With entertainment, history, culture and great food, there are a plenty of things to do in Hong Kong – all within walking distance.
Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, but that doesn’t stop it from being a great destination for tourists from all over the globe.
There’s so much here to keep you engrossed right from the touch down. Landing on an island airport with water all around certainly kicks up the excitement levels right at the start of your vacation.
And if you’re wondering what the top things to do in Hong Kong are, just dive right in.
Symphony of Lights at Victoria Harbor
Peak Tram Ride Hong Kong
Ride the Ding-Ding in Hong Kong
Wong Tai Sin Temple Hong Kong
Tian Tan Buddha Statue Hong Kong
If you crave for some nature time, the Lantau Island is the place to go. Sprinkled with monasteries, secluded beaches and small hamlets, the island features many non-city related activities.
A cultural highlight is the bronze Tian tan buddha statue located on the top of a mountain also known as the “Big Buddha”. It is exciting enough to just catch a glimpse of this huge statue sitting calmly. The best way to get to Big Buddha on Lantau Island is a ride on Ngong Ping 360 Skyrail cable car that takes you to the statue. Sitting at a height of 34 meters, it is quite a climb but the serene view makes a worthwhile trip.
Bang opposite the Big Buddha statue is the Po Lin temple. Built in 1924, it may not be ancient but it is a revered place of worship. You can light some incense at the Po Lin temple on your way back.
Modern Tourist Attractions in Hong Kong
Take a day to visit Asia’s only Disneyland. Though relatively a smaller one, it still captures the magic of being a child and becoming part of the fairyland magic.
Or you can visit the wax museum, though it’s just a pale reflection of Madame Tussauds.
Shopping In Hong Kong
The sunlit skyline of Hong Kong reveals a shopper’s paradise open throughout the year. You can spend hours at Stanley Market, an old fishing market, or merge with the chaos of the Temple Street Night market.
Dedicated to women is the Ladies’ Market on Tung Choi Street where shopping for trinkets and clothes is pure joy. And the Luxury brand street will not let you walk away without an indulgence. Don’t forget essential buys like Jade handicrafts, porcelain figurines, Chinese tea as well as cakes.
An interesting detour from standard shopping is a fascinating walk through the Herbal Medicine Street, the Ginseng and Bird’s Nest Street and the Dried Seafood Street.
Hong Kong Food
Food fare in Hong Kong is an eclectic mix of eastern as well as western cuisine. Somewhat difficult at times for vegetarians, you can tweak the non-vegetarian dishes to suit your needs. With mostly Cantonese influenced food items, definitely try the poached chicken, roast duck and dim sums.
Something else you must try is the egg tart with Hong Kong tea which serves as a quick snack when shopping. Hong Kong street food also displays an interesting array of items such as shark fin soup, fish balls on a stick and soy bean curd. Check out the cute Snoopy Cafe if you miss your decafs and cappuccinos.
With distances becoming shorter every day, Hong Kong fits any vacation mould. From a honeymoon to a quick weekend getaway, Hong Kong is the perfect destination to pack your holiday with unexpected surprises and unique extravagances.
If you’re a busy bee and can’t deal with all the planning bit, you should check out this amazing tour – An Introduction to Hong Kong (a 4 Day Tour). Apart from having not to worry about all the planning, the best part about this tour is that you travel like a local and get to make a cool bunch of friends.