buddha, awaits. Accessible via the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, the journey itself is a thrill. Enjoy sweeping aerial views of Lantau Island, Hong Kong International Airport, South China Sea, and the picturesque surrounding landscapes. Explore the Ngong Ping village and stroll through the serene surroundings, marveling at the magnificent Buddha statue on your way to the tranquil Po Lin Monastery, famous for its hall with almost 13,000 miniature Buddha statues.
Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Ticket
Ticket price for the standard cabin is HKD235 per adult for a return journey and HKD160 per adult for a single journey.
Take the MTR to Tung Chung Station. Walk to the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car lower terminus and take the cable car to Ngong Ping Village.
5. Discover Hong Kong’s districts
Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong
Immerse yourself in the diverse districts of Hong Kong, each offering its unique charm. Experience the bustling streets and shimmering lights of Tsim Sha Tsui, and take a stroll along the Avenue of Stars for mesmerizing skyline views. Head to West Kowloon for a cultural feast. Marvel at contemporary art in the M+ Museum and ascend to Sky100 for breathtaking panoramas. In Central, the city’s financial core, embark on a delightful food trip and visit iconic landmarks like Victoria Peak and Man Mo Temple. Hop on the train to Ocean Park and dive into a world of exciting rides, animal encounters, and fun shows.
Hong Kong Public Transport Multi-Attraction Passes
Octopus Card — Enjoy discount fares and hassle-free trips on HK’s public transport. Conveniently ride the MTR (train/subbay), bus, ferry, coach, and tram with just a tap of your Hong Kong Tourist Octopus Card Book here
Klook Pass — Save big during your trip in Hong Kong. This is a must book for travelers visiting multiple attractions. Especially if you plan to visit & book and one of these: Disneyland, Ocean Park, Ngong Ping 360 cable car, Airport Express MTR Book here
Klook Go Hong Kong ! All-in-One Value Pack — Additional savings when you book on Klook. Get your money back in discounts after purchasing this voucher. Book here
6. Go on a Day Trip to Macau
Senado Square, Macau
Location : Southeast China, East Asia (60 km east of Hong Kong approx.) . Save on Google Maps .
Macau is easy to visit from Hong Kong, even on a day trip! Just a short ferry ride away, Macau awaits with its captivating blend of Chinese and Portuguese cultures. Explore the historic streets of the UNESCO-listed Historic Centre of Macau, where colonial architecture harmoniously coexists with Chinese temples. Test your luck at the world-famous casinos lining the Cotai Strip. Indulge in delectable Portuguese cuisine and savor mouthwatering egg tarts.
Hong Kong – Macau Ferry
Hong kong – macau bus.
Macau Travel Essentials
Where to stay Tours + discounts Check Fares
Gondola Rides at The Venetian Macau
Macau Tower Admission Ticket
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Lantau Island Tourist Spots & Attractions
7. Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car
Location : Tung Chung & Ngong Ping Village, Lantau Island, Hong Kong . Save on Google Maps .
The Ngong Ping Cable Car is a thrilling and scenic attraction in Hong Kong. It takes you high above the mountains, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. As you soar through the air, you’ll be captivated by the panoramic beauty below. It’s a must-visit experience for adventure seekers and nature lovers, allowing you to witness the natural wonders of Hong Kong from a unique vantage point.
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8. Ngong Ping Village
Nong Ping Village and Tian Tan Buddha built on the mountains of Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Location : 111 Ngong Ping Rd, Lantau Island, Hong Kong . Save on Google Maps .
At the end of the thrilling cable car ride, you’ll arrive at the enchanting Ngong Ping Village. Nestled among picturesque mountains, this charming village offers a serene escape from the bustling city. Take a leisurely stroll through its narrow streets and immerse yourself in the Chinese-style architectural elements, with traditional buildings, tea houses, and souvenir shops. It’s the perfect place to eat and refuel while exploring nearby attractions such as the Tian Tan Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery.
9. Tian Tan Buddha
The giant Tian Tan “Big” Buddha, in Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Location : Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Hong Kong . Save on Google Maps .
The Tian Tan Buddha is a famous attraction in Hong Kong, renowned for its grandeur and spiritual significance. This massive bronze statue, also known as the Big Buddha, stands tall and majestic, captivating visitors with its serene presence. As you approach the statue, you’ll feel a sense of awe and tranquility. Climbing the steps to the Buddha offers a unique experience, allowing you to admire the surrounding beauty and enjoy panoramic views of the lush mountains.
10. Po Lin Monastery
Po Lin Monastery in Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
The Po Lin Monastery, located just a short walk away from Ngong Ping Village, is a must-visit highlight in Lantau Island. As one of the most revered Buddhist temples in Hong Kong, it offers a serene and tranquil atmosphere. As you approach the monastery, you’ll see worshippers offering incense and prayers. The main temple features three statues of the Buddha and is adorned with intricate architecture. The characters on top of the main temple spell out “Po Lin Monastery,” meaning “Precious Lotus.” The lotus flower symbolizes purity in Buddhism. Another nearby attraction is the Wisdom Path, a scenic walk that complements the spiritual experience.
11. Disneyland Hong Kong
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12. See more of Lantau Island
Citygate Outlets in Tung Chung, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Other interesting spots in Lantau Island
Citygate Outlets — This huge mall in Tung Chung, filled with outlet stores, is a great spot for bargain shopping. Easy to visit since it’s connected to Tung Chung MTR station. Location: Tung Chung, Lantau Island. Save on Google Maps .
Tai O Fishing Village Location: Tai O, Lantau Island. Save on Google Maps .
Lantau Peak Location: Lantau Island. Save on Google Maps .
Central & Hong Kong Tourist Spots & Attractions Island Tourist Spots & Attractions
13. The Peak Tram
The Peak tram in Central, Hong Kong
Location : Central, Hong Kong . Save on Google Maps .
The Peak Tram is one of the iconic experiences in Hong Kong. Hop on this historic tram for a thrilling ascent up Victoria Peak. As you ride, be prepared for a steep incline and breathtaking views of the city. Dating back to 1888, it carries a nostalgic charm. The tram conveniently grants access to popular attractions like Sky Terrace 428 and Madame Tussauds Hong Kong. The ride takes around 7-8 minutes, starting from the Lower Peak Tram Terminus in the Central district. For the best view, grab a seat on the right side of the carriage on your way up, and the left side on your way down.
See Victoria Peak .
14. Sky Terrace 428 & Victoria Peak
Hong Kong skyline view from Sky Terriace 428 in Victoria Peak, Hong Kong
Location : 1 Lugard Rd, The Peak Tower, Victoria Peak, Hong Kong . Save on Google Maps .
Sky Terrace 428 at The Peak Tower, situated on Victoria Peak, is the highest 360-degree viewing platform in Hong Kong. From this elevated vantage point, visitors can marvel at the iconic city skyline, lush mountains, and the glistening waters of Victoria Harbour. It’s the perfect spot to capture Instagram-worthy photos and enjoy Hong Kong’s awe-inspiring panoramic views.
Apart from Sky Terrace 428, Victoria Peak offers a range of attractions and activities. Explore Madame Tussauds and Monopoly Dreams for unique experiences. Take a leisurely stroll on the Peak Circle Walk, enjoying the stunning flora and fauna, and enjoy a food trip at The Peak Tower.
Victoria Peak Attractions
Madame Tussauds Location: Shop P101, The Peak Tower, No, 128 Peak Rd, The Peak, Hong Kong. Save on Google Maps . Book here
Monopoly Dreams Location: The Peak Galleria, Hong Kong. Save on Google Maps . Book here
15. Man Mo Temple
Man Mo Temple in Central, Hong Kong
Location : Man Mo Temple, Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong . Save on Google Maps .
Step inside the incense-filled ambiance, admire the historical relics, and immerse yourself in the spiritual traditions of Hong Kong at the Man Mo Temple. This must-visit attraction in Central, Hong Kong, is the largest Man Mo temple in the city. Located on the bustling Hollywood Road in Sheung Wan, it is surrounded by trendy restaurants and old-school Chinese antique shops. The temple’s traditional architecture, adorned with ornate decorations, transports visitors to a bygone era.
16. HK Central Business District
Shopping district at Central, Hong Kong
When in Central, make sure to explore the vibrant Hong Kong Central Business District (CBD). Adorned with iconic skyscrapers, this bustling district is home to renowned financial institutions, corporate headquarters, luxury shopping malls, and fine dining establishments. Immerse yourself in the energetic atmosphere as you wander through the bustling streets. Treat yourself to a food trip and savor the delectable local cuisine in Hong Kong. The CBD is a hotspot for mouthwatering dishes, with a wide range of local food restaurants
17. Ocean Park Hong Kong
Doplhin show at Ocean Park Hong Kong
Location : Aberdeen, Hong Kong Island . Save on Google Maps .
Ocean Park Hong Kong, located on the southern coast of Hong Kong Island, is one of the world’s most popular marine-themed amusement parks. With its stunning ocean views and lush greenery, it offers a captivating experience for visitors. Encounter adorable giant pandas, marvel at the vibrant marine life in the Grand Aquarium, and be entertained by dolphins and sea lions at the Ocean Theatre. Take a cable car ride for a scenic journey through the park. And for thrill-seekers, Ocean Park features a wide range of thrilling rides and roller coasters that are sure to get your heart racing.
Ocean Park Hong Kong ticket
The Ocean Park Hong Kong ticket price is HKD345 per adult for a 1-day general admission.
Ride the MTR to Admiralty station. Take Exit B and walk to the terminal of Bus 629 at the corner of Drake and Tamar Streets. Ride Bus #629 to Ocean Park. The fare is HKD10.
18. Braemar Hill Peak
Braemar Hill Peak in Hong Kong
Location : Braemar Hill, Tai Tam, Hong Kong . Save on Google Maps .
ooking for a quick hike in Hong Kong? Braemar Hill offers one of the best views overlooking the iconic Victoria Harbour, showcasing the breathtaking skylines of both Central Hong Kong and Kowloon (Tsim Sha Tsui). The hike to Braemar Hill Peak takes only around 30 minutes or less. Best of all, exploring Braemar Hill is completely free. Escape the crowds and indulge in a budget-friendly adventure while enjoying the magnificent vistas of Hong Kong’s captivating cityscape. Braemar Hill is the perfect destination to experience the beauty of Hong Kong’s cityscape.
19. See more of Hong Kong Island
Pottinger Stone Slabs Street in Central, Hong Kong
Other interesting spots in Hong Kong Island
Pottinger Stone Slabs Street — A historic pedestrian street in Hong Kong known for its unique stone steps and bustling shops, Location: Central, Hong Kong. Save on Google Maps .
Lan Kwai Fong — A renowned entertainment district famous for its vibrant nightlife, bustling bars, restaurants, and energetic atmosphere Location: 1 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong. Save on Google Maps .
Happy Valley Racecourse — a historic and iconic horse racing venue renowned for its thrilling races Location: Wong Nai Chung Rd, Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island. Save on Google Maps .
Dragon’s Back Hike — A popular trail that offers breathtaking views of the lush greenery, and scenic coastline of southeast Hong Kong Island Location: Shek 0, Hong Kong Island. Save on Google Maps .
Tsim Sha Tsui & Kowloon Tourist Spots & Attractions Island Tourist Spots & Attractions
20. Avenue of Stars
Location : Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Kowloon, Hong Kong . Save on Google Maps .
The Avenue of Stars is the iconic centerpiece of the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, offering amazing views of Hong Kong Island’s skyline and Victoria Harbour. Stroll along the promenade and discover handprints and statues of beloved movie stars, including the statues of Bruce Lee and Anita Mui. For the best experience, make sure to visit the Avenue of Stars during the Symphony of Lights, which takes place every evening.
21. Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
Clock Tower in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Location : Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong . Save on Google Maps .
There’s more to see and do at the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade apart from marveling at the Hong Kong skyline and visiting the Avenue of Stars. Explore the historic Clock Tower, a remnant of the original Kowloon-Canton Railway terminus. Indulge in a delightful waterfront dining experience at the numerous restaurants offering delicious cuisine and sea views. Immerse yourself in educational and artistic experiences at the Space Museum, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Cultural Centre, and Hong Kong Museum of Art.
Where to go in Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade & nearby areas
Avenue of Stars
Clock Tower Location: Tsim Sha Tsui. Save on Google Maps .
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Location: Tsim Sha Tsui. Save on Google Maps .
Hong Kong Museum of Art Location: Tsim Sha Tsui. Save on Google Maps .
Hong Kong Space Museum Location: Tsim Sha Tsui. Save on Google Maps .
Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront Park Location: Tsim Sha Tsui. Save on Google Maps .
Signal Hill Garden Location: Tsim Sha Tsui. Save on Google Maps .
Hong Kong Museum of History Location: 100 Chatham Rd S, Tsim Sha Tsui. Save on Google Maps .
22. Star Ferry
Star Ferry Pier in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Location : Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier – Central Pier, Hong Kong . Save on Google Maps .
Experience the iconic Star Ferry in Hong Kong, crossing from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central. Since its establishment in 1888, it has been an integral part of the city’s transportation system and a symbol of its heritage. It’s not only a cheap mode of transportation but also a memorable way to get a scenic view of Hong Kong’s breathtaking skyline.
See Victoria Harbour .
23. Victoria Harbour Cruise
Location : Hong Kong . Save on Google Maps .
Embark on a delightful Victoria Harbour Cruise, a must-do attraction in Hong Kong. Sail along the stunning Victoria Harbour and be captivated by the mesmerizing cityscape surrounding you. Choose from different schedules, including sunset sail, evening sail, or during the Symphony of Lights, to experience the harbor at its most enchanting moments. Marvel at the breathtaking views of the Hong Kong skyline, Central district, and Kowloon, while feeling the gentle breeze
24. Symphony of Lights
Symphony of Lights from Tsim Sha Tsui, in Hong Kong
A trip to Hong Kong is not complete without watching the Symphony of Lights. This iconic multimedia light and sound show takes place every evening at 8:00 PM, transforming the city’s skyline into a mesmerizing display of lights, lasers, and music. Head to the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront to enjoy panoramic views of the impressive Central Hong Kong Skyline and Victoria Harbor while being captivated by this breathtaking spectacle.
Take the MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui or East Tsim Sha Tsui Station. Proceed to Exit J and follow the signs to Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront.
From there, it’s an easy walk to many museums in the area including the Hong Kong Space Museum, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong Science Museum, Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre, and Health Education Exhibition and Resource Centre. And, Hong Kong’s historic landmarks like the Former Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower.
25. Temple Street & Night Makets
Hong Kong Night Market in Hong Kong
Location : Temple St, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong . Save on Google Maps .
Located in Yau Ma Tei, Temple Street is one of Hong Kong’s most famous night markets, renowned for its vibrant street shopping, lively atmosphere, and a wide array of delicious street food. Indulge in the mouthwatering flavors of Hong Kong with must-try treats such as Egg Waffles, Hong Kong-style Milk Tea, Curry Fish Balls, and Egg Tarts. Apart from Temple Street, other popular night markets in Hong Kong include the Ladies’ Market in Mong Kok, Fa Yuen Street (Sneaker Street) in Mong Kok, and the Jade Market in Yau Ma Tei. These night markets offer diverse shopping experiences, from fashion and accessories to cultural items, giving visitors a taste of Hong Kong’s vibrant street life.
26. See more of Kowloon
Interesting spots in West Kowloon
M+ Museum — Impressive contemporary art collection and captivating architectural design, offering a unique and enriching experience for art enthusiasts and those seeking artistic inspiration. Location: West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong. Save on Google Maps . Book here
Sky100 Observation Deck — Located on the 100th floor of Hong Kong’s tallest building, Sky 100 offers a breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of Hong Kong’s iconic landmarks. Standard entry price on Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck costs HKD 148 (discount price online) Book here
Hong Kong Palace Museum — Showcases a rich collection of Chinese cultural artifacts, providing visitors with a captivating glimpse into the country’s ancient heritage and artistic treasures. Location: 8 Museum Drive West Kowloon, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. Save on Google Maps . Book here
Lion Rock Hike — A renowned and scenic trail in Hong Kong, known for its resemblance to a crouching lion and offering panoramic city views Location: Wong Tai Sin District. Save on Google Maps .
Beyond Hong Kong
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Location : East Asia . Save on Google Maps .
Taiwan, a captivating destination to explore near Hong Kong, is renowned for its dynamic capital city of Taipei, breathtaking natural landscapes, rich historical sites, and delectable food scene. The most popular mode of transportation from Hong Kong to Taiwan is by air, with frequent flights available between Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE). The flight duration typically ranges from 1.5 to 2 hours, ensuring a seamless and swift journey to discover the wonders of Taiwan.
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Yehliu-Shifen-Jiufen Shuttle Bus from Ximen
Taipei 101 Observatory Admission Ticket
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Location : Southeast Asia (mainland) . Save on Google Maps .
Like Hong Kong, Singapore is one of the best cities to visit for first-time travelers. Known as Asia’s “Lion City,” Singapore is a vibrant cosmopolitan hub famous for its impressive skyline, multicultural heritage, and world-class attractions. It offers a captivating blend of modernity and tradition, showcasing iconic landmarks such as Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, and the historic district of Chinatown. Traveling from Hong Kong to Singapore by flight typically takes around 3.5 to 4 hours. From Manila (Philippines), the flight duration to Singapore is approximately hours 3.5 to 4 hours as well.
Singapore Travel Essentials
Legoland Malaysia Admission Ticket
Universal Studios Singapore Admission Ticket
Singapore 4G Data SIM Card (SG Airport Pickup)
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Ready to see more of Asia? Japan is one of the best places to go! This captivating country is renowned for its unique blend of traditional culture and modern innovations. It is famous for its iconic cities like Tokyo and Kyoto, breathtaking natural wonders such as Mount Fuji, and delectable Japanese cuisine. The best way to travel to Japan is by air. Flights from Hong Kong to Tokyo typically take 4 to 5 hours. The flight duration from Manila, Philippines to Tokyo is around 5 hours.
