If you’re looking for an exciting travel destination, look no further than Hong Kong! This vibrant city is home to some of the most captivating attractions in the world. Whether you’re a history buff, foodie, or nature lover, Hong Kong has something for everyone.
Join me as we explore our top picks of things to do in Hong Kong, from the best places to visit to stunning attractions (and more). So put on your sightseeing shoes and get ready to explore!
Best Things to Do in Hong Kong: Top Tourist Attractions and Places to Visit for Sightseeing
1. Ride the Longest Escalator in the World
Rest your weary feet from Hong Kong’s hilly streets and get a lift on the longest outdoor escalator in the world. The Central Mid-Levels is a 2624 foot bucket list worthy ride that links the Central and Western districts on Hong Kong Island, with many shops and dining stops along the way. Not only is it a top tourist attraction, but it is very practical too!
2. Shop At The Temple Street Night Market
The Temple Street Night Market, located in Kowloon, is not only the largest evening market in Hong Kong, it is also the liveliest. It is a popular spot for shopping, housing stalls for cheap clothing, shoes, CDs and DVDs, and even household items. On top of that, there are countless of food stalls to get your tummy filled with yummy from.
3. Party In Lan Kwai Fong
Lan Kwai Fong is the nightlife district of Hong Kong. It has reached such levels of hotness as a party zone, that other Chinese cities are trying to follow in its footsteps to recreate neighborhoods with the same charm. You can expect yourself having to squeeze through the crowded street of party goers of the night, but for once that’s part of the fun! You can find several types of bars in the area, from dart bars to karaoke bars, as well as clubs, and a selection of restaurants. There are over 90 restaurants and bars!
4. Ride on a Traditional Chinese Junk Boat
Taking a Hong Kong junk boat ride will give you the second best skyline view (go to The Peak to see the top one!), but this view is just an after thought compared to the junk boat ride itself. Aqua Luna features a traditional junk boat ride through Victoria Harbour that also coincides with the cities famous light show, the Symphony of Lights.
It is recommended to prebook your spot. Voyagin offers a simple junk boat ride where you can get stunning views of HK’s skyline on the Aqua Luna or opt for the Symphony of Lights tour where you can see the famous, colorful light show while sipping a cocktail on the boat.
5. Visit 10,000 Buddhas Monastery
Located in Po Fook Hill Mountains of the New Territories area, the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is quite the sight to see. You will have to hike up a pretty steep hill to get there, but your efforts will be rewarded with a complex that consists of a main temple hall and a nine-story pagoda, as well as several shrines, pavilions and halls. There are still plenty of stairs to walk up once you’ve reached the beginning of the complex, but you’ll be far too enamored by the Buddha statues all over you to sweat about it.
6. See the Hong Kong Stars
If you take a junk boat ride, arrive at the port a little early to see the Hong Kong stars. The Avenue of the Stars is a tribute to the famous in Hong Kong’s film industry and is on almost every Things to do in Hong Kong list. It is a stroll along the water that would be reminiscent to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, except I would recognize ninety percent of the stars in Hollywood and only two in Hong Kong; Bruce Lee and Jackie Chen. Good enough.
7. Hike Dragon’s Back
Dragon’s Back is a trail that TIME magazine even went as far as to dub as Asia’s best urban hike. It’s a part of a bigger trail, serving as its most visually stunning portion. You’ll want to check the weather report before embarking on your trekking journey, as it can increase its difficulty and decrease its enjoyableness, but otherwise it is not that challenging of a hike and the views are breathtaking.
If you are not comfortable navigating the Dragons Back hike on your own, this tour will take you there.
8. Eat Snake Soup
In the Causeway Bay section of Hong Kong you will find Se Wong Yee, the tiniest eatery, with the menu out front completely written in Chinese, except for the significant bold lettering stating the sale of Snake Soup, an Asian delicacy. There were two options on the menu; just the plain old Snake Soup or the Snake Meal which includes the of duck’s liver-sausage.
You can read about my experience eating snake soup here: Chinese Snake Soup in Hong Kong
9. See the Songbirds at Yuen Po Street
Visiting the Yuen Po Bird Garden will offer you an exquisite chance to see some songbirds. This garden is designed similar to a traditional Chinese garden, and inside you’ll find several stalls selling not only exotic birds, but also bamboo cages and other items related to birds. Even if you’re not going to make any purchases, it’s incredible to be able to witness a part of this traditional hobby.
