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The 63 most incredible things to do in Hong Kong

Your ultimate Hong Kong bucket list

Jenny Leung
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Jenny Leung

We don't like to brag (ok, maybe just a little), but Hong Kong is truly one of the most unique places to visit in the world. From vibrant street art to world-class exhibitions; classic street food to hot new restaurants; architectural feats to secluded islands – our tightly-packed city has it all. 

Whether you're visiting Hong Kong for the first time or a long-time resident looking for plans on the weekend, we're here to help you experience all that our city has to offer. So here it is, our ultimate Hong Kong bucket list, personally handpicked and compiled by us with all the things we reckon you should eat, drink, and do at least once in Hong Kong. 

And since there are some pretty amazing stuff to do in town all year round, our list is constantly changing. Bookmark this page so you don't miss out!

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The best things to do in Hong Kong

1. Eat dim sum at one of Hong Kong's oldest restaurants

What is it? Known for serving dim sum on old-school trolleys, Lin Heung Lau is a historic tea house that has been in our city for over 100 years.

Why go? Lin Heung Tea House has weathered its fair share of challenges over the years. After its closure in 2019 due to lease issues and its eventual shutdown in 2022 as a result of the pandemic, the iconic establishment reopened its doors in April 2024 to once again offer tea and dim sum to patrons.

Don't miss: The new hand-shaken drink offering from their ground floor space, with sips such as citrus lemon phoenix oolong and milk foam teas on the menu.

  • Things to do
  • Peng Chau

What is it? Along Wing On Street on Peng Chau island sits an out-of-use leather factory that has been transformed into an artistic space open to the public.

Why go? There's so much to explore inside this eccentric artsy junkyard, with graffiti, sculptures, installations, and artworks that regularly change – so you'll discover something new all the time.

Don't miss: Your chance to explore the rest of the island of Peng Chau! From small cafes and boutique stores to its beautiful beaches, you can easily spend a day out on this tiny island.

  • Restaurants
  • Chinese

What is it? A quintessential Hong Kong food experience, a dai pai dong is a type of no-frills, open-air eatery that's loved by locals for its cheap prices and hot-off-the-wok flavours.

Why go? Dai pai dongs are an increasingly rare sight due to licensing issues, so make sure you visit them while you still can. Aside from the food, dai pai dongs are all about the atmosphere. There's just something about eating out on the street with buzzing crowd noises that make this whole experience all the more unique.

Don't miss: Sing Kee, Ladies' Street Sik Faan, and Oi Man Sang are among some of our favourite places to hit up. See our full list of the best dai pai dongs in Hong Kong.

  • Attractions
  • Ships and boats
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

What is it? Historic (and super cheap) transportation taking locals between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. 

Why go? Get the best views of the iconic Hong Kong skyline along Victoria Harbour (we’re talking about that same shot of Hong Kong you see in every Hollywood movie featuring the city). It’s one of the cheapest and most pleasant modes of transport in the city. 

Don’t miss: While the lower deck is closer to the water, the upper deck offers far better views of the waterfront. Hop on both day and night for two different but equally impressive views.

  • Attractions
  • Sai Kung

What is it? Yim Tin Tsai is home to one of Hong Kong's only salt pans.

Why go? The island is filled with history. Aside from joining guided tours to the salt pans and learning about salt farming, you can also head to the Yim Tin Tsai Heritage Exhibition Centre where there's a modest collection of historical artefacts telling the island's unique history. 

Don’t miss: The numerous large-scale art installations dotted around the island from the annual Sai Kung Hoi Arts Festival.

  • Bars and pubs

What is it? Hong Kong is home to a bundle of bars perched high up on the rooftops of skyscrapers, where you can drink and dine while looking out at the city's legendary skyline.

Why go? Whether you're looking to unwind after a long day, socialise with friends, or impress a date, a rooftop bar in Hong Kong provides an elevated setting that combines stunning views, a laidback yet trendy ambience, and quality sips.