Japan Travel Essentials
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Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea Admission Ticket
Tokyo Subway Ticket (24, 48, or 72 Hours)
JR Pass for Whole Japan
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Places to visit in Hong Kong
Hong Kong tourist spots, things to do in Hong Kong, where to go in Hong Kong & more.
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Where to Stay in Hong Kong
Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) and Central are the best areas to stay in Hong Kong. TST offers a wider variety when it comes to prices. You can find hostels/guesthouses catering to backpackers and low budget travelers as well as 5-star hotels. Meanwhile, hotels in Central caters to a more upscale crowd.
If you're set on a splurge, choose a hotel near the waterfront for sweeping views of Hong Kong 's skyline and Victoria Harbour. In this case, stay in Tsim Sha Tsui (TST), which offers a view of the more impressive Central Hong Kong 's skyline.
The neighborhoods of Jordan, Mong Kok, Sheung Wan and Wan Chai are also great options as these places are located next to Tsim Sha Tsui and Central. If you plan to stay in these areas, remember to choose a location within easy walking distance to an MTR train station.
Where to book
Click below & search recommended Hong Kong hotels/hostels/home rentals within your budget. Remember to set your min/max price , travel dates, and sort by review ratings . I often book online with these trusted booking sites below for rock-bottom prices & convenient bookings.
Book sooner rather than later if you already have your dates set. Cheaper-priced rooms and hotels with high reviews tend to get fully booked faster, especially during busy days like weekends, holidays & peak tourist seasons.
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November 21, 2016 at 8:13 am
What is the inclusions of d i y budget 4407. All in for disneyland ocean park and transpo and tour guide. Thank u
November 29, 2016 at 2:31 pm
Hello Fely, you can find more budget and planning tips on this page: https://www.detourista.com/place/hong-kong/ . See the Hong Kong itinerary to get you started.
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15 Best Places to Visit in Hong Kong
Eager to know where to visit in Hong Kong - Asia’s World City? Futuristic skyscrapers set against a shimmering harbor; the chimes from double decker trams zipping through traffic; the smell of roast geese hanging by shop windows: Hong Kong makes a first impression like no other place on Earth.
We’ve known deeply about Hong Kong no matter Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Island, Lantau Island or other sites in and around. So, we’ve carefully picked 15 best places to visit in Hong Long to help first-time travelers to Hong Kong make the most of their trip to this amazing city. Learn each tourist spot with detailed highlights introduction and transportation guide. With so many places to go, you can read our itinerary planning guide for 1 day, 2 days, 3 days or night activities to seize the essence of Hong Kong. We are sure you are going to fall in love with it. Here are our 15 must-visit tourist places in Hong Kong! Enjoy!
1. Victoria Peak - Offering 360-degree Views of Hong Kong’s Amazing Skyline
If there’s one destination on every Hong Kong itinerary, it should be the Victoria Peak. Being the highest point on the Hong Kong Island, Victoria Peak provides 360-degree breathtaking panoramic view of the cityscape with its skyscrapers standing magnificently. You’d better visit Victoria Peak at dusk that you can have broad view in daytime and appreciate stunning night view. In the daytime, your horizon can stretch across sparking skyscrapers and Victoria Harbor all the way to the green hills of the New Territories. In early evening, you can witness the panorama melting into pink and orange before reincarnating as a dazzling galaxy of light. Besides the panoramic view, you can visit Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, the Peak Tower & Sky Terrace 428.
To reach up Victoria Peak , the best way is to take the Peak Tram. Opened in 1888, it is one of the world’s oldest and most famous funicular railways, rising to 396 meters above sea level. It is so steep that the buildings on both sides you pass look like they are leaning a gradient of between 4 to 27 degrees. It will be a special visual experience.
Type: Sights & Landmarks, Observation Decks & Towers
Opening Hours: 07:00 - 24:00
Tickets: Sky Terrace 428 is the special viewing point for panoramic view which needs HK$52 pp.
Recommended Trip Length: 2-3 Hours
Get There: ① By Peak Tram: You can first arrive at the Peak Tram Station (about 700 meters from the Central Station, 10 minutes’ walking). It runs between 07:00 - 24:00. ② By Bus: No.X15 bus can take you run between Admiralty and the Peak; No.X15R bus can take go between the Central (Pier 5) to the Peak. ③ By Taxi: You can take a taxi to get up the Peak. It is very convenient. ④ By Walking: Travelers can walk from Statue Square to the Peak which needs about 1-1.5 hours.
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2. Star Ferry - One of 50 Places of a Lifetime by National Geographic
The time-honored Star Ferry has been linking Hong Kong Island with Kowloon since 1888. National Geographic rates the Star Ferry crossing as one of “50 Places of a Lifetime to Visit”. If you come to Hong Kong, it will be awesome experience to take Star Ferry to catch the view of Victoria Harbor. It is one of the most inexpensive way to explore Hong Kong. Come aboard the fabulous ferry, relax and enjoy the magnificent view while sipping a cup of fine coffee, or soak up the sun on the open deck while enjoy the cooling sea breezes. If you take it at night, it will be different and cool to appreciate the Symphony of Light around 20:00.
Star Ferry Routes, Terminals & Running Time:
Usually, there are two routes - one is Tsim Sha Tsui (尖沙咀) - the Central (中环), and the other is Tsim Sha Tsui (尖沙咀) - Wan Chai (湾仔). The route between Tsim Sha Tsui (尖沙咀) - the Central (中环) is shorter.
(a) Tsim Sha Tsui to the Central: it runs service at 06:30 - 20:30 (Monday - Friday), 06:30 - 22:30 (Saturday, Sunday and other holidays); (b) the Central to Tsim Sha Tsui: 06:30-20:40 (Monday to Friday) and last to 22:40 during Saturday, Sunday and other holiday. (c) Tsim Sha Tsui to Wan Chai: 07:20-22:30 (Monday to Saturday) and starts at 07:30 during Sunday and other holidays; (d) Wan Chai to Tsim Sha Tsui: 07:30-22:20 (Monday to Saturday) and starts at 07:40 during Sunday and other holiday.
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3. Lantau Island - the Largest & Most Popular Outlying Island
Lantau Island is the largest island in Hong Kong, located on the western side of Hong Kong Island. It has some of Hong Kong’s biggest and best sights - dramatic ocean views, gorgeous hiking trails, unspoiled beaches and picturesque village. You can explore the mighty Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha), enjoy amazing views from the Ngong Ping cable car, have adventure in Hong Kong Disneyland, visit the traditional Tai O Fishing Village...
Main Attractions on Lantau Island:
① Tian Tan Buddha: It is worth climbing 268 steps up to see the giant Buddha which stands 26.4 meters high. Tian Tan Buddha is a large bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni which symbolizes the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and faith.
② Po Lin Monastery: Located right across from the Tian Tan Buddha, Po Lin Monastery is Buddhist monastery founded in 1906 by three monks visiting from Jiangsu Province. The Great Buddha’s Hall is enshrined with three big statues standing for past, present and future. If you like, take a walk for 20 minutes to reach Wisdom Path to see a series of 38 wooden steles arranged in a ∞ pattern, standing for infinity.
③ Ngong Ping 360: This is a very cool cable car providing 360 degree view of Lantau Island, Hong Kong International Airport and China South Sea. The whole length of the cableway is 5.7 kilometers, linking between Tung Chung and Ngong Ping. Travelers get off at MTR Tung Chung Station and can take the cable car directly.
④ Tai O Fishing Village: The old fishing port Tai O offers a unique and authentic glimpse of what life was like in pre-colonial Hong Kong. This place is photographers’ paradise. It is a good choice to take the boat passing the stilt houses...
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4. Avenue of Stars & Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade - One of the Best Strolls in Hong Kong
The resplendent views of Victoria Harbor make Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade one of the best strolls in Hong Kong. It is no doubt one of the best free things to do in Hong Kong. A good place to begin your walking journey is at the old Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower, a landmark of the age of steam, near the Star Ferry Concourse. Passing the Cultural Center and the Museum of Art, you’ll arrive at the Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong’s lacklustre tribute to its once-brilliant film industry. You can see the 2.5-meter tall bronze statue of Kung Fu icon - Bruce Lee. At the Avenue of Stars, you can watch the Symphony of Lights (begin at 20:00), the world’s largest permanent laser light show projected from atop of 42 skyscrapers. This promenade is also one of the best spots to take awesome photos of prosperous Hong Kong Island.
Opening Hours: all day
Recommended Trip Length: about 1 Hour
Address: No.20 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Get There: From MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit P1, use the staircase or the escalator adjacent to Tsim Sha Tsui East Bus Terminus.
5. A Symphony of Lights - World’s Largest Permanent Light & Sound Show
To spend an exciting life in Hong Kong at night, you’d better not miss “Symphony of Lights”. It is the world’s largest permanent light and sound show listed into Guinness World Records. There are 42 buildings participating in the show. Every night at 20:00, it starts performing which lasts for 13 minutes and 40 seconds. The show comprises five major themes, taking spectators on a unique journey celebrating the energy, spirit and diversity of Hong Kong. The first scene is “Awakening”, the second is “Energy”, the third is “Heritage”, the fourth scene is “Partnership” and the final is “Celebration”. Different types of lighting effects include in the show, such as laser, searchlights, LED lights, simple lighting and projection lighting.
The best places to enjoy “Symphony of Lights” are at Avenue of Stars to Hong Kong Cultural Center in Tsim Sha Tsui and Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai. Besides, taking the special Star Ferry sailing on Victoria Harbor is a cool way to appreciate the light and sound show.
6. Won Tai Sin Temple - Interesting Taoist Temple with Great Atmosphere
Wong Tai Sin Temple (Sik Sik Yuen Temple), built in 1973, is dedicated to a deified healer named Wong Tai Sin who as a shepherd in Zhejiang Province, was said to have transformed boulders into sheep. When he was 15 an immortal taught Wong how ti make a herbal potion that could cure all illness. He is thus worshiped both by the sick and those trying to avoid illness. Now, this busy Taoist temple is a destination for all walks of Hong Kong society, from pensioners and businesspeople to parents and young professionals. Some of they simply to pray and some to divine the future with “chim” (bamboo fortune sticks) which are shaken out of a box onto the ground and then interpreted by a fortune-teller. When you visit Hong Kong, Wong Tai Sin Temple is a good place to witness local people and prayers from all over the world to pray and make a wish. If you have more time, you can take a walk in the nearby Good Wish Gardens repleted with pavilions, zigzag bridges and carp ponds for some photos.
Opening Hours: 07:00 - 17:30
Address: Chuk Yuen Village, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Get There: Travelers can take MTR to get off Wong Tai Sin Station (黄大仙站).
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7. Nan Lian Garden & Chi Lin Nunnery - Tranquil Chinese Classic Garden Hidden in the Heart of Kowloon
To escape the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong for a while, you can take a walk in the peaceful Nan Lian Garden in the midst of Kowloon. It is a public Chinese classic garden in Diamond Hill designed in the style of Tang Dynasty. With an area of 3.5 hectares, its every hill, rock, body of water, plant and timber structure has been placed according to specific rules and methods. A striking gilded pagoda and a pair of arched red wooden bridges are the focal points of a lotus pond and a favorite photo subject. You can also combine the nearby site Chi Lin Nunnery (built in 1934 in the style of Tang Dynasty) into your trip. This nunnery is world’s largest cluster of handcrafted timber buildings, one exhibiting a level of artistry rarely found in faux-ancient architecture. Taking a walk is quite enjoyable when passing through the temples, lotus ponds, bonsai tea plants...
Opening Hours: 07:00 - 21:00
Address: No.60 Fengde Road, Xiayuan Ling, Wong Tai Sin District, Hong Kong
Get There: Travelers can take MTR to get off Diamond Hill Station (钻石站).
8. Hong Kong Museum of History - A Look at Hong Kong Story and Folk Culture
If you only have time to visit one museum, Hong Kong Museum of History should add it into your list. Its whistle-stop overview of the territory’s archaeology, natural history, ethnography and local cultures will help to give context to your experience of Hong Kong. Visit “The Hong Kong Story” and you’ll enjoy a fascinating walk through the territory’s history, starting with the natural environment and prehistoric Hong Kong - about 6000 years ago, and ending with the territory’s return to China in 1997. Besides, you’ll explore folk culture and customs of Hong Kong - encountering colorful replicas of the dwellings of early inhabitants, having a look at traditional costumes and beds, a recreation of an arcaded Central street from 1881, and also exploring Hong Kong’s urban culture.
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 (Mon & Wed & Fri); 10:00 - 19:00 (Sat, Sun and other holiday)
Recommended Trip Length: about 2 hours
Address: 100 Chatham Road, Hong Kong
Get There: It is about 900m from East Tsim Sha Tsui (尖东站), which needs about 10 minutes by walking. It is about 1.4km from Avenues of Stars, if by walking, it takes about 20 minutes.
9. Hong Kong Disneyland - Magical Kingdom Best for Family with Kids
Hong Kong is one of the six cities in the world to have a Disneyland to call its own. As the first Disneyland in China, Hong Kong Disneyland is an awesome choice for families with kids to have a lot of fun. Hong Kong Disneyland is the largest theme park in Hong Kong located on Lantau Island. The park consists of seven themed areas: Main Street, U.S.A, Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Grizzly Gulsh, Mystic Point and Toy Story Land. It is worth spending about half day to one day throwing yourselves in this paradise with thrilling activities and amazing performances.
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 21:00
Recommended Trip Length: about half day to one day
Address: Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Get There: MTR Disneyland Resort Station.
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10. Ocean Park - Second Largest Theme Park in Hong Kong
Ocean Park is a good place for family with kids. It is a marine mammal, animal theme park and amusement park situated in Wong Chuk Hang and Nam Long Shan in the Southern District of Hong Kong. It is the second largest theme park in Hong Kong, following Hong Kong Disneyland. Travelers can explore major attractions in the park including Adventures in Australia, Shark Mystique, Polar Adventure (explore the North and South Poles in one day), Old Hong Kong, Thrill Mountain, Rainforest, Aqua City, and Amazing Asian Animals.
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 18:00
Address: Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong Island
Get There: MTR Ocean Park Station Exit B.
11. Temple Street Night Market - The Liveliest Night Market in Hong Kong
When night falls and neon buzzes, Hong Kong’s liveliest market - Temple Street night market - rattles into life. This street extends from Man Ming Lane in the north to Nanking Road in the south and is cut in two by the historic Tin Hau temple complex. It is a fantastic place to immerse in the bustling atmosphere, hunt for some food on offer form the dai pai dongs, enjoy the random free Cantonese opera performances and some fortune-telling. The night market opens from 18:00 till 00:00 in midnight. This place is also served as the backdrop to many memorable movie you may watched before. You can also do some shopping here, from cheap clothes, watches, pirated CDs, footware, cookware and every items. You’d better bargain here.
Opening Hours: 18:00 - 00:00
Recommended Trip Length: about 0.5-1 hour
Address: Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
Get There: MTR Yau Ma Tei Station, Exit C, turn onto Temple Street at Man Ming Lane, or, MTR Jordan Station, Exit A, turn right onto Jordan Road and take another right onto Temple Street.
12. Repulse Bay - Hong Kong’s Most Famous Beach for Relax
Repulse Bay Beach is Hong Kong’s most famous beach and home to some of its riches residents. The hills around the beach are strewn with luxury apartment blocks while the beach is great for strolls in the early morning or late afternoon. You can take a walk towards the southeast end of Repulse Bay beach to Kwun Yam Shrine (观音阁) which is an unusual shrine to Kwun Yam. Surrounded with many amazing deities and figures - goldfish, rams, the money god, the moon lord, and other southern Chinese icons as well as the status of Tin Hau. In front of the shrine to the left as you face the sea is Longevity Bridge (长寿桥) and Longevity Pavilion (万寿亭). After the leisure walking, you can relax on the sandy beach and if you want to swim, you can go. And showers and changing rooms are available.
Opening Hours: 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended Trip Length: about 1 hour
Address: South of Taiping Mountain, South District, Hong Kong
Get There: Bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 260 from Exchange Square bus terminus (near MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit D) and alight at Repulse Bay Beach.
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13. Stanley Market - Seaside Peaceful Village on the South of Hong Kong Island
Located on the south coast of Hong Kong Island about 13 kilometers from the Central, the seaside village of Stanley can take you escape the city grind into a land with peace and stunning sea view. The Stanley Market is a good place to buy “plus-size” clothing, handcraft arts, handbags, different kinds of souvenirs such as chopsticks, tea sets, placemats, games, lanterns, jade charms with your zodiac animal and the like. It will be interesting time for you to look around. The market winds its way down the narrow streets towards the waterfront and the Stanley Promenade, a lovely place to stroll around on a sunny day. The Stanley Plaza is a place full of cafes, gourmet shops, a piazza and a playground. For a half day or one day trip, it is a good choice to combine with Repulse Bay and Aberdeen Fishing Village in one go.
Address: Stanley Market Rd, Stanley, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
Get There: Bus No. 63, 72A, 73 can take you from Causeway Bay to Stanley; bus No.6, 6X, 260 can take you from Central to Stanley.
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14. Aberdeen Fishing Village - Experience the Origin of Hong Kong with a Traditional Sampan Ride
Aberdeen is an area and town on southwest Hong Kong Island, which is about 7 kilometers from Wan Chai or Causeway Bay. Aberdeen is famous not only to tourists but also to Hong Kong locals for its floating village and floating seafood restaurants located in the Aberdeen Harbor. Enjoy a walk along the waterfront to see numerous ferries and ships stopping or sailing on the harbor. To explore the harbor better, it is recommended to take a sampan tour sailing a circle in the harbor for 30-minutes ride. If you just want a glimpse of the harbor, you can take a small ferry across to Ap Lei Chau Island which is cheaper.
