Discover the attractions of vibrant Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a city filled with famous sites and attractions that will keep the entire family entertained. From the heights of Victoria Peak, get the best views of Hong Kong. To let your hair down and unwind, head to Lamma and Lantau islands where you can take a breather before going home.
For a different experience of Hong Kong, charter a traditional Chinese fishing boat called a Junk. Stock your picnic basket with your favourite treats and enjoy Hong Kong from the water. Stop off at a remote location and take a swim.
Tour the famous Big Buddha, feast on local cuisine and take your favourite recipe home to relive your time in Hong Kong. Take a trip to the markets to get the best of everything you have been wanting to eat while on holiday. Hong Kong is a world of adventure. This amazing and activity-filled destination needs to be on everybody’s travel list.
Hong Kong – Things to do
- Victoria Peak: A trip to Hong Kong is not complete without a visit to Victoria Peak or The Peak as it is also known. This is the highest point on Hong Island and the views of the harbour and skyline below are extraordinary. Watch the colours in the sky change as the sun sets or be mesmerized by the flickering lights under the dark night sky. The view is just as great while you travel to the peak on the funicular tram. The Peak is a popular spot among tourists and locals. The harbour views are like no other around the world. Don’t miss the wonderful attraction of Hong Kong.
- Lamma Island: A mix of Chinese and Western culture, many people go to Lamma Island for day-trips to relax. The island is well-known for its seafood restaurants. The villages, the laid-back atmosphere and stretches of beach are all reasons people escape here form a busy life. There are also a couple of trails to walk on the island. Here you will be able to take in the scenic views the island has to offer. The hiking trails are an easy walk, so there is no need to worry about gruelling climbs. There are family walking tours available on Lamma Island.
- Lantau Island: Scenery in abundance is yours with mountains aplenty, the tallest peak being the Phoenix Mountain. Hikers will enjoy a climb to the top of this peak for a fantastic view of the sunrise. There are 47 villages on the island. Tia O is the most populated village. This former garrison town is littered with houses on stilts and fishing is a way of life for the locals. Try the salted fish while you tour the island, it’s their speciality. Take a walk through the markets and get on a boat to explore the harbour and take some great snap shots.
- Po Lin Monastery: Located in Ngong Ping on Lantau Island, Po Lin Monastery is one of Hong Kong’s major attractions. The monastery is home to devout monks and is also known as the ‘Buddhist World in the South’. The main temple is adorned in colours and the figure-painted ceilings are inspiring. Behind the main shrine at the monastery, visitors will come across the Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas. This hall is built in Song dynasty style and houses ten thousand gold statues of Buddha. The hall has superb ceilings decorated with lamps and paintings. While you are at Po Lin Monastery, feast on vegetarian food that is prepared for the monks.
- Big Buddha: Enjoy some amazing views as you make your way up to Big Buddha by cable car. Located in Ngong Ping on Lantau Island, The Tian Tan Buddha, also informally known as Big Buddha was erected in 1993 and took 12 years to complete. The statue is 34 meters tall and attracts people from all over Asia. Climb the 268 steps and enjoy magnificent views of down below. There is a three-level exhibition hall beneath Big Buddha, which houses relics and a bell which rings 108 times a day. This symbolises the 108 troubles of mankind. It’s recommended that you purchase your ticket for Big Buddha before you visit there as queues to purchase tickets at the Big Buddha can be long. Also note, you cannot take photographs in the three-level exhibition hall.
- Temple Street Night Market: The city comes to life at night with its ever famous Temple Street Night Market. The market is named after the Tin Hau temple which is in the centre of the market. Find anything from knock-off watches, food stalls, footwear and clothes. Spot the opera groups performing and feast on noodles and local cuisine to your heart’s content. The market is a perfect example of Chinese culture.
- Clock Tower: Constructed from red brick and granite, The Clock Tower stands 44 metres tall and is a reminder to the Chinese people of colonial times. It’s the only piece remaining of the Kowloon-Canton Railway station and overlooks Victoria Harbour. Nowadays the Clock Tower is a popular meeting place and sightseeing attraction.
- Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade: The promenade offers brilliant views of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong skyline. Venture along the Avenue of Stars which is dedicated to the Hong King film industry. Take a look at sculptures and handprints and then sit down beside the waterline and enjoy a drink. Gaze at the wonderful architecture in your surroundings, get something to eat and relax after a day touring the various sites.
- Lan Kwai Fong: If you are in need of some night time entertainment, head to one of Hong Kong’s most frequented spots. An array of bars and restaurants will get you acquainted with the tastes and delicacies of Hong Kong. You will find anything from curries, gourmet dishes and dishes inspired by Malaysia and Thailand. The best time to visit the area is on a Friday and Saturday night. Lan Kwai Fong is mostly visited by workers from the surrounding office buildings all wanting some down-time after a day’s work.
- Ocean Park Hong Kong: Ideal for a day of Family fun, Ocean Park Hong Kong will get your adrenalin pumping and take you on a whirlwind adventure as you take to the rides and attractions. The whole family will enjoy the Arctic Blast, a rollercoaster that is almost like being in the poles. For those not so daring at heart, hop on the cable car and enjoy views of the ocean. The cable gets you to the waterfront and the summit of the park. Feel like bouncing around? The Bouncer House will have children shrieking with joy as they bounce around a padded house – this promises to be loads of fun. Get your race on at the Bumper Blaster. Here you can weave away from fellow drivers and avoid being bumped. Besides the rides and other attractions, there is an array of restaurants, food stalls and cafés. Put Ocean Park Hong Kong on your list for a day of action-packed fun.