Hong Kong holds the reputation of a glamorous financial hub and Asia’s largest shopping hub. But, deep-rooted in culture and history, the cosmopolitan destination has a lot more to offer than just delicious dim-sums and impressive skyline.
The numerous tourist points of interest and the things to do in Hong Kong mentioned below are all you need for a wonderful holiday in Hong Kong.
Popular Things To Do In Hong Kong
There are certain things in Hong Kong that every tourist mus get indulged in to have an experience that would be worth remembering. Listed below are the things that will make your trip more happening.
Hong Kong offers one of the most incredible skylines in the world. Enjoying the stunning panoramas from the different viewpoints in among the best fun things to do in Hong Kong.
Famous viewpoints in Hong Kong: Sky Terrace 428 at The Peak, Sky 100 Observation Deck at the 100th floor of International Commerce Centre building in Kowloon, Monetary Authority Viewpoint on the 55th floor of IFC Tower 2, and Lantau Peak
Note: The Lantau Peak can be reached by Ngong Ping cable car.
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2. Beach Exploration
It might come as a surprise to many, but there are over 50 beautiful beaches in Hong Kong and the surrounding islands. In case you are looking for the big waves to surf, a secluded place for camping, or a relaxing place for sunbathing, there is a plethora of beaches to choose from.
Popular beaches in Hong Kong: Tai Long Wan (Big Wave Bay), Shek O Beach (Big Wave ‘Rocky’ Bay), and Kwun Yam Wan (Cheung Chau Windsurf Beach)
Beach activities in Hong Kong: Windsurfing, surfing, kayaking, and camping with barbecue
3. Watching Symphony Of Lights
Attending the Symphony of Lights – World’s Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show – is definitely among the best things to do in Hong Kong. A synchronized display of colorful lights can be seen reaching the sky out of the skyscrapers. The light show, together with music & narration, portrays the diversity of Hong Kong through its 5 different themes.
Opening hours: Daily; 8 pm onwards
The Victoria’s Harbour is not the only place to be to enjoy the nightlife in Hong Kong. There are pubs, cafes and night markets in the city that can also be visited. Additionally, tourists can take one of the night tours in Hong Kong. Adorned with bright lights, Hong Kong has a unique charm during the night and therefore must be explored!
A paradise for shopaholics, Hong Kong is replete with trendy malls, smart shops, multipurpose stores, art shops, and day & night street markets. These markets are famous for fashionable & cheap clothing, accessories, electronic goods, toys, and a lot more.
Popular street markets: Ladies Market & Temple Street in Kowloon, PMQ courtyard in SoHo, Jardine’s Crescent in Causeway Bay, Tai Yuen Toy Market in Wan Chai, and Cat Street Market in Sheung Wan
6. Junk Boat Ride
Riding the Chinese ‘Junk’ Boats – the motorized water vessels designed for leisure – is also among the best fun things to do in Hong Kong. These boat rides offer splendid views of the skyline of Hong Kong & the beautiful waters, dining options, and even bar facilities. The rates, however, vary with the facilities and the providers of the Junk boat.
7. Star Ferry Ride
The Star Ferry has been around since 1888 and doesn’t seem to quit its service anytime soon. Despite the other extremely efficient public transportation options, the economical 10-minute ferry ride between Kowloon and Central caters to over 20 million riders across the Victoria Harbour every year. Taking the ferry rides is definitely among the budget activities in Hong Kong.
Opening hours: Daily; 11:45 am – 8 pm
Tariff: HKD 2.40 per person*
Note: HKD 1 = INR 8.62; as on 25th October 2016
8. Ocean Park And Disneyland
Kids, elders, or romantic couples – no traveler would want to miss the Disneyland. The colorful & musical shows and the favorite Disney characters walking in the theme park make it the most go-to place in Hong Kong. Likewise, educational exhibits, interactive displays, and thrill rides of the Ocean World must not be missed. A complete Hong Kong Ocean Park & Disneyland tour package may be booked in advance to avoid the hassle of buying tickets later.
