Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities in the world with 6,659 people per square kilometer. It is also an exciting intersection of cultures, business, and concrete and natural jungle. With all of these exciting elements, you know there is no shortage of activities to get the full Hong Kong experience. We could have listed way more, because this city has it all; it’s not just about shopping and stuffing your face with Cantonese cuisine (although we mention those things too). Don’t believe us? Here are 50 reasons why we know what we’re talking about.

Visit the Tian Tan Big Buddha

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The Big Buddha towers 34 metres tall in total (© Chris Brown via WikiCommons)

Visiting the mighty bronze Tian Tan Buddha aka The Big Buddha will take up your day, as it’s located over in Lantau Island at the remote Po Lin Monastery. It’s a worthwhile trek if you have a few days in Hong Kong, because it really should be seen in real life. The big guy cost a whopping 60 million HKD to construct and sits 26.4 metres tall atop a lotus throne looking over Ngong Ping Village. Getting there is an adventure in itself aboard the Ngong Ping 360 cable car, which takes around 25 minutes and offers marvellous views of the surrounding lush mountains.

Go to Ocean Park or Disneyland Hong Kong

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Ocean Park bird’s eye view (© Leonardolo via WikiCommons)

Hong Kong has plenty for families to do, and one of the big ticket items is a day at a massive amusement park. But here we have pandas! Ocean Park has the amazing land and sea creatures, along with a slew of rides, entertainment, and food; Noah’s Ark, featuring a full-size replica of the historical Noah’s Ark, offers varied exhibits and activities; and Hong Kong Disneyland needs no explanation. Mickey and Minnie are here, although Minnie sometimes sports a cheongsam.

Take a Peak from the highest point on HK Island

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Sunrise view from The Peak (© johnlsl via Flickr)

It’s one of the more typically touristy things to do on this list, but a trip to the Peak is a must, along with a ride up on the steep Peak tram. There’s often a queue to board, but once you’re on it’s the quickest and most scenic way to get to the top. At 552 metres above sea level, the Peak is the highest mountain on Hong Kong Island. When you stand on the Sky Terrace 428 viewing platform and take in the amazing panoramic view across Hong Kong, you’ll be glad you waited in line.

Drink in the view

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The terrace at SEVVA (© SEVVA)

How can you not go up one of those glittering skyscrapers that make Hong Kong’s skyline one of the most famous in the world? You can take in the magnificent views of Victoria Harbour while sipping on fantastic cocktails, as many of these places host top-notch mixologists. Ozone is probably the most noted one here, where a speedy lift takes you 118 floors up the Ritz Carlton for a jaw-dropping sight from Kowloon. Over in Central, CÉ LA VI sits in a prime spot in Lan Kwai Fong with a rooftop garden that puts you among Hong Kong Island’s noted towers.

Get a bespoke suit made

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Savvy travellers know that Hong Kong is one of the top cities to get a quality custom suit that won’t break the bank. Concentrated in Tsim Sha Tsui and west of Hong Kong Island, tailors’ bespoke services can be detailed and in-and-out, ranging from 24-hour turnarounds to four or more days. And it’s not just suits for men that they’re experts at they also make impressive bespoke women’s apparel. You’ll see when you try on your tailored suit that they take care when making your garment, from the fabric selection to the custom fit.

Binge on a boozy brunch

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Weekend brunch at Ozone, The Ritz-Carlton (© Ozone)

Hongkongers love a free-flow alcohol brunch. There are countless options to indulge in this favourite past-time where one can gorge on a fine spread of brunch fare, with bubbly to boot. Glass after glass of champagne and a myriad of food options, from classic western picks where you can get all the eggs you want, to appealing Asian dim sum brunches, are available all over the city in various luxe, al fresco, sky-high, or family-friendly settings. Our extensive boozy brunch guide lists the best of the bunch.

Ride the Hong Kong Observation Wheel

Hong Kong Observation Wheel and city skyline panorama

You’ve no doubt seen it perched by the water, so it’s about time you went for a ride on the Hong Kong Observation Wheel. The Wheel is the perfect vantage point to take in views of both sides of Victoria Harbour from a spacious gondola (fits up to eight people) and tickets are super affordable: $20 for adults, $10 for children aged 3–11 years, seniors aged 65+, and visitors with disabilities, or free for children under 3. At a height of 60 metres, see spectacular views of Hong Kong Island and Tsim Sha Tsui during the 15-minute ride, day or night. There’s also lots to see and do at the many attractions at the AIA Vitality Park underneath the carousel: get fit at a free outdoor health class like yoga, dance, cross fit and more in the backdrop of the Wheel, or check out an exciting concert, sports tournament, or F&B festival.