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 17:30
Recommended Trip Length: about 0.5 hour
Sampan Ride Ticket: HK$100/pp (no entrance fee)
Address: No.236 Aberdeen, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
Get There: Bus No. 72, 77, 38, 37B, 107 can take you from Causeway Bay to Aberdeen.
15. Sky 100 Hong Kong Observation Deck
Sky 100 is another best place to enjoy panoramic view of Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong skylines and even Macau. Located on the 100th floor of Hong Kong’s tallest building - the International Commerce Center (ICC) - Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck, the highest point indoor observation deck in the city, offers incredible 360-degree views. To catch the best views, it is good to go at sunset. Besides the spectacular views, you can explore different facets of Hong Kong at Sky-High Tech Zone (offer VR and AR experiences), 28-m long multimedia story wall (showcases 100 fascinating local tales and anecdotes). You can enjoy speedy elevator bringing you from second floor to 100th floor in merely 60 seconds. Cafe’ and gift shop are also available.
Recommended Trip Length: about 1-2 hour
Address: 100/F International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Get There: MTR Kowloon Station Exit C or D1.
Places to Visit in Hong Kong Itinerary Ideas
1 day itinerary:.
If you only have one full day, you should spend about half day on the banks of Victoria Harbor to enjoy Hong Kong skylines. The another half day you can either head north to explore Nan Lian Garden & Chi Lin Nunnery or Wong Tai Sin Temple on Kowloon Island, or transfer to the west and south side of Hong Kong Island. If you have known the Hong Kong Island or Kowloon Island, it is a good idea to spend one full day to Lantau Island.
① Wong Tai Sin Temple - Nan Lian Garden - Avenue of Stars - Star Ferry - Victoria Peak; ② Repulse Bay - Stanley Market - Victoria Peak - Star Ferry - Avenue of Stars ③ Lantau Island: Ngong Ping 360 - Tian Tan Buddha - Po Lin Monastery - Tai O Fishing Village - Victoria Peak.
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2 Days Itinerary:
If you want to spend two days in and around Hong Kong, there are two plans for you. One is to visit Kowloon Island and Hong Kong Island fully and add one day to explore Lantau Island and the second plan is to see the essence of Hong Kong and add one day trip to Macau.
Itinerary 1 (Hong Kong):
Day 1: Wong Tai Sin Temple - Nan Lian Garden - Avenue of Stars - Star Ferry - Victoria Peak; Day 2: Ngong Ping 360 - Tian Tan Buddha - Po Lin Monastery - Tai O Fishing Village
Itinerary 2 (Hong Kong + Macau):
Day 1: Repulse Bay - Stanley Market - Victoria Peak - Star Ferry - Avenue of Stars; Day 2: Ferry from Hong Kong to Macau and visit the Ruins of the St. Paul Cathedral, Section of Old City Wall, A-Ma Temple, Border of Gate. Get back to Hong Kong by ferry.
3 Days Itinerary:
Actually, 3 days will be a long duration for travelers to explore Hong Kong. Besides the classic sites in Kowloon Island and Hong Kong Island, you can add Hong Kong Museum of History of Museum for in-depth understanding, or Hong Kong Disneyland or Ocean Park for exciting fun and challenge.
Night Tour Ideas:
To spend your night in an awesome way, you can get to Victoria Peak for the panoramic stunning night view of Victoria Harbor and the skylines. Besides, it will be great to take a walk along Avenue of Stars to enjoy the skyline as well as “Symphony of Lights” around 20:00 and then head to Temple Street Night Market to look around or eat some food.
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Have a day full of recreation at one of the most revered places to visit in Hong Kong, Disneyland. This is one of the largest theme parks where you can live your childhood dreams and explore the 7 lands it owns, namely Adventureland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, Toy Story Land, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and Main Street, U.S.A.
Here you can spot different Disney characters and have an action-packed day with cute little cartoons. Make sure you capture amazing pictures are the backdrops are all colorful and have beautiful princess castles. Location: Lantau Island, Hong Kong Timings: 10:30 am to 8:00 pm. How to Book: Book the Hong Kong Disneyland Park Ticket at Flat 20% Off Check Out: Free Things you can Do in Hong Kong
Snuggled in the western region of Hong Kong Island, Victoria Peak is a quaint little peak that is known for its beauty. It is also known as Mount Austin and has an elevation of almost 552 m above the ground level. From this place, wherever you stretch the eyes, all you will find is the skyscrapers and the trails of lush green which make up this upland.
Make sure you tour this place, as your journey will be incomplete if you miss out on this place. Location: West Hong Kong Island. Timings: 24 hours open Price: No entry fee. Also Checkout: Thing to do in Hong Kong that your guide books aren't telling you
Tour the marine-life based theme park in Hong Kong and add a tinge of thrill to your day with these rides. Sprawling at an area of 9,15,000 meter square this is one of the best tourist places in Hong Kong for a rejuvenating day. The park features two main attractions the Summit and the Wavefront and is connected by a cable car and the ocean express train.
Another key attraction of the Ocean park is the aquarium which is in its lobby and boasts more than 50 different species of marine life. Here you can spot zebra sharks, sawfish, red-necked wallabies, and several others. Apart from this, you can also relish in lip-smacking cuisines at Tuxedos Restaurant and take a view at the penguins frolicking. Location: Aberdeen, Hong Kong Timings: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm How to Book: Book the Ocean Park Hong Kong Tickets at Flat 10% Off Recommended Read: 5 Cycling Trails In Hong Kong That Will Surprise You At Every Turn!
Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha Statue)
Standing tall at the height of 34 m, Tian Tan Buddha Statue is a mighty statue of Buddha Shakyamuni and is located near Po Lin Monastery. This is one of the most serene places to visit in Hong Kong and symbolizes the harmonious relationship between man and nature. You will have to trace a total of 268 steps to reach out to this mighty bronze statue which is made up of 202 pieces. Location: Ngong Ping Rd, Lantau Island, Hong Kong Timings: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm Price: The entrance is free, but you need to pay INR 500 or HKD 56.09 for the exhibition hall.
Separating the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island, Victoria Harbour is one of the most beautiful tourist places in Hong Kong. The site boasts with the deep waters, and its strategic location makes it a trading center. Here you can witness annual fireworks, and the serenade is just beyond one’s imagination.
At this place, there are also some water activities like swimming which take place and this makes it a suitable spot for recreation. If you are touring Hong Kong, then this is truly an unmissable place. Earlier it was called the Hong Kong Harbour, but with time it's named changed to the name of the Queen. Location: Central and Western District, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong 999077, China Timings: 12:00 am to 12:00 pm How to Book: Book the tickets of Victoria Harbour Night Tour at Flat 20% Off Also, Check: Fun Things to do in Hong Kong at Night
It is a ferry passenger service and is a major tourist attraction. With this, you can tour Victoria Harbour, Kowloon, and Hong Kong Island. This carries more than 70,000 passengers a day and has quite a lot of railway and road tunnels.
Additionally, this is one of the ten most exciting ferry services in the world. If you are visiting the place, then make sure that you don't miss out on the ferry service which will take you to the prominent attractions and that too at a very nominal charge. Location: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong Timings: 06:00 am -11:30 pm How to Book: Book the Star Ferry Harbour Tour at Flat 22% Off Suggested Read: Fun Things to Do in Hong Kong to enjoy your vacation!
Ngong Ping Cable Car
Marking its place in one of the most striking tourist Places in Hong Kong, Ngong Ping Cable Car is a gondola lift with which you can take a 360-degree view of the entire city. This aerial lift is approximately 5.7 km long, and on this journey, you can take a glance at the scenic beauty of the place. Each gondola can accommodate up to 4 people so, make sure that you carry your travel party along with you.
With this, you can visit Big Buddha, Mongkok, and several other places. The cabins are made up of crystal clear glass so that there is no obstruction in the views. Location: Lantau Island, Hong Kong Timings: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm How to Book: Book the tickets of Ngong Ping 360 Crystal Cabin at flat 20% off If you are planning a trip to Hong Kong, Checkout the Hong Kong Tour Packages
One of the serene places to visit in Hong Kong is the Dragon’s Back which connects Wan Cham Shan and Shek O Peak. It is a ridge that is surrounded by jaw-dropping views of nature. Here you can hike up the trials and add up to your vacation. In the Hong Kong trail, this is stage 8 and has been awarded as the urban hiking trail.
It also features an exceptional platform from where you can take a glance at the blend of the beauty of the island and the breathtakingly beautiful shoreline of the island. Location: Near Wan Cham Shan and Shek O Peak, Hong Kong Island Timings: 12:00 am to 12:00 pm daily How to Book: Dragon's Back Trail, Hong Kong @ Flat 16% off Popular Read: Treks For Hiking in Hong Kong - Explore the adventurous paths
Jumbo Floating Restaurant
Looking for an out of the blue dining experience? Head to one of the most striking places to visit in Hong Kong, Jumbo Floating Restaurant which is actually a floating eatery and serves the Cantonese cuisine along with the seafood.
This is one of the best places for dining and the interiors are all traditional which add up to the charm of the place. The key feature of this restaurant is its seafood and those are the dishes which will just melt away on your buds. Each one of them is quite delicious Location: Shum Wan Pier Dr, Aberdeen, Hong Kong Timings: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm How to Book: Book the seats at Jumbo Floating Restaurant at Flat 22% Off Popular Read: Markets in Hong Kong that every shopaholic would devour
Symphony of Lights
Making its place in the Guinness Book of World Records, this is the place that has the permanent light and sound show. The vibrancy of the lights multiplies at night, and the views become even more enticing. A total of 42 buildings are a part of this light, and sound show. It extends the stellar views of Hong Kong Island, Tsim Sha Tsui, and several other major attractions of the quarter.
Not only this, but you can also take a look at the dazzling views of Aqua spirit and delight your eyes with the exotic sunrise and sunset views. Location: 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong Timings: 8:00 am to 8:15 pm How to Book: Book the tickets of Symphony Of Lights Cruise at Flat 18% Off . Also Read: Finest Nightlife Spots in Hong Kong
Sky100 Observation Deck
Located on the 100th floor of the International Commerce Centre is one of the most scenic places to see in Hong Kong. From here you can take a 360-degree view of the entire city and later head to Ritz-Carlton for a mouth-watering meal.
This deck offers the displays of the major attractions like the Hong Kong Island, Victoria Harbour, the Kowloon Peninsula, and Tai Mo Shan. Make sure that you reach here in time and gaze at the beauty with the dropping sun. To reach out to the top, you can use the high-speed lifts and arrive in less than 60 seconds. Location: International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Rd W, West Kowloon, Hong Kong Timings: 10:00 am to 09:00 pm on all days except Sunday How to Book: Sky100 Hong Kong Ticket, Hong Kong @ Flat 17% Off . Suggested Read: Things to Do in Hong Kong this Weekend for a perfect getaway
Tai Mo Shan Waterfalls
If you are a nature buff and are looking for refreshing tourist places in Hong Kong, then this is your place to be. This waterfall is nestled in the laps of dense forests and offers the views of beautiful slopes. To reach the site, you will have to cross the temples and villages which will give you a deep insight into the culture and tradition of the place.
This is the place where you can truly uncover the wide range of flora and fauna and give a feast to your eyes. Make sure that you carry your camera along as the water bullets make the frames even more pleasant. Location: Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong Timings: 24 hours open How to Book: Adventure Hike To Tai Mo Shan Waterfall, Flat 14% Off
One of the not to be missed places to visit in Hong Kong is undeniably Lantau Island which is the largest island of all the Hong Kong Islands. These interwoven mountainous terrains feature the Lantau Island which is as high as 934 m and is famed for its picture-perfect sunsets and sunrise displays.
The aura of this island is truly a spellbinding one and is just perfect if you are touring it with your partner. While you reach the summit, you can witness various other spots on the route like Tian Tan Buddha, which has a long stairway. Location: Southwest Hong Kong Timings: 12:00 am to 12:00 pm Price: No entry fee You May Also Like: Things to Do in Lantau Island For an Adventurous Vacation!
Hong Kong Observatory
Next in the list of tourist places in Hong Kong, is the Hong Kong Observatory which is more of the weather forecast agency. This is the place where all the predictions are done about the weather. From this observatory, you can take a look at the lush green trails of nature and add up a scenic destination in your vacation plans.
In the months from October to December, the weather of this place is quite pleasant and you can re-energize your soul and mind with the spellbinding views it offers. Location: 134A Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong Timings: 8:30 am to 5:45 pm on all days except Saturday and Sunday Price: Starting from INR 838 HKD 94.17 Know More: Things to Do in Tsim Sha Tsui for an Experience of a Lifetime!
Tai O Fishing Village
One of the traditional places to see in Hong Kong is Tai O Fishing Village which reflects the Chinese culture. This quaint little village is known for its seafood market and stilt house which are just unique to the place. The views of this village are truly attention seeking and one must not forget to capture the uniqueness of this small village.
If you are up for a bizarre shopping market then you should witness the Tai O market which is right next to the fishing port. Location: 14? Shek Tsai Po St, Tai O, Hong Kong Timings: 24 hours open Price: No entrance fee Suggested Read: Pleasing Beaches in Hong Kong
Places in Hong Kong for Family & Kids
Being a part of the renowned chain, Madame Tussauds is a wax museum. This the place where the red carpet rolled out and all the celebrity faces could be spotted in one place. Here you can find more than 100 different wax statues; with which you can click the pictures or create everlasting memories at the 10 different fun zones that it offers.
If you are touring the place with your family or kids, then this is an unmissable part. Location: Shop P101, The Peak Tower, No, 128 Peak Rd, The Peak, Hong Kong Timings: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm How to Book: Book the Madame Tussauds Ticket at Flat 20% Off
Featuring a combination of art, love, education, and nature, Noah's Ark is one of the must-visit tourist places in Hong Kong if you are on vacation with your family. The major attraction of the park is the centerpiece that is the world’s first full-size simulation of Noah's Ark. The sides of the Ark are adorning with the trails of lush greens, and some parts are still expanding.
This park is entirely based on Christian themes and fundamentals and was built by Thomas and Raymond. Location: 33 Pak Yan Road, Ma Wan, Hong Kong Timings: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm How to Book: Book the Noah's Ark Hong Kong Tickets at Flat 18% Off . Also Check: Amusement & Water Parks in Hong Kong for Kids
Avenue of Stars
Located along with Victoria’s harbor, this is settled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This is the place built to honor the celebrities or the Hollywood industry of Hong Kong. Several celebrities have received plaques on the Avenue of Stars like Lai Man-wai, Sir Run Run Shaw, Florence Lim, and countless others.
If you are looking for a silent place where you can relax, then this is the place, and here you can even capture a good picture. Location: Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong Timings: 8:00 am to 7:30 pm Price: No entrance fee.
Man Mo temple
Commonly called the Man Mo Miu temple, this is one of the most vibrant places to see in Hong Kong. This is a temple built to worship the literature God-Man Cheong and the martial God Kwan Tai. The two of them were highly patronized by the students and the seekers of civic knowledge. The colors of the temple are vibrant, and the fragrance of the incense sticks will go whirling around you wherever you go.
Certainly, this is one of the oldest temples of the city and is revered by a remarkable count of visitors every year. Location: Man Mo Temple, Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Price: No entrance fee. Further Read: Best Time to Visit Hong Kong
Hong Kong Museum of History
A place that holds the cultural and historical heritage of Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Museum of History. If you wish to take a deep insight into the deep down history of the place or wish to learn about their culture, then this is the best place for you. The museum has a wide collection of things, like the local history, natural history, and most importantly the archaeology.
All the major attraction points of the city are displayed in the museum, and you can know all about them here at once. Location: 100 Chatham Rd S, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong Timings: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Price: Starting from INR 90 HKD 10.11 Know More: Best Museums in Hong Kong You Must Visit
If you wish to know about the hippie culture of Hong Kong, then this is the best place for you; marking its place in the list of best places to see in Hong Kong, this is a true place for the high-spirited souls. The vibes of the island are all quite soothing, and here you can spot Indie boutiques along with craft stores from where you can buy souvenirs of the trip.
Apart from this, you can also hike up the trails which will take you to the WWII-era Kamikaze Caves, and along with this, you can enjoy the coastal views of the Lamma Island . Location: Southwest of Hong Kong Island Timings: 24 hours open Price: No entrance fee.
Nan Lian Garden
Famed as the Chinese classical garden, this is a park in the Diamond hill. It sprawls over an area of almost 3.5 hectares and is designed in the style of the Tang Dynasty. The prominent features of the park are brooklets, rocks, and fine cut trees along with the wooden structures which increase the charm of the park.
If you are vacationing with your family, then this is an inescapable place as it has a whole wide array of options for entertainment. Location: 60 Fung Tak Road, Diamond Hill, Kowloon Timings: 7:00 am to 9:00 pm Price: No admission ticket. Must Check: 15 Islands in Hong Kong For An Exciting Adrenaline - Filled Holiday
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is an elegant complex which is adorned with statues of Buddha. The entire complex has nine pagodas and one main temple which is settled on the Po Fook Hill. To add up to your surprise there are more than 13,000 Buddha statues and are all over in the complex.
The path to the main shrine is paved with stairs and there are almost 400 stairs which will lead you to the main spot. The aura of the place is an excellent epitome of serenity and is a perfect place for solace seekers. Location: Pai Tau, Hong Kong Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Price: No entry fee.
One of the most famous beaches in Hong Kong is Repulse Bay and it gets its name from the age-old story when the Britishers repulsed pirates by attacking them. This is one of the most luxurious places in Hong Kong and is the most expensive one. The beachfront showcases the crystal clear azure and the sparkling golden sand adds up to the beauty of the Bay.
