Travel to Hong Kong is back – this east-meets-west city is full of things to do, places to visit, food to eat, and it remains one of the most traveled destinations in the world. Whether you’re a history buff or a foodie, you won’t be disappointed. We’ve handpicked beloved destinations and activities just for you. Get ready to explore these 33 things you cannot miss when visiting Hong Kong.

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What To See

Avenue of Stars

tsim sha tsui promenade

When you think of Hong Kong, its iconic city skyline likely springs to mind. The best way to soak in this view is by strolling along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade! Facing Victoria Harbour, this tourist attraction sits right outside the K11 MUSEA shopping mall. Pay homage to film legends like Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. With different vibes during the day and night, it’s a great idea to visit at both times for Instagram-worthy shots.

Cost: $
Where: Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon

Big Buddha

the big buddha lantau hong kong

One of the most iconic tourist spot in Hong Kong is the Big Buddha. Standing atop a mountain on Lantau Island, this historical treasure is accessible via the scenic Ngong Ping 360 gondola ride. Walk up to this majestic bronze statue, and explore the serene Po Lin Monastery nearby, followed by a tasty vegetarian lunch break. Stroll through Ngong Ping Village for unique souvenirs, and cap your adventure with a visit to Tai O Fishing Village for a complete Lantau Island experience.

Cost: $
Where: Ngong Ping, Lantau Island

Chi Lin Nunnery & Nan Lian Garden

chi lin nunnery hong kong

Escape the city buzz at Chi Lin Nunnery, a historic Buddhist sanctuary built in the Tang dynasty. Admire its wooden architecture without a single nail. Wander through the adjacent Nan Lian Garden, a picturesque spot of tranquillity. Complete your spiritual journey with a visit to the nearby Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple, famous for granting wishes with its unique kau chim (lottery poetry) practice.

Cost: $
Where: 5 Chi Lin Dr, Sheung Yuen Leng, Diamond Hill, Kowloon

Man Mo Temple

man mo temple sheung wan

For a moment of peacefulness in the hustle of the city, head to Man Mo Temple in Sheung Wan. Explore the mesmerizing incense-filled halls dedicated to the God of Literature and the God of War. Visit also the adjoining Lit Shing Kung and Kung Sor, integral parts of this Grade I Historic Building on Hollywood Road.

Cost: $
Where: 124-126 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island

Symphony of Lights

symphony of lights hong kong

In the evening, don’t miss the mesmerizing Symphony of Lights show, which illuminates the harbor every night at 8pm. This 10-minute light show features more than 40 buildings decked out with lights, lasers, and LED screens. For the best view, head to the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront promenade, right next to the Cultural Centre and Avenue of Stars. Enjoy the show and its harmonious music composed specifically for this event. Arrive early to secure a spot for this world-record spectacle, as it can get crowded especially on weekends.

Cost: $
Where: Both sides of Victoria Harbour

Tai O Fishing Village

tai o fishing village hong kong

Known as the “Venice of Hong Kong,” Tai O is a quaint village offering picturesque stilt houses where the Tanka community lives. Try traditional delicacies like shrimp paste, and take a boat tour through the village’s waterways. If you’re lucky, visit the Tai O Lantern Festival in autumn or the Dragon Boat Water Parade in June to experience the festive spirit.

Cost: $$-$$$
Where: Tai O, Lantau Island

Watch Pink Dolphins

pink dolphins hong kong
Watch (Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins in Hong Kong © HK Dolphin Watch)

Watching pink dolphins in Hong Kong is a unique and unforgettable experience that showcases the city’s natural wonders. These rare and captivating mammals, known as Chinese white dolphins, gracefully swim around Lantau Island. While there are tours that can be taken from Tai O for around 20 HKD with various companies, you will need to be lucky to spot them, as it’s not guaranteed by the operators.

An alternative is to book a tour with Hong Kong DolphinWatch, which offers eco-friendly tours to observe the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, with a go-again guarantee in case dolphins can’t be seen. The current cost is HK$580 per person, HK$380 per child under 12. They offer tours on Sundays, and you can even charter the entire boat for a personalised experience. Departure from Tung Chung.

Cost: $$
Where: Various tours from Tai O, but spotting dolphins is not guaranteed; alternatively, you can choose Hong Kong DolphinWatch, which offers a go-again guarantee with departure from Tung Chung New Development Pier.

