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20 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Hong Kong

Written by Lana Law and Michael Law Updated Dec 27, 2023 We may earn a commission from affiliate links ( )

Hong Kong is known the world over as a glamorous city and a top choice for luxury shopping. But this city-state is steeped in culture and history, and has a lot more to offer than mouthwatering dim sum and an impressive skyline.

Hong Kong has an energy about it that is hard to describe. Around every corner is something new and unique, whether it's an ancient temple, a shop selling the latest electronic gadget, or a man taking his bird in a cage for a walk.

Hong Kong has another side as well, where you'll find forest-covered mountains, hiking trails, beautiful beaches, islands, and traditional fishing villages.

As a Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong presents an interesting study in the influences of ancient Chinese culture, as well as its own attitudes and history, independent from that of mainland China.

Hong Kong is one of the most impressive cities in the world, certainly, but there's much more here than meets the eye. Find out what to see and do and discover the best places to visit with our list of top attractions in Hong Kong.

1. Star Ferry

2. hong kong skyline, 3. victoria peak (the peak) and the tram, 4. big buddha (tian tan buddha statue), 5. wong tai sin temple, 6. repulse bay and the beaches, 7. temple street night market, 8. hong kong disneyland, 9. ocean park, 10. water world at ocean park, 11. dragon's back hike, 12. lan kwai fong, 13. tai o fishing village, 14. avenue of stars, 15. ten thousand buddhas monastery, 16. hong kong park, 17. chi lin nunnery and nan lian garden, 18. day trip to lamma island, 19. man mo temple, 20. tsim sha tsui, tips: how to make the most of your visit to hong kong.

Star Ferry

Hong Kong's famous Star Ferry, with roots dating back to 1880, costs only a few Hong Kong Dollars to ride, making it one of the best deals in all of Hong Kong. Victoria Harbour is a hive of activity, and ships of all shapes and sizes chug, zip, or wallow past as the expert captains of the Star Ferries somehow avoid collisions.

As you travel the main route from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island, or more specifically, Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) to Central, it's hard not to be struck by the dense towers of Hong Kong Island, backed by green mountains rising up before you. The breeze off the water is exceptionally refreshing, and the wide-open spaces are a perfect antidote to the tight confines of the city.

Don't worry about scheduling a time to ride the ferry, they leave every few minutes all day long and later into the evening, so it's always easy to get a great seat in the front or along the rail. The return trip from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui is also just as impressive.

If you time it right in the evening, you can catch one of Hong Kong's Symphony of Lights shows. The 360-degree spectacle of laser beams striking the skyscrapers on either side of the harbor is one of the city's free attractions and one of the most popular things to do at night in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong skyline at night

Hong Kong has one of the most impressive and recognizable skylines in the world. The dense collection of skyscrapers, both on the island of Hong Kong and in Kowloon, combined with the surrounding mountains and harbor set this city apart.

In the harbor, traditional red-sailed Chinese junk boats and the historic Star Ferry contrast sharply with the backdrop of modern high-rises. At night, the skyline changes character completely as the sky darkens and the city lights fill the scene.

Two of the best places in Hong Kong to see the skyline are from the top of Victoria Peak or from the Kowloon waterfront (along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade near the clock tower), not far from the Star Ferry dock, where benches line the waterfront and look across to Hong Kong. The latter location is the best place to watch the nightly A Symphony of Lights laser and light show set to music.

Victoria Peak

You haven't seen the best of Hong Kong until you've taken in the skyline from Victoria Peak, more commonly known as The Peak. Ride the tram to the top of this scenic viewpoint to see the skyscrapers, bustling city, harbor, and surrounding islands. It's best to sit on the right-hand side to get the best views on the way up.

The tram station is located near the entrance to Hong Kong Park by the Murray building. At the top of the tram are the Peak Tower and Peak Galleria, with shops, restaurants, and an observation deck. Most of The Peak is covered by a large park with lush greenery, nature trails, and more beautiful lookouts with views over the thriving metropolis below.

A trail also leads down from The Peak to the city below, following a mix of trails through the forest and sections of road here and there. It can be a bit confusing finding your way. See our article on Hong Kong hiking trails for more details.

Evening is a great time to visit The Peak, when you can see the spectacular skyline lit against the night sky. This is one of the best views in Hong Kong at night . If the tram line is long, or you want to go directly from your hotel, you can also take a taxi to the top.

Big Buddha

The 34-meter-high "Big Buddha" sits above Lantau Island's Po Lin monastery , which was a fairly secluded place until the statue was built in 1993. This is one of the largest Buddha statues of its kind in the world and took 12 years to complete. The size is astounding, both up close and seen from a distance. The setting here is also incredible, surrounded by the green forest and views out over the ocean and islands.

Although you can take a bus, the best way to reach the Buddha is via the scenic Ngong Ping cable car , which takes you on a 5.7-kilometer, 25-minute ride over forest, water, and mountains. The ride terminates at the small tourist-focused Ngong Ping Village, which you'll have to walk through before reaching the monastery and Big Buddha. Once through the village, a huge set of stairs leads up to the base, but don't be daunted. The walk up goes quickly, and the views from the base of the statue are well worth the effort.

You can access the cable car from the MTR Tung Chung Station. Some people combine a trip to the Big Buddha with a stop at Tai O fishing village, 20 minutes away by bus, but still on Lantau Island. You can also pick up a Hong Kong Travel Pass Combo: MTR Pass, Ngong Ping Cable Car, and Big Buddha Tour, which will give you a one- to three-day MTR Pass (metro), round-trip cable car ride, and a guided tour of the Big Buddha. This is a good deal if you are planning on getting around by MTR during your stay in Hong Kong.

Wong Tai Sin Temple

The Wong Tai Sin Temple is one of the newest in Hong Kong and also one of the most interesting. Located in Kowloon, the original temple was a private structure built in 1920. It was later replaced with a newer building in 1968, which is what visitors see today.

The temple was built to honor the Taoist god Wong Tai Sin, whom locals regard as the bringer of good luck in horse racing and a healer of illnesses. A festival is held at the temple in Wong Tai Sin's name each fall.

The temple complex is made up of several buildings, including the Hall of Three Saints , the Good Wish Garden , and another hall dedicated to Confucius and his 72 disciples. Expect to see fortune-tellers in the large hall, as well as joss sticks and other offerings that visitors can use. It is customary for guests to leave a small donation toward the temple's maintenance.

Address: 2 Chuk Yuen Village, Wong Tai Sin, Hong Kong

Repulse Bay

Not everyone thinks of beaches when they think of Hong Kong, but you don't have to go far to find some incredible stretches of soft sand. The beach at Repulse Bay is the most popular in all of Hong Kong, with beautiful views and a great place for swimming, although it's very non-touristy.

A day spent here is complemented by the luxury and style typical of Hong Kong itself. The street running along the oceanfront and overlooking the wide beach is lined with trendy restaurants and shops. Amalfitana is a fun place to enjoy a pizza, with casual open-air dining looking over the beach.

Another nearby spot for a day at the beach is Big Wave Bay . Here, the water rolls in relatively gently to a large U-shaped cove with a splendid beach. This is a much more relaxed and casual atmosphere than at Repulse Bay. A popular outing is to walk part of the famous Dragon's Back hike to Big Wave Bay and dip in the ocean for a swim.

At the back of the beach, barbecues line the walkway to the parking lot and serve up seafood and other tasty treats. Scheduled buses and the occasional taxi are available in the parking area and will whisk you back to the city.

Also worth checking out is scenic Shek O Beach . It's easily accessible via public transit. For more details see our article on the best beaches in Hong Kong .

Temple Street Night Market

A stroll through the Temple Street Night Market is another one of those all-important things to do while you're in Hong Kong. Located in Kowloon, this is the place to go to taste eclectic foods and to shop for bargains on everything from clothing and trinkets to electronics and household goods. Vendors sell gadgets of every shape and size, as well as jade jewelry and traditional Chinese crafts.

This is the best market for tourists in Hong Kong, but you can find a number of other interesting street markets selling almost anything you can imagine. See our article on Hong Kong street markets to learn about markets to explore by day.

The market gets going around 6pm, but vendors are often slow to get set up, so it's best not to arrive too early. The MTR stop for the Temple Street Night Mark is Jordan Station, Exit A.

Fireworks, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Disneyland is located on Lantau Island. Here, you'll find a wonderful world filled with fun and fantasy populated with the cast and characters from Disney movies. The park is divided into seven lands: Adventureland; Fantasyland; Toy Story Land; Tomorrowland; Grizzly Gulch; Mystic Point; and Main Street, U.S.A.

Performances happen throughout the day in the various lands and feature everything from parades to musicals, right through to evening fireworks over the castle. Also on offer are a wide array of adventures, ranging from Jungle cruises to a trip to Tarzan's Treehouse, as well as water-based fun at Liki Tiki.

The park undertook significant renovations and upgrades in late 2019. One of the major highlights of this revitalization was the construction of the Castle of Magical Dreams. Here, your children can gaze in awe at wonders like Cinderella's Coach, Snow White's apple and Belle's rose. The new castle will also be the venue for daytime and evening musical shows and extravaganzas.

The second major upgrade is the addition of the Frozen area and the installation of the brand new ride called Wandering Oaken's Sliding Sleigh, where Olaf and Sven pull your sleigh to the top of the hill and send you on your way. In addition to the ride, you'll be able to meet Elsa and wander through the kingdom of Arendelle.

You can easily reach Hong Kong Disneyland on the MTR Disneyland Line, Disneyland Station.

Ocean Park

As theme parks go, this one covers all the thrills you can handle in a day — a walk through old Hong Kong, roller coasters, a Grand Aquarium, and a look at rare and exotic wildlife. Ocean Park boasts a huge aquarium dome and offers a look at thousands of fish from 400 species, a Reef Tunnel, and a chance to get hands-on with sea stars and sea cucumbers.

Above the sea, you can partake in a Giant Panda Adventure, featuring giant pandas, red pandas, and the endangered Chinese Giant Salamander. Also worth checking out are special programs focused on the North and South Poles. Fun rides include the Mine Train, Raging River, Hair Raiser, and the Eagle. To reach Ocean Park, take the MTR South Island Line to Ocean Park Station.

Major changes are ongoing at Ocean Park, with older rides being replaced by new ones and with the park focusing more on marine conservation.

Ocean Park theme park

The Ocean Park theme park has just opened the long-awaited Water World section. This year-round aquatic park has 27 indoor and outdoor water-based attractions. Park highlights include Torrential River, Cyclone Spin, Tropical Twist, Thunder Loop, and Vortex. All include an element of water that either loops you, spins you, or sends you careening into a black hole.

If those sound interesting but not overly frightening, perhaps a ride down the Daredevil Drop or a plunge off the Bravery Cliffs might do the trick. All that said, it's not all about thrills. More family-oriented options include water features for children and a large wave pool. For those truly looking to chill out (or recover from the adrenaline rush) cabana beds are also available.

Dining options are available throughout the park including take-out treats, sit-down restaurants, and halal-certified establishments.

Why not make a holiday of it? Water World even has its own luxury hotels: the brand-new 417-room Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott and the 425-room Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel Hong Kong .

View from Dragon's Back

If you've had enough of the tight confines of Hong Kong and are ready for a little exercise, try escaping to the Dragon's Back Hike. Hong Kong's most popular hiking trail, this hike offers spectacular views out over the ocean, Big Wave Bay , Mount Collinson, Stanley, and Shek O . It's a pleasant change from the buzz of the big city to hear birds singing, the sound of small waterfalls, and the leaves rattling in the ocean breeze.

The hike is relatively easy but be sure to start at Section 8 (bus stop To Tei Wan). From here, the walk takes you up a short distance and then is predominantly downhill with rolling sections to Big Wave Bay. Once you've reached Big Wave Bay, you have the option of catching a taxi or minibus to nearby Shek O.

Both areas have fantastic beaches for swimming, and Shek O has a variety of restaurants serving good seafood. Don't forget to bring plenty of water and your bathing suit and towel on this hike. A swim to cool down followed by a fruit smoothie or ice cream at the end of the hike is heavenly.

Sign for Lan Kwai Fong

As Hong Kong's most popular dining area, the lively streets that make up Lan Kwai Fong are packed with crowds checking out Hong Kong's trendiest restaurants. If you are looking for a place to eat in Hong Kong, especially at night, this is the place to come. Dining on the open-air patios lining the sidewalks, and watching the crowds stroll by is a must-do when in Hong Kong.

In addition to the street-level establishments, you'll find restaurants are literally stacked upon one another in the buildings along here. Be sure to check out the directories located at the main entrances. You can find cuisine from around the world. For a dependably good meal, try Bistecca (Italian) or Brickhouse (Mexican).

The main street in Lan Kwai Fong is D'Aguilar, but make sure you don't miss wandering down some of the many laneways to find hole-in-the-wall-style restaurants serving some of Hong Kong's best food. Lan Kwai Fong is just up from Queens Road in Central Hong Kong (MTR Central Station).

Tai O Fishing Village

A visit to Tai O village offers an experience you won't find anywhere else in Hong Kong. Although it is a popular place to visit for tourists, it is a far cry from the busy city, crowded markets, and theme parks. Tai O is home to people who live a quieter, more traditional way of life.

The Tanka people who live in Tai O, found on Lantau Island, build their homes on stilts over tidal flats. Villagers offer boat rides around the village, after which you can visit the local markets and sample some of the fresh seafood. Occasional sightings of the endangered pink dolphin occur in the nearby waters. Many people visit Tai O village after they've made the journey up to the Big Buddha.

Avenue of Stars

For an escape from the city towers to a wide-open space with a bit of culture thrown in, be sure to visit the Avenue of Stars. This is where the city pays homage to some of Hong Kong's best-known film stars. Similar to the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, the Avenue of Stars is dedicated to Chinese performers.

Closed for several years due to waterfront development, it has now reopened bigger and better than ever. The new walkway is curved and stretches farther out into Victoria Harbour than before, allowing fantastic views of Hong Kong Island. The Avenue of Stars is one of the best spots to catch the nightly laser show and see the neon lights shimmering across the water.

The famed handprints are back, along with two new impressive sculptures, one of Bruce Lee with a wonderful water feature and another of Anita Mui. Each night, just down the way, a water fountain dances and sprays water high into the air in a choreographed performance on a regular schedule.

Stairs to Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, located in Sha Tin, offers a beautiful and peaceful escape from the bustle of central Hong Kong and a look at the countryside. Set on a hilltop, the main access to the monastery is reached by walking up a long and curving set of stairs (approximately 400 steps), lined with hundreds of golden statues.

The walk is part of the attraction, and each of the statues is unique, many with quirky facial expressions and other interesting characteristics. Once at the top, the path opens into the square in front of the main temple, a welcome sight both because it's the end of the climb and for the impressive structures and statues that surround the open space.

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

Inside the main temple, small Buddha statues line the walls from almost the floor to the ceiling. In the square stands a large pagoda, and statues surround the complex. At the opposite end of the square from the main temple, the view extends out over the lush surroundings, with beautiful vistas looking over pine trees and rolling hills.

Despite the name, Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is not actually a monastery at all, and no monks live on the site. It also contains far more than 10,000 Buddhas. The complex was built in the 1950s but is still listed as a historic site.

To reach the monastery, take the MTR East Rail line to Sha Tin Station, Exit B. It's easy to get confused here, and another temple is located on a nearby hill. Make sure you are on the right path before heading up.

Hong Kong Park

Located in Central Hong Kong, this beautiful park is a true oasis in the jungle of high-rises and one of the most peaceful places to visit in the city. Stretching out along a hillside, this huge, lush park contains a small forest of mature trees, water features, and a number of important attractions.

One of the main highlights is the aviary. This large, outdoor area covered in netting is home to more than 80 species of birds, and wandering through this space, you would hardly believe you are not in a forest. High walkways take you up to canopy level, where you can see birds nesting and resting in the trees.

Also in the park is a greenhouse, the Hong Kong Visual Art Center, the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, and plenty of space to simply relax and soak up nature. MTR Admiralty Station, Exit C1.

Chi Lin Nunnery

This Buddhist temple dates to the 1930s but was rebuilt in the 1990s in the traditional Tang Dynasty style. The structures are all made of wood, and the large complex is incredibly impressive. In front of the complex are carefully sculpted bonsai trees surrounding the Lotus Pond Garden, with several ponds featuring water lilies.

The Chi Lin Nunnery and the nearby Nan Lian Garden are located in Diamond Hill, in Kowloon. To reach the site, take the MTR Kwun Tong Line to Diamond Hill Station, Exit C2.

Lamma Island

If you are looking for a quick escape from the city and want a complete break from streets and cars, one of the easiest and most rewarding things to do is to take a ferry to Lamma Island. This beautiful island of rolling hills, scattered beaches, and quaint villages, has no roads or vehicles. You can hike through the interior to remote beaches and seaside villages.

Ferries will take you either to Yung Shue Wan or Sok Kwu Wan. Both of these villages are quite lovely and have restaurants. You can hike between these two villages, and many tourists choose to take the ferry to one of these and then hike to the other to catch the ferry back to Hong Kong Island. If you are interested in doing a hike on Lamma, see our article on the best hikes in Hong Kong to plan your route. If you don't want to do any hiking, Lamma Island still makes a beautiful outing.

Approximately 8,000 people live on this island, which is only about 13 square kilometers, but most of the island is simply covered in forest. Ferries leave the city from Central Pier 4 to go to Sok Kwu Wan and Yung Shue Wan and take about 30 to 40 minutes. Check the ferry schedule for times.

Man Mo Temple

As you stroll down Hollywood Road, you will smell the incense from the Man Mo Temple long before you see the building. The temple was built in 1847 and is often remembered for its smoke-filled interior, where incredible coils of burning incense hang from the ceiling.

Here, worshipers pay tribute to Man, the god of Literature, and Mo, the god of War. For those looking to see into the future, fortune-tellers are on-site and will advise you for a small fee. Note, there are multiple Man Mo temples throughout Hong Kong, but this location on Hollywood Road is the largest and most famous.

Address: 124-126 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Tsim Sha Tsui

Tsim Sha Tsui, known more commonly as TST, is a shopping and entertainment hub at the southern point of Kowloon and offers a real taste of what Hong Kong has to offer. The Tsim Sha Tsui district is a melting pot of culture and commerce that speaks to the heart of Hong Kong.

Nathan Road is the main artery running through the area, where you'll find numerous restaurants, boutiques, and other unique vendors. If you're looking for the world-class luxury Hong Kong promises, you can find high-end retailers on nearby Canton Road .

At the southern end of the neighborhood, you'll find the Clock Tower , a Hong Kong landmark. Nearby, the Tsim Sha Tsui Cultural Complex is the premier cultural center in the country and includes tourist attractions such as the Hong Kong Space Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of Art . In the evening, the waterfront is the perfect place to watch the nightly light show, lighting up the sky and skyscrapers across the harbor.

Octopus Card :

  • An Octopus Card functions like a prepaid credit card, which can be used on the MTR; buses; trams; local ferries, including the Star Ferry; taxis; 7-Elevens; McDonald's restaurants; and many other fast food restaurants. This is incredibly convenient and will save you trying to find the correct change for transportation. You can also reload the card with more money at any time.

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Although just 1,114 square kilometres (four times smaller than Tokyo and nine times smaller than Los Angeles), Hong Kong packs a lot of punch within the 250+ islands that make up the territory. From fishing villages that appear as if they’ve been frozen in time to night markets full of streets upon streets of trinkets, and grand museums to one of the most awesome giant Buddha statues in the world, it’s impossible to fully grasp the mingling of cultures and history that has made the city of Hong Kong what it is today in just one trip. However, we’ve put together a list of some of the essential Hong Kong attractions you must see to give you the best idea of just what this city is all about.

Antique Street & Cat Street

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The small lanes of Antique Street and Cat Street in Sheung Wan are one of the best places to visit for antique treasure hunters. Wander through rows of stalls selling everything from Maoist memorabilia and vintage teacups to exquisite jade. It’s the perfect spot to snag unique souvenirs and soak in the local ambiance. The neighbourhood of Sheung Wan also houses many boutique shops, cafés, and bars, making it a must-visit to explore a piece of Hong Kong’s east-meets-west, old-meets-new culture. Best For: Antique and souvenirs shopping How to get there:  From Sheung Wan MTR Station, walk along Hillier Street and then take the steps up, or continue further to ascend Ladder Street; either route will lead you there. Look for signposts indicating Cat Street when you reach the street Website: Cat Street’s website

Avenue of Stars

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Hong Kong’s Avenue of Stars, reminiscent of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, celebrates film legends like Bruce Lee and Anita Mui, featuring statues and handprints like director John Woo’s. Located on Tsim Sha Tsui harbourfront, it’s an ideal spot to view the city skyline. Don’t miss the nightly 8 pm Symphony of Light show. Nearby, the Hong Kong Museum of Art and other cultural tourist places offer free entry on Wednesdays. Best For: Victoria Harbour view How to get there:  From Tsim Sha Tsui or Tsim Sha Tsui East MTR Station, exit from the K11 MUSEA exit then walk towards the harbourfront. Or take the ferry from Central (pier 7) or Wan Chai to the Star Ferry Pier and start walking along the harbourfront Website: Avenue of Stars’ website

Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha)

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Standing 112 ft tall on Lantau Island, the Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is the world’s largest outdoor seated bronze Buddha. Reach this tourist attraction via a scenic 25-minute gondola ride on Ngong Ping 360, followed by a stroll through Ngong Ping Village. After climbing 268 steps, enjoy views of surrounding nature and explore halls with Gautama Buddha relics. Visitors are also welcome to try vegetarian food at the nearby Po Lin Monastery. Best For: Historic Buddha statue and serene ambience How to get there:  From Tung Chung MTR Station, take exit B and board the Ngong Ping 360 cable car to Ngong Ping Village. Then, it’s a 10-minute walk to the Big Buddha. Website: Po Lin Monastery’s website

Chi Lin Nunnery & Nan Lian Garden

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Escape to the serene Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden in Hong Kong. This historic Buddhist sanctuary boasts remarkable Tang dynasty wooden architecture, built entirely without nails. Adjacent to it, Nan Lian Garden is a picturesque retreat, complete with a red bridge and the Pavilion of Absolute Perfection. This peaceful tourist place offers a refreshing contrast to the busy city life around it. Best For: Buddist culture & Chinese traditional architecture How to get there:  From Diamond Hill MTR station, take exit C2 and walk 5 minutes to Chi Lin Nunnery

Golden Bauhinia Square

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Golden Bauhinia Square is home to the Forever Blooming Bauhinia Sculpture, which commemorates the 1997 Handover and was gifted by the Chinese government. Adjacent to the HKCEC, this tourist attraction is best for sightseeing, hosting daily flag-raising ceremonies at 8 am, performed to the national anthem by the Hong Kong Police. Following the ceremony, enjoy a stroll along the Expo Promenade for stunning views of Victoria Harbour. Best For: Historic monument and flag-raising ceremony How to get there:  From Exhibition Centre MTR station, take exit B and walk 5 minutes to Golden Bauhinia Sqaure Website: Golden Bauhinia Square’s website

Happy Valley Racecourse

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Wondering where to go in Hong Kong in the middle of the week? Happy Valley Racecourse isn’t just about horse racing; it’s an iconic mid-week hotspot! On Wednesdays, join the crowd for live races, music, and a lively beer garden atmosphere. Perfect for beginners and racing pros alike, these nights offer a unique blend of excitement and entertainment. Best For: Mid-week night out How to get there:  The non-member entry to the racecourse is via Wong Nai Chung Road. From the Causeway Bay MTR Station, exit from Time Square then walk 5-10 minutes to the entrance. Alternatively, take the Happy Valley tram to the last stop and walk across the road to the track Website: Happy Valley Racecourse’s website

Hong Kong Disneyland

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The Happiest Place on Earth can also be found in Hong Kong! This magical tourist attraction, complete with seven themed lands and the exclusive World of Frozen, offers endless fun for all. Stay for the dazzling ‘Momentous’ fireworks show and the charming shows. Whether it’s a family trip or a solo adventure, Disneyland is worth a full day trip. Read our full Disneyland guide before you visit! Best For: Disney fans, family day-out How to get there:  Take the Disneyland Resort line from Sunny Bay Station to reach the theme park Website: Hong Kong Disneyland’s website

Hong Kong Observation Wheel

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The Hong Kong version of the London Eye is located in front of Victoria Harbour. A 15-minute ride on this 60m Ferris Wheel is perfect for sightseeing and cityscape snaps, day or night. Located at the Central Harbourfront, it’s a great tourist spot to catch events like Hong Kong’s largest music festival – Clockenflap. A must-visit for both views and vibes! Best For: Victoria Harbour and city skyline view How to get there:  Take Star Ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central Pier then walk over. Or, from Hong Kong MTR Station, exit from IFC mall then walk 5-10 minutes to reach the wheel. Website: Hong Kong Observation Wheel’s website

Ladies’ Market

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If you’re looking for a good bargain, then Tung Choi Street, also known as Ladies’ Market, is your go-to destination. Don’t be fooled by its name; the stalls here offer everything from luxury replicas to affordable tech. This 1 km pedestrian-only street is lined with stalls and complemented by stores, restaurants, and street food vendors behind them. Popular with both tourists and locals, the famous place comes alive in the afternoon. Nearby attractions include Sneaker Street, Goldfish Street, and the Flower Market. Best For: Street market How to get there:  From Mong Kok MTR Station, take Exit E2 and walk for two minutes along Nathan Road towards Shan Tung Street to reach Tung Choi Street.

Lan Kwai Fong

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Hong Kong, a city that never sleeps, is energetic with late-night shops and restaurants, and lively streets even at 9pm. The heart of this buzz is Lan Kwai Fong, one of the city’s most famous places to go at night. On Fridays and weekends, it’s a hub of energy with young crowds filling pubs, lounges, and nightclubs , often spilling onto the streets during major events like Halloween, Rugby Sevens, and New Year’s Eve. Best For: Bar hoping and clubbing How to get there:  From Central MTR station, take exit D2 and walk 3 minutes uphill to Lan Kwai Fong Website: Lan Kwai Fong’s website

Man Mo Temple

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In the eclectic neighborhood of Sheung Wan, you can find the city’s oldest temple, Man Mo Temple. Established in 1847, this historical sanctuary honors the gods of literature and martial arts. Wander through its incense-filled, lavish halls and experience tranquility in this Grade I Historic Building. Before or after your visit to this popular tourist attraction, explore the charming neighborhood surrounded by antique stores. Best For: Spiritual heritage How to get there:  From Sheung Wan MTR station, take exit A1 and walk your way up to Hollywood Road. Alternatively, take the Mid-Level Escalator from Central to Hollywood Road then walk over

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Ocean Park , Hong Kong’s cherished amusement park , offers thrill rides, oceanariums, and Water World, the city’s largest water park in Hong Kong . Spread across a mountainside, it features unique attractions like Old Hong Kong Street, Amazing Asian Animals with giant pandas, and Polar Adventure with penguins. The park is also a famous for its October Halloween event, Asia’s biggest, with haunted houses and themed rides. Best For: Family day out How to get there:  From Ocean Park MTR station, take exit B and walk one minute to Ocean Park. Website: Ocean Park’s website

Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck

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For a unique bird’s-eye perspective of the famous skyline, head to the Sky100 Observation Deck. Located on the 100th floor of the ICC, the city’s tallest building, this observation deck is among the best places to visit for a 360-degree view of Hong Kong. Ascend in the city’s fastest elevator, explore local history with interactive exhibits, and enjoy a coffee break at Café 100, operated by The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. Best For: 360-degree unobscured view of Hong Kong How to get there:  From Kowloon MTR station, exit from Elements mall and walk 5 minutes to ICC Website: Sky100 Observation Deck’s website

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Hop on the iconic symbol of Hong Kong – the Star Ferry. In just 5 minutes, this affordable ride travels from one shore to the other between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui, offering front-row seats to the city’s skyline. Running all day, every day, it provides a leisurely way to do sightseeing from a new angle while enjoying the breeze. Best For: A leisure ride on the iconic ferry across the Victoria Harbour How to get there:  The ferry service runs from Tsim Sha Tsui Pier to/from Central Pier every 5 minutes during operation hours Website: Star Ferry’s website

Symphony of Lights

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Catch the Symphony of Lights, a dazzling 10-minute show every night at 8 pm along Hong Kong’s harbor. Featuring 43 buildings in a choreographed dance of lights and music, it offers a visual feast best enjoyed from the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. This world-record show, blending modern technology with traditional Chinese instruments, is a perfect sightseeing activity that symbolizes Hong Kong’s ‘East meets West’ ethos. Best For: Large-scale evening light show along Victoria Harbour How to get there:  For the best view, head to Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. Take the ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui Pier and walk over to the promenade, or take the MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui East station and walk over Website: Symphony of Lights’ website

Tai O Fishing Village

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Often dubbed ‘Hong Kong Venice’, Tai O is a historic fishing village unique for its stilt houses, or pang uk, not seen elsewhere in the city. Descended from early boat-dwelling communities, residents here live in metal and wood homes built on stilts over water. Famous for its salted fish and boat tours to see pink dolphins, Tai O is a captivating tourist attraction. Best For: Relaxing in a traditional village How to get there:  From Tung Chung MTR station Exit A and take bus 11 to Tung Chung Town Centre. Or take the ferry from Central to Mui Wo (pier 6) and then catch bus 1 to the village.

Temple Street

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If you crave the vibrant energy of a night market, head to Temple Street in Yau Ma Tei. The historic street market, revamped and reopened in December 2023, offers delicious street food classics like three stuffed treasures and mock shark’s fin soup. Explore stalls selling everything from trendy electronics to fortune-telling services. Open daily from 2 pm to 11 pm, the tourist spot usually comes alive after 8 pm. Best For: Night market How to get there:  From Jordan MTR station, take exit A and walk 1 minute to the entrance of Temple Street Night Market Website: Temple Street Night Market’s website

the peak central hong kong tourist attractions

Victoria Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island, offers stunning city views from 1,811 ft above. Historically a retreat for wealthy expats, this famous tourist place now features Peak Tower and Peak Galleria with shops, restaurants, and a Madame Tussauds museum. While the Peak Tower observation deck charges HK$75, lower decks offer similar breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour and the outlying islands for free! Best For: City and Victoria Harbour view How to get there:  Take the equally iconic Peak Tram from Admiralty. Alternatively, there are multiple bus and minibuses to the Peak Galleria. You can also hike your way up from Central Website: The Peak’s website

Tsz Shan Monastery

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Visit Tsz Shan Monastery for a serene escape. Home to the 76-metre tall Guan Yin statue and nestled away from buzzing city life, this monastery offers a tranquil atmosphere. Its grand courtyards and contemplative spaces blend white marble and African wood amidst natural beauty. One of the essential places to visit for appreciating Buddhist culture, visits are by appointment only, available through their website . Best For: Buddhist culture and the Guan Yin statue How to get there:  From Tai Po Market MTR station, take minibus 20B, 20C, 20T, NR532, or bus 75K or 275R to San Tau Kok. Then walk 10 minutes to the monastery. Website: Tsz Shan Monastery’s website

West Kowloon Cultural District

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If you’re interested in cultural activities and want to know where to go in Hong Kong, the answer is the West Kowloon Cultural District. This tourist spot features the M+ Museum, Hong Kong Palace Museum, and Art Park. Don’t miss M+, with its stunning LED facade and diverse art collections, including works by renowned artists like Yayoi Kusama. Beyond art enthusiasts, the district also offers a large green open space for families to enjoy waterfront picnics. Best For: Museums and large green space for picnics How to get there:  From Kowloon MTR station, take exit B and walk about ten minutes to West Kowloon Cultural District Website: West Kowloon Cultural District’s website

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Top 30 Things to Do in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is blessed with many popular attractions and sightseeing opportunities. You will find endless things to see and do.

Here, we have listed the top 30 things to do in Hong Kong for you. These are places and sights that give Hong Kong its highlights and unique local color.

1. Take the Tram to Victoria Peak

With an elevation of 552 meters, Victoria Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island. It is the best place to look out over the towering city skyline.

