Hong Kong has long been synonymous with shopping bargains and touring for people visiting Asia. However, for those familiar with Hong Kong, they know that HK is not all about hauling out the credit cards and testing your bargaining skills. It is also home to many exciting and truly splendid spots to visit and spend leisurely days at exploring and just generally having fun. Here are our top picks for tourist spots to visit in Hong Kong:
This delightful garden is the favorite gathering place of Hong Kong’s songbird owners and sellers, who carry their brilliantly plumed pets around in intricately carved cages. All kinds of beautiful birds can be seen here, as well as a host of stores selling traditional bird-keeping paraphernalia. The market is located on Yuen Po Street in Mong Kok.
One of Hong Kong’s most colorful street markets, the Flower Market is a jungle of exotic blossoms, luck-bringing houseplants and sweet scents. You’ll find this botanical treat on Flower Market Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon.
Aquariums are believed to bring luck and natural beauty to many living rooms in Hong Kong. This specialist market is the preferred source for goldfish of every shape and hue, as well as tanks and aquatic ornaments. Head for Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon.
Collectors and jade lovers gather at this unique market, where small stalls display everything from rare and valuable jade carvings to small and inexpensive trinkets. They make great gifts for friends and loved ones. If you are purchasing jade of significant value, it is advisable to go with someone who is an expert. You’ll find the Jade Market at the junction of Kansu and Battery streets in Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon.
Situated high above Hong Kong Island on the location descriptively known as the ‘back of the Dragon’, Victoria Peak is Hong Kong’s primary and most popular tourist attraction, providing views of the magnificent harbor and cityscape. No visit to Hong Kong is ever complete without first having visited Victoria Peak, or as it is more commonly called, “The Peak.”
Nestled high above Hong Kong Island on the ‘back of the Dragon’, Victoria Peak is Hong Kong’s premier visitor attraction, providing magnificent harbor and city views.
The best time to come here is at late afternoon so you may be able to experience the dazzling panorama of Hong Kong Island, the harbor, Kowloon and the hills beyond.
Give it a few hours and you can take in the spellbinding, neon-dotted skyline by night. There are also a whole lot of entertainment, shopping and dining options to choose from at the Peak for those out to get more than just beautiful scenery.
Visitors never fail to be enthralled by the very beautiful scenery afforded them from the vantage point of Victoria Peak particularly those who get to arrive in the late afternoon just before dusk. Neon dotted skylines with the distant sound of gently lapping water gives that atmosphere of relaxation and omnipotence as you stand looking down into the busy, but distant city center.
For really stunning views, walk around The Peak and take in the spectacular Hong Kong skyline, the world-famous Victoria Harbor and Kowloon. Best views can be enjoyed from the Lions Pavilion, adjacent to the Peak Tram or the Lugard Road lookout – about a 15-minute walk from the Peak Station – offering striking 270-degree views of the surroundings.
But that peace doesn’t necessarily mean that conveniences are also far away. The Peak also offers visitors a multitude of fantastic entertainment, dining and shopping options at The Peak Tower, which is just a few steps away from the look-out points.
The unique “wok” shaped tower sits at an elevation of 396 meters. Viewing terraces located on different levels of the tower offer spectacular views of the Hong Kong and Kowloon skylines, including Victoria Harbor.
A whole slew of retail and dining options is housed in the Peak Tower and Peak Galleria. And let’s not forget dining. There are several mouth-watering options on the Peak, including Cafe Deco and Movenpick Marche Restaurant. All impress hungry visitors with their international menus and outstanding views.
Then, rub shoulders with the famous at world-renowned Madame Tussauds wax portraits museum. With around 100 astoundingly life-like wax figures means getting up close and personal with Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger has never been easier.
The best way to get to the top is via the Peak Tram, a railway that carves a steep 373-meter ribbon up the lush mountainside. The tram has been in operation since 1888, and once competed with sedan chairs as the most popular mode of transport on the way up.
Visitors are encouraged to try to get seats at the front of the tram on the right-hand side for the journey skyward. The only way to describe the views from this vantage point is “simply awesome”.
Primarily a well-to-do residential area, sun-drenched Repulse Bay has a relaxed resort-like atmosphere with the wide, wave-lapped beach being popular with locals and visitors alike. A perfect place to spend lazy afternoons with lazy strolls on the shore or enjoy a dip, Repulse Bay is also located close to several interesting sights within walking distance.
Such places are the ornate Life Guard Club which is an example of traditional Chinese architecture and its gardens dominated by the towering twin statues of Kwun Yum and Tin Hau, both protectors of fishermen.