Go for a sophisticated afternoon tea

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Afternoon tea at The Peninsula (© The Peninsula)

The British left behind a lot here, which is clear to see from the English place names and architecture around the city. This is also true with classic English tradition of afternoon tea, in which one enjoys a quaint midday affair of scones and other baked sweets, plus dainty savouries, all lovingly presented on tiered stands. The Lobby at The Peninsula offers a beautifully traditional afternoon tea experience, complete with string music playing in the background of its gorgeous setting. But this being Hong Kong, afternoon tea also comes with an Asian touch, like Above & Beyond at Hotel Icon’s Cantonese tea set, or if you fancy tea done the Scandinavian or Japanese way, we’ve also got it.

Dim sum and them some

Hong Kong Dim Sum

No visit to Hong Kong is complete without having dim sum at a cha lau, or tea house. It’s a delicious cultural experience where you can feed your senses: your tastebuds delight with each bite of savoury and sweet morsels, and your eyes get a treat from the sometimes manic atmosphere of workers pushing carts with baskets of dim sum to eager diners. You can’t leave without trying the beloved baked BBQ pork buns, nor the gooey yellow custard buns. Places like Tim Ho Wan, known for being the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant, do both well, and for something on the fancier end with a modern twist, check out Duddell’s. If you want to go where the locals go, just check out your neighbourhood options for the place that is the most bustling – it’s sure to be a yummy choice.


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Landmark mall in Central (© Wing1990hk via WikiCommons)

It’s true Hong Kong is a shopping mecca. Everyone from Gucci-draped society women to market bargain hunters love coming here and walking away with loads of stuff. You can easily spend a day in one of the many giant malls scattered across the city that are lined with top brand names, plus cinemas, restaurants, and even ice rinks (Elements, Festival Walk, and Harbour City are the most popular ones). Head to Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon for luxury goods at Hermès and Chanel, or go across the water to Causeway Bay and brave the crowded pavement as countless others get their shopping on. For something a bit different, a visit to one of the city’s street markets is a must, as in these busy outdoor stalls you can browse day and night for everything from antiques to flowers.

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Floating restaurants

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Jumbo Floating Restaurant, Aberdeen Harbour (© julieanh via Flickr)

Another special Hong Kong experience is taking in the varied cuisine, especially when you’re bobbing up and down on the water. You can literally do this in a sampan, a small swaying boat, like at Shun Kee Typhoon Shelter seafood restaurant in Causeway Bay. It’s by no means fancy, but the signature crab adorned with a mountain of chilli and fried garlic is a culinary experience that everyone should try before leaving. Over in Aberdeen, known for its floating village and seafood restaurants in the harbour, there’s Jumbo Kingdom, a floating palace with shimmering lights and tasty Chinese seafood dishes. A few sampans in Aberdeen also host floating meals for small groups.

Junk boat tours

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Aqua Luna in Victoria Harbour (© Kārlis Dambrāns via WikiCommons)

They’re called junks, but they’re nice to look at and even better to sail in. The classic red-sailed wooden boat that used to house seafaring families that you’ve seen in postcards still exists, although now they shuttle tourists around. One of Hong Kong’s last remaining junk boats, Aqua Luna, sails Victoria Harbour, and is the perfect way to take in the glittering water and skyline of the city. Island Junks has a fleet of Chinese teak junks equipped to carry up to 50 passengers around various parts of Hong Kong through charter packages and tours. Or, sign up for a dinner cruise or view the nightly Kowloon spectacle of lights on a Symphony of Lights cruise.

Take a public transport adventure

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Hong Kong’s tram system runs the length of Hong Kong Island

There are so many ways to get around Hong Kong, and none will bankrupt you. The cheapest and most cheerful by far is riding the tram, or the ding ding. These iconic double deckers go slow, and that’s just fine for parking yourself by the window on the top deck and gawking at the sights below. Hop on the Star Ferry for another unique local experience, sailing between the islands among the skyscrapers (even better at night when they’re all lit up). Brave the twists and turns that the mini buses make as they rip around the city; you’ll definitely have a story to tell after riding one of these around. Finally, you can even take the subway to China. Really the MTR’s East Rail Line takes you all the way to Shenzhen and all over Hong Kong in clean, fast, air-conditioned comfort (okay, maybe it’s not as comfy in rush hour).

