Hong Kong is a busy, exciting place to visit. I really enjoyed our time there experiencing both the modern and traditional sides to the country. As my parents are spending some time in Hong Kong as part of a wider trip I said I would put together a few ideas of things they should do. This is my list of the best places to visit in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Island
A trip to the top of Victoria Peak is a must as it gives amazing views of Hong Kong. The best way to reach the peak is by the Peak Tram (open daily 7 am – 12 am). The eight minute ascent travels up 27 degree slopes, forcing you back into the wooden benches as the carriages travel through the forest.
At the top of the peak are a few restaurants, plenty of gifts for you to buy and take home and lots of space to walk around and enjoy the amazing view. There are plenty of nature walks that you can do at the top.
The Mid-Levels Escalator is the longest outdoor roofed escalator system in the world. It consists of an interconnected system of 18 escalators, 3 travellator’s, and a number of footbridges. You can hop on and off the system and visit the many coffee and tea shops, bars, restaurants, market stalls and alleyways.
Eat in a Michelin-stared restaurant
Dim sum from Tim Ho Wan is often on peoples wish list when travelling to Hong Kong. It is the least expensive Michelin-stared restaurant in the world! Visit the store in the Hong Kong MTR station for some amazing dim sum.
Kowloon has some great markets to explore. At Yuen Po Bird Market you can watch the locals bring their own caged birds for an airing and listen to them sing. Its a popular past time to take your songbird out for a walk and one you will see older Chinese men partake in throughout parks in Hong Kong.
Next explore the Flower Market where you can see streets of little shops full of fresh cut flowers and rows of beautiful orchids. Very pretty place to see.
Further south down Tung Choi Street you will find the Goldfish Market where you will see bag after bag of goldfish. An interesting place to wonder and take a stroll.
For more market shopping visit the Temple Street Night Market which is the last remaining night market in Hong Kong. The market sells all sorts from clothing and accessories to electronics and gifts. Its also a great place to come and try some food from the traditional street food restaurants (Dai Pai Dongs).
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and Avenue of Stars
The Promenade and Avenue of Stars runs along the tip of Kowloon’s waterfront. It is a great place for an afternoon stroll. It offers breathtaking views of the Hong Kong skyline and Victoria Harbour.
The Avenue of Stars is a tribute to Hong Kong’s movie stars with handprints and plaques set in the pavement. The most popular attraction is the statue of Bruce Lee.
Symphony of Lights
The Avenue is a great place to view the nightly Symphony of Lights show. The show takes place every night at 8 pm and lasts for 15 minutes. It is a show of lights and sounds and commentary is in English on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Dinner with a view
For great food and amazing views of Hong Kong Island’s skyline book a table (preferably by a window) at Huntong. This restaurant comes highly recommended with some great reviews. It is best to book in advance. As well as their normal menu they also offer a brunch menu between 12 pm and 3 pm. Hutong’s Feng Wei brunch includes 18 sharing dishes and is inspired by the traditional dining customs of Northern China.
A visit to The Lobby in the Peninsula Hotel for afternoon tea is a lovely way to indulge in some delicious food and rest your legs from all the sightseeing. Afternoon tea is served daily in this beautiful hotel. There is a ‘smart casual’ dress code.
Tian Tan Buddha
A day trip to Lantau Island is great for some sightseeing and a visit to the Tian Tan Buddha shouldn’t be missed. The Tian Tan Buddha (also known as The Big Buddha) is a large bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni sitting 35 metres high. Once you reach the Buddha you will be rewarded with amazing views of the mountains and seas.
Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car
You can walk up hundreds of steps to get to the Buddha or take the Ngong Ping Cable Car from Tung Chung. This gives amazing views of Lantau Island and if you are feeling brave you can opt for the glass bottom cable car! When you step off the cable car and into Ngong Ping village you are greeted by a wide array of shops and eateries. The Big Buddha is just a five minute walk from the village.
Po Lin Monastery
Opposite the Buddha is the Po Lin Monastery which is known as the ‘Buddhist World in the South’. It was founded in 1906 and houses dynamic carvings of phoenixes and dragons. Inside is a very popular vegetarian dining hall or takeaway vegetarian dim sum is available outside.
To travel between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon take the Star Ferry across the harbour, while enjoying the views on both sides. The ferry travels between Central Pier and Tsim Sha Tsui Pier from 6.30 am until 11.30 pm running every 10 minutes.
Cruise the Harbour
A great way to cruise around Victoria Harbour and take in the views is aboard a converted traditional Junk Boat. Aqua Luna run many different cruises on these traditional wooden boats both during the day or in the evening. You can also choose a dinner cruise which offers views of the Symphony of Lights show followed by a 10 dish dinner of Chinese cuisine.
Thank you for taking the time to read my post. I hope you enjoy putting together your Hong Kong itinerary.
You may also be interested in my other posts –
- Singapore Bucket List – Things to do in Singapore
- Things to do in New York – 3 recommendations that I’m really glad we did!
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