Hong Kong Attractions and Activities for All Types of Travelers

Ed Peters

By , Local Expert, Hong Kong
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Hong Kong is only half the size of Luxembourg, but the city provides the most diverse and dramatic urban traveling experience the world has to offer. The scarily abundant nature and cultural attractions will make visitors wish for 48 hours from a day.

Victoria Peak and Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront are the two biggies on almost every tourist's schedule in Hong Kong. The 552-meter-high Victoria Peak is the highest point of Hong Kong Island. From there, visitors can get that postcard-like view of the booming city. Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade is the vantage point to watch the nightly light and sound show, A Symphony of Lights. It's also...  Read more »

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    Victoria Peak

    The highest point of Hong Kong Island is where you can get that most iconic view of Hong Kong.

    Local Expert Tip: "The lush mountain also provides great hiking opportunities. Hikers can bypass the tourist viewing deck and reach the less crowded summit via several footpaths including the Old Peak Road. "

     
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    Symphony of Lights

    The dazzling light show is the iconic way to take in Hong Kong's trademark waterfront scenery.

    Local Expert Tip: "The spectacle is accompanied by music and narration. The English version can be heard at the Avenue of Stars and the promenade outside the Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or through 103.4FM on radio any night."

     
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    Ocean Park

    This massive park is the best family hangout in Hong Kong, featuring everything from giant pandas to jellyfish to cable cars.

    Local Expert Tip: "Dolphin Encounter participants must be at least eight years old."

     
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    Star Ferry

    This is Hong Kong's original cross-harbor transport. It's slow, relaxing and provides a weird sensation of traveling to the future from the past.

    Local Expert Tip: "Time your star ferry ride with A Symphony of Lights to achieve an optimal Hong Kong moment."

     
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    Ladies Market

    This open-air night market is a great pit shop to get your souvenir shopping done in Hong Kong.

    Local Expert Tip: "Bargain hard or you'll be a bargain. A good strategy is to halve the asking price, at least."

     
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    Avenue of Stars

    The harbour-side walkway is a great place to take in Hong Kong's urban as well as culture landscape.

    Local Expert Tip: "Ignore the itinerant fortune tellers who pester tourists along this strip."

     
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    Happy Valley Racecourse

    Smack in the middle of a tightly packed urban jungle, this is one of the most exciting places to watch a horse race in the world.

    Local Expert Tip: "There's a "beer garden" with racing commentary in English available at Happy Valley near the finish line."

     
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    Hong Kong Disneyland

    Located on lush Lantau Island, the popular cartoon theme park is a great family getaway from the concrete city center.

    Local Expert Tip: "Stay for the nightly "Disney in the Stars" fireworks show at 9pm. It's truly unforgettable."

     
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    Sai Kung Seafood Street

    The traditional fishing town offers breath-taking views, great beaches, thrilling outdoor activities and the city's freshest seafood.

    Local Expert Tip: "Tour operator Kayak and Hike organizes kayak trips from Sai Kung waterfront to marine life-abundant Ung Kong Wan."

     
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    Po Lin Monastery

    Head to the grand Buddhist temple to witness Hong Kongers' passionate worship culture and visit the world's largest outdoor Buddha statue.

    Local Expert Tip: "A 300-seat restaurant inside Po Lin Monastery serves delicious vegetable-based Cantonese dishes. In these dishes, vegetables such as mushrooms, tofu and eggplant are used to mimic the taste and texture of meat and poultry. "

     

 

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