Hong Kong is one of the most thickly pressed urban communities on the planet. It’s a lively, transcending, mixed city that is blasting at the creases with individuals, food, exercises, and history.
It’s one of my preferred urban communities on the planet.
Home to more than 7 million individuals, Hong Kong is contained more than 260 islands. It’s is a relentless city with world-class food, an exuberant nightlife, vigorous night markets, and a lot of spaces to get away to when you have to unwind.
At whatever point I visit Asia, I try to stop by for a little while. I never become weary of investing energy here — and I’m certain you won’t either!
To assist you with arranging your outing, here are my preferred 23 things to see and do in Hong Kong.
1. Take a Free Walking Tour
The main thing I do when I show up at another goal is take a free strolling visit. They give me the lay of the land, show me the primary destinations, and give me access to a proficient nearby who can respond to every one of my inquiries.
There are two organizations that offer far reaching free strolling visits in Hong Kong:
Both offer numerous visits and have skilled, educated nearby aides. Simply ensure you tip your guide toward the end!
2. See the Street Markets in Mong Kok
Situated on Kowloon, Mong Kok is a twisting zone of restricted avenues known for its business sectors. To truly get a feeling of the city, some here and absorb the frenetic atmosphere, see the sights, and luxuriate in the sorted out disarray of Hong Kong. In case you’re searching for cheap trinkets make certain to look at the Ladies Market (it has heaps of deal attire, extras, and gifts) and the Temple Street Night Market (which is all the more a swap meet). Regardless of whether you don’t anticipate purchasing anything, you should even now visit a portion of the business sectors. You’ll get an a lot further feel for the city and there is heaps of incredible people-viewing here as well.
Tung Choi St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong and Temple St, Jordan, Hong Kong. The business sectors are open each day, beginning around early afternoon and shutting in the late night (times fluctuate).
3. Ride the Star Ferry
While you’ll likely need to ride the Star Ferry just to get around, it additionally makes for a great action all by itself. You’ll have the option to see the city and its transcending horizon from another viewpoint — for simply 2.70 HKD. It’s one of my preferred exercises (and it’s modest as well!).
Star Ferry Pier, Kowloon Point, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2367 7065, kowloonstarferry.com. The ship runs from 6:30am-11:30pm consistently, however they happen less as often as possible on ends of the week and occasions. Tickets are 2.70 HDK, while a 4-day pass will cost 27.50 HKD.
4. Visit the Hong Kong Museum of History
Probably the most ideal approaches to find out about a spot and its kin is to find out about its past. The Hong Kong Museum of History gives an amazing diagram of Hong Kong’s long and complex history, with displays on prehistoric studies, social history, ethnography, common history, and the sky is the limit from there. It’s a tremendous exhibition hall so permit 2–4 hours on the off chance that you need to see everything. Regardless of whether you’re not a history buff like me, it merits a visit to build up a superior comprehension of the city, its kin, and its way of life.
100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, +852 2724 9042, hk.history.museum. Open Wednesday-Monday from 10am-6pm (7pm on ends of the week). Affirmation is 10 HKD (free on Wednesdays) and there is a sound visit accessible for 10 HKD.
5. Take in the View from Victoria Peak
For the best perspective on the city (particularly around evening time), visit Victoria Peak (normally just called “the pinnacle”). It’s Hong Kong Island’s biggest mountain, remaining at 1,700 feet tall. You can climb to the top (which is debilitating, particularly in the warmth) or ride a funicular. At the top, you’ll be compensated with a shocking 180-degree perspective on the horizon, Victoria Harbor, Kowloon, and the encompassing slopes. It’s the best perspective on the city.
No.1 Lugard Road, +852 2849 7654, thepeak.com.hk. Open day by day from 7am-10pm. An arrival trip with section to the sky porch is 99 HKD per individual.
6. Walk the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
To figure out the city, invest some energy walking around the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. You can take in the transcending horizon of Hong Kong Island and see the Avenue of Stars (which is Hong Kong’s variant of Hollywood’s “Stroll of Fame” in Los Angeles). There are huge amounts of shops and eateries here too. Around evening time, an enormous outside market serving customary Cantonese food just as knockoffs and trinkets assumes control over the region. A ton of the city’s historical centers are close by as well.
Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon (close to the Star Ferry dock). Open all day, every day. Affirmation is free.
