We recently spent 4 days exploring Hong Kong and found the bustling metropolis to be the perfect blend of East meets West. From wandering through historic temples during the day to relaxing at rooftop bars by night, there really is something for everyone here.
Whether you’re visiting for a day or a week, check out our favourite things to do in Hong Kong.
01 VICTORIA PEAK
If you’ve only got time to do one thing whilst you’re in Hong Kong, make sure you head to Victoria Peak for an unmissable view across the city’s iconic skyline.
Rising more than 1,800 feet above sea level, the mesmerising views of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and Victoria Harbour will take your breath away.
There are several ways to reach the top and the most popular choice by tourists is to ride the Peak Tram (90 HKD return ticket) which is also the world’s steepest funicular railway.
Once you get to the Peak, many pay extra to visit the Sky Terrace, an observation deck offering panoramic views across the city. However, we’d recommend following the path down to Lugard Road lookout, where you’ll be rewarded with the same views for free and you won’t be fighting for a photo.
Get there for sunset so you can see the incredible transition from day to night.
Travel Tip: Expect to be queuing for over an hour if you want to ride the Peak Tram. A cheaper and quicker alternative is to catch a taxi to the top or take a bus from Central Pier.
02 TIAN TAN BUDDHA & PO LIN MONASTERY
Head to Lantau Island and climb the 268 steps for a closer look at Tian Tan Buddha, a site not to be missed – quite literally.
Completed in 1993, the 34-metre bronze statue symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and faith.
From the base of the Giant Buddha, you’ll be able to see Po Lin Monastery which is also worth checking out whilst you’re visiting Lantau Island.
The monastery was founded in 1906 and houses three bronze statues of the Buddha; representing his past, present and future lives.
From Ngong Ping Village catch the 21 bus and head to Tai O, the oldest fishing village in Hong Kong.
How to get there: Take the subway to Tung Chung station where you can purchase tickets for the Ngong Ping 360 cable car which will take you up to the Giant Buddha. Alternatively, catch the New Lantau Bus no.23 which takes around 50 minutes.
03 ROOFTOP BARS
What better way to soak up this incredible city than with a cocktail in hand at one of Hong Kong’s plush rooftop bars?
Scattered all over the city, there’s a number of open-air bars offering 360 degree views on both sides of Victoria Harbour. Boasting one of the most famous skylines in the world, it’s no surprise that swanky bars and lounges have become increasingly popular in Hong Kong in recent years.
After a busy day of sightseeing, watching the world go by from a rooftop bar quickly become one of our favourite things to do in Hong Kong.
If this sounds right up your street, check out our pick of the best rooftop bars in Hong Kong.
Lan Kwai Fong
Fancy a few more cocktails but with a cheaper price tag? Head to Lan Kwai Fong, an area that can only be described as the party epicenter of Hong Kong.
A popular spot for cheap drinks, sheesha, bars and clubs; you’ll find locals and tourists dancing the night away here every night of the week.
04 WALKING FOOD TOUR
You’ll probably know by now that we’re massive foodies. So for us, visiting a new country comes with the added excitement of getting our hands on all of it’s delicious delicacies.
We joined Hello Hong Kong’s city food tour and spent four hours indulging in local dishes from some of the most famous restaurants in Sheung Wan, Central and Wan Chai.
Being part of the tour group enabled us to skip several lengthy queues at some of the most popular restaurants in town and believe us when we say; you won’t be leaving hungry.
Our guide answered all of our foodie questions and took us to try some traditional hidden treats that we’d never have found by ourselves.
We learnt about the history of the local restaurants we ate in; how the dishes were made and what ingredients were used.
If you haven’t got much time, a city food tour is a great way to sample Hong Kong’s go-to dishes in just a few hours so add it to your list of things to do in Hong Kong.
05 SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS
Every evening at 20:00pm, more than forty sky scrapers illuminate the night sky for the famous Symphony of Lights Show, the largest permanent sound and light show in the world and undoubtedly one of the best places to see the skyline come to life at night.
Grab a spot along the promenade on the Kowloon Side for the perfect view of dancing laser beams and colourful lights as they bounce off the waterfront across Victoria Harbour.
Now we’d be lying if we said the laser show will blow your mind, but hey, it’s absolutely free to watch and you’ll be gifted with some spectacular views.
Travel Tip: Arrive ahead of the crowds and take a stroll down Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, home to Avenue of the Stars; Hong Kong’s version of LA’s Walk of Fame.
06 MAN MO TEMPLE
Built in 1847, Man Mo Temple is one of the oldest traditional-styled temples in Hong Kong dedicated to the gods of Literature and War.
The small temple is easily recognised from the huge incense coils that hang from it’s ceiling. Prepare to be overwhelmed by the incense scent and smoky haze as you wander round the statues and painted alters.
Travel Tip: This is a popular stop off for group tours so arrive early to avoid the crowds.
How to get there: Catch the MTR to Central Station and take Exit D1 or D2, heading towards Queen’s Road Central and ride the longest escalator in the world to Hollywood Road.
07 RIDE A TRAM
Riding the tram from Central to Causeway Bay is a fun and cheap way to see the city.
Dating all the way back to 1904, there’s something fascinating about watching the streets of this lively metropolis unfold from the top deck of a rickety tram.
It may not be the quickest way to travel through Hong Kong, but it’s definitely the most charming.
For only 2 HKD per journey (regardless of the distance), it’s the cheapest sightseeing tour you’ll find and one of our favourite things to do in Hong Kong.
Travel Tip: Enter the tram from the back and pay at the front when you leave, no change is given.
08 NIGHT MARKETS
There’s no denying that Hong Kong is a shopper’s paradise. If you’ve only got time to visit one market during your stay then head to Temple Street night market where you can get your hands on pretty much anything from fridge magnets to fake handbags.
Temple Street Market is open throughout the day but comes to life when the sun goes down.
Located in Yau Ma Tei, this manic market is the perfect place to put your haggling skills to the test and if successful, you can knock the original price down by over half!
Once you’re shopped out, chow down with the locals at one of the street-side restaurants selling delicious local food at great prices.
Travel Tip: If you do buy anything, put it straight into your bag rather than keeping it in the plastic bag that the stall holder gives you. Rumour has it that the plastic bags are colour coded to give other sellers in the market an indication of how well you haggled.
How to get there: Catch the MTR to Jordan Station, take exit A and turn right onto Jordan Road, and then take another right onto Temple Street.
09 STAR FERRY
Hop on the Star Ferry for the perfect view of one of the most photographed harbours in the world.
Dating back to 1888, the Star Ferry is an easy, cheap and charming way to travel from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island, with a single journey costing less than 3HKD.
Not only is the journey is cheaper than the train but you also get to see Hong Kong’s iconic skyline from the water.
10 EAT DIM SUM
We were spoilt for choice by the abundance of delicious food on offer during our recent visit to Hong Kong; but if you’ve only got time to indulge in one dish during your trip, it’s got to be the legendary Dim Sum.
These bite-sized snacks are served straight to your table in steam baskets and the perfect dish to share or eat alone.
At less than 20 HKD per portion, they’re excellent value for money and in our opinion, trying these divine dumplings should be high on your list of things to do in Hong Kong.
Our favourite type of Dim Sum was the famous Char Siu Bao, a soft fluffy bun that oozed with sweet braised pork and was mouth-wateringly good.
If you’re a fellow foodie, check out our pick of the best places to brunch in Hong Kong.
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