Top attractions in Hong Kong
Top 10 things to do in Hong Kong
With its enticing cocktail of Chinese and Western cultures, Hong Kong is unique. Crowded but exciting, the city's vibrant streetlife drives a culture of good food, good shopping, and good living! Here's just a taste of the city's great attractions.
1. Victoria Peak
Take the Victorian funicular to Hong Kong Island's highest point. The spectacular views are just a short journey from the city center!
2. Ocean Park Hong Kong
Entertainment and education collide at Ocean Park! Rides include the Hair Raiser floorless rollercoaster and the Shark Mystique underwater safari.
3. Lamma Island
Hong Kong's third-largest island offers day-trippers scenic hiking trails and clean beaches, as well as traditional architecture, modern art, and sophisticated restaurants.
4. HSBC Building
Hong Kong's history is reflected in the changing face of its skyline stalwart. The building's nighttime light display provides the perfect conclusion to a long day of sightseeing!
5. International Finance Centre (IFC)
If the views from Victoria Peak didn't knock you out, the ones from Hong Kong's tallest building will! Its observation deck offers a breathtaking panorama from the 100th floor.
6. Man Mo Temple
As one of Hong Kong's oldest temples, Man Mo was at the center of the colonial city's spiritual life. The sightseeing favorite continues to offer refuge from the Hollywood Road.
7. Hong Kong Disneyland
Disney brings its magic to Asia, with seven themed areas providing world-class family entertainment with an East Asian twist. Its grounds even adhere to feng shui!
8. Po Lin Monastery
Visit the Po Lin Monastery to see the Tian Tan statue. Located on Lantau Island, it's 200 scenic steps to the top of the hill with the world's largest outdoor sitting buddha!
9. Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
This monastery in Sha Tin is famous for its numerous miniature buddhas. Despite its name, there are actually closer to 13,000!
10. Nan Lian Garden
Landscaped in the style of the Tang dynasty, this peaceful public garden lets visitors roam classic wooden architecture, buddhist relics, and tranquil lotus ponds.
Planning Your Visit
Best time to visit?
Hong Kong attracts visitors all year round, so be sure to book your hotel well in advance. If you're travelling on a budget, keep in mind that many hotels offer cheaper rates during the winter and summer months, though the latter can be mercilessly humid.
While the official language of China is Mandarin, most Hong Kongers speak Cantonese and English.
Despite its size, Hong Kong uses its own currency called the Hong Kong Dollar. Exchange rates within the country are very good, so wait until you arrive to change your money, and don't forget to change it back before you leave!
Good to know
- Chinese (Cantonese) and English
- HKD ($ or HK$)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+08:00)
- Country Code
- Best time to visit
- Visit in spring or fall to avoid less desirable weather, but remember that Hong Kong is a popular destination year-round!
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What people are saying about Hong Kong
We are 4 adults who went on a good tour in Hong Kong hosted by Mark. Mark kept in touch with me prior to the trip, and gave us options to think about. We met Mark at 10:00 am so he took us to a place where we had Hong Kong French toast and a wonderful bun with butter (doesn’t sound too exciting but both dishes were delicious and something we had never tried before. Then we had some street food which was fish balls and octopus. The fish balls weren’t our favorite food but the octopus was yummy. Then we were off to dim sum and another taste feast. Finally we went out for bubble tea which was another first for us. Thank you Mark for a memorable day in Hong Kong. Mark was fun and entertaining. He kept us smiling and laughing the whole way. I highly recommend Mark and this food tour.
My wonderful hiking trip ⛰ would not have been possible without Rory as my excellent guide to the ins and outs and the beautiful trails of the ⛰ complex. For those four hours we were jungle explorers of the Hong Kong hinterlands, befriending mock vipers and pregnant, -bellied salamanders . And enjoying the lush greenery and rich verdure of our wild and untamed surroundings, and we are warmly welcomed by the au naturale and cooly refreshung shower of waterfalls ️ offered by the wondrously beauteous works of nature ! It is at times tiring tho not exhaustingly so, but absolutely worth breaking a sweat for! One will most certainly gain a greater perspective on life after this simple yet great experience!
This was an extremely interesting insight into the side not normally seen by tourists, particularly looking at the housing situation in a very crowded Hong Kong. S.P. was a great guide showing us the area with a lot of local knowledge and willing to answer all questions. There was a walk through the animal market, flower market and the bird market as well which started the tour off. There is a little walking but not onerous but wear comfortable shoes. Do not go if you are easily upset by seeing homeless people on the streets or if you may get upset by the living conditions seen.
Evangeline was the perfect host. We walked in the town a lot, took the metro to Kowloon and visited the Peak. Definitely worth having a guide for us as we were only in HK for a day and a half and we used the time well.
If you want to get the best seats make sure you get on at the Tsim Sha Tsui side. Sit somewhere that you can see both sides of the water. My son and I had a great time and the photo opportunities were fabulous.