Hong Kong, Asia’s World City, is one of the top destinations for business and holiday travelers. According to Hong Kong Tourism Board’s website, it has an average of 55 million visits per year from diverse citizens in different parts of the world. Most foreigners can enter Hong Kong visa-free. For instance, Filipinos can stay in Hong Kong visa-free for 14 days. Although a Filipino tourist only normally stay in Hong Kong in an average of three days based on some of the tour packages availed from many travel agencies, there are a lot of things to do in Hong Kong. Here are our Top 21 suggested interesting things you can do in Hong Kong. Please let us know if some of your favorites are not yet here. We will definitely update this blog from time to time as we try more of your suggestions.
Most of the accommodations in Hong Kong maintain world-class standards inviting everyone for one of the best staycations in their lives. Rather than the ideal 3-days itinerary in HK, we suggest that you add three more days for a lovely hibernate in one of these accommodations. Some of our top recommendations are Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Shatin (read our blog here) and Apartment O (read our blog here).
2.) Food Crawl
Exploring the gastronomic scene is one of the ways to learn about a new city when traveling. Some of our top favorites are Sha Tin 18, JAJA Hong Kong, Mr. Wolf HK, and OUR Restaurant. We have enlisted our top favorite restaurants (read our blog here) and our top favorite budget restaurants (read our blog here) .
3.) Visit Museums
On a rainy day in Hong Kong, visiting museums is one of the best indoor activities that you can do. You can visit more than 50 museums all around Hong Kong depending on the theme you are interested in. There are museums focusing on history, on culture, on art, on science, on cup noodles or any other topics you may think of. (Read our blog here)
4.) Relax in Wellness and Beauty Spas
Start your refreshing day in Hong Kong by visiting one of the wellness and beauty spas around the city. It adds more positive experience in your days in Hong Kong by pampering yourself a massage or some nail care services. Our recommended shop is The Chaless Wellness & Beauty, located at G/F 16 Aberdeen St, Central, Hong Kong. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)
5.) Spend your whole day in Parks
Some of the top recommended parks are Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, UNESCO Global Geopark Sai Kung, and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)
6.) Tai O Fishing Village
Tai O Fishing Village is also known as the Venice of Hong Kong. The people here (mostly from Tanka ethnicity) maintained their traditional way of living. Apart from shopping for fish products and eating fresh seafood, there is also a 600-year old Chinese temple (Tai O Kwan Tai) that is just walking distance for about 20-30 minutes from Tai O Market. One of the reasons why we love this place is because of the laidback ambience it offers which is in contrast with mostly busy sites in Hong Kong. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)
7.) The Big Buddha and the 12 Divine Generals
Before entering the vicinity of the Po Lin Monastery near Ngong Ping Village in Lantau Island, you will pass first a big arch then pass by the 12 statues of the Divine Generals which are lined up (6 statues each on both sides). These Divine Generals are the protective deities of the Buddha of Healing. Each statue represents a Chinese zodiac too. Looking at the Big Buddha, also known as Tian Tan Buddha, you will notice that his right hand is raised (symbolises dispelling affliction) while his left hand rests on his lap (symbolises a gesture of generosity). You may swipe below photo for more pictures.
8.) Ngong Ping Cable Car
The Ngong Ping Cable Car is our most favourite ride which offers one of the best scenic view of Hong Kong. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)
9.) Symphony of Lights Hong Kong
The Symphony of Lights is one of the iconic orchestration of music, lights and fireworks show that lasts for around 10 minutes. It normally happens around 8:00 pm. The best spot to watch it would be along the Avenue of Stars. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)
10.) Avenue of Stars
The Avenue of Stars is where you’ll find Hong Kong’s legendary entertainment stars immortalised via handprints and statues. Some of the iconic statues that you will see there are Bruce Lee, Anita Mui and McDull. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)
11.) Ride the Ding Ding
Hong Kong Island has maintained the existing double decker tram since 1904. It is one of the most affordable, greenest, and authentic way of touring major avenues in Hong Kong Island. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)
12.) Climb up The Peak via the Peak Tram
Climb up The Peak, highest point in Hong Kong via the Peak Tram. It offers you a quicker ascend to the top while offering you a uniquely spectacular perspective of the city. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)
13.) Party until you drop
One of the best night life experiences in the world would be the bars near Central, Hong Kong. Lan Kwai Fong is one of the coolest areas to hang out with friends and trendiest spots to connect with new networks. We were accompanied by a Hong Kong resident (@rose_of_lotte) during this escapade. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)
14.) World’s Longest Outdoor Escalators
Guinness World Records awarded the ‘World’s Longest Outdoor Escalators’ title to Hong Kong’s Central Hillside Escalator Link. It is equivalent to 800 meters of long system of covered moving walkways, giving ease of walking to commuters between the Mid-levels district and Central Market. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)
The safest and most convenient pathway where we enjoyed Biking is in Sha Tin. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)
There are nice hiking trails in Hong Kong. Some of the top recommends from our Hong Kong friends are Dogs tooth hike trail, Bride’s veil water fall, Sunset peak, Violet hill, Dragon Back and Suicide Cliff.
Hong Kong also has nice beaches which are just few meters away. Some of our top recommends would be Stanley Beach, Repulse Bay Beach, Sheko Beach, Big Wave Beach, Cheungsha Beach near Big Buddha, and Ham Tin Beach (walking distance from Unesco Global Geopark Sai Kung ). Read our blog here.
Hong Kong would be one of the authentic spots for streetfood crawl. We’ll do a blog about this on our next visit.
Hong Kong is the haven of one your favorite brands. There are a lot of malls in Hong Kong which gives you more options for your preferred fashion. You can buy them tax free. Some of our must buys are Hong Kong Gold and Nike. Read our blog here.
Some of Hong Kong’s recommended temples are Po Lin Monastery, Wong Tai Sin Temple, Man Mo Temple, Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, Pak Tai Temple, Chi Lin Nunnery, Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees, and Che Kung Temple. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)
I don’t understand Cantonese (one of Hong Kong’s main languages) but it was a nice and authentic experience attending concerts by their local artists.
Our Top 21 can be longer in the future once we go back to Hong Kong. Other interesting things we missed would be wearing a qipao or watching a performance at Yau Ma Tei Theatre. You may also be interested on watching our youtube vlogs below. We embed subtitles for your convenience.