10. The Breathtaking View at The Peak
Though the view of the city skyline from the junk boat on Victoria Harbour is pretty spectacular, there is nothing like the one from the Sky Terrace at The Peak. It is the highest 360-degree viewing terrace in town and requires a steep tram ride along with several floors of escalators to get to the top.
11. Go to the Ladies Market
If you want to hit one of the most popular markets in Hong Kong for bargain-priced clothing and other accessories, visiting Ladies Market is where the money’s at. As you may have guessed based on the name, it largely caters for women in what they have to sell and offer. However, it is not exclusively for the ladies only, as they also sell some clothing and other items for men as well. Located in the Mongkok district of Kowloon, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by just how local and authentic the atmosphere will be, despite the tourist crowds.
12. Climb to the Top of Big Buddha
Even though there are 268 pretty steep stairs to reach Tian Tan (aka: Big Buddha), it is one of the top things to do in Hong Kong because it is breathtaking. The statue is one of the largest sitting Buddhas in the world! At 112 feet tall, Hong Kong’s Big Buddha is perfectly visible from the ground level, but it is hard to tell its true massiveness without getting up close and personal.
If you book the escape to Lantau Island tour it will take you to Big Buddha via the Ngong Ping 360 cable car and then will bring you to Tai O Fishing Village afterwards.
13. Ride the Star Ferry
Fancy a boat ride on your trip? Then this small, cute and charming boat is a must for you! Operating since the end of 19th century, the Star Ferry will take you from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon, or vice versa. It is not only a picturesque way to travel between the two points, it is also practical and convenient.
14. Ride in a Cable Car
Before actually climbing the stairs to Hong Kong’s Big Buddha you have to get to its location on Lantau Island and there aren’t many options. You can take a bus, make a strenuous hike uphill or ride the 3.5 mile Npong Ping Cable Car that suspends you high above the ground. Not like the typical street cable cars you’d find in San Francisco.
15. Walk the Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade
From the Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade you’ll get another stunning view of the Hong Kong skyline, which has also been dubbed one of the most amazing skylines in the world. That’s already plenty of reason to take a stroll on the promenade, but if you need some additional convincing, this is also where the Garden of Stars, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and Hong Kong Space Museum reside in.
16. Eat Street Food at a Fishing Village
On the Western side of Lantau Island lies the quaint Tai O fishing village where the homes are built on stilts and the markets sell a plethora of dried fish street food. Though there are dozens of fishy dishes to choose from I tried a meal of BBQ squid jerky, for just 10 HKD ($1.29 usd).
There are several great tours that include a stop at Tai O (and some other places on this list!):
- Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong
- Explore Tai O Fishing Village, its Temples & Streetlife
- Escape to Lantau Island: Big Buddha & Tai O Fishing Village
17. Go To Disneyland
Though the Hong Kong Disneyland may be slightly smaller than some other Disneyland resorts, it is by no means any less fun. In fact, it’ll probably be one of the most fun day trips you’ll take while in Hong Kong! In addition, as the Chinese version of Disneyland, you’ll also notice some parts of Chinese culture and traditions, as well as the incorporation of feng shui, in the design and build of the resort, which just makes your visit there all the more memorable.
18. Make an Incense Wish at a Po Lin Monastery
In Hong Kong, as well as much of Asia, burning incense is done by worshippers as an offering with the belief that it attracts attention from the Gods or, in some cases, is food for the spirits that have passed prior. When we visited the Man Mo Temple a layer of smoke filled the room and coiled incense hung from the ceiling. Though you can make incense wishes here, we followed a different cloud of smoke to Po Lin Monastery where worshippers were waving their enormous joss sticks. We purchased a bundle of incense at a nearby booth for 20 HKD ($2.50 USD) and made wishes of our own.
The Escape to Lantau Island tour includes a stop here.