Hit the beaches

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Big Wave Bay

One thing that often surprises people when they visit is that Hong Kong is not just the concrete jungle they thought it was. We also have glorious beaches, and you don’t have to venture far from home for a dip and relaxing on the sand, like at Repulse Bay. If you’re looking for a more secluded spot, you can have that too in Lantau at Cheung Sha beach or Shek O’s Big Wave Bay, where as you can guess by the name, you can surf up a storm. There are 42 gazetted (government-managed) beaches and many non-gazetted ones that are usually quieter and more pristine.

Some spiritual time

Step away from the bustling malls and loud street food stalls for some respite at one of the city’s impressive temples. Perhaps the most popular is the Wong Tai Sin Temple in Kowloon. Spanning 18,000 square metres, you can spend hours here observing the sacred space dedicated to Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. Man Mo Temple in Sheung Wan, the oldest in Hong Kong, was built in 1847 and is so named as it honours Man, the god of literature, and Mo, the god of war. In New Territories, Sha Tin’s Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is a delight for its actually more than 13,000 buddhas housed within and on the pathway up. Each one is different in size and expression, making for an altogether unique temple experience.

Take the longest escalator ride on earth

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Mid-Levels escalator system (© Countries in Colors via Flickr)

The Mid-Levels escalator in Central is a collection of sorts of escalators, footbridges, and walkways, and is the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world. It measures more than 800 metres in distance, at an elevation of 135 metres, taking you through the streets of a steep hillside. You will find some people like to walk up, so remember the etiquette is to stand on the right and walk on the left. But standing lets you glimpse into the buildings you glide past, and even the odd resident having breakfast in their flat. SoHo and Lan Kwai Fong are in the area for dining and partying, so take due care when going up and down after a few drinks.

Visit a city in itself, Chungking Mansions 

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Entrance to Chungking Mansions (© Mitch Altman via Flickr)

Some people may steer you away from going to Chungking Mansions, but don’t worry (although we wouldn’t recommend staying in a room here unless you’re a fan of really budget lodging). A walk around the jam-packed building that is billed as its own city by some on Kowloon’s famed Nathan Road is an experience you won’t soon forget. Here is a melting pot of Hong Kong’s varied cultures, in particular South Asians, Middle Easterners, and Africans, who run and frequent the restaurants, guest houses, clothing shops, and foreign exchange booths that make up this chaotic place. A good excuse to go besides the people watching is the authentic Indian food that locals of all backgrounds come here for.

Pet cafés

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Dog and cat cafés are dotted around Hong Kong (© KiraHundeDog via Pixabay)

If you don’t mind a bit of whiskers with your cuppa, or the sound of rabbits gnawing on carrots in your midst, then you’ll be at home at one of Hong Kong’s animal cafes. At Rabbitland Cafe, watch bunnies with names like Mimi and Momo scurry about in three rabbit pens as you munch on fries and sandwiches. Same deal at Mr. and Mrs. Cat Cafe and Ondogdog Cafe, where coffee and dessert are on the menu, along with interaction with furry friends. Check out our guide to cat cafés for a more detailed to-go list.

Walk the many promenades

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Tsim Sha Tsui promenade (© Wing1990hk via Flickr)

The waterfront along East Tsim Sha Tsui is famed for being the vantage point of the nightly Symphony of Lights laser and light show. It’s free to watch and is worth a look, as while you wait for the show to start, you can have a nice stroll along the water with many stops for photo ops with Hong Kong’s son Bruce Lee, the Avenue of Stars, and the colonial clock tower by the former railway stop. There are also lovely harbour views along Central and Western District Promenade, Kwun Tong Promenade, Quarry Bay Park, and Ma On Shan Promenade.

Make it a museum day

Hong Kong Space Museum

It can rain in Hong Kong, no matter what time of year, so if perchance your travels fall on a wet day, what better time than to hit up one of the museums? Hong Kong Space Museum, Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, Hong Kong Museum of History, and Hong Kong Museum of Art are some of the top picks, and kids will especially enjoy the Hong Kong Science Museum. Many museums, including the science, space, and heritage museums, offer free entry on Wednesdays.

