Top 10 Things to Do in Hong Kong

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.

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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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Shopping in Hong Kong

No. 1: Shopping in Hong Kong

Type: Shop

Hong Kong is known as shopping paradise with reasonable price and best service. Here is where you can find what you want – or just lose yourself looking for it.

Classic, cutting-edge, everyday and offbeat - Just choose your things from Chinese snacks and brews, computers and electronics, fashion and beauty, home decorations and furniture, Jewelry and watches, traditional wares and wears…Meanwhile, in the countless ways you can find and buy them. (1) Go shopping areas like Admiralty, Central and SoHo, Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon East and Kowloon West, Mong Kok; (2) Malls and Department Stores; (3) Street Markets and Shopping Streets like Stanley Market, Ladies Market, and Temple Street Night Market etc. Please remember to bargain.

Horse Racing

No. 2: Horse Racing

Type: Entertainment

Horse racing became a fixture in Hong Kong in 1841. A trip to one of the city’s world-class tracks - Happy Valley on Hong Kong Island or Sha Tin in the New Territories – will confirm that horse racing has very much gone mainstream in Hong Kong.

The racing season starts in September and runs to July of the following year. It will provide a taste of the local passion for racing, with hundreds of fans armed with racing guides intently listening to radio commentary, gripping their betting sheets and cheering on their favorites. Come and experience the famous Hong Kong spectacle in style in the plush comfort of the Hong Kong Jocket Club members’ enclosure.

Take Star Ferry

No. 3: Taking Star Ferry to Visit Victoria Harbour

Type: Cruise

You can’t say you’ve been Hong Kong until you've taken a ride on a Star Ferry, that wonderful fleet of electric-diesel vessels with names like Morning Star, Celestial Starand Twinkling Star. The Hong Kong Star Ferry is one of the city’s iconic tourist attractions and has been traversing Victoria Harbour, between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, since the late 1800s. The Star Ferry runs along a number of routes. However, the original and most popular route is between Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon and Central on Hong Kong Island. At any time of the day, the journey, with its riveting views of skyscrapers and jungle-clad hills, must be one of the world’s best-value cruises.

Of course, you could have a night cruise by Star Ferry. Hong Kong’s harbor dazzles with neon at night. A harbor night cruise is not just a great way to enjoy the magnificent views but also a way to experience the rhythm and vitality of the city. You will see Symphony of Lights laser show on Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor, watch stunning evening views of Hong Kong and the Harbor, drink and listen to music.

Come and enjoy the wonderful panorama on a Hong Kong evening harbor cruise.

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Tram Experience

No. 4: Tram Experience

Type: Tram

Everybody in Hong Kong calls the tram “Ding Ding” kindly. Traveling by Ding Ding, you can enjoy the fantastic views of the lively street and have a wonderful opportunity to experience the real Hong Kong life, all only for HK$2. It usually has six routes, running from 05:00 am to midnight. (1) Western Market – Shau Kei Wan; (2) Happy Valley – Shau Kei Wan; (3) Shek Tong Sui – North Point; (4) Shek Tong Tsui – Causeway Bay; (5) Kennedy Town – Happy Valley; (6) Kennedy Town – Shau Kei Wan. From the routes, you could see the tramline stretches from Kennedy Town in the west of the Island to Shau Kei in the east, passing through the bustling residential areas and dynamic city center.

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Taste Hong Kong Cuisine

No. 5: Taste Hong Kong Cuisine

Type: Food/Snacks

Hong Kong is justifiably famous for its restaurants and its cuisine. From roadside stalls to world-class restaurants, you can find cuisines from all around the world. Each year, the International Food Festival held in Hong Kong draws tens of thousands of visitors.

10 best eateries: Spring Deer Restaurant, Chim Chai Kee Noodle Shop, Yung Kee Restaurant, Yuk Yip Dessert, Felix, Luk Yu Tea House, Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao, Bo Innovation, Lin Heung Tea House, and Malaysian Chinese Restaurant.

Types of eateries: Tea Cafe (Cha Chaan Teng), Street food stall (Dai Pai Dong), Tea House (Cha Lau) serves Dim Sum and Yun Cha

Exotic food: snake

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Enjoy Outlying Island Scenery

No. 6: Enjoy Outlying Island Scenery

Type: Nature

Hong Kong’s outlying islands are a generic label for the other 234 islands, islets and rocks. For tourist, the most popular islands include Lantau, Cheung Chau and Lamma Island.