Riding the 125-year-old Peak Tram is a visual experience. This 8-minute trip will offer you sweeping views of Hong Kong Island's skyscrapers, verdant trees, and walking paths.

On the peak, you will feast your eyes on a sea of skyscrapers and the city's beautiful blue waterways, and even the green hills of the distant New Territories, if the weather permits. At night, you can enjoy the beautiful night view of Hong Kong - a dazzling galaxy of light.

See our Half-Day Hong Kong Island Tour including Victoria Peak with a one-way Peak Tram trip.

2. Ride the Star Ferry

The Star Ferry is one of the best ways to enjoy the view of the Victoria Harbour skyline. The Star Ferry has been carrying passengers from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and back since 1888.

You can embark on a trip from Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier on the Kowloon Peninsula to either the Central Ferry Piers or the Wan Chai Pier on the Hong Kong Island side. The shortest voyage takes about 7 minutes and costs US$0.25.

It is memorable to take a close look at so many towering skyscrapers while floating on the calm waters.

3. Soak Up the Temple Street Night Market Atmosphere

To experience local life in Hong Kong, the street markets are worth a visit. Temple Street is one of the best markets with a local atmosphere. There, you can find a great variety of things, such as local food, clothes, watches, jade, and antiques. Street singers and fortune-tellers make it more colorful.

Read more on Top Street Markets in Hong Kong .

4. Stroll Along Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade

Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade runs along the tip of Kowloon's waterfront. It is one of the best places to see the beautiful views of the Hong Kong skyline and bustling Victoria Harbour.

The Avenue of Stars , the Clock Tower, Star Ferry Pier, and Hong Kong Museum of Art are located along the promenade.

It is enjoyable to take a stroll and experience a slower pace of life in the international metropolis.

5. Enjoy Dim Sum in a Local Restaurant

Dim sum literally means "to touch your heart" and refers to a vast number of exquisite bite-sized dishes.

The diversity of dim sum dishes is amazing. The restaurants always offer 30 or 40 different dishes for customers to choose from, including shrimp dumplings ( har gow ), congee (rice porridge), steamed pork dumplings ( siu mei ), and spring rolls.

6. Ride the Tram (Ding Ding) for Sightseeing

The tram has been used as a vehicle in Hong Kong Island for over a century. It is affectionately called "Ding" by the locals. You will be surprised that this old-fashioned contraption still operates in this modern metropolis.

A tram ride is a cheap and enjoyable way to experience the color and atmosphere of Hong Kong's backstreet life. It stops at all the right places and goes slowly enough so that tourists can see the sights along the streets and can get close-up photos from the top of the boxcars.

7. Pray at Wong Tai Sin Temple

Wong Tai Sin Temple, built in 1945, is one of Hong Kong's most famous temples. It is known as a temple that "makes every wish come true upon request".

The temple is unique for being dedicated to three religions (Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism). Even though you may not believe in those religions, this temple is worth a visit because of its natural setting and beautifully decorated buildings.

8. Have Fun at Hong Kong Disneyland

If you're traveling with kids, Hong Kong Disneyland is a must-visit place. It is a fairy-tale world with classic Disney attractions, unique shops and restaurants, and dazzling live entertainment in a delightful setting. Travel with us to enjoy a worry-free Hong Kong Disneyland tour including tickets and transfers.

9. Visit Pandas at Ocean Park Hong Kong

Hong Kong's biggest and most popular theme park is Ocean Park Hong Kong. Along with acrobatic sea mammals, there are exhibits of other sea creatures. The Amazing Asian Animals section has pandas.

You can ride the sky tram to see the scenery. There is a roller coaster and many other big rides. See our One-Day Ocean Park Hong Kong Tour Package .

10. Relax at Lan Kwai Fong

Lan Kwai Fong is an L-shaped uphill trail in the Central district of Hong Kong. It is an entertainment area with bars and restaurants.

This stone-paved path is full of European-style bars and restaurants. Most of them are open from noon to 1am or later. As night falls, many young people love to party there.

Originating in the early 1970s, Lan Kwai Fong has developed from an alley into a region rich in Western culture.

11. Enjoy a Macau Day Trip

Only an hour away by ferry, another world awaits you with Portuguese buildings to see, a different style of cuisine to taste, and huge casino resorts. The world's biggest gambling city is a big change of pace from Hong Kong.

Get detailed information about How to Plan a One Day Trip to Macau from Hong Kong .

12. Explore Lantau Island

Lantau Island is the largest island in Hong Kong. It is still a sparsely populated island of natural parkland, beaches, mountains, and hiking and biking trails.

You can get away to this island for relaxation, sightseeing, and outdoor adventures.

A 25-minute ride on Ngong Ping 360 offers an astonishing bird's-eye view of the magical deep blue sea and lush green mountainside.

13. Discover Hong Kong's History

Hong Kong has had a fascinating history since the last emperor of the Song Dynasty fled there 700 years ago. British colonization made Hong Kong a key port and a stage for battle during WWII.

Hong Kong has a number of good museums but the Hong Kong Museum of History will probably stand out as the favorite for tourists. Learn why Hong Kong became one of the world's foremost trade, investment, and financial centers.

14. Visit Tai O Fishing Village

Tai O Fishing Village was the earliest developed fishing village on Lantau Island and is known as the "Venice of Hong Kong".

Thanks to its location far away from the busy urban areas, Tai O is less affected by urbanization and still retains the style of the early fishing village.

Most of the residents of Tai O are Hakkas, who make a living from fishing and live a peaceful life. The residents shuttle around on small boats. The high-rise houses built on the water are a major feature of the village.

15. Experience the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge

Opened on October 23 rd , 2018, Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge is the world's longest sea crossing bridge. It is a combination of a cross-sea bridge, an artificial island, and a submarine tunnel, with a total length of 55 kilometers.

The west end connects to the Zhuhai and Macao ports and the east end connects to Hong Kong Port, which greatly facilitates the local people and tourists from Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao.

16. Ride the Famous Central–Mid-Levels Escalator

The escalator connects the central business district with the Mid-Levels residential area. It is 800 meters long and is the world's longest outdoor escalator. The journey takes about 20 minutes.

The Mid-Levels Escalator traverses a number of major Central streets, including Queen's Road Central and Hollywood Road. There are many attractions, such as the former Central Police Station, along the way. It is a good and free means of transport for tourists.

In addition, the escalator also passes through the SoHo area, which has restaurants and bars. It is full of European-style bars, Hong Kong tea restaurants, and souvenir shops. Foodies enjoy finding satisfactory food.

17. Enjoy the Famous Light Show: A Symphony of Lights

A Symphony of Lights is a famous laser light and music show in Hong Kong. It utilizes 44 skyscrapers on both sides of Victoria Harbour. It is the world's largest light and sound show.

The best place to watch the show is from the Avenue of Stars on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, the Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai, or the Star Ferry in Victoria Harbour.

18. Admire Po Lin Monastery and the Big Buddha

Po Lin Monastery is located on Ngong Ping, Lantau Island. The monastery has one of the biggest bronze statues of Buddha in a sitting position in the world, called the Big Buddha or Tian Tan Buddha.

The Buddha statue is made of 202 pieces of bronze, weighs 250 tons, and reaches up to 23 meters.

19. Bargain at Stanley Market

Stanley Market is a must-see spot if you visit Stanley at the southern end of Hong Kong Island.

There are stalls and shops selling a wide variety of items, such as traditional Chinese handicrafts, antiques, paintings, silks, clothing, fabrics, postcards, and more. It is definitely a good place to buy souvenirs and enjoy the fun of bargaining.

20. Visit the Floating Village at Aberdeen

Aberdeen was originally a fishing village and it is now a popular tourist spot. It is unique due to its tranquil beauty and the mix of tradition and modernity.

Hundreds of villagers still retain the traditional lifestyle and live on the fishing boats. You can take a small fishing boat to explore the floating village and listen to the fishermen telling stories of the past.

21. Relax at Repulse Bay Beach

Repulse Bay is located on the south side of Victoria Peak on Hong Kong Island. It is known as "the first bay in the world" and also has the reputation of being the "Oriental Hawaii". It is the most popular and most accessible beach in Hong Kong.

Repulse Bay is one of the most prestigious residential areas in Hong Kong, with numerous villas on the slopes of the bay.

22. Lose yourself in the Tranquil Nan Lian Garden

Nan Lian Garden is a traditional Chinese garden in the style of the Tang Dynasty (618–907). It is a perfect blend of hills, water features, trees, rocks, bridges, and wooden structures.

Surrounded by high-rise buildings, this is an elegant garden that is rare in the downtown area. It will impress you with its striking contrast of tradition and modernity.

23. Taste Amazing Seafood at Jumbo Kingdom

Jumbo Kingdom is home to a famous restaurant floating in Aberdeen's harbor, the Jumbo Floating Restaurant, and is surrounded by million-dollar yachts. Jumbo Kingdom offers a free shuttle service to/from the restaurant. It is the world's largest floating restaurant and is best known for its fresh seafood, traditional Cantonese cuisine, and its traditional Chinese decorations.

24. Hike Along Dragon's Back

If you are a lover of outdoor activities, you can enjoy a hike along Dragon's Back, which is at the southeast corner of Hong Kong Island. This hike is rated as one of the best urban walking routes in Asia.

During the 4–5 hours' hike along the mountain ridge, you will enjoy a bird's-eye view of the sea, mountains, and outlying islands.

25. Experience Excitement at Happy Valley Racecourse

Happy Valley Racecourse, located in the heart of Hong Kong Island, is surrounded by high-rise buildings. It was the first racecourse in Hong Kong, with a capacity for 35,000 spectators.

Every year, the horse racing season lasts from September to June and every race attracts tens of thousands of horse racing fans. The races at Happy Valley Racecourse are usually held on Wednesday evenings. The rest are held at Sha Tin Racecourse.

26. Spend Some Time on Lamma Island

Lamma Island is the third largest island in Hong Kong. As it is close to the city, this island has become a leisurely weekend resort. Blessed with fresh air, beautiful coastal scenery, and delicious seafood, it attracts many local people and tourists.

There, you can experience the old fishing village culture and you can also feel the romantic Western atmosphere. You can take a leisurely hike amid the picturesque scenery, visit the art shops, and taste some seafood.

27. Hunt for the Best Bargains at Mong Kok Ladies' Market

It is so called because almost all of the stalls sold women's clothing and supplies in the early days. Nowadays, in addition to women's clothing, you can also find men's clothing, leather bags, jewelry, toys, cosmetics, and even household items. This open-air market has a length of over 100 meters.

28. Visit Hong Kong Wetland Park

Hong Kong Wetland Park is located in the northern part of Tin Shui Wai, New Territories. You may not believe that Hong Kong, which has a lot of high-rise buildings, can have such a large-scale original wetland reserve.

The park has a variety of ecological environments, such as freshwater swamps, reed beds, ponds, mudflats, and mangroves. There are many birds, fish, insects, and amphibians living there.

If you are a photography enthusiast or a nature lover, you will love this wetland park.

29. Head to the Stars at the Hong Kong Space Museum

The Hong Kong Space Museum is located in Tsim Sha Tsui, close to Victoria Harbour. The unique egg-shaped design is very eye-catching. It is one of the most advanced space science museums in the world. It is a good place to visit if you are traveling with kids.

30. Explore Sai Kung

Sai Kung is located on Sai Kung Peninsula in the eastern part of Hong Kong. It has the reputation of being the "Back Garden of Hong Kong". The best way to see the scenery there is to hire a boat and take a trip around the island (about 150 Hong Kong dollars). You can also stroll along the beach and enjoy the rich seafood.

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The 65 most incredible things to do in Hong Kong

Your ultimate Hong Kong bucket list

Jenny Leung

We don't like to brag (ok, maybe just a little), but Hong Kong is truly one of the most unique places to visit in the world. From vibrant street art to world-class exhibitions ; classic street food to hot new restaurants ; architectural feats to secluded islands – our tightly-packed city has it all. 

Whether you're visiting Hong Kong for the first time or a long-time resident looking for plans on the weekend , we're here to help you experience all that our city has to offer. So here it is, our ultimate Hong Kong bucket list, personally handpicked and compiled by us with all the things we reckon you should eat, drink, and do at least once in Hong Kong. 

And since there are some pretty amazing stuff to do in town all year round , our list is constantly changing. Bookmark this page so you don't miss out!

Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with us and tag us on Instagram  @timeouthk or use the hashtag #timeouthk.

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The best things to do in Hong Kong

Dive into a ball pit at a bar

1.  Dive into a ball pit at a bar

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  • Central Until 23 Nov 2024

What is it?  GlowBall Hong Kong is the city’s first pop-up bar.

Why go?  A ball pit for adults? Sign us up. You can have a ball of a time and dive into a dreamy pool filled with over 750,000 balls! 

Don't miss:  Don’t forget to head to the bar to try GlowBall’s creative cocktails like 'Murder in the Ball Pit' decorated with LED lights, and 'Soft Ball' made with marshmallow-flavoured vodka! Read  our complete guide to GlowBall  for more info.

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Feast on local cuisine at a dai pai dong

2.  Feast on local cuisine at a dai pai dong

What is it?  A quintessential Hong Kong food experience, a dai pai dong is a type of no-frills, open-air eatery that's loved by locals for its cheap prices and hot-off-the-wok flavours.

Why go?  Dai pai dongs are an increasingly rare sight due to licensing issues, so make sure you visit them while you still can. Aside from the food, dai pai dongs are all about the atmosphere. There's just something about eating out on the street with buzzing crowd noises that make this whole experience all the more unique.

Don't miss: Sing Kee , Ladies' Street Sik Faan , and Oi Man Sang are among some of our favourite places to hit up. See our full list of the best dai pai dongs in Hong Kong .

Eat dim sum at one of Hong Kong's oldest restaurants

3.  Eat dim sum at one of Hong Kong's oldest restaurants

What is it? Known for serving dim sum on old-school trolleys, Lin Heung Lau is a historic tea house that has been in our city for over 100 years.

Why go?  Lin Heung Tea House has weathered its fair share of challenges over the years. After its closure in 2019 due to lease issues and its eventual shutdown in 2022 as a result of the pandemic, the iconic establishment reopened its doors in April 2024 to once again offer tea and dim sum to patrons.

Don't miss:  The new hand-shaken drink offering from their ground floor space, with sips such as citrus lemon phoenix oolong and milk foam teas on the menu.

Discover an artsy junkyard at an old leather factory

4.  Discover an artsy junkyard at an old leather factory

What is it?  Along Wing On Street on Peng Chau island sits an out-of-use leather factory that has been transformed into an artistic space open to the public.

Why go?  There's so much to explore inside this eccentric artsy junkyard, with graffiti, sculptures, installations, and artworks that regularly change – so you'll discover something new all the time.

Don't miss:  Your chance to explore the rest of the island of Peng Chau! From small cafes and boutique stores to its beautiful beaches, you can easily spend a day out on this tiny island.

Hop on the iconic Star Ferry

5.  Hop on the iconic Star Ferry

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  • Ships and boats
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

What is it?  Historic (and super cheap) transportation taking locals  between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.  Why go?  Get the best views of the iconic Hong Kong skyline along Victoria Harbour (we’re talking about that same shot of Hong Kong you see in every Hollywood movie featuring the city). It’s one of the cheapest and most pleasant modes of transport in the city. 

Don’t miss:  While the lower deck is closer to the water, the upper deck offers far better views of the waterfront. Hop on both day and night for two different but equally impressive views.

Explore Hong Kong's very own salt pan island

6.  Explore Hong Kong's very own salt pan island

What is it?  Yim Tin Tsai is home to one of Hong Kong's only salt pans.

Why go?  The island is filled with history. Aside from joining guided tours to the salt pans and learning about salt farming, you can also head to the Yim Tin Tsai Heritage Exhibition Centre where there's a modest collection of historical artefacts telling the island's unique history. 

Don’t miss:  The numerous large-scale art installations dotted around the island from the annual  Sai Kung Hoi Arts Festival .

Sip on a cocktail high above the city

7.  Sip on a cocktail high above the city

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What is it?  Hong Kong is home to a bundle of bars perched high up on the rooftops of skyscrapers, where you can drink and dine while looking out at the city's legendary skyline.

Why go? Whether you're looking to unwind after a long day, socialise with friends, or impress a date, a rooftop bar in Hong Kong provides an elevated setting that combines stunning views, a laidback yet trendy ambience, and quality sips.

Don't miss:  If you're on the Hong Kong Island side, Cardinal Point provides one of the best vantage points to see the city's skyline and harbour in Central. Alternatively, head to Aqua in Tsim Sha Tsui, which boasts two expansive outdoor terraces where patrons can sip on sundowners; or Ozone , the world's highest bars.

See world-class art at M+

8.  See world-class art at M+

  • West Kowloon

What is it? M+ is Hong Kong's largest museum of visual culture located in the West Kowloon Cultural District.

Why go?  The building features a slew of artworks by local and international artists across its 33 galleries, as well as the M+ Shop and The Other Shop where visitors can get their hands on various artsy merchandise. 

Don't miss:  The  M+ cinema , where visitors can watch feature films, documentaries, restored classics, and more.

Experience riding the 'ding ding'

9.  Experience riding the 'ding ding'

What is it?  Affectionately known as the 'ding-ding' (because they have bells that ring rather than a car horn), Hong Kong trams are a city icon and the method of public transport that best retains an old-school feel – where you get on at the back and pay by the driver as you exit at the front. 

Why go?  Trams are a super affordable way to tour around Hong Kong Island, where you can catch city sights from Shau Kei Wan all the way to Kennedy Town.

Don’t miss: The air-conditioned fleet of trams, which makes all the difference on a hot summer’s day. 

Try some stinky tofu at a street food stall

10.  Try some stinky tofu at a street food stall

What is it? An unassuming local food stall that sells various traditional street food and more notably, stinky tofu.

Why go? Despite the pungent smell of stinky tofu, thanks to its mix of tofu and fermented milk, meat, and fish that’s deep fried, it’s a beloved local delicacy. It tastes better than it smells but it remains a love-it-or-hate-it affair. It’s worth giving it a try when you’re in town.

Don’t miss: Pair the dish with some sweet sauce and chilli sauce like a true Hongkonger. And if all else fails, there are plenty more street food classics you can go for, such as fishballs, siu mai, imitation shark's fin soup, and more.

See the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance in action

11.  See the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance in action

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What is it?  With more than 100 years of history, the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance is a Mid-Autumn Festival tradition that commemorates the triumph over a plague that once broke out in Tai Hang in 1880.

Why go?  It's quite the spectacle. Spanning 67 metres and meticulously crafted using thousands of incense sticks, the magnificent dragon is paraded through the streets of Tai Hang by hundreds of performers. In fact, it's so impressive that it was inscribed onto the third national list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2011.

Don't miss:  The Tai Hang Fire Dragon Heritage Centre , where you can learn about the craft and history of fire dragon-making. Better yet, take a look at our neighbourhood guide to Tai Hang .

Uncover Hong Kong's hidden bars

12.  Uncover Hong Kong's hidden bars

What is it?  Hong Kong is home to an abundance of themed bars that are intentionally hidden from plain sight while offering exquisite drinking experiences.

Why go? While it's hard for any 'hidden' bar to remain truly hidden, these watering holes serve expertly crafted drinks and offer a chance for city dwellers to ditch the over-crowded bars for something a little more on the down-low.

Don't miss: 001 ! It's Hong Kong's very first hidden bar, relocated inside the historic Tai Kwun compound. 

Discover more speakeasy-style and hidden bars in Hong Kong .

Indulge in afternoon tea at The Penisula Hong Kong

13.  Indulge in afternoon tea at The Penisula Hong Kong

What is it? The lobby of Hong Kong’s oldest and most prestigious hotel serves up a cracking traditional afternoon tea.

Why go? Sip and nibble British scones and luxury finger food while a string quartet plays in the background. There’s no better way to take in the splendour and decor of the famous five-star hotel.

Don’t miss: The hotel’s signature traditional rich hot chocolate is a must-try. Made with milk and dark chocolate as well as cocoa powder, every sip is a luxury and well worth the trip to hectic Tsim Sha Tsui.

Get your rave on at Clockenflap

14.  Get your rave on at Clockenflap

What is it? Hong Kong’s answer to Coachella and Glastonbury, Clockenflap is the city’s biggest music and arts festival that takes place over a weekend with a world-class line-up. 

Why go? There’s no other music fest that boasts a locale quite like Clockenflap. With the Hong Kong city skyline as backdrop, catch a whole host of international acts and bands on different stages. Past headliners have included Arctic Monkeys, Wu-Tang Clan, Yoasobi, Massive Attack, Khalid, Stormzy, The Prodigy, and many more.

Don’t miss: Apart from music acts, there are also various activities – ranging from meditation to silent discos – for you to kill some time before your favourite act comes on.  

Go mural hunting in Sheung Wan

15.  Go mural hunting in Sheung Wan

What is it?  Thanks to street art initiatives like HKwalls, Sheung Wan is just as bustling as it is colourful with numerous murals dotted throughout the neighbourhood.

Why go? You'll get to see the works of artists from all across the globe within steps of each other! Murals also get worn down (sadly) easily, so it's best to visit while it still has that fresh coat of paint!

Don't miss: Square Street at Tai Ping Shan. This area is particularly concentrated with murals from HKwalls 2023, including a stunning piece by LA-based artist Lauren YS and a massive mural by California-based artist Jurne at Rich View Terrace.

Here's our pick of the best street art and graffiti to see in Hong Kong .

Go yum cha for breakfast

16.  Go yum cha for breakfast

What is it? 'Yum cha', which means drinking tea in Cantonese, is a huge part of Hong Kong's dining culture, where dim sum – little bite-sized portions of food – are served in bamboo steamers or on small plates. 

Why go?  From your classics like har gow and siu mai to something a little more daring like chicken feet, you can sample all kinds of flavours within one single meal. The menu also varies depending on the restaurant, so your dim sum choices are endless!

Don't miss:  Get your fill of dim sum at The Kitin , a beautiful Cantonese restaurant on the 101st floor of ICC (so expect sweeping views of the city); or go local with baskets of dim sum at Dim Dim Sum and Sun Hing Restaurant .

Looking for more options? Here's our pick of the best places to get dim sum in Hong Kong .

Ogle at the rock formations on Tung Ping Chau

17.  Ogle at the rock formations on Tung Ping Chau

What is it? One of over 250 outlying islands in the Hong Kong territory , Tung Ping Chau is a UNESCO-listed site where you can hike, climb, and swim for the day.

Why go?  The island is known for its multi-layered, exceptionally photogenic landscape and incredible wave-cut rock platforms that litter the island’s shores. You can tackle the cliffs or hike the 6km looping Peng Chau Country Trail.

Don’t miss: Catch the jaw-dropping view of sunrise and the unpolluted starry skies if you decide to go camping overnight .

Catch a breath of fresh air at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens

18.  Catch a breath of fresh air at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens

What is it? The Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens is the oldest park in Hong Kong.

Why go?  Aside from the peacefulness that's ideal for a quiet stroll in the city, there are also themed gardens with all sorts of plants and flowers to discover.

Don't miss:  The incredible number of mammals, birds, and reptiles inside the gardens.  Explore more with our handy guide to this beautiful urban oasis .

Make your own instant noodles at the Cup Noodles Museum

19.  Make your own instant noodles at the Cup Noodles Museum

What is it? Cup Noodles Museum Hong Kong is the very first branch of Nissin's famous Cupnoodles Museum outside of Japan.

Why go?  You get to learn about the process of making instant ramen and design your very own cup noodles from the flavour and ingredients to the packaging.

Don't miss:  Aside from workshops, visitors can also drop by the gift shop and browse through a variety of exclusive souvenirs, gift sets, and more. Rare Nissin-themed toys and collections are also on display at the shop.   

Discover the remains of the infamous Kowloon Walled City

20.  Discover the remains of the infamous Kowloon Walled City

  • Kowloon City

What is it? A Jiangnan-style Chinese garden that sits on the site of what was once the most densely populated and semi-lawless place in Hong Kong – Kowloon Walled City.

Why go?  Aside from historical remains, the garden also boasts impressive water features, traditional Chinese pavilions, and lush greenery. 

Don’t miss:   The stunning pond with a stone walking path that leads to the Lung Nam Pavilion. If you look closely enough, you'll find adorable little turtles swimming in the water.  Follow our guide to explore the historic park

Find your inner peace at Chi Lin Nunnery

21.  Find your inner peace at Chi Lin Nunnery

  • Wong Tai Sin

What is it? Chi Lin Nunnery is a Tang Dynasty-style Buddhist complex located in Diamond Hill.

Why go?  Its multiple water features – including a waterfall draped over its onsite restaurant – make it one of the most peaceful places in Hong Kong. We could spend an entire day here gazing at the lotus ponds and marvelling at the elegant wooden architecture and treasured Buddhist relics.

Don't miss: The adjacent Nan Lian Garden home to an unmissable red wooden bridge and a stunning gold octagonal pavilion.

See also: The best Chinese-style gardens to explore in Hong Kong

Head inside a historic prison at Tai Kwun

22.  Head inside a historic prison at Tai Kwun

What is it?  A massive independent art space repurposed from a 150-year-old police station in Central . 

Why go?  The art hub consists of numerous heritage buildings, art galleries, and various quality bars and restaurants. Art lovers can catch world-class exhibitions and theatre performances, while foodies can feast on a range of eateries that incorporate innovative cooking with local culture and history of the site.

Don’t miss: The conservation efforts alone are worth a visit. There are still century-old prison cells as well as other features of the restored Central Police Station that remain.

Go antique shopping on Upper Lascar Row

23.  Go antique shopping on Upper Lascar Row

What is it? Also known as Cat Street, this open-air street market sells antiques, souvenirs, and various trinkets.

Why go? Delicate porcelain, Buddha sculptures, Maoist memorabilia, Ming dynasty ceramic horsemen,   and even old movie posters are all up for grabs here. 

Don’t miss:  Just steps away is the famous  Man Mo Temple ,  one of the oldest temples in Hong Kong. Shop and then get spiritual at the atmospheric place of worship.  

Go pedal boating on Victoria Harbour

24.  Go pedal boating on Victoria Harbour

What is it?  Rent a pedal boat at the Water Sports and Recreation Precinct near the New Wan Chai Ferry Pier. Over 20 two-seater and four-seater pedal boats are available.

Why go?  It's a fun way to get in some light exercise while enjoying views of the harbour.

Don't miss:  Nearby attractions such as HarbourChill, a themed harbourfront space, which often plays host to various pop-ups, art installations, photo spots, and more.

See Hong Kong's oldest lighthouse at Cape D’Aguilar

25.  See Hong Kong's oldest lighthouse at Cape D’Aguilar

What is it? The Cape D’Aguilar Lighthouse was put into service in 1875 and is one of Hong Kong's oldest structures .

Why go? Located down at the southern tip of Shek O, the declared monument and its magnificent ocean views make for a stunning postcard-worthy photograph.

Don’t miss: Not too far from the lighthouse, behind The University of Hong Kong Swire Institute of Marine Science building, sits the 'Bones of Miss Willy', a set of whale skeletons put out on display. Another not-to-miss located nearby is the Crab Cave, a popular Instagram spot named after its distinctive arch shape that resembles a crab.

Mosey around Tai O Fishing Village

26.  Mosey around Tai O Fishing Village

What is it? The little  Venice of Hong Kong. Tai O is one of the city's last remaining stilt settlements, home to many stilt houses or traditional bamboo houses in the water supported by stone columns. 

Why go?  It's perfect for those who need to get away from the city for just a little while. There are lots of street food stalls for you to try traditional snacks, along with hip cafes and small shops. H op on a boat tour to view the stilt houses up close. 

Don’t miss:  The sugar-dusted Chinese-style doughnuts from Tai O Bakery . 

Take in the views of Lantau Island in a cable car

27.  Take in the views of Lantau Island in a cable car

What is it?  One of the longest aerial cable car systems in Asia, the Ngong Ping 360 takes guests on a visually spectacular journey from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping.

Why go?  You'll get fantastic views of Lantau Island, including the North Lantau Country Park, Tung Chung Bay, and the Hong Kong International Airport.

Don't miss:  The Crystal+ cable cars , where all sides and bottom of the cabin are made of transparent tempered glass to provide a 360-degree view.

Explore more of Lantau Island with our ultimate guide .

Meet Guan Yin at the Tsz Shan Monastery

28.  Meet Guan Yin at the Tsz Shan Monastery

What is it? The monastery was built by Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing in a bid to bring Buddhism to the masses. 

Why go?  The 500,000sq ft Buddhist compound features several grand halls, an art museum, sweeping gardens, and a ‘brilliance pond’. Matched with its natural environment, expansive sea view, and calm atmosphere, this sanctuary will definitely make your trek to Tai Po worthwhile.

Don't miss:  The breathtaking sight of the 76m-tall steel-framed, bronze-forged white statue of Guan Yin (Goddess of Mercy, also known as Kwun Yum).

Before you visit, take a look at our extensive guide on things to do, bookings, guidelines, and more .

Go for a spin on the Hong Kong Observation Wheel

29.  Go for a spin on the Hong Kong Observation Wheel

What is it? A 60-metre-tall Ferris wheel located by the Central Harbourfront. 

Why go?  Whether you visit during the day or at night, you'll get equally breathtaking views of the city's skyline on both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.

Don't miss: Around the Ferris wheel are also other attractions such as a carousel, the AIA Vitality Hub offering  free health and wellness classes  for the public; as well as food and drink options. Depending on when you're visiting, there'll be different events held at the Event Space next door ranging from carnivals to outdoor cinema experiences.

Climb up The Peak on a tram

30.  Climb up The Peak on a tram

What is it? The quickest and most picturesque way to get up to The Peak , Hong Kong’s Island’s highest point, rising 1,300 feet above sea level as it passes the city’s buildings at an almost impossible gradient. 

Why go?  The historic Tram heaves itself up the steep incline continuously and gives passengers plenty of time to gape at the breathtaking views of the city. 

Don’t miss: The 10-metre-tall sculpture installed at the Peak Tram Central Terminus by Lindy Lee, an Australian artist of Chinese ancestry.

Get your adrenaline pumping at Snow & Surf

31.  Get your adrenaline pumping at Snow & Surf

  • Sport and fitness

What is it? Hong Kong's first indoor sports venue that offers snow sports and surfing experiences under one roof.

Why go?  It's catered for folks of all skill levels with slopes and obstacles made from a special material to mimic real snow. As for the surfing experience, the surfing machine is temperature-controlled, making it perfect for everyone from beginners to pros all year round.

Don't miss: Snow & Surf  offers various classes and training sessions available where professional coaches will guide you through the steps. 

Venture into Hong Kong's 'back garden'

32.  Venture into Hong Kong's 'back garden'

What is it?  Sai Kung is a beautiful coastal town often referred to as Hong Kong's back garden.

Why go?  Aside from its verdant surroundings and picturesque beaches, there are also plenty of laidback cafes , restaurants, and boutiques to explore.

Don’t miss:  Catch the fish market action by the pier where folks can purchase fresh seafood straight from fishermen's boats.

Spend a lazy afternoon at West Kowloon Art Park

33.  Spend a lazy afternoon at West Kowloon Art Park

What is it?   A pet-friendly green space inside the West Kowloon Cultural District.

Why go?   It's a prime spot for viewing Victoria Harbour and a great place for picnics . Even if packing your own food isn't your vibe, there are several eateries inside the park that you can opt for. Afterwards, rent a bike and ride around to burn off some calories. 

Don’t miss:  The numerous art and culture programmes that take place throughout the year, including concerts, art performances, outdoor markets, and more.

Get spiritual at Wong Tai Sin Temple

34.  Get spiritual at Wong Tai Sin Temple

What is it?  One of Hong Kong’s biggest and busiest temples, Wong Tai Sin Temple is  home to three religions –  Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.

Why go? The temple complex boasts gorgeously ornamented buildings where visitors can soak in the atmosphere created by incense and prayers. It’s also the go-to place for worship or big celebrations such as Buddha’s birthday – if you don’t mind the crowds. 