Get down to the horse races

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Races are on at Happy Valley Racecourse (© Sheila Dee via Flickr)

Even if you haven’t got a clue about horse racing, do go to the Happy Valley Racecourse in western Hong Kong Island or Shatin Race Course in the New Territories. Races are usually scheduled on Wednesdays in Happy Valley and alternative Saturdays and Sundays in Shatin. It’s always a good time, whether you just sit back to people (and horse) watch, or get in on the fun and do some friendly betting. Beer is always flowing here, with greasy treats to match.

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Regular parks

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Kowloon Walled City Park (© Ian Glen via Flickr)

For an escape after a hectic day in Causeway Bay, the perfect outdoor spot to enjoy lunch, or if you’re carrying around a hangover from the previous night’s shenanigans in Lan Kwai Fong, our city has plenty of green spaces to take in. Yes indeed, among the concrete structures and rows of taxis are some beautiful green locales like Victoria Park, Kowloon Park, Tamar Park, and Nan Lian Garden. Even in busy Central you’ll find one: Hong Kong Park with its clock tower, aviary, and stairway-side waterfall.

Traditional tea houses

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Chinese tea tasting (© Wolfcub29 via Canva)

Hongkongers love their tea, but not just to sip. Teahouses also celebrate the culture and tradition of tea, and you can spend a lovely afternoon learning about different types of tea while drinking some heavenly brews. Go for a traditional experience at LockCha Tea House or Ying Kee Tea House (it has more than 130 years of history), or sample a modern cup at MingCha.

Chow down at a Cooked Food Centre

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Java Road Cooked Food Centre (© TomEats via Flickr)

Another quintessential HK thing to try is a meal at a cooked food centre. Anthony Bourdain did it when he was here and he lapped it up. You will too if you don’t mind plastic chairs, clanging cutlery, and loud chatter. They’re flip-flop-friendly kind of places, and the food, ranging in cuisine from Thai to dai pai dong fare, is pleasing and affordable. Locals love it, and many will even help non-Cantonese-speakers out when ordering. Notable ones are Java Road Cooked Food Centre, Kowloon City Cooked Food Centre, Tai Po Hui Market and Cooked Food Centre, and Queen Street Cooked Food Market.

Do and see tai chi

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Tai chi group in Victoria Park, Causeway Bay (© mario_opal via Flickr)

Early birds will undoubtedly encounter elderly locals engaging in some tai chi at one of the city’s parks, and it is quite a mesmerizing sight to witness. Watching the slow, calm movements of this ancient Chinese fitness and martial art form is a wonderful way to pass a morning. Better yet, join in.

Plan a day trip on an outlying island

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Lamma Island is the perfect weekend getaway (© chensiyuan via WikiCommons)

While Hong Kong might be known for its skyline, its 263 outlying islands are definitely worth exploring. Most can be accessed from Central Ferry Pier, and each has its own charm. Whether you’re looking for the chilled out, multicultural vibe of Lamma or the food haven that is Cheung Chau, there is something unique on each island. And for true explorers, the less travelled roads such as Sharp Island or Tap Mun also make for a great adventure!

Go to PMQ

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PMQ once housed police families in colonial Hong Kong (© Alex Ho via Flickr)

Since its transformation in 2014, from the Police Married Quarters to the haven for arts, design, and happening food and beverage that it is today, PMQ has become a must-visit for locals and tourists alike. Located on Hollywood Road, it is home to a unique design, gifting, and innovative boutiques as well as restaurants, cafés, and sake bars across its 7 floors. Moreover, the buzzing space hosts interactive exhibitions and workshops throughout the year such as upcycling denim and silver bangle making.

Go to Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts

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Tai Kwun Contemporary art gallery (© Guoa Yinmsho Hooatd via WikiCommons)

Another space converted to display the art and beauty of Hong Kong is Tai Kwun. Historically the Central Police Station Compound (CPS Compound), the 16 heritage buildings have been restored into an array of boutique stores, independent galleries and the larger JC Contemporary Art, and restaurants, winning a place on Time’s ‘World’s Greatest Places 2018’ list. Not only is it home to some renowned restaurants including Madame Fù and The Chinese Library, for nightlife, it also has a number of incredible options with ‘Behind Bars’ being located in what were previously real prison cells, and ‘Dragonfly’ offering breathtaking décor and beautiful drinks.