7. Appreciate Kowloon Park
To unwind and absorb the sun, head to Kowloon Park. It’s an enormous green space that ranges more than 13 hectares (32 sections of land) and is home to some loosening up Chinese nurseries, lakes where you can take care of ducks and different flying creatures, an aviary, a wellness place, pool, and heaps of room to unwind and watch the city pass by. At the point when the climate gets excessively hot (and it will!) come here to relax in the shade. It’s perhaps the best spot to human watch in the city.
22 Austin Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, +852 2724 3344, lcsd.gov.hk. Open every day from 5am-12am. Confirmation is free.
8. Visit the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum
This exhibition hall is committed to Dr. Sun Yat-sen, a progressive, legislator, doctor, and logician who dedicated his life to toppling the Qing Dynasty (China’s last royal administration). He’s one of only a handful barely any figures dearest in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and territory China the same (there are remembrances to him in both Taiwan and terrain China also). The historical center gives a far reaching diagram of his life, his profession, and Hong Kong’s essential job in the change developments of the late nineteenth and mid twentieth hundreds of years that formed China as we probably am aware it today.
7 Castle Road, Mid-Levels, Central, +852 2367 6373, hk.drsunyatsen.museum. Open Monday–Wednesday and Friday from 10am–6pm and Saturday–Sunday from 10am–7pm (shut Thursdays). Affirmation is free.
9. Lease a Junk Boat
Garbage pontoons — those exemplary vessels with the huge sail you find in any film about Hong Kong — are a famous piece of Hong Kong. These customary boats have been around since the second century (the name conceivably gets from chuán, the Chinese word for “transport”).
Today, you can cruise around on a half-day or entire day trip. You can lease a private vessel with a huge gathering of companions (12–60 individuals) with bundles that extend from bring-everything-yourself to comprehensive. You can likewise join a gathering visit and pay per individual in case you’re voyaging solo. Here are some suggested organizations that offer reasonable visits:
Island Junks –They have a couple voyage choices, costing around 650 HKD per individual.
Saffron Cruises – If you have an enormous gathering (20-30 individuals), this is the most ideal alternative for you. A contract will cost between 9,500-19,000 HKD.
Hong Kong Junks –This is the great party vessel experience, as a rule for more youthful voyagers. Spending alternatives accessible.
10. Visit the Hong Kong Heritage Museum
This exhibition hall is a pleasant follow-up to the history historical center. Its attention is on both Hong Kong’s history just as its craft. There’s a complete display about the New Territories (the least-populated territory of Hong Kong) and there’s likewise a show house for social exhibitions. In general, the historical center gives an adroit outline of the city’s way of life and workmanship scene. It’s situated close Sha Tin Park and the Shing Mun River, a beautiful segment of the city.
1 Man Lam Rd, Sha Tin, New Territories, +852 2180 8188, heritagemuseum.gov.hk. Open Wednesday-Sunday from 10am-6pm (7pm on ends of the week). Affirmation is free.
11. Ngong Ping 360
Ngong Ping 360 is a gondola that extends over 5.7km (3.5 miles) from Tung Chung over the narrows toward the air terminal and afterward forward to Lantau Island. The ride takes around 25 minutes and offers an all encompassing perspective on the whole city and harbor.
You’ll show up at Ngong Ping Village, which is too touristy (there are loads of cheap gift shops and carnivalesque exhibitions) yet at the same time fun. Try not to miss the close by Po Lin Monastery (a Buddhist religious community established in 1906) and Tian Tan, a 34-meter bronze Buddha sculpture that sits on the head of the island’s pinnacle.
11 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau Island, +852 3666 0606, np360.com. Open 10am-6pm on weekdays and 9am-6:30pm on ends of the week on vacations. A full circle grown-up ticket for the link vehicle is 235 HKD for a standard lodge and 315 HKD for a precious stone lodge (a link vehicle with a glass-base floor).
12. Take a Food Tour
Hong Kong is a foodie city — it’s the reason I love to visit at whatever point I’m in the region. There are more than 10,000 eateries here so you can discover essentially such a food you’re searching for.
With such a significant number of choices, however, it very well may be anything but difficult to get overpowered. That is the reason I propose taking a food visit to assist you with getting the lay of the culinary land. The accompanying food visit organizations offer the best worth visits:
13. Take a Day Trip to Macau
Macau is considered the “Las Vegas of Asia” and is an immense betting mecca. It’s only 50-75 minutes from Hong Kong by vessel and makes for a great day trip. The city, which is a Special Administrative Region in China (like Hong Kong), was initially a Portuguese settlement and exchanging post. From 1557-1887 it was represented by Portual and was an indispensable exchanging port.