Lantau Island: the largest island and has evolved to be an island of contrasting landscapes. It hosts some of the territories most idyllic beaches as well as major attractions such as Disneyland, Po Lin Monastery, Tai O etc.

Cheung Chau Island: it still has a traditional community based on an active fishing fleet and many thriving seafood restaurants. It has a number of reasonable hiking trails and some usable beaches.

Lamma Island: it is a relaxed destination with lots of great seafood, hiking and beaches. It has become increasingly popular with Western hippies who have created their own small residential community in Yung Shue Wan.

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Night Life in Lan Kwai Fong

No. 7: Night Life in Lan Kwai Fong

Type: Entertainment & Restaurant

Lan Kwai Fong, the parade of Hong Kong’s night life, is a small square of streets in Central, Hong Kong. The street Lan Kwai Fong is L-shaped with two ends joining with D'Aguilar Street, and paved with cobblestones. There are over 90 bars and restaurants, where bustled with people after 23:00. You could have a taste of delicious foods from all over the world. It is deeply loved by local or foreign white-collar. Many movie stars also love to come here. If you are lucky enough, you may see one of them. Every night of Thursday is “Ladies Night”, during which it’s free for lady to enter any bars and they could get a cup of free Whiskey. In every festival, such as Halloween Day, Christmas, New Year’s Day and else, there will be wonderful carnivals attracting people from all over the world.

Walking Tour in Hong Kong

No. 8: Walking Tour in Hong Kong

Type: Walking

Walking is a very popular activity in Hong Kong. The residents of Hong Kong enjoy climbing, trail walking and other types of outdoor pursuits. When living in a built up city people can become more aware of the advantages of nature and exercise. The compactness of Hong Kong also brings the city or suburban resident even closer to the outdoors.

You could walk from Tsim Sha Tsui to the Avenue of Stars. Tsim Sha Tsui is a shopping and nightlife district in Kowloon. You could see casual eateries, eclectic local shops and luxury malls. In Avenue of Stars, you could see glorious skyline of Hong Kong in day time and watch the Symphony of Lights laser show at night.

Walking from Central to Hong Kong is also another choice. Victoria Peak is a hill on the western half of Hong Kong Island. It is the highest mountain of Hong Kong Island, from the mountaintop square of which you could have a bird' s eye view of Central, Victoria Harbour, Lamma Island, and the surrounding islands. If you have the chance to be Hong Kong, don’t miss these walking tours!.

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Playing Sandbox VR

No. 9: Playing Sandbox VR

Type: Amusement & Games

Sandbox VR is a hyper-reality escape experience for groups of 2 to 6, owned by a Hong Kong - based game company. There are only 6 stores in the world you can experience the Sandbox VR, and Hong Kong has one of them. The game creates physical spaces where you could strap on VR headsets, haptic vests and sensors and become immersed in the virtual world, essentially bringing the Star Trek Holodeck to the shopping mall. There are 3 adventures you can choose: Curse of Davy Jones, Amber Sky 2088 and Deadwood Mansion. Once entering in the game, you could have an amazing VR experience here. After launching out, this VR game quickly grasps the eyes of thrill seekers and game lover. If you love zombie VR games, you need to add Sandbox VR to your game bucket list because it takes the zombie playing into a whole new level. You can expect lots of screams while playing this VR game. If you’ re dying to have some immersive VR zombie experience, you’ ll get what you wish!

Riding Ngong Ping 360

No. 10: Riding Ngong Ping 360

Type: Cable Car

With the total length of 5.7 km, Ngong Ping 360 connects the center of Tung Chung city in Lantau Island and Ngong Ping. The single way time spent is about 25 minutes, which is a half of the time spent by bus from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping. The cable car is also called “crystal cabin”, because the cabin’s bottom is also made by glass with which you could have a 360-degree views of outside scenery. In the way you could overlook the Hong Kong International Airport, South China Sea, the Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha), and the beautiful scenery of north Lantau Island. The Ngong Ping cable car station is beside the Ngong Ping Market, a market with abundant Chinese cultural characteristics, from where you could walk to Po Lin Monastery to see the Big Buddha. Come to have the world’s most amazing experience of cable car!

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