19. Visit Aberdeen Fishing Village
Found at Aberdeen Harbour of Hong Kong’s Southern District, the Aberdeen Fishing Village is an actual village where people, mostly fishermen and their families live in. Originally these boats were chosen as their living spots for the sake of convenience, but over the decades it has grown into a significant symbol of Hong Kong and its culture, especially among the citizens themselves, seen as a representative of the locals’ hardworking and persevering spirit. It has also been said that Aberdeen is where the name Hong Kong was born, although there is not one consistent theory of how that came to be.
20. Get Your Fortune Told
After you have done your shopping at the Temple Street Market, pay a visit to the late night fortune tellers near Tin Hau Temple. There are about a dozen, some English speaking, that will enlighten you about the future.
21. Eat at the Cheapest Michelin Starred Restaurant in the World
Tim Ho Wan is a hole-in-the-wall dim sum restaurant in Hong Kong that gained recognition after receiving a coveted Michelin star and therefore what is known as one of the cheapest Michelin starred restaurants in the world. And it is cheap. Really cheap. Though they are well known for their pork buns, all their food is quite tasty.
22. Stroll Through the Goldfish Market
The Goldfish Market is a quirky line of shops that cater to the locals and their Feng Shui lifestyle. Aquariums equal good luck in the Asian culture, fish symbolize good fortune and water attracts energy of wealth and abundance. This market is devoted to selling an array of interesting fish and their accessories. Even if you won’t be shoving an aquarium in your carry-on luggage, it is worthy of a spot on the things to do in Hong Kong list.
23. Hike Tung Ping Chau
Tung Ping Chau is an island in the easternmost part of Hong Kong that is listed as a UNESCO Global Geopark. It is known for its unique sedimentary rock formations, sandstones that are millions of years old.
Here’s everything you need to know about visiting Tung Ping Chau.
24. Dine at a Floating Restaurant
The Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant is an ornamental restaurant that floats. The eatery was built in the style of of an exquisite Chinese imperial palace. While you are there you may as well order the signature dish, the Flamed Drunken Shrimp which is prepared right in front of you.
25. Go to the Horse Races on Wednesday
Head to the Happy Valley Racecourse for the uber trendy Happy Wednesdays. On this weekday evening the racecourse has great food, drinks and entertainment, all while being able to bet on the ponies. Each Wednesday is a different theme, such as Wines of the Valley. Could that be any more perfect?
26. Eat Dinner in the Dark
At Hong Kong’s Dialogue in the Dark you have the opportunity to take a culinary journey where blind waiters serve a meal in complete darkness. This unique attraction is the perfect way to challenge your taste buds!
27. Drink Trendy Cocktails
As previously mentioned, Hong Kong has some killer food concepts, and the same goes for drinks. Quinary is a swanky place for pre-dinner cocktails where they concoct creative beverages like an Earl Grey Caviar Martini. I had their refreshing Oolong Tea Collins.
28. A Symphony of Lights
A Symphony of Lights is a laser light and multimedia show in Hong Kong. The show is synchronized with music and has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the “largest permanent light and sound show in the world.” The show was first launched in 2004 to symbolize Hong Kong’s dynamic energy and culture, and has since become a popular tourist attraction with millions of people watching each year.
The spectacular display consists of more than 42 buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour, including Hong Kong Island’s skyline and Kowloon’s skyline. The best part is that the show is free to watch!
29. Enjoy the Outlying Islands
The Outlying Islands of Hong Kong are a group of 263 islands, with the vast majority located in different districts within the New Territories.
The warm climate and clear waters make them a popular destination for swimming, fishing, and boating. In addition, the islands offer stunning views of the skyline of Hong Kong Island and the surrounding mountains. Some of their most popular islands include Cheung Chau, which is home to the Bun Festival, and Po Toi, where you can see strange rock formations (like Conch Rock and Turtle Rock).
30. Ogle the Bank of China Tower
The Bank of China Tower is one of Hong Kong’s most iconic skyscrapers. Completed in 1990, it is 1,205.4 feet tall and has 72 floors (+4 basement floors), making it the fourth tallest building in Hong Kong. The tower once featured an observation deck on the 43rd floor (closed since 2014) that offered views of the city and its surrounding area.
The tower’s design caused quite the stir among the Feng Shui community, noting the negative symbolism of its knife-like design when viewed at certain angles. Still, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city (especially at night!) and a unique and impressive example of modern architecture.