Don't miss: If you're on the Hong Kong Island side, Cardinal Point provides one of the best vantage points to see the city's skyline and harbour in Central. Alternatively, head to Aqua in Tsim Sha Tsui, which boasts two expansive outdoor terraces where patrons can sip on sundowners; or Ozone, the world's highest bars.

  • Art
  • West Kowloon

What is it? M+ is Hong Kong's largest museum of visual culture located in the West Kowloon Cultural District.

Why go? The building features a slew of artworks by local and international artists across its 33 galleries, as well as the M+ Shop and The Other Shop where visitors can get their hands on various artsy merchandise. 

Don't miss: The M+ cinema, where visitors can watch feature films, documentaries, restored classics, and more.

8. Experience riding the 'ding ding'

What is it? Affectionately known as the 'ding-ding' (because they have bells that ring rather than a car horn), Hong Kong trams are a city icon and the method of public transport that best retains an old-school feel – where you get on at the back and pay by the driver as you exit at the front. 

Why go? Trams are a super affordable way to tour around Hong Kong Island, where you can catch city sights from Shau Kei Wan all the way to Kennedy Town.

Don’t miss: The air-conditioned fleet of trams, which makes all the difference on a hot summer’s day. 


9. Try some stinky tofu at a street food stall

What is it? An unassuming local food stall that sells various traditional street food and more notably, stinky tofu.

Why go? Despite the pungent smell of stinky tofu, thanks to its mix of tofu and fermented milk, meat, and fish that’s deep fried, it’s a beloved local delicacy. It tastes better than it smells but it remains a love-it-or-hate-it affair. It’s worth giving it a try when you’re in town.

Don’t miss: Pair the dish with some sweet sauce and chilli sauce like a true Hongkonger. And if all else fails, there are plenty more street food classics you can go for, such as fishballs, siu mai, imitation shark's fin soup, and more.

  • Things to do
  • Causeway Bay

What is it? With more than 100 years of history, the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance is a Mid-Autumn Festival tradition that commemorates the triumph over a plague that once broke out in Tai Hang in 1880.

Why go? It's quite the spectacle. Spanning 67 metres and meticulously crafted using thousands of incense sticks, the magnificent dragon is paraded through the streets of Tai Hang by hundreds of performers. In fact, it's so impressive that it was inscribed onto the third national list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2011.

Don't miss: The Tai Hang Fire Dragon Heritage Centre, where you can learn about the craft and history of fire dragon-making. Better yet, take a look at our neighbourhood guide to Tai Hang.

  • Bars and pubs

What is it? Hong Kong is home to an abundance of themed bars that are intentionally hidden from plain sight while offering exquisite drinking experiences.

Why go? While it's hard for any 'hidden' bar to remain truly hidden, these watering holes serve expertly crafted drinks and offer a chance for city dwellers to ditch the over-crowded bars for something a little more on the down-low.

Don't miss: 001! It's Hong Kong's very first hidden bar, relocated inside the historic Tai Kwun compound. 

Discover more speakeasy-style and hidden bars in Hong Kong.

  • Hotels
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

What is it? The lobby of Hong Kong’s oldest and most prestigious hotel serves up a cracking traditional afternoon tea.

Why go? Sip and nibble British scones and luxury finger food while a string quartet plays in the background. There’s no better way to take in the splendour and decor of the famous five-star hotel.

Don’t miss: The hotel’s signature traditional rich hot chocolate is a must-try. Made with milk and dark chocolate as well as cocoa powder, every sip is a luxury and well worth the trip to hectic Tsim Sha Tsui.


13. Get your rave on at Clockenflap

What is it? Hong Kong’s answer to Coachella and Glastonbury, Clockenflap is the city’s biggest music and arts festival that takes place over a weekend with a world-class line-up. 

Why go? There’s no other music fest that boasts a locale quite like Clockenflap. With the Hong Kong city skyline as backdrop, catch a whole host of international acts and bands on different stages. Past headliners have included Arctic Monkeys, Wu-Tang Clan, Yoasobi, Massive Attack, Khalid, Stormzy, The Prodigy, and many more.