Other themed parks in Hong Kong and Macau: Snoopy’s World in New Territories (Hong Kong) and Fisherman’s Wharf & Grand Resort Deck water parks in Macau
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9. Happy Valley
The Happy Valley Racecourse is the place to be in Hong Kong on a Wednesday night; unless it is summer. For Hong Kong doesn’t have any horse races in the summer months. More than just betting on their favorite horses, both expats & locals visit the place to be a part of this lively sporting event.
A sightseeing tour of the tourist places in Hong Kong should not be missed. There are temples, museums, and other prominent points of tourist interest that reflect the culture and the heritage of the destination.
Famous Museums in Hong Kong: Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Museum of History, Heritage Museum, Museum of Art, Asia-World Arena, Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum, and Madame Tussauds
11. Chinese New Year
This is undoubtedly a prominent event in Hong Kong that every tourist must stand as a witness to. During this event, the fireworks above Victoria Harbor will be a sight worth beholding! This show of fireworks lasts for about 20 to 30 minutes, leaving everyone shook! The Chinese New Year is held on the second day of Lunar Calendar.
12. Tamar Park Picnic
This lush-green park is located between Victoria Harbor and Admiralty’s Jungle. This is a vast park where you can find locals as well as tourist picnicking. Facing this park are the offices of Central Government and Legislative Council while Victoria Harbor makes for the breathtaking backdrop. The park is open at all times; you can come here whenever it suits you the best.
Location: Harcourt Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong
13. Drinking At The Old Man
This bar is known for its interior decor that is based on Ernest Hemingway. Lately, The Old Man has been recognized as amongst the top ten World’s Best Bars. This ambient bar has its own charm and is renowned all over the world for its originality. The cocktails served at this bar are available in huge variety and have been named after the writer’s works.
Location: 55 Keong Saik Rd, #01-04, Singapore 089158
Opening Hours: 5:00pm to 12:00am
14. Explore Tai Kwun Center
This place once used to be a police station which has now been converted into a vast art space. The place has 16 buildings with rich heritage and art galleries that feature awe-inspiring pieces. You can even spend some time at the restaurants and bars here that provide quality food. The history lovers would admire the ancient prison cells while.
Location: 10 Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 11:00pm
15. Australia Dairy Company
If you want to have a taste of the most authentic Hong Kong food, visit this place! You’ll get the freshly prepared tea and coffee at this place that contain the essence of Hong Kong. This place is considered to be amongst the best cha chaanx tengs in Hong Kong. Moreover, the eggs served by them is definitely worth a try!
Location: 47號 Parkes St, Jordan, Hong Kong
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Opening Hours: 7:30am to 11:00pm
Religious Things To Do In Hong Kong
If you want to learn about the culture and heritage of Hong Kong and know about the religious significance of the city, then make a visit to these places that are enriched with cultural and ethnic aspects!
16. Visit the Wong Tai Sin Temple in Kowloon
Wong Tai Sin Temple, spread over 18,000 sq m, is one of the most popular religious places to visit in Hong Kong. It is dedicated to the three major religions in China, namely Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism.
Key attractions: Grand Hall, Three-Saint Hall, Taoist Temple, and Nine Dragons Wall
Opening hours: Daily; 7 am – 5:30 pm
Note: Beware of the fake monks asking for a donation outside the temple. No flash photography or video recording is allowed.
17. Spend some time at the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island
Po Lin Monastery is most popular for the 34-meter high Tan Tien Buddha that can be seen from far across the island. Though it opened to the public in 1970, it wasn’t until the completion of the statue in 1993 that it became one of the popular tourist attractions in Hong Kong.
Key attractions: Three big golden Buddha statues, Tan Tien Buddha bronze statue, and Wisdom Path
Opening hours: Daily; 9 am – 6 pm
Note: There are several restaurants in the complex, many of which are run by the monks.