Don’t miss: The fortune-telling ritual, aka 'kau chim', where you are to  shake a bamboo cylinder containing various fortune sticks. The stick that falls out is the one that holds your fortune.

Be dazzled by the magic of Hong Kong Disneyland

35.  Be dazzled by the magic of Hong Kong Disneyland

  • Lantau Island

What is it?  It’s Disneyland – t he happiest place on Earth. Enough said. 

Why go?  You can hit up all the popular rides, greet and take pics with your favourite Disney characters, catch amazing stage shows, and munch on all kinds of Disney-themed food. 

Don’t miss:  The World of Frozen!  It's the world's first and largest Frozen-themed land inspired by the beloved animated film franchise, bringing the enchanting world of Arendelle to life.

Monkey around Kam Shan Country Park

36.  Monkey around Kam Shan Country Park

What is it?  Also known as Monkey Hill, this country park is one of the earliest to open in Hong Kong.

Why go?  The place is crawling with families of monkeys! You can find them in the trees, at nearby beaches, or simply hanging out by the road. These cheeky monkeys are adorable but try not to feed or get too close to them as they can get quite aggressive.

Don’t miss:  Enjoy the fantastic views of New Territories along with the large number of wartime ruins that remain well preserved in the area. 

Cycle from East to West of the New Territories

37.  Cycle from East to West of the New Territories

What is it? A 60km cycling route  that allows cyclists to explore different parts of the New Territories.

Why go? The track stretches from Tuen Mun to Ma On Shan , and snakes through numerous neighbourhoods that are well worth exploring including Yuen Long, Tai Po, and Sha Tin. 

Don’t miss: The combination of refreshing seaside views and lush greenery. Perfect for those who wish to get away from the bustling city.

Shop 'til you drop at K11 Musea

38.  Shop 'til you drop at K11 Musea

What is it? Dubbed as the 'Silicon Valley of culture', K11 Musea combines retail, food, art, and culture under the same roof.

Why go?  F rom high-end brands to local cafes, t he sheer amount of choices available here makes K11 Musea   a mecca for all shopaholics and foodies. 

Don’t miss:  The world-class artworks dotted around the space. So even if shopping's not your thing, you'll still be able to enjoy your visit by admiring everything from paintings and murals to sculptures and installations.

Enjoy a night of Cantonese opera at Yau Ma Tei Theatre

39.  Enjoy a night of Cantonese opera at Yau Ma Tei Theatre

What is it?  The only surviving pre-war cinema in Hong Kong, the Yau Ma Tei Theatre is exclusively the home of Cantonese opera shows.

Why go? It’s the go-to spot to experience the traditional form of Chinese entertainment. Expect a night of falsettos, gongs, dazzling theatricals, and Cantonese culture.

Don’t miss:  The century-old fruit market near the historic theatre where you can get your hands on the cheapest and freshest fruits. 

Strike a pose with murals at Art Lane

40.  Strike a pose with murals at Art Lane

  • Sai Ying Pun

What is it?  An urban art project that gave Ki Ling Lane and Chung Ching Street a colourful facelift.

Why go? The numerous colourful murals make for a perfect canvas for the 'gram. 

Don't miss:  The pastel rainbow-coloured staircase by artists Blessy Man and Henry Lau, the blue and yellow masterpiece by Rao Amandeep, and the geometric 3D mural by Hadrian Lam.

See also: The best street art and graffiti in Hong Kong .

Rummage through vintage treasures at Select 18

41.  Rummage through vintage treasures at Select 18

  • Vintage shops

What is it?   Select 18 is one of our favourite  vintage stores in Hong Kong .

Why go?  You can sift through a range of old tyme knick-knacks, vintage jewellery, retro cameras, stylish clothing, and many more nostalgic items.

Don't miss:  If you’re lucky, you may even come across some thrifty designer finds.

Camp out in Tap Mun

42.  Camp out in Tap Mun

  • New Territories

What is it?   Tap Mun, also known as Grass Island, is a small island that sits off the coast of Sai Kung Country Park. 

Why go?   The island is composed of rolling, grassy hillocks complete with wandering cows. It's a popular spot for both camping and kite-flying and boasts several rocky beaches.

Don’t miss:  The village’s main restaurant, Sun Yau Kee (新有記), where you can refuel on their famous sea urchin fried rice. Use our helpful guide to navigate around the island .

Visit Hong Kong's biggest outdoor carnival

43.  Visit Hong Kong's biggest outdoor carnival

What is it?  The AIA Carnival is the city's beloved outdoor fun fest that takes place at the Central Harbourfront Event Space every year.

Why go?  Every year, the carnival offers everything from thrill rides and game stalls to a soft cuddly array of adorable stuffed toys for lucky winners to take home. It's the perfect weekend activity with friends and family.

Don't miss:  The entertainment! Previous years have seen circus acts and music performances take place under a big top marquee, so keep an eye out for announcements and lineups.

Feel the thrill at Hong Kong Ocean Park

44.  Feel the thrill at Hong Kong Ocean Park

  • Wong Chuk Hang

What is it?  Opened in 1977,  Ocean Park is the city’s original marine theme park and a popular tourist destination.

Why go?  It's home to many gravity-defying rides and animal habitats of both the aquatic and land-based variety. 

Don’t miss:  The amusement park's cable car rides that will get you from the Waterfront to the Summit while giving you sweeping views of the sea, sky, and surrounding hills.

Enjoy a stunning light and sound show by the waterfront

45.  Enjoy a stunning light and sound show by the waterfront

What is it? A Symphony of Lights is a visual spectacle combining lights and music that lights up the Hong Kong skyline . 

Why go? Named the ‘World's Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show’ by Guinness World Records, this 10-minute light show is accompanied by orchestral music performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Light installations and LED displays on both sides of the harbour will make for a stunning visual treat for all spectators.

Don’t miss: For the best view, grab front-row seats at the Tsim Sha Tsui Harbourfront, the Avenue of Stars , and the promenade at Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai, or hop on a sightseeing ferry in the Victoria Harbour.

Feel like Indiana Jones inside Lin Ma Hang caves

46.  Feel like Indiana Jones inside Lin Ma Hang caves

What is it?  An abandoned lead mine located in the Frontier Closed Area near Hong Kong's northern border.

Why go?  Though the mine is not the easiest place to get to, it's a great destination for hikers (and photo enthusiasts) who love exploring Hong Kong.

Don't miss:  The opportunity to feel like Indiana Jones and snap a pic inside the magnificent structure.

Relive the city's past at Central Market

47.  Relive the city's past at Central Market

What is it?  Built in 1939, Central Market is Hong Kong's first wet market. It was revitalised into a cultural and retail hub in 2021.

Why go?  Dubbing itself a 'Playground for All', the market plays host to a slew of dining and shopping venues and offers a wide range of educational and cultural activities (usually for free) for the public.

Don't miss:  All the historical details of the old Central Market that have been preserved throughout the complex, from the historical red brick walls to the hanging clock on the grand staircase.

Place your bets at Happy Wednesday

48.  Place your bets at Happy Wednesday

  • Happy Valley

What is it?  A special horse racing night that takes place on Wednesdays at the Happy Valley Racecourse.

Why go? Aside from racing thrills, there's also an exciting mix of live entertainment as well as food and drinks.

Don't miss: There are regular themes  for these Wednesday events throughout the racing season – such as Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day, and French May – so dress for the occasion!

Burn calories with a view on Dragon’s Back

49.  Burn calories with a view on Dragon’s Back

What is it?  A popular and picturesque hike  that offers stunning views of Tai Tam, Shek O, and Big Wave Bay as you walk along the mountain ridge.

Why go?  It’s one of the simplest hikes but incredibly rewarding with panoramic views of the sun, sea, mountains, and outlying islands. 

Don’t miss: Cool off at Big Wave Bay or Shek O beach afterwards and enjoy a well-deserved meal from the eateries there. 

Learn about the stars at Hong Kong Space Museum

50.  Learn about the stars at Hong Kong Space Museum

  • Science and technology

What is it? The clue is in the name, the museum is all about space science and astronomy located by the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront.

Why go?  The egg-shaped theatre dome that makes up half of the museum has now become an iconic Hong Kong landmark. Plenty of action, gadgetry, and interactive experiences await. 

Don’t miss:  Watch documentaries or occasional movie screenings on reclining seats under the curved ceiling of the planetarium.

Rent a qipao at 20s

51.  Rent a qipao at 20s

  • Clothing hire

What is it?  A qipao rental shop offering sizes that go up to 5XL in order to cater to all sizes and shapes.

Why go?  You'll get to relive the glam and nostalgia of old Hong Kong while looking great in a beautiful qipao. There are styles ranging from mature and traditional to stylish and abstract.

Don't miss: 20s also offer photography services with different plans and price options so you can capture the memories of this unique experience.

Walk your way up Pottinger Street

52.  Walk your way up Pottinger Street

What is it?  Pottinger Street, known colloquially by locals as ‘stone slab’ street, is one of Central's most historical streets.

Why go?  The street is always buzzing with local vendors selling a whole range of goods out of old wooden or steel kiosks.

Don't miss:  All the insane fancy-dress costumes and seasonal products. Whether you're looking for a wicked Halloween outfit or Christmas decoration, you'll find it all along Pottinger Street.

Spend a day exploring Cheung Chau

53.  Spend a day exploring Cheung Chau

  • Cheung Chau

What is it?  One of Hong Kong’s most popular outlying islands, Cheung Chau is famed for its annual bun-climbing festival, giant fishballs, and sweet mango mochi treats.

Why go?  The island is highly walkable and teeming with Taoist temples, dried seafood shops, and snack stands. Artsy types will also enjoy the surprisingly high concentration of indie lifestyle stores, while families can amble or cycle along easy walking trails.

Don’t miss:  Cheung Chau’s self-taught candy master Louis To , who uses a traditional sugar-blowing technique to create wonderfully artistic sculpture lollipops. Take a look at our Cheung Chau neighbourhood guide  to discover the best of the island.

Take pics with cosplayers at Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong

54.  Take pics with cosplayers at Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong

What is it?  Hong Kong's very own comic con, the Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong is an annual event (usually happens around July or August) that gathers every anime, manga, and gaming fan in town.

Why go?  Whether you're obsessed with anime or just a casual gamer, the fun fair is packed with exciting performances, competitions, exclusive toys, the latest video games, and a whole lot more.

Don't miss:  Lots of people will be doing cosplay, so don't miss your chance to snap pics with your favourite characters.

Go on a Walla-Walla boat tour

55.  Go on a Walla-Walla boat tour

What is it?  Walla-walla boat is a type of motorboat that once carried passengers between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Its name came from the sound of when the motor hits the water.

Why go?  The tour will take you through the storied typhoon shelter to see fishermen's boats up close, learn about local fishing culture, catch the Noonday Gun daily salute, and visit the Triangular Island Goddess of Tin Hau Shrine.

Don't miss: Other features at the Typhoon Shelter Precinct , including vast lawns, shading facilities, outdoor tables and chairs, alongside food kiosks and booths.

Ride the famous Central to Mid-Levels Escalator

56.  Ride the famous Central to Mid-Levels Escalator

What is it? The world’s longest outdoor covered escalator system, linking Central to Mid-Levels. 

Why go? How often can you say you’ve travelled on the world’s longest outdoor covered escalator? It’s the easiest way to get to the area’s many great bars and restaurants, and if you’re a fan of Wong Kar-wai’s movies, recreate the  scenes from Chungking Express . 

Don’t miss: Feel the casual vibes that Soho offers. Crowds usually spill onto the streets and the steep pedestrian steps during happy hours. Hop off at any point to join in the fun.

Marvel at incredible gilded statues at Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

57.  Marvel at incredible gilded statues at Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

  • Historic buildings and sites

What is it? Arguably Hong Kong’s most colourful and amusing Buddhist temples, the monastery is home to life-sized, gold-painted Buddha statues, each entertainingly unique.

Why go? There are 431 steps leading up to 10,000 Buddhas Monastery and the climb is lined with hundreds of statues in various and quirky positions and poses. Once you reach the complex, known as Man Fat Sze, you’ll be in awe by 12,000 more gilded statues.

Don’t miss: The beautiful pavilions and the crimson pagoda with more statues, as well as an Insta-worthy panorama of Sha Tin and its mountainous surroundings.

Boogie down at Bun's 2020

58.  Boogie down at Bun's 2020

What is it? Bun's 2020  is a huge indoor roller skating rink spanning 20,000sq ft with a mini training area for newbies and a full-sized rink for the pros.

Why go?  Roller skates, neon lights, disco tunes, and an 80s diner – what's not to like?

Don't miss:  The cute neon-lit photo spots!

Take a hike to Hong Kong's mini 'Grand Canyon'

59.  Take a hike to Hong Kong's mini 'Grand Canyon'

What is it? Por Lo Shan (Pineapple Mountain), also referred to as Hong Kong's mini grand canyon, is a unique rock formation in Hong Kong that resembles the famous landmark in Arizona.

Why go?  Located to the northwest of Tuen Mun city centre, the 'canyon' has been shaped by nature over many years, creating lots of interesting ridges and dips, so it's no surprise that it's an Instagram hotspot.

Don't miss:  Keep your eye out for the sharp and slippery edges! Por Lo Shan is a beautiful place so it's easy to get carried away taking in the views. Some slopes are steep and the rocks are sharp, so be careful.

Get inspired at The Mills

60.  Get inspired at The Mills

What is it?  Originally a cotton mill, this 1960s Tsuen Wan factory building was transformed into a design hub that celebrates the city’s industrial history while nurturing its creative community.

Why go? At The Mills, you can discover a wide variety of established and upcoming local businesses, relax at The Mills’ spacious rooftop parks, and see remnants of the complex’s past that have been lovingly preserved.

Don't miss:  The six different murals located along Pak Tin Par Lane outside The Mills. Created in collaboration with the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation and six local artists, the murals calls on the revitalised hub's past, present, and future . 

Break a sweat at AME Stadium

61.  Break a sweat at AME Stadium

What is it?  The AME Stadium  is a fitness funhouse that combines video games with physical sports.

Why go?  You can play and experience all kinds of sports at this place, from rowing and skiing to basketball, horse riding, boxing, and more.

Don't miss: The giant e-skiing game, where you can experience being part of the US national skiing team.

Plan a day trip around Lamma Island

62.  Plan a day trip around Lamma Island

  • Lamma Island

What is it?  Hong Kong’s third-largest island and a popular weekend destination. 

Why go?  The waterfront restaurants at Lamma Island offer some of the freshest and most affordable seafood in Hong Kong. The scenic hike along the island is also tops. 

Don’t miss:  Rent a bike and cycle around to enjoy the gorgeous views of the surrounding waters. 

Take on the obstacles at Ninja Force

63.  Take on the obstacles at Ninja Force

What is it? Ninja Force  is Hong Kong’s first outdoor extreme fitness arena.

Why go?  You'll get to have a fun (and exhausting) workout as the venue offers three courses with varying levels of difficulty, each with up to 20 challenges that will test your agility, balance, and strength.

Don't miss:  Adult and children classes taught by certified instructors who will demonstrate the proper techniques for you to complete the obstacle courses safely.

Do some bird-watching at Mai Po

64.  Do some bird-watching at Mai Po

What is it?  Located on the northwestern corner of Hong Kong, the Mai Po and Inner Deep Bay wetlands are one of the most important areas for biodiversity in Hong Kong.

Why go? Mai Po is home to a diverse array of birds and other wildlife you might not be able to see in other parts of Hong Kong – plus, the landscape and scenery there are jaw-dropping, making it perfect for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts.

Don't miss:  Sign up for guided tours and experiences organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), including the 'Mai Po Day & Night' programme, a one-night accommodation experience that includes catching the sunset in the Mai Po Nature Reserve, staying overnight at the revamped Peter Scott Visitor Centre, and observing various types of wildlife in Mai Po from the new bird-watching tower hide as well as a one-kilometre-long barrier-free wooden footpath.

Be a culture vulture during Hong Kong Arts Month

65.  Be a culture vulture during Hong Kong Arts Month

What is it? Every March, the city becomes flooded with art buyers, collectors, and all-round enthusiasts as major art fairs like Art Basel Hong Kong and Art Central roll into town.

Why go? It's the perfect chance to immerse yourself  in the wealth of amazing creativity as hundreds of galleries and institutions showcase incredible artworks from Hong Kong and around the world. 

Don’t miss:  If your appetite for art and culture is still not satisfied, go gallery-hopping and pay a visit to the top art exhibitions in the city right now. 

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10 Best Things To Do in Hong Kong

Updated Apr. 24, 2024

No doubt about it: Hong Kong will surprise you. There's no way to prepare for the awe-inspiring view from Victoria Peak or for the Symphony of the Stars light show from the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade . Against the verdant terrain, glittering

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Star Ferry Star Ferry

The Star Ferry is an absolute must when you come to Hong Kong. Think of it as the what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. Transporting guests between the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island, this vessel provides the most scenic route through the city. Visitors will be smack dab in the center of the city's famous skyline, providing amazing photo opportunities, especially at night. 

Recent travelers described the views as priceless, with many saying bearing witness to the city's many towering skyscrapers while floating along the calm waters of the Victoria Harbour took their breath away. Some recommended catching the ferry at 8 p.m. for the Symphony at Lights Show, which is considered to be the world's largest permanent light and sound show. 

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Victoria Peak Victoria Peak

Along with the Star Ferry , Victoria Peak, or simply "The Peak," is a must-visit attraction simply for its incredible views. Situated atop the highest point on  Hong Kong Island, The Peak is as scenic as lookouts come. Visitors are not only treated to a sea of skyscrapers and the city's beautiful blue waterways, but during the day, can make out the green hills of the distant New Territories. 

There are are multiple vantage points atop the mountain, including the Peak Tower and the Peak Galleria, with the latter offering access to its observation deck free of charge. There is also the 2-mile-long Peak Circle Walk, which takes you along cliffside paths to the scenic Lugard Road lookout point. There are also dining and shopping options at the Peak Tower and Peak Galleria, as well as the Lions View Point Pavillion.

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Street Markets Street Markets free

Chances are you'll accidentally stumble upon one of these shopping frenzies on a tour of the city. But don't just stop at one. Hong Kong's street markets are diverse, catering to various clienteles with different merchandise. For instance, the Ladies' Market on Tung Choi Street in the Mong Kok neighborhood specializes in (you guessed it) women's clothing and accessories. Plus, each bazaar also has its own ambiance. The best example is the Temple Street Night Market –  a traveler favorite. This nocturnal marketplace bursts with activity as vendors hawk clothing, electronics and local food, and culinary accessories from brightly lit stalls. There are even fortune tellers and opera singers. Another bazaar of note is the Stanley Market. Occupying an old fishing village on the southern coast of Hong Kong Island, this marketplace boasts home decor, jewelry and colorful souvenirs. Recent travelers said not to shy away from bargaining, as many were surprised at how low vendors are willing to drop their prices when they feel like you're going to walk away. 

Each market operates on different hours. Reaching most of them is usually quite easy as they tend to be close to subway stops. For more information, check out the Hong Kong Tourism Board's website .

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Happy Valley Racecourse Happy Valley Racecourse

Every Wednesday from September to July, thousands of Hong Kong residents flood the stands of the Happy Valley Racecourse. Horse racing is the only legal form of gambling in Hong Kong, making Happy Valley one of the few places where you are allowed to gamble in the city. And many of Hong Kong's citizens take full advantage. Even if you're not into betting, you should visit this local institution simply for the electric atmosphere, not to mention the surrounding city skyline, which sparkles once the sun goes down.

Much like the locals, recent travelers agreed the Happy Valley Racecourse is must-visit if you're in Hong Kong. Visitors reveled in the attraction's fun atmosphere, cheap admission and to most, surprisingly good food and drink options. Some travelers were quick to note that unlike other racetracks, specifically in the states, attire is very casual, so there's no need to pack any big hats or bow ties for your night at the track.

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Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade free

On the edge of the Kowloon Peninsula's popular Tsim Sha Tsui neighborhood, the promenade is the Hong Kong locale for many visitors. Stretching from Hong Kong's colonial-era Clock Tower to Hung Hom, the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade gives you unobstructed views of Hong Kong Island's majestic skyline. During the day, you can watch the boats travel in and out of Victoria Harbour, but travelers recommend making an extra visit at night: From 8 to about 8:20 p.m., the Symphony of the Stars (a sound-and-light show) projects dazzling lights onto the Hong Kong skyline. Day or night, consider taking in the atmosphere at one of the many restaurants and bars located here. 

Beginning near the Star Ferry Pier , the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade is easily reached via MTR's East Tsim Sha Tsui Station. The shops, bars, restaurants and museums that stand along the promenade, including the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong Space Museum and Hong Kong Museum of Art, maintain varied hours of operation. For information about the light show, consult the Hong Kong Tourism Board's website .

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Ocean Park Ocean Park

Competing with Hong Kong Disneyland as the top spot to take your family in Hong Kong, Ocean Park pulls out all the stops. Spectacular natural scenery right on the coastline? Check. A diverse zoo that includes pandas and dolphins? Check. An aquarium with sharks and rays? Check. Electrifying roller coasters and carnival games? Check. Next thing you know, Ocean Park is going to have a cable-car ride and an underground funicular…Oh wait, it already does!

Recent visitors can't get over how many attractions are packed into Ocean Park, with some suggesting to get there as soon as the park opens to take advantage of all that it has to offer. Others say that one day alone isn't enough to see the park in its entirety. Families say it's a sure fire hit with the little ones, and that the older crowd will appreciate the adrenaline-pumping rides available on site. Some lamented the high prices for food, but the majority admit that they couldn't recall a moment when they were bored during their time at Ocean Park.

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Nan Lian Garden Nan Lian Garden free

If you're looking to rest your feet after a long day of touring, retreat to the Nan Lian Garden. Located in Kowloon, the Nan Lian Garden is a nearly 9-acre public park modeled after the style of the Tang Dynasty, which ruled from A.D. 618 to 907. Along the peaceful pathways, you'll find lotus ponds, manicured trees and gurgling springs, not to mention traditional Chinese timber architecture spread throughout. That, combined with Hong Kong's soaring mountain range as the garden's backdrop, makes for a tranquil place of refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The garden is currently managed by the Chi Lin Nunnery, whose place of worship is also on-site. The Nunnery is open to the public and free to visit, although photography is prohibited. Recent travelers said it's not uncommon to see people praying, so if you plan on visiting (which you should) be quiet and respectful of their space. Along with the relaxed nature of the park, visitors were also delighted by the teahouse and vegetarian restaurant on-site and recommended staying for a quick bite to further soak up the experience.

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Hong Kong Museum of History Hong Kong Museum of History

From prehistoric times to the modern era, the Hong Kong Museum of History squeezes 400 million years of the city's history under one roof. Spanning more than 75,000 square feet,  this large complex features a permanent exhibit chronicling Hong Kong's history and has featured temporary exhibits catering to visitors with all types of interests. Past exhibits have covered local food culture, fashion and even public transportation. The museum currently houses more than 90,000 historical objects and materials, so plan to set aside a few hours if you want to tour the entire museum.

Recent travelers said this attraction is perfect for a rainy day. The museum's collection is vast and incredibly informative, which overwhelmed some, but wowed others. Because it is so big, travelers suggested choosing which exhibits you want to see versus going in order, or else you could really end up being there all day.

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Lantau Island Lantau Island

Like Singapore 's Sentosa Island, Lantau Island is a tourist's playground. You've got historical sites, amusement parks, sunny beaches and more. Families love Hong Kong Disneyland , while active travelers enjoy traversing the trails that lead up to the scenic Sunset Peak. Those with a penchant for leisure will enjoy a casual stroll along Hong Kong's longest beach, Cheung Sha Beach, while seafood lovers will salivate at the site of fresh fish at Tai O Village market.  Even history buffs have their pick of the Big Buddha (it's massive!) and the Po Lin Monastery . Regardless of your interests, you must take a ride on the Nong Ping Cable Cars  for a unique bird's-eye view of the island. 

Recent visitors loved the diverse array of activities available on Lantau Island, although they warned of long lines for the cable cars in particular. Some said those who are afraid of heights might want to skip the attraction, especially since some cars have glass bottoms. According to travelers, many come to Lantau Island to ride the cable cars and see the big Buddha, but others strongly recommended carving out time to visit the traditional fishing village, and if it's sunny, one of the island's beaches.

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Hong Kong Disneyland Hong Kong Disneyland

"It's a small world after all" has never been more true than at Hong Kong Disneyland. If you've been to either Disneyland or Walt Disney World , you might be disappointed by the relatively small size of this park. The Hong Kong iteration has many of the same attractions as the American parks, such as Space Mountain and Sleeping Beauty's Castle, only they've been scaled down. But that doesn't mean recent visitors didn't enjoy their time at the "happiest place on Earth." As expected, families loved it, but  some adults found it to be a waste of time if you don't have any little ones in tow. Much like the other Disney parks, travelers warned of large crowds and complained that the food is overpriced and mediocre.

Positioned on Lantau Island , Hong Kong Disneyland is easily accessible via the MTR's Disneyland Resort Line. The park welcomes visitors from 10:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. every day. Admission costs HK$539 (about $69) for adults and HK$385 (about $49.60) for kids. For more information, consult Hong Kong Disneyland's website .

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17 Top Tourist Attractions in Hong Kong

By Alex Schultz · Last updated on October 3, 2023

Famed for its towering skyline that looks out over Victoria Harbor, the city of Hong Kong is an enthralling place to visit, combining history, culture, and entertainment in one enticing package. Once a British colony, Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997. As such, it developed a distinct identity that is different from that of the mainland.

Wandering around its bustling streets is a captivating experience; Taoist and Buddhist temples can be found here and there, alongside fantastic museums such as the Hong Kong Museum of History and more.

A fun place to visit, there are loads of brilliant restaurants, bars and entertainment options available to visitors – such as Disneyland and Ocean Park – and nature is never very far away in the form of its delightful public parks. In addition to these tourist attractions in Hong Kong, there are breathtaking views on offer from such places as Victoria Park and aboard the Star Ferry. With so much to see and do, Hong Kong really does have it all.

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17. Ocean Park [SEE MAP]

Ocean Park

A perfect day out for all the family, exploring Ocean Park’s wealth of attractions is loads of fun. It’s an oceanarium, animal theme park and amusement park rolled into one.

Opened in 1977, it is as entertaining as it is educational. Giant pandas, orcas, dolphins and more can be found within the park.

The Rapids ride in the rainforest part of the park is great fun to go on, and the Dragon rollercoaster will certainly set your heart racing as you shoot around the tracks. With so many rides to enjoy and a plethora of animals and fish to see, Ocean Park certainly won’t disappoint with all that it has to offer.

16. Wong Tai Sin Temple [SEE MAP]

Wong Tai Sin Temple

Located in the north of Kowloon, Wong Tai Sin Temple is a lovely Taoist temple that is dedicated to the Great Immortal Wong: a deity who was famed for their healing powers.

Featuring traditional Chinese architecture, the temple’s red pillars, golden roof, and beautiful halls are now a popular tourist destination and there is a great portrait of Confucius on display.

The kau cim practice of fortune telling is very popular here and many worshipers come to request answers from the sacred oracle.

15. Man Mo Temple [SEE MAP]

Man Mo Temple

The oldest temple in Hong Kong, Man Mo dates back to 1847. Worshipers still come here to pay their respects to the literature god Man and the martial god Mo.

While there are several such temples in Hong Kong, the most popular and most frequented one is at Sheung Wan.

An atmospheric place, the temple is a peaceful and quiet spot, perfect for contemplation. It is well worth stopping by if you’re in the area.

14. Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade [SEE MAP]

Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade

Walking along the Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade is an unforgettable experience and the view of Hong Kong’s skyline is awe-inspiring to behold.

While ambling along, you’ll pass the historical Clock Tower, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the Hong Kong Space Museum. There are various cafes and restaurants for you to stop off at.

The promenade is even more special at night when the Hong Kong skyline stands out dramatically against the sky and every night at 8pm the dazzling Symphony of Lights lights up the night sky with sychronised lasers and searchlights.

13. Sky100 [SEE MAP]

Sky100

Located on the 100th floor of the International Commerce Centre, the views from Sky100 are simply divine; you can see all of Hong Kong and Victoria Harbor laid out below you.

The 360-degree observation deck has a cafe where you can grab a bite to eat or drink while taking in the views, as well as a virtual reality attraction and photo booth.

The panoramas on offer are just as stunning at night, when the city’s myriad of lights twinkle below you, glittering off the water around them.

12. Sai Kung [SEE MAP]

Sai Kung

This lovely, laidback seaside town is the perfect place to head from Hong Kong if you want to escape the city for a bit. Its serene settings will replenish you after all the sightseeing.

Located on the Sai Kung Peninsula, the town of the same name has lots of restaurants and bars for visitors to choose from; many opt to take a boat trip aboard an old junk.

With lots of activities on offer such as sailing, scuba diving and sunbathing – as well as partying in the evening – Sai Kung is an excellent choice for a day trip.

11. Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery [SEE MAP]

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

With just under 13,000 Buddha’s contained within the monastery, the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery sells itself slightly short, although visitors will surely come away impressed with its wealth of amazing sights.

Completed in 1957, the path up to the Buddhist temple is absolutely stunning to walk along; 500 life-sized golden Buddha’s line the way. At the top, the nine-tier pagoda and temple are just as delightful to wander around as even more Buddhas can be found everywhere you look.

Located in Pai Tau Village, the monastery is definitely worth checking out for its fantastic architecture, scenic setting amongt the hills and endless array of Buddhas.

10. Hong Kong Park [SEE MAP]

Hong Kong Park

If you’re looking for a relaxing spot to unwind after a hectic morning of sightseeing, Hong Kong Park is the place for you.

Tucked away amidst the towering skyscrapers, the park’s landscaped gardens and rock gardens perfectly complement the natural landscape, which has two lovely lakes at its center. Many locals come to practice tai chi or relax amidst the greenery.

A peaceful place, the park also includes the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, the Flagstaff House Museum of Teaware, and a little cafe if you want to grab a drink and watch the world go by.

9. Dragon's Back [SEE MAP]

Dragon's Back

This scenic ridge is one of the most popular parts of a hiking trail that takes you through five country parks. Nature lovers will absolutely adore the wonderful countryside.

The Dragon’s Back is located in Shek O Country Park, and the highlight on the hike is the remarkable view from Shek O Peak. Here, you can gaze out over beaches, bays, and roving hills; the scenery is stunning.

With trails of varying lengths, hiking the Dragon’s Back will make you feel like you are a million miles away from the busy streets of Hong Kong. You’ll return to the city refreshed and ready to explore yet more of its fantastic sights.

8. Hong Kong Museum of History [SEE MAP]

Hong Kong Museum of History

This fascinating museum is lovely to wander around and is the perfect place to head to if you want to understand more about Hong Kong’s rich history and cultural heritage.

The extensive collection focuses on natural history, ethnography, and archaeology, and the 4,000 exhibits remarkably cover over 400 million years of history, with folk costumes, ancient carvings, and fossils all featuring.

Both entertaining and educational, the Hong Kong Museum of History in Kowloon will take you on a whirlwind journey through the ages. Highlights include the Napier Column, a cannon barrel dating to 1650 and a fantastic bridal sedan chair while the reconstructed fortifications in the museum will really help you imagine how the First Opium War which so effected Hong Kong’s history took place.

7. Happy Valley Racecourse [SEE MAP]

Happy Valley Racecourse

Happy Valley Racecourse is loads of fun to visit and is definitely worth checking out when in Hong Kong; there is an infectious party atmosphere about the place.

While many people come to gamble, just as many come to take in the ambiance; themed nights such as Oktoberfest and Carnival only add to the sense of fun as people dress up for the occasion.

First opened in 1846, Wednesday night is the main night on which to visit. A good mix of locals and tourists make up the lively crowd. Put a bet down and who knows, maybe you’ll come away with some winnings in addition to memories of a fun night out.