In addition to this, there are several activities which you can witness and can even gape at the breathtakingly beautiful landscapes. Location: Southern District, Hong Kong Timings: 24 hours open Price: Free entry. Popular Read: Festivals in Hong Kong that you should celebrate here
Hong Kong Park
The Hong Kong Park stands erect in the oasis of greens and features a combination of the various aviary, a greenhouse, lily ponds, playgrounds, and even a restaurant. If you are a bird lover then you will be amazed at the collection of the aviary as it has more than 80 different species of birds which are truly beautiful.
Another key feature of the aviary is that they are all there in a well-crafted rainforest which is designed just for them. Location: Central, Hong Kong Timings: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm Price: Starting from INR 3,900 HKD 438.13
Places to Visit in Hong Kong at Night
Temple street night market.
Are you searching for good places to visit in Hong Kong? Well, Temple Street Night Market is there for the purpose. If the thought of shopping strikes you late at night, then this is the market for you where you have almost everything.
From the Jades to the tink trinkets here you can find each one of them which you can buy for you and your family. Apart from this, you can also buy clothes, watches, and countless other things available in the market. Location: Temple St, Jordan, Hong Kong Timings: 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Happy Valley Racecourse
Being one of the two-horse racecourses in Hong Kong, this is the racecourse which is located on the happy valley and hence is called the Happy Valley Racecourse. Previously, this area was a swamped land and later was changed into the racecourse. The surroundings of the course have rice fields and to avoid any obstructions, it was refused by the government to grow rice near the course. Location: Amigo Mansion, Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong Timings: 7:15 pm to 11:00 pm Price: Starting from INR 80 HKD 8.99 Must Read: Things to Do in Hong Kong Airport - Mostly Free for a Layover
Lan Kwai Fong
One of the most bustling places to see in Hong Kong is Lan Kwai Fong which is a small square of streets. Earlier the area was devoted to the hawkers before World War 2 began but was all changed in the early ’80s.
Now, it is a place that never sleeps and is dotted with several clubs, bars, and dining places where you can head out with your bunch of buddies for a memorable night. It stretches till 110 m and is all over made up by these restaurants and clubs. Location: Central, Hong Kong Timings: 2:00 pm to 6:00 am Price: Average cost for two people is INR 10,000 HKD 1,123.40
Sai Kung Seafood Street
Gulp down the street seafood at the Sai Kung Seafood Street, which is a well-known strip of food. It is also called the Back garden of Hong Kong and is the main seafood street of the place. Enjoy lip-smacking eclectic cuisines in the street.
A trip to this quarter will be all justified as you relish the food it serves. The best part is, it is open 24 hours, therefore, you can come here whenever you want. Location: Market St, Sai Kung, Hong Kong Timings: 24 hours open
Price: Average cost for two people is INR 1,000 HKD 112.34 Also Check Out: Markets in Hong Kong to shop from
OZONE Rooftop - The Ritz-Carlton
Marking its place in one of the highest rooftop bars in Hong Kong, OZONE Rooftop - The Ritz-Carlton is established on the 118th floor. From here you can enjoy the majestic views of the city or can relish in the lip-smacking cuisine it serves, prepared by the talented chefs.
Apart from this, it has amazing interiors, and the bar gives an elite look. To add up to this place, it has an exceptional aura, and eclectic music keeps on playing. Location: Level 118, International Commerce Ctr. 1 Austin Road West Kowloon, Hong Kong, Timings: Monday to Thursday 5:00 pm to 1:00 am, Friday from 5:00 pm to 2:00 am, Saturday and Sunday 3:00 pm to 2:00 am. Price: Average cost for two people is INR 8,000 HKD 897.44
Places to Shop in Hong Kong
Tsim sha tsui (tst).
Busting on the tip of Hong Kong’s Peninsula the Tsim Sha Tsui is famed for its iconic views of the Victoria harbor. Right from the brick-o-brac shops to the boutiques from where you can pick designer dresses, this road is brimming with a whole lot of it. Here you can also find a wide array of live performance stages, museums, and several other spots for entertainment.
Not only this but you can also gape at the scenic skyline of Hong Kong Island from this street. Location: Tsim Sha Tsui (TST), Hong Kong Timings: 12:00 am to 12:00 pm Price: No fee to enter the square Recommended Read: Know How to Spend 48 Hours in Hong Kong
Ladies Market (Tung Choi Street)
If you are women and are looking for a place to shop at cheaper rates, then this your place to be. Here, you can find more than 100 stalls of clothes, souvenirs, jewelry, and whatnot. This is a true paradise for shoppers and makes sure that you use your bargaining skills to buy stuff at the lowest price possible.
Apart from this, here you can also find trinkets, bags, glasses, and countless other things at a very nominal price. Location: Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong Timings: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Price: There is no entrance fee.
Fa Yuen Street Market
Are you a sports lover? Make sure that you add Fa Yuen Street Market in your list of places to visit in Hong Kong as this is a place where you can find all the equipment and gears for almost every sport at a very low price. From the t-shirts, hats, caps, gears, and everything else you can shop all of them. There are also some fruits and vegetable stalls on the road where you can drink juices and revive yourself. Location: Fa Yuen St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong Timings: 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Stroll the winding roads of Stanley Market which are packed with antiques and clothes which you can buy as a souvenir of the trip. Additionally, just 5 minutes away to the Stanley Market is the Murray house which is an open-air market and has a bunch of colonial buildings on its map.
In the Stanley market, you can even find unique stuff like bamboo birdcages, paper lanterns, and Chinese ornaments which are hand made in Hong Kong. Each thing is unique to this place and is crafted elegantly by the locals. Location: 96 Stanley Main St, Stanley, Hong Kong Timings: 24 hours open Checkout: 1 0 Water Adventure Experiences Everyone Should Try in Hong Kong!
Famed as the Hong Kong Attractions, it is the energetic retail heart of the place. From the plush luxury malls to conventional stores, there is everything that you might need to shop in Hong Kong. Apart from this, there are several dining options which are available on this bay, and each one of them serves delicious meals which will be a feat for your buds.
Most of the attractions are quite close to this place and is even dotted with a number of food joints. Location: Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Timings: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm Price: Entry free
Offbeat Tourist Places in Hong Kong
Peng chau island.
One of the quite Hong Kong Attractions is the Peng Chau Island and here one can actually see the small island lifestyle. This place is known for its temples and is located on the north-eastern side of Lantau island.
Additionally, it is located at an altitude of 95 m above the ground level and gives the picture-perfect views of the serene sites it surrounds. Here you can relish the lip-smacking seafood which will be made out of fresh animals. Location: North-eastern coast of Lantau Island, Hong Kong Timings: 24 hours open Price: No entrance fee Suggested Read: Night Markets in Hong Kong: Flea & Street Shops
Ghost Island/ Yim Tin Tsai
An island that was once deceased is now living again, and this is where it gets the name Ghost Island. Earlier it was all abandoned, but it marks its place in the tourism map of the cramped city. The original name of the island is Yim Tin Tsai and is just perfect for the solitude seekers.
Previously it was the home of the Hakka community, but now a clan of China has migrated to this scenic site of beauty. The Yim Tin Tsai means Little Salt Pan, and this is the thing with which people earned their living. Location: Yim Tin Tsai, Ghost Island, Hong Kong Timings: 24 hours open Price: No entrance fee.
Shing Wong Street Art
One of the most Instagram worthy places to visit in Hong Kong is the Shing Wong Street Art as it is all over covered with graffiti and arts. Each one of the buildings and roads is an art gallery in themselves as all of them have a different form of art crafted on them. In fact, the alleyways and the roofs are also coloured and textures with unique styles which make it even more remarkable.
Location: 12 Shing Wong St, Central, Hong Kong
Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on all days except Saturday and Sunday
Price: No entrance fee.
Crystal Bus Sightseeing and Dining Tour Hong Kong 17 Off
Get ready to experience something new and exciting and explore the vibrant history of Hong Kong with the best audio guides available in 5 different languages namely Cantonese, English, Mandarin, Korean, and Japanese while you engage yourself in the colorful bus ride and witness great landmarks from the roof of the double Decker luxury bus. The entire tour is a 2-hour 30-minute journey of exploring around. You will get to try out some great dishes in the fun ‘bus restaurant’, the only in Honk Kong.
About the activity:
You will be taking a peek into the city’s greatest attractions in groups for fun and enjoyment. The afternoon trip to Kowloon and New territories is scheduled between 3.00 pm and 5.30 pm beginning at the Peninsula Honk Kong space Museum. You will have to reach the pickup point at least 20 minutes before the departure. The lunch hour will be at 2.45 pm and the dinner tour will start at 6.45 pm. This tour will introduce you to a different Phase of Honk Kong as you will not only get to witness the attractions of this place and listen to its vibrant history but also get to taste the Hong Kong on your plate. You will be tasting Chinese Dim Sum Platter (a vegetarian Dim Sum Platter can also be requested, at least one day in advance for your request to be arranged).
Afternoon Tour (Kowloon & New Territories)
Pick up and drop off location: Hankou Road, Kowloon
- The Peninsula Hong Kong, Hong Kong Space Museum (Departure Point)
- Chungking Mansions
- Kowloon Masjid and Islamic Centre
- Park Lane Shopper's Boulevard
- Nathan Road
- Temple Street
- Portland Street
- Langham Place
- Prince Edward
- Olympian City
- Kwai Tsing Container Terminals
- The Lantau Link View Point
- Tsing Ma Bridge
- Kap Shui Mun Bridge
- North Lantau Highway
- Hong Kong Disneyland Resort
- Park Island, Noah's Ark
- Ting Kau Bridge
- Stonecutters Bridge, Rambler Channel
- West Kowloon Terminus
- Canton Road, Harbour City
- 1881 Heritage
- Hong Kong Clock Tower, Hong Kong Cultural Centre (Alighting Point)
Dinner Tour (Kowloon & Hong Kong All 26 Attractions)
- Schedule: 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Park Lane Shopper's Boulevard|
- New Yau Ma Tei Typhoon Shelter
- International Commerce Centre
- Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Park
- Star Ferry Pier and Hong Kong Observation Wheel (Sightseeing stop-by point)
- Statue Square
- The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
- Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Golden Bauhinia Square
- Central Government Complex
- Hong Kong Monetary Authority, International Finance Centre (IFC)
- Shun Tak Centre Western Market
- Western Harbour Crossing
- The tasting plate is available only for afternoon and dinner tours.
- Children aged 0-2 are free of charge and children aged 3+ will be charged at a regular Adult rate.
Museum of Coastal Defence
Settled overlooking Lei Yue Mun channel, Museum of Coastal Defence is a part of the coastal defense fort and was built back in the British era of 1886. Which makes it more than 100 years old and is one of the most prominent military installations. All over the site, one can see the relics of the second world war and the bravery of the fighters too. Location: 175 Tung Hei Road, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Price: Starting from INR 100 HKD 11.22 Further Know: Finest Cruises in Hong Kong
Other Places to Visit in Hong Kong
Cheung chau island.
Famed as the dumbbell island, the Cheung Chau Island is located close to Hong Kong Island. It is called so due to its shape and is not at all densely populated. If you are looking for a combination of a quaint place along with picture-perfect views, then this is the right place for you. To reach out to this place, there is a short ferry ride, on which you can gape at the scenic views of the lush greens contrasting with the clear skies. Location: Cheung Chau is 10 kilometers southwest of Hong Kong Island Timings: 24 hours open
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Another in the array striking places to visit in Hong Kong is Wong Tai Sin Temple. This is one of the Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple and promises to make every wish come true, upon request. Also, this is not just for one religion but Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. Devotees of all of them visit here to seek the blessing and ask Almighty to fulfill their wishes.
The architecture of the temple is quite elegant and showcases vibrant tones and textures. Location: 2 Chuk Yuen Rd, Chuk Un, Hong Kong Timings: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Price: Starting from INR 900 per person HKD 100.96 per person Also Read: Luxurious Resorts in Hong Kong
Located right next to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, faces Wan Chai waterfront. It gets its name as there is a huge Bauhinia statue right in the center and is 20 meters high.
Something which makes it unique is that it is made up of 206 overlapping tablets, out of which sixty are rounded and are in granite color. The body of the monument highlights the nine shimmering Chinese characters, and the aura is extraordinary. Location: 1 Expo Dr, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Timings: 24 hours open Price: No entrance fee You May Also Like: New Year in Hong Kong 2020 - Things to Do, Fireworks, Parties
Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower
Next, in the list of Hong Kong Attractions, is Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower which is more of a landmark. This is the place where you can take a look at the time and manage it well. From this tower, you can take a look at the lush green trails of nature and add up a scenic destination in your vacation plans.
Apart from this, the historic tower was built back in the 19th century and the elevation of the tower is almost 44 m above the ground. It is made up of brick and granite and this is what adds color to it. Location: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong Timings: 24 hours open Price: No entrance fee
As Hong Kong is formed by 18 districts this is one of them and surely the most remarkable one. This is the place where you can find the best Thai restaurants and not only this but you can also visit the silent coffee shops that you like. It is called the “Mini Thailand of Hong Kong” and has a rich history of culture and traditions.
You can discover a number of colorful cafes and serene temples in Kowloon City and have an action-packed vacation. Location: Kowloon City District, Hong Kong. Timings: 12:00 am to 10:00 pm Price: No entrance fee Further Read: 20 Amusing Places to Visit in Hong Kong and Macau
Long Ke Wan Beach
One of the scenic beauties and the Hong Kong Attractions is the Long Ke Wan Beach where you can not only enjoy the soothing waves and vibes but can even set up a camp. It is surrounded by lush green hillsides and the crystal clear water and shiny white sands are a plus to its beauty.
There are a few dams close to it which you can visit while you are one tour to the beach or you can just sit back and relax at the warm sand. The views of this place are surreal and will surely melt your heart away with its lure. Location: Sai Kung District, Hong Kong Timings: 24 hours open Price: No entrance fee.
Big Waves Beach
Are you windsurfer? The Big Wave beach gets its name as it has a rage of large waves where you can enjoy windsurfing. It is located on the eastern tip of the Hong Kong Island and is close to the Dragon’s back to the views from this place are a delight to the eyes and one can take a look at it.
Apart from this, here you can stroll on the beach along with the sparkling white sands or just soak in the warmth of the sun. Location: Big Wave Bay Road, Shek O, Hong Kong Island Timings: 24 hours open Price: No entrance fee. Also, Check: Witness the adventure-filled activities in Hong Kong
Aberdeen Fishing Village
Nested close to the heart of Hong Kong, Aberdeen Fishing Village is a quaint village that is a perfect spot for adventure lovers. Holding its mark in the best places to visit in Hong Kong it is densely populated by the fishermen and here you can find rows of fishermen's selling and catching them.
This place lacks the touch of modernity and is still a small swapped area of the city. It is called the “Fragrant Harbour” and this is what Hong Kong means. Location: Aberdeen, Hong Kong, China Timings: 12:00 am to 12:00 pm Price: No entrance fee.
Hong Kong Wet Land Park
Serving as a combination of education and convention centre the Hong Kong Wet Land Park is one of the most visited Hong Kong attractions. Something which makes this park unique is that exhibits various themed exhibitions along with a theatre and souvenir shop from where you can buy one.
Additionally, there is also an indoor play area where you can enjoy and have a memorable time with your traveling partners. It is a world-tourism eco-park, and one must surely visit this on a Hong Kong trip. Location: Wetland Park Rd, Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Price: Starting from INR 300 per person Suggested Read: Best Places for Outdoor Photography in Hong Kong
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1. Lantau Peak: Engage yourself in an amazing night hike which is totally worthwhile as the trip takes you to the beautiful Lantau Island. This nighttime hike is best suitable for experienced hikers if you are crazy about hiking and want to experience a night hike once in life. 2. The Happy Valley Racecourse: Wednesday Night Horse Racing has been a traditional event in Hong Kong that runs from September to June. This place surely gives you the adrenaline pumping, the moment you back your favourite horse at Happy Valley. This is one of the best places to visit in Hong Kong and you should not miss out during your vacation in Hong Kong 3. Nathan Road: Wander around the city lights as Hong Kong has so many iconic night scenes. Hang out near the Star Ferry and side streets of Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok. Capture pictures along Nathan Road with the light trails of the traffic as a charming backdrop. 4. Play: Simply go wild at one of the best places to visit in Hong Kong. There are many clubs, pubs and other night attractions on the streets. Just go ahead together with the crowds of young spunky people and groove the whole night.
Which are the romantic places to visit in Hong Kong?
1. Ha Pak Nai: Ha Pak Nai is a mangrove-covered shallow beach where you may watch a spectacular sunset over the glistening water with your loved ones. This is one of the more reasonable and ideal destinations in Hong Kong for couples looking for a romantic holiday. 2. Kwun Tong Promenade: This waterfront boardwalk is a little sanctuary with a one-kilometre promenade that provides spectacular views of Hong Kong Island East and Victoria Harbour. This most sought after place to go in Hong Kong offers a panoramic location, creates a relaxing ambience and invites visitors to have a sensual stroll. 3. Lei Yue Mun Coast LightHouse: Lei Yue Mun is a nearby place in Old Hong Kong. Along the coastline of Lei Yue Mun, there’s a green lighthouse that has been still in existence for over 50 years. From the lighthouse, you can capture a scenic sunset during golden hours and have a great romantic day out discovering old stone houses along the walking front. 4. Peng Chau: Travel to Peng Chau for a romantic break where you may navigate through narrow alleys, alleyways, and discover places in Hong Kong such as Finger Hill, leaving you with lasting memories. 5. Signal Hill Garden: This is a well-known landmark that has become one of Hong Kong's greatest honeymoon destinations. This location features an amusing terrain with numerous benches and a pavilion that will provide you and your special someone with all of the seclusion you require. Visitors can ascend the small spiral staircase to the top of the tower for panoramic views of the surrounding neighbourhood and Victoria Harbour. The Tsing Ma Bridge and Disneyland are both awe-inspiring views.
