Hong Kong is known as the gateway to Asia and is a must see. Hong Kong is one of my favorite cities I have lived and spent time in. Honestly there is so much to do it was hard coming up with a list with just a few of my favorite things to do in Hong Kong but here they are!
On the south shore of Hong Kong Island, Aberdeen Harbor bring tourists to enjoy it’s amazing seafood restaurants and floating village located within the Aberdeen Typhoon shelters. If you have time visit the Jumbo Floating Restaurant for a meal on what looks to be a floating palace of imperial China.
The Hong Kong skyline has been rated the best skyline in the world by many magazines and for good reason, the massive sky scrapers in such a small geographical area make for an amazing sight. Head up to Victoria Peak by using the Peak Tram for an amazing panoramic view that makes New York look like nothing. The cost of the tram is HK$40 for an adult round trip ticket or HK$30 for a one way ticket (children are HK$18 or HK$11) plan on coming a half hour before sunset for an amazing view of both day and night in Hong Kong. You can also buy a special ticket for HK$65 R/T which includes access to the Sky Terrace where you have the highest 360 degree viewing platform of Hong Kong and its islands.
Stanley Market is located on the south part of Hong Kong Island and is full of tourists and locals alike. You can find a large selection of brand name clothing items, accessories, jewelry, home furnishings, souvenirs, and tons of other items at very reasonable prices. Even if you don’t plan on spending any money walking through the open air market is really cool and you should do it. Trust me it is worth your time.
The easiest way to Stanley Market is to have a catch a taxi. If you don’t want to spend money on a cab fare you can take bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 250 from Exchange Square bus terminus, or minibus 40 from Causeway Bay Station.
Big Buda (Tian Tan Budda)
On Lantau Island is a monastery atop a hill with a 111 foot statue of Buda made from bronze. Get ready to climb 268 steps to be able to look at the state up close and in person. Right next to the statue is the Po Lin Monastery where you can spend time in the garden or at their vegetarian restaurant.
There are a few ways to get to the statue and monastery. My favorite is to get off at the Tung Chung MTR station and take the Ngong Ping Cable Car (25 minutes plus 10 minute walk). You can also get off at the same MTR station and take Lantau Bus 23 (45 minutes plus 8 minute walk)
SoHo is located in the Central area of Hong Kong and is known for its boundless entertainment and restaurant options. You can find everything from Hong Kong’s first comedy club to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.
One of the most fun things to do is go on the Central-Mid-Level escalator which at one time was the longest escalator system in the world. The escalator system goes over 2,600 feet and elevates over 440 feet and takes over 20 minutes to ride! The elevator goes downhill in the morning and uphill the rest of the day.
Hong Kong Disneyland
In 2005 Hong Kong Disneyland opened on Lantau Island. There are a lot of similarities to Disneyland in California except the design incorporated some traditional Chinese architecture elements and culture such as feng shui. A 1 day ticket costs HK$399
Ten Thousand Buddha’s Monastery
Man Fat Tsz is a Buddhist temple in Sha Tin. There is quite a climb to the monastery but once you reach the top you will be able to see over 12,000 Buddha’s both inside and outside the temple. Technically this is not a monastery because it is not residental and managed by lay-persons, either way it is still something to see while you are in Hong Kong.
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
The promenade is a great place to look at Hong Kong Island without the crowds of Hong Kong Harbor. You can see walkers or joggers during the day enjoying a break from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. Enjoy the promenade either day or night.
If you are looking for a beach go no further than the south part of Hong Kong Island to Repulse Bay. The bay has a nice beach and feels almost like a resort. Heading down to the beach be sure to look at the Hong Kong Life Saving Society club house built in traditional Chinese style with dragons, and enjoy the beautiful gardens.
Take either the Star Ferry, visit the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, or even hire a Chinese Junk Boat to look at the amazing Hong Kong Skyline. If you thought new York was amazing take a boat in the evening and watch all the buildings illuminate in different colors every night to a sound and light show.
There really is so much to do in Hong Kong, this list barely scratches the surface. What are some of your favorite places?