There is truly not shortage of things to do and see while on your trip to Hong Kong. The problem will more likely be how to fit in all of the wonderful attractions and sights you want to experience while on your stay.
Read our detailed guide on what to see and do while you are in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Wetland Park
Tin Shui Wai, New Territories, +852 3152 2666
A nice wetland stroll more what you are looking for? Hong Kong Wetland Park is just the ticket. Located close to transit via the KCR West Rail to Tin Shui Wai Station, then the 705 light rail to the Park. This gorgeous attraction is disability-friendly with wheelchair access. Stroll along the beautiful boardwalk over the marshy fields and do a bit of bird watching in a gorgeous atmosphere.
Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defense
Shau Kei Wan, +852 2569 1500
Situated in the Lei Yue Mun Fort, the museum encompasses 34,200 square meters of amazing exhibits that take a careful look at Britain’s military impact on the area. With artifacts and displays that include materials from the first Opium War, the Battle of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Garrison of the People’s Liberation Army, and much more, it is a clear look at an essential part of history. There are also some amazing views here.
Tsim Sha Tsui
Accessible via the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR exit A, this great attraction is conveniently located and offers several pool options for visitors both indoors and out. The Olympic indoor pool is joined by a diving pool and a smaller recreation pool for younger swimming fans. Indoor areas are climate controlled in hot weather and the four outdoor pools are quite popular with teens during the summer months. The indoor pools were renovated in 2008. Male and female changing rooms are provided but you must provide your own towels. Lockers are provided but require a $5 coin to operate. Coins are also needed to pay the park entry fee.
Man Mo Temple
Hong Kong Island, +852 2803 2916
First constructed in the 1840s, this Taoist temple is traditionally styled. Dedicated to Man, the god of literature, and Mo, the god of war, it’s an amazing experience. Don’t miss the incense coils hanging from the ceiling that are bought by those looking for wish fulfillment. Please note that no photography is allowed inside the temple.
Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware
10 Cotton Tree Drive, Central Hong Kong, +852 2869 0690
Originally the office of the British Commander of Forces in Hong Kong, this lovely museum initially opened its doors to the public in 1984. Much of the collection here was gifted to the museum by Dr K. S. Lo, and you can see nearly 500 tea ware pieces, with some that date back to the Warring Dynasties.
18 Harbour Road
A dazzling seventy-eight stories up, this building offers a view of the city like now other. The 46th floor plays host to the Sky Lobby, and as evening falls, the lights on the roof change colors according to the hour to help visitors tell time. While not the tallest building in the landscape, it’s certainly worth the trip.
Disneyland Hong Kong
Lantau Island, +852 1830 830
Disneyland Hong Kong had been anticipated by many for years when it finally opened its gates in September of 2005. Located on the island of Lantau and easily accessed via the MTR Disneyland Resort Line (from Sunny Bay Station), you may be surprised to see that this is quite a bit smaller than other Disney parks. What it may lack in size it makes up for in attractions with such great shows as "Festival of the Lion King" and "Mickey's PhilharMagic 4D" show.
Hong Kong Island, +852 2552 0291
Ocean Park is located on the south end of Hong Kong Island and has beautiful aquariums and roller coasters and boasts record crowds thirty years after open to the public so they must be doing something worth seeing. If for no other reason, a visit to this park is worth the trip for the view of the South China Sea that you get from the cable car that connects the two parks. Get there via bus from Admiralty MTR Station (first stop following the Aberdeen Tunnel).
At the top of your list should be the Hong Kong Tourism Board who offers a wide array of free tours such as the memorable Architecture Walk and many nature related walks.
Victoria Peak is another not to be missed trip. This is the best place to get the most incredible views of Hong Kong Island, provided the air pollution doesn't interfere as it sometimes does. Nevertheless, Victoria Peak has shops, museums, restaurants and several viewing stations as well as a tram that can get you to the Peak from Central. Don't waste your time or money on a visit to the observation tower at the Peak though, you won't find it necessary at all.
Horse racing is quite popular here and goes twice weekly between September until June and alternates between two locations, both convenient by MTR train. Draft beer is cheap and the entertainment is plentiful but you should know that horse racing is serious business in Hong Kong! Take your passport with you to the races for a traveler's discount.
While you’re here, don’t forget to spend a bit of time experiencing the traditional life. It’s essential to a deeper understanding of the culture. A stop at The Ping Shan Heritage Trail or the Che Kung Temple is an enlightening, beautiful experience you simply don’t want to miss.
When you do decide to take in a bit of culture in Hong Kong there is no shortage of wonderful museums to occupy your time and your mind. Before you consider any other museum though you must absolutely schedule a visit to the Hong Kong Museum of History that will no doubt give you a fascinating look into the history of the area.
It isn't all about neon, concrete and skylines in Hong Kong and you will want to spend plenty of time in the countryside that covers more than 70% of the area. Hiking trails abound all over Hong Kong Island and the New Territories. You might also enjoy the scenery on Cheung Chau, Lamma, Ping Chau, Tap Mun or Tung Lung islands.
Lantau island can't be recommended highly enough. It is twice the size of Hong Kong Island and despite its proximity it couldn't be more far removed from the hectic atmosphere. Beaches, temples, monasteries and fishing villages abound and you are welcome to bike, camp, hike or just enjoy the sights and relax in solitude.
If that solitude sounds like just your kind of vacation, consider a trip to the Sai Kung peninsula. The incredible mountains and beautiful coastline make it breathtaking while a trip up Sharp Peak (Nam She Tsim) with its steep slope and 400 meter height will take your breath away literally. More relaxed walkers can get to the same peak via Section 2 of Maclehose Trail.
The beaches throughout the area are well worth your time as well, and while visiting Hong Kong, the beach is never far away. While many beaches are easily accessed via a short bus ride it is worth the effort to go on foot to seek out some of the best - especially in the New Territories. The urban beaches of Hong Kong are well looked after and have such amenities as changing rooms and showers, life guards and even shark nets.
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