Glittering skyscrapers, lush nature, paradise beaches, delicious food and great shopping, that’s just a few things of what Hong Kong has to offer its visitors!
This beautiful city is blessed with many wonderful attractions and great sightseeing opportunities. While on vacation here, you will find endless things to see and do. No matter how prepared you are, Hong Kong will no doubt surprise you with its awesomeness!
If you’re looking for some inspiration of what to do in Hong Kong, I’ve made a list to make it a little bit easier for you!
Here is the list of the Top 10 Things to Do in Hong Kong!
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Walk along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
I will start by initiate this list with one of the most popular and spectacular things to do in Hong Kong, the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.
On the tip of Kowloon’s waterfront, runs the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, which is one of the best spots for viewing the Hong Kong skyline and Victoria Harbour. Slow down from the hectic Hong Kong pace, take a stroll and enjoy the view!
Along the promenade, you will also find the Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong Space Museum, the Clock Tower, the terminal for the Star Ferry and also the Hong Kong Museum of Art!
Ride the Star Ferry
If you’re looking for a great spot to enjoy the Hong Kong skyline, then you have to take a ride on the famous Star Ferry. This ferry has been used since 1888 to ship passengers from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon, and still operates for the same purpose. This is one of the most popular attractions in town and also one of the best things to do in Hong Kong!
If you want to go for a ride, then you can catch the ferry from the Tsim Sha Tsui Pier on the Kowloon peninsula or either the Central Pier or Wan Chai Pier on the Hong Kong Island!
If you choose the short ride, then it will cost you around US$0.25 for a 7-minute voyage!
Enjoy the view from Victoria Peak
The highest point of Hong Kong Island is Victoria Peak, a peak of 522 meters that is rising behind Hong Kong’s skyline. Victoria Peak is one of the most popular attractions in the city, offering lovely walking paths, verdant trees and a great view of the city’s skyline.
When visiting this peak, it’s a must to ride the 125-year-old Peak Tram that will take you up to the top. This ride lasts about eight minutes and offers a great view of Hong Kong.
Upon the peak during the daytime, you can enjoy an amazing view of the Hong Kong skyline, the beautiful blue waters, and the green hills. At night – an environment of dazzling lights which is perfect for those who love to take long shutter speed shots!
Shop til you drop at Hong Kong’s Street Markets
There are a pretty big chance that you’re going to stumble upon one of the street markets in Hong Kong. There are so many markets in Hong Kong with different merchandise, where the Ladies Market in Mong Kok is a good example. This market specializes in women’s clothing and accessories and has a broad range of souvenirs.
But it’s not only the merchandise that differs one market from another, but each market also has its own great atmosphere. The best example of one of the markets with the beat ambiance is the Temple Street Night Market, which is the travelers favorite. A bustling market that sells everything from electronics, fortunes, local food and beautiful accessories in their lit stalls.
As each market operates on different hours, it’s quite easy to catch a few while you’re in town. Most of them are pretty easy to find, as they often lie close to the metro stations!
Take a break at the Nan Lian Garden
If you’re looking for a beautiful and calm spot to rest for a while, then this is the place to be. This garden is located in Kowloon and is a 9-acre park that is open to the public.
Take a break from the bustling city and walk along this gardens peaceful pathways instead. Along the paths you will find lotus ponds, pouring springs and beautiful traditional Chinese timber architecture. The tranquility together with the Hong Kong atmosphere of the surrounding skyscrapers and view of the lush mountain range just makes this perfect for a city break.
The Nan Lian Garden is open to the public ever day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.!
Explore Lantau Island & the Tian Tan Buddha
Lantau Island is the largest island in Hong Kong. It’s a beautiful natural parkland with beaches, mountains and great paths for those who love to hike and bike. This island is a perfect getaway from busy Hong Kong for some relaxation, sightseeing, and outdoor activities.
It’s on this particular island that you can see the world’s biggest Buddha statue made out of bronze – the Tian Tan Buddha!
Escape to the beach
Hong Kong is such city that offers EVERYTHING. Sky-high skyscrapers, great shopping, delicious & cheap food and lovely hiking paths through lush nature is not the only things that Hong Kong has to offer its visitors. Imagine incredible beaches with turquoise waters and white sand lined with lush green nature.
It does not have to be in your imagination since you can find this paradise just less than an hour outside the city center. Outside the heart of Hong Kong, you will find some of the worlds most beautiful beaches that are easy for you to reach by boat, taxi and even public transportation.
Hong Kong offers a great variety of beaches that fit everyone’s needs. Everything from party beaches to surfers favorites hangouts and calm family spots. So I promise all sunbathers out there, you will not be disappointed as this is one of the top things to do in Hong Kong if you love to relax on the beach!
Hike the Dragon’s Back
Even though Hong Kong is regarded as a city consisting of only tall skyscrapers and great shopping, it also offers fantastic options for those who like to be out in nature.
Hong Kong is a perfect place for those who love to hike with its 31 miles long trail through the Islands country parks. The most popular trail is the Dragon’s Back, which includes the highlight of reaching the Shek O Peak. From this peak, you can enjoy a fantastic 360-degree view of both beaches, bays, and the Hong Kong countryside.
The shortest hike can be made in less than two hours, but can also extend up to six hours depending on from where you start your hike. If you like to hike and be out in nature, then this path is a must to write down on your list of things to do in Hong Kong!
Ride the Ding-Ding Tram
The Ding-Ding is a tram that has been used in Hong Kong for over a century. Super cute double-decker trams with an old-fashioned feel.
It’s pretty amazing that it still operates in this modern city!
A ride on this tram is a must when visiting Hong Kong, as it’s both cheap and enjoyable. Ride through the backstreet life of Hong Kong and look for sights along the way. Since it goes pretty slowly and drives past lovely sights along the way, it’s an excellent way to enjoy some sightseeing in Hong Kong.
Eat Dim Sum
When it comes to food in Hong Kong, one just can not leave without tasting their traditional dish Dim Sum. Since eating this dish is one of the best things to do in Hong Kong, it’s a must to write down on your to-do list! Dim Sum comes in a vast number of dishes and is steamed in bamboo baskets in advance.
The local restaurants always have about thirty to forty dishes for the guests to choose from, which includes my favorites; Har Gau (shrimp dumplings), Congee (Rice Porridge), Siu Mei (Steamed Pork Dumplings) and of course, Spring Rolls!!
Dim Sum is best when shared, as you can order different dishes and taste a little bit of everything!