31. See the Blue House
The Blue House is a historic building located in the Wang Chai district of Hong Kong. Built in the early 20th century, it is one of the oldest surviving structures in the city. It gets its name from the blue-painted wooden panels that decorate its exterior. It was originally built as a tenement but has since been converted into a museum and cultural center.
32. Shop Til’ You Drop in Causeway Bay
Causeway Bay is one of the busiest shopping districts in Hong Kong, and there is no shortage of things to do. The area is home to a wide variety of local and international shops, from high-end boutiques to small businesses. There are also plenty of restaurants, cafes, and bars to choose from. And since everything is close together, it’s an easy hop from one store to the next.
If you’re looking for something to do in Causeway Bay, shopping is a great option. There are plenty of places to find unique gifts and souvenirs like in Times Square, SOGO, and Hysan Place, and you’re sure to find something to suit your taste and budget. And did I mention that many shops are open till past midnight? So whether you’re looking for a new outfit or just window shopping, Causeway Bay is the perfect place to spend the day.
33. See the Clock Tower
The Clock Tower in Hong Kong is a must-see for any visitor to the city. It stands at around 44 meters tall, and even though it is not as tall as the buildings around it, this landmark has captured the hearts of locals and tourists. The tower was built in 1915 as part of the former Kowloon Railway Station. It is now a Grade I listed historical building.
The clock tower is best known for its four clock faces, which are illuminated at night. It also houses a museum, which tells the story of the city’s railways. The clock tower is open to the public and is a popular spot for tourists to take photos.
34. Take an Epic Pic at the Monster Building
Hong Kong has plenty of scenic sites, but this one is so unique, it earned a spot as one of the most Instagrammable places in the city. It is called the Monster Building, a group of five connected apartment buildings built in the 1960s. With over 18 floors and 2243 (colorful) units packed closely together, it is definitely worthy of its local name, especially at night while looking up surrounded by the units.
However, since these are residential units, one should still respect the residents’ privacy (like asking for permission to take photos). Visitors can ‘tour’ the buildings through the courtyard on the ground floor (which is also home to several shops).
35. Drink Beer From a Bowl at Tung Po Kitchen
If you’re looking for a truly unique drinking experience, head to Tung Po Kitchen in Hong Kong. This local eatery is famous for serving beer in porcelain bowls, and it’s become a popular spot for tourists and locals alike. The food is also noteworthy, such as their deep fried pork knuckles and fried rice, that will surely keep you coming back for more.
36. Take a Dip at Shek O Beach
Shek O Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Hong Kong. Located on the southeastern coast of the island, it is known for its dramatic cliffs, crystal-clear water, and tranquil atmosphere. Visitors can swim, sunbathe, or take a leisurely stroll along the shore.
There are also a number of restaurants and cafes located nearby, like Happy Garden and Ming’s Cafe, making it the perfect place to spend a day in the sun. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a family-friendly destination, Shek O Beach is sure to please.
37. Enjoy a Show at Yau Ma Tei Theatre
The Yau Ma Tei Theater is a Grade II Historic Building in Yau Ma Tei, and the only remaining pre-World War II theater in Kowloon. It was built around the 1930s, with a seating capacity of 300. Renovation is currently underway for it to be a permanent venue for Cantonese opera, which is what the theater is showing exclusively (and something you should not miss!).
PS: Adjacent to the theater is the bustling Yau Ma Tei Fruit Market, where you can find fresh, cheap fruits on sale.
38. Ride the Ding Dings (Hong Kong Trams)
Ding dings are what the locals call the trams in Hong Kong. These double-decker trams are a heritage from the British colonial era, and are still in use today. They are an essential part of the city’s public transportation system, and offer a unique way to experience Hong Kong.
The tramcars are vintage (with some having air-conditioning), and they run on overhead wires. With a speed of around 40 kph, they offer a smooth ride throughout the journey. Tourists can also ride the sightseeing tramcar No. 68 at the Western Market and Causeway Bay, where you’ll see the sights on an open-balcony and learn about history on board.
39. Explore the Wetland Park
Wetland Park is one of Hong Kong’s most unique attractions and a fantastic place to enjoy the outdoors. Located in the northern part of Tin Shui Wai, this 150-acre park is a haven for wildlife and a great place to learn about the area’s ecology.