Don’t miss: Apart from music acts, there are also various activities – ranging from meditation to silent discos – for you to kill some time before your favourite act comes on.  

14. Go mural hunting in Sheung Wan

What is it? Thanks to street art initiatives like HKwalls, Sheung Wan is just as bustling as it is colourful with numerous murals dotted throughout the neighbourhood.

Why go? You'll get to see the works of artists from all across the globe within steps of each other! Murals also get worn down (sadly) easily, so it's best to visit while it still has that fresh coat of paint!

Don't miss: Square Street at Tai Ping Shan. This area is particularly concentrated with murals from HKwalls 2023, including a stunning piece by LA-based artist Lauren YS and a massive mural by California-based artist Jurne at Rich View Terrace.

Here's our pick of the best street art and graffiti to see in Hong Kong.

  • Restaurants
  • Chinese

What is it? 'Yum cha', which means drinking tea in Cantonese, is a huge part of Hong Kong's dining culture, where dim sum – little bite-sized portions of food – are served in bamboo steamers or on small plates. 

Why go? From your classics like har gow and siu mai to something a little more daring like chicken feet, you can sample all kinds of flavours within one single meal. The menu also varies depending on the restaurant, so your dim sum choices are endless!

Don't miss: Get your fill of dim sum at The Kitin, a beautiful Cantonese restaurant on the 101st floor of ICC (so expect sweeping views of the city); or go local with baskets of dim sum at Dim Dim Sum and Sun Hing Restaurant.

Looking for more options? Here's our pick of the best places to get dim sum in Hong Kong.

  • Attractions
  • Shenzhen

What is it? One of over 250 outlying islands in the Hong Kong territory, Tung Ping Chau is a UNESCO-listed site where you can hike, climb, and swim for the day.

Why go? The island is known for its multi-layered, exceptionally photogenic landscape and incredible wave-cut rock platforms that litter the island’s shores. You can tackle the cliffs or hike the 6km looping Peng Chau Country Trail.

Don’t miss: Catch the jaw-dropping view of sunrise and the unpolluted starry skies if you decide to go camping overnight.

  • Attractions
  • Central

What is it? The Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens is the oldest park in Hong Kong.

Why go? Aside from the peacefulness that's ideal for a quiet stroll in the city, there are also themed gardens with all sorts of plants and flowers to discover.

Don't miss: The incredible number of mammals, birds, and reptiles inside the gardens. Explore more with our handy guide to this beautiful urban oasis.

  • Things to do
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

What is it? Cup Noodles Museum Hong Kong is the very first branch of Nissin's famous Cupnoodles Museum outside of Japan.

Why go? You get to learn about the process of making instant ramen and design your very own cup noodles from the flavour and ingredients to the packaging.

Don't miss: Aside from workshops, visitors can also drop by the gift shop and browse through a variety of exclusive souvenirs, gift sets, and more. Rare Nissin-themed toys and collections are also on display at the shop.  

  • Attractions
  • Kowloon City

What is it? A Jiangnan-style Chinese garden that sits on the site of what was once the most densely populated and semi-lawless place in Hong Kong – Kowloon Walled City.

Why go? Aside from historical remains, the garden also boasts impressive water features, traditional Chinese pavilions, and lush greenery. 

Don’t miss: The stunning pond with a stone walking path that leads to the Lung Nam Pavilion. If you look closely enough, you'll find adorable little turtles swimming in the water. Follow our guide to explore the historic park

  • Things to do
  • Wong Tai Sin

What is it? Chi Lin Nunnery is a Tang Dynasty-style Buddhist complex located in Diamond Hill.

Why go? Its multiple water features – including a waterfall draped over its onsite restaurant – make it one of the most peaceful places in Hong Kong. We could spend an entire day here gazing at the lotus ponds and marvelling at the elegant wooden architecture and treasured Buddhist relics.

Don't miss: The adjacent Nan Lian Garden home to an unmissable red wooden bridge and a stunning gold octagonal pavilion.