Which are the best places in Hong Kong to visit with Kids?
1. Hong Kong Disneyland - A trip to Hong Kong would be completed without a stop at this enchanting and wonderful destination known as Disneyland! This is one of the world's biggest wonderlands, and it has to be one of the best locations for kids to visit in Hong Kong. When they see their favourite Disney figure, watch them howl with joy. 2. Ocean Park - Children enjoy this water-themed ocean park, which is one of the most interesting locations to visit in Hong Kong. Arctic Blast, Flying Swing, and Waterfront are just a few of the thrilling rides available at this park. The sky tram ride, which provides a panoramic view of the entire island, astonishes both children and adults. 3. Noah’s Ark - This is an iconic architectural park which is the world's first full-scale replica of the Ark. Kids would love to wander around the Ark Garden, Adventureland and Treasure House. This amazing landmark indulges people and kids with many fun and educational activities. 4. Toy Streets Market - This market would entertain children by offering a vast range and variety of toy collections. The kids that are confined to this location have a field day. This market keeps up with shifting trends to attract clients. Market is also known for its colourful stationery items and plush animals, and it is one of the nicest locations to visit in Hong Kong. 5. The Sky 100 - The International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong's tallest building, houses the Sky 100. This is the only interior monitoring station in Hong Kong that provides a bird's eye view of the entire city. Watching the vistas from the 100th floor in a double-deck high-speed elevator is an incredible thrill for your kids while exploring some of the places to go in Hong Kong.
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23 Top attractions to visit in Hong Kong
The city's top attractions, landmarks, and sightseeing spots you’d be mad to miss
Hong Kong is packed with many wonderful attractions, so it’s easy for visitors to feel overwhelmed – that's why we've put together a list of must-visit landmarks and sightseeing spots that will let you make the most of your trip. From places to view Hong Kong's iconic skyline to exploring historic landmarks and the city’s best museums , this one-stop guide will make you fall in love with Hong Kong.
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Top Hong Kong Attractions to visit
Avenue of Stars
- Tsim Sha Tsui
There was a time when Hong Kong’s filmic output was only bested by Hollywood and Bollywood, and while it’s a less prodigious beast these days, the city’s film industry still once produced illustrious names like Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, the Shaw Brothers, John Woo, and Wong Kar-wai. Avenue of Stars pays tribute to these figures and many others who have helped burnish Hong Kong’s cinematic legacy. Selfie opportunities come with sculptures of Hong Kong legends such as martial arts master Bruce Lee, as well as singer and actress Anita Mui. Even Hong Kong's beloved local cartoon character McDull has a prime spot in front of the Victoria Harbour skyline. Plus, you can check out over 100 handprint plaques set into the wooden handrails along the waterfront.
The Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha)
- Lantau Island
Tian Tan Buddha – or as it’s better known, the Big Buddha – is Hong Kong’s most recognisable and iconic landmark. It was 12 years in the making: 34 metres high, and accessible to visitors by over 200 gruelling steps. Needless to say, be prepared for aching legs by the time you’re at the top. Just beside the Buddha is Po Lin Monastery, a wondrous, incense-filled sanctum that ranks among Buddhism’s most important institutions. And if that slog gives you an appetite, refuel at the neighbouring Ngong Ping Village.
Hong Kong Disneyland
You can find the happiest place on Earth right here in Hong Kong. From kid-friendly attractions at Fantasyland and dazzling parades down Main Street, USA, to high-octane thrills at Tomorrowland and music-filled performances at Adventureland, there’s plenty of magical fun to be had
Hong Kong Observation Wheel
Okay, it’s no London Eye, but the Hong Kong Observation Wheel does still provide stunning views of Victoria Harbour and Central. The whole circuit on this 60-metre-high Ferris Wheel takes around 15 minutes, providing ample opportunity to get your snaps of the city, whether during the day or at night.
Hong Kong Space Museum
- Science and technology
It’s hard to miss this egg-shaped dome on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. The theatre dome makes up half of the Hong Kong Space Museum, along with two permanent exhibitions: Hall of the Cosmos and the Hall of Space Exploration. Visitors can enjoy documentary screenings under the curved ceiling of the planetarium, or head over to the main museum and discover plenty of action and gadgetry for space and science enthusiasts.
Hong Kong Wetland Park
- Things to do
This 61-hectare wetland reserve and ecotourism park is home to a diverse range of wetland plants and animals, from mangroves to rare species of birds. Promoting the importance of wildlife and nature conservation, the Wetland Park is great for birdwatchers who are keen to spot migrations – and for families to enjoy a fun, informative day out.
Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens
Slap-bang in the middle of Central is one of the world’s oldest botanical gardens and an actual oasis within Hong Kong’s urban jungle. Aside from the lush forestry and peacefulness ideal for a quiet stroll, the gardens are also home to various species of birds, mammals, and reptiles. Follow our guide to take a tour around the stunning park .
Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden
Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden spreads over 148 hectares of land on the northern slopes of Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong’s highest mountain. The farm was originally established to aid poor farmers in the New Territories but has since morphed into a nature conservation centre. Wander around the vegetable gardens and greenhouses, and learn about fascinating organic growth methods. It’s perfect for those trying to transition into a more sustainable living at home. Visit exotics animals like flamingos, deer and, if you’re lucky, the occasional porcupines and pangolins in the area surrounding the farm.
- Lan Kwai Fong
Love it or loathe it, Lan Kwai Fong – or LKF for short– is party central. There's a myriad of restaurants and bars packed into the neighbourhood, from upscale joints to pubs that are rougher around the edges. It's where you ought to be if you want to party hard with tourists, expats, and locals alike. It gets especially rowdy on holidays or special occasions like Halloween.
- West Kowloon
Clad with a large harbour-facing LED screen, this waterfront museum is a must-visit for art lovers. Inside, the building houses numerous galleries with exhibits that cover themes of architecture and design, post-war art, conceptual art, installation art, multimedia works and more. Aside from exhibitions, visitors can also enjoy public facilities and spaces including shops, restaurants, the M+ cinema, and a beautiful rooftop garden offering expansive views of Victoria Harbour and the city's skyline.
Man Mo Temple
Man Mo Temple is a mid-nineteenth-century historical building and a declared monument located on Hollywood Road. It’s surrounded by antique stores that are common in the area. The temple is mostly dedicated to Man Cheong, the god of literature, and Mo Tai, the god of martial arts, a pair of deities often worshipped by students who were about to take Imperial China’s civil service exams. With its clouds of intense and introspective calm, it makes for a haven from all the downtown hubbubs outside.
Nan Lian Garden
- Wong Tai Sin
This public park is so leafy and peaceful it looks like an illustration from the Tang Dynasty. Wander around through calm waters and rocks as you head towards the unmissable red Zi Wu Bridge and stunning gold Pavilion of Absolute Perfection. Not far away from the garden is Chi Lin Nunnery and a vegetarian restaurant worthy of a visit, if you find yourself peckish.
Ngong Ping 360 cable car
One of the longest aerial cable car systems in Asia, the Ngong Ping 360 takes guests on a visually spectacular journey from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping. During the ride, you'll get to take in fantastic views of Lantau Island including the North Lantau Country Park, Tung Chung Bay, and the Hong Kong International Airport. For the brave souls out there, get on the Crystal+ cable cars, where all sides and bottom of the cabin are made of transparent tempered glass to provide a 360-degree view.
Ocean Park Hong Kong
- Wong Chuk Hang
Located on the southside of Hong Kong Island, Ocean Park has a special spot in many Hongkongers' hearts. Hop on the many hair-raising rollercoaster rides and visit an array of animals and exotic birds. If you’re in town during Halloween, the theme park is also incredibly popular for its month-long – and genuinely rather spooky – Halloween attractions.
As you might guess from the name, The Peak is the high point on Hong Kong Island, offering the best views of the city stretching from the skyscrapers and towers of the city centre to the mountains in the New Territories. It’s accessible by the Peak Tram, which passes the city’s buildings at a dizzying incline as it travels up to 1,300 feet above sea level. To get the best possible views at the top, we suggest you head to the viewing platforms at the anvil-shaped Peak Tower. Or if you fancy a hike, take a stroll around the Peak Circle Walk, where you’ll get an astonishing bird’s-eye view of the metropolis below.
The transformation of the former Police Married Quarters into a centre for all things creative and design-based is one of the largest, most ambitious conservation projects in Hong Kong. An exciting mix of creative enterprises can be found at PMQ, where old residential units have been converted into small boutiques selling handmade products – ranging from jewellery to homeware goods – as well as design studios and art spaces. Pop-ups, markets, art festivals, and festive happenings are also common occurrences at PMQ.
Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck
If The Peak doesn ’t satisfy your need for aerial views of Hong Kong, try s ky100 at the International Commerce Centre (ICC). The clue is in the name. An indoor observation deck located on the 100th floor of the ICC skyscraper, sky100 provides an unobscured 360-degree view of the entire territory of Hong Kong. You can head there during the day to get a snapshot with some clear skies or pop in at night and capture the city ’ s famous night lights. Cap off your visit with the sky-high dining experience at Café 100 at The Ritz-Carlton where you can savour the top-quality delicacies with a side of stunning view.
- Ships and boats
A less-than-five-minute journey from shore to shore, the Star Ferry is the swiftest and cheapest way to travel between Tsim Sha Tsui and Central or Wan Chai. Despite its short length, the journey still feels leisurely, helped in no small part by the cooling breeze. And you’ll also get some truly spectacular views of Hong Kong’s skyline – essentially front-row seats to Victoria Harbour. Cameras at the ready people – city vistas don't get much better than this.
Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Art
Tai Kwun is a massive independent art space in the heart of Central and one of our city's biggest creative hubs. The former Central Police compound opened its doors to the public in June 2018 and is a conglomerate of historic sites, repurposed buildings, art galleries, as well as various bars and restaurants . The heritage site slash art space hosts events and art exhibitions around the year, including immersive programmes, live performances, and workshops, providing an opportunity for Hongkongers and visitors alike to re-imagine this once-closed-off part of town.
Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower
The historic clock tower, built in 1915 and part of the sadly demolished Kowloon-Canton Railway terminus, is one of the most famous buildings in Tsim Sha Tsui. A declared monument, the 44-metre-tall red brick and granite tower is a reminder of times past and makes for a fantastic photo-op with Victoria Harbour in the background.
Tsz Shan Monastery
This monastery houses the world’s largest bronze statue of Guan Yin, the goddess of mercy (also known as Kwun Yum in Cantonese). It’s quite the sight: 76 metres tall, and twice the size of Big Buddha on Lantau Island. The Tsz Shan Monastery took 12 years to fully complete and is designed in a style that echoes the Tang Dynasty. In the Buddhist compound, there are several grand halls and beautiful gardens. Do bear in mind there’s a strict limit on how many visitors can come here each day, so booking online in advance is essential. Take a look at our guide to visiting the monastery .
Wong Tai Sin Temple
A home to three religions – Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism – Wong Tai Sin Temple is the go-to place for worship during big celebrations such as Buddha’s birthday, Mid-Autumn Festival, and Chinese New Year. It's also a popular site courtesy of its gorgeously ornate buildings. The historic temple is also known for its supposedly accurate fortune-telling via something called 'kau chim', where you must shake a bamboo cylinder containing various fortune sticks until one that holds your fortune falls out.
10,000 Buddhas Monastery
- Historic buildings and sites
The 431 steps leading up to the 10,000 Buddhas Monastery are lined with life-sized, gold-painted Buddha statues, each entirely distinct from the next. At the top, at the complex itself (also known as Man Fat Sze), another 12,000 golden statues will greet you, as well as pavilions and a pagoda. Oh, and the panorama of Sha Tin and its mountainous surroundings. In a nutshell: it’s all very scenic and Insta-worthy.
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Moving to Hong Kong and not sure where to start? Expat Living is the essential lifestyle guide to living in Hong Kong.
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Top 30 hong kong attractions & best places to visit.
20 June, 2023 by Expat Living 11 Min Read
Whether you’re a tourist looking for the best attractions and places to visit in Hong Kong, or you live here and want a refresher on HK attractions, we’ve got all sorts of must-visit places in this giant list! There are so many things to see in Hong Kong – from iconic tourist spots to fantastic nature areas, including places that are definitely worth a re-visit if you haven’t been for a while. Plus, plenty of the top sights in Hong Kong are free (from light shows to hikes, to views from the Peak!).
Hong Kong Tourist Attractions
One of the best Hong Kong attractions (and it won’t break the bank!) is the iconic Star Ferry. It plies the short route between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui constantly, all day, every day. A ride on this famous tourist attraction will cost you less than $4 for the upper deck and give you spectacular harbour views of the city to boot. Then it’s just a matter of disembarking to shop, explore and eat your way around the two different sides of the water. starferry.com.hk
Running over 800 metres and rising 135 metres through the city to link the Central and Western districts, the Central-Mid-Levels Escalator is the world’s longest escalator system. There are 14 entrances and exits, linking Queen’s Road Central with Conduit Road. To ride the complete length of the escalator system one-way takes about 20 to 25 minutes. A good starting point is 100 Queen’s Road in Central. discoverhongkong.com
Dim sum restaurants
No visit to Hong Kong is complete with trying one of the city’s 2,000 types of dim sum. A traditional dim sum meal includes steamed buns such as char siu bao , and dumplings including siu mai and har gow ; you’ll also find vegetables, roasted meats, congee and soups. Where to go in Hong Kong for dim sum? We suggest trying an older-style place such as Maxim’s City Hall , which serves dishes to your table from trolley carts. Also famous is HK’s cheapest Michelin-starred dim sum at Tim Ho Wan. For a more modern take on the Cantonese cuisine, try Duddell’s or The Chinese Library .
Spending a lazy day on a catered junk with friends is a popular weekend activity during the warmer months in Hong Kong. It’s not only loads of fun, but an interesting way to see the territory’s coastline; you also get to visit some off-the-beaten-track restaurants. There are a number of companies offering all-day junk trips.
Hong Kong tailors
Getting a suit or shirt made-to-measure is a quintessential Hong Kong thing to do; many a businessperson will make a beeline to a tailor while here. The tailoring industry has its origins in the 1920s and Hong Kong tailors soon built a reputation for precision and speed. They’re now revered around the globe – at one time the local industry was said to rival London’s famed Savile Row. The custom clothing trade is still going strong. You can get bespoke suits, shirts, overcoats and accessories made-to-measure in the finest materials.
If there’s one Hong Kong must-do attraction, it’s a ride on the historic Peak Tram (which opened in 1888) from Central to The Peak. This is one of the quintessential HK experiences, not just for the tram trip itself, but because you arrive at the place to take in the iconic view of the city’s mesmerising skyline. There’s a mall where you can pick up some souvenirs, along with restaurants. The Mount Austin Playground is also fun for kids. thepeak.com.hk
Cat Street Antique Market
If you’re wondering where to go in Hong Kong for antiques, trinkets and souvenirs, Cat Street is a great start. The street market here has a fun collection of antique shops and kitsch curios, just off Hollywood Road; the atmospheric Man Mo Temple is short walk away. Although the official name of the thoroughfare is Upper Lascar Row, it’s commonly called Cat Street. Take a trip back into the past as you walk along this street; who knows, you might even find a treasure along the way!
Lan Kwai Fong
Sure, it’s something of a Hong Kong cliché, and a few of the outlets are overly touristy, but at least one night out in Lan Kwai Fong is an expat rite-of-passage. There are plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy, but you’ll find the party often spills out into the streets as Hong Kong’s laws allow you to consume alcohol in public spaces. The pandemic has affected things, of course, so check on openings, closures and hours first. lankwaifong.com
Speaking of bars, Ozone, located on the 118th floor of the International Commerce Centre (ICC), is a must-visit for anyone who loves a view! It’s said to be the highest bar in the world. Amazing panorama aside, the interior of the bar is also something to look at; it’s decked out with a marble counter and mesmerising geometric designs throughout the space. Unsurprisingly, the team serves up quality drinks here too, from innovative cocktails to classics like Martinis and Cosmopolitans. ritzcarlton.com
Chung King Mansions
The infamous Chung King Mansions in TST is an eclectic mix of stores selling cheap electronics, spices and more. It’s also a rabbit warren of private kitchens specialising in ethnic cuisine. This makes it a must on any foodie’s list of things to do in Hong Kong. The building has existed for more than 50 years and originally had high-end shops and nightclubs in the basement. By the 1970s, it had become associated with the city’s less desirable underbelly. The 1995 Wong Kar-wai film Chungking Express immortalised it in popular culture. Chung King Mansions is believed to be home to about 4000 people.
West Kowloon Cultural District
The fabulous new precinct for the arts and performance sits on a big chunk of reclaimed land beside the ICC building. Destinations include the Hong Kong Palace Museum, Freespace, M+, Art Park, the Xiqu Centre and more. The Lyric Theatre Complex is due to open in 2025. It’s also a great spot for a picnic beside the harbour, or to have a stroll along the waterside promenade.
Opened in stages from 2012, the Central and Western District Promenade stretches from Kennedy Town to Causeway Bay and is a great way to enjoy view of Victoria Harbour from different perspectives. It’s a bit like HK Island’s own version of Avenue of the Stars on the other side of the harbour. The Wan Chai section of the promenade around Tamar Park consists of four hectares of gardens, lawns and plazas, plus some awesome play areas for children, with slides, swings and tunnels.