Visitors can explore the different habitats and watch as birds, fishes, and other animals go about their everyday lives. There are also plenty of educational facilities, such as a viewing gallery and an environmental education center.
40. Visit Chi Lin Nunnery
The Chi Lin Nunnery is a Buddhist temple that was founded in 1934. It is located in Hong Kong and is home to around 60 nuns. Aside from its scenic and calming atmosphere, it is also the world’s largest hand-made wooden building built without nails.
The nunnery has a tea house and restaurant, where visitors can relax and enjoy a cup of tea. Adjacent to the nunnery is the Nan Lian Garden, a stunning garden featuring different trees and flowers.
In addition to its religious functions, the Chi Lin Nunnery also hosts art exhibitions ranging from ceramic works, sculptures, paintings, and more. The Chi Lin Nunnery is an important cultural landmark of Hong Kong, and it is well worth a visit.
41. Hike to Tai Mo Shan Waterfalls
Located inside Tai Mo Shan Country Park, Tai Mo Shan is the tallest mountain in Hong Kong, with plenty of trails for hiking and rewarding views of the landscape (the peak is off-limits, though.)
One of the most popular trails is the Ng Tung Chai to Tsuen Wan via Tai Mo Shan Trail, a challenging (but rewarding) hike that takes you to four different waterfalls along the way (which include Main/Long Falls, the highest in Hong Kong) and into the summit of Tai Mo Shan.
If you’re planning on hiking to Tai Mo Shan, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water and change of clothes. There are signages around the country park that can help you navigate around, but having a map also helps a lot. However, the hike is well worth it, as you’ll be rewarded with some of the most beautiful scenery in Hong Kong.
42. Stroll Through Hong Kong’s Zoological and Botanical Gardens
Hong Kong’s Zoological and Botanical Gardens is a great place to stroll and relax. The gardens cover an area of 5.6 hectares and feature over 1,000 species of plants and 400 species of animals. The gardens are especially well-known for their collection of orchids, some of which bloom throughout the year (like the Hong Kong orchid tree).
In addition to being a beautiful park, the gardens also serve a vital role in conservation. The gardens are home to several endangered species, including the Bornean orangutan and De Brazza’s monkeys. By providing a safe habitat for these animals, the gardens are helping to ensure their survival.
43. Get Spiritual at Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hong Kong. Home to three religions (Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism), the temple is dedicated to the Chinese deity Wong Tai Sin and is said that any wish made here will come true.
The temple is located on Lion Rock’s southern side, north of Kowloon, and is easy to reach by public transportation via MTR. The temple complex is beautifully landscaped, with numerous shrines and statues to explore.
Visitors can also participate in traditional activities like kau chim (a Chinese fortune telling practice) or have their palms (or face) read by fortune tellers. Whether you are looking for a place to pray or simply want to soak up the atmosphere, Wong Tai Sin Temple is worth a visit.
44. Ride Hong Kong’s Observation Wheel
For those who want to get a bird’s eye view of Hong Kong, the Observation Wheel is a must-do. Situated in the heart of the city, the ferris wheel offers panoramic views of some of Hong Kong’s most iconic landmarks, including Victoria Harbour and Tsim Sha Tsui.
Visitors can ride in one of the 47 enclosed gondolas or opt for the clear-glass-bottomed VIP gondola for an even more exhilarating experience. With a height of 60 meters, the Observation Wheel is the perfect way to take in all that Hong Kong has to offer.
45. Take in the Culture of Tai Kwun
Tai Kwun is a unique destination in Hong Kong that celebrates the city’s culture and heritage. The sprawling complex comprises several historic buildings, including the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy, and Victoria Prison. These landmark buildings have been carefully restored and now house a range of culture and heritage facilities, including museums, art galleries, performance venues, and restaurants.
Tai Kwun is also a few kilometers away from Asia’s first global museum of contemporary visual culture, the M+ Museum. With its fascinating collection of artifacts and exhibitions, Tai Kwun is an essential place to visit for anyone interested in learning more about Hong Kong culture.
46. Visit the Hong Kong Heritage Museum
The Hong Kong Heritage Museum is the largest of the museums in the city, with an exhibition space spanning 7,500 square meters and five permanent galleries. Located in the heart of Kowloon, the museum houses an extensive collection of artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of Hong Kong’s unique history.