See also: The best Chinese-style gardens to explore in Hong Kong

  • Art
  • Central

What is it? A massive independent art space repurposed from a 150-year-old police station in Central

Why go? The art hub consists of numerous heritage buildings, art galleries, and various quality bars and restaurants. Art lovers can catch world-class exhibitions and theatre performances, while foodies can feast on a range of eateries that incorporate innovative cooking with local culture and history of the site.

Don’t miss: The conservation efforts alone are worth a visit. There are still century-old prison cells as well as other features of the restored Central Police Station that remain.

  • Attractions
  • Sheung Wan

What is it? Also known as Cat Street, this open-air street market sells antiques, souvenirs, and various trinkets.

Why go? Delicate porcelain, Buddha sculptures, Maoist memorabilia, Ming dynasty ceramic horsemen, and even old movie posters are all up for grabs here. 

Don’t miss: Just steps away is the famous Man Mo Temple, one of the oldest temples in Hong Kong. Shop and then get spiritual at the atmospheric place of worship.  


23. Go pedal boating on Victoria Harbour

What is it? Rent a pedal boat at the Water Sports and Recreation Precinct near the New Wan Chai Ferry Pier. Over 20 two-seater and four-seater pedal boats are available.

Why go? It's a fun way to get in some light exercise while enjoying views of the harbour.

Don't miss: Nearby attractions such as HarbourChill, a themed harbourfront space, which often plays host to various pop-ups, art installations, photo spots, and more.

  • Attractions
  • Shek O

What is it? The Cape D’Aguilar Lighthouse was put into service in 1875 and is one of Hong Kong's oldest structures.

Why go? Located down at the southern tip of Shek O, the declared monument and its magnificent ocean views make for a stunning postcard-worthy photograph.

Don’t miss: Not too far from the lighthouse, behind The University of Hong Kong Swire Institute of Marine Science building, sits the 'Bones of Miss Willy', a set of whale skeletons put out on display. Another not-to-miss located nearby is the Crab Cave, a popular Instagram spot named after its distinctive arch shape that resembles a crab.

  • Attractions
  • Tai O

What is it? The little Venice of Hong Kong. Tai O is one of the city's last remaining stilt settlements, home to many stilt houses or traditional bamboo houses in the water supported by stone columns. 

Why go? It's perfect for those who need to get away from the city for just a little while. There are lots of street food stalls for you to try traditional snacks, along with hip cafes and small shops. Hop on a boat tour to view the stilt houses up close. 

Don’t miss: The sugar-dusted Chinese-style doughnuts from Tai O Bakery

  • Things to do
  • Tung Chung

What is it? One of the longest aerial cable car systems in Asia, the Ngong Ping 360 takes guests on a visually spectacular journey from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping.

Why go? You'll get fantastic views of Lantau Island, including the North Lantau Country Park, Tung Chung Bay, and the Hong Kong International Airport.

Don't miss: The Crystal+ cable cars, where all sides and bottom of the cabin are made of transparent tempered glass to provide a 360-degree view.

Explore more of Lantau Island with our ultimate guide.


27. Meet Guan Yin at the Tsz Shan Monastery

What is it? The monastery was built by Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing in a bid to bring Buddhism to the masses. 

Why go? The 500,000sq ft Buddhist compound features several grand halls, an art museum, sweeping gardens, and a ‘brilliance pond’. Matched with its natural environment, expansive sea view, and calm atmosphere, this sanctuary will definitely make your trek to Tai Po worthwhile.

Don't miss: The breathtaking sight of the 76m-tall steel-framed, bronze-forged white statue of Guan Yin (Goddess of Mercy, also known as Kwun Yum).

Before you visit, take a look at our extensive guide on things to do, bookings, guidelines, and more.

  • Things to do
  • Central

What is it? A 60-metre-tall Ferris wheel located by the Central Harbourfront. 

Why go? Whether you visit during the day or at night, you'll get equally breathtaking views of the city's skyline on both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.