Victoria Peak

victoria peak

The Peak is another must-visit tourist hotspot in Hong Kong, offering the best skyline view from its highest point. Take the historic Peak Tram to reach the top, then enjoy the view from the observation deck. For a different perspective, take a leisurely stroll along the Peak Circle Walk, beginning at Lugard Road. If time allows, hike to Victoria Peak Garden for its charming pagodas and panoramic views.

Cost: $
Where: The Peak, Hong Kong Island

What To Do

Hong Kong Disneyland

hong kong disneyland

Step into a fairytale at Hong Kong Disneyland, the first Disneyland in Asia outside Japan! Hop on its dedicated MTR resort line from Sunny Bay Station, and enter a realm of adventure with seven themed lands, including the world’s first World of Frozen. After a day of enchanting shows, thrilling rides, and meeting your favourite Disney characters, complete your journey at the Castle of Magical Dreams and enjoy the ‘Momentous’ Nighttime Spectacular, featuring a mesmerizing fireworks display.

Cost: $$$
Where: Lantau Island

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Ocean Park

ocean park hong kong

The city’s beloved marine-themed park holds many locals’ cherished childhood memories! Whether it’s feeling the rush on rides like the Wild Twister, visiting national treasures at the Giant Panda Adventure, immersing yourself in the Grand Aquarium, or making a splash at Water World, you’ll find it all here. Soak in the stunning ocean view on the cable car when you visit. Ocean Park promises a fun-filled family day out!

Cost: $$$
Where: 180 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong Island

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Aqualuna Cruise

aqualuna cruise

Hop aboard the Aqualuna Cruise for a quintessential Hong Kong experience. Enjoy the city’s iconic skyline sights on a traditional red-sail junk boat. Choose from evening, afternoon tea, or the special Symphony of Lights Cruise. As the city lights up, relax with a complimentary beverage and capture the mesmerizing views. Pro tip: Board early for prime seating!

Cost: $$$
Where: Tsim Sha Tsui Pier, Kowloon

Hong Kong Tramways (Ding ding)

hong kong tramways

This city has plenty of unique transportation. Exclusively on Hong Kong Island, the trams, or as locals call them, ‘Ding Ding’, are the best way for sightseeing and hopping between neighbourhoods like Sheung Wan and Wan Chai. From Shau Kei Wan to Kennedy Town, these historic double-deckers offer a leisurely, budget-friendly way to soak in the buzzing city views at a delightful pace. Opt for an air-conditioned one on hot days for a breezy ride. Learn about the history of this iconic transportation in our cultural guide.

Cost: $
Where: Running from Shau Kei Wan to Kennedy Town on Hong Kong island

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Star Ferry

Star Ferry Hong Kong

Live like a local and catch a ride on the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour, soaking in the stunning Hong Kong skyline. Operating around the clock until midnight, it’s one of the city’s most affordable and relaxing modes of transportation. We encourage you to get on both the upper and lower decks, as well as day and night rides, to experience the different vibes.

Cost: $
Where: Tsim Sha Tsui Pier to Central Pier

Lamma Island

lamma island hong kong

Looking for a laid-back island experience? Head to Lamma Island for a change of pace. Just a 30-minute ferry ride from Central, feast on garlic scallops and juicy prawns at Lamma Rainbow, explore vibrant local markets, and relax in waterfront bars. Rent a bike to explore scenic trails, hit the beaches, and don’t miss the chance to enjoy stunning sunset ocean views. Check out our guide about outlying islands in Hong Kong.

Cost: $
Where: Lamma Island

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Dragon’s Back

dragon's back hong kong

Not a normal tourist activities, but you won’t regret lacing up your hiking boots for the Dragon’s Back trail! Starting with a scenic bus ride from Shau Kei Wan Station, this 3.1-mile hike offers stunning vistas of Junk Bay and Tai Tam Bay. Push yourself to the peak, then enjoy a serene walk down to Big Wave Beach. This moderate hike explores another side of Hong Kong and is suitable for all levels.

Cost: $
Where: Shek O Country Park, Hong Kong Island

Lion Rock

lion rock hong kong

Lion Rock holds a special place in locals’ hearts, where the Lion Rock Spirit symbolizes the perseverance of Hong Kongers during the last few decades of the city transformations. The best way to explore is simply take a hike! This 2.5 hours hike, starting at Lion Rock Country Park, leads you through steep paths to a panoramic cityscape at the peak. For an easier ascent, grab a Uber/taxi halfway up! Our hiking guide also explore other beginner-friendly trails in the city.