6. Hong Kong Disneyland [SEE MAP]

Hong Kong Disneyland

Asia’s second Disneyland, Hong Kong’s version is located on Lantau Island and its wealth of fun rides and attractions make it a perfect place for the whole family to enjoy.

Opened in 2005, there are seven themed areas for visitors to explore. Chinese culture and Feng Shui principles that channel good energy have harmoniously been incorporated alongside sections such as Main Street, USA, Fantasyland, and Toy Story Land.

Loads of fun to wander around, Disneyland has a plethora of rides and attractions; highlights include the majestic Sleeping Beauty Castle, the exhilarating Space Mountain rollercoaster which will certainly set your heart racing and, of course, the spectacular daytime parades where all of your favourite Disney friends such as Mickey Mouse and Pluto make an appearance.

5. Peak Tram [SEE MAP]

Peak Tram

First opened in 1888, the Peak Tram is enjoyed by both locals and tourists alike, who use the funicular to travel to the upper parts of Hong Kong Island.

With fantastic views of the Hong Kong skyline and Victoria Harbor, it is well worth checking out when in the city; riding the funicular is a popular attraction in itself.

Taking you right up to The Peak in Victoria Park, the funicular railway is a useful means of transport and at the top, even more incredible views await.

4. Chi Lin Nunnery & Nan Lian Garden [SEE MAP]

Chi Lin Nunnery & Nan Lian Garden

Displaying some wonderful Tang Dynasty architecture, the Chi Lin Nunnery is a treat to visit. The wonderful Nan Lian Gardens in front are a peaceful haven, tucked away from Hong Kong’s bustling streets.

The Buddhist temple complex is marvelous to wander around. Its sixteen fine halls are home to some stunning statues and carvings, such as the exquisite golden Sakyamuni Buddha and the delightfully carved Guanyin who is the goddess of mercy.

The prettily landscaped gardens are a lovely spot to spend some time, and perfectly complement the traditional architecture of the pagoda, bell tower, and library of the nunnery, which was founded in 1934.

3. Tian Tan Buddha Statue [SEE MAP]

Tian Tan Buddha Statue

Located on Lantau Island to the west of Hong Kong, the Tian Tan Buddha is spectacular to gaze upon and is often known as the ‘Big Buddha’ due to its colossal size.

Completed in 1993, the bronze statue impressively sits atop a hill with trees surrounding it. Its peaceful location is very appropriate as it symbolizes mankind’s harmonious relationship with the natural world.

Weighing in at over 250 metric tons, the weighty statue is a very popular tourist attraction. The delightful views from the upper platform only add to the perfect scene.

2. Star Ferry [SEE MAP]

Star Ferry

First opened in 1888, riding the Star Ferry is an absolute must when visiting Hong Kong; it is one of the most scenic ferry rides in the world.

Part of the city’s public transportation network, the ferries transport locals and tourists between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. The skylines at either end are stunning.

Crossing Victoria Harbor on the ferry is a memorable affair and you may have to jostle your way to one of the highly valued window seats to catch a glimpse of the amazing panoramas. The views are just as special at night when the skyscrapers light up before you.

1. Victoria Peak [SEE MAP]

#1 of Tourist Attractions In Hong Kong

Named after Queen Victoria, this delightful park is located on the north of Hong Kong Island. The stunning views from its summit make it one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.

To reach the top, visitors can take one of the world’s steepest funiculars, the Peak Tram. The panoramas are incredible; you can see Hong Kong and the glittering Victoria Harbor below you. The views are just as spectacular at night as the city lights up before your eyes.

There is loads to do in Victoria Park. Many locals head to Hong Kong’s largest public park to play football and basketball or go swimming and practice tai chi. A peaceful place, the park hosts numerous events over the year, of which the Lunar New Year Fair is undoubtedly the most popular as fireworks pop off around the city, making for an unforgettable spectacle.

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27 Things to do in Hong Kong + Hong Kong Tourist Spots

27 Things to do in Hong Kong + Hong Kong Tourist Spots

A gawk-worthy modern skyline and exciting urban attractions are the top reasons that got me on a plane to Hong Kong on my first trip abroad. Hong Kong’s compact size makes it incredibly convenient to navigate and explore, allowing you to make the most of your time even on a short visit. Whether you’re a shopaholic, a theme park enthusiast, a culture lover, or a history buff, Hong Kong has something to offer.

Prepare to be dazzled by the city’s stunning urban views, go on scenic harbor cruises, and indulge in the delicious local cuisine. This guide will help you plan your itinerary and embark on an unforgettable journey through Hong Kong, where East meets West in a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity.

Here’s a list of beautiful places to visit in Hong Kong including top things to do & the best Hong Kong tourist spots.

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Best Things To Do in Hong Kong

1. Have fun at Hong Kong Disneyland

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Disneyland Hong Kong in Lantau Island, Hong Kong

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Experience a magical adventure at Hong Kong Disneyland! This attraction is a must-visit for all travelers. Meet your favorite Disney characters, explore enchanting lands like Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, and enjoy thrilling rides like “Space Mountain.” With something for everyone, Hong Kong Disneyland guarantees a day of joy and excitement. Make sure to check the schedule before you go, so you don’t miss the spectacular parades happening throughout the day and the must-see evening fireworks show.

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The Hong Kong Disneyland ticket price online is HKD 590 per adult for a 1-day general admission (regular day).

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Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel Location: Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.  Save on Google Maps . Book here

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How to go :

Very easy to get to since it’s connected with the MTR train system. Take the Orange MTR Line to Sunny Bay and switch to Disneyland Resort “Pink” MTR Line.

Best time to visit is in the afternoon if you want to explore the park and watch the beautiful fireworks show at Sleeping Beauty Castle, which lights up the sky every night. Go to Main Street at least 15-minutes early to get a good spot before the crowds join in.

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2. Ride the Tram up Victoria Peak

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Hong Kong skyline view from The Peak Tram, Victoria Peak

Location : The Peak, Hong Kong . Save on Google Maps .

Embark on an unforgettable journey up Victoria Peak aboard the iconic Peak Tram. This thrilling ride offers breathtaking views of Hong Kong’s stunning skyline and lush landscapes. As you ascend, hold on tight and feel the excitement build. Once at the top, step onto the Sky Terrace 428, the highest viewing platform in Hong Kong, and take in the panoramic vistas of the city. While there, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and Trick Eye Museum for an added dose of entertainment and fun.

Victoria Peak Tram tickets

Ticket price for the Peak Tram Sky Pass (The Peak Tram + Sky Terrace 428) is HKD 149 per adult for a return journey.

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Ride the MTR to Central. Take the J2 exit and walk to the Peak Tram lower terminus along Garden Road. Board The Peak Tram to get to The Peak Tower. You may go to Victoria Peak more cheaply by taking the bus and go trekking along the Peak Circle Walk. There are a couple of scenic viewing decks along the way. The bus ride down the steep roads of the hill has its own thrills. It’s a good alternative if you want to take a different route back to Central Hong Kong.

3. Sail across Victoria Harbour

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Victoria Harbour Cruise in Hong Kong

Location : Between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon (mainland) . Save on Google Maps .

Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong. Hop on the iconic Star Ferry for a scenic journey across the harbor, surrounded by breathtaking city views. Enhance your experience with a Victoria Harbour Cruise, where you can cruise along the shimmering waters and witness the mesmerizing Symphony of Lights. This captivating lights and sound show takes place every evening, usually at around 8 pm, and adds a magical touch to the stunning harbor scenery.

Victoria Harbour Cruise

4. Explore Ngong Ping & Lantau Island

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Nong Ping 360 Cable Car in Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Location : Lantau Island, Hong Kong (near Hong Kong International Airport) . Save on Google Maps .

On Lantau Island, near Hong Kong Disneyland and Hong Kong International Airport, the imposing Tian Tan Buddha, known as the Big Buddha, awaits. Accessible via the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, the journey itself is a thrill. Enjoy sweeping aerial views of Lantau Island, Hong Kong International Airport, South China Sea, and the picturesque surrounding landscapes. Explore the Ngong Ping village and stroll through the serene surroundings, marveling at the magnificent Buddha statue on your way to the tranquil Po Lin Monastery, famous for its hall with almost 13,000 miniature Buddha statues.

Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Ticket

Ticket price for the standard cabin is HKD 256 per adult for a roundtrip ride.

Take the MTR to Tung Chung Station. Walk to the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car lower terminus and take the cable car to Ngong Ping Village.

5. Discover Hong Kong’s districts

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Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong

Immerse yourself in the diverse districts of Hong Kong, each offering its unique charm. Experience the bustling streets and shimmering lights of Tsim Sha Tsui, and take a stroll along the Avenue of Stars for mesmerizing skyline views. Head to West Kowloon for a cultural feast. Marvel at contemporary art in the M+ Museum and ascend to Sky100 for breathtaking panoramas. In Central, the city’s financial core, embark on a delightful food trip and visit iconic landmarks like Victoria Peak and Man Mo Temple. Hop on the train to Ocean Park and dive into a world of exciting rides, animal encounters, and fun shows.

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6. Go on a Day Trip to Macau

Location : Southeast China, East Asia (60 km east of Hong Kong approx.) . Save on Google Maps .

Macau is easy to visit from Hong Kong, even on a day trip! Just a short ferry ride away, Macau awaits with its captivating blend of Chinese and Portuguese cultures. Explore the historic streets of the UNESCO-listed Historic Centre of Macau, where colonial architecture harmoniously coexists with Chinese temples. Test your luck at the world-famous casinos lining the Cotai Strip. Indulge in delectable Portuguese cuisine and savor mouthwatering egg tarts.

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Lantau Island Tourist Spots & Attractions

The largest of Hong Kong’s islands is home to many top attractions including Disneyland Hong Kong, Ngong Ping & Tian Tan Buddha. If you’re seeking a different view of Hong Kong, take a sunrise hike to the 934m Lantau Peak, see the stilt-houses at the Tai-O fishing village or enjoy the seaside views along Lantau’s peaceful coastline.

7. Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car

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Location : Tung Chung & Ngong Ping Village, Lantau Island, Hong Kong . Save on Google Maps .

The Ngong Ping Cable Car is a thrilling and scenic attraction in Hong Kong. It takes you high above the mountains, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. As you soar through the air, you’ll be captivated by the panoramic beauty below. It’s a must-visit experience for adventure seekers and nature lovers, allowing you to witness the natural wonders of Hong Kong from a unique vantage point.

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8. Ngong Ping Village

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Nong Ping Village and Tian Tan Buddha built on the mountains of Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Location : 111 Ngong Ping Rd, Lantau Island, Hong Kong . Save on Google Maps .

At the end of the thrilling cable car ride, you’ll arrive at the enchanting Ngong Ping Village. Nestled among picturesque mountains, this charming village offers a serene escape from the bustling city. Take a leisurely stroll through its narrow streets and immerse yourself in the Chinese-style architectural elements, with traditional buildings, tea houses, and souvenir shops. It’s the perfect place to eat and refuel while exploring nearby attractions such as the Tian Tan Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery.

9. Tian Tan Buddha

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The giant Tian Tan “Big” Buddha, in Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Location : Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Hong Kong . Save on Google Maps .

The Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the “Big Buddha,” is literally the biggest attraction this side of Lantau Island. It is the World’s largest outdoor sitting Buddha that is made of bronze. As you approach the statue, you’ll feel a sense of awe and tranquility. Climbing the steps to the Buddha offers a unique experience, allowing you to admire the surrounding beauty and enjoy panoramic views of the lush mountains.

10. Po Lin Monastery

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Po Lin Monastery in Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

The Po Lin Monastery, located just a short walk away from Ngong Ping Village, is a must-visit highlight in Lantau Island. As one of the most revered Buddhist temples in Hong Kong, it offers a serene and tranquil atmosphere. Here you’ll see worshippers offering incense and prayers. The main temple features three statues of the Buddha and is adorned with intricate architecture. The characters on top of the main temple spell out “Po Lin Monastery,” meaning “Precious Lotus.” The lotus flower symbolizes purity in Buddhism. Another nearby attraction is the Wisdom Path, a scenic walk that complements the spiritual experience.

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12. See more of Lantau Island

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Citygate Outlets in Tung Chung, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Other interesting spots in Lantau Island

Citygate Outlets  — This huge mall in Tung Chung, filled with outlet stores, is a great spot for bargain shopping. Easy to visit since it’s connected to Tung Chung MTR station. Location: Tung Chung, Lantau Island.  Save on Google Maps .

Tai O Fishing Village Location: Tai O, Lantau Island.  Save on Google Maps .

Lantau Peak Location: Lantau Island.  Save on Google Maps .

Central & Hong Kong Tourist Spots & Attractions Island Tourist Spots & Attractions

13. The Peak Tram

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The Peak tram in Central, Hong Kong

Location : Central, Hong Kong . Save on Google Maps .

The breathtaking panoramic view from Victoria Peak is one of Hong Kong’s most popular attractions, and for good reason. Hop on this historic tram for a thrilling ascent up Victoria Peak. As you ride, be prepared for a steep incline and breathtaking views overlooking Hong Kong’s famous skyline and Victoria Harbor. Dating back to 1888, it carries a nostalgic charm. The tram conveniently grants access to popular attractions like Sky Terrace 428 and Madame Tussauds Hong Kong. The ride takes around 7-8 minutes, starting from the Lower Peak Tram Terminus in the Central district. For the best view, grab a seat on the right side of the carriage on your way up, and the left side on your way down.

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14. Sky Terrace 428 & Victoria Peak

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Hong Kong skyline view from Sky Terriace 428 in Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

Location : 1 Lugard Rd, The Peak Tower, Victoria Peak, Hong Kong . Save on Google Maps .

Sky Terrace 428 at The Peak Tower, situated on Victoria Peak, is the highest 360-degree viewing platform in Hong Kong. From this elevated vantage point, visitors can marvel at the iconic city skyline, lush mountains, and the glistening waters of Victoria Harbour. It’s the perfect spot to capture Instagram-worthy photos and enjoy Hong Kong’s awe-inspiring panoramic views.

Apart from Sky Terrace 428, Victoria Peak offers a range of attractions and activities. Explore Madame Tussauds and Monopoly Dreams for unique experiences. Take a leisurely stroll on the Peak Circle Walk, enjoying the stunning flora and fauna, and enjoy a food trip at The Peak Tower.

Victoria Peak Attractions

Madame Tussauds Location: Shop P101, The Peak Tower, No, 128 Peak Rd, The Peak, Hong Kong.  Save on Google Maps . Book here

Monopoly Dreams Location: The Peak Galleria, Hong Kong.  Save on Google Maps . Book here

15. Man Mo Temple

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Man Mo Temple in Central, Hong Kong

Location : Man Mo Temple, Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong . Save on Google Maps .

Step inside the incense-filled ambiance, admire the historical relics, and immerse yourself in the spiritual traditions of Hong Kong at the Man Mo Temple. This must-visit attraction in Central, Hong Kong, is the largest Man Mo temple in the city. Located on the bustling Hollywood Road in Sheung Wan, it is surrounded by trendy restaurants and old-school Chinese antique shops. The temple’s traditional architecture, adorned with ornate decorations, transports visitors to a bygone era.

16. HK Central Business District

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Shopping district at Central, Hong Kong

When in Central, make sure to explore the vibrant Hong Kong Central Business District (CBD). Adorned with iconic skyscrapers, this bustling district is home to renowned financial institutions, corporate headquarters, luxury shopping malls, and fine dining establishments. Immerse yourself in the energetic atmosphere as you wander through the bustling streets. Treat yourself to a food trip and savor the delectable local cuisine in Hong Kong. The CBD is a hotspot for mouthwatering dishes, with a wide range of local food restaurants

17. Ocean Park Hong Kong

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Doplhin show at Ocean Park Hong Kong

Location : Aberdeen, Hong Kong Island . Save on Google Maps .

Ocean Park Hong Kong, located on the southern coast of Hong Kong Island, is one of the world’s most popular marine-themed amusement parks. With its stunning ocean views and lush greenery, it offers a captivating experience for visitors. Encounter adorable giant pandas, marvel at the vibrant marine life in the Grand Aquarium, and be entertained by dolphins and sea lions at the Ocean Theatre. Take a cable car ride for a scenic journey through the park. And for thrill-seekers, Ocean Park features a wide range of thrilling rides and roller coasters that are sure to get your heart racing.

Ocean Park Hong Kong ticket

The Ocean Park Hong Kong ticket price is HKD 388 per adult for a 1-day general admission.

Ride the MTR to Admiralty station. Take Exit B and walk to the terminal of Bus 629 at the corner of Drake and Tamar Streets. Ride Bus #629 to Ocean Park.

18. Braemar Hill Peak

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Braemar Hill Peak in Hong Kong

Location : Braemar Hill, Tai Tam, Hong Kong . Save on Google Maps .

ooking for a quick hike in Hong Kong? Braemar Hill offers one of the best views overlooking the iconic Victoria Harbour, showcasing the breathtaking skylines of both Central Hong Kong and Kowloon (Tsim Sha Tsui). The hike to Braemar Hill Peak takes only around 30 minutes or less. Best of all, exploring Braemar Hill is completely free. Escape the crowds and indulge in a budget-friendly adventure while enjoying the magnificent vistas of Hong Kong’s captivating cityscape. Braemar Hill is the perfect destination to experience the beauty of Hong Kong’s cityscape.

19. See more of Hong Kong Island

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Pottinger Stone Slabs Street in Central, Hong Kong

Other interesting spots in Hong Kong Island

Pottinger Stone Slabs Street  — A historic pedestrian street in Hong Kong known for its unique stone steps and bustling shops, Location: Central, Hong Kong.  Save on Google Maps .

Lan Kwai Fong  — A renowned entertainment district famous for its vibrant nightlife, bustling bars, restaurants, and energetic atmosphere Location: 1 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong.  Save on Google Maps .

Happy Valley Racecourse  — a historic and iconic horse racing venue renowned for its thrilling races Location: Wong Nai Chung Rd, Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island.  Save on Google Maps .

Dragon’s Back Hike  — A popular trail that offers breathtaking views of the lush greenery, and scenic coastline of southeast Hong Kong Island Location: Shek 0, Hong Kong Island.  Save on Google Maps .

Tsim Sha Tsui & Kowloon Tourist Spots & Attractions Island Tourist Spots & Attractions

20. Avenue of Stars

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Location : Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Kowloon, Hong Kong . Save on Google Maps .

The Avenue of Stars is the iconic centerpiece of the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, offering unobstructed views of Hong Kong Island’s skyline and Victoria Harbour. Stroll along the promenade and discover handprints and statues of beloved movie stars, including the statues of Bruce Lee and Anita Mui. For the best experience, make sure to visit the Avenue of Stars during the Symphony of Lights, which takes place every evening.

21. Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade

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Clock Tower in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Location : Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong . Save on Google Maps .

There’s more to see and do at the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade apart from marveling at the Hong Kong skyline and visiting the Avenue of Stars. Explore the historic Clock Tower, a remnant of the original Kowloon-Canton Railway terminus. Indulge in a delightful waterfront dining experience at the numerous restaurants offering delicious cuisine and sea views. Immerse yourself in educational and artistic experiences at the Space Museum, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Cultural Centre, and Hong Kong Museum of Art.

Where to go in Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade & nearby areas

Avenue of Stars

Clock Tower Location: Tsim Sha Tsui.  Save on Google Maps .

Hong Kong Cultural Centre Location: Tsim Sha Tsui.  Save on Google Maps .

Hong Kong Museum of Art Location: Tsim Sha Tsui.  Save on Google Maps .

Hong Kong Space Museum Location: Tsim Sha Tsui.  Save on Google Maps .

Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront Park Location: Tsim Sha Tsui.  Save on Google Maps .

Signal Hill Garden Location: Tsim Sha Tsui.  Save on Google Maps .

Hong Kong Museum of History Location: 100 Chatham Rd S, Tsim Sha Tsui.  Save on Google Maps .

22. Star Ferry

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Star Ferry Pier in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Location : Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier – Central Pier, Hong Kong . Save on Google Maps .

Take a scenic Star Ferry ride across Victoria Harbour for panoramic views of Tsim Sha Tsui and Central Hong Kong. Since its establishment in 1888, it has been an integral part of the city’s transportation system and a symbol of its heritage. It’s not only a cheap mode of transportation but also a memorable way to get a scenic view of Hong Kong’s breathtaking skyline.

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23. Victoria Harbour Cruise

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Location : Hong Kong . Save on Google Maps .

Embark on a delightful Victoria Harbour Cruise, a must-do attraction in Hong Kong. Sail along the stunning Victoria Harbour and be captivated by the mesmerizing cityscape surrounding you. Choose from different schedules, including sunset sail, evening sail, or during the Symphony of Lights, to experience the harbor at its most enchanting moments. Marvel at the breathtaking views of the Hong Kong skyline, Central district, and Kowloon, while feeling the gentle breeze

24. Symphony of Lights

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Symphony of Lights from Tsim Sha Tsui, in Hong Kong

A trip to Hong Kong is not complete without watching the Symphony of Lights, which takes place every evening at 8:00 PM, transforming the city’s skyline into a mesmerizing display of lights, lasers, and music. This is the world’s largest permanent light and sound show, recognized by Guinness World Records. Head to the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront to enjoy panoramic views of the impressive Central Hong Kong Skyline and Victoria Harbor while being captivated by this breathtaking spectacle.

Take the MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui or East Tsim Sha Tsui Station. Proceed to Exit J and follow the signs to Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront.

From there, it’s an easy walk to many museums in the area including the Hong Kong Space Museum, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong Science Museum, Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre, and Health Education Exhibition and Resource Centre. And, Hong Kong’s historic landmarks like the Former Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower.

25. Temple Street & Night Makets

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Hong Kong Night Market in Hong Kong

Location : Temple St, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong . Save on Google Maps .

Located in Yau Ma Tei, Temple Street is one of Hong Kong’s most famous night markets, renowned for its vibrant street shopping, lively atmosphere, and a wide array of delicious street food. Indulge in the mouthwatering flavors of Hong Kong with must-try treats such as Egg Waffles, Hong Kong-style Milk Tea, Curry Fish Balls, and Egg Tarts. Apart from Temple Street, other popular night markets in Hong Kong include the Ladies’ Market in Mong Kok, Fa Yuen Street (Sneaker Street) in Mong Kok, and the Jade Market in Yau Ma Tei. These night markets offer diverse shopping experiences, from fashion and accessories to cultural items, giving visitors a taste of Hong Kong’s vibrant street life.

Top Night Markets in Hong Kong

Temple Street  — Located in Mongkok. The nearest MRT stations are Jordan and Yau Ma Tei.

Ladies Market  — Located at Tung Choi Street, Mongkok. The nearest MRT station is Mongkok.

Sneaker Street  — Located in Mongkok. The nearest MRT stations are Prince Edward and Mongkok.

Toy Market / Wan Chai Street Market  — Located along Tai Yuen Street, Wan Chai. The nearest MRT station is Wan Chai.

Apliu Street Flea Market  — Located at Apliu Street, Kowloon. The nearest MRT station is Sham Shui Po.

26. See more of Kowloon

Interesting spots in West Kowloon

M+ Museum  — Impressive contemporary art collection and captivating architectural design, offering a unique and enriching experience for art enthusiasts and those seeking artistic inspiration. Location: West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong.  Save on Google Maps . Book here

Sky100 Observation Deck  — Located on the 100th floor of Hong Kong’s tallest building, Sky 100 offers a breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of Hong Kong’s iconic landmarks. Standard entry price on Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck costs HKD 148 (discount price online) Book here

Hong Kong Palace Museum  — Showcases a rich collection of Chinese cultural artifacts, providing visitors with a captivating glimpse into the country’s ancient heritage and artistic treasures. Location: 8 Museum Drive West Kowloon, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong.  Save on Google Maps . Book here

Beyond Kowloon

Lion Rock Hike  — A renowned and scenic trail in Hong Kong, known for its resemblance to a crouching lion and offering panoramic city views Location: Wong Tai Sin District.  Save on Google Maps .

Beyond Hong Kong

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Taiwan, a captivating destination to explore near Hong Kong, is renowned for its dynamic capital city of Taipei, breathtaking natural landscapes, rich historical sites, and delectable food scene. The most popular mode of transportation from Hong Kong to Taiwan is by air, with frequent flights available between Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE). The flight duration typically ranges from 1.5 to 2 hours, ensuring a seamless and swift journey to discover the wonders of Taiwan.

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Location : Southeast Asia (mainland) . Save on Google Maps .

Like Hong Kong, Singapore is one of the best cities to visit for first-time travelers. Known as Asia’s “Lion City,” Singapore is a vibrant cosmopolitan hub famous for its impressive skyline, multicultural heritage, and world-class attractions. It offers a captivating blend of modernity and tradition, showcasing iconic landmarks such as Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, and the historic district of Chinatown. Traveling from Hong Kong to Singapore by flight typically takes around 3.5 to 4 hours. From Manila (Philippines), the flight duration to Singapore is approximately hours 3.5 to 4 hours as well.

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Ready to see more of Asia? Japan is one of the best places to go! This captivating country is renowned for its unique blend of traditional culture and modern innovations. It is famous for its iconic cities like Tokyo and Kyoto, breathtaking natural wonders such as Mount Fuji, and delectable Japanese cuisine. The best way to travel to Japan is by air. Flights from Hong Kong to Tokyo typically take 4 to 5 hours. The flight duration from Manila, Philippines to Tokyo is around 5 hours.

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Places to visit in Hong Kong

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Where to Stay in Hong Kong

Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) and Central are the best areas to stay in Hong Kong. TST offers a wider variety when it comes to prices. You can find hostels/guesthouses catering to backpackers and low budget travelers as well as 5-star hotels. Meanwhile, hotels in Central caters to a more upscale crowd.

If you're set on a splurge, choose a hotel near the waterfront for sweeping views of  Hong Kong 's skyline and Victoria Harbour. In this case, stay in Tsim Sha Tsui (TST), which offers a view of the more impressive Central  Hong Kong 's skyline.

The neighborhoods of Jordan, Mong Kok, Sheung Wan and Wan Chai are also great options as these places are located next to Tsim Sha Tsui and Central. If you plan to stay in these areas, remember to choose a location within easy walking distance to an MTR train station.

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Click below & search recommended Hong Kong hotels/hostels/home rentals within your budget. Remember to set your  min/max price , travel dates, and  sort by review ratings . I often book online with these trusted booking sites below for rock-bottom prices & convenient bookings.

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Book sooner rather than later if you already have your dates set. Cheaper-priced rooms and hotels with high reviews tend to get fully booked faster, especially during busy days like weekends, holidays & peak tourist seasons.

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31 BEST Places to Visit in Hong Kong (2024)

Hong Kong is one of the most vital and exciting cities in Asia. Not only is it a fascinating mix of cultures, but it’s also one of the most important economic and tourist hubs in the world.

However, it can also be a little intimidating. Hong Kong has a reputation for being expensive, that isn’t completely deserved. Hong Kong has something for everyone. Whether you’re on a big budget or a tight one, you’ll find restaurants, affordable hotels and hostels, and attractions that will fascinate you and suit your wallet.

This city has some of the best restaurants in the world as well as affordable local places with delicious dishes. It has designer shops and local shops with shelves piled high with exotic foods, crafts and other goods. There is no end to the things you can see, do and eat at every price point.

To help you find options that suit your preferences and wallet at every price point, we’ve created this list of the best places to visit in Hong Kong.

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Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Tsim Sha Tsui

As one of the most central districts in the city, it’s little wonder Tsim Sha Tsui receives so many visitors. The nightlife, cafes and markets might also have something to do with it

  • Kowloon Park – those keen to escape city life can take a wark in sprawling Kowloon Park which is home to greenery, plants and bird life.
  • Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier – for over 100 years, the ships at this docking station have been taking travellers across the water from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island.
  • K11 – don’t miss this art gallery and shopping centre which displays exhibitions all throughout the year. Pick up some goods as you explore the installations.

Before you start reading the excitement below, you are going to want to check out where to stay in Hong Kong first. This diverse city is absolutely sprawling, meaning it’s heaving with great accommodation options and it can be a bit overwhelming sifting through them all. Good thing we’ve got you covered isn’t it!

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#1 – Sky 100 Hong Kong Observation Deck – One of the most amazing places in Hong Kong!

Sky 100 Hong Kong Observation Deck

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  • A bird’s eye view of the city.
  • Learn more about Hong Kong’s history with a state-of-the-art multimedia exhibition.
  • See the city up close through high-end telescopes.
  • An excellent place for photographers and tourists of all kinds.

Why it’s awesome : There’s nothing like getting the full view of the Hong Kong skyline when you arrive in a new city, and you can do that from the Sky 100 Hong Kong Observation Deck . The high-speed elevator will take you to the 100th floor in 60 seconds, where you’ll get a 360 view of every part of the city. For the price of admission, you can also spend some time looking at the displays and learn more about Hong Kong and its culture. This will not only deepen your understanding, but it will also help you develop a deeper appreciation of the city and its people.

What to do there : You should spend time looking at the view, trying to spot the hostel you are staying in from up above and taking pictures, but you can do more than just gaze at the scenery. The 360 view means that you can enjoy Hong Kong’s iconic skyline from the best vantage point possible, and you can use a high-end telescope to take a closer look at the city. There’s also an interactive multimedia exhibition which will give you a fascinating glimpse into Hong Kong’s history and culture.

#2 – The Symphony of Lights, an incredible light show every night!

Symphony of Lights Hong Kong

  • Great for families looking for an evening activity.
  • Ideal for photographers.
  • A free activity in Hong Kong.

Why it’s awesome : There’s nothing quite like a musical and light performance, but none beat the Symphony of Lights which takes place at 8pm every night from Tsim Sha Tsui promenade. The light show is a fifteen-minute performance where lights and lasers light up the Hong Kong skyline across Victoria Harbour. The display spreads as far as Causeway Bay all the way down to Central Hong Kong.

What to do there : Find your favorite spot on the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade, or if you time it right, you can even enjoy a junk boat cruise along Victoria Harbour. The best place to see the light shows from Tsim Sha Tsui promenade looking over at Victoria Peak as most of the lights are on top of the buildings on Hong Kong island. The show happens every day at 8pm, so make sure you. get there early to grab the best spot!

#3 – Wong Tai Sin Temple

Wong Tai Sin Temple, Hong Kong

  • A living example of modern religious beliefs in Hong Kong.
  • The Wong Tai Sin Temple has amazing architecture and decorations.
  • You can get your fortune told!

Why it’s awesome : Exploring a travel destination’s past is all well and good, but sometimes you want to understand the present as well; Wong Tai Sin temple will allow you to do this and it is a must-do on any Hong Kong itinerary . It’s a Buddhist temple that was first built in 1920 and then replaced in 1968, so you’re quite literally looking at architecture and religious beliefs from the sixties. This makes it an excellent way to examine recent history and understand more about how present-day Hong Kong came to be.

What to do there: Spending time in Wong Tai Sin Temple is all about observing everyday life. If you aren’t Buddhist, you probably won’t understand a lot of the architecture or the activities in the temple, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t be a part of them.

This temple is dedicated to the Taoist god of horse racing and healing from sickness. The complex consists of several large buildings, all with unique decorations and purposes. While you’re there, you’ll probably see fortune-tellers and locals burning incense in the halls. If you’re really lucky and you’re there in the fall, you’ll get to glimpse the festival held in the Gods’ honor.

#4 – Hong Kong Heritage Museum

Hong Kong Heritage Museum

  • Learn about Chinese art and culture.
  • Kids will love the ‘Children’s Discovery Gallery,’ so make sure to bring the whole family.
  • A good way to get some peace after the busy streets.
  • For art lovers and anyone interested in history.

Why it’s awesome : Chinese history is long and varied, and very different from that of Western countries. It’s also not widely studied outside of Asian countries, and a visit to the Hong Kong Heritage Museum is a way to remedy that. It’s a way to better understand a country that has become a powerhouse on the world stage, and one that’s also turning into a popular travel destination. Along the way, you’ll see some fantastic pieces of art.