Don't miss: Around the Ferris wheel are also other attractions such as a carousel, the AIA Vitality Hub offering free health and wellness classes for the public; as well as food and drink options. Depending on when you're visiting, there'll be different events held at the Event Space next door ranging from carnivals to outdoor cinema experiences.

  • Attractions
  • The Peak

What is it? The quickest and most picturesque way to get up to The Peak, Hong Kong’s Island’s highest point, rising 1,300 feet above sea level as it passes the city’s buildings at an almost impossible gradient. 

Why go? The historic Tram heaves itself up the steep incline continuously and gives passengers plenty of time to gape at the breathtaking views of the city. 

Don’t miss: The 10-metre-tall sculpture installed at the Peak Tram Central Terminus by Lindy Lee, an Australian artist of Chinese ancestry.

  • Sport and fitness
  • Kwai Chung

What is it? Hong Kong's first indoor sports venue that offers snow sports and surfing experiences under one roof.

Why go? It's catered for folks of all skill levels with slopes and obstacles made from a special material to mimic real snow. As for the surfing experience, the surfing machine is temperature-controlled, making it perfect for everyone from beginners to pros all year round.

Don't miss: Snow & Surf offers various classes and training sessions available where professional coaches will guide you through the steps. 


31. Venture into Hong Kong's 'back garden'

What is it? Sai Kung is a beautiful coastal town often referred to as Hong Kong's back garden.

Why go? Aside from its verdant surroundings and picturesque beaches, there are also plenty of laidback cafes, restaurants, and boutiques to explore.

Don’t miss: Catch the fish market action by the pier where folks can purchase fresh seafood straight from fishermen's boats.

  • Things to do
  • West Kowloon

What is it? A pet-friendly green space inside the West Kowloon Cultural District.

Why go? It's a prime spot for viewing Victoria Harbour and a great place for picnics. Even if packing your own food isn't your vibe, there are several eateries inside the park that you can opt for. Afterwards, rent a bike and ride around to burn off some calories. 

Don’t miss: The numerous art and culture programmes that take place throughout the year, including concerts, art performances, outdoor markets, and more.


33. Visit Hong Kong's biggest outdoor carnival

What is it? The AIA Carnival is the city's beloved outdoor fun fest that takes place at the Central Harbourfront Event Space every year.

Why go? This year's carnival features over 25 thrilling rides, 30 game stalls, food and drink vendors, and more than one million adorable stuffed toys for lucky winners to take home. It's the perfect weekend activity with friends and family.

Don't miss: The circus! Internationally renowned Gandeys Circus will be in town to entertain audiences with a 65-minute performance featuring motorbike riders from Kazakstan, clowns from Costa Rica, Acrobats from Kenya and Columbia, London showgirls, and more.

  • Things to do
  • Wong Tai Sin

What is it? One of Hong Kong’s biggest and busiest temples, Wong Tai Sin Temple is home to three religions – Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.

Why go? The temple complex boasts gorgeously ornamented buildings where visitors can soak in the atmosphere created by incense and prayers. It’s also the go-to place for worship or big celebrations such as Buddha’s birthday – if you don’t mind the crowds. 

Don’t miss: The fortune-telling ritual, aka 'kau chim', where you are to shake a bamboo cylinder containing various fortune sticks. The stick that falls out is the one that holds your fortune.

  • Things to do
  • Lantau Island

What is it? It’s Disneyland – the happiest place on Earth. Enough said. 

Why go? You can hit up all the popular rides, greet and take pics with your favourite Disney characters, catch amazing stage shows, and munch on all kinds of Disney-themed food. 

Don’t miss: The World of Frozen! It's the world's first and largest Frozen-themed land inspired by the beloved animated film franchise, bringing the enchanting world of Arendelle to life.

  • Things to do
  • Sha Tin

What is it? Also known as Monkey Hill, this country park is one of the earliest to open in Hong Kong.

Why go? The place is crawling with families of monkeys! You can find them in the trees, at nearby beaches, or simply hanging out by the road. These cheeky monkeys are adorable but try not to feed or get too close to them as they can get quite aggressive.

