With entertainment, history, culture and great food, there are plenty of things to do in Hong Kong. All this within walking distance.
Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. That doesn’t stop this Southeast Asian destination to attract tourists from all over the globe.
There’s so much here to keep you engrossed right from the touchdown. Landing on an island airport with water all around certainly kicks up the excitement levels right at the start.
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
Take a night cruise and enjoy World’s largest permanent light and sound show. The laser beams bounce off around 40 skyscrapers across the harbor waters. What adds to this spectacular Symphony of Lights show is the background music and narration.
While soaking up this incredible view, you also learn a thing or two about the history of Hong Kong. There is no better way to enjoy Hong Kong’s cityscape.
Peak Tram Ride Hong Kong
Hop on the tram and get a panoramic view of the city by reaching the highest point on Hong Kong Island. The breathtaking view of the skyscrapers and mountains of the new territories is worth a visit.
Ride the Ding-Ding
A ride on Hong Kong’s trams, also known as Ding-dings has the old school charm. This iconic method of public transport is a good way to experience Hong Kong. And the best part – you’re charged the old-school fee too.
Wong Tai Sin Temple Hong Kong
Pay a visit to Wong Tai Sin Temple, Hong Kong’s busiest temple known to be a place for fortune-telling. This ornamented temple is home to Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. So if you’re curious to know what the future holds for you, do stop by this one.
Tian Tan Buddha Statue
If you crave for some nature time, 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. It is 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.
Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island
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. Check out the cute Snoopy Cafe if you miss your decafs and cappuccinos.
With distances becoming shorter every day, Hong Kong fits any vacation mold. 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.