Kwun Tong Promenade
Once a busy cargo area adjacent to the old airport at Kai Tak, the Kwun Tong waterfront is now home to a 1km promenade that provides great views of the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, and across the water to Hong Kong Island. Those views are even better at night, and are enhanced by artistic light installations along the walk.
Best Hong Kong Sightseeing Spots – 10 Must Visit Places
Tian tan buddha.
Aside from the fact that you can get to it via a fun cable car ride , the “Big Buddha”, or Tian Tan Buddha, is a prominent Hong Kong tourist attraction today. Constructed in 1993 from 202 separate bronze pieces, the statue is 34 metres high and weighs 250 tons. Next door is the Po Lin Monastery, well worth a visit for its religious significance. Founded in 1906 by three monks visiting from Jiangsu Province on the Chinese mainland, it was originally known as “The Big Hut”. plm.org.hk/eng/home
What’s a list of places to visit and things to do without Disneyland in it? Another top Hong Kong tourist attraction, the park is scheduled for more expansion over the next few years; visitors can expect new experiences and attractions to open that are unique to Hong Kong, including Marvel-themed and Frozen-themed areas. In the meantime, don’t miss Mystic Manor, a slight twist on the traditional Haunted House, and the Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain, a reimagined version of the classic Space Mountain. hongkongdisneyland.com
Wong Tai Sin Temple
This is a popular temple – one of Hong Kong’s biggest and busiest. Wong Tai Sin Temple swears to ‘make every wish come true upon request’. Many people head here to get their fortunes told, and to pray for good fortune through offerings. It’s home to three religions – Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism – and is the only temple in the country permitted to conduct Taoist wedding ceremonies and issue marriage certificates. If you’re only visiting one temple in Hong Kong, this is a good choice; it’s a huge complex, with several halls, shrines and even a garden. The temple is easy to access from Wong Tai Sin MTR Station. siksikyuen.org.hk
You can’t visit Hong Kong without stopping by the city’s original theme park, also one of its most visited tourist attractions. It combines an amusement park, marine park, oceanarium and animal theme park and promises a full day of fun for all. Kids will love the animal areas; they’ll be able to see the famous giant pandas, Le Le and Ying Ying, plus an array of other unique creatures. For the adrenaline junkies, Thrill Mountain is a must. There are attractions for everyone here, no matter what you fancy. The South Island MTR line takes you straight to the Park. oceanpark.com.hk
Lamma Island has transformed from a traditional Chinese fishing village into a laid-back multicultural community. Today, a blend of Western and Chinese island culture creates an irresistible, one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Go here to enjoy an escape from the busy city, and also the island’s fantastic beaches, hills and local temples. Start with the Lamma Island Family Walk; this gentle hike is one of Hong Kong’s favourites and brings you past coastline, forests and temples. Lamma has two main villages, both accessible by ferry from Central Ferry Pier. Yung Shue Wan has a bigger range of bars, restaurants and shops, and ferry services are also more frequent. The trip takes about 30 minutes.
Chi Lin Nunnery
You’d hardly believe that a place like this exists amidst the countless built-up buildings of Hong Kong. Originally made as a retreat for Buddhist nuns, the complex is wonderfully serene, with beautiful architecture. During reconstruction work in 1998, not a single nail was used. The complex was completely designed using interlocking pieces of wood; this was apparently to demonstrate the harmony of humans with nature. The site is an easy walk from Diamond Hill MTR. Definitely worth a visit!
Tai O Fishing Village
This is one of Hong Kong’s last few fishing villages and a rare example of the old Chinese stilt-house community. There’s a rich, traditional culture here; it’s a stark contrast from the fast-paced city area of Hong Kong. Don’t forget to try the specialties and street foods, most of which are seafood-focused. Reach Tai O by getting the MTR to Tung Chung then taking bus 11; you can also catch a ferry to Mui Wo and then take bus 1.
An ambitious project to revitalise the Central Police Station – the biggest restoration project ever undertaken in Hong Kong, in fact – has led to an exciting new attraction reflecting the city’s art scene. Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts is a 27,900-square-metre site where visitors can enjoy not just examples of colonial architecture in all their glory, but also a wide range of innovative heritage, cultural and lifestyle offerings. Find the shops, restaurants, bars and boutiques of Tai Kwan at 10 Hollywood Road. There are five gates through which you can access the site. taikwun.hk
Noah’s Ark Hong Kong
This unique theme park contains the only full-sized replica of Noah’s Ark in the world; it’s located on Park Island, next to the Tsing Ma Bridge. This is a must-visit attraction if you want an educational day with the kids. From exhibits on the solar system to interactive games and also an exciting Adventureland, the Ark is a fun yet fascinating place to bring the kids. You can reach Park Island by bus, ferry, MTR or car. noahsark.com.hk
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
A visit to this monastery is quite the spectacle, with over 10,000 gold-painted Buddhas lining a steep path up. There are over 400 steps in all, so it’s great workout in addition to being a memorable cultural site! Once you’ve managed to conquer the climb, you’ll be rewarded with an amazing view. Gaze down at Sha Tin and the New Territories, then do some sightseeing of the interesting temple grounds. The entrance to this Hong Kong attraction is a 10-minute walk from Sha Tin station.
Where to Go in Hong Kong for the Best Free Experiences
Exploring a park.
Take an escalator from Pacific Place mall up to an unexpected oasis. Hong Kong Park contains fountains, an aviary and a children’s playground. Or escape Causeway Bay’s crowds at Victoria Park, where going early will get you a glimpse of local Tai Chi groups. Playground spaces and a rock park keep kids entertained. Meanwhile, Hong Kong Zoological & Botanical Garden offers the chance to watch monkeys up close for free.
Read more: Parks, playgrounds and outdoor centres for the kids
Hanging out at the beach!
Hong Kong has too many beaches to count, but all provide just what you need for an enjoyable day out without burning through the cash. Repulse Bay is a must-visit for its accessible and expansive arc of sand. Big Wave Bay is another popular one, attracting surfers to its decent break. And camping bays at Pui O allows you to wake to the sound of rolling waves.
Read more: Top Hong Kong beaches
Seeing the light show
The city’s iconic skyline takes on a new glow as buildings each side of the harbour beam lights across the water. The Symphony of Lights spectacle takes place every night at 8pm. Head down to the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront for the best view and marvel at Hong Kong Island’s skyline at night.
Taking in a temple
For a free thing to do that’s instantly transporting, nothing beats a visit to a temple; and Hong Kong has plenty! We’ve already mentioned Wong Tai Sin, but another great temple to see is Man Mo on Hollywood Road. This atmospheric building is one of Hong Kong’s oldest temples, and is dedicated to the god of literature.
Read more: Must-see temples and places of worship in Hong Kong
Roaming a rooftop
IFC Mall’s landscaped rooftop provides one of the city’s few free public seating spots, making it perfect if you bring a coffee and book or plan a city picnic with the kids. The sight of ferries chugging across the harbour never gets old.
Going to a museum
Looking for free things to do in the middle of the week? You’re in luck, as some of Hong Kong’s best museums are open for free every Wednesday: the Museum of Art, Museum of History, Heritage Museum, Science Museum, Space Museum, Museum of Coastal Defence and the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum. The Flagstaff Museum of Tea Ware, Hong Kong Railway Museum, Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum, and a handful of folk museums are free of charge every day, as are the exhibitions at the Hong Kong Film Archive and the Hong Kong Arts Centre.
Read more: 11 of the best museums in Hong Kong
Eyeing some artworks
Galleries along Hollywood Road are an ideal first stop for browsing artworks, but you can also head to the JCCAC artist colony in Shek Kip Mei, where about 140 artists have studios. It’s open from 10am to 10pm daily and is perfect for those who are looking for a Hong Kong attraction that is free and has a cultural flavour.
Read more: Your guide to Hong Kong’s cultural institutions
Moseying around a market
The vibrant street markets have a lively, bustling energy and provide great people watching, as customers haggle with stallholders. Of course, the cost of this outing will rise if you start buying things! There are also speciality markets such as the fish, bird and flower markets.
Hiking in nature
About three quarters of Hong Kong’s land space is Country Park, so getting into green space is surprisingly easy. Central’s Morning Trail is a great first introduction. The paved stroll takes you up to The Galleria at the top of the Peak, with gorgeous city views to boot.
Read more: Family-friendly hikes in Hong Kong
Why not tie your hike in with a visit to a waterfall? Hong Kong has its fair share, including the famous Bride’s Pool in Plover Cove Country Park, which has a fascinating backstory (follow the link below to discover it!). Some waterfalls here are easily accessible; others require a decent trek to get to. If it’s warm enough, there are some superb swimming opportunities to.
Read more: 5 of our favourite Hong Kong waterfalls
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Travelers' pro tips for experiencing Hong Kong
Grab a taxi! Hong Kong can be oppressively hot sometimes and taking a taxi is very affordable, quick and most importantly, air-conditioned. When on an escalator, walk on the left and stand on the right — or risk the displeasure of everyone behind you! When negotiating, remember to be polite and respectful, and you can usually expect to get the same in return. Treat it as a game and you'll have much more fun! Purchase a rechargeable Octopus Card to use on buses and trains from a convenience store. It will save you a lot of time from lining up or fishing for change. Check out some more tips for experiencing Hong Kong here .
In the words of those who've been there before ...
What is the best way to get there?
Major airlines fly into Chek Lap Kok Airport and the quickest way to get to downtown Hong Kong is the Hong Kong International Airport Express, taking approximately 24 minutes. Taxis also offer a door to door service to and from Hong Kong International Airport. Hong Kong taxis are color-coded according to their operating areas.
Learn more about arriving in Hong Kong here .
Do I need a visa?
If you’re visiting Hong Kong from overseas, visit the Hong Kong Immigration Department website to see if you need a visa.
When is the best time to visit?
Dry season (November to April): Generally speaking, Hong Kong's weather is mainly hot and humid. For this reason, many feel the best time to visit is from November to April during the cool and dry season. Average temperatures range from 20-23°C (68-73°F), usually with lots of sunshine. There is less rain and the humidity levels are lower, making it a more pleasant time of the year to visit. Learn more about Hong Kong’s weather and what to expect here .
Bus, train, and ferry
Public transport in Hong Kong is excellent. There are bus routes covering most of the island, frequent ferries between the islands making up the region (The Star Ferry connecting Kowloon to Hong Kong island is a 'must see'), trains into mainland China and the superb MTR underground railway.
If you are staying in Hong Kong for a few days, and you intend to use the MTR or other public transport as your primary mode of transportation, consider getting an "Octopus" card.
Learn more about getting around Hong Kong here .
For more information about tipping and etiquette in Hong Kong, see here .
Are there local customs I should know?
For more information about the culture in Hong Kong generally, see here .
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The 23 Best Things to Do in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of the most densely-packed cities in the world. It’s a vibrant, towering, eclectic city that’s bursting at the seams with people, food, activities, and history.
It’s one of my favorite cities in the world .
Home to over 7.4 million people, Hong Kong is comprised of over 260 islands. It’s a fast-paced city with world-class food, a lively nightlife, energetic night markets, and plenty of spaces to escape to when you need to relax.
Whenever I visit Asia, I make sure to stop in for a visit. I never get tired of spending time here — and I’m sure you won’t either!
To help you plan your trip, here’s my list of the best things to do in Hong Kong:
1. Take a Free Walking Tour
There are two companies that offer comprehensive free walking tours in Hong Kong:
- Hong Kong Free Walk
- Hong Kong Free Tours
Both offer multiple tours and have competent, knowledgeable local guides. Just make sure you tip your guide at the end!
2. See the Street Markets in Mong Kok
Tung Choi St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong and Temple St, Jordan, Hong Kong. The markets are open every day, starting around noon and closing in the late evening (times vary).
3. Ride the Star Ferry
Star Ferry Pier, Kowloon Point, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2367 7065, starferry.com.hk/en/service. The ferry runs from 6:30am-11:30pm every day, though they occur less frequently on weekends and holidays. Tickets are 5 HKD, while a 4-day pass costs 50 HKD.
4. Visit the Hong Kong Museum of History
One of the best ways to learn about a place and its people is to learn about its past. Opened in 1975, the Hong Kong Museum of History provides an excellent overview of Hong Kong’s long and complex history, with exhibits on archaeology, social history, ethnography, natural history, and more. It’s a huge museum (there are over 4,000 exhibits in just one of it’s permanent exhibitions) so allow a few hours if you want to see it all. Even if you’re not a history buff like me, it’s worth a visit to develop a better understanding of the city, its people, and its culture.
100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, +852 2724 9042, hk.history.museum/en_US/web/mh/index.html. Open Wednesday-Monday from 10am-6pm (7pm on weekends). Admission is free but some special exhibitions may require a fee.
5. Take in the View from Victoria Peak
No.1 Lugard Road, +852 2849 7654, thepeak.com.hk. Open daily from 7am-10pm. A return trip with entry to the sky terrace (a unique building with shopping and dining) is 148 HKD per person.
6. Walk the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
To get a feel for the city, spend some time strolling along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. You can take in the towering skyline of Hong Kong Island and see the Avenue of Stars (which is Hong Kong’s version of Hollywood’s “Walk of Fame” in Los Angeles). There are tons of shops and restaurants here as well. At night, a large outdoor market serving traditional Cantonese food as well as knockoffs and souvenirs takes over the area. A lot of the city’s museums are nearby too.
Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon (next to the Star Ferry pier). Open 24/7. Admission is free.
7. Enjoy Kowloon Park
To relax and soak up the sun, head to Kowloon Park. It’s a massive green space that spans over 32 acres and is home to some relaxing Chinese gardens, ponds where you can feed ducks and other birds, an aviary, a fitness center, a swimming pool, and lots of space to relax and watch the city go by. When the weather gets too hot (and it will!) come here to chill out in the shade. It’s one of the best places to people-watch in the city.
22 Austin Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, +852 2724 3344, lcsd.gov.hk. Open daily from 5am-12am. Admission is free.
8. Visit the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum
This museum is devoted to Dr. Sun Yat-sen, a revolutionary, politician, physician, and philosopher who devoted his life to overthrowing the Qing Dynasty (China’s last imperial dynasty). He’s one of the few figures beloved in Hong Kong, Taiwan , and mainland China alike (there are memorials to him in both Taiwan and mainland China as well). The museum provides a comprehensive overview of his life, his career, and Hong Kong’s vital role in the reform movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries that shaped China as we know it today.
7 Castle Road, Mid-Levels, Central, +852 2367 6373, hk.drsunyatsen.museum. Open Monday–Wednesday and Friday from 10am–6pm; Saturday–Sunday from 10am–7pm (closed Thursdays). Admission is free.
9. Rent a Junk Boat
Today, you can sail around on a half-day or full-day trip. You can rent a private boat with a large group of friends (12–60 people) with packages that range from bring-everything-yourself to all-inclusive. You can also join a group tour and pay per person if you’re traveling solo. Here are some recommended companies that offer affordable tours:
- Island Junks – They have a couple cruise options, costing around 630 HKD per person.
- Saffron Cruises – If you have a large group (20-30 people), this is the best option for you. A charter will cost between 9,500-14,000 HKD.
- Hong Kong Junks – This is the classic party boat experience, usually for younger travelers. Budget options starting at 700 HKD per person for minimum 20 people.
10. Visit the Hong Kong Heritage Museum
This museum is a nice follow-up to the history museum. Its focus is on both Hong Kong’s history as well as its art. There’s a comprehensive exhibit about the New Territories (the least-populated area of Hong Kong) and there’s also an opera house for cultural performances. Overall, the museum provides an insightful overview of the city’s culture and art scene. It’s located near Sha Tin Park and the Shing Mun River, a picturesque section of the city.
1 Man Lam Rd, Sha Tin, New Territories, +852 2180 8188, heritagemuseum.gov.hk. Open Wednesday-Sunday from 10am-6pm (7pm on weekends). Admission is free.
11. Ngong Ping 360
You’ll arrive at Ngong Ping Village, which is super touristy (there are lots of tacky souvenir shops and carnivalesque performances) but still fun. Don’t miss the nearby Po Lin Monastery (a Buddhist monastery founded in 1906) and Tian Tan, a 34-meter bronze Buddha statue that sits on the top of the island’s peak.
11 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau Island, +852 3666 0606, np360.com/en/cable-car. Open 10am-6pm on weekdays and 9am-6pm on weekends on holidays. A round-trip adult ticket for the cable car is 235 HKD for a standard cabin and 315 HKD for a crystal cabin (a cable car with a glass-bottom floor).
12. Take a Food Tour
The following food tour companies offer the best value tours:
- Bigfoot Tours
- Eating Adventures
- Hong Kong Foodie Tasting Tours
13. Take a Day Trip to Macau
Today, the city is full of modern casinos and offers an interesting mix of Chinese and Portuguese culture. Even if you’re not a big gambler, it’s still a unique place to visit and explore for a day.
14. Walk the Ping Shan Heritage Trail
This trail is located in the New Territories (the city’s less-visited northern district). Opened in 1993, it passes 14 different historic buildings, including some that are over 700 years old. You’ll get to see some of the most important ancient sights of the Tang clan (one of the 5 main clans of the New Territories).
The trail takes around 2-3 hours to walk and includes the walled Hakka village of Tsang Tai Uk, the Fu Shin Street Traditional Bazaar, Che Kung Temple, Man Mo Temple, the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas, and much more. Just keep in mind that not all of the historic buildings are open to the public.
This region of Hong Kong is skipped by most visitors so the trail is often quiet. It’s a welcome break from the go-go-go atmosphere of the city’s core.
Ping Shan Trail: Sheung Cheung Wai, Yuen Long District, +852 2617 1959, lcsd.gov.hk.