Visitors can explore exhibits on subjects ranging from the city’s early days to its more recent transformation into a global financial hub. The museum also features interactive displays and multimedia presentations, making it a great place to learn about Hong Kong’s rich culture and heritage.
47. Explore the Hong Kong Museum of History
Dedicated to preserving the historical and cultural heritage of the city, the Hong Kong Museum of History is a must-see for anyone visiting Hong Kong. Located in Kowloon, the museum covers a wide range of specimens and artifacts related to the history of Hong Kong.
Visitors can learn about the city’s history in their permanent exhibitions, starting from the Devonian Period up until the Handover of Hong Kong. The museum also features a number of interactive exhibits, making it a fantastic place for adults and children to explore. In addition, the museum offers a variety of talks and educational programs throughout the year.
Whether you’re a history buff or simply looking for a fun day out, the Hong Kong Museum of History is sure to offer something of interest.
48. Stroll Through Hong Kong Park
Hong Kong Park is one of the most treasured places in the city. Spanning an area of around 80,000 square meters, it is a prime example of how the modern world blends in harmony with nature. Entry to the park is free and opens at 6 AM till 11 PM daily.
On any given day, you’ll see people of all ages out for a stroll, enjoying the fresh air and lush greenery. The public park is home to a wide variety of plant life, as well as an aviary where you can get up close and personal with some of the area’s feathered residents.
49. Visit the Hong Kong Railway Museum
The Hong Kong Railway Museum is an open-air museum dedicated to the history of rail transport in Hong Kong. The museum is located in the former Kowloon-Canton Railway workshop building in Tai Po Market, and occupies an area of approximately 6,500 square meters.
The museum houses a collection of over nine locomotives and railcars, as well as numerous photographs, documents, and artifacts relating to the history of rail transport in Hong Kong.
50. Enjoy the Gardens at Kowloon Walled City Park
Nestled in the heart of the city, The Gardens at Kowloon Walled City Park are an oasis of calm and beauty, mainly comprising eight landscape features such as the Yamen and Eight Floral Walks.
Visitors can stroll through the gardens, watch the small lakes and fountains, or see birds in the aviary. The gardens are also a perfect spot for weddings and other special occasions.
51. Visit Lantau Island
Lantau Island is the largest outlying island in Hong Kong, and home to some of the territory’s most popular tourist attractions. There you will find Hong Kong Disneyland, the Ngong Ping 360 cable car and Tian Tan Buddha, one of the world’s largest seated Buddhas.
52. Visit Man Mo Temple
Man Mo Temple is dedicated to the gods of literature and war (Man Tai and Mo Tai, respectively), and is said to be over 200 years old. Visitors to the temple often burn incense and make offerings to the gods, hoping to receive blessings. You can also have your fortune read (using fortune sticks) or buy souvenirs at the gift shop.
53. Have Fun at Ocean Park Hong Kong
Ocean Park Hong Kong is one of the largest marine theme parks in the world. Spanning over 226 acres, the park is home to over 59 attractions, including an Aquarium, a Dolphin Sanctuary, and a Sea Lion Display. In addition to these animal exhibits, the park also features rides, shows, and educational programs.
Visitors can learn about the ocean’s ecology through hands-on activities, like touch pools and live shows. The park also offers a unique vantage point for observing dolphins and whales in their natural habitat.
54. Take in the View at Sky100
For breathtaking views of Hong Kong, Sky100 is the place to be! Perched high atop the International Commerce Centre, Sky100 offers 360-degree panoramas of the cityscape. On a clear day, you can even see all the way to Mainland China. The best part? Sky100 is open to the public, so there’s no need to book a room in a fancy hotel to enjoy the view. Just head on up to the 100th floor and prepare to be amazed. Trust us, it’s worth the elevator ride!
55. Explore the Streets of SoHo
This vibrant SoHo neighborhood is home to some of the city’s best shopping, dining, and nightlife. From high-end designer boutiques to local Hong Kong brands, there’s something for everyone in SoHo.
The area is also known for its excellent restaurants, ranging from casual street food to Michelin-starred dining. And after dark, the bars and nightclubs come alive, offering plenty of options for a night out on the town.