Don’t miss: Enjoy the fantastic views of New Territories along with the large number of wartime ruins that remain well preserved in the area. 


37. Cycle from East to West of the New Territories

What is it? A 60km cycling route that allows cyclists to explore different parts of the New Territories.

Why go? The track stretches from Tuen Mun to Ma On Shan, and snakes through numerous neighbourhoods that are well worth exploring including Yuen Long, Tai Po, and Sha Tin. 

Don’t miss: The combination of refreshing seaside views and lush greenery. Perfect for those who wish to get away from the bustling city.

  • Shopping
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

What is it? Dubbed as the 'Silicon Valley of culture', K11 Musea combines retail, food, art, and culture under the same roof.

Why go? From high-end brands to local cafes, the sheer amount of choices available here makes K11 Musea a mecca for all shopaholics and foodies. 

Don’t miss: The world-class artworks dotted around the space. So even if shopping's not your thing, you'll still be able to enjoy your visit by admiring everything from paintings and murals to sculptures and installations.

  • Theatre
  • Yau Ma Tei

What is it? The only surviving pre-war cinema in Hong Kong, the Yau Ma Tei Theatre is exclusively the home of Cantonese opera shows.

Why go? It’s the go-to spot to experience the traditional form of Chinese entertainment. Expect a night of falsettos, gongs, dazzling theatricals, and Cantonese culture.

Don’t miss: The century-old fruit market near the historic theatre where you can get your hands on the cheapest and freshest fruits. 

  • Art
  • Street art
  • Sai Ying Pun

What is it? An urban art project that gave Ki Ling Lane and Chung Ching Street a colourful facelift.

Why go? The numerous colourful murals make for a perfect canvas for the 'gram. 

Don't miss: The pastel rainbow-coloured staircase by artists Blessy Man and Henry Lau, the blue and yellow masterpiece by Rao Amandeep, and the geometric 3D mural by Hadrian Lam.

See also: The best street art and graffiti in Hong Kong.

  • Attractions
  • New Territories

What is it? Tap Mun, also known as Grass Island, is a small island that sits off the coast of Sai Kung Country Park. 

Why go? The island is composed of rolling, grassy hillocks complete with wandering cows. It's a popular spot for both camping and kite-flying and boasts several rocky beaches.

Don’t miss: The village’s main restaurant, Sun Yau Kee (新有記), where you can refuel on their famous sea urchin fried rice. Use our helpful guide to navigate around the island.

  • Things to do
  • Wong Chuk Hang

What is it? Opened in 1977, Ocean Park is the city’s original marine theme park and a popular tourist destination.

Why go? It's home to many gravity-defying rides and animal habitats of both the aquatic and land-based variety. 

Don’t miss: The amusement park's cable car rides that will get you from the Waterfront to the Summit while giving you sweeping views of the sea, sky, and surrounding hills.

44. Enjoy a stunning light and sound show by the waterfront

What is it? A Symphony of Lights is a visual spectacle combining lights and music that lights up the Hong Kong skyline

Why go? Named the ‘World's Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show’ by Guinness World Records, this 10-minute light show is accompanied by orchestral music performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Light installations and LED displays on both sides of the harbour will make for a stunning visual treat for all spectators.

Don’t miss: For the best view, grab front-row seats at the Tsim Sha Tsui Harbourfront, the Avenue of Stars, and the promenade at Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai, or hop on a sightseeing ferry in the Victoria Harbour.


45. Feel like Indiana Jones inside Lin Ma Hang caves

What is it? An abandoned lead mine located in the Frontier Closed Area near Hong Kong's northern border.

Why go? Though the mine is not the easiest place to get to, it's a great destination for hikers (and photo enthusiasts) who love exploring Hong Kong.

Don't miss: The opportunity to feel like Indiana Jones and snap a pic inside the magnificent structure.

  • Things to do
  • Central

What is it? Built in 1939, Central Market is Hong Kong's first wet market. It was revitalised into a cultural and retail hub in 2021.

