Hong Kong is a glamorous financial hub that offers hundreds of sightseeing options for its visitors. You can visit several temples, spend a whole day at one of the theme parks, go hiking, or do some shopping while in Hong Kong. There is something interesting to see behind every corner and this is one of the main reasons why people love this place. Check out our list of Top 10 things to do in Hong Kong and discover why this is such a fascinating destination.
- Take a Ride on the Star Ferry
Dating back to 1800, the famous Star Ferry transfers passengers from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central. The good news is that the ferries are scheduled to leave every few minutes during the day and later in the evening. Discover the magnificent towers of Hong Kong from the Star Ferry and you can even catch the night laser show if you are traveling in the evenings.
- Enjoy Panoramic Views from the Victoria Peak
Located 396 meters above the ground, The Peak Tower is one of the most visited attractions in Hong King. You will take a ride on the peak tram that will take you to the top. Inside you will find a number of high-end restaurants, as well as several entertainment venues. Of course, the main reason why people come to the Peak Tower is the amazing view from its Sky Terrace. On a sunny day, you can see almost every landmark in Hong King and this is definitely an ideal place to spend an afternoon.
- Stroll on Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade on Victoria Harbour
Walk on Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and check out Avenue of The Stars that has signatures and handprints from Hong Kong’s famous film stars including the martial arts master Bruce Lee. Opened in 2004, this pedestrian area is around 440 meters long and resembles the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is also a perfect spot from which you can see Kowloon island skyline. Make sure to watch the amazing symphony of light show at night. The show starts daily at 8pm and lasts for about 13 minutes.
- Tian Tan Buddha
Built in 1993, Tian Tan Buddha is a 34-meter-high statue located in Po Lin monastery. It is the largest outdoor Buddha statue in the world and attracts over one million visitors each year. Visitors can climb Lantau Peak in the morning together with a monk and enjoy the views over the monastery. For those who wish to visit some of the nearby attraction, there is a tea plantation south from the monastery and the amazing Shek Pik reservoir that is also located in the neighborhood.
- Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery
Spread across 3.5 hectares of land, Nan Lian Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in Hong Kong that is definitely worth visiting, especially in spring and summer. At Nan Lian Gardem you will find permanent exhibitions of Chinese rock and potted plants, as well as a vegetarian restaurant and a teahouse. Situated in the same area as Nan Lian Garden, Chi Lin Nunnery is a large temple complex that features Buddhist relics, wooden architecture, and lotus pounds. There are also several temple halls and some of them contain clay, gold, and wooded statues.
- Ngong Ping Village
One of the must-see places on Lantau Island is definitely the famous Ngong Ping Village. Take a 25-minute ride in a cable car from Tung Chung. The Crystal Cabin has a glass bottom and offers amazing views of the sea and the lush green mountainside. Once the ride is finishes, you will arrive to this culturally themed village. Ngong Ping Village is an artificial designed village that features several attractions including the magnificent Buddha multimedia presentation, Monkey’s Tale Theater, and Ngong Ping Tea House where visitors will have a chance to see a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. If you are hungry, there are several restaurants on-site and a Starbucks.
- Bargain at the Temple Street Market in Mongkok
If you are looking for tasty food, vintage clothes, Chinese crafts, and jewelry, you should definitely include the Temple Street Market on your list of places to visit in Hong Kong. This bustling market opens around 4 PM, but the real fun starts in the evening when local vendors open up their snack stalls and restaurants where you can try authentic Chinese dishes. Also, make sure to check out amateur performers in front of the Tin Hua Temple.
- Hong Kong Theme Parks
Visit the Ocean Park which is one of the major attractions in Hong Kong, The Ocean Park is an amazing theme park that won several awards such as Forbes “33rd Most Visited Tourist Attractions in the World” and “The World’s Seventh Most Popular Amusement Park”. With over 50 rides and attractions that include a Grand Aquarium, Reef Tunnel, Giant Panda Adventure, Chinese Giant Salamander, the Ocean Park will take you on an unforgettable journey especially if you are in the city with children who just love this place. Don’t forget to go on fun rides such as Space Wheel and Mine Train.
You could also spend a day at Hong Kong Disneyland. The park is spread out over 126 hectares of land, Hong Kong Disneyland is the smallest all of Disneyland resorts in the world. It features seven theme areas including Fantasyland, Mystic Point, Toy Story Land, Tomorrow Land, Grizzly Gulch, Main Street, and Adventure Land. It also includes two themed hotels and features some of the best classic Disney attractions including the Sleeping Beauty Castle, Donald Duck, and Chip and Dale. One of the most visited attractions at Hong Kong Disneyland is definitely Mickey and Minnie Mouse in Fantasyland.
- Stanley Market and Stanley Promenade
Stanley is located on Hong Kong island and it is one of must see places for tourists in Hong Kong. Stanley is famous for Stanley market where you will find stalls on the streets offering wide variety of products such as silk garments, shoes, antiques, art, and souvenirs. You can also explore Stanley promenade where you will find cafes, bars, and international restaurants.
- Go to the Hong Kong Museum of History
Located in the Tsim Sha Tsui neighborhood right next to the Science Museum, the Hong Kong Museum of History features a permanent exhibition of the whole history of Hong Kong and is divided into 8 main sections. Check out the Hong Kong Story exhibition and visit some of the other galleries that include Folk Culture in Hong Kong, Birth and Early Growth of the City, The Japanese Occupation, the Natural Environment and several others. The museum has a very rich collection of rock and mineral specimens, as well as animal specimens including butterflies, mammals, and birds.