Today, the city is loaded with present day gambling clubs and offers an intriguing blend of Chinese and Portuguese culture. Regardless of whether you’re not a major card shark, it’s as yet a one of a kind spot to visit and investigate for a day.
14. Walk the Ping Shan Heritage Trail
This path is situated in the New Territories (the city’s less-visited northern locale). Opened in 1993, it passes 14 distinctive memorable structures, including some that are more than 700 years of age. You’ll get the opportunity to see the absolute most significant antiquated sights of the Tang faction (one of the 5 primary families of the New Territories).
The path takes around 2-3 hours to walk and incorporates the walled Hakka town of Tsang Tai Uk, the Fu Shin Street Traditional Bazaar, Che Kung Temple, Man Mo Temple, the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas, and much more. Just remember that not the entirety of the memorable structures are available to general society.
This district of Hong Kong is skipped by most guests so the path is frequently tranquil. It’s a much needed reprieve from the go-go-go air of the city’s center.
Ping Shan Trail: Sheung Cheung Wai, Yuen Long District, +852 2617 1959, lcsd.gov.hk.
15. Visit the Hong Kong Museum of Art
Situated on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, this exhibition hall is centered around advancing nearby craftsmanship while featuring the city’s creative past. The gallery, which opened in 1962, has more than 17,000 things including Chinese earthenware production, earthenware, rhinoceros horns, Chinese works of art, and contemporary craftsmanship by neighborhood specialists. It has around twelve distinct shows just as pieces going back to the neolithic time frame. It’s similar to a blend between a workmanship historical center and a Ripley’s Believe It or Not.
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2721 0116. Open Friday-Wednesday from 10am-5pm. Confirmation is 10 HKD.
16. Experience the Nightlife at Lan Kwai Fong
LKF is the primary nightlife and gathering spot in the city. It’s additionally the primary expat region as well and the territory is loaded with bars, clubs, and shisha bars. Beverages are modest and the evenings out are wild. The roads become busy and it gets unruly, however on the off chance that you need to see the city’s wild side, at that point this is the place you should be. It’s particularly wild on Halloween and New Year’s Eve.
A few spots worth looking at to kick your night off are:
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17. Have a fabulous time at Disneyland
On the off chance that you truly need to play visitor and connect with your internal identity, head to Disneyland. The recreation center has more than 36 attractions, including top picks like the turning teacups and Jungle Cruise. Situated on Lantau Island, you can arrive at the recreation center in only 20 minutes via vehicle. It’s excessively simple to get to (you can take open transportation there also in around 45 minutes). They likewise have a daily firecrackers appear at 9pm.
Affirmation is 619 HKD for anybody more than 12. For youngsters under 12, confirmation is 458 HKD. Costs are less expensive for multi-day visits.
18. Take a Cooking Class
On the off chance that you love the food here and need to study it (and figure out how to make it yourself), take a cooking class. You’ll get the chance to eat some delightful food as well as you can visit a neighborhood advertise and adapt precisely how to cause your preferred dishes so you to can cook them when you return home.
A few organizations offering fun and moderate cooking classes are:
Costs will fluctuate contingent upon the class. Hope to spend around 550-750 HKD per individual.
19. Go Hiking
Doubtlessly that Hong Kong is a thickly stuffed city. In the event that you end up hoping to get away from the groups, there are a lot of grand climbing trails close by where you can extend your legs. Here are a couple of recommendations to kick you off:
Po Toi – Located on Po Toi Island, this is a calm round climb that keeps going around 3 hours. It’s extremely laid back and you’ll see bunches of flawless stone developments.
Nightfall Peak – This is the third-most noteworthy top in Hong Kong. Situated on Lantau Island, it’s a difficult climb that takes around 3.5 hours and offers some astonishing perspectives (particularly at nightfall). The path starts directly at Mui Wo on Lantau Island.
Ap Lei Chau to Ap Lei Pai – A difficult beach front climb with steep areas that drives you to Mount Johnston Lighthouse. Takes 2-3 hours and starts close to the Lei Tung MTR station.
Lung Ha Wan Country Trail – A family-accommodating beautiful climb that extends from Clear Water Bay Second Beach to Lung Ha Wan. It takes between 2-3 hours.
