Hong Kong's Best Places to See: Sightseeing Made a Lot Simpler

The whole of Hong Kong is a sight to see: myriad skyscrapers set around one of the world's most dramatic natural harbors make for an intriguing panorama by day or night, at dawn or dusk, noon or midnight. 

Some of Hong Kong's sights have been constructed on purpose, others have just grown up of their own accord. Madame Tussauds is a slightly unusual sight, but it's as much fun observing the reactions of the local visitors as it is marveling at the waxworks of the rich and famous. And the Goldfish Market is pure Hong Kong – right in the heart of the city, a thriving sub-culture that's right on the street. 

And – get this – many of Hong Kong's sights charge no admission at all, or just a couple of bucks. Stroll along Sai Kung's Seafood Street for as long as you want, and it won't cost you a red cent. Star Ferry and the Happy Valley Racecourse must rank as two of the world's cheapest attractions.

Not all of Hong Kong's major sights are in town – hop aboard the ferry or the cable car to see the Big Buddha at the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island, or wind your way out to the east of Hong Kong for a stroll around the old fishing port of Sai Kung and its buzzing seafood street.

Sheung Wan
Man Mo Temple
Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

The gods of literature and the military are celebrated here in one of the oldest temples in Hong Kong. Built in the 1840s, you'll find two unique chairs inside that were once used to carry these deities through the city during festivals. Former...  Read More

Happy Valley Racecourse
Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

Surrounded by high-rises, this downtown racecourse is one of the greatest stadiums on earth to enjoy a sweaty, noisy and adrenaline-pumping horse race at night. Dating back to 1844, the 55,000-seat racecourse is one of the earliest public...  Read More

Kowloon Walled City Park
Photo courtesy of Kowloon Walled City Park

The Kowloon Walled City was truly infamous as it was the only district in Hong Kong that avoided British rule during the 1840 Qing Dynasty. So who ruled the walled city? No one! It was in a state of lawlessness and ruin until it was demolished...  Read More

Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences
Photo courtesy of Museum of Medical Sciences

This intriguing museum traces the relatively recent history of medical science in Hong Kong. In 1906, in response to Hong Kong's ongoing epidemic of bubonic plague, the Bacteriological Institute opened in this building as the city's first...  Read More

Lantau Island
Po Lin Monastery
Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

Po Lin translates to "precious lotus," and this monastery is one of the most famous of Hong Kong's numerous attractions. In addition to being one of the most opulent and grandest temples in the country, this is also home to the famous "Big...  Read More

A hidden gem of Hong Kong, this fishing town is where Hong Kongers retreat for sea-swimming, kayaking and some of the city's best seafood. The center of the town is a 1,000-meter-long street lined with seafood stalls. Each looks like a mini...  Read More

Madame Tussauds Hong Kong
Photo courtesy of Madame Tussauds

Yes, there's even a Madame Tussauds in Hong Kong. Exhibits include "Hong Kong Glamour" (rich, famous and/or powerful), "Historical and National Heroes" (such as former President Hu Jintao, the British Royal Family, and astronaut Neil Armstrong),...  Read More

Goldfish Market
Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

Tung Choi Street is Hong Kong's street shopping center. Not far from the Ladies Market in the north lies a treasure island that's uniquely Chinese, the Goldfish Market. This fascinating market is a great place for families to visit. Bags upon...  Read More


Star Ferry is the loveliest attraction in Hong Kong. This 115-year-old service is one of these rare attractions that are hailed by both tourists and locals. Shuttling between Tsim Sha Tsui on Kowloon side, and Central and Wan Chai on Hong Kong...  Read More

Victoria Peak

The 552-meter mountain boasts that classic Hong Kong view. Near the summit there is an entertainment and viewing complex called Peak Tower where travelers can snap that perfect souvenir photo. In the foreground, a forest of skyscrapers rises in...  Read More


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Ed Peters has been based in Asia for much of his life.