18. Man Mo Temple
Built in 1847, Man Mo Temple is the oldest temple here. It is named after its two deities, namely Man (the God of Literature) and Mo (the God of War). Visiting the temple is one of the most popular things to do in Hong Kong for the religious travelers.
Key attractions: Mystical ambiance created by the smell of incense and the lingering smoke
Opening hours: Daily; 8 am – 6 pm
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19. Bun Festival
Held in the fourth lunar month (April – May), the Bun Festival attracts thousands of pilgrims and tourists on the Cheung Chau island. Attending this festival is definitely one of the best things to do in Hong Kong.
Key attractions: 18th-century Pak Tai image, Lion dancing, cacophony of percussion drums, colorful parade, and baked snacks
Opening hours: Daily; 9 am – 6 pm
20. Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
Take a walk among the Buddha images at the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Sha Tin. If you’re seeking for one of the quietest places in Hong Kong where you’d want to soak in spiritualism and seek enlightenment, then consider visiting this beautiful monastery. Being a witness to the 10,000 Buddha statues will definitely be an experience worth undergoing.
Opening hours: Daily; 9 am – 5:30 pm
Note: There are no practicing monks here. The monastery is run by volunteers.
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Things To Do In Hong Kong For The Nature Lovers
If you have a thing for the gifts of nature and picturesque landscapes take your breath away, then these are the places and activities that you must get yourself engaged in while exploring around the city of Hong Kong.
21. Kowloon Walled City Park
For those who love to walk in the salubrious environs, taking a walk through the Kowloon Walled City Park is one of the best things to do. The park is among the original walled cities of Hong Kong. Preserved as a city park, it is replete with gardens, pavilions, sculptures, and walkways. The park is designed as per the Jiangnan garden style of the Qing Dynasty. The park is divided into 8 landscape features, with the 3-hall Yamen at the center.
Other parks in Kowloon: Kowloon Park, Sung Wong Toi Park, and Urban Council Centenary Garden
22. Shing Mun River
Situated on the west bank of the Shing Mun River, the Sha Tin Central Park houses 6 gardens, each with a variety of trees & shrubs. The waterfall and the two banyan tree bridges are the other highlights of the park. Ambling and relaxing at the park is among the best things to do in Hong Kong.
Opening hours: Daily; 6:30 am – 11 pm
Other parks in New Territories: Penfold Park, Central Kwai Chung Park, North District Park, Po Tsui Park, and Yuen Long Park
23. Tai Po Waterfront Park
The 32.4 m spiral staircase lookout tower at the Tai Po Waterfront Park offers views of the park and the Tolo harbor. Spread across 22 hectares, the park also houses rest-gardens, 1.2 km long promenade, sitting areas, jogging track, cycling track, and 600-seater amphitheater.
Opening hours: Daily; 24 hours
Other parks in Hong Kong: Victoria Park, Hong Kong Park, Aberdeen Country Park, and Lion Rock Country Park
24. Dragon’s Back Trail
The Dragon’s Back Trail is located in the Shek-O-Country Park on the southern coast of the Hong Kong island. The steepness of the path on this downward hike to the ocean from the top of the hill makes it one of the thrilling things to do in Hong Kong. The panoramic views and the stunning natural vistas en route makes it a delightful experience for the nature lovers as well.
25. Tai Long Wan Hiking
Hike along the 12 km Tai Long Wan mountain trail to witness to the stunning natural beauty of Hong Kong. There are only a few better things to do in Hong Kong for the nature lovers. The trail takes the trekkers past sandy coves, fishing villages, clear waters, and even a waterfall.
Did you know, you can also include Shenzhen and Macau in your Hong Kong tour to make your experience more thrilling as well as interesting and enjoy the splendour of China? However, don’t forget to make the most of your trip by engaging in most of the activities mentioned above!
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