No visit to Hong Kong is ever complete without spending a fun-filled day at Ocean Park. One of Southeast Asia’a largest oceanariums and one of the most popular theme parks in the region, Ocean Park tops the itinerary of every visitor in Hong Kong particularly those who are traveling with their children.
Fairground type rides, dolphin shows, scenic cable cars, sea lions, magnificent shopping, great dining and so much more are just a few reasons why Ocean Park remains among the top attractions of Hong Kong.
Ocean Park is divided into two main sections: the Lowland and the Headland which are connected by a 1.5 kilometer cable car system which affords visitors splendid panoramic views of the southern side of Hong Kong’s and the South China Sea.
Home to the park’s most adored attractions – the giant pandas An An and Jia Jia. The animals live happily in a 2,000-square-meter enclosure designed to closely resemble the natural habitat of giant pandas in the wild. The project provides an excellent opportunity for the public to learn more about this endangered species, the survival problems they face and how they can be saved from extinction.
Here, visitors journey under water at the Atoll Reef to discover more than 250 kinds and 2,000 fish, including an 80-year-old, 1.8-meter-long giant grouper can be seen. The Atoll Reef also boasts the largest number of Giant Napoleon fish to be found in any aquarium in the world. The Shark Aquarium also attracts visitors eager to view these magnificent, if not intimidating predators.
The young and the young at heart can’t wait to jump on Ocean Park’s Headland Rides. The Dragon is Hong Kong’s largest rollercoaster that flips riders at super high speeds through loops, twists and turns for the ride of a lifetime. The Abyss is another thrill ride that never fails to elicit screams and giddy thrills as passengers are slowly taken up before being dropped into a “free fall” that makes the 3 seconds of descent inspire visions of lifetimes passing before your eyes.
The Flying Swing lifts the daring as high as seven meters in a gyrating wave-like motion. Adventure Land is another place for high-octane thrills. You can ride down the Raging River in a boat, navigating through swirling and narrow ravines.
One of Southeast Asia’s largest oceanariums and theme parks, Ocean Park enjoys top post in the itinerary of many visitors to Hong Kong – especially those with children. It is recommended that you set aside a whole day for this to see and enjoy everything the Park has to offer. There are funfair rides and dolphin shows, scenic cable cars and sea lions, magnificent shopping, great dining and so much more.
The Lowland Gardens are also a must-see, featuring the park’s most adored attractions – the giant pandas An An and Jia Jia. The animals live happily in a 2,000-square-metre habitat that closely resembles the natural living conditions of giant pandas in the wild. The project provides an excellent opportunity for the public to learn more about this endangered species, the survival problems they face and how they can be saved from extinction.
The undersea world and its inhabitants are the main feature at Marine Land. Here visitors journey under water at the Atoll Reef to discover more than 250 kinds and 2,000 fish, including an 80-year-old, 1.8-meter-long giant grouper can be seen swimming among the other reef residents. The Atoll Reef also boasts the largest number of Giant Napoleon fish to be found in any aquarium in the world.
The young and the young at heart can’t wait to jump on Ocean Park’s Headland Rides. The Dragon is Hong Kong’s largest rollercoaster that flips riders at super high speeds through loops, twists and turns. The Flying Swing lifts the daring as high as seven meters in a gyrating wave-like motion. Adventure Land is another place for high-octane thrills. You can ride down the Raging River in a boat, navigating through swirling and narrow ravines.
For those aspiring to be astronauts, try out one of their training rides, the hair-raising Space Wheel. There’s also the Mine Train, Ocean Park’s newest ride with 678 meters of twisting, climbing and dipping exhilaration – definitely not for the faint of heart.
Join the Ocean Park Citybus Tour at Admiralty MTR Station or from the Star Ferry Pier in Central (HK$209 for adult; HK$105 for children). This tour package includes admission to the park and round trip transportation. Alternatively, one can opt for public transportation. Alight at bus stops after the Aberdeen Tunnel.
Temple Street Night Market
Hong Kong’s most famous open-air market comes to life at dusk, with a bustling array of stalls selling everything from watches and leather ware to clothing and souvenirs. Other attractions include fortune-tellers and occasionally, Cantonese opera singers. Temple Street is in Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon.
Kowloon’s most popular daylong street market is devoted to anyone with an eye for bargain-priced clothing, toys, cosmetics and household knick-knacks. The stalls making up this enjoyable market can be found on Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon.
The historic fishing lanes of Stanley on Hong Kong Island’s picturesque southern coast are packed with vendors selling Chinese artwork, silk collectibles, clothing and curios a plenty. This most adored of all Hong Kong’s open-air shopping options is on Stanley Market Road.