Hong Kong is one of my favourite cities. I have been there twice and it’s somewhere I would love to visit again. There is so much to do in this city and the sights and the food never get old!
One of the most famous tourist attractions in Hong Kong is the Victoria Peak, or known as just The Peak. From here, you can take in the amazing views of the city and of Victoria Harbour. At night, when the city is lit up, the views are so nice. I would advise going just before sunset so that you can see the views in daylight and at night. There is also a viewpoint up here that you can access separately.
Getting to the peak, you can walk or get a tram. The tram takes you up the steep hills and is a cool thing to do if you have the time and patience – queues for the tram can be quite long at peak times.
Another must to take in the views of Victoria Harbour is a boat trip. You can go to Star Ferry Pier in Central and take the boat across the water. It is an inexpensive way to see the sights. You can enjoy the short boat ride, while you look up at all the skyscrapers of Hong Kong.
If you get the Star Ferry from central to Tsim Sha Tsui, you can walk the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade afterwards, where you can see the Clock Tower and Museums and just take in the atmosphere of this bustling city.
Tian Tan Buddha or Big Buddha is a giant bronze/gold statue located near a monastery. You have to walk steps up to the Buddha and the area has a lot of cafes and restaurants. Getting there, you can get a taxi of the Metro (MTR) or if you are a bit braver, you can get a glass bottom cable cart there. This was a cool experience, however, I am not the best with heights so there were moments I wasn’t so happy with my decision but, in hindsight, I am glad I did it. You can get the Ngong Ping 360 cable carts which are around $HK145 for standard one way ticket or $HK200 for the Crystal Cart. It is worth going to see here too.
Just like all other big cities, Hong Kong has an observation deck in it’s tallest skyscraper. The Sky 100 is on the 100th floor of the ICC building, giving 360 degree views of the city. Personally, the views of the city from The Peak and from Star Pier Ferry are fab so I don’t there’s a huge need to do this, especially if you are pressed for money or time. They do offer different packages there though, if you are interested in having a glass of wine and chilling out while taking in the views.
For those looking for good nightlife, Lan Kwai Fong (LKF) in Central, is the best place for this. The streets are lined with bars either side and the music is played out onto the streets. Here, people buy some drinks in the 7-11 and drink on the streets, while enjoying the atmosphere LKF has to offer, or check out what the different bars and clubs along the street have to offer.
For children, or those young at heart, Hong Kong has its own DisneyLand on Lantau Island. I have never had the time to get there while in Hong Kong but it’s on my list if i go back again. Ocean Park Theme Park is a great day out for kids or for an adrenaline rush while visiting Hong Kong. There is so much to do in Hong Kong that it is hard to make time for these two places.
For shopping enthusiasts, you can visit Temple Street Night Market in Kowloon, where you can pick up a lot of trinkets, bags and souvenirs.
I stayed in the Shatin area on one of my work trips. It is out of the way but if you’re in that areas, going to the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is worth a look. I wouldn’t prioritise it over the other things I’ve mentioned, but if you’re in that part of Hong Kong and have some free time I would go. Be prepared for a lot of steps though! There are 431 steep steps!
Getting around Hong Kong can be hard. The traffic is crazy here. If you are getting taxis, we found that uber’s generally worked out cheaper and it avoids problems with language barriers because not all taxi drivers have good English.
You can get the Metro (MTR) too. Make sure you have coins for this because notes are rarely accepted. People rush around in the MTR stations, so being prepared for the business in the stations will definitely help. If you think you’re going to be using the MTR a lot, then you can buy an Octopus Card and top it up and you won’t have to worry about having the exact change. Here is a link for the stations and timetables that will help you plan your route. You can get this to and from the airport so it is very handy.
Central is a good location to stay in, but be warned that basic accommodation is expensive and can be very small compared to what you may be used to. I’ve looked up a few options here for you.
- Hotel Butterfly on Wellington – Short Walk to MTR Station in Central or The Causeway Bay location has nice views
- Lan Kwai Fong Hotel – Central Location and close to nightlife
- Mini Hotel Central – This is a cheaper option. It has good reviews and is close to the Peak Tram station, but as the name suggests, the rooms are smaller than what you may be used to.
- Shama Aparthotel – Good location and reviews and a reasonable price. Includes Airport Shuttle too.
- Eat all of the Pho and make sure to try their hoi sin duck pancakes.
- Coins are needed for the metro and it’s the easiest way to get around
- Download uber before you go to avoid language barriers with the taxi drivers.
- When you get your visa on arrival, keep the small slip/ticket they give you. Sometimes they can ask for this again when you’re leaving.
Enjoy every minute in Hong Kong.
Top Tip Traveller 🙂