1. Take the Peak Tram up to Victoria Peak
There’s plenty of ways to get to Victoria Peak for the world famous views of the metropolitan, but none are as scenic as taking the peak tram up.
Cost: $90 HKD return ticket for adults, $43 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65+
How to get to the peak tram: short walk from Central MTR station
Best time to go: it gets busy towards midday. Avoid the crowds by going earlier. If you’re willing to pay more to buy a combined ticket with Madame Tussauds wax museum, you can skip the queue.
2. Ride the Ngong Ping 360 and see the Big Buddha
The Big Buddha at Lantau Island is one of the biggest attractions in Hong Kong. Ngong Ping 360 is a cable car that can take you right to its doorsteps while also offering gorgeous views of the island.
Cost: Standard cabin $210 HKD adult return, $100 child return. Crystal cabin $255 adult return, $180 child return.
How to get to the Big Buddha: Take the MTR to Tung Chung station, and then it’s a short walk to the Ngong Ping 360 cable car terminal
Best time to go: The cable cars run until 6:30 pm on weekends and 6 pm on weekdays, so time your trip accordingly! Lines get busy towards midday, so to avoid the queues go either earlier or book online (which may only result in a slightly shorter queue).
3. Experience the Symphony of Lights at Tsim Sha Tsui
The Symphony of Lights is the world’s largest permanent light and sound show. But the light and sound show is only half the story - the gorgeous bit is to see the Hong Kong skyline at night, with all its dazzling skyscrapers. Listen carefully to the commentary - it will introduce the main skyscrapers one by one.
Where to see the Symphony of Lights: the Avenue of Stars at Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade is a vantage point to see the Symphony of Lights
When is the Symphony of Lights: 8 pm every night unless there is a stroke of adverse weather. It runs for approximately 14 minutes
4. Explore Cheung Chau Island
Cheung Chau is an island close to Hong Kong Island, and while it used to be a fishing village, it is now a major tourist attraction as it has preserved many traditions from old Hong Kong. There’s plenty to see here, such as coastal walks and Pak Tai Temple. The most famous tradition of all is the Bun Festival, which is on the 5th to 9th days of the 4th lunar month. There is music, food, dragon dances and the famous Bun Scrambling Competition, where people climb up huge bamboo towers to get the buns on the tower.
Cost: free besides food and drinks
How to get to Cheung Chau Island: take the ferry from Central Pier 5 to get to Cheung Chau Island
When to go to Cheung Chau Island: the Bun Festival is from the 19th May to the 23rd May 2018, otherwise, pick a sunny day so you can enjoy the walks and views at Cheung Chau Island
5. Go on rides at Ocean Park
You might be surprised that Ocean Park is on the list and not Hong Kong Disneyland, and there’s good reason for it. Hong Kong Disneyland is rather small, if not the smallest, Disneyland in the world, and has the lowest daily capacity in all Disneyland Parks (34000 visitors a day). On the other hand, Ocean Park (which is an oceanarium, marine animal theme park, and an amusement park), is a place every person in Hong Kong remembers visiting fondly when they were a child. And it’s no wonder, considering Ocean Park is one of the largest amusement parks in Asia. There’s something for everyone there.
Cost: $438 HKD adults, $219 HKD children ticket
How to get to Ocean Park: take the South Island MTR line and get off at Ocean Park Station
Best time to go: Ocean Park runs different events and special rides during the year. During Halloween, they often have themed rides (such as a haunted mansion), and so forth with other holidays such as Christmas and Chinese New Years
6. Shop at Ladies Market, Sneaker Street, Bird Street, Goldfish Street
Hong Kong is rife with markets, but the most famous of all can be found in Mongkok: Ladies Market, Fa Yuen Street/Sneaker Street, Goldfish Street, and the list goes on. Ladies will find lots of cheap fashion around the Ladies Market, whereas sneaker lovers will absolutely adore Sneaker Street, where they can find the latest styles. For animal lovers, head towards Bird Street to see hundreds of birds, or towards Goldfish Street and see how locals buy pets.
How to get to Ladies Market/Fa Yuen Street/Bird Street/Goldfish Street: Take the MTR to Mongkok and follow the signage to get to the different markets. They are all in the same area, so it should be a short walk
Best time to go: while some of the markets open quite early, aim for business hours
7. Eat street food at Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street Night Market is one of, if not the most, liveliest night market in Hong Kong. Here you can find paintings, souvenirs, antiques, toys and of course, the local cuisine. Here you will find lots of street food (think curry fish balls and fake shark fin soup)!
How to get to Temple Street Night Market: short walk from either Yau Ma Tei Station or Jordan Station
Best time to go: the night market is on show nightly, try get there after 8 to 9 pm to experience the lively night market atmosphere
8. Go prowling at Lan Kwai Fong
Perhaps not one for the children, but Lan Kwai Fong is famous in Hong Kong for its lively nightlife scene. It is home to over 90 restaurants and bars! It’s extremely popular with expats and people who work nearby in Central.
How to get to Lan Kwai Fong: take the MTR to Central Station, take Exit D2 and it’s a short walk up Theatre Lane and up D’Aguilar Street
9. Visit Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple pays tribute to the monk of its namesake and celebrates three religions: Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. Wong Tai Sin temple houses a priceless portrait of Wong Tai Sin and is also where worshippers pay for good fortune.
How to get to Wong Tai Sin Temple: take the MTR to Wong Tai Sin Station and then it’s a short 3 to 5-minute walk
Best time to go: go during the day, around midday to early afternoon and you may see worshippers pay for good fortune
10. Eat at Jumbo Kingdom at Aberdeen Harbour
The Jumbo Kingdom is a floating restaurant at Aberdeen Harbour and is a major tourist attraction. With views over the harbour, it’s definitely a must see!
Cost: Access to the Jumbo Kingdom is free, but of course the food is not
How to get to the Jumbo Kingdom: you’ll have to go by bus, as there is no MTR (Bus 7 from Central)