Cost: $
Where: Chuk Yuen Road, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon

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Sai Kung

Sai Kung

For a change of pace from Hong Kong’s city buzz, head to Sai Kung for a day of nature and adventure. Here, you’ll find various hiking trails, with Tai Long Wan being a local favorite for its scenic beaches. Alternatively, take a tour to explore Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, where you can witness extraordinary volcanic rock columns, mangroves, coral communities, and well-preserved Hakka walled villages, fishing villages, and historical relics such as temples.

Cost: $$
Where: Sai Kung, New Territories

M+ Museum

For artsy fellows out there, M+ Museum stands out as Asia’s first museum dedicated to contemporary visual culture. Its 33 galleries showcase a variety of modern art, design, and interactive exhibits, including works by Yayoi Kusama. Spend a full day exploring the neighbouring West Kowloon Cultural District – relax with views of Victoria Harbour in the Art Park, enjoy live performances at Freespace, and delve into Chinese traditional opera at the Xiqu Centre. Head to our must-see guide for the latest art exhibitions around the city.

Cost: $$
Where: West Kowloon Cultural District, 38 Museum Drive, Kowloon

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Social Media Hotspots

choi hung estate hong kong

When visiting Hong Kong, check out the city’s social media hotspots. Check out the photogenic urban jungle at Quarry Bay’s Monster Building, Choi Hung Estate’s rainbow basketball courts, or the breathtaking sunset at Sai Wan Swimming Shed. While chasing those likes, remember to be mindful and respectful of the locals living in these residential areas.

Cost: $
Where: All across Hong Kong

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Catch a Festival

fire dragon lee tung avenue mid autumn festival

With festivals year-round, why not catch one when you visit? Don’t miss the fun at the Chinese New Year Parade in January, the International Film Festival in March, or the energetic race at the Dragon Boat Carnival in June. September’s Hungry Ghost Festival and the New Year’s Eve celebrations are also must-see events, each promising a unique cultural experience and a glimpse into the city’s rich traditions.

Cost: $-$$$$
Where: All across Hong Kong

Macau Day Trip

cotai macau casinos

Take a break from Hong Kong and jet off to Macau for the day! Known as Asia’s gambling haven ‘Las Vegas of Asia,’, Macau is more than just casinos. It’s a delightful mix of Chinese and Portuguese heritage, just a ferry or bus ride away. Plus, if you’re lucky, you might be able to catch a concert by Blackpink, Bruno Mars and more. Whether you’re a gambler or not, Macau offers a fascinating, one-of-a-kind adventure.

Cost: $-$$$$
Where: Macau

Happy Valley Racecourse

happy valley racecourse

On Wednesdays, head to Happy Valley Racecourse for thrilling fun! In the evening, join the crowd for electrifying horse races, with bets starting as low as HK$10. The excitement extends beyond the track – enjoy live bands, tasty eats, and chill in the beer garden. It’s a must-do mid-week racing tradition! Check out our guide to learn more.

Cost: $
Where: Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island

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Lan Kwai Fong

lan kwai fong hong kong

For a night to remember, visit Hong Kong’s epicenter of nightlife – Lan Kwai Fong. This bustling district, close to the financial hub of Central, is famed for its exhilarating atmosphere, brimming with lively bars and clubs. While there, take a stroll through Soho, ride the world’s longest outdoor covered escalator, and explore the award-winning restaurants and bars for an unforgettable night out.

Cost: $$$
Where: 1 Lan Kwai Fong, Central

What To Eat & Drink

Dim Sum

dim sum hong kong food

Hong Kong is one of the best place to get authentic yum cha experience. There are over 1,000 varieties of dim sum, i.e. small-plate Chinese foods, out there, and the classics include: siu mai (pork, shrimp and mushroom dumpling), char siu bao (steamed or baked Barbecued pork buns), har gow(Shrimp dumplings) and dan taat (Egg tarts). While you can find many places in Hong Kong that serves dim sum, head to Tim Ho Wan for Michelin-starred dining on a budget, the classic Luk Yu Tea House, or the chic Duddell’s.