What to do there : The museum has a rotating schedule of exhibits, so make sure you see what’s on offer while you’re in Hong Kong. There are six permanent galleries which are dedicated to Chinese art and Cantonese opera. Another permanent exhibition is a children’s area, where they can enjoy the displays and learn in fun and interactive ways. The museum is interesting at any time, but it’s especially fascinating during one of Hong Kong’s frequent rain showers, when you can learn about the city and stay dry at the same time.

#5 – Hong Kong Science Museum – Awesome place to visit in Hong Kong with kids!

Hong Kong Science Museum, Hong Kong

  • Interactive, high tech displays.
  • A good mix of entertainment and education.
  • Perfect for anyone who’s interested in science.
  • Great for families.

Why it’s awesome : The Hong Kong Science Museum is spread across four floors, and there’s a surprise at every turn. It strikes a good balance between entertainment and education that will have children and adults of all ages enthralled and eager to see more. It boasts lots of interactive displays that probably won’t be what you’re expecting, making you wish you could go back to science class!

What to do there : There are four floors of displays in this museum, so make sure you explore every one of them to find something you’re interested in. The Dinosaur Model Making Workshop is particularly popular with people of all ages, as is the video gallery. If you really enjoy the museum, make sure you have a look at the gift shop on the way out for souvenirs to remind you of your visit.

#6 – Victoria Peak – One of the most incredible free places to go to in Hong Kong!

Victoria Peak

  • A great place to take photographs of Hong Kong’s famous skyline.
  • Escape the city and spend some time in nature.
  • Easily accessible via a range of transport options.
  • One of the most amazing views in Hong Kong at night!

Why it’s awesome : Sometimes you tend to focus on the street-level details when you first arrive in a new city. This is understandable, after all, there’s always a lot to see and do, but it also means that you forget about the bigger picture. And you definitely forget that there’s something beyond the concrete jungle. But when you visit Victoria Peak in Hong Kong, you see the bigger picture in living, glorious color. You get to ogle at the concrete and glass of the city set against the lush green forest and the dark blue ocean. And the contrast is truly magical!

What to do there : The view at Victoria Peak is amazing at any time. In the daytime, you’ll see the whole of the city set out like an enormous child’s toy. At night, you’ll get a perfect view of the lights of the city set against the darkness of the ocean. While you’re there, make sure you explore the enormous park at the peak, with its many lookouts. And if you get tired of all that nature, you can spend some time at the Peak Tower and Peak Galleria, which has an observation deck, as well as restaurants and shops.

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#7 – Hong Kong Disneyland – The happiest place to visit in Hong Kong!

Hong Kong Disneyland

  • Definitely one of the best places for families to visit in Hong Kong.
  • Includes a range of characters and lands from Disney movies.
  • Great for photographers.
  • For the young and the young at heart.

Why it’s awesome : No matter how old you are, everyone should see Hong Kong Disneyland at least once in their lives. This is the place where dreams are made; a world that was created from one man’s imagination and his desire to tell stories. There are some downsides to visiting Hong Kong Disneyland , of course – mostly the crowds and the commercialism of this particular park. But it’s something else to see all your favorite Disney characters and places brought to life right in front of your eyes.

What to do there : Hong Kong’s Disneyland includes seven separate lands: Mystic Point, Main Street, U.S.A., Grizzly Gulch, Toy Story Land, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, and Future: Frozen Land. As you wander around these lands – some of them very familiar – you’ll see performances, musicals, Disney characters, and rides, all of which will call to the child inside of you and remind you of old favorites. There are also ample chances to get photos and lots of unhealthy food to eat, so forget about your diet and your adult life for a day and just enjoy it!

#8 – Ocean Park – A fascinating educational place to visit in Hong Kong!

Ocean Park, Hong Kong

  • Includes rides as well as historical sites.
  • A great place for anyone who loves the ocean or likes to see animals.
  • Has an enormous aquarium with over 400 species of fish.
  • Also includes pandas!

Why it’s awesome : Ocean Park in Hong Kong has something for everyone. The kids will love the rides, the animals and the aquarium, and may also learn something about Hong Kong along the way. But this park isn’t just for kids; it’s for anyone who wants to get a glimpse of old Hong Kong or who wants to see a panda – China’s iconic animal!

In fact, Ocean Park is so popular, that if you ask any kid in Hong Kong which theme park they love the best, they always say Ocean Park! The dolphin show is a real crowd pleaser and the pandas are super adorable.

What to do there: Ocean Park’s aquarium is the perfect place to spend an hour or so out of the heat. It boasts an extensive collection of exotic fish, a touch pool, and is a fascinating place to spend some time for adults and children alike. If you’re looking for something more exciting, Ocean Park also has rollercoasters and the Giant Panda Adventure, where you’ll get to see this iconic animal, as well as red pandas and the endangered Chinese Giant Salamander.

#9 – Lan Kwai Fong – A must see for foodies!

Lan Kawai Fong

  • Trendy, open-air restaurants.
  • A dizzying mix of cuisines.
  • One of the most popular night time eating areas.
  • A great place to sit, eat something delicious, and people watch!

Why it’s awesome : The heart of Hong Kong is its food . No other city in the world can match it for both local dishes and their mastery of a range of cuisines from around the world. It’s rare to get a bad meal in Hong Kong, and nearly impossible in Lan Kwai Fong.

This area includes main streets and small alleys, all of them packed to the brim with restaurants quite literally stacked on top of each other. In these streets, you will find anything you have a craving for, and it will probably be the best version that you’ve ever eaten.

It is also the number one place to be for nightlife. With the best clubs, rooftop bars and speak easy joints on Hong Kong Island, no night out would be complete without taking a trip to LKF.

What to do there : Make sure that you bring your appetite and spend some time wandering the streets before you choose a place to eat. The ground level is only the start, so check the directories located at the main entrances to the buildings to see what the higher levels have to offer.

There’s nothing better than taking a seat in one of the outdoor patios and watching the crowds as you enjoy your meal, so make sure that’s a part of your experience.

If you’re in town for nightlife, LKF is a popular place to mingle and meet other travellers and expats on a night out. There are a ton of bars and clubs, plus the 7/11 is open 24/7 which is usually where you find the international crowd having a street beer or two (the bars can be quite expensive). Be warned though, time seems to disappear in LKF. You plan to go for one drink, the next minute it’s 6am!

#10 – Tian Tan Buddha – A beautiful and scenic place to check out in Hong Kong

Tian Tan Buddha

  • Amazing views from the top of Tian Tan Buddha.
  • Perfect for nature lovers.
  • A remnant of Hong Kong’s past.
  • You’ll be shocked at just how huge this statue is!

Why it’s awesome : You may have seen the Tian Tan Buddha or ‘Big Buddha’ in pictures, but nothing prepares you for how big this statue is in reality. It’s one of the largest Buddha statues in the world and took 12 years to complete. Surrounded by acres of green, there is an astonishing view over the forest and ocean. This is the perfect place to get that iconic picture of your trip to Hong Kong with the most glorious backdrop possible.

What to do there : The ‘Big Buddha’ is located on Lantau Island above the Po Lin monastery, which you’ll have to walk through on your way to the statue. The monastery was founded in 1906 and contains several incredible architectural features, such as the Hall of Bodhisattva Skanda and the Main Shrine Hall of Buddha. Before you head up to take pictures of the seated Buddha, make sure you explore this piece of Hong Kong’s past in detail.

To get to the Tian Tan Buddha, you can take the Ngong Ping cable car from Tung Chung in Lantau Island, which offers an incredible view of the mountains and surrounding ocean as you journey up to the top. If you’re lucky, you might get a car with a glass floor so you can see the mountains below.d

#11 – Hong Kong Park – A beautiful outdoor place to visit in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Park

  • A slice of peace in the heart of the city.
  • Includes an aviary with more than 80 bird species.
  • Great for nature lovers and anyone who needs a break from the city.

Why it’s awesome : Hong Kong is an incredibly busy city; sometimes, you just need a place to sit and be peaceful. It’s even better if you can do that amongst nature. Hong Kong Park is enormous and boasts water features and small forests with mature trees. It’s the perfect place to relax when you’ve had a long day and need some rejuvenation.

What to do there : You literally don’t have to do anything in this park. You can just find a nice, shady spot, sit down, and relax – maybe even take a nap. If you’re feeling a little more active, go and see the birds in the aviary, spend time in the greenhouse, or visit the Hong Kong Visual Art Center. But don’t feel bad if all you do is sit and watch the water. Everyone needs some time to sit and relax sometimes.

#12 – Tsim Tsa Tsui

Tsim Tsa Tsui

  • The best shopping area in Hong Kong.
  • Includes both high-end retailers and local vendors.
  • The Tsim Tsa Tsui Cultural Center, which is located at the end of the main street, contains several different tourist attractions.
  • There’s something for every taste and interest here.

Why it’s awesome : This is the heart of the city and it’s probably the place you’ll see the most of while you’re in Hong Kong. Nathan Road is the main street running through this area and is lined with shops of almost every type, selling everything you could imagine. It’s crowded and busy with people, cars, buses and transport of every kind. Shops blast out conflicting styles of music and lights flash every color possible. It’s quite literally a place that overloads your senses, and that’s what makes it so exciting!

What to do there : First, you need to shop until you drop on Nathan Road and check out the high-end designer shops on Canton Road. Once you’ve had your fill there, go down to the Cultural Center and check out the Hong Kong Space Museum and Hong Kong Museum of Art. This complex is right on the waterfront, so if you’re there in the evening, consider sticking around to watch the evening light show across the harbor. You’ll have the best vantage point in the city!

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#13 – Man Mo Buddhist Temple – Possibly one of the most important places to visit in Hong Kong

Man Mo Temple, Hong Kong

  • One of the most important temples in Hong Kong.
  • It will give you an insight into modern religion in Hong Kong.
  • Still an integral part of the daily lives of many locals.
  • Beautiful, ornate decorations.

Why it’s awesome : The Man Mo Temple is one of the oldest in Hong Kong and yet it’s still vitally important in everyday life. This temple is dedicated to The God of Literature and the God of War; people come here to burn offerings and voice their most private wishes. The temple itself is ornate and lushly decorated, with the heavy scent of incense and the smoky air adding to the mystique.

What to do there : While you’re in the temple, observe the reverence with which the locals choose their offerings and make their wish. Enjoy the architecture and the mysterious and worshipful hush of the rooms. Study the exuberant offerings and alters set all around. And walk away with a deeper understanding of the importance of sites like this in modern life in Hong Kong.

#14 – Pottinger Street

Pottinger Street

  • One of the oldest streets in Hong Kong.
  • An iconic part of Central Hong Kong.
  • Now a shopping area where you can buy costumes, ornaments, and souvenirs.

Why it’s awesome : There are some places in the world where you can feel the history, and this is one of them. Dating back to the 1850s, this street was named after Henry Pottinger, the first governor of Hong Kong, and much of it remains unchanged since that time. The stone street is steep and difficult to traverse, yet there’s a liveliness to the area that belies the long history.

What to do there : Pottinger Street is in the Central Hong Kong, so there’s a lot to do in the surrounding areas in Hong Kong. While you’re in the street, have a look at the souvenirs and quirky trinkets. Try on some of the costumes the vendors are selling and generally just enjoy the colorful, lively atmosphere.

#15 – Nan Lian Garden & Chi Lin Nunnery

Nan Lian Garden

  • Peaceful, lush natural surroundings.
  • The Nan Lian Gardens are in a historic area that reflects one of the golden ages of Chinese culture.
  • Managed by the historic Chi Lin Nunnery, which can be viewed at the same time as the Nan Lian Garden.

Why it’s awesome : The Nan Lian Garden is designed in the style of a Tang dynasty garden and reflects the wealth of the time, as well as its unique culture. The garden features pagodas, water features, and pavilions, all of them set in a serene and visually pleasing setting.

What to do there: Get a glimpse into China’s history as you wander around these historic Nan Lian gardens, designed in a style that goes back to the 8th century AD. This was one of the golden ages in Chinese civilization in terms of culture and economic power, and this is reflected in the lushness and order of these gardens. While you’re there, make sure you check out the Chi Lin Nunnery and its trendy and popular vegetarian restaurant as well!

#16 – Lamma Island – A beautiful outdoor place to visit in Hong Kong

Lamma Island

  • As far from the city as you can get.
  • Great hiking and beaches.
  • Small villages where you can see the local way of life.
  • No roads or vehicles allowed, so you’ll feel as if you’ve quite literally gone back in time.

Why it’s awesome : Lamma Island can give you a taste of how Hong Kong was a long time ago when it was made up of small villages. It’s like stepping back in time to when there were no cars and life was simple and quiet. Easily accessible from Hong Kong, this is an excellent destination for anyone who wants to really get away from the noise and busyness. But don’t take this side trip if you don’t enjoy hiking, because there isn’t any other way to get around the island.

What to do there : Lamma Island is all about outdoor activities, so if you enjoy these kinds of pastimes, then this is the ideal place for you. You can hike the tiny island, swim in the ocean, or laze on the beach. If you spend a day here, it will be a day of pure relaxation where you enjoy nature at every turn. You won’t starve while you’re there either; there are seaside villages on the island with restaurants, so you’ll be able to enjoy a good seafood meal before returning to Hong Kong’s fast-paced lifestyle.

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#17 – The Beach at Repulse Bay – A nice non-touristy place to visit in Hong Kong

The Beach at Repulse Bay

  • Sun, sand, and relaxation!
  • A relaxed atmosphere coupled with high class restaurants and food.
  • Great for kids.
  • Good for swimming.

Why it’s awesome: You probably don’t think of the beach in connection with Hong Kong, but you should. After all, it’s an island, so naturally, it’s surrounded by water and beaches. The beach at Repulse Bay is a soft sand beach with great views.

It’s also surprisingly non-touristy. You’ll probably only see locals during your time on this beach because all the tourists are enjoying the more obvious city attractions. This makes it the perfect place to get some sun without the crowds that usually gather at the seaside.

What to do there: The water is relatively warm in Repulse Bay year-round, and the temperature in Hong Kong never drops low enough to take a stroll along the beach uncomfortable. So, going for a swim and walking on the beach are both popular choices in this area. In fact, this is a beach to relax at, so don’t expect lots of vigorous water sports. Instead, just enjoy the water and the sun. When you get tired of that, there are some great shops and restaurants lining the beach. When you’re ready for a meal, choose a place to sit and eat while the sun goes down.

#18 – Big Wave Bay

Big Wave Bay, Hong Kong

  • Gentle water.
  • A laid-back surfer’s atmosphere.
  • Less developed than most of the other beaches.
  • Outdoor restaurants and street stalls serving meat and fresh seafood.

Why it’s awesome : If you like your beach time to be laidback and completely relaxed, then Big Wave Bay is the ultimate beach for that. Easily accessible from Hong Kong, this beach feels like it’s a world away from the city, which is why it’s such a favorite spot for locals and expats. It’s the perfect place to go if you want to feel like you’re completely out of the big city without leaving the area entirely.

What to do there : Big Wave Bay has a rocky headland where surfers can practice their craft, and soft sand where sunbathers work on their tans. This is one of the few places in Hong Kong where you can spend all day on the beach and have a good meal without having to change your clothes or put on shoes. The restaurants and food stalls are all outdoors and completely casual. So, after you’ve spent your day on the beach, take advantage of the chance to keep on relaxing during a great feed.

#19 – Temple Street Night Market – Easily one of the most fun places to check out in Hong Kong

Temple Street Night Markets

  • Great shopping for everything from jewelry and gadgets to clothing and souvenirs.
  • Food stalls selling delicious, freshly cooked snacks.
  • Lots of chances to snag a bargain!

Why it’s awesome : There’s nothing quite like the atmosphere of a market in Asia. The sights, sounds, and smells have to be experienced to be fully appreciated, and this market is one of the best in the city where you can do that. You can find anything you want here, plus a few things that you didn’t know you wanted. The food stalls ensure that you’ll eat well at the same time.

What to do there : This is an obvious one; the Temple Street Night Markets are made for shopping. Look for souvenirs to take home, jewellery to give as gifts, and strangely beautiful ornaments to remind you of your trip once you’re back home. This market opens around 6 pm, but it takes a while to get going, so arrive later and bring your appetite with you, as there is a whole load of amazing street food for you to try.

When you’re sick of shopping, you can go from food stall to food stall and try absolutely everything that catches your eye. There are also some stellar Airbnbs located nearby if you’d like to stay close to all the action.

#20 – Garden of Stars

Garden of Stars

  • Hong Kong’s version of the Hollywood stars.
  • See prints left behind by China’s most celebrated performers, such as Bruce Lee.
  • A great reminder that Hollywood isn’t the center of the world!

Why it’s awesome : Most people outside of Asia tend to think of Hollywood when they think about movie stars. But Asian countries have their own movie stars, some of them incredibly popular and well-respected. The movie scene is hugely profitable in Asia, and it’s also an important part of the culture in Hong Kong. If you want to understand a little more about the city you’re visiting, you need to understand which public figures the locals admire.

What to do there : This is a place to open your mind. Some of the names you may recognize – such as Bruce Lee – but many of them you won’t. This is a place where you’ll start to understand just how different the culture around you is. If you’re curious and start researching some of the names, you just might find yourself with a whole new genre of film to explore!

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#21 – Tai O Fishing Village – One of Hong Kong’s coolest historical sites!

Tai O Fishing Village

  • The fishing village offers a chance to see a more traditional way of life.
  • Slower paced and relaxing.
  • Great, fresh seafood dishes.
  • You may even catch a glimpse of the endangered pink dolphins in the area around the fishing village!

Why it’s awesome : Hong Kong is an exciting city, but it’s also noisy, polluted anlkd busy. If you get tired of all the rush and crowds, then a trip to the Tai O fishing village is the perfect antidote.

Here, you’ll get a glimpse of a slower pace of life, have a chance to breathe, and enjoy a glimpse of Hong Kong’s past. You’ll probably get some fresh seafood to eat while you’re at it too.

What to do there : There are no amusement parks, rides, or flashing neon signs in Tai O fishing village. This is a small village where the locals are welcoming to tourists but have their own lives. While you’re there, take a boat ride around the village with one of the locals, visit the local market, and enjoy the freshest seafood you’ve ever had.

It’s a great way to support the locals in their chosen way of life and a chance to enjoy some peace and quiet before you plunge into the streets of Hong Kong again.

#22 – Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery – A beautiful and scenic place to check out in Hong Kong

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

  • A peaceful escape from the city.
  • Set on a hilltop in the countryside.
  • Fascinating statues lining the path up to the monastery.
  • Good for anyone who’s interested in learning more about Hong Kong’s history.

Why it’s awesome: The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery isn’t a monastery. It’s listed as a historic site, and the unusual statues along the approach make it memorable even before you arrive at the temple complex. The architecture in the complex is impressive and nearly as good as the view, which can be seen from key points and includes long, sprawling acres of lush green forest.

What to do there: The walk up to the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is a long one. You must make your way up a long, curving staircase with around 400 steps – all in near-tropical heat. And yet, this monumental task doesn’t seem so bad in this case. That’s because there are golden Buddha statues all the way up, each of them with a unique expression and other quirks, making the journey one of exploration and discovery. Once you get there, explore the impressive structure and Buddha statues and make sure you take lots of timeouts to enjoy the impressive view from every angle.

#23 – Hong Kong Museum of History – One of the most underrated places to see in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong

  • An interactive and educational experience.
  • Good for people who are interested in going deep into the historical origins of an area.
  • An incredible, long term view of the city.

Why it’s awesome : Most historical museums share pieces of the past with guests, but this one goes a step further and goes back nearly 400 million years! It tells the story of Hong Kong through a variety of forms, including audio-visual, dioramas, graphics and archaeological findings; it truly does delve deep into this city’s fascinating past.

What to do there : Make sure that you spend some time in the Hong Kong Museum of History. It can be tempting to rush around so that you can get back to the shopping and eating, but try to take your time. Delving into the past is the best way to get a thorough understanding of a place, and this display deserves that time and attention.

If you have time, you should also check out the Space Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui. It’s a small museum with only a couple of rooms, but it has a space theatre which is super cool and will wow the kids.

#24 – Happy Valley Racecourse

Happy Valley Racecourse, Hong Kong

  • Themed nights, so you get to dress in costume.
  • The place to be seen in Hong Kong on a Wednesday night.
  • The only form of gambling allowed in the city.

Why it’s awesome : Most gambling is illegal in Hong Kong, except for betting on the horses ; there are only two places where the locals can do that, so the racecourses tend to be packed. This makes the Wednesday night races the place to be for anyone in the know – you even get to wear costumes. Each Wednesday night is themed, so choose your night, your theme and dress accordingly.

What to do there : Obviously, you can bet at the racecourse, but if that isn’t your scene, then there’s plenty else to do. This is one of the busiest social centers in the city on race nights; everyone comes to have a drink, socialize and show off their costumes. The racecourse also has a popular beer garden, which is the perfect place to spend some time on a warm night.

#25 – The Dragon’s Back – A must visit place to visit in Hong Kong on the weekend!

The Dragon’s Back, Hong Kong

  • For nature lovers.
  • A great  Hong Kong hike  for anyone who wants to get away from the city and burn off some calories.
  • Interesting villages and other landmarks along the way.

Why it’s awesome : The popular Dragon’s Backhike takes you through some of the most picturesque natural areas of Hong Kong. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Lamma Island across a stretch of blue sea. The hike is just strenuous enough to give you a great workout without completely exhausting you.

What to do there : The path starts at To Tai Wan and takes you along the crest of the mountain and past several beaches, including Big Wave Bay and Shek O beach. You can stop off along the way for a swim and then continue or conclude your hike at either beach. The walk is one of the easiest in Hong Kong; there are a lot of sightseeing platforms along the way where you can take in the views and snap some pictures .

#26 – Yuek Po Street Garden – A nice quiet place to see in Hong Kong

Yuek Po Street Garden, Hong Kong

  • Get an insight into traditional Chinese culture.
  • For lovers of a slower way of living.
  • A good way to leave the tourist trail and get a glimpse of real life in Hong Kong.
  • Find some eclectic souvenirs.

Why it’s awesome : This traditional Chinese garden is home to a market that’s essential to the everyday life of Hong Kong’s locals. Here, you’ll find songbirds – one of the most popular pets in the city – in bamboo cages, as well as small insects. This market sells mostly bird-care paraphernalia and is popular amongst older locals, who dote on their birds in return for being able to listen to their sweet songs.

What to do there : Slow down when you’re in this area. This is a place where an older culture is on display, and you don’t want to miss it. Although you can buy some unique souvenirs at this market, the best part of the experience is listening to the songs around you and drinking in the sight of locals doting on their tiny, noisy pets.

#27 – Yau Ma Tei Theatre

Yau Ma Tei Theatre, Hong Kong

  • See Cantonese opera on the stage!
  • Fabulous costumes, makeup, and sets.
  • An illustration of a new facet of Chinese culture.
  • English subtitles.

Why it’s awesome : When you think of Chinese opera, you probably think of Beijing, but there’s just as strong a tradition of opera in Hong Kong, and this is where to see it. The Yau Ma Tei Theatre is the only surviving pre-war theater in Hong Kong; it’s been recently revamped to bring this ancient art into the modern world! If you’re interested in this ancient tradition, this theater is the place to go.

What to do there : Enjoy the sights and sounds of the theater with its brightly colored, voluminous costumes, white, red and black face paint, and hugely ornate headdresses. Cantonese opera is unique and includes lots of gongs, falsetto voices, and information about Cantonese culture you won’t find anywhere else. It’s obviously in Cantonese, but they have subtitles in English so you can understand what’s going on.

Don’t miss the historic fruit market alongside the theater; it’s been there for over a hundred years and offers some of the freshest fruit in the city – a great place to grab a snack before or after the performance!

#28 – Jumbo Restaurant – A great place to visit in Hong Kong at night

Jumbo Restaurant

  • An iconic Hong Kong Landmark
  • Truly a spectacle that isn’t to be missed.
  • Amazing seafood dinners.

Why it’s awesome: The Jumbo Restaurant floats at the Aberdeen Promenade and took over four years to build, with a budget into the millions. It serves some of the best, freshest seafood dishes and brings in tourists and locals alike, which lets you know that the food must be delicious. It has even played host to celebrities like Chow Yun Fat and Tom Cruise, as well as Queen Elizabeth.

What to do there : When you eat at the Jumbo restaurant, it’s an experience to be savored, so plan to spend some time on this floating light show. The seafood dishes are particularly good, but if you don’t like seafood, they have a variety of dim sum and Cantonese dishes as well. The ambiance is a big part of the experience, so make sure you make a production of the meal and get every drop of enjoyment possible out of it!

#29 – Kam Shan Country Park

Kam Shan Country Park, Hong Kong

  • See wildlife close to the city.
  • The park contains many wartime ruins that show the extent of the damage done during this period of history.
  • Great for people who love animals!

Why it’s awesome : If you want to see animals, then the Kam Shan Country Park is the place to do it. This is one of the oldest parks in Hong Kong and is known as Monkey Hill, for obvious reasons. It’s home to around 2000 monkeys, who live in the trees, visit the beach, and hang out by the road. Just make sure that you don’t take any food in with you, as they get over excited if they think they’re going to get fed.

What to do there : The park itself is a lovely slice of nature; you can easily hike through it while enjoying the sight of the monkey families going about their day. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to take photos as well, just make sure that you don’t get too close – monkeys can be unpredictable ! There are also several well-preserved wartime ruins left throughout the area if you’re interested in that facet of Hong Kong’s history.

#30 – The Mong Kok Ladies Market

The Mong Kok Ladies Market

  • A great shopping experience at local prices.
  • Bright and colorful surroundings.
  • Interesting goods at bargain prices, and good deals for those who are good at bargaining and know what they want.

Why it’s awesome : Markets are great, but the tourist markets can be expensive. The vendors tend to put up their prices for the tourists, and if you don’t know what you should be paying for something, you can end up spending too much. But the Mong Kok Ladies Market is for the locals; it’s where the locals go to get everything from kitchen utensils to ornaments. If you’re careful and remember to bargain , you can get a great deal.

What to do there : Like many other places in Hong Kong, this market is for shopping! Make sure you know what you want, be ready to bargain and be prepared to walk away if you don’t get the price you want. It might seem a little strange to Westerners, but bargaining is part of life in lots of areas of Asia; no one will take it badly unless you’re rude. So find yourself a unique knickknack and get to work!

#31 – Kowloon Walled City Park – Possibly one of the most important places to visit in Hong Kong

Kowloon Walled City Park

  • A traditional Chinese park with a dark history.
  • Good for historians and anyone else interested in the not-so-distant past.
  • A beautiful, relaxing natural place in the center of the city.

Why it’s awesome : The Kowloon Walled City Park is now a beautiful, serene Chinese-style park that allows tourists and locals to enjoy a piece of nature in the middle of the city. But until 1993, it was one of the most densely packed and lawless places in the modern world.

The Kowloon Walled City was once a Chinese fort. But after it fell into British hands there was a serious power vacuum that allowed criminals to take control of the entire area. In the years after, this 6.4-acre area housed more than 50,000 people and was ruled by triads. For a long time, it was Hong Kong’s haven for prostitution, gambling, and drug trafficking.

What to do there : In 1993 the government finished evicting all the residents of the Walled city and demolished the illegally erected buildings, replacing them with a traditional Chinese park. Traces of the old city were preserved however, such as the yamen, or imperial government administration building. But mostly, this is a place to relax and explore the beauty of nature in a place that was once ruled by the very darkest parts of humanity.

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In my opinion, anyone visiting Hong Kong should make sure to check out Tai O fishing village, to see what old Hong Kong looked like before it became a huge metropolis concrete jungle.

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Hong Kong is famous for being a huge, skyscraper clad city with centuries-old temples intertwined throughout.

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If it’s your first time in Hong Kong, you must check out the Temple Street Market for some street food and souvenier shopping.

We’ve talked about a wide range of different types of attractions in Hong Kong that suit every budget and taste. By visiting these places, you’ll experience some of Hong Kong’s history, its amazing food culture, popular sightseeing spots, and some more unusual sights, all at the same time! By working your way through this list, you’ll be sure to have a great time while you’re in Hong Kong, all without breaking the bank!

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38 BEST Places to Visit in Hong Kong (2024 Guide)

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  • Last Updated: February 5, 2024

Some of the best places to visit in Hong Kong rank among the most amazing destinations in the world!

Hong Kong is undeniably one of the worlds most spellbinding cities.

The vast majority of people will allocate a couple of days , but there is enough here to keep you occupied for far longer. 

Home to some of the worlds smallest and most expensive real estate Hong Kong is a dizzying mix of old and new, east and west, rural and urban. 

Sai Shan Best Places To Visit In Hong Kong

There are some amazing places to visit in Hong Kong that barely make onto the radar of most travellers.

As a result, it is very easy to escape the crowds and find your own little piece of heaven in this urban metropolis. 

Table of Contents

Happy Valley Race Course 

International financial centre – tower 2 , southern beaches , central, lan kwai fong and the mid-levels.

  • Hollywood Road 

Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Art

Hong kong park , ocean park , wan chai and causeway bay , university museum and art gallery, avenue of stars, chilin nunnery and nan lian gardens  , chungking mansions , hong kong heritage museum, hong kong museum of history, kowloon walled city park , light show , lion rock , mong kok flower market and yeun po road bird market, temple street night market, wong tai sin temple , 10,000 buddha monastery, ferry to mui wo, sunset peak, tian tan big buddha and po lin monastery, long ke beach, ping shan herritage trail, sai wan beach, cheung chau and peng chau, hong kong’s history, the best places to visit in hong kong.

Hong Kong tourism is booming at present, thanks mainly to the 45 million or so visitors that come over from Mainland China.

Knowing where to go in Hong Kong is the best way to avoid the crowds and get the most out of your time in one of the worlds great cities.

To make this a little more manageable I’ve broken this article down by region.

This should make it easier to plan your trip and get the most out of the time you have in this awesome city. 

There is a mixture of some of classic Hong Kong tourist spots, historical landmarks and plenty of hidden off the beaten track locations.

Of course, if you are interested in hiking and camping along some of the most beautiful beaches in the world you can do that too!

So there should be something to accommodate everyone’s tastes.

Hong Kong Island 

Here’s a collection of the top places to visit on Hong Kong Island that you shouldn’t miss on your next trip.

The Peak is one of the most popular and best places to visit in Hong Kong.

The peak offers amazing views of Victoria Harbour, the Kowloon Peninsula and parts of Hong Kong Island.

This popularity means that you may end up waiting for well over an hour to take the train up. 

Alternatively, it is possible to hike all the way up to the top.

Whilst it may not be the first thing that comes to mind it is a lovely walk, although coming down is substantially easier than going the other way. 

The peak is home to a number of shops, restaurants and attractions including the Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant which of all the eateries offers the best views and is unsurprisingly popular.

There are also a bunch of trails to explore around the peak itself.

Get ready to see some of the most expensive real estate in Hong Kong! 

  • Getting There : Aside from hiking you can take the tram with the closest station being Central Station. In addition you can take a minibus X15 from Central or a bus X15R of Admiralty.  

The market in Stanley is full of stalls selling everything from handicrafts to Chinese tat.

Along the waterfront, there are some awesome cafes and pubs to rest and recharge.

In addition, there are a couple of lovely coastal walks if you want to get away from the crowds and get to know the area a little better.

Stanley is also famous for its prison which after its completion was regarded as one of the finest prisons in the British Empire.

The prison is still in operation and as a result, cannot be visited, so, unfortunately, it’s not one of the places to go in Hong Kong.

However, the Hong Kong Correctional Services Museum is well worth a visit to understand more about Hong Kong’s criminal past.

  • Getting there : Take bus 6, 6X, 6A, 66 or 260 from Admiralty subway. In addition bus 6 leaves from exchange square in Central.

There is always a fun evening to be had at this legendary horse racing venue.

But be careful with what you bet – Hong Kong is already pricey enough! 

Usually the races are held on Wednesday nights with gates opening at 5:15pm and the first race beginning at 7:15pm.