56. Get a Bargain at Stanley Market
Stanley Market is a bargain-hunter’s paradise, offering discounts on everything from t-shirts to silk robes. Located in the Stanley district of Hong Kong Island, the market features stalls selling a wide variety of goods, including clothing, souvenirs, and handicrafts. While the prices at Stanley Market are lower than those at most other Hong Kong shopping destinations, bargaining is still expected.
57. Take in the Masterpieces on Art Lane
Art Lane is a street art project in Hong Kong that has been running since 2015. The project’s aim is to bring street art to the city and create a space for local artists to showcase their work.
Located in Sai Ying Pun, Art Lane consists of a number of different murals, graffiti and street artworks from several artists. The project has been popular with locals and tourists and has helped perk up the city.
58. Visit Kam Tin Mural Village
Another Instagrammable spot is the Kam Tin Mural Village, a small village in Hong Kong known for its unique murals painted by local artists. The murals range from depictions of the people’s daily lives to cute cats and so much more. With over 20+ murals to see, you’re sure to find one that you will love!
59. Hike the Sai Kung Peninsula
Looking for an adventure? Then look no further than the Sai Kung Peninsula in Hong Kong. This beautiful spot is perfect for nature lovers, with its stunning hiking trails and sweeping coast views, each offering its own unique scenery and challenges.
From the scenic High Junk Peak to the gentle Tap Mun hike to the challenging Sharp Peak, the peninsula has everything for any kind of hiker. So what are you waiting for? Grab your hiking shoes and explore the Sai Kung Peninsula today!
60. Visit the Hong Kong Space Museum
The Hong Kong Space Museum is a great place to learn about the stars and planets, which is also evident to the museum’s iconic hemispherical shape. It has interactive exhibits that make learning about space and other heavenly bodies fun. The museum also has a planetarium (the only one in Hong Kong) where you can watch shows about the night sky.
All in all, Hong Kong is an amazing place with engaging activities for everyone – whether you’re a foodie, shopaholic, nature lover or thrill seeker. There’s something for everyone in this vibrant and cosmopolitan city, and you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip to Hong Kong today!
Best Tips for Visiting Hong Kong
Getting There: Hong Kong International Airport is a major hub and most airlines will fly into it. You can easily check for the best fare deals at Skyscanner, which also has the option to choose ‘cheapest month’ as the departure to find the lowest priced dates to fly to your destination. From the airport to the city center, you can use the airport express, take a hotel coach, taxi or public buses.
Where to Stay in Hong Kong: It’s best to stay near the city center, public transportation or the area that you will be spending the most time in. Hotel Madera Hollywood is a great choice in the Hong Kong Island district. For something on the less expensive side, try Hotel Stage located in Yau Tsim Mong District. For a hotel with a little more extravagance, book a room at the The Peninsula Hong Kong. Or search some great deals on hotels of your choice at Booking.com. If you’re looking for more of a home atmosphere (or are traveling with a group of people), head over to Airbnb that has houses, apartments and even just a room for rent in every price range.
Getting Around: Driving in a new destination can be a bit of a challenge, but if you choose to rent a car, RentalCars.com has great deals. If you are not renting a car, there are plenty of other options. Taxis and Uber are available all over the city, plus most of the major attractions can be accessed with the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus. For a more budget friendly option, you can take the public bus, ferry, rail or trams. The Tourist Octopus (Sold version) Card is an all-in-one transit, dining, entertainment and shopping card offering rides on multiple forms of transportation (MTR, bus ferry, public light bus, coach, tram) for one fee.
Best Tours in Hong Kong: You can find some of the top tours at Get Your Guide or Viator, and here are some of the top ones. tours:
- Hong Kong: Sky100 Observatory ticket and Dining Package
- Hong Kong Geopark Kayaking Adventure
- A Taste of Hong Kong: Private Tour
Insurance: It’s always a good idea to travel fully insured so you are protected in case of trip cancellations or medical emergencies. You can check out pricing at Travelex Insurance.
Universal Adapter: Your American plugged equipment will need an adapter. I use the Celtic Universal Adapter, which has brought me around the world with no problems.
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36 thoughts on “Hong Kong Bucket List: 60 + Best Things to Do”
I just booked a girls weekend to Hong Kong and am so excited! Will see how many of these we can cross off the list :-)
Have a great time! I look forward to hearing about the fun things you do in Hong Kong!
