Top 10 Things to Do in Hong Kong

As one the most prosperous cities in the world, Hong Kong is famous for its booming economy and cultural diversity. Now it is a place where Chinese and Western cultures converge. This international metropolis is rife with swanky attractions, eye-popping skyscrapers and cultural land marks. Here’s a quick roundup of the top 10 things to do in Hong Kong.


Victoria Harbor

Victoria Harbor
Victoria Harbor is the most prosperous area in Hong Kong and also a land mark located between Central and Kowloon Peninsula. Tourists should not miss this fascinating destination which is famous for the beautiful seascape. One of the top things to do in Hong Kong at night is to take the Star Ferry to enjoy the spectacular night scene, especially A Symphony of Lights, which is a large light and music show performed at 20:00 every night. More than 40 tower blocks give off colorful dazzling lights with the metrical music. It will surely give you a deep impression.

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Explore the Ocean Park

Hong Kong Ocean Park
Which is the largest marine aquarium in Southeast Asia? Of course the answer is the Hong Kong Ocean Park, consisting of two sections, eight units. The larger section is on the Nam Lang Shan Mountain, which is also the most exciting part since there are a lot of amusement facilities. You can see some splendid performances of dolphins and sea lions. Besides, Polar Adventure and Rain Forest are also attractions you can’t miss. The other section is in the Wong Chuk Hang Valley lowlands, where you can enjoy wonder Marine World, experience the largest sky wheel in the city and visit Amazing Asian Animals. Broadly speaking, this section is more adaptable to children and the parents. Exploring in the Ocean Park is definitely one of the best things to do in Hong Kong.

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Have Fun in Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland
Disneyland Park, one of must-see places in Hong Kong, is a perfect fairyland to have fun with friends and families. There are seven parts in total and they offer more than 100 recreational facilities and entertainment experiences for tourists from all over the world. You can interact with different cartoon characters, enjoy the fascinating performances, explore the jungles of different countries and visit the mysterious museums. In addition, the delicious food of different flavors will give you a surprise.

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Shopping in Causeway Bay 

Causeway Bay
Shopping and eating in Causeway Bay has to be on the list of top 10 things to do in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is one of the most famous shopping paradises in the world. However, the real shopping heaven of the city should be Causeway Bay. Situated in the east to the Victoria Park, it is the second most expensive lot in the world, only second to the Fifth Avenue in New York. There gathers numerous shopping malls and various boutiques, where you can purchase the most fashionable products, different luxury brands as well as some cheap clothing and groceries. Don’t forget to try a local tram which has been called “Ding Ding” by local people. It’s really interesting. What’s more, the local snacks are tasty and you cannot miss those palatable seafood.

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Tram to Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak, Hong Kong
The Victoria Peak is one of the best places to visit in Hong Kong. Standing on this highest place of Hong Kong Island, you can enjoy a fantastic bird’s eye view of towering skyscrapers, Victoria Harbor and the skyline of the city. In particular, the sunset and night view of panorama are quite riveting. Several ways can take you to the peak but undoubtedly the best way is to take a classic tram, which is a really euphoric experience. As the earliest tram system in Asia, the red Peak Tram began to operate in 1888 with a total length of 1.35 kilometers(0.84 miles).

However, the weather will affect a lot if you plan to enjoy an overview on the peak. Sunny days will give you a clearer view. What’s more, avoiding the holiday crowd is very necessary.

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Night Life in Lan Kwai Fong

Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong
Located between D'Aguilar Street and Wyndham Street in Central, Lan Kwai Fong is a L-shaped lane brimming with nice bars and restaurants in different styles. There is no doubt that enjoying night life there can be one of the fun things to do in Hong Kong. More than 90 restaurants and bars served up various drinks and foods from Japan, India, Italy, Mexico, France, USA, Middle East, etc. After a day’s busy traveling, chatting or drinking with people from different countries and eating the delicious food will surely relax you a lot. 

For some bars or pubs, slippers, jeans, sneakers and revealing clothes are not allowed in. Don’t forget to take your ID card because adolescents under the age of 20 are not allowed to enter for drinking.

 Further Reading:  Hong Kong Nightlife

Visit Wong Tai Sin Temple

Wong Tai Sin Temple
As one of the most famous temples in Hong Kong, Wong Tai Sin Temple, also called Sik Sik Yuen, was built in 1921 to worship Wong Chuping who was a Taoist Immortal in the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317 - 420). Meanwhile, there are statues of Confucius and Avalokitesvara which are the representatives of Confucianism and Buddhism. Thus, the temple is a fusion of three religions. Local people love to go there to pray for health, wealth, career and marriage and it’s said to be very efficacious. As one of must things to do in Hong Kong, visiting the temple allows you to enjoy the old architectures and experience local customs there. However, remember to beware of pick-pockets during the visit.

Temple Street Night Market

Temple Street Night Market
Located at Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Temple Street is the best-known night market and entertainment place. Lingering on the street is one of the top things to do in Hong Kong at night. The 600-meter street offer a glimpse of a kind of old Hong Kong style. In addition to various ballrooms, nightclubs, the street is brimming with seafood snacks and a cluster of cheap stores selling clothes, watches, toys and paintings. You will have a great chance to find some cheap products or artifacts you are interested in. Meanwhile, the spectacular street performances are also very attractive such as Cantonese music and some highlights of traditional operas.

Taste Local Food

Hong Kong food
Tasting local delicacies has to be put on the list of top 10 things to do in Hong Kong. Various kinds of local delicatessen are must-tries, including roasted goose, roast suckling pig, roast pork, and sausage. The Yum Cha, a typical local brunch, is definitely one of the best things you cannot miss. The restaurants usually serve more than 30 kinds of dishes from 5:00 to 11:00 including shrimp dumplings, cream custard buns, wontons, egg tarts, pineapple buns with butter, fish balls, egg puffs, and fake shark fin soup made of vermicelli. For afternoon tea break, you can order a cup of the Hong Kong style milk tea. In addition, local desserts like mango pomelo sago, mango pancake, and crispy durian cake will unsurprisingly tickle your taste buds.

 Further Reading:  Hong Kong Food & Recommended Restaurants

Lantau Island

Lantau Island
Lantau Island is with an area equivalent to two Hong Kong Islands. What makes it a must-see place? First, Ngong Ping 360 cable cars offer you incredible views of Lantau Island. Second, the Po Lin Monastery, a famous temple with the second largest outdoor bronze sitting Buddha in the world, Tian Tan Big Buddha, provides an elegant atmosphere. In addition, a lot of Chinese architectures in the temple are worthy of visiting. Last but not least, Tai O Fishing Village featured the tall-legged shack built on the water is a special attraction you can’t miss. By the way, Lantau Island is also a good place to do outdoor activities like hiking, camping, and surfing.

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- Last updated on Apr. 13, 2021 -
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