Go to The Mills

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The Mills shopping and culture centre opened in 2018 (© Fergreckom Zugoaem via WikiCommons)

Built in the 1950s and 60s, The Mills is another revitalization project, which has taken a former textile factory and converted it into a creative and sustainable cultural and hipster’s destination. With little historical details such as the NF5 gate and the original green staircases, the building is a beautiful melding of old and new, all while being incredibly Instagrammable. At the Shop floor you can have a unique shopping, dining, and café experience, focused on experiential learning, all with a focus on the world of lifestyle, artisan dining, and maker culture.

Attend a Cantonese opera show

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Cantonese opera performer (© 文雪裘 via WikiCommons)

New York has Broadway and London has West End, but Hong Kong has Cantonese opera, which has been selected for UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. A beautiful intertwining of music, dance, make-up, and art, the genre tells stories of Chinese history and famous classics and myths. For a full immersive experience in the past, head over to Yau Ma Tei Theatre, built in 1930, the only surviving pre-war cinema building. Some of the shows have English subtitles, so non-Cantonese speakers can also enjoy!

Find a natural waterfall

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Ng Tung Chai waterfall in Tai Mo Shan (© fcracer.com)

Hong Kong is known to be hot and humid most of the year. So what better way to cool off, especially if you have been hiking, than to trek to one of Hong Kong’s waterfalls and dive into the pristine, crisp waters of a rock pool! Dotted around the city, you can find a number of these natural pools are perfect spots to sit and picnic around. A couple favourites include Sheung Luk Stream in Sai Kung, where you can also do cliff jumping, or the Ap Lei Pai pools which are super accessible (after a difficult but quick hike) from Ap Lei Chau.

Snack on local street food

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Street food shop in Soy Street, Mong Kok (© Steve Cadman via Flickr)

Hong Kong locals rely on the varied street food dishes easily found in stalls and small stores for a quick midday bite on the side walk, with fish balls, siu mai drizzled with satay sauce and soy sauce, braised cuttlefish and intestines, savoury cheung fun, egg waffles, roasted chestnuts, and more popular among teenagers and anyone else who is craving the particular memorable flavours of childhood. Not all street food is created equal – if you spot a store with a long line or lots of groups standing around chowing down, that’s a safe bet there is good food to be found there.

Explore the remains of Kowloon Walled City

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The Yamen is the last remaining building from Kowloon Walled City (© Malcolm Koo via WikiCommons)

The Kowloon Walled City has quite a reputation which has been further exacerbated in movies and shows. In the past the 6.4 acre area was a Chinese garrison, home to over 33,000 residents in densely packed buildings. At its height, it was controlled by triads with high rates of prostitution, gambling, and drug abuse. But since the handover, it has been revitalized into a garden which holds remnants of the past such as the Yamen building (the last existing building of the Walled City, which once housed elderly people), the remains of the ancient South Gate, and the Chess Garden.

Take your pick of hikes

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View from hiking path on the Peak (© johnlsl via Flickr)

Hongkongers are known to work hard and party hard, but in between they make time for hiking the city’s rolling hills and mountains. With hiking trails ranging from family-friendly to hardcore, there is something for hikers of all levels. And on the days when the skies are blue, and the temperatures are cooler, you will see lots of people flocking to the trails. While the hike itself is the reward for some, nothing beats the view (and the Instagram photo) from the top!

Go for a scenic bike ride

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The New Territories Cycle Track is 11km long (© Hong Kong Tourism Board)

Hikes may be the go to weekend activity, but a bike ride is up there in terms of a fun family day out! There are a number of waterside and even elevated biking routes that you can explore around Hong Kong. With a significant other, kids, parents, or a group of friends, this is the perfect activity to explore a new neighbourhood while also getting some aerobic exercise in. The Tai Wai to Tai Po route offers spectacular views of the Shing Mun River, the Cheung Chau trail on the southern side of the small island is great for a day trip, and the New Territories Cycle Track is one of the newest biking trails and stretches across all of northern Hong Kong.

