Whether you’re just visiting or simply looking to appreciate the city where you live, these are the best sightseeing spots to visit. From Victoria Peak and the Hong Kong Observation Wheel to the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower and the beautiful Stanley Market, we've got plenty for you to consider. And if you’re staring at the screen screaming at a perceived glaring omission, relax. Take a breath. Chances are we’ve got it in our guide to Hong Kong attractions.
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The best sightseeing spots in Hong Kong
An obvious one, but a must-see all the same. Victoria Peak provides views of one of the world's most famous skylines. Get there via the Peak Tram for the ultimate experience, provided you can take the queue. If you need to eat or drink while at the top, The Peak Galleria is there to satisfy your needs.
The iconic/infamous Tsim Sha Tsui landmark is home to many ethnic minorities, asylum seekers and backpackers travelling in and out of Hong Kong. Though it used to have a certain reputation for being an especially dodgy area, it has since evolved into a hub for decent food, particularly for South Asian and African cuisine, and for budget accommodation. The mall inside the building complex is a good spot to grab cheap electronics and phone cards.
Okay, it’s no London Eye, but the Hong Kong Observation Wheel does still provide stunning views of Victoria Harbour and Central. Each gondola on the 60-metre-high Ferris Wheel is equipped with high-speed WiFi so you can share those spectacular shots of Hong Kong straight away. Air-conditioned in the summer and heated during winter, the ride takes around 30 minutes, providing ample opportunity to get your snaps of the city, whether during the day or at night. Combine with the Star Ferry and Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower for a convenient triple header.
Plenty of bargains to be found in this beautiful seaside market, not to mention, weird and wonderful souvenirs. Fuel up from the shopping at one of the many waterfront restaurants like the Boathouse or at high-end cuisine at Stanley Plaza. Make a detour to the colonial Murray House while you’re there, a popular photo shoot spot for Hongkongers.
The historic clock tower, built in 1915 and part of the sadly demolished Kowloon-Canton Railway terminus, is one of the most famous buildings in Tsim Sha Tsui. A declared monument, the 44-metra tall red brick and granite tower is a reminder of times past and makes for a fantastic photo-op with Victoria Harbour in the background.
A quiet gem in ever-busy Mong Kok, Yuen Po Street, aka Bird Street, is decorated in the form of a traditional Chinese garden. Admired for its traditional décor and the delightful chirps of its many songbirds, the area is a blissful escape from the surrounding concrete jungle.