15. Visit the Hong Kong Museum of Art
Located on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, this museum is focused on promoting local art while highlighting the city’s artistic past. The museum, which opened in 1962, has over 17,000 items including Chinese ceramics, terra cotta, rhinoceros horns, Chinese paintings, and contemporary art by local artists. It has around a dozen different exhibitions as well as pieces dating back to the neolithic period. It’s sort of like a mix between an art museum and a Ripley’s Believe It or Not .
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2721 0116. Open Monday-Wednesday, Friday from 10am-6pm; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 10am-7pm. Admission is 10 HKD.
16. Experience the Nightlife at Lan Kwai Fong
Some places worth checking out to get your night started are:
- 001 Speakeasy
- Dead & rock bar
- Draft Land cocktails-on-tap bar
- Carbon Brews craft brewery
17. Have Fun at Disneyland
DisneyLand tickets are 639 HKD for anyone over 12. For children under 12, admission is 598 HKD. Prices are cheaper for multi-day visits. Park is closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays (except public holidays)
18. Take a Cooking Class
If you love the food here and want to learn more about it (and learn how to make it yourself), take a cooking class. You’ll not only get to eat some delicious food but you can visit a local market and learn exactly how to make your favorite dishes so you can cook them when you get home.
Some companies offering fun and affordable cooking classes are:
- The Mixing Bowl
- The Little Kitchen Cookery Studio
Prices vary but expect to spend around 550-800 HKD per person.
19. Go Hiking
There’s no question that Hong Kong is a densely-packed city. If you find yourself looking to escape the crowds, there are plenty of scenic hiking trails nearby where you can stretch your legs. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- Po Toi – Located on Po Toi Island, this is a quiet circular hike that lasts around 3 hours. It’s very laid back and you’ll see lots of neat rock formations.
- Sunset Peak – This is the third-highest peak in Hong Kong. Located on Lantau Island, it’s a challenging hike that takes around 3.5 hours and offers some amazing views (especially at sunset). The trail begins right at Mui Wo on Lantau Island.
- Ap Lei Chau to Ap Lei Pai – A challenging coastal hike with steep sections that leads you to Mount Johnston Lighthouse. Takes 2-3 hours and starts near the Lei Tung MTR station.
- Lung Ha Wan Country Trail – A family-friendly scenic hike that stretches from Clear Water Bay Second Beach to Lung Ha Wan. It takes between 2-3 hours.
- Tung O Ancient Trail – This is a long trail between Tung Chung and Tai O on Lantau Island. It’s almost 15 kilometer long and takes 5 hours to hike.
20. Explore Lamma Island
There are lots of hiking trails here too, as well as some nice beaches to relax on (don’t miss Lo So Shing Beach).
21. Visit the Hong Kong Space Museum
This museum is located on the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade inside a huge egg-shaped building (it’s a really odd building). But, while the building is peculiar, the museum itself is both fun and insightful (it’s a good choice if you’re traveling with kids). It’s home to astronomy exhibits, a digital planetarium, interactive shows in their Omnimax theatre, and lots of hands-on exhibitions. It’s definitely one of the most interesting museums in the city.
10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, +852 2721 0226, lcsd.gov.hk/CE/museum/space. Open Monday, Wednesday-Friday from 1pm–9pm and Saturday–Sunday from 10am–9pm (closed Tuesdays). Admission to the Space Theater is 24 HKD. Admission to the Exhibition halls is 10 HKD.
22. Catch a Festival
No matter what time of the year you’re visiting, chances are there will be a festival or major cultural event taking place (there is usually something going on each month). Here are some of the most popular festivals and events in the city:
- Chinese (Lunar) New Year – Held in January, the Chinese New Year lights up the city with color and flowers. There is a huge parade through the Tsim Sha Tsui area with tons of incredible floats, acrobats, Chinese dragons, dancers, and more.
- Hong Kong International Film Festival – If you’re a movie buff, don’t miss this festival in March. There are always amazing new films (hundreds of films are screened each year) and there are lots of meet-and-greets and events to attend.
- Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival (Tuen Ng Festival) – Held in June, this is a lively festival that takes over the waterfront. Over 4,000 boats compete and there are tons of parties that take place over the three-day event.
- Hungry Ghost Festival – This traditional Taoist/Buddhist festival is held every September and involves all kinds of religious ceremonies to help ease the suffering of lingering spirits.
- New Year’s Eve – Much like in New York City, Hong Kong hosts a massive New Year’s Eve celebration that brings out tens of thousands of people. The city is bursting at the seams and it’s a non-stop party to ring in the new year.
23. Hit the Beach
There are actually a ton of beaches around Hong Kong. We think of the city as this overbuilt metropolis but out in the New Territories, there’s a lot of great hikes, wilderness, and beaches! Here are some of my favorite beaches in Hong Kong:
- Clear Water Bay Second Beach – Sandy beach away from the city (but accessible by public transportation). Water is relatively clean (which is rare around Hong Kong).
- Lower Cheung Sha Beach – One of the prettiest beaches in Hong Kong and also the longest. Offers clean sand, washroom facilities, and some cafes nearby.
- Hap Mun Bay Beach – Located near Sai Kung on Sharp Island, Hap Mun Bay Beach (also known as Half Moon beach) is consistently ranked as one of the cleanest beaches in Hong Kong. It gets busy on the weekend though so arrive early
- Long Ke Wan – This beach is more remote but is worth the effort (CNN said it’s one of the best beaches in the world). Since it’s remote, you’ll need to bring everything you need with you, including food and water.
With so much to see, do, and eat, it should be clear by now why Hong Kong is one of my favorite cities to visit. It’s a lively, jarring metropolis that overloads the senses in the best of ways. But it also has lots to see and do away from the crowds too.
It’s safe, clean, and offers visitors a unique blend of East and West. In a nutshell, Hong Kong is a city that doesn’t disappoint.
Book Your Trip to Hong Kong: Logistical Tips and Tricks
Book Your Flight Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. They are my favorite search engine because they search websites and airlines around the globe so you always know no stone is left unturned.
Book Your Accommodation You can book your hostel with Hostelworld as they have the biggest inventory and best deals. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com as they consistently return the cheapest rates for guesthouses and cheap hotels. My favorite places to stay are:
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For even more places to stay in Hong Kong, check out my post on my favorite hostels in the city . It has an even more detailed list!
Don’t Forget Travel Insurance Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:
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- Medjet (for additional evacuation coverage)
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38 BEST Places to Visit in Hong Kong (2023 Guide)
Some of the best places to visit in Hong Kong rank among the most amazing destinations in the world!
Hong Kong is undeniably one of the worlds most spellbinding cities.
The vast majority of people will allocate a couple of days , but there is enough here to keep you occupied for far longer.
Home to some of the worlds smallest and most expensive real estate Hong Kong is a dizzying mix of old and new, east and west, rural and urban.
There are some amazing places to visit in Hong Kong that barely make onto the radar of most travellers.
As a result, it is very easy to escape the crowds and find your own little piece of heaven in this urban metropolis.
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Hong kong park , ocean park , wan chai and causeway bay , university museum and art gallery, avenue of stars, chilin nunnery and nan lian gardens , chungking mansions , hong kong heritage museum, hong kong museum of history, kowloon walled city park , light show , lion rock , mong kok flower market and yeun po road bird market, temple street night market, wong tai sin temple , 10,000 buddha monastery, ferry to mui wo, sunset peak, tian tan big buddha and po lin monastery, long ke beach, ping shan herritage trail, sai wan beach, cheung chau and peng chau, hong kong’s history, the best places to visit in hong kong.
Hong Kong tourism is booming at present, thanks mainly to the 45 million or so visitors that come over from Mainland China.
Knowing where to go in Hong Kong is the best way to avoid the crowds and get the most out of your time in one of the worlds great cities.
To make this a little more manageable I’ve broken this article down by region.
This should make it easier to plan your trip and get the most out of the time you have in this awesome city.
There is a mixture of some of classic Hong Kong tourist spots, historical landmarks and plenty of hidden off the beaten track locations.
Of course, if you are interested in hiking and camping along some of the most beautiful beaches in the world you can do that too!
So there should be something to accommodate everyone’s tastes.
Hong Kong Island
Here’s a collection of the top places to visit on Hong Kong Island that you shouldn’t miss on your next trip.
The Peak is one of the most popular and best places to visit in Hong Kong.
The peak offers amazing views of Victoria Harbour, the Kowloon Peninsula and parts of Hong Kong Island.
This popularity means that you may end up waiting for well over an hour to take the train up.
Alternatively, it is possible to hike all the way up to the top.
Whilst it may not be the first thing that comes to mind it is a lovely walk, although coming down is substantially easier than going the other way.
The peak is home to a number of shops, restaurants and attractions including the Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant which of all the eateries offers the best views and is unsurprisingly popular.
There are also a bunch of trails to explore around the peak itself.
Get ready to see some of the most expensive real estate in Hong Kong!
- Getting There : Aside from hiking you can take the tram with the closest station being Central Station. In addition you can take a minibus X15 from Central or a bus X15R of Admiralty.
The market in Stanley is full of stalls selling everything from handicrafts to Chinese tat.
Along the waterfront, there are some awesome cafes and pubs to rest and recharge.
In addition, there are a couple of lovely coastal walks if you want to get away from the crowds and get to know the area a little better.
Stanley is also famous for its prison which after its completion was regarded as one of the finest prisons in the British Empire.
The prison is still in operation and as a result, cannot be visited, so, unfortunately, it’s not one of the places to go in Hong Kong.
However, the Hong Kong Correctional Services Museum is well worth a visit to understand more about Hong Kong’s criminal past.
- Getting there : Take bus 6, 6X, 6A, 66 or 260 from Admiralty subway. In addition bus 6 leaves from exchange square in Central.
There is always a fun evening to be had at this legendary horse racing venue.
But be careful with what you bet – Hong Kong is already pricey enough!
Usually the races are held on Wednesday nights with gates opening at 5:15pm and the first race beginning at 7:15pm.
Everything shuts down at 11pm.
There are usually 7 or 8 races each meeting.
The general stand and second-floor terrace are the cheapest options at $10HKD and $20HKD respectively. You can even pay on your octopus card.
- Getting There : Take the subway to the Causeway Bay exit A followed by a 20-minute walk.
The second tallest building in Hong Kong is home to a free observation deck at the 55th floor.
Bring your passport with you as you need to present ID upon arrival.
Best of all it’s usually pretty empty!
The International Financial Centre Tower 2 is open from 10am until 7pm 7 days a week so you may be lucky enough to catch a night time(ish) view outside of summer.
- Getting There : Access is through the IFC mall at Central.
The southern portion of Hong Kong Island has a number of awesome beaches.
Repulse Bay is one of the best. The water can be cold, but it’s certainly a lovely place to go for a dip.
These can be visited in combination with a trip to Stanley as a number of buses will stop at Repulse Bay and various other beaches en route.
- Getting There: There are a number of buses from Central. Most buses to Stanley will stop at one or two of the beaches.
This bustling district on Hong Kong Island Island is full of bars, restaurants and other hangouts.
It’s most well known for the network of escalators that navigate you through an area known as the Mid-Levels.
Interestingly it is in this network of shops, eateries and various other business ventures that you will find the worlds longest escalator.
This area is full of back alleys to explore with hidden temples, churches and various other old buildings.
If you venture high up into the mid-levels you will be rewarded with awesome night time views.
During the day there are often market stalls or outdoor restaurants along the side streets that are worth checking out.
In the centre of the Mid-Levels is Hong Kong’s infamous party district – Lan Kwai Fong.
Most of the bars and restaurants in this area are in the high price category, so if you plan on eating here be prepared!
It is possible to find some more affordable options but you will need to hunt around.
However, if you fancy a night out bar hopping then this is one of the best places to visit in Hong Kong, but be prepared to part with a fair bit of cash.
Before the mid-levels you have numerous interesting buildings around Central itself.
These include the HSBC building and various colonial buildings around City Hall as well as the IFC Mall and Central Pier.
Central is also the main transport hub for Hong Kong with subways, trains, buses and boats all leaving from here.
- Getting There : Subway station Central
Hollywood road runs through Lan Kwai Fong however it offers something very different to the rest of Lan Kwai Fong.
The Man Mo Temple and Hollywood Road Park are particularly nice and offer a break from the frenetic pace of Hong Kong.
Additionally the area is home to a number of antique shops that may be cool to stop off at if that sounds like your idea of a Hong Kong points of interest.
- Getting There : The nearest Subway station is Central
Located in the heart of Central this huge conservation project consists of 16 heritage building and is regarded as one of the biggest art and creative hubs in Hong Kong at present.
Hosting a variety of art galleries as well as restaurants and bars this recent addition to Hong Kong’s art scene is well worth checking out.
This awesome park is a world away from the urban jungle that surrounds it.
As well as being a lovely place to wander, it is also home to the Edward Youde Avery which is home to a wide variety of birds.
- Getting There : The nearest Subway station is Admirality
Located on the south side of Hong Kong Island this huge theme park is the Hong Kong tourist attraction many families make a beeline to upon arrival.
There is a zoo with pandas attached to the park, in addition to its theme park.
So if you’re not heading to Chengdu in mainland China you can get your Panda fix here.
- Getting There : The nearest Subway station is Ocean Park
This awesome little beach on the far eastern side of Hong Kong Island is an excellent place to escape the crowds and soak up some sunshine.
It is possible to swim here, but occasionally currents may mean that red flags are out at the beach.
- Getting There : There are buses from Central and Chai Wan, which is the last subway on the island line.
This area of Hong Kong is home to markets, electronics stores, shopping malls and various other places to explore.
There are some fantastic Cantonese restaurants to be found around here, as well as some funky shops and old arcades that are worth checking out.
Some of them being like a maze where escape seems almost impossible.
- Getting There : The nearest Subway station is either Wan Chai or Causeway Bay.
This is the oldest museum in Hong Kong and was first established in 1953.
It holds impressive collections of Chinese antiques, ceramics, jade and oil paintings ranging from neolithic right though to the Wing dynasty.
Nestled in the rather swanky district of Pok Fu Lam this is an interesting opportunity to see how the other “half live” as this is home to some seriously expensive real estate.
- Getting There : The nearest Subway station is HKU Station
Places to Visit in Kowloon
For many, this is Hong Kong. Kowloon is a crazy mixture of people, neon and cultures.
Most backpackers will have stayed in the Chungking mansions; a rite of passage of the travelling community for decades.
Kowloon is home to stunning temples, bustling markets and some rather fantastic hikes!
This is the Chinese/Hong Kong version of Hollywood’s walk of fame; paying homage to some of the most important people in film, music and the arts in China and Hong Kong.
The Avenue of Stars is probably one of the most popular Hong Kong tourist attractions for visitors from Mainland China.
- Getting There : The Avenue of Stars is a short walk from Tsim Sha Tsui
This gorgeous collection of temples and attached gardens are a world away from the concrete jungle of bridges, roads and tower blocks that surround it.
In addition to the huge nunnery there a number of other halls and shrines to check out.
There is a lot to explore here with plenty to keep you occupied, so make sure you give it some time when planning where to visit in Hong Kong.
It’s quite a surreal feeling to be wandering around a quiet temple or garden that’s surrounded by skyscrapers and a highway.
The nunnery and gardens were actually built in 1934 and were renovated in a Tang dynasty style in 1994.
Visiting earlier in the day will help you to avoid the people and the heat.
- Getting There : The nearest Subway station is Diamond Hill
This has been the epicentre for budget tourism in Hong Kong for yours.
Chances are that if you’re on a tight budget you will find yourself here.
It’s cramped, chaotic and somehow still standing. A true demonstration of how densely populated Hong Kong is.
If you want to grab some decent Indian food then this is the place to do it.
Also, the area surrounding is chock full of tailors and people trying to sell you “Rolex” watches.
- Getting There : The nearest Subway station is Tsim Sha Tsui
Located up in Sha Tin, this museum has some excellent exhibits bring together history, art and culture.
Alongside a wide range of permanent exhibits, there are some awesome temporary exhibits, with an excellent Bruce Lee exhibition on show until 2020.
- Getting There : The nearest Subway station is Che Kung Temple
Offering an excellent insight into Hong Kong’s complicated history this museum is a must for any history buff.
Exhibits are in English as well as Mandarin and Cantonese.
- Getting There : The nearest Subway station is either Hung Hom or East Tsim Sha Tsui.
Until March 1993 this area was home to the most densely populated area on earth; Kowloon Walled City.
In total 33,000 people crammed in this lawless 6.4-acre expanse of inter-connected high rise buildings.
Everything was knocked down and in 1995 the Kowloon Walled City Park had replaced the original structure.
The park is both a great place to relax and an excellent place to learn and understand more about Hong Kong’s unique history.
- Getting There : The nearest Subway stations are Hung Hom and Ho Man Tin, both walking distance.
At 8pm every evening a stunning light show can be viewed from the end of the Kowloon peninsula looking over towards Hong Kong Island.
Although it is very popular there is plenty of awesome viewpoints so it never feels too crowded.
You may have to take a wander down the waterfront to avoid being blocked.
However, the light show involves so many buildings that in truth almost anywhere along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront will offer a decent view.
With musical accompaniment and most of the Hong Kong Island skyline being lit up, it’s hard not to be impressed.
- Getting There : The nearest Subway station is Tsim Sha Tsui
Offering some of the best views over Kowloon, Lion Rock is worth the sweat and aching legs. It really is one of the better Hong Kong places of interest.
On clear days it’s possible to see Hong Kong Island in the distance.
- Getting There : Start at Wong Tai Sin and then take minibus 18M to the Fat Jong Temple. Then take bus 72 from the trails end back to Lai Chi Kok subway station.
Mong Kok is one of the Hong Kong tourist places’ busiest areas.
Huge shopping malls compete with small independent shops selling all manner of things.
Incidentally, this is one of the best places to pick up some cheap electronics if you need it.
Hong Kong is usually cheaper than mainland China and South East Asia.