Get all your tech for cheap

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Inside the winding halls of Wan Chai Computer Centre (© Mark Chun via Flickr)

With the proximity to Shenzhen, the world’s tech manufacturing hub, it’s no surprise that you can find almost anything and everything tech-related here in Hong Kong. And for great prices! For photography enthusiasts, you can find both new and second-hand cameras, tripods, lenses, drones, and more in Sim City, a three-storey endless shopping complex in Mong Kok. Another great spot is the Golden Computer Arcade in Sham Shui Po, which will satisfy all your geeky IT needs. And of course, the Wan Chai Computer Centre, where you can find all your software and hardware items. And don’t forget to bargain a bit!

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Go scuba diving

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Diving to spot coral in Sai Kung (© Diving Adventure Hong Kong)

While Hong Kong may not be known for its underwater life, you would be surprised by the hidden beauties you can find at its scuba diving sites. It might not be as iconic as Philippines or Maldives, but you will find a number of interesting sights from great corals to aquatic life and even some mysterious shipwrecks! With a number of licensed scuba diving instructors across Hong Kong, it is also a great opportunity to get your certification to get ready to explore the waters of Hong Kong and other Asian destinations.

Sip cocktails at a hidden bar

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Entrance to hidden bar in Hong Kong (© Punch Drink)

Drinks after work are a must in Hong Kong, but going to the same old places can get a bit boring after a while, even if those places are rooftop bars with incredible views. For something a bit different, you have to try out Hong Kong’s hidden bars. Speakeasies have been around since the Prohibition Era in New York, and there are quite a few spotted across the city. But we won’t give away the names here. You will have to find them for yourself, or check out our list for some navigation tips.

Catch cherry blossom season

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Peach blossoms in Hong Kong Park (© Lazyhyacinth via Flickr)

Cherry blossoms may be synonymous with Japan, but during spring you can spot these sweet-smelling flowers and cherry blossoms around Hong Kong as well. The iconic pink and white blossoms bloom usually between February and March, and you can partake in the yearly hanami (viewing experience) in locations such as Cheung Chau Kwan Kung Pavilion, Tai Po Waterfront Park, and Hong Kong Velodrome Park. Since their planting in 2018, cherry trees have also blossomed in Ngong Ping near the cable car station.

Explore geological wonders at Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark

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Basalt Island in Sai Kung is part of the UNESCO Global Geopark (© TK via WikiCommons)

Nestled within the concrete jungle is a hidden wonder of Hong Kong, the UNESCO World Heritage Site and Geopark. The Global Geopark consists of an area of over 50 km², with rock formations, islands and more for you to explore. The collection of hexagonal rock columns, which reach up to 30 metres high, are one of the world’s largest and most spectacular collection. There are also a number of islands dotted in the area that you can explore through tours. The most incredible part? It is literally in our backyard.

Go café-hopping

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Island Table is located on Peng Chau (© Island Table Grocer Cafe)

Going to cafés is more than about getting your daily cup of joe, it’s a lifestyle, and Hong Kong delivers when it comes to cozy, aesthetic, and even funky coffeehouses all focused on a great espresso. With varying decors, adorable cups, and leafy greens, the cafés of HK bring a warmth and calm to the otherwise hustling and bustling city. But coffee snobs, don’t you worry, this doesn’t mean the coffee isn’t good, its great! There is no shortage of coffeehouses offering award-winning blends, delicious pourovers, and fascinating concoctions, something for every palate.

Pack a picnic

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Pinic setup at Disneyland Hong Kong (© PoohPoohPoohsan via Flickr)

If you want to enjoy a glorious day in Hong Kong, nothing beats a picnic in the park. You can grab some wine and cheese and head to some of the most scenic picnic spots in Hong Kong. Tamar Park, for example, is right within the city centre, but still offers a haven with quick access to Pacific Place’s Great Food Hall or Admiralty Centre’s 7-11 in case you run out of beers. Another favourite is the newly developed West Kowloon Cultural District with stunning views of Victoria Harbour.

Take in an indie film at Cinematheque

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Cinematheque screens indie and local movies (© Migdimanoz Riggpot via WikiCommons)

Opened in 1996 in Yau Ma Tei, the vision for Broadway Cinematheque was to be at the helm of the cultural scene of Hong Kong, showing independent and art films from around the world. It was designed by renowned architectural designer Gary Chang, and has since been the centre of film festivals, retrospectives, and film events every year. Drop by to enjoy the latest arthouse movie, and also take in their one-stop service of café, bookstore and disc store, Kubrick – a cinephiles dream!