Why go? Dubbing itself a 'Playground for All', the market plays host to a slew of dining and shopping venues and offers a wide range of educational and cultural activities (usually for free) for the public.

Don't miss: All the historical details of the old Central Market that have been preserved throughout the complex, from the historical red brick walls to the hanging clock on the grand staircase.

  • Things to do
  • Happy Valley

What is it? A special horse racing night that takes place on Wednesdays at the Happy Valley Racecourse.

Why go? Aside from racing thrills, there's also an exciting mix of live entertainment as well as food and drinks.

Don't miss: There are regular themes for these Wednesday events throughout the racing season – such as Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day, and French May – so dress for the occasion!

48. Burn calories with a view on Dragon’s Back

What is it? A popular and picturesque hike that offers stunning views of Tai Tam, Shek O, and Big Wave Bay as you walk along the mountain ridge.

Why go? It’s one of the simplest hikes but incredibly rewarding with panoramic views of the sun, sea, mountains, and outlying islands. 

Don’t miss: Cool off at Big Wave Bay or Shek O beach afterwards and enjoy a well-deserved meal from the eateries there. 

  • Museums
  • Science and technology
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

What is it? The clue is in the name, the museum is all about space science and astronomy located by the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront.

Why go? The egg-shaped theatre dome that makes up half of the museum has now become an iconic Hong Kong landmark. Plenty of action, gadgetry, and interactive experiences await. 

Don’t miss: Watch documentaries or occasional movie screenings on reclining seats under the curved ceiling of the planetarium.

  • Shopping
  • Clothing hire
  • Sheung Wan

What is it? A qipao rental shop offering sizes that go up to 5XL in order to cater to all sizes and shapes.

Why go? You'll get to relive the glam and nostalgia of old Hong Kong while looking great in a beautiful qipao. There are styles ranging from mature and traditional to stylish and abstract.

Don't miss: 20s also offer photography services with different plans and price options so you can capture the memories of this unique experience.

Walk your way up Pottinger Street
  • Shopping
  • Central

What is it? Pottinger Street, known colloquially by locals as ‘stone slab’ street, is one of Central's most historical streets.

Why go? The street is always buzzing with local vendors selling a whole range of goods out of old wooden or steel kiosks.

Don't miss: All the insane fancy-dress costumes and seasonal products. Whether you're looking for a wicked Halloween outfit or Christmas decoration, you'll find it all along Pottinger Street.

  • Attractions
  • Cheung Chau

What is it? One of Hong Kong’s most popular outlying islands, Cheung Chau is famed for its annual bun-climbing festival, giant fishballs, and sweet mango mochi treats.

Why go? The island is highly walkable and teeming with Taoist temples, dried seafood shops, and snack stands. Artsy types will also enjoy the surprisingly high concentration of indie lifestyle stores, while families can amble or cycle along easy walking trails.

Don’t miss: Cheung Chau’s self-taught candy master Louis To, who uses a traditional sugar-blowing technique to create wonderfully artistic sculpture lollipops. Take a look at our Cheung Chau neighbourhood guide to discover the best of the island.


53. Take pics with cosplayers at Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong

What is it? Hong Kong's very own comic con, the Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong is an annual event (usually happens around July or August) that gathers every anime, manga, and gaming fan in town.

Why go? Whether you're obsessed with anime or just a casual gamer, the fun fair is packed with exciting performances, competitions, exclusive toys, the latest video games, and a whole lot more.

Don't miss: Lots of people will be doing cosplay, so don't miss your chance to snap pics with your favourite characters.

54. Go on a Walla-Walla boat tour

What is it? Walla-walla boat is a type of motorboat that once carried passengers between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Its name came from the sound of when the motor hits the water.

Why go? The tour will take you through the storied typhoon shelter to see fishermen's boats up close, learn about local fishing culture, catch the Noonday Gun daily salute, and visit the Triangular Island Goddess of Tin Hau Shrine.

Don't miss: Other features at the Typhoon Shelter Precinct, including vast lawns, shading facilities, outