Our list of the best things to do in Hong Kong is so diverse that it may take more than one trip to fit it all into your itinerary. From early morning hikes and temple visits to frantic shopping trips and the excitement of theme park rides, Hong Kong stays busy and exciting all year round.
Hong Kong is an endlessly fascinating destination due to its rich history and cultural diversity. Modern skyscrapers and centuries-old temples line Hong Kong’s vibrant Central District, creating a scene unlike most cities in Asia.
If it’s your first time in Hong Kong, head to the shopping streets around Causeway Bay, where you can immerse yourself in Hong Kong’s iconic street scene – busy, bustling and always on the go.
The streets around Jardin Crescent are packed day and night – they’re also popular places to get to know the city. Get your first glimpse of the trams whizzing down Hennessy Road, with huge flashing billboards, street hawkers and flagship designer stores catching your eye at every turn.
Location: Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Peak Hong Kong not only has stunning views over the harbor and neighboring islands, but is also a foodie and historical attraction.
This Hong Kong attraction is very popular with first-time visitors. You can either take a tram or hike your way up to the summit which is 552 meters above sea level. Don’t forget your camera – Peak Hong Kong offers panoramic views of Hong Kong and the South China Sea.
Location: Hong Kong Bet, Hong Kong
Open: Monday-Friday 10am-11pm, Saturday-Sunday 8am-11pm
Phone: +852 2849 0668
Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong Disneyland is one of the largest theme parks in Hong Kong. Here you’ll find your favorite Disney characters on the streets of the expansive theme park, as well as a wide range of fun rides for all ages.
From romantic boat rides and live shows to indoor rollercoasters and space adventures, this world-famous attraction has something for everyone. Read more
Location: Lantau Bet, Hong Kong
Open: Daily 10am to 8pm
Phone: +852 3550 3388
Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)
The Tian Tan Buddha, one of the world’s tallest seated Buddha statues, is a must-see. Located at Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island, the structure is 34 meters high and is topped by a 3-tiered base platform.
It was built to symbolize the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and religion. Po Lin Monastery has many other interesting things to see, including a lotus pond, several prayer halls, a tea house, tea plantation, orchid garden and several restaurants.
Location: Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping Plateau, Tung Chung Town, Lantau Bet, Hong Kong
Open: Daily 8am to 6pm
Stanley Market and Murray House
Stanley Market and Murray House are located in the town of Stanley, adjacent to Chung Hom Kong and Repulse Bay on Hong Kong’s southern coast. The market is made up of winding lanes stocked with gifts, clothes, antiques and watches.
Less than 5 minutes from this open-air marketplace is Murray House, a restored colonial building that was relocated from Central. There are several restaurants on the first floor, all overlooking Blake Pier and the South China Sea.
Location: Stanley Municipal Services Building, 6 Stanley Market Rd, Stanley, Hong Kong
Open: Daily 10am to 7pm
Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street Night Market is a busy and bustling market that will blow your mind with its variety. It usually opens at 5pm, but really does come out after dark, with a barrage of glittering stalls selling cheap souvenirs, fashion and electronics. Most items are sourced directly from factories in mainland China.
You’ll also find many fortune tellers and herbalists, as well as the occasional free open-air Cantonese opera. The Temple Street Night Market is dotted with snack stalls and restaurants, adding to its already colorful and bustling scene.
Location: Temple Street, Jordan, Hong Kong
Open: Daily 5pm to 11pm
Lan Kwai Fong and Soho
Lan Kwai Fong and Soho are usually bustling with fashionable locals and trendy tourists looking for a cool place to hang out and enjoy a few drinks after the sun goes down. These areas are definitely Hong Kong’s busiest nightlife districts.
Lan Kwai Fong is a cobble-stoned maze of restaurants, bars and nightclubs in the heart of Hong Kong. SoHo caters mainly to Hong Kong’s elite, thanks to its wide range of high-end multicultural restaurants and chic bars.
Location: Central, Hong Kong Bet, Hong Kong
Star Ferry Hong Kong
Star Ferry is one of the best places to experience the living history of Hong Kong city. Established in 1880, it is also a symbol of the city and is often featured in local films and TV shows.
There are 2 ferry crossings across the bay, although the most popular route is from the Central Ferry Pier to Kowloon. Star Ferry fares start at HK$2.70 per adult (HK$3.70 on weekends) and HK$1.60 per child aged 3 to 12 (HK$2.20 on weekends). Ferries leave every 10 to 15 minutes depending on the time of day.
Location: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Rooftop Bar
Relaxing at a rooftop bar in Hong Kong is definitely a great way to spend your evening, sipping a cocktail in the cool breeze and taking in the incredible city view. What’s more, there are rooftop bars and restaurants to enjoy across the city – on either side of Victoria Harbor – so you’re never far from getting a privileged vantage point over Hong Kong.10
Avenue of Stars and Symphony of Lights Hong Kong
The Avenue of Stars is a boulevard in Kowloon that overlooks Victoria Bay. It is a short walk from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station and is popular for its beautiful view of Hong Kong Island. You will also see more than 100 stars on the walkway honoring the legends of the Hong Kong film industry, similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
This waterfront promenade is one of the best places to watch the famous light show called the Symphony of Lights. The nightly laser show starts at 8pm and is one of the most incredible cityscapes in the world.
Bank of China Tower
The 70-story Bank of China Tower is one of Hong Kong Island’s most striking landmarks. Designed by acclaimed architect IM Pei and completed in 1990, the design was inspired by the elegance of bamboo and symbolizes vitality, strength and growth.
The 367-meter-tall building’s geometric glass facade has been featured in several Hollywood films, including Transformers and Star Trek . The 43rd floor public viewing deck is free – bring your ID for registration and to enter the building.
Open: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-1pm (closed Sunday)
Phone: +852 2826 6888
Dragon Back Hike Hong Kong
The Dragon’s Back hike takes you up to Shake O Peak and down the other side. Located in Shek O Country Park, this trail is popular with outdoor enthusiasts on Hong Kong Island. It takes less than 1 hour to reach the start of the trail from central Hong Kong.
The 8.5-km long trail takes 2 to 5 hours to complete. It can get quite steep in parts, so wear a sturdy and comfortable pair of trainers or walking shoes. The Dragon’s Back Trail is listed as Section 8 of the Hong Kong Trail, which means it is well marked throughout.
Location: Shake-O Country Park, Hong Kong