 Explore Pineapple Hill, Hong Kong’s Grand Canyon

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Castle Peak Basin, otherwise known as Pineapple Hill (© ystsoi via Flickr)

Pineapple Hill or Por Lo Shan (菠蘿山) in Cantonese is known as Hong Kong’s Grand Canyon. With its ridged valleys and jagged peaks, it’s easy to see the comparison, although the name comes from its likeness to the pineapple bun, a traditional Hong Kong pastry. The best way to get to the hike is via MTR and light rail to Leung King Station, where you can cross over to Leung King Plaza. From there, follow the posted signs and you’re good to go! This walk is about another 45 minutes to an hour, and it’s best to try to reach around sunset for the best photos.

Visit the Zoological and Botanical Gardens

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Toucan at Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens (© TimOve via Flickr)

The oldest park in the territory, right in the middle of Hong Kong Island, the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens is an area of 5.6 hectares with over 1,000 species of plants and over 400 birds, 50 mammals, and 20 reptiles. Walking around you will get sight of orangutans, gibbons, flamingos, raccoons, meerkats, sloths, lemurs, and tortoises. You should also not miss the Chinese War Memorial, which was erected in 1928 in remembrance of the Chinese soldiers who fell in World War I.

Go for a craft beer tasting

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The craft beer scene in Hong Kong has grown (© WinzenT via Canva)

There are beers aplenty in Hong Kong, including tons of great craft beers. The selection from local breweries like HK Brewcraft, Gweilo, Yardley Brothers, and Young Master Brewery ranges from ales, IPAs, and lagers to stouts and sours, each with a unique HK twist. To get a taste of what Hong Kong has to offer, you can head over to TAP (The Ale Project) in Tsuen Wan or Mong Kok, which has a selection from the Young Master Brewery; 99 Bottles on Peel Street which offers Hong Kong Beer Co. on tap; or Tipsy Tap in Tsim Sha Tsui for a regularly refreshed craft brewery list.

Get the best views at Sky 100 Hong Kong Observation Deck

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View of Victoria Harbour from Sky 100 in ICC building (© Diego Delso via WikiCommons)

With a skyline like Hong Kong, why wouldn’t you use each and every opportunity to take it all in. The Sky 100 Observation Deck on the 100th floor of the International Commerce Centre building offers just that! With 360-degree panoramic views of the city and multimedia exhibits that share Hong Kong’s history and culture through interactive and fun facilities, it’s a great activity for both tourists and locals. At 393 metres above sea level, you can continue this experience by enjoying a meal at Café 100 by Ritz Carlton afterwards, taking in the views with a spot of tea.

Explore the waters by jet ski

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Explore Victoria Harbour and the outlying islands by jet ski (© whologwhy via Flickr)

Being a collection of islands, water sports are a must in Hong Kong. And while wake surfing and kayaking are quite popular, along with of course, junk boat parties, you can also explore the islands and Victoria Harbour by jet ski! You will need to be accompanied by a driver, unless you are certified with a ‘Local Certificate of Competency as a Pleasure Vessel Operator’, but that doesn’t take away the fun of speeding through the sea, feeling the sun on your back and the spray on your face. You can rent jet skis in the Sai Kung, Tuen Mun, and Ma On Shan areas.

Meet wildlife at Hong Kong Wetland Park

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Hong Kong Wetland Park can be traversed on foot or bike (© Matthias Süßen via WikiCommons)

A conservation and education facility located in Yuen Long, the Hong Kong Wetland Park comprises of a visitor centre and a wetland reserve which can be explored by walking or cycling the well-placed pathways. Their themed exhibition galleries showcase the importance of biodiversity and conservation and also offer a variety of activities for families and students to explore different habitats such as Stream Walk, Succession Walk, Mangrove Boardwalk, and three Bird Hides. You can also check their wildlife watching calendar to find the best time to spot birds, butterflies, and dragonflies in their natural habitats.

Get the best bargain at street markets

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Fa Yuen Street night market in Mong Kok (© Johnlsl via Flickr)

Visiting Asia is not complete without hitting the street markets, and Hong Kong is no different. With a number of different markets dedicated to various products, you never know what you will find. Antiques, flowers, clothes, branded sneakers, hidden gems for the home, traditional foodstuffs, and more, there is a flea market for them all. Some favourites of course are the Ladies Market for clothing and accessories, Stanley Market for souvenirs, and Temple Street Market for a little bit of everything!

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