Tung O Ancient Trail – This is a long path between Tung Chung and Tai O on Lantau Island. It’s practically 15km long and takes 5 hours to climb.
20. Investigate Lamma Island
Lamma Island (additionally called “Pok Liu Chau” or “Pok Liu”) is a calm island that relatively few individuals visit — despite the fact that it’s the third-biggest island in Hong Kong! There are just a couple thousand occupants here and no vehicles are permitted.
Furthermore, there are no structures more than three-stories high so it has a vastly different feel than the remainder of the city. It’s less expensive and more laid back than the remainder of Hong Kong, so the island pulls in youngsters, craftsmen, expats, and artists. There are loads of climbing trails here as well, just as some decent sea shores to unwind on (don’t miss Lo So Shing Beach).
21. Visit the Hong Kong Space Museum
This gallery is situated on the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade inside an enormous egg-molded structure (it’s an extremely odd structure). Be that as it may, while the structure is particular, the gallery itself is both fun and adroit (it’s a decent decision in case you’re going with kids). It’s home to stargazing displays, an advanced planetarium, intelligent shows in their Omnimax theater, and heaps of hands-on presentations. It’s unquestionably one of the most intriguing historical centers with regards to the city.
10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, +852 2721 0226, lcsd.gov.hk/CE/exhibition hall/space. Open Monday, Wednesday-Friday from 1pm–9pm and Saturday–Sunday from 10am–9pm (shut Tuesdays). Affirmation is 24 HKD.
22. Catch a Festival
Regardless of what season you’re visiting, odds are there will be a celebration or major social occasion occurring (there is normally something going on every month). Here are the absolute most well known celebrations and occasions in the city:
Chinese (Lunar) New Year – Held in January, the Chinese New Year illuminates the city with shading and blossoms. There is a tremendous motorcade through the Tsim Sha Tsui territory with huge amounts of amazing buoys, trapeze artists, Chinese mythical beasts, artists, and that’s just the beginning.
Hong Kong International Film Festival – If you’re a film buff, don’t miss this celebration in March. There are continually astounding new movies (200+ movies are screened every year) and there are heaps of meet-and-welcomes and occasions to join in.
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival (Tuen Ng Festival) – Held in June, this is an enthusiastic celebration that assumes control over the waterfront. More than 4,000 vessels contend and there are huge amounts of gatherings that happen over the three-day occasion.
Hungry Ghost Festival – This conventional Taoist/Buddhist celebration is held each September and includes a wide range of strict functions to help facilitate the enduring of waiting spirits.
New Year’s Eve – Much like in New York City, Hong Kong has an enormous New Year’s Eve festivity that brings out a huge number of individuals. The city is blasting at the creases and it’s a relentless gathering to celebrate the new year.
23. Hit the Beach
There are really a huge amount of sea shores around Hong Kong. We think about the city as this overbuilt city however out in the New Territories, there’s a ton of incredible climbs, wild, and sea shores! Here are a portion of my preferred sea shores in Hong Kong to visit:
Clear Water Bay Second Beach – Sandy sea shore away from the city (however open by open transportation). Water is moderately perfect (which is uncommon around Hong Kong).
Lower Cheung Sha Beach – One of the prettiest sea shores in Hong Kong and furthermore the longest. Offers clean sand, washroom offices, and a few bistros close by.
Hap Mun Bay Beach – Located close Sai Kung on Sharp Island, Hap Mun Bay Beach (otherwise called Half Moon sea shore) is reliably positioned as one of the cleanest sea shores in Hong Kong. It gets occupied toward the end of the week however so show up sooner than expected
Long Ke Wan – This sea shore is progressively remote, yet merits the exertion (CNN said it’s perhaps the best sea shores on the planet). Since it’s remote, you’ll have to carry all that you need with you, including food and water.
With such a great amount to see, do, and eat, it ought to be clear at this point why Hong Kong is one of my preferred urban communities to visit. It’s an energetic, bumping city that over-burdens the faculties in the best of ways. Be that as it may, it likewise has parts to see and do away from the groups as well.
It’s protected, clean, and offers guests an interesting mix of east and west. More or less, Hong Kong is a city that doesn’t baffle.
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For significantly more places to remain in Hong Kong, look at my post on my preferred lodgings in the city. It has a significantly progressively point by point list.
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