Great list! Reminds me just how many reasons I have to get back to Hong Kong. I hope to make it soon! :)
It does have a ton of fun things to do! I wouldn’t mind going back either :)
I love these pictures! Have you been to any other parts of China? I went to Beijing and the Great Wall. One of the greatest memories of my life. Thanks for sharing.
I have not been to other parts of China…yet :) Would love to see the Great Wall!
Just like that, I want to go to Hong Kong. You inspire me!
It is a fun and entertaining place to go!
Hong Kong in general is on my bucket list… and now I have a good list of what to do there! I’d LOVE to ride the cable cars, hehe!
It was the perfect stop for a long layover on the way to Thailand :)
Wow, great bucket list! I did some of these in Hong Kong – the long escalator, the view from the sky terrace and the walk of fame – and can recommend them all. I hear the symphony of lights are nice but there was a typhoon when I was in Hong Kong so it was cancelled!
Those damn typhoons ruin everything ;)
im really looking forward to some nice eats in HK and this post is really helpful, thank you
You will find some great (& unique) food in Hong Kong!
What a great source of info you are! Thanks for publishing your bucket list and itinerary…it is certainly helping me to plan our upcoming trip. We visited in 1998 and did some of the things you mentioned but this time we are returning with our children and are trying to plan our visit to show them the great cultural and quirky things to see and do…not planning on theme parks etc. Your info is certainly helping me to research and plan..thankyou so much x
So happy that this post is helping you with planning your trip. I truly enjoyed my visit to Hong Kong and think that it would also be a fun place for children!
That’s a great to-do list! Thank you for sharing your experience and photos! I really love Hong Kong and I grab any chance to return there for a weekend or so. Every time Hong Kong shows itself from a different angle and I really enjoy it!
I will include Tai O Village to my next Hong Kong trip plan! I’ve heard a lot about it, but I never had a chance to actually go there. Oh, And the dessert looks awesome! I should definitely try it!
Hong Kong definitely is a place of many colorful facets — there’s so much to explore! I hope you make it to Tai O next time.
That’s cool list…. You did a great job
Great Article review with amazing pictures! can wait to visit the city :)
nice great list! i will be coming to hong kong this november, hope to see one of this great list! thank you!
Have a great time! There are so many interesting things to see and do there, so that shouldn’t be hard :)
IMHO, a walk around the Peak loop, Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden & a a hike in any of the islands are so-so under-rated
Wow. Great article! Hong Kong is my favorite place and will always be in terms of shopping and food. Great restaurant! Thanks for this.
Hong Kong has been on my list for places in Asia to visit for so long and after meeting a food blogger from there and reading this post, I can’t wait to schedule my next trip! I’m especially excited to walk all the different hikes and eat my way through all of Hong Kong’s food scene!
Ohh…I wish I could have read this post earlier. I was in Hongkong few years back but couldn’t explore all these beautiful sightseeing destinations. I would definitely recommend your post before visiting any new place in future.
Great list! We’ve just booked a short stop in Hong Kong and there’s probably too much to do in just four days but we’ll give it a shot! In all seriousness, the escalator sounds pretty cool!
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I appreciate your sharing, I also enjoyed these all fabulous things during my last journey and I have a joyful time with my mates.
Hi Everyone, my husband and I are heading over to Hong Kong in August of this year. We have been quoted $198 Aus dollars to get from the airport to our hotel – which is the Marco Polo Hotel. I thought this was very expensive am i correct. What should I be paying, thanks Viv
Hi @Viv Bootsma,
$198 AUD is really expensive! You can actually get the airport express to Kowloon for around $20 AUD each. From there you should be able to get a free shuttle service to you hotel. You may even be able to get one straight from the airport (check with your hotel). If not, you are able to take the MTR for around $1 AUD each to Tsim Sha Tsui which will sake around 20mins.
Hope you enjoy your trip :)
Thanks, great list, I’ve only transittedvthrough HK so looking forward to a visit in Jan 2023 ,im meeting my son there who lives in Beijing , I havnt seen him in two years and 8;myths due to Chinas zero covid policy.
I’m sure you missed him so much. Have a safe travel.
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