Everything shuts down at 11pm. 

There are usually 7 or 8 races each meeting. 

The general stand and second-floor terrace are the cheapest options at $10HKD and $20HKD respectively. You can even pay on your octopus card. 

  • Getting There : Take the subway to the Causeway Bay exit A followed by a 20-minute walk.  

The second tallest building in Hong Kong is home to a free observation deck at the 55th floor.

Bring your passport with you as you need to present ID upon arrival.

Best of all it’s usually pretty empty!

The International Financial Centre Tower 2 is open from 10am until 7pm 7 days a week so you may be lucky enough to catch a night time(ish) view outside of summer. 

  • Getting There : Access is through the IFC mall at Central. 

The southern portion of Hong Kong Island has a number of awesome beaches.

Repulse Bay is one of the best. The water can be cold, but it’s certainly a lovely place to go for a dip.

These can be visited in combination with a trip to Stanley as a number of buses will stop at Repulse Bay and various other beaches en route.

  • Getting There: There are a number of buses from Central. Most buses to Stanley will stop at one or two of the beaches.

This bustling district on Hong Kong Island Island is full of bars, restaurants and other hangouts.

It’s most well known for the network of escalators that navigate you through an area known as the Mid-Levels.

Interestingly it is in this network of shops, eateries and various other business ventures that you will find the worlds longest escalator. 

This area is full of back alleys to explore with hidden temples, churches and various other old buildings.

If you venture high up into the mid-levels you will be rewarded with awesome night time views. 

During the day there are often market stalls or outdoor restaurants along the side streets that are worth checking out.

In the centre of the Mid-Levels is Hong Kong’s infamous party district – Lan Kwai Fong.

Most of the bars and restaurants in this area are in the high price category, so if you plan on eating here be prepared!

It is possible to find some more affordable options but you will need to hunt around.  

However, if you fancy a night out bar hopping then this is one of the best places to visit in Hong Kong, but be prepared to part with a fair bit of cash. 

Before the mid-levels you have numerous interesting buildings around Central itself.

These include the HSBC building and various colonial buildings around City Hall as well as the IFC Mall and Central Pier.

Central is also the main transport hub for Hong Kong with subways, trains, buses and boats all leaving from here. 

  • Getting There : Subway station Central 

Street Vendor Places To Visit In Hong Kong

Hollywood Road  

Hollywood road runs through Lan Kwai Fong however it offers something very different to the rest of Lan Kwai Fong.

The Man Mo Temple and Hollywood Road Park are particularly nice and offer a break from the frenetic pace of Hong Kong. 

Additionally the area is home to a number of antique shops that may be cool to stop off at if that sounds like your idea of a Hong Kong points of interest.

  • Getting There : The nearest Subway station is Central

Temple Hollywood Road

Located in the heart of Central this huge conservation project consists of 16 heritage building and is regarded as one of the biggest art and creative hubs in Hong Kong at present.

Hosting a variety of art galleries as well as restaurants and bars this recent addition to Hong Kong’s art scene is well worth checking out. 

This awesome park is a world away from the urban jungle that surrounds it.

As well as being a lovely place to wander, it is also home to the Edward Youde Avery which is home to a wide variety of birds. 

  • Getting There : The nearest Subway station is Admirality

Located on the south side of Hong Kong Island this huge theme park is the Hong Kong tourist attraction many families make a beeline to upon arrival.

There is a zoo with pandas attached to the park, in addition to its theme park.

So if you’re not heading to Chengdu in mainland China you can get your Panda fix here. 

  • Getting There : The nearest Subway station is Ocean Park

This awesome little beach on the far eastern side of Hong Kong Island is an excellent place to escape the crowds and soak up some sunshine.

It is possible to swim here, but occasionally currents may mean that red flags are out at the beach. 

  • Getting There : There are buses from Central and Chai Wan, which is the last subway on the island line.

Shek-O

This area of Hong Kong is home to markets, electronics stores, shopping malls and various other places to explore. 

There are some fantastic Cantonese restaurants to be found around here, as well as some funky shops and old arcades that are worth checking out.

Some of them being like a maze where escape seems almost impossible.

  • Getting There : The nearest Subway station is either Wan Chai or Causeway Bay. 

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This is the oldest museum in Hong Kong and was first established in 1953.

It holds impressive collections of Chinese antiques, ceramics, jade and oil paintings ranging from neolithic right though to the Wing dynasty.

Nestled in the rather swanky district of Pok Fu Lam this is an interesting opportunity to see how the other “half live” as this is home to some seriously expensive real estate.

  • Getting There : The nearest Subway station is HKU Station

Places to Visit in Kowloon

For many, this is Hong Kong. Kowloon is a crazy mixture of people, neon and cultures.

Most backpackers will have stayed in the Chungking mansions; a rite of passage of the travelling community for decades. 

Kowloon is home to stunning temples, bustling markets and some rather fantastic hikes! 

This is the Chinese/Hong Kong version of Hollywood’s walk of fame; paying homage to some of the most important people in film, music and the arts in China and Hong Kong.

The Avenue of Stars is probably one of the most popular Hong Kong tourist attractions for visitors from Mainland China.

  • Getting There : The Avenue of Stars is a short walk from Tsim Sha Tsui

This gorgeous collection of temples and attached gardens are a world away from the concrete jungle of bridges, roads and tower blocks that surround it. 

In addition to the huge nunnery there a number of other halls and shrines to check out.

There is a lot to explore here with plenty to keep you occupied, so make sure you give it some time when planning where to visit in Hong Kong.

It’s quite a surreal feeling to be wandering around a quiet temple or garden that’s surrounded by skyscrapers and a highway.  

The nunnery and gardens were actually built in 1934 and were renovated in a Tang dynasty style in 1994. 

Visiting earlier in the day will help you to avoid the people and the heat. 

  • Getting There : The nearest Subway station is Diamond Hill 

Gardens Chilin

This has been the epicentre for budget tourism in Hong Kong for yours.

Chances are that if you’re on a tight budget you will find yourself here.

It’s cramped, chaotic and somehow still standing. A true demonstration of how densely populated Hong Kong is. 

If you want to grab some decent Indian food then this is the place to do it. 

Also, the area surrounding is chock full of tailors and people trying to sell you “Rolex” watches.

  • Getting There : The nearest Subway station is Tsim Sha Tsui  

Located up in Sha Tin, this museum has some excellent exhibits bring together history, art and culture.

Alongside a wide range of permanent exhibits, there are some awesome temporary exhibits, with an excellent Bruce Lee exhibition on show until 2020. 

  • Getting There : The nearest Subway station is Che Kung Temple 

Offering an excellent insight into Hong Kong’s complicated history this museum is a must for any history buff.

Exhibits are in English as well as Mandarin and Cantonese. 

  • Getting There : The nearest Subway station is either Hung Hom or East Tsim Sha Tsui. 

Until March 1993 this area was home to the most densely populated area on earth; Kowloon Walled City.

In total 33,000 people crammed in this lawless 6.4-acre expanse of inter-connected high rise buildings.

Everything was knocked down and in 1995 the Kowloon Walled City Park had replaced the original structure.

The park is both a great place to relax and an excellent place to learn and understand more about Hong Kong’s unique history.

  • Getting There : The nearest Subway stations are Hung Hom and Ho Man Tin, both walking distance.  

At 8pm every evening a stunning light show can be viewed from the end of the Kowloon peninsula looking over towards Hong Kong Island.

Although it is very popular there is plenty of awesome viewpoints so it never feels too crowded. 

You may have to take a wander down the waterfront to avoid being blocked.

However, the light show involves so many buildings that in truth almost anywhere along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront will offer a decent view.

With musical accompaniment and most of the Hong Kong Island skyline being lit up, it’s hard not to be impressed.

  • Getting There : The nearest Subway station is Tsim Sha Tsui

Night Skyline Places To Visit In Hong Kong

Offering some of the best views over Kowloon, Lion Rock is worth the sweat and aching legs. It really is one of the better Hong Kong places of interest.

On clear days it’s possible to see Hong Kong Island in the distance.

  • Getting There : Start at Wong Tai Sin and then take minibus 18M to the Fat Jong Temple. Then take bus 72 from the trails end back to Lai Chi Kok subway station.

Mong Kok is one of the Hong Kong tourist places’ busiest areas.

Huge shopping malls compete with small independent shops selling all manner of things. 

Incidentally, this is one of the best places to pick up some cheap electronics if you need it.

Hong Kong is usually cheaper than mainland China and South East Asia.

If you want some authentic Cantonese cuisine then the hawker centre at 557 Shanghai street is one of the best places to visit in Hong Kong.

Most dishes are around $40 HKD per plate. The char sui is particularly good.

Check out this interesting walking tour that will help you to understand the challenges facing the citizens of Hong Kong.

  • Getting There : The nearest Subway station is Mong Kok 

Char Siu

Both of these markets are worth a wander. Aside from flowers, you can find a host of other bits and pieces.

Haggling is expected.

But the first prices are unlikely to be as outrageous as what you may be initially offered in Mainland China or South East Asia. 

  • Getting There : The nearest Subway station is Prince Edward

This night market sells all manner of odds an ends – including toys of the child and adult variety.

It certainly is one of those markets that is more for the tourists than the locals but it’s certainly an interesting place to explore. 

  • Getting There : The nearest Subway station is Jordan 

This is one of Hong Kong’s busiest temples.

On any visit it is likely there will be plenty of people praying and throwing wooden sticks on the floor as a way to better understand and predict their futures. 

The surrounding area is worth a wander to see what’s going on. 

  • Getting There : The nearest Subway station is Wong Tai Sin 

Wong Tai Sin Hong Kong Points Of Interest

This gorgeous temple gets its name from the golden buddha statues that line the steps up to the temple complex itself.

This temple is rarely visited and is certainly a nice break from some of Hong Kong’s busier and more popular sites.

It also offers some lovely views over the mountains to fracture out towards to the new territories. 

The temple complex at the end of the climb is home to a variety of halls and pagodas that are well worth exploring. 

  • Getting There : The nearest Subway station is Sha Tin. 

10,00 Buddha Temple

Places to Visit in Lantau, Hong Kong

With epic views, deserted beaches and some awesome temples Lantau is comfortably one of the best places in Hong Kong to escape the crowds and experience some of the lesser-known Hong Kong sights.

The ferry is not necessarily a tourist attraction in the traditional sense.

However, the views of Hong Island and Kowloon from the back of the ferry are spectacular on a clear day.  

You can catch this ferry, and most others for that matter, from Central Pier.

Ferries out to Mui Wo are roughly every 30 minutes.

Very often you will have the outdoor portion of the boat all to yourself, offering uninterrupted views of some of the Hong Kong top attractions.

Unsurprisingly sunset is the best time to climb this stunning peak on Lantau.

Offering spectacular coastal views it can get quite popular on clear days.

It is possible to camp here if you wish. If doing so, it is best to bring you own gear as renting gear can be quite expensive. 

The next peak over from Sunset Peak is the equally spectacular Lantau Peak.

However it doesn’t quite get the same awesome sunset views.

The main route up to Sunset Peak is part of the Lantau Trail.

The next stage of the train is to Lantau Peak – meaning it’s possible to combine Sunset Peak with a trip to Lantau Peak which will end at the Tian Tan Big Buddha.

This will be a long hike. But the excellent views more than make up for it!

  • Getting There : Take the boat to Mui Wo and from here you can hike directly to sunset peak.
  • For getting back can return directly Mui Wo or you can carry following the markers to the road where you are two minute walk from Pak Kung Au bus stop. You can then take the bus to Mui Wo or Tung Chung.
  • If you want to carry on to Lantau Peak then you will have a myriad of transport options back to Mui Wo and Tung Chung. These include the Ngong Ping 360 a cable car that goes from the Tian Tan Big Buddha back to Tung Chung.

This gorgeous fishing village can be accessed by bus from Mui Wo or Tung Chung.

Tai O is home to stilt houses.

And with an active fishing community, it’s a great place to try some awesome Cantonese seafood dishes. 

  • Getting There : Bus 11 from Tung Chung or bus 21 from Ngong Ping. There are also regular buses from Mui Wo.

Tai O Village Places To Visit In Hong Kong

This is one of the best places to visit in Hong Kong and is perhaps the most famous tourist attraction in the city.

This 34-metre high statue sits atop 268 steps and offers sweeping coastal and mountain views. 

The Po Lin Monastery is one of the most important Buddhist Temples in the region.

It is home to a number of devout monks and holds a special place within the Hong Kong’s Buddhist community. 

This tour is a great option for checking out the Ngong Ping, Big Buddha and Tai O in a day.

  • Getting There: There are buses from both Tung Chung and Mui Wo. Alternatively you can take to Ngong Ping 360 from Tung Chung station. 

 New Territories – Top Places to Visit in Hong Kong

This vast swathe of land runs from the north of Kowloon all the way up to the border with Mainland China.

The region is Hong Kong at its most rugged and rural.

There are plenty that would argue that this is the most stunning beach in Hong Kong. To be honest it’s hard to disagree. 

Its beauty owes a lot to its isolation, it’s a 10km walk from the nearest bus stop.

A taxi can get you about 1-2km away. You will need to walk from at least the High Island Reservoir (the furthest a taxi can go). The first views you get of Long Ke from here are particularly spectacular.

  • Getting There: Taking a taxi is your best bet. The best place to get a taxi from is Sai Kung. Tell the taxi driver you want to go the High Island Reservoir. Alternatively you can do stage 1 of the Maclehose trail and enjoy this as your reward.

Long Ke Maclehose Trail

Out in the west of the new territories is the rather interesting Ping Shan Heritage Trail.

Home to a number of pagodas, temples, halls and various other structures this area offers a very interesting example of how Hong Kong looked under the control of Imperial China. 

  • Getting There : Take the subway to Tin Shui Wai. From here it’s signposted.

It’s a long trek out here, but it’s worth it if you’re trying to discover the best Hong Kong sightseeing.

Sai Kung is a lovely waterfront punctured by huge live seafood restaurants and various walking trails that will take you well away from it all.

This is also a jumping-off point for various other hikes in the region, including parts of the Maclehose Trail. 

There are some awesome beaches in the area offering various water sports if you don’t want to sit in the sun.

One of the easiest hikes is to the Sheung Luk Stream.

Roughly an hour or so hike from Sai Kung itself. You’ll pass through three smaller pools before getting to the biggest one.

Bring a picnic and alternate between swimming and eating.

  • Getting There : Take bus 92 from Diamond Hill.

Located slightly further up the coast from Long Ke, this is another stunning beach that is a popular getaway spot for Hong Kong locals at the weekend.

Decent waves, as well as a couple of small cafes, means this beach is a little more equipped than Long Ke, which may or may not be your thing. 

The beach is huge and even when it’s busy it doesn’t feel too crowded. 

  • Getting There : This is probably one of Sai Wan’s highlights. Taxi’s and buses from Sai Kung are possible but will require a bit of a walk. However the speedboat service from Sai Kung pier itself is far more convenient and enjoyable. Offering stunning coastal views this is an unexpected winner. Do be warned that the waters can be very choppy.

This relatively secluded area in the west is home to a variety of walks, temples and eateries.

The Western Monastery in the village of Lo Wai is well worth a visit and there is a lovely hike up to the Shing Mun Reservoir. 

In addition there are a bunch of excellent cafes and restaurants to rest those weary feet. 

  • Getting There : The nearest Subway station is Tsuen Wan.

Hong Kong Outer Islands

Don’t miss out on exploring some of the top places to visit in Kong Kong’s Outer Islands as well.

These two tiny islands are nestled between Lantau and Hong Kong Island.

They are only reachable from Central Pier and offer visitors a very different and rarely visited side of Hong Kong.

This charming rocky outcrop is located to the south-west and is one of the to places to see in Hong Kong island.

It’s mainly known for the cross-island walk which offers some lovely views and it’s a nice break from Hong Kong’s more well known and chaotic areas. 

Temples and shrines are scattered across the island and are certainly worth checking out.

If you’re looking for a more relaxed pace then there is the rather terribly name power station beach when you can catch some rays and take a dip. 

Yung Shue Wan is the busiest of the two ferry ports.

This area is home to a number of eateries, shops and guesthouses.

The southern port of Sok Kwu Wan is home to a few live seafood restaurants serving some decent Cantonese dishes. 

  • Getting There: Lamma has two points of entry; Sok Kwu Wan in the South and Yung Shue Wan in the North. Both can be reached with regular services from Central. Additionally, Sok Kwu Wan can be reached with a less regular ferry from Aberdeen on the south of Hong Kong Island.

Lamma Island

For an article talking about the best places to visit in Hong Kong, Macau may seem like an odd suggestion, however, it’s a really easy day trip.

In fact, you can read this article here all about how to spend one day in Macau to get some more inspiration.

A former Portuguese colony, Macau is chock full of stunning architecture that you certainly wouldn’t find in Hong Kong. 

Northern Macau is home to the Ruins of St Paul, numerous churches and the excellent museum of Macau.

However if you’re not here for the history then head south for the casinos.

Ironically known as the Las Vegas of the east, Macau makes substantially more money than its more illustrious rival. 

In addition if you are lucky enough to be here during the Macau Grand Prix then it is well worth getting a ticket and heading over.

Tickets for the main stands are pretty cheap and offer some awesome views.

It’s worth booking everything in advance rather than trying to do it on the day. 

  • Getting There : Take the ferry from the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry terminal which is connected to Sheung Wan subway station on Hong Kong Island. Ferries are very regular, however, if you are visiting during Chinese National holidays then it’s worth getting your tickets as far in advance as possible.

Book yourself a day tour to Macau on Get Your Guide for added convenience.

Grand Lisboa Macau

After the first opium war between Britain and China, Hong Kong Island was ceded to the British in 1842 as part of the humiliating Treaty of Nanking.

The first of “Unequal Treaties” between China and the Western Powers that hammered home the demise Qing Dynasty and Imperial China. 

The seeds of collapse were sown far earlier, but for the Qing, there was no coming back from this.  

In 1860 the Kowloon Peninsula was also ceded to the British to end the second Opium War under the Convention of Peking.

Then in 1898, the new territories were also ceded to Britain for 99 years.

In 1997 everything was handed back to the Chinese under the “one country two systems” formula that is still (just about) in place today. 

Under the terms of the handover, Hong Kong was to keep its freedoms of speech, rule of law and various other rights that were not available on the mainland for 50 years.

However many believe these freedoms are slowly being eroded as China seeks to bring Hong Kong completely under the control of Mainland China. 

This history is part of what makes Hong Kong unique.

Fortunately, there are plenty of places in Hong Kong to better understand the turbulent history that has shaped this Special Autonomous Region (as it’s more commonly known in China).

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20 June, 2023 by Expat Living 11 Min Read

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Whether you’re a tourist looking for the best attractions and places to visit in Hong Kong, or you live here and want a refresher on HK attractions, we’ve got all sorts of must-visit places in this giant list! There are so many things to see in Hong Kong – from iconic tourist spots to fantastic nature areas, including places that are definitely worth a re-visit if you haven’t been for a while. Plus, plenty of the top sights in Hong Kong are free (from light shows to hikes, to views from the Peak!).

Hong Kong Tourist Attractions

One of the best Hong Kong attractions (and it won’t break the bank!) is the iconic Star Ferry. It plies the short route between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui constantly, all day, every day. A ride on this famous tourist attraction will cost you less than $4 for the upper deck and give you spectacular harbour views of the city to boot. Then it’s just a matter of disembarking to shop, explore and eat your way around the two different sides of the water. starferry.com.hk

Top Hong Kong Attractions

Outdoor Escalator

Running over 800 metres and rising 135 metres through the city to link the Central and Western districts, the Central-Mid-Levels Escalator is the world’s longest escalator system. There are 14 entrances and exits, linking Queen’s Road Central with Conduit Road. To ride the complete length of the escalator system one-way takes about 20 to 25 minutes. A good starting point is 100 Queen’s Road in Central. discoverhongkong.com

Dim sum restaurants

No visit to Hong Kong is complete with trying one of the city’s 2,000 types of dim sum. A traditional dim sum meal includes steamed buns such as char siu bao , and dumplings including siu mai and har gow ; you’ll also find vegetables, roasted meats, congee and soups. Where to go in Hong Kong for dim sum? We suggest trying an older-style place such as Maxim’s City Hall , which serves dishes to your table from trolley carts. Also famous is HK’s cheapest Michelin-starred dim sum at Tim Ho Wan. For a more modern take on the Cantonese cuisine, try Duddell’s or The Chinese Library .

Spending a lazy day on a catered junk with friends is a popular weekend activity during the warmer months in Hong Kong. It’s not only loads of fun, but an interesting way to see the territory’s coastline; you also get to visit some off-the-beaten-track restaurants. There are a number of companies offering all-day junk trips.

Hong Kong tailors

Getting a suit or shirt made-to-measure is a quintessential Hong Kong thing to do; many a businessperson will make a beeline to a tailor while here. The tailoring industry has its origins in the 1920s and Hong Kong tailors soon built a reputation for precision and speed. They’re now revered around the globe – at one time the local industry was said to rival London’s famed Savile Row. The custom clothing trade is still going strong. You can get bespoke suits, shirts, overcoats and accessories made-to-measure in the finest materials.

If there’s one Hong Kong must-do attraction, it’s a ride on the historic Peak Tram (which opened in 1888) from Central to The Peak. This is one of the quintessential HK experiences, not just for the tram trip itself, but because you arrive at the place to take in the iconic view of the city’s mesmerising skyline. There’s a mall where you can pick up some souvenirs, along with restaurants. The Mount Austin Playground is also fun for kids. thepeak.com.hk

Hong Kong sightseeing at The Peak

Cat Street Antique Market

If you’re wondering where to go in Hong Kong for antiques, trinkets and souvenirs, Cat Street is a great start. The street market here has a fun collection of antique shops and kitsch curios, just off Hollywood Road; the atmospheric Man Mo Temple is short walk away. Although the official name of the thoroughfare is Upper Lascar Row, it’s commonly called Cat Street. Take a trip back into the past as you walk along this street; who knows, you might even find a treasure along the way!

Lan Kwai Fong

Sure, it’s something of a Hong Kong cliché, and a few of the outlets are overly touristy, but at least one night out in Lan Kwai Fong is an expat rite-of-passage. There are plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy, but you’ll find the party often spills out into the streets as Hong Kong’s laws allow you to consume alcohol in public spaces. The pandemic has affected things, of course, so check on openings, closures and hours first. lankwaifong.com

Speaking of bars, Ozone, located on the 118th floor of the International Commerce Centre (ICC), is a must-visit for anyone who loves a view! It’s said to be the highest bar in the world. Amazing panorama aside, the interior of the bar is also something to look at; it’s decked out with a marble counter and mesmerising geometric designs throughout the space. Unsurprisingly, the team serves up quality drinks here too, from innovative cocktails to classics like Martinis and Cosmopolitans. ritzcarlton.com

Chung King Mansions

The infamous Chung King Mansions in TST is an eclectic mix of stores selling cheap electronics, spices and more. It’s also a rabbit warren of private kitchens specialising in ethnic cuisine. This makes it a must on any foodie’s list of things to do in Hong Kong. The building has existed for more than 50 years and originally had high-end shops and nightclubs in the basement. By the 1970s, it had become associated with the city’s less desirable underbelly. The 1995 Wong Kar-wai film Chungking Express immortalised it in popular culture. Chung King Mansions is believed to be home to about 4000 people.

West Kowloon Cultural District

The fabulous new precinct for the arts and performance sits on a big chunk of reclaimed land beside the ICC building. Destinations include the Hong Kong Palace Museum, Freespace, M+, Art Park, the Xiqu Centre and more. The Lyric Theatre Complex is due to open in 2025. It’s also a great spot for a picnic beside the harbour, or to have a stroll along the waterside promenade.

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Harbourfront Walk

Opened in stages from 2012, the Central and Western District Promenade stretches from Kennedy Town to Causeway Bay and is a great way to enjoy view of Victoria Harbour from different perspectives. It’s a bit like HK Island’s own version of Avenue of the Stars on the other side of the harbour. The Wan Chai section of the promenade around Tamar Park consists of four hectares of gardens, lawns and plazas, plus some awesome play areas for children, with slides, swings and tunnels.

Kwun Tong Promenade

Once a busy cargo area adjacent to the old airport at Kai Tak, the Kwun Tong waterfront is now home to a 1km promenade that provides great views of the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, and across the water to Hong Kong Island. Those views are even better at night, and are enhanced by artistic light installations along the walk.  

Best Hong Kong Sightseeing Spots – 10 Must Visit Places

Tian tan buddha.

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Aside from the fact that you can get to it via a fun cable car ride , the “Big Buddha”, or Tian Tan Buddha, is a prominent Hong Kong tourist attraction today. Constructed in 1993 from 202 separate bronze pieces, the statue is 34 metres high and weighs 250 tons. Next door is the Po Lin Monastery, well worth a visit for its religious significance. Founded in 1906 by three monks visiting from Jiangsu Province on the Chinese mainland, it was originally known as “The Big Hut”. plm.org.hk/eng/home

What’s a list of places to visit and things to do without Disneyland in it? Another top Hong Kong tourist attraction, the park is scheduled for more expansion over the next few years; visitors can expect new experiences and attractions to open that are unique to Hong Kong, including Marvel-themed and Frozen-themed areas. In the meantime, don’t miss Mystic Manor, a slight twist on the traditional Haunted House, and the Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain, a reimagined version of the classic Space Mountain. hongkongdisneyland.com

Wong Tai Sin Temple

This is a popular temple – one of Hong Kong’s biggest and busiest. Wong Tai Sin Temple swears to ‘make every wish come true upon request’. Many people head here to get their fortunes told, and to pray for good fortune through offerings. It’s home to three religions – Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism – and is the only temple in the country permitted to conduct Taoist wedding ceremonies and issue marriage certificates. If you’re only visiting one temple in Hong Kong, this is a good choice; it’s a huge complex, with several halls, shrines and even a garden. The temple is easy to access from Wong Tai Sin MTR Station. siksikyuen.org.hk

Hong Kong Tourist Spots - Wong Tai Sin Temple

You can’t visit Hong Kong without stopping by the city’s original theme park, also one of its most visited tourist attractions. It combines an amusement park, marine park, oceanarium and animal theme park and promises a full day of fun for all. Kids will love the animal areas; they’ll be able to see the famous giant pandas, Le Le and Ying Ying, plus an array of other unique creatures. For the adrenaline junkies, Thrill Mountain is a must. There are attractions for everyone here, no matter what you fancy. The South Island MTR line takes you straight to the Park. oceanpark.com.hk

Lamma Island

where to go in hong kong Take A Day Trip To Lamma Island

Lamma Island has transformed from a traditional Chinese fishing village into a laid-back multicultural community. Today, a blend of Western and Chinese island culture creates an irresistible, one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Go here to enjoy an escape from the busy city, and also the island’s fantastic beaches, hills and local temples. Start with the Lamma Island Family Walk; this gentle hike is one of Hong Kong’s favourites and brings you past coastline, forests and temples. Lamma has two main villages, both accessible by ferry from Central Ferry Pier. Yung Shue Wan has a bigger range of bars, restaurants and shops, and ferry services are also more frequent. The trip takes about 30 minutes.

Chi Lin Nunnery

You’d hardly believe that a place like this exists amidst the countless built-up buildings of Hong Kong. Originally made as a retreat for Buddhist nuns, the complex is wonderfully serene, with beautiful architecture. During reconstruction work in 1998, not a single nail was used. The complex was completely designed using interlocking pieces of wood; this was apparently to demonstrate the harmony of humans with nature. The site is an easy walk from Diamond Hill MTR. Definitely worth a visit!

Tai O Fishing Village

Day trip to Tai O Fishing Village -hong kong tourist attractions

This is one of Hong Kong’s last few fishing villages and a rare example of the old Chinese stilt-house community. There’s a rich, traditional culture here; it’s a stark contrast from the fast-paced city area of Hong Kong. Don’t forget to try the specialties and street foods, most of which are seafood-focused. Reach  Tai O by getting the MTR to Tung Chung then taking bus 11; you can also catch a ferry to Mui Wo and then take bus 1.

An ambitious project to revitalise the Central Police Station – the biggest restoration project ever undertaken in Hong Kong, in fact – has led to an exciting new attraction reflecting the city’s art scene. Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts is a 27,900-square-metre site where visitors can enjoy not just examples of colonial architecture in all their glory, but also a wide range of innovative heritage, cultural and lifestyle offerings. Find the shops, restaurants, bars and boutiques of Tai Kwan at 10 Hollywood Road. There are five gates through which you can access the site. taikwun.hk

Noah’s Ark Hong Kong

This unique theme park contains the only full-sized replica of Noah’s Ark in the world; it’s located on Park Island, next to the Tsing Ma Bridge. This is a must-visit attraction if you want an educational day with the kids. From exhibits on the solar system to interactive games and also an exciting Adventureland, the Ark is a fun yet fascinating place to bring the kids. You can reach Park Island by bus, ferry, MTR or car. noahsark.com.hk

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

hong kong tourist attractions Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

A visit to this monastery is quite the spectacle, with over 10,000 gold-painted Buddhas lining a steep path up. There are over 400 steps in all, so it’s great workout in addition to being a memorable cultural site! Once you’ve managed to conquer the climb, you’ll be rewarded with an amazing view. Gaze down at Sha Tin and the New Territories, then do some sightseeing of the interesting temple grounds. The entrance to this Hong Kong attraction is a 10-minute walk from Sha Tin station.

Where to Go in Hong Kong for the Best Free Experiences

Exploring a park.

Take an escalator from Pacific Place mall up to an unexpected oasis. Hong Kong Park contains fountains, an aviary and a children’s playground. Or escape Causeway Bay’s crowds at Victoria Park, where going early will get you a glimpse of local Tai Chi groups. Playground spaces and a rock park keep kids entertained. Meanwhile, Hong Kong Zoological & Botanical Garden offers the chance to watch monkeys up close for free.

Read more: Parks, playgrounds and outdoor centres for the kids

Hanging out at the beach!

Hong Kong has too many beaches to count, but all provide just what you need for an enjoyable day out without burning through the cash. Repulse Bay is a must-visit for its accessible and expansive arc of sand. Big Wave Bay is another popular one, attracting surfers to its decent break. And camping bays at Pui O allows you to wake to the sound of rolling waves.

Read more: Top Hong Kong beaches

Seeing the light show

The city’s iconic skyline takes on a new glow as buildings each side of the harbour beam lights across the water. The Symphony of Lights spectacle takes place every night at 8pm. Head down to the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront for the best view and marvel at Hong Kong Island’s skyline at night.

Taking in a temple

For a free thing to do that’s instantly transporting, nothing beats a visit to a temple; and Hong Kong has plenty! We’ve already mentioned Wong Tai Sin, but another great temple to see is Man Mo on Hollywood Road. This atmospheric building is one of Hong Kong’s oldest temples, and is dedicated to the god of literature.

Read more: Must-see temples and places of worship in Hong Kong

Roaming a rooftop

IFC Mall’s landscaped rooftop provides one of the city’s few free public seating spots, making it perfect if you bring a coffee and book or plan a city picnic with the kids. The sight of ferries chugging across the harbour never gets old.

Going to a museum

Looking for free things to do in the middle of the week? You’re in luck, as some of Hong Kong’s best museums are open for free every Wednesday: the Museum of Art, Museum of History, Heritage Museum, Science Museum, Space Museum, Museum of Coastal Defence and the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum. The Flagstaff Museum of Tea Ware, Hong Kong Railway Museum, Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum, and a handful of folk museums are free of charge every day, as are the exhibitions at the Hong Kong Film Archive and the Hong Kong Arts Centre.

Read more: 11 of the best museums in Hong Kong

Eyeing some artworks

Galleries along Hollywood Road are an ideal first stop for browsing artworks, but you can also head to the JCCAC artist colony in Shek Kip Mei, where about 140 artists have studios. It’s open from 10am to 10pm daily and is perfect for those who are looking for a Hong Kong attraction that is free and has a cultural flavour.