If you want some authentic Cantonese cuisine then the hawker centre at 557 Shanghai street is one of the best places to visit in Hong Kong.
Most dishes are around $40 HKD per plate. The char sui is particularly good.
Check out this interesting walking tour that will help you to understand the challenges facing the citizens of Hong Kong.
- Getting There : The nearest Subway station is Mong Kok
Both of these markets are worth a wander. Aside from flowers, you can find a host of other bits and pieces.
Haggling is expected.
But the first prices are unlikely to be as outrageous as what you may be initially offered in Mainland China or South East Asia.
- Getting There : The nearest Subway station is Prince Edward
This night market sells all manner of odds an ends – including toys of the child and adult variety.
It certainly is one of those markets that is more for the tourists than the locals but it’s certainly an interesting place to explore.
- Getting There : The nearest Subway station is Jordan
This is one of Hong Kong’s busiest temples.
On any visit it is likely there will be plenty of people praying and throwing wooden sticks on the floor as a way to better understand and predict their futures.
The surrounding area is worth a wander to see what’s going on.
- Getting There : The nearest Subway station is Wong Tai Sin
This gorgeous temple gets its name from the golden buddha statues that line the steps up to the temple complex itself.
This temple is rarely visited and is certainly a nice break from some of Hong Kong’s busier and more popular sites.
It also offers some lovely views over the mountains to fracture out towards to the new territories.
The temple complex at the end of the climb is home to a variety of halls and pagodas that are well worth exploring.
- Getting There : The nearest Subway station is Sha Tin.
Places to Visit in Lantau, Hong Kong
With epic views, deserted beaches and some awesome temples Lantau is comfortably one of the best places in Hong Kong to escape the crowds and experience some of the lesser-known Hong Kong sights.
The ferry is not necessarily a tourist attraction in the traditional sense.
However, the views of Hong Island and Kowloon from the back of the ferry are spectacular on a clear day.
You can catch this ferry, and most others for that matter, from Central Pier.
Ferries out to Mui Wo are roughly every 30 minutes.
Very often you will have the outdoor portion of the boat all to yourself, offering uninterrupted views of some of the Hong Kong top attractions.
Unsurprisingly sunset is the best time to climb this stunning peak on Lantau.
Offering spectacular coastal views it can get quite popular on clear days.
It is possible to camp here if you wish. If doing so, it is best to bring you own gear as renting gear can be quite expensive.
The next peak over from Sunset Peak is the equally spectacular Lantau Peak.
However it doesn’t quite get the same awesome sunset views.
The main route up to Sunset Peak is part of the Lantau Trail.
The next stage of the train is to Lantau Peak – meaning it’s possible to combine Sunset Peak with a trip to Lantau Peak which will end at the Tian Tan Big Buddha.
This will be a long hike. But the excellent views more than make up for it!
- Getting There : Take the boat to Mui Wo and from here you can hike directly to sunset peak.
- For getting back can return directly Mui Wo or you can carry following the markers to the road where you are two minute walk from Pak Kung Au bus stop. You can then take the bus to Mui Wo or Tung Chung.
- If you want to carry on to Lantau Peak then you will have a myriad of transport options back to Mui Wo and Tung Chung. These include the Ngong Ping 360 a cable car that goes from the Tian Tan Big Buddha back to Tung Chung.
This gorgeous fishing village can be accessed by bus from Mui Wo or Tung Chung.
Tai O is home to stilt houses.
And with an active fishing community, it’s a great place to try some awesome Cantonese seafood dishes.
- Getting There : Bus 11 from Tung Chung or bus 21 from Ngong Ping. There are also regular buses from Mui Wo.
This is one of the best places to visit in Hong Kong and is perhaps the most famous tourist attraction in the city.
This 34-metre high statue sits atop 268 steps and offers sweeping coastal and mountain views.
The Po Lin Monastery is one of the most important Buddhist Temples in the region.
It is home to a number of devout monks and holds a special place within the Hong Kong’s Buddhist community.
This tour is a great option for checking out the Ngong Ping, Big Buddha and Tai O in a day.
- Getting There: There are buses from both Tung Chung and Mui Wo. Alternatively you can take to Ngong Ping 360 from Tung Chung station.
New Territories – Top Places to Visit in Hong Kong
This vast swathe of land runs from the north of Kowloon all the way up to the border with Mainland China.
The region is Hong Kong at its most rugged and rural.
There are plenty that would argue that this is the most stunning beach in Hong Kong. To be honest it’s hard to disagree.
Its beauty owes a lot to its isolation, it’s a 10km walk from the nearest bus stop.
A taxi can get you about 1-2km away. You will need to walk from at least the High Island Reservoir (the furthest a taxi can go). The first views you get of Long Ke from here are particularly spectacular.
- Getting There: Taking a taxi is your best bet. The best place to get a taxi from is Sai Kung. Tell the taxi driver you want to go the High Island Reservoir. Alternatively you can do stage 1 of the Maclehose trail and enjoy this as your reward.
Out in the west of the new territories is the rather interesting Ping Shan Heritage Trail.
Home to a number of pagodas, temples, halls and various other structures this area offers a very interesting example of how Hong Kong looked under the control of Imperial China.
- Getting There : Take the subway to Tin Shui Wai. From here it’s signposted.
It’s a long trek out here, but it’s worth it if you’re trying to discover the best Hong Kong sightseeing.
Sai Kung is a lovely waterfront punctured by huge live seafood restaurants and various walking trails that will take you well away from it all.
This is also a jumping-off point for various other hikes in the region, including parts of the Maclehose Trail.
There are some awesome beaches in the area offering various water sports if you don’t want to sit in the sun.
One of the easiest hikes is to the Sheung Luk Stream.
Roughly an hour or so hike from Sai Kung itself. You’ll pass through three smaller pools before getting to the biggest one.
Bring a picnic and alternate between swimming and eating.
- Getting There : Take bus 92 from Diamond Hill.
Located slightly further up the coast from Long Ke, this is another stunning beach that is a popular getaway spot for Hong Kong locals at the weekend.
Decent waves, as well as a couple of small cafes, means this beach is a little more equipped than Long Ke, which may or may not be your thing.
The beach is huge and even when it’s busy it doesn’t feel too crowded.
- Getting There : This is probably one of Sai Wan’s highlights. Taxi’s and buses from Sai Kung are possible but will require a bit of a walk. However the speedboat service from Sai Kung pier itself is far more convenient and enjoyable. Offering stunning coastal views this is an unexpected winner. Do be warned that the waters can be very choppy.
This relatively secluded area in the west is home to a variety of walks, temples and eateries.
The Western Monastery in the village of Lo Wai is well worth a visit and there is a lovely hike up to the Shing Mun Reservoir.
In addition there are a bunch of excellent cafes and restaurants to rest those weary feet.
- Getting There : The nearest Subway station is Tsuen Wan.
Hong Kong Outer Islands
Don’t miss out on exploring some of the top places to visit in Kong Kong’s Outer Islands as well.
These two tiny islands are nestled between Lantau and Hong Kong Island.
They are only reachable from Central Pier and offer visitors a very different and rarely visited side of Hong Kong.
This charming rocky outcrop is located to the south-west and is one of the to places to see in Hong Kong island.
It’s mainly known for the cross-island walk which offers some lovely views and it’s a nice break from Hong Kong’s more well known and chaotic areas.
Temples and shrines are scattered across the island and are certainly worth checking out.
If you’re looking for a more relaxed pace then there is the rather terribly name power station beach when you can catch some rays and take a dip.
Yung Shue Wan is the busiest of the two ferry ports.
This area is home to a number of eateries, shops and guesthouses.
The southern port of Sok Kwu Wan is home to a few live seafood restaurants serving some decent Cantonese dishes.
- Getting There: Lamma has two points of entry; Sok Kwu Wan in the South and Yung Shue Wan in the North. Both can be reached with regular services from Central. Additionally, Sok Kwu Wan can be reached with a less regular ferry from Aberdeen on the south of Hong Kong Island.
For an article talking about the best places to visit in Hong Kong, Macau may seem like an odd suggestion, however, it’s a really easy day trip.
In fact, you can read this article here all about how to spend one day in Macau to get some more inspiration.
A former Portuguese colony, Macau is chock full of stunning architecture that you certainly wouldn’t find in Hong Kong.
Northern Macau is home to the Ruins of St Paul, numerous churches and the excellent museum of Macau.
However if you’re not here for the history then head south for the casinos.
Ironically known as the Las Vegas of the east, Macau makes substantially more money than its more illustrious rival.
In addition if you are lucky enough to be here during the Macau Grand Prix then it is well worth getting a ticket and heading over.
Tickets for the main stands are pretty cheap and offer some awesome views.
It’s worth booking everything in advance rather than trying to do it on the day.
- Getting There : Take the ferry from the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry terminal which is connected to Sheung Wan subway station on Hong Kong Island. Ferries are very regular, however, if you are visiting during Chinese National holidays then it’s worth getting your tickets as far in advance as possible.
Book yourself a day tour to Macau on Get Your Guide for added convenience.
After the first opium war between Britain and China, Hong Kong Island was ceded to the British in 1842 as part of the humiliating Treaty of Nanking.
The first of “Unequal Treaties” between China and the Western Powers that hammered home the demise Qing Dynasty and Imperial China.
The seeds of collapse were sown far earlier, but for the Qing, there was no coming back from this.
In 1860 the Kowloon Peninsula was also ceded to the British to end the second Opium War under the Convention of Peking.
Then in 1898, the new territories were also ceded to Britain for 99 years.
In 1997 everything was handed back to the Chinese under the “one country two systems” formula that is still (just about) in place today.
Under the terms of the handover, Hong Kong was to keep its freedoms of speech, rule of law and various other rights that were not available on the mainland for 50 years.
However many believe these freedoms are slowly being eroded as China seeks to bring Hong Kong completely under the control of Mainland China.
This history is part of what makes Hong Kong unique.
Fortunately, there are plenty of places in Hong Kong to better understand the turbulent history that has shaped this Special Autonomous Region (as it’s more commonly known in China).
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Why Go To Hong Kong
To outsiders, Hong Kong can raise a lot of questions: "Is it part of China or not?" "Is it one island or two?" "Do they speak English or Mandarin? Or both?" And foreigners have a good reason to ask them. This territory, made of multiple islands, returned to China's possession in 1997 after more than a hundred years of British occupation. Upon its reunification with China, Hong Kong added certain stipulations that provide a unique degree of autonomy. For instance, the official currency remains the Hong Kong dollar (HKD); English and Chinese are the official languages; and the tiny nation has an independent judiciary system. In short, China and Hong Kong observe a "one country, two systems" policy that can have many foreigners scratching their heads. But don't question it. Just accept it and enjoy everything this territory has to offer.
Hong Kong distinguishes itself from its Chinese brethren like Shanghai and Beijing with its vibrant, multifaceted culture and stunning cityscape. This British-Chinese hybrid astounds visitors with its striking juxtaposition of dense skyscrapers and lush landscapes. From sandy beaches to rugby pitches, there's more fresh air than most travelers suspect. And, of course, as a world-class metropolis, Hong Kong boasts numerous urban diversions, such as culinary hot spots and museums. After visiting Hong Kong, the only question you might be asking is: "Why didn't I get here sooner?"
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Hong Kong Travel Tips
Best months to visit.
The best time to visit Hong Kong is between October and December. This period boasts comfortable temperatures and reasonable room rates. After New Years, tourism picks up significantly, despite the lower temps, and leads to higher hotel prices and more crowds. Another sweet spot for affordable travel is the short spring. And while summer remains a popular time for tourists, the weather can be stiflingly hot and humid. To protect your wallet, avoid Chinese national holidays and large conventions, when hotel prices soar. Check out the Hong Kong Tourism Board's city calendar for updated information.
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What You Need to Know
- Not just a city Hong Kong is, in fact, a territory made of numerous islands and a peninsula. You'll spend most of your time on Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula and Lantau Island .
- Get out of town While most people only picture Hong Kong as an urban destination, there are gorgeous seaside parks to explore. And with Hong Kong's sophisticated public transit system, you can get out of the city in no time.
- HKTB is your new BFF HKTB stands for the Hong Kong Tourism Board , an invaluable resource for before and after you've arrived. Stop by the HKTB centers in the airport or in the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry concourse for free information and helpful tips.
How to Save Money in Hong Kong
- Take the tram Public transportation is cheap, only costing HK $2.30 (less than $0.30 USD). Keep in mind, though, the trams only accept exact change and are only on Hong Kong Island.
- Book your room early While Hong Kong's attractions and transportation are affordable, the hotel room rates can be exorbitant. Book early and don't be afraid to stay a little farther from downtown, as long as you're near an MRT station.
- Head to the food court Sit-down meals can cost you a pretty penny in tourist areas, but you can usually find inexpensive options in nearby food courts.
Culture & Customs
Since its reunification in 1997, Hong Kong maintains a complex relationship with mother China. The former British colony continues to operate under a capitalist economy (despite China's communist ways), has its own currency (the Hong Kong Dollar), and creates its own laws. And due to Hong Kong's multicultural population and heritage, the official languages here are Chinese and English, not Mandarin. American travelers who have visited other Chinese cities like Beijing will notice a much stronger Western influence in the urban landscape, array of food choices, social practices (like greeting with a handshake) and more English speakers. These familiar aspects and the ease of getting around greatly reduce the culture shock that visitors usually experience upon entering China.
You should note that the Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) is much weaker than the United States Dollar (USD). One HKD is equivalent to about $0.13 USD.
What to Eat
If there's one word to summarize Hong Kong's dining scene it's this: vast. Hong Kong boasts more than 12,000 restaurants throughout the city, making it easy to find a place to eat (and a really good one at that). Alongside foodie hubs like Paris, Tokyo and New York, Hong Kong has the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the world. But if your pockets aren't deep enough to treat yourself to a fine dining experience or two, you'll find the city's foodie scene caters to all kinds of budgets without skimping on quality.
If you're unsure where to begin, start with the basics. Unsurprisingly, Hong Kong's cuisine is heavily influenced by China, with popular dishes including dim sum and Chinese barbeque. However, what has made Hong Kong's dining scene stray from the mainland, and partly why it has become so unique, is its western influences. After World War II, western cuisine quickly became popular in Hong Kong, but was considered too pricey for the average citizen. Adjusting to fit the needs of the times, Hong Kong-style teahouses were born. A modern-day staple in the fabric of Hong Kong's culinary identity, the cha chaan teng's serve a variety of must-try dishes, including Chinese barbeque, stir-fries, congee and what's called "soy-sauce Western" – western dishes infused with soy sauce or other Chinese flavors. What's more, they're more likely to offer English menus than other dining establishments in the city.
Along with stir-fry, trying congee is essential if you want to have an authentic foodie experience in Hong Kong. Considered a favorite late night bite among locals, congee is rice porridge mixed with noodles and oftentimes vegetables and meat. Different regions around China have their own versions of congee, many of which have made their way to Hong Kong. Chinese barbeque is also a big must-try dish, with the heavily seasoned meats rumored to be nothing short of succulent. But fair warning to the faint of heart: full-bodied barbequed meats are hung on display in shop windows. Then there's the seafood, which is prepared in almost every fashion, from stir-fried to baked to deep-fried. But if you're looking for the quintessential Hong Kong taste, go with the steamed fish. It's a preferred method in Hong Kong for its simplicity: flavor of the fish comes first, seasoning is always second.
Street stalls are also a way to sample good, traditional Hong Kong delicacies without having to fork over too much coin. Dai pai dong, or open-air street stalls, typically serve stir-fries and provide the enthralling experience of dining in the middle of Hong Kong's contagious hustle and bustle. Travelers can also pick up a variety of tasty treats on the streets, including pineapple buns (which are named after the dough's resemblance to pineapple skin), egg tarts (rumored to originate from English custard cakes), put chai ko (sticky rice pudding) and so much more. While dai pai dong are easy to find, Temple Street is said to have some pretty knockout stalls. It's important to note, however, the distinction between food stalls and food carts. While food stalls are completely safe to eat at, food carts are unlicensed and have a reputation for serving unsanitary food. If you're not one for street eating, hopping into a food court will yield a similarly satisfying culinary experience. Food courts in Hong Kong don't carry the same negative stigma as they do in the states, so it's common for these fast food-like establishments to be packed with locals slurping their noodles. The biggest food court chains are Maxim's MX, Café de Coral and Fairwood.
Getting Around Hong Kong
The best way to get around Hong Kong is the Mass Transit Railway (MTR). Ideally, you'll use a combination of the MTR and your own two feet to get places quickly and cheaply. If you take a bus or minibus, you run the risk of missing your intended destination as these two options are difficult for visitors who do not speak Cantonese, especially if you take a minibus. The ferries and the trams offer scenic routes, which you should take when you have time to absorb Hong Kong's bustling environment.
Most visitors arrive through Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), located just off Lantau Island . While many visitors simply hop in a taxi and zoom off to downtown, you can avoid the cab fare by using the MTR's high-speed Airport Express . This train takes only 24 minutes to reach the city, and a complimentary shuttle bus will pick up passengers at the Hong Kong and Kowloon stations and transport them to popular hotels nearby.
Entry & Exit Requirements
Unlike other areas of China, Hong Kong does not require visitors to obtain a tourist visa. You will, however, need a passport that is valid for at least one month beyond your intended return date, sufficient proof of a later departure (a return airline ticket will do) and adequate funds to support your visit. These requirements are noticeably less strict than those at other Chinese points of entry. If you venture into one of China's more restricted areas without the proper visa or the prescribed passport expiration date, you will be in violation of Chinese immigration laws. Check the U.S. Department of State's website before leaving for Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong skyline, whether viewed from the Star Ferry or Victoria Peak , is the main attraction in the city. It's so majestic, travelers strongly recommend visiting it during both the day and night.
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