Cost: $$-$$$$
Where: All across Hong Kong

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Cha Chaang Teng

cha chaang teng hong kong

Another must-visit in Hong Kong is a Cha Chaan Teng, where you can savour the city’s original cafe culture. With varying offerings at each, be sure to try classics like Hong Kong Milk Tea, Pineapple buns, and egg tarts. Don’t know where to start? Head to the Australian Dairy Company for heavenly scrambled eggs, Lan Fong Yuen for traditional silky milk tea, and Kam Wah Cafe for their famous “bo lo” pineapple buns.

Cost: $$-$$$
Where: All across Hong Kong

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Street Food

ladies market mong kok hong kong

Hong Kong’s streets are a foodie’s paradise, especially in areas like Mong Kok, Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui. Make sure you came hungry – these street stalls serve up cheap delights like sugary cane juice, crispy stinky tofu, siu mai and curry fish balls, silky smooth cheung fun (rice noodle rolls), hearty beef offal, and deliciously stuffed eggplant, tofu, and bell peppers, which also known as Three stuffed treasures.

Cost: $$
Where: All across Hong Kong

Noodles

wonton noodles hong kong

Noodles is the second staple in many local’s diet. It is hard to run out of noodle options in Hong Kong – from cart nNoodles are a staple in many locals’ diets in Hong Kong, where you’ll never run out of options. From cart noodles and wonton noodles to beef brisket noodles, chow mein (pan-fried noodles), lo mein (dry-stirred noodles), and mixian (rice noodles), the city’s numerous noodle stalls serve a variety of specialties. Not sure where to begin? Check out our Cantonese restaurant guide for some tasty insights.

Cost: $$-$$$
Where: All across Hong Kong

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Afternoon Tea

Peninsula afternoon tea hong kong

As a British tradtion passed down from the colonial days, enjoy a classic afternoon tea with a variety of pastries, scone, and pair with a cup of tea. While many hotels and restaurants offer afternoon tea, many people visit The Lobby at The Peninsula Hotel for a taste of old colonial charm. Not only the opulence of the Lobby reminds of the colonial history, when coupled with a live band, classic columns, and twinkling chandeliers, it defines the timeless luxury.

Cost: $$$
Where: The Peninsula Hotel, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Bars (Of All Kinds)

bars hong kong

For those who love to have a drink or two, whether it’s whiskey, wine, beer, or cocktails, exploring Hong Kong’s vibrant drinking culture is a must-do. Check out famous spots like Coa, Argo, and Quinary to see why they consistently top international award lists. From dive bars to rooftop bars, visiting one is essential to toast the city’s nightlife. Check out our constantly updated guide for the newest bars.

Cost: $$-$$$$
Where: All across Hong Kong

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Where To Shop

Antique Street & Cat Street

cat street antique street sheung wan

Take a leisure walk while finding hidden gems on Antique Street and Cat Street in Sheung Wan. Whether it’s historical Chinese coins or cultural memorabilia you’re after, these streets in Sheung Wan offer fascinating antiques and collectibles. Don’t forget to bargain for the best deals on your unique vintage finds!

Cost: $$-$$$$
Where: Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island

Outlet Malls

outlet malls hong kong

We all love a good deal! Score discounted high-end brands at Florentia Village, Citygate Outlets, and Horizon Plaza, while Sneakers Street in Mong Kok and Camel Paint Building in Kwun Tong houses sportswear and sneaker brands. Shop til’ you drop without breaking your wallet!

Cost: $$-$$$$
Where: Across Hong Kong

Shopping Malls

shopping malls hong kong

Often regarded as a shopping paradise, Hong Kong offers various retail therapy options for everyone. Explore the lively stalls of Ladies’ Market for unique finds or indulge in upscale shopping malls at Harbour City. Whether you’re on a hunt for souvenirs at Stanley Market or seeking the latest street trends in Causeway Bay, you will never run out of shopping options here.

Cost: $$-$$$$
Where: All across Hong Kong

Temple Street

temple street night market hong kong

If you love the buzzing energy of night markets, Temple Street is the place for you! Stretching from Jordan Road to Nanking Street, this night market was revamped in December 2023 and is now open daily from 2 pm to 11 pm for six months. A variety of stalls offer everything from irresistibly delicious street food to classic souvenirs and trendy electronics.

Cost: $$
Where: Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon

Looking for more things to do in the city, have a look at the following guides:

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