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.
Top 10 Things To Do In Hong Kong
1. Enjoy splendid panoramic views from the famous viewpoints
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. Relax at one of the beaches in Hong Kong
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. Witness the Symphony of Lights at Victoria’s Harbour
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
4. Enjoy the Nightlife in Hong Kong
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. Additionally, tourists can take one of the night tours in Hong Kong.
5. Go Shopping in Hong Kong
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. Charter a Junk Boat
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. Ride the Star Ferry
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. Take a tour of Disneyland and Ocean Park
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
9. Watch horse racing at 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.
10. Take a tour of the points of interest in Hong Kong
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
Other Hong Kong points of interest: Avenue of Stars, Golden Bauhinia Square, Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower, Victoria Peak, and Tai O Fishing Village
Religious Things To Do In Hong Kong
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. Get lost in the smell of incense at Man Mo Temple in Sheung Wan
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
14. Attend the Bun Festival at the Pak Tai Temple on Cheung Chau Island
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
15. Take a walk among the Buddha images at the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Sha Tin (New Territories)
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
16. Take a walk through gardens & pavilions of the 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
17. Walk along the Shing Mun River at the Sha Tin Central Park in New Territories
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
18. Enjoy a panoramic view from the spiral staircase at the 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
19. Walk along the steep 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.
20. Hike along the Tai Long Wan Trail
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.
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