Read more: Your guide to Hong Kong’s cultural institutions  

Moseying around a market

The vibrant street markets have a lively, bustling energy and provide great people watching, as customers haggle with stallholders. Of course, the cost of this outing will rise if you start buying things! There are also speciality markets such as the fish, bird and flower markets.

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Hiking in nature

About three quarters of Hong Kong’s land space is Country Park, so getting into green space is surprisingly easy. Central’s Morning Trail is a great first introduction. The paved stroll takes you up to The Galleria at the top of the Peak, with gorgeous city views to boot.

Read more: Family-friendly hikes in Hong Kong

Chasing waterfalls

Why not tie your hike in with a visit to a waterfall? Hong Kong has its fair share, including the famous Bride’s Pool in Plover Cove Country Park, which has a fascinating backstory (follow the link below to discover it!). Some waterfalls here are easily accessible; others require a decent trek to get to. If it’s warm enough, there are some superb swimming opportunities to.

Read more: 5 of our favourite Hong Kong waterfalls

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Looking for the best Hong Kong tourist attractions ? Don’t know where to spend your time in town ? Look no further. We’ve picked Hong Kong’s 20 best tourist attractions. This includes both Hong Kong's biggest and best sights, as well as some of the city's overlooked points of interest. Tick all of these attractions and festivals off your itinerary and you’ll have seen a whole lot of what this city has to offer.

See the Skyscraper Skyline

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It’s what the tourists come for, and it never disappoints—smog allowing. Hong Kong has more skyscrapers than anywhere else in the world, and most of them are crammed onto the north shore of Hong Kong Island . The result is photography gold. This breathtaking gang of high rises is best viewed from the Avenue of Star in Tsim Sha Tsui . Come at night when you can see the buildings at their dazzling best.

Play the Ponies at Happy Valley Racecourse

You don’t need to a gambler to have fun at Happy Valley. This grand race course, bounded by a wall of skyscrapers in the heart of the city, makes for an exciting setting when lit up for the night time races. The horses are cheered on by a vocal crowd of thousands fuelled by cheap San Miguel and bad hotdogs. Unmissable.

Visit Ocean Park

Hong Kong’s premium theme park—which is quite some boast when your rival is Hong Kong Disneyland —Ocean Park has been offering thrills and spills to the people of Hong Kong for nearly forty years, and it has never been better. From the pandas and incredible jellyfish spectacular to the 4G inverted loops of the Hair Raiser rollercoaster, Ocean Park’s mix of animals and action-packed rides is a winning combination. 

Admire the Historic LegCo Building

The Hong Kong government is dedicated to knocking down just about anything that’s more than 20 years old. LegCo has survived because it’s where the government sat for most of the last hundred years and is now the Court of Final Appeal . The building is in grand British colonial style with sturdy granite columns and gilded verandas; a powerful statement by the men in mustaches that once ran the city.

Follow the Ping Shan Heritage Trail

Few people venture outside of Hong Kong’s urban jungle , yet Hong Kong’s green lungs, the New Territories, are one of the few places you can find some local history. Home to Hong Kong’s walled villages , these fenced in settlements were founded by migrating family clans and many still celebrate their traditional heritage, both in their buildings and clothing and in lifestyle. Along the Ping Shan heritage trail, which winds through some centuries old villages, you’ll find examples of traditional Chinese architecture in the ancestral halls, temples, and pagodas.

Shop at the Mongkok Markets

While the Temple Street night market is probably Hong Kong’s best individual market , the combination of several markets all packed into one area makes Mongkok the place for bargain hunters. The flagship show is the Ladies Market , which mostly focuses on ladies clothes, souvenirs, and knock-offs from across the border in Shenzhen—Gucco handbags, anyone? Better is the Goldfish Market , effectively a street side zoo, and best of all is the Bird Market , where you can watch owners parade their birds around in gilded cages.

Eat at the Dai Pai Dongs

Dai Pai Dongs are street side food stalls—plus a couple of benches. Featuring basic, but delicious noodle and rice dishes, usually a great line in seafood and if you’re lucky, cold beers they’re the perfect place to fill up on a quick and tasty dinner. The government has clamped down on Dai Pai Dongs in recent years because it doesn’t chime in with their effort to make Hong Kong a squeaky clean city, but their scarcity has only added to the attraction.

Visit the 10,000 Buddha's Temple

It’s hard to pick a single Hong Kong temple. So many of them are impressive for their own reasons, but the nine-story pagoda and nearly 12,000 miniature Buddha statues make the ​10,000 Buddha’s temple in the New Territories worth the trip.

Ride the Ngong Ping Cable Car

Hong Kong sometimes feels like the home of the jaw-dropping view, so it’s a confirmation of just how impressive the views are from the Ngong Ping Cable Car that it regularly makes lists such as this. Running between the town on Tung Chung and the themed village of Ngong Ping halfway up a Lantau mountain it affords beautiful views over the South China Sea and onto the lush greenery of Lantau Island .

Take a Quick Trip to Macau

Yes, technically speaking it's not in Hong Kong , but at just an hour away by ferry and with a visa-free visit for most tourists, anyone in Hong Kong for more than a few days should spend the time to see the Portuguese heritage and spinning roulette wheels of Macau.

Eat Michelin-Starred Dim Sum at Tim Ho Wan

If you want to dine on some of the world's best food without blowing the bank, you're in the right city. One of Hong Kong's most popular restaurants in the cheap-and-cheerful Tim Ho Wan, famous for their barbecue pork baked bun (char siu bao). It holds the distinction of the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the world.

Ride One of Hong Kong's "Ding-Dings"

While they sound like a children's toy, Hong Kong's trams are a trademark of the city—and a valuable method of public transportation. While some newer cars have been updated with air-conditioned, riding a ding-ding (called as such because of the noise they make) is a classically old-school way to get around Hong Kong.

Hike to "the Peak"

Hong Kong might not seem like a likely destination for outdoor adventurers, but if you're desperate to spend some time outside, you're in luck. The city has no shortage of great hiking trails and one, in particular, The Peak, offers one of the best panoramas of the Hong Kong skyline. At the top, you can eat the historic Peak Outlook or hike down towards Pok Fu Lam Reservoir.  

Visit the "Venice of Hong Kong"

 Even though Hong Kong seems to run at a mile a minute, there's one small pocket of the city where you can step back into another era. On Lantau Island's Tai O Fishing Village you'll find traditional houses made of bamboo, built over the water. The market is full of dried seafood offerings and traditional snacks.

Celebrate Chinese New Year

There are few better times to visit Hong Kong than during Chinese New Year. While the whole city will feel festive, you absolutely cannot skip the firework celebration over Victoria Harbour. This 30-minute long extravaganza showcases awe-inspiring fireworks, among the biggest and brightest anywhere. While you can fight crowds of tourists along the waterfront for a prime viewing spot, the pro move is to make a dinner reservation at one of the many hotels along the harbor. 

Have a Cocktail at the World's Highest Bar

How does a cocktail on the 118th floor sound? Ozone, part of Hong Kong's impressive Ritz-Carlton hotel, claims to be the highest bar in the world—and we believe them! Drinks are classic and well-made, but the view is among the best you'll find in the city. 

Visit the Dragon Boat Festival

One of Hong Kong's most fun events, this Chinese festival celebration usually takes place in May or June (it's timed to the lunar calendar). At the Dragon Boat Festival, teams from around the world race their colorfully-kitted dragon boats throughout Victoria Harbour and Stanley. It's one big giant outdoor party and a perfect prep for some beach time.

Eat at a Multi-Million Dollar Floating Restaurant

Dinner at Jumbo Floating Restaurant is another "only in Hong Kong" activity. Aptly-named, the restaurant cost millions of dollars to building and resembles an ancient Chinese palace. Celebrities and local politicians dine there, feasting on well-prepared seafood and dim sum.

"Monkey Around" at Kam Shan Country Park

Nearly 2,000 monkeys run wild at Kam Shan Country Park , also known as Monkey Hill. Monkeys hang out by the road, on nearby beaches, and of course, in the trees. A visit here is fun and unique to Hong Kong, but remember not to feed the monkeys as it can make them aggressive. 

Shop at the Upscale Festival Walk

Hong Kong has no shortage of great shopping, but after you've hit up the local markets, you owe it to yourself to visit a traditionally-impressive Hong Kong mall. Festival Walk, packed with more than 200 retail shops and restaurants, should be tops on your list. There's a skating rink on the top floor, a movie theater, and easy connections to the city's light-rail systems. 

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Hong Kong Tourist Attractions

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Hong Kong Tourist Attractions are numerous and varied, so where to start? The best Hong Kong has to offer is not only about the top landmarks and sightseeing venues... We love to experience Hong Kong through its food, the lively markets, little temples and shrines scattered throughout, which give you a glimpse into traditions which are still very much a part of every day Hong Kong life...

There are the classic Hong Kong Landmarks like the Star Ferry and Victoria Peak , as well as the newcomers Hong Kong Disneyland which is great fun for little kids or the Sky100 Observation Deck in Hong Kong's tallest building and newest addition to the Hong Kong skyline , the ICC tower.

So here is a rundown of our top Hong Kong Tourist Attractions as well as the many landmarks that characterize the city.

How best to see them all? Check out our Getting Oriented page, which gives you an idea of what is where and how to plan your day, and our Sightseeing Guide for the many tips on getting around and enjoying the best Hong Kong has to offer.

And here's a quick-link list in alphabetical order of all Hong Kong Attractions, Landmarks and Things To Do covered in our site to date.

"Must Do" Hong Kong Tourist Attractions

These are Hong Kong's classic landmarks and our top Hong Kong Attractions, the ones we would definitely try to experience on a first trip to Hong Kong:

  • Victoria Harbour

View of Victoria Harbour from the Peak

Victoria Harbour is Hong Kong's prized iconic landmark. Framed by one of the world's most famous skylines, it never fails to convey the essence of the city: exciting, glamorous, sparkling, stylish...

It just blows you away the first time you see it, and every time after that...

Always bustling with activity, the harbour must be experienced during the day and at night.

So how do you "do" the Harbour? Here's a guide to enjoying the best views whether on foot, on the water, by air...

  • Victoria Harbour... the complete guide
  • Victoria Harbour Cruises
  • Favorite Walk: The Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
  • The Central Waterfront Promenade and the Ferris Wheel
  • Sky 100 Observation Deck
  • From the Air: A Helicopter Tour

Victoria Peak and the Peak Tram

Victoria Peak Tram

Victoria Peak is Hong Kong Island's highest point and a landmark of the Hong Kong skyline.

The attraction, however, is not the peak itself, but the breathtaking views of the Harbour from a variety of viewing platforms and the fun way to get to the summit: the Peak Tram.

On a clear day, you can see as far as the South China Sea and the surrounding islands. And if the vistas during the day are amazing, the sight at night is just simply jaw-dropping...

What we refer to as "the Peak" is actually an entire complex including restaurants, shops, viewing terraces, and even a Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.

Here's a guide to Victoria Peak and the Peak Tram, where the best views are and everything that is on offer nearby:

  • Victoria Peak the complete Guide
  • Victoria Peak Tram
  • Victoria Peak Tower
  • Victoria Peak Galleria
  • Madame Tussaud's Wax Musseum

The Star Ferry

Star Ferry Hong Kong

The Star Ferry is a Hong Kong institution, you haven't "done" Hong Kong without a ride on the Star Ferry.

The unmistakable green and white double-deckers have been shuttling residents between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon in the mainland for over 120 years. Up to 1978 when the Cross-Harbour Tunnel opened, it was the only way to cross the harbour.

This beloved icon of the city is a lot more than just a means of transportation, for tourists, it is a real sightseeing bargain, a one-way fare on the Star Ferry will set you back HK$2.50, about US$0.35, and offer spectacular views of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong skyline.

  • Guide to Riding the Star Ferry

The Hong Kong Big Buddha and the Ngong Ping Cable Car

Tian Tan Big Buddha at the Ngong Ping Plateau

The Hong Kong Big Buddha in Lantau Island is one of the largest seated Buddha statues in the world.

Tian Tan, as it is also known, is made of bronze and sits atop the Ngong Ping Plateau.

Getting to Tian Tan with the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, in itself an attraction, is definitely the recommended way to get there as this 20-minute ride takes you over some of Lantau island's most beautiful scenery.

Nearby, the Ngong Ping Village is well appointed with modern facilities and serves as the central point and transportation hub for the many highlights and tourist attractions in the area which can be combined during your visit, such as the Po Lin Monastery and the Tai O Fishing Village.

  • Guide to the Hong Kong Big Buddha
  • Taking the Ngong Ping Cable Car

Nearby attractions:

  • The Ngong Ping Village
  • The Po Lin Monastery
  • The Tai O Fishing Village

Bustling and Colorful Markets

Souvenirs and Trinkets at Stanley Market

Flower Markets, Fish Markets, Souvenir and Trinket Bazaars, Jade Markets, Night Markets, Food Stalls...

Hong Kong Markets are colorful and lively, a photographer's paradise and a great place to people watch, sample some local foods, catch a few bargains, or simply soak some of the local flavour as this is still pretty much a part of every day life in Hong Kong. Try to visit at least one market during your stay, chances are, there will be one just around the corner.

  • Guide to Hong Kong Markets
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The Avenue of the Stars and the TST Promenade

Avenue of the Stars

The Avenue of the Stars and the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade run along the tip of Kowloon's waterfront and is one of Hong Kong's most spectacular walks.

It offers some of the most breathtaking views of the Hong Kong skyline and bustling Victoria Harbour.

It is a great place to unwind after a day of sightseeing, just sit outside and relax, grab a bite, people watch, enjoy the sweeping views... or take in the daily Symphony of Lights evening free show.

Along the walkway there are cafes and eateries, benches to relax and some of the Kowloon side's greatest landmarks, such as the Tsim Sha Tsui Clocktower and the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

The Avenue of Stars is a tribute to Hong Kong's movie icons and is the territory's answer to Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

  • Map and Walking Guide to the Avenue of the Stars and the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade

The Symphony of Lights

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Dim Sum in Hong Kong

Yes, FOOD is its own attraction in Hong Kong. Dim Sum brunches, seafood villages, Dai Pai Dongs, floating restaurants... from Michelin Stars to street food stalls... Food is serious business in Hong Kong... There are flavors and budgets for all. Hong Kong's pride and joy is of course Cantonese food.

Food will be intertwined with your sightseeing... A trip to the night markets is never complete without a quick bite at the dai pai dongs, and enjoying a gorgeous cruise accross the bay is not only about the spectacular views, it's also about that fresh seafood at the other end...

So what should you try? Here's a guide to some of our favourite Hong Kong foods and food experiences you shouldn't miss.

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View of Central District Symphony of Lights

This is Hong Kong's Light and Sound Show, a tribute to the city and its people, their diversity, energy and vitality.

This is a free show offered by the city and it takes place every night at 8:00 p.m.. It lasts about 15 minutes.

The stage is the entire city, which is what makes it so unique, you can watch the lights from just about anywhere in the waterfront.

The light show involves some forty buildings on both sides of the harbour, with most of the prominent buildings featuring in the show. The lights and beams go in synch with the music (most of the time) but it really depends on where you are whether you will hear the music and narrative.

  • Guide to the Symphony of Lights Show
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"Try Hard to See" Hong Kong Attractions

There are so many more tourist attractions in Hong Kong that you can't see them all on one trip. It's a great excuse to come back... a few more times...

So focus and what interests you the most first, then pick a few more to round up your stay.

Here are some more popular Hong Kong tourist attractions, some must-do's if you're traveling with children, and some great options for after-hours entertainment as well.

  • Aberdeen Fishing Village

Sampans at Aberdeen

A Picturesque Harbour, Sampan Rides, Seafood Markets, Floating Restaurants...

The quaint and charming Aberdeen Fishing Village is not far from the hustle and bustle of the heart of Hong Kong, but seems like light-years away from it all, at first look.

Here you see rows upon rows of the old-fashioned junks and sampans, some house boats where the fishermen and their families still live, (at least for some 9 months of the year) all going on their daily routines, which now include mobile phones and satellite dishes.

It is a very picturesque scene, with the unexpected touch of modernity right and left.

Best way to catch all the action is with a sampan ride. You can also walk along the promenade where you find a colorful seafood market, and don't miss the grand floating restaurants, also a Hong Kong trademark.

  • Guide to Aberdeen Fishing Village

Hong Kong Disneyland

Mickey at HK DIsneyland

Come say "Ni Hao" to Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and the Gang! Hong Kong Disneyland is the smallest of the Disney Parks, and even though the selection of rides and attractions is limited (although growing) there are plenty of magical moments to be had at the land of Mouse.

The small size of the park and family-friendly set up makes it a perfect place to spend the day with small children. Particularly for toddlers and children under 10, the park will be a very magical experience, whether it is your first time at a Disney park or a repeat visitor.

There is the familiar Disney perks: the parade, the fireworks, meeting Mickey and Friends... In our Complete Guide you learn about the different lands and most popular rides, on our Tips for Visiting, we tell you about where to buy discount tickets and how to skip the lines at the popular rides.

  • Guide to Hong Kong Disneyland
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Ocean Park Hong Kong

Rainforest water ride at Ocean Park

Grand Aquariums, Exotic Animals, Roller Coasters...

Ocean Park Hong Kong has transitioned from "a good place for a day out" of the city to a truly "don't miss" attraction in Hong Kong, specially with the kids.

As the name suggests, marine life is a big part of it, but beyond the wonderful sea life exhibits including a world-class Aquarium and one-of-a-kind exhibits like the Chinese Sturgeon tunnel, Ocean Park has also branched out to include other rare and endangered animals like Giant Pandas and Red Pandas.

To round up the entertainment, Ocean Park also offers an array of shows, rides and roller coasters, which offer a great alternative to Disneyland for older children and teenagers. There is truly something for everyone in the family.

  • Guide to Ocean Park Hong Kong
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Sailing on a Traditional Hong Kong Junk

Duk Ling the Hong Kong Junk

The Hong Kong junk has come to represent the old traditional values that are still so ever present in this cosmopolitan city. The sight of this venerable vessel with its flashy red sails set against the backdrop of an ultra modern skyline is certainly striking and it has become a cherished symbol of the city.

There aren't that many traditional sampans in operation any more, so if you happen to see the red-sail sampans traversing the waters of the bay, it will more than likely be either the Duk Ling or the Aqua Luna.

It is now easier than ever to ride on one of this traditional vessels with Duk Ling and Aqua Luna offering regularly scheduled trips on a daily basis. Here are some tips and guidelines to help you plan your junk ride.

  • Guide to Traditional Hong Kong Junks and booking a sailing
  • Happy Valley Horse Races

Horse Racing at Happy Valley Hong Kong

The beautiful horses, the skillful jockeys ,the crowds going wild, they all add up to an exciting, fun-filled, thrilling atmosphere in a world-class venue.

Horse racing in Hong Kong is serious stuff and a major part of the Hong Kong economy and culture.

Happy Valley is a world-class state-of-the-art racing course. In the early days, it was not more than swamp land, but the only flat surface in Hong Kong Island, so that was the location of the racing course by default. Through the years, the city has built around the Happy Valley race course, and it is now practically surrounded by skyscrapers. That is indeed a sight in itself, specially at night when the city is illuminated.

  • Guide to the Happy Valley Horse Races
  • Exclusive offer for overseas visitors: Horse Racing at the Hong Kong Jockey Club: It gives you access to the Members' Enclosure, dinner at the prestigious Hong Kong Jockey Club, and a tour of the parade ring and winning post.
  • The Happy Valley Wednesday Horse Races Crawl - Hong Kong's ultimate night of horse races and bar hopping!

The Jumbo Floating Restaurant

Front view of Jumbo Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen

The Jumbo Floating Restaurant together with the Tai Pak, are Hong Kong's iconic Floating Palaces. They have been in movies, are frequented by luminaries, movie stars and royalty, and are a common sight in tourist brochures and postcards. They have been around since the 1950's and are very much a part of the Hong Kong scene.

Stop by for a drink or one of the ostentatious 9-course meals... with prices to match of course but a real treat with stupendous views of the harbour.

  • Guide to the Jumbo Floating Restaurant
  • Jumbo Floating Restaurant Dinner Package Info and Booking
  • Tai O Fishing Village

Stilt Houses at Tai O Fishing Village

The Tai O Fishing Village in the Western coast of Lantau Island is a quaint and picturesque enclave in a pretty setting on the coast framed by the mountains. There's much activity surrounding the harbour, the traditional seafood market and the daily routines in the stilt houses, a photographers dream and definitely worth the trip.

If you are already visiting the Big Buddha, then it is a short bus or taxi ride, about 15 minutes. You can easily spend a couple of hours just walking around the market and taking one of the little boats to explore around the harbour and the stilt houses for a close up view and perhaps catch a glimpse of the elusive Pink Dolphins.

  • Guide to the Tai O Fishing Village

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What to see and do in Hong Kong? A LOT!

Hong Kong , one of the world’s most dynamic cities, offers unique experiences to visitors such as Victoria Peak, bustling shopping areas, dynamic street markets, peaceful fishing villages, star ferry, tramways, Hong Kong Disneyland, Ocean Park, etc.

>> 1 Day Hong Kong Culture Tour with A Savory of Victoria Harbor

>> 2 Days Essence of Hong Kong Tour (Hong Kong Island + Lantau Island)

While, a side trip to Macau is worth your time and money . A former Portuguese colony dating back to year 1670, Macau is now famous for its range of casinos, gourmet and fine dining and historical architecture.

>> 2 Days Hong Kong Macau Highlights Tour

Besides, many more featured activities with lots of fun are waiting for you… Just come to find what your own Hong Kong is!

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Hong Kong Skyline

No. 1: Hong Kong Skyline

Type: Sight & Landmarks

Recommended Length of Visit: 2 hours

As the landmark of Hong Kong and enjoying one of the highest numbers of skyscrpers in the world, Hong Kong Skyline never fails to show its beauty of Most Beautiful Skyline in the World. City brimmed with seduction, romantic Victoria Harbor with rock nightlife and viaduct bridges winding into deep urban jungle, the skyline just resembles a colorful painting unfolding in Hong Kong. Wherever you stay, you have only to look around to enjoy the line where the heaven meets with this vertical city, really massive, iconic or just plain beautiful. As a result, it attracted countless visitors from home and abroad. The Victoria Peak, Tsim Sha Tsui and Star Ferry are regarded as the perfect viewpoints to enjoy Hong Kong Skyline, and you can get a lifetime long memory.

Recommended Tour to Enjoy Hong Kong Skyline:

Lantau Island

No. 2: Lantau Island

Type: Islands, Nature & Parks

Recommended Length of Visit: 1day

Lantau Island is the largest island in Hong Kong and it features long winding coastline, harbor and bay as well as mountain and stream. In short, natural landscape and historical sites in this tranquil island are both abundant to satisfy your eyes. With so many attractions to visit, you can get an enjoyable journey and escape from the noise of the urban crowds.

Lots of attractions include Po Lin Monastery, Tian Tan Buddha, Tai O, Tsing Ma Bridge, Wisdom Path etc. like pearl scattered in Lantau Island.

Recommended Tour to Enjoy Lantau Island:

Victoria Peak

No. 3: Victoria Peak

Type: Trams, Observation Decks/ Towers

Recommended Length of Visit: 1-2 hours

If there is only one thing you can do in Hong Kong, go to Victoria Peak . It is Hong Kong Island’s highest point and a landmark of the Hong Kong skyline. In the daytime, your eyes stretch across sparking skyscrapers and Victoria Harbor all the way to the green hills of the New Territories. While, the neon lights of Hong Kong’s giant skyscrapers are most majestic at night. The Sky Terrace (charge) and Peak Galleria Terrace (free) are the best places to view the Harbor.

The fun way to get to the Peak is by Peak Tram, the city's oldest mode of public transport since 1888. The entire ride (1.4 km) at an almost vertical angle takes 8 minutes and brings you from the tower Terminus Station in Central to the Peak.

Recommended Tour to Enjoy Victoria Peak:

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Repulse Bay

No. 4: Repulse Bay

Type: Beaches, Bodies of Water

Repulse Bay, located in the southern part of Hong Kong Island, is the most spectacular bay in the region. The crescent-shaped white sand beach stretches along with clear azure blue water gently lapping the seashore. It will offer you a more upscale beach resort experience in Hong Kong.

Apart from swimming and sunbathing, there are some restaurants and barbeque sites at the back of the beach, very relaxing.

Recommended Tour to Enjoy Repulse Bay:

Stanley Market

No. 5: Stanley Market

Type: Flea/ Street Markets

Next to the Repulse Bay, Stanley Market is one of the most worth-visiting Hong Kong Street Markets. It is a huge hit with locals, expats and tourists for good reason: its enormous selection of brand-name clothing items and accessories, jewelry, home furnishings, souvenirs, ornaments and oriental knick-knacks are sold at reasonable prices in a picturesque warren of lanes. It covers the style from both West and East. For many shopping hunters, it’s a great place to pick up some special souvenirs.

Recommended Tour to Enjoy Stanley Market:

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Aberdeen Fishing Village

No. 6: Aberdeen Fishing Village

Type: Neighborhoods

Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour

The picturesque Aberdeen Fishing Village is not far from the hustle and bustle of the heart of Hong Kong, but seems like light-years away from it all, at first look. Here, you could see rows upon rows of the old-fashioned junks and sampans, some house boats where the fishermen and their families still live…you can get a sense for what things were like long ago and how modern life is catching up the old traditions, which stubbornly co-exist with contemporary amenities.

A sampan ride through the harbor is a great way to see Aberdeen in action. The rides are around 25-30 minutes long and they zip you from the docks in the Aberdeen Promenade for a closer look to the floating village. If you have enough time, don’t miss visiting the seafood markets floating restaurants…

Recommended Tour to Enjoy Aberdeen Fishing Village:

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Wong Tai Sin Temple

No. 7: Wong Tai Sin Temple

Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites

Wong Tai Sin Temple is Hong Kong’s most famous Taoist temple, famed for the many prayers answered “What you request is what you get”. It is a very colorful temple and exemplifies the architecture of a traditional Chinese style with guarding lions at the entrance, the pagoda style roofs, incense urns, plenty of lanterns and beautifully decorated pillars.

According to the legend, Wong Tai Sin Temple was a humble shepherd who was taught by an immortal when he was 15 to make a herbal potion which could cure all illness and help you stay healthy. Now, it becomes a popular place of worship for those with health or business problems or for those seeking to have their fortunes told.

Recommended Tour to Enjoy Wong Tai Sin Temple:

Hong Kong Disneyland

No. 8: Hong Kong Disneyland

Type: Disney, Amusement/ Theme Parks

Recommended Length of Visit: half day

Hong Kong Disneyland is the first theme park located inside the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. As the newest Disneyland in the world, it is a must-see for the special attractions and the inimitable sense of Chinese culture. Walking into it, you’ll feel you are in a wonderland. Accompanied by Mickey Mouse and other Disney friends, you’ll start a fantastic and magical journey. The seven themed areas: Main Street, U.S.A, Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point and Toy Story Land, will show you more.

Recommended Tour to Enjoy Hong Kong Disneyland:

Ocean Park

No. 9: Ocean Park

Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks, Aquariums

Opened in 1997, Ocean Park is a marine-life theme park featuring animal exhibits, thrill rides and shows. Ocean Park is, together with Hong Kong Disneyland, one of the two large theme parks in Hong Kong.

It is divided into two main attractions areas: the Waterfront and the Summit, which can be further divided into eight different attraction zones: Amazing Asian Animals, Aqua City, Whisker Harbor, Marine World, Polar Adventure, Adventure Land, Thrill Mountain and the Rainforest. It is the paradise for both young and older children.

Avenue of the Stars

No. 10: Avenue of the Stars

Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest

Recommended Length of Visit: 0.5-1 hour

The Avenue of Stars pays tribute to the names that make Hong Kong the “Hollywood of the East”, giving visitors a panoramic view of the city’s most iconic sight: its glorious skyline, dramatically set against the Peak.

With commemorative plaques, celebrity handprints, descriptive milestones, movie memorabilia, a life-size statue of Kungfu action hero Bruce Lee, the Avenue of Stars fittingly sets the glamour of Hong Kong’s film industry against the captivating dazzle of Victoria Harbor. It is a great place to unwind after a day of sightseeing, just sit outside and relax, grab a bit, people watch, enjoy the sweeping views.

Recommended Tour to Enjoy Avenue of the Stars:

Nan Lian Garden

No. 11: Nan Lian Garden

Type: Parks

Used to be a hidden gem, the Nan Lian Garden is now regularly considered a top ten attraction in Hong Kong and is often called the most beautiful spot in all of Hong Kong.

This traditional garden features four major elements: hillocks and rocks, water features, timber structures and ornamental trees. The garden was created to provide a serene and peaceful place to escape the bus city just outside the walls. Visitors commented on TripAdvisor “the most peaceful place in Hong Kong” “Best landscaped garden in Hong Kong” “Paradise of Peace & Tranquility” etc. You could also visit the Chi Lin Nunnery near this garden which will also give you a good impression.

Recommended Tour to Enjoy Nan Lian Garden:

Kowloon Walled City Park

No. 12: Kowloon Walled City Park

Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hours

Kowloon Walled City Park, also Jiulongzhaicheng Park, sits on the very site of the former Kowloon Walled City. This attractive park was the site of a Chinese garrison in the 19th Century. In 1987, the Hong Kong government announced plans to demolish the Walled City and later it became a park.

The park's design is modelled on Jiangnan gardens of the early Qing Dynasty. It is divided into eight landscape features, with the fully restored yamen as its centerpiece. The park's paths and pavilions are named after streets and buildings in the Walled City. Artefacts from the Walled City, such as five inscribed stones and three old wells, are also on display in the park. In a word, it is good to take a walk here.

Golden Bauhinia Square

No. 13: Golden Bauhinia Square

Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest

Named after the giant statue of a golden bauhinia blakeana, the Golden Bauhinia Square is an open area in North Wan Chai. The sculpture is deemed an important symbol for the Hong Kong people after the handover.

There are three types of ceremony: Daily Flag Raising Ceremony (Daily, every day except 1st of each month), Enhanced Flag Raising Ceremony (on the 1st of every month, except July and October) and the Special Flag Raising Ceremony (1 July and 1 October). Visitors could come and see the flag raising ceremony. It is also advisable to go here at night since the Golden Bauhinia Square gives a great view of Victoria Harbor especially when you want to watch the Symphony of Lights.

Po Lin Monastery

No. 14: Po Lin Monastery with Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)

Type: Religious Sites, Monuments/ Statues

Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours

Located on Lantau Island, Po Lin Monastery is a Buddhist monastery founded by three monks visiting from Jiangsu Province. This monastery features the Big Buddha (Tiantan), which is the second largest, seated, outdoor bronze Buddha in the world.

The Big Buddha was erected in 1993 and draws pilgrims from all over Asia. Climbing the 268 steps for a closer look at this remarkable statue, and to enjoy the sweeping mountain and sea views that can be seen from its base. You can also enlighten your appetite in the vegetarian restaurant.

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Lamma Island

No. 15: Lamma Island

Type: Islands, Nature & Parks

Recommended Length of Visit: 2~3 Hours

Lamma Island is located at the Outlying Islands District of Hong Kong. It is located in the south of Hong Kong Island and has the shape of the Chinese character - “ya”, thus has been called “Nan Ya Dao” by Chinese people. This island is the third largest island in Hong Kong. Lamma Island has a free-spirited, multicultural vibe and is home to hipsters and creative types. Indie boutiques, craft stores and mellow cafes line Yung Shue Wan Main Street. There are no bus or car on the island, but you can take a bike on it. You will see the WWII-era Kamikaze Caves and have a beautiful coastal views. The island is regarded as the most ancient cultural site of South China, and an ancient fishing village. You could also find that locals’ lifestyle has been influenced by both western and eastern culture. Here you could have a temporary peace from the bustle of Hong Kong city.

Hong Kong Museum of History

No. 16: Hong Kong Museum of History

Type: Museum

Established in 1975, Hong Kong Museum of History was formerly the Art Museum of Hong Kong. Covering an area of 17,500 square meters, the museum is a comprehensive big modern building. Its exterior and color is totally harmony with the Museum of Science beside it. Hong Kong Museum of History has 5 branches of museum, such as Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Central Hong Kong, Hong Kong Museum of Costal Defense, etc. In this museum, you could learn about the 6,000 years' history of Hong Kong. With the introduction of the natural environment, locals life, and Hong Kong’s modern development, you could also have a vivid understanding about this coastal city. In addition, there are always different shows of Hong Kong or world historical relics which could also be a good chance to learn about the world.

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Victoria Harbour

No. 17: Victoria Harbour

Type: Harbour

Victoria Harbour is a natural landform harbour separating Hong Kong Island in the south from the Kowloon Peninsula to the north. The harbour's deep, sheltered waters and strategic location on the South China Sea were instrumental in Hong Kong's establishment as a British colony and its subsequent development as a trading centre. As it has excellent natural conditions, Hong Kong has thus reputed as “Oriental Pearl”. Long famous for its stunning panoramic views, the harbour is a major attraction of Hong Kong. A myriad of lights twinkles at night from the skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula, making Hong Kong, together with Hakodate in Japan and Naples in Italy, included in the 'three best night scenes of the world'.

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Sky 100 Hong Kong Observation Deck

No. 18: Sky 100 Hong Kong Observation Deck

Type: Skyscraper, Observation Deck

Recommended Length of Visit: About 1 Hour

Sky 100 Hong Kong Observation Deck is in the 100th floor of International Commerce Centre (ICC), the tallest building in Hong Kong. At 393 metres above sea level, it is the only indoor observation deck in Hong Kong offering 360-degree views of the famous Victoria Harbour. It would be amazing to have a bird’s eye view of the whole city in the night. In addition, you could experience the fastest double-deck elevator in Hong Kong to reach 100 F in 1 minute. As the ICC is located at the center of the city and connects to transportation hub, you could easily go to any other attractions from there. Furthermore, you could choose to dine in this Hong Kong’s tallest landmark.

Tai O Fishing Village

No. 19: Tai O Fishing Village

Tai O (Chinese: 大澳) is a fishing town, partly located on an island of the same name, on the western side of Lantau Island in Hong Kong. The village's name means large inlet, referring to outlet for the waterways (Tai O Creek and Tai O River) merges as it moves through Tai O. The lifelong residents of Tai O, known as the Tanka people, keep busy fishing and tending to work around the village, and according to a 2013 article on CCN, "tourists have been flocking to Tai O to glimpse this part of Hong Kong's rapidly disappearing past." Like most small fishing towns near Hong Kong, Tai O operates at a much slower pace, which offers tourists a chance to escape the neon lights and towering buildings of the city.

Man Mo Temple

No. 20: Man Mo Temple

Type: Religious Sites, Temple

The Man Mo Temple, a place where locals and visitors alike gather to worship the god of literature (Man Tai) and the God of war (Mo Tai). It is poised halfway up Victoria Peak on Hollywood Road. Built in 1847 during the Qing dynasty by wealthy Chinese merchants, it was one of the most revered Buddhist temples in Hong Kong. On any given day, you will find locals here praying at the altar, along with foreign visitors who come to experience the peace and solitude of this Hong Kong temple. It is a tranquil place which is felt all the more keenly as it contrasts so much with the bustling downtown area of Central, which is just a few minutes’ walk away from Man Mo Temple.

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10 of the world’s best foodie destinations (and what to eat when you get there)

Mar 1, 2024 • 12 min read

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From dim sum in Hong Kong to barbecue brisket in Texas, be inspired to travel just for these epic flavors © Sammyvision / Getty Images

Have you ever eaten something so delicious while traveling that it becomes the defining memory of your trip? We have, too.

So, to ensure that will happen again, plan your next trip to an incredible foodie destination. We know just where you should go — and what you should eat when you get there. 

Here are 10 of the destinations and dishes, selected from our book Ultimate Eats , that we think are worthy of planning a trip around.

A bar with plates full of traditional pintxos - small snacks - on display

1. Try pinxtos in San Sebastián, Spain

Travelers heading to San Sebastián  in Spain will find an incredible city bursting with Basque culture, and surrounded by golden beaches and verdant hills. But there’s one compelling reason to visit that rises above all the others:  pintxos . The tiny bites (known as tapas outside of Basque Spain) are best consumed with an accompanying drink, seeing as you’ll be taking this particular culinary journey as a bar-hopping escapade through the streets of San Sebastián.

Originally small open-faced sandwiches, pintxos can today be experienced in many incarnations, from the traditional, piled-high toppings on bread, to molecular-gastronomy renditions with flavors that belie what you see on your plate. Needless to say, almost every local ingredient is represented. It’s hard to list favorites, but the simple examples are often the ones that blow your mind: battered white asparagus, a tuna-and-anchovy tart or maybe mushrooms braised with garlic.

To get the full pintxos and San Sebastián experience, have a lazy day in the city and surrounds, take an afternoon nap and then head out around 9pm. You’ll never be more than a few minutes from your next bar, a whole new menu of tasty treats and a whole new group of people eating and drinking.

A busy street lined with food stalls and decorated with red lanterns

2. Eat curry laksa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

One of the most compelling parts of visiting  Kuala Lumpur is wandering through the streets, finding fantastic little hawker centers tucked into the shadows of towering skyscrapers. At this feast for the senses, you’ll truly complete the experience when you sample a rich and creamy curry laksa .

On  Madras Lane , just off Petaling St, you’ll come across competing curry laksa stalls vying for your attention. Pick the one with the longest queue. When you have the bowl in your hands, choose a plastic chair (make sure it’s connected to the stall where you bought your laksa or you’ll be in trouble) and begin the swoon-worthy, sweat-inducing process of eating. Come again the next day to try the neighboring stall’s version.

A heady mix of spices and flavors (such as fresh turmeric, galangal, chili, candlenut and shrimp paste) go into the curry mix, which, when combined with coconut milk, creates the signature fiery-orange hue of the noodle soup. Two types of noodles (thin rice and thick egg) – along with shredded chicken, shrimp, cockles, tofu puffs, bean sprouts, a sprinkling of fresh chili and mint and a squeeze of lime – make up the rest of the lip-smacking ingredients. It’s an only-in- Malaysia experience.

A plate of neat rice and fish sushi with the chef bowing in the background

3. Take a sushi master class in Tokyo, Japan

Japan offers a truly awe-inspiring array of food experiences , with few as memorable as sampling sushi in Tokyo . We wish we could say that if you’re going to eat sushi in Tokyo, go to Sukiyabashi Jiro or Sushi Saito, but the inordinately long waiting lists to get into either restaurant take the shine off the experience. That said, if your hotel concierge can work their magic, do not miss your chance; the sushi mastery on show at both places is undeniable. In the absence of this bit of good luck, however, there are some superb sushi restaurants in Tokyo that dish up life-changing experiences without the wait. Cases in point include Mantensushi Marunouchi and Jūzō Sushi.

Most top-end sushi chefs will serve their sushi  omakase- style, which just means you leave it to them and they will select, prepare and serve your sushi as they see fit. Don’t kick back and relax just yet, though – there are some etiquette rules to abide by. First, when your fresh piece of sushi is placed in front of you, pick it up with your hands rather than chopsticks, and don’t dip it in soy sauce or ask for any extra wasabi. The chef has seasoned the offering, so it is something of an insult to modify the flavor. Between courses, it’s fine to use chopsticks to pick up pickled ginger and the  oshibori  (hand towel) to clean your fingers.

Take your time and interact with the chef; it’s such an intimate setting and a perfect opportunity to learn more about this ancient culinary art form. Remember to pay attention to the rice as well as the fish. Sushi masters spend years perfecting their rice and consider it as important as all the other ingredients. Soak it all in – the tradition, the skill, the respect, the service, all amounting to the quintessential Japanese dining experience.

A BBQ chef prepares a delicious serving of smoked brisket.

4. Taste tantalizing beef brisket in Texas, USA

Travel to Texas , US , and you’ll quickly learn something important about the locals: they know their barbecued meats. So when they line up for four or more hours to get some, it has to be special. That’s the situation at  Austin ’s  Franklin Barbecue  six days a week. Through the Franklin’s menu includes pulled pork, ribs, sausage and more, the main attraction is its smoked beef brisket.

The team here keeps it simple, rubbing the meat with a mix of salt and black pepper, then cooking it “low and slow” in oakwood smoke until it’s fall-apart tender and encased in a thin, salty crust. It’s a juicy, smoky Texas classic, judged best-in-class by Texans themselves. You could drive to Lockhart , the state-legislated “Barbecue Capital of Texas,” and be back in the time it takes to get into Franklin’s. But the queue is good fun, you can have a beer and meet some friendly Texans while you wait – and damn, that brisket is good .

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5. Travel to Bangkok, Thailand, for som tum  

Hit the streets of Bangkok  and prepare for sensory overload. While the sights of the Thai capital will astonish you, you’ll have a similarly intense experience when you try som tum , green papaya salad. Som tum is a bang of flavor: it’s sour, salty, sweet and intensely fiery. It’s also texturally extraordinary, combining the crunch of peanuts with cool slivers of pale green papaya and carrot, and small, sweet, juicy shrimp and tomatoes. It’s sold from street vendors all over  Thailand  but is particularly beloved in the capital, where it feels like there’s a seller on every corner.

Grabbing a plate of som tum on the street, amid all the traffic chaos and the stifling heat, is a rite of passage for visitors to the city, and the epitome of this is the rambling, streetside shack  Jay So . But if you would prefer to revere your salad in relative peace and quiet, the restaurant  Somtam Nua , at the Siam Center on Siam Sq, has a worthy version – tamed slightly for Western palates but still delicious.

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6. Heap toppings on  smørrebrød  in Copenhagen, Denmark

Stylish Copenhagen lures in travelers looking to soak up contemporary art, admire amazing architecture and shop for vintage clothes . But the perfect food experience in Copenhagen, a Danish smørrebrød , is anything but fussy – just take a slice of rye bread, put some butter on it and then heap it with whatever tasty ingredients you like.

But it’s not really that simple. There are some rules to smørrebrød that help to elevate it to something beyond just a piece of bread with toppings. First, thin toppings go on first, followed by the bulkier kind; second, when eating more than one kind of smørrebrød at once (and this is nearly always the case; good luck stopping at one), you start with the slice that features herring, move on to fish, then meat, then finish with cheese. This carefully choreographed sequence is designed to gently walk your palate through the flavor combinations so that one never overpowers the other.

If you’ve never had smørrebrød , before there are some classic combinations you’ll see all over  Denmark : for example, pickled herring, onion and dill; mayonnaise, boiled egg, shrimp, dill and lemon; roast beef, pickles, onions and horseradish; and blue cheese, apples and bacon. But these are just a tiny sample of the almost limitless number of toppings.

Copenhagen’s smørrebrød institution,  Restaurant Schonnemann , has been serving up the open-faced sandwich since 1877. Here, presentation is so delicate and refined it resembles sushi in style. Try the following for an ultimate smørrebrød experience, otherwise known as the world’s best sandwich degustation: herring marinated in dill cream with capers, onions and a fried egg; smoked salmon and smoked halibut with a crab and mayonnaise salad, tomato and basil; a breaded cutlet of pork with apples, thyme and onions; and, finally, Camembert with blackcurrant jam. And to drink? Why there are only more than 140 different schnapps, aquavit and genevers to choose from. That should do nicely.

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7. Savor crayfish by the sea on New Zealand’s South Island

New Zealand ’s scenery is a big allure for travelers who want to experience its incredible array of mountains, fields and coastlines. But beyond its eye-candy appeal, this lush environment also produces a wealth of delicious ingredients. On the east coast of New Zealand’s  South Island , about two hours’ drive north of Christchurch , is the picturesquely situated town of  Kaikōura . The town is famous for the abundance of marine life present offshore – with sperm whales, dolphins and seals often spotted close to land – with its name deriving from the Māori words kai (meaning food) and kōura (crayfish).

Trading on its namesake are numerous fresh seafood vans up and down the nearby coastline. Of these, one of the oldest – and best – is  Nin’s Bin . A 20-minute drive from the center of town, this basic blue-and-white converted caravan has a few wooden picnic tables scattered outside where locals and well-informed travelers hunker over fresh crayfish and mussels with a view over the Pacific Ocean. Nin’s Bin prepares its crayfish with butter, garlic and a sprinkling of parsley, letting the fresh and sweet flesh shine. Add a squeeze of lemon, throw in a cold beer and hope for a sighting of sperm whales – it could be the perfect afternoon.

Quotas on the number of crayfish being caught in this region have been put in place to protect the marine life here and promote sustainable practices. As such, many of the local shacks and restaurants, including Nin’s Bin, have strict seasonal opening hours worth scouting out before your visit.

A stone bowl is full of mixed vegetables and an egg in a Korean bibimbap.

8. Don't miss bowls of bibimbap in South Korea 

South Korea  offers up an incredible variety of experiences  in a tiny package. Likewise, one of its most popular dishes, bibimbap, offers a dizzying array of flavors in just one bowl. Beef and sautéed vegetables such as shiitake mushrooms, spinach and eggplant are piled on to warm, white rice and flavored with spicy chili paste and an umami-rich fermented soybean paste, topped with either a raw or fried egg. There are two main types of bibimbap:  jeonju -style, which comes in a cold bowl, and  dolsot , which comes in a piping-hot earthenware bowl – making it the perfect dish for any season.

Whichever one you choose comes to you like a display meal, with all the ingredients fanned out over the rice – so take a moment to admire the pretty culinary spectacle and know that the ingredients are chosen for specific reasons. The red of the chili pepper represents your heart, the green vegetables are for your liver, the yellow of the egg yolk is for your stomach, black or very dark items (mushrooms or soy sauce) are there for your kidneys and the white rice is for your lungs. Next, dive right in, mix the whole lot up and give your insides a boost.

Long queue outside a popular pizza restaurant in Naples

9. Take a pilgrimage to Naples, Italy, for the perfect pizza 

Wander the pulsing, narrow streets of Naples  and you’re sure the catch a whiff of its most famous food: pizza. While there are infinite numbers of ways it can be prepared, there’s one version of our worldwide food obsession that will always stand prouder than the rest: the original margherita pizza from Naples. To eat margherita here is reminiscent of a religious experience – you’ll find zealous disciples of specific restaurants.

It’s believed the worldwide phenomenon was first created when a local baker prepared dinner for the visiting King Umberto and Queen Margherita in the 19th century. Legend has it he made three pizzas, and the queen was taken with the flavors of the tomato, mozzarella and basil version, in the colors of the Italian flag. From then on it has been named in her honor.

So where to eat it? One of the longest-standing establishments is Di Matteo . The huge, cerulean-tiled pizza oven fires out light and stretchy toasted pizzas that fly out of the door to pizza lovers on their own personal pilgrimage, and locals who appreciate the exalted position they find themselves in. If the queue is too long at Di Matteo, stroll the streets and find your own place of worship.

Round wicker baskets hold small dainty dumplings. A hand holding chopsticks reaches over to take some

10. Snack on dim sum in Hong Kong 

Dim sum (which means “light snack”) is served all over the world – but nowhere does it like  Hong Kong . In fact, Hong Kong’s dim sum is a destination in itself. Dim sum (also known as  yum cha , which translates to “with tea”) has evolved from the traveler ritual of stopping for tea and snacks while on the road into what might be the world’s best brunch.

In Hong Kong you can sample your dim sum as simply or as extravagantly as your predilections go. At multiple locations across town,  DimDimSum does its tidbits traditionally – you’ll find that the  siu mai  (steamed pork dumplings),  har gow  (steamed shrimp dumplings) and  char siu bao  (BBQ pork steamed buns) are all excellent. The atmosphere is buzzing with students, travelers and lovers of dim sum on a budget.

At the other end of the spectrum are the Michelin-starred establishments like  Duddell’s  and  Fook Lam Moon . At the painfully elegant Duddell’s the classics are given an elaborate twist: think pork-and-shrimp dumpling with scallop and caviar, or a deep-fried pork-and-shrimp wonton with foie gras. By contrast, Fook Lam Moon’s mood is classic Cantonese, but still caters to Hong Kong society’s elite with offerings that come with small unexpected flourishes, such as the siu mai with crab roe or the steamed squid with curry sauce.

Whether jostling for elbow room at budget restaurants or sitting in elegant surroundings as silent carts glide towards your table, Hong Kong dim sum is the definitive version to try before the proverbial bucket gets kicked.

This article was first published May 7, 2020 and updated Mar 1, 2024.

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<p>Traveling opens doors to new experiences; believe it or not, some of the most fascinating adventures start at airports. Airports are more than just transit hubs—they can be part of the journey, offering unique attractions, exquisite architecture, and top-notch amenities that rival their destinations. From lush indoor gardens and impressive art installations to luxury shopping and gourmet dining, the world’s best airports transform the travel experience. Here are 15 international airports that are so good you might just want to book a flight with a long layover!</p>

Traveling opens doors to new experiences; believe it or not, some of the most fascinating adventures start at airports. Airports are more than just transit hubs—they can be part of the journey, offering unique attractions, exquisite architecture, and top-notch amenities that rival their destinations. From lush indoor gardens and impressive art installations to luxury shopping and gourmet dining, the world’s best airports transform the travel experience. Here are 15 international airports that are so good you might just want to book a flight with a long layover!

<p>As the second busiest airport in the world, this hub offers exciting activities to engage travelers during layovers. Located in Terminal 2, the Aviation Discovery Centre features a 4D Extreme Cinema and flight simulators for a thrilling experience. Additionally, passengers can enjoy free PlayStation gaming or golf at the Sky City Nine Eagles Golf Course. The airport also hosts regular exhibitions and live entertainment by magicians, ensuring there’s never a dull moment. With so much to do, travelers can look forward to a restful sleep on their subsequent red-eye flight.</p>

1. Hong Kong International Airport

As the second busiest airport in the world, this hub offers exciting activities to engage travelers during layovers. Located in Terminal 2, the Aviation Discovery Centre features a 4D Extreme Cinema and flight simulators for a thrilling experience. Additionally, passengers can enjoy free PlayStation gaming or golf at the Sky City Nine Eagles Golf Course. The airport also hosts regular exhibitions and live entertainment by magicians, ensuring there’s never a dull moment. With so much to do, travelers can look forward to a restful sleep on their subsequent red-eye flight.

<p>Renowned for its excellence, Changi consistently secures its spot as the top airport globally. It is a hub for Singapore Airlines, Silkair, and Tigerair and ranks 16th busiest airport. Visitors often laud its unique design and the seamless service it offers. Its opulent offerings include a variety of eateries and boutiques. Additionally, travelers can indulge in numerous leisure activities such as watching films, enjoying multimedia decks, relaxing in spas, and sliding down an exciting corkscrew slide. Such amenities contribute to its high praise and recognition among international travelers.</p>

2. Singapore Changi International Airport

Renowned for its excellence, Changi consistently secures its spot as the top airport globally. It is a hub for Singapore Airlines, Silkair, and Tigerair and ranks 16th busiest airport. Visitors often laud its unique design and the seamless service it offers. Its opulent offerings include a variety of eateries and boutiques. Additionally, travelers can indulge in numerous leisure activities such as watching films, enjoying multimedia decks, relaxing in spas, and sliding down an exciting corkscrew slide. Such amenities contribute to its high praise and recognition among international travelers.

<p>Seoul Incheon International Airport is a traveler’s delight, similar to Hong Kong’s airport, with its unique twists. Imagine exploring artifacts from UNESCO World Heritage sites at the Korean Culture Museum right before your flight. Besides that, the airport regularly updates its main halls with new exhibitions and even offers a tranquil pine garden for a bit of peace. All these features combine to make your travel experience smoother and more enjoyable. It’s not just about waiting for your next flight at Incheon; it’s about making the most of every moment of your journey.</p>

3. Seoul Incheon International Airport

Seoul Incheon International Airport is a traveler’s delight, similar to Hong Kong’s airport, with its unique twists. Imagine exploring artifacts from UNESCO World Heritage sites at the Korean Culture Museum right before your flight. Besides that, the airport regularly updates its main halls with new exhibitions and even offers a tranquil pine garden for a bit of peace. All these features combine to make your travel experience smoother and more enjoyable. It’s not just about waiting for your next flight at Incheon; it’s about making the most of every moment of your journey.

<p>Haneda Airport stands out as one of Tokyo’s two primary international gateways, just a few miles from the center of the Japanese capital. Its strategic location makes it a favorite entry point for both business travelers and tourists. Renowned for its operational efficiency and immaculate cleanliness, Haneda also offers an impressive shopping experience with many stores. Moreover, the airport is celebrated for its speedy customs processing and has multiple transport links to central Tokyo, making it exceptionally convenient for visitors who want to explore the city.</p>

4. Tokyo Haneda International Airport

Haneda Airport stands out as one of Tokyo’s two primary international gateways, just a few miles from the center of the Japanese capital. Its strategic location makes it a favorite entry point for both business travelers and tourists. Renowned for its operational efficiency and immaculate cleanliness, Haneda also offers an impressive shopping experience with many stores. Moreover, the airport is celebrated for its speedy customs processing and has multiple transport links to central Tokyo, making it exceptionally convenient for visitors who want to explore the city.

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5. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam distinguishes itself with a branch of the renowned Rijksmuseum, offering travelers a taste of classic Dutch art featuring works by Rembrandt. This cultural oasis makes for an ideal layover experience. Post-art immersion, visitors can relax with a rejuvenating “Back to Life” massage or pedicure at XpresSpa, the first of its kind in a European airport. Additionally, one can enjoy champagne and caviar at Bubbles Bar or cozy up at Cafe Amsterdam. Schiphol also facilitates smooth transitions with its efficient layout, helping travelers easily navigate between luxurious amenities and their next flight.

<p>Munich Airport is consistently ranked among the best due to its exceptional facilities and services. It is luxurious and efficient, with terminals that are easy to navigate and amenities that cater to comfort and convenience. The airport features many dining options, extensive shopping, and relaxation zones, including spa services and quiet lounges. Notably, Munich Airport also hosts seasonal events like a winter market complete with an ice-skating rink, enhancing the travel experience. Its cleanliness, friendly staff, and security checks further elevate its status as a top-tier airport globally.</p>

6. Munich Airport

Munich Airport is consistently ranked among the best due to its exceptional facilities and services. It is luxurious and efficient, with terminals that are easy to navigate and amenities that cater to comfort and convenience. The airport features many dining options, extensive shopping, and relaxation zones, including spa services and quiet lounges. Notably, Munich Airport also hosts seasonal events like a winter market complete with an ice-skating rink, enhancing the travel experience. Its cleanliness, friendly staff, and security checks further elevate its status as a top-tier airport globally.

<p>Beijing Capital International Airport, Asia’s busiest hub, improves traveler convenience with its sprawling Terminal 3. This terminal not only provides free Wi-Fi across its vast public areas but also features upscale shopping with a variety of designer brands. The Air China business lounge is highly recommended for its comfortable seating and excellent amenities. The airport’s architectural design impresses with its modern aesthetics and efficient layout. Terminal 3’s extensive dining options cater to international tastes, making it a complete and welcoming gateway for millions of passengers traveling through Asia.</p>

7. Beijing Capital International Airport

Beijing Capital International Airport, Asia’s busiest hub, improves traveler convenience with its sprawling Terminal 3. This terminal not only provides free Wi-Fi across its vast public areas but also features upscale shopping with a variety of designer brands. The Air China business lounge is highly recommended for its comfortable seating and excellent amenities. The airport’s architectural design impresses with its modern aesthetics and efficient layout. Terminal 3’s extensive dining options cater to international tastes, making it a complete and welcoming gateway for millions of passengers traveling through Asia.

<p>Central Japan International Airport, affectionately known as Centrair, is a standout facility built on an artificial island in Ise Bay near Nagoya. It’s a key hub for Japan Airlines and ANA and is renowned as the best regional airport globally. What makes Centrair unique? Well, it has this amazing 1,000-foot sky deck where you can watch ships glide into the Port of Nagoya. Plus, there’s a traditional Japanese bathhouse where you can soak in warm waters while the sun sets over the bay—it’s just the perfect way to unwind before or after a flight.</p>

8. Central Japan International Airport

Central Japan International Airport, affectionately known as Centrair, is a standout facility built on an artificial island in Ise Bay near Nagoya. It’s a key hub for Japan Airlines and ANA and is renowned as the best regional airport globally. What makes Centrair unique? Well, it has this amazing 1,000-foot sky deck where you can watch ships glide into the Port of Nagoya. Plus, there’s a traditional Japanese bathhouse where you can soak in warm waters while the sun sets over the bay—it’s just the perfect way to unwind before or after a flight.

<p>Zurich Airport, situated just eight miles from the bustling center of Zurich, serves as the primary home base for Swiss International Air Lines and acts as a vital hub connecting Switzerland’s largest city with the rest of the country and beyond. Ideal for travelers with time to spare, the airport provides unique opportunities to explore the local area through bicycle and inline-skate rentals. Additionally, passengers can embark on excursions to the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne, offering a deeper dive into Switzerland’s rich history of transport innovation. These activities not only cater to those looking to stretch their legs after a flight but also improve their layover experience by offering a glimpse into Swiss culture and leisure.</p>

9. Zurich Airport

Zurich Airport, situated just eight miles from the bustling center of Zurich, serves as the primary home base for Swiss International Air Lines and acts as a vital hub connecting Switzerland’s largest city with the rest of the country and beyond. Ideal for travelers with time to spare, the airport provides unique opportunities to explore the local area through bicycle and inline-skate rentals. Additionally, passengers can embark on excursions to the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne, offering a deeper dive into Switzerland’s rich history of transport innovation. These activities not only cater to those looking to stretch their legs after a flight but also improve their layover experience by offering a glimpse into Swiss culture and leisure.

<p>Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport impresses with its modern, expansive design and features like a sleek 600-room Novotel, complete with an inviting pool. A convenient 15-minute rail link to the city is also on the verge of launching. Additionally, travelers can relax in a stylish, tranquil business lounge. However, visitors should be mindful of a few challenges: the airport’s signage can be perplexing, immigration processes might be protracted, and the distance between gates for connecting flights can be extensive. These factors could require extra time and patience to guide the otherwise impressive airport efficiently.</p>

10. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport impresses with its modern, expansive design and features like a sleek 600-room Novotel, complete with an inviting pool. A convenient 15-minute rail link to the city is also on the verge of launching. Additionally, travelers can relax in a stylish, tranquil business lounge. However, visitors should be mindful of a few challenges: the airport’s signage can be perplexing, immigration processes might be protracted, and the distance between gates for connecting flights can be extensive. These factors could require extra time and patience to guide the otherwise impressive airport efficiently.

<p>Heathrow Airport, ranked as the world’s seventh busiest, is the largest among London’s five main airports. As the central hub for British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, Heathrow is a critical gateway for international and domestic flights, connecting millions of travelers to worldwide destinations. These enhancements and accolades highlight Heathrow’s commitment to maintaining its top-notch global travel hub status.</p>

11. London Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport, ranked as the world’s seventh busiest, is the largest among London’s five main airports. As the central hub for British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, Heathrow is a critical gateway for international and domestic flights, connecting millions of travelers to worldwide destinations. These enhancements and accolades highlight Heathrow’s commitment to maintaining its top-notch global travel hub status.

<p>Kansai International Airport, a key player among Japan’s airports, operates around the clock, handling both international and domestic flights. An attraction for visitors is the Sky Deck, which provides stunning 360-degree views of the region and a close-up look at airplanes during takeoff and landing. The airport comes alive at night with its dazzling, jewel-toned lighting, creating a romantic ambiance. Additionally, it houses one of the largest airline merchandise shops in Japan, offering an extensive range of aviation-themed products. This makes Kansai not just a transit point but a destination filled with unique attractions and shopping experiences.</p>

12. Kansai International Airport

Kansai International Airport, a key player among Japan’s airports, operates around the clock, handling both international and domestic flights. An attraction for visitors is the Sky Deck, which provides stunning 360-degree views of the region and a close-up look at airplanes during takeoff and landing. The airport comes alive at night with its dazzling, jewel-toned lighting, creating a romantic ambiance. Additionally, it houses one of the largest airline merchandise shops in Japan, offering an extensive range of aviation-themed products. This makes Kansai not just a transit point but a destination filled with unique attractions and shopping experiences.

<p>Vancouver International Airport (YVR), positioned on Sea Island in Richmond, just south of Vancouver, is the primary airport for the city and Canada’s second busiest. In 2019, it accommodated over 26 million passengers. YVR connects a range of destinations, offering flights to numerous towns along Canada’s west coast and key cities in the east. It plays a crucial role in international travel as well, with several daily flights from Asia. Thanks to its advantageous western location, the airport also handles flights from Oceania and maintains strong connections with Europe, making it a significant hub in North America for global travelers.</p>

13. Vancouver International Airport

Vancouver International Airport (YVR), positioned on Sea Island in Richmond, just south of Vancouver, is the primary airport for the city and Canada’s second busiest. In 2019, it accommodated over 26 million passengers. YVR connects a range of destinations, offering flights to numerous towns along Canada’s west coast and key cities in the east. It plays a crucial role in international travel as well, with several daily flights from Asia. Thanks to its advantageous western location, the airport also handles flights from Oceania and maintains strong connections with Europe, making it a significant hub in North America for global travelers.

<p>Also known as Taoyuan International Airport, located about 40 km west of Taipei in Taoyuan City, is the busiest and largest airport in Taiwan. Recognized as the best airport for its size in the Asia-Pacific region back in 2016, it features two parallel runways equipped for Category II Precision Approaches, allowing landings with minimal visibility. The airport facilitates over 60 aircraft movements per hour and includes a mix of 41 frontal, 15 remote, and 25 cargo stands. With high rankings in both passenger and freight traffic internationally, Taoyuan is expanding and considering proposals for a third runway and terminal to enhance capacity and service.</p>

14. Taiwan Taoyuan Airport

Also known as Taoyuan International Airport, located about 40 km west of Taipei in Taoyuan City, is the busiest and largest airport in Taiwan. Recognized as the best airport for its size in the Asia-Pacific region back in 2016, it features two parallel runways equipped for Category II Precision Approaches, allowing landings with minimal visibility. The airport facilitates over 60 aircraft movements per hour and includes a mix of 41 frontal, 15 remote, and 25 cargo stands. With high rankings in both passenger and freight traffic internationally, Taoyuan is expanding and considering proposals for a third runway and terminal to enhance capacity and service.

<p>Narita Airport, positioned 35 miles from Tokyo, is a crucial gateway for the city’s international traffic. As the first of Tokyo’s two airports to feature on the list, Narita is an essential hub for major airlines, including ANA, Japan Airlines, Delta, and United. It’s highly regarded for its operational efficiency, courtesy of its proficient and amiable staff. Cleanliness is a standout feature, ensuring a pleasant environment for travelers. Additionally, Narita offers various dining options catering to diverse tastes and preferences. This combination of efficiency, cleanliness, and amenities contributes to Narita’s reputation as a top choice for international travelers visiting Tokyo.</p>

15. Tokyo Narita International Airport

Narita Airport, positioned 35 miles from Tokyo, is a crucial gateway for the city’s international traffic. As the first of Tokyo’s two airports to feature on the list, Narita is an essential hub for major airlines, including ANA, Japan Airlines, Delta, and United. It’s highly regarded for its operational efficiency, courtesy of its proficient and amiable staff. Cleanliness is a standout feature, ensuring a pleasant environment for travelers. Additionally, Narita offers various dining options catering to diverse tastes and preferences. This combination of efficiency, cleanliness, and amenities contributes to Narita’s reputation as a top choice for international travelers visiting Tokyo.

<p>Navigating some airports can be as easy as a morning stroll. When you’re at these spots, getting to your gate is a breeze, not a marathon. </p><p>Here are the top 5 U.S. airports with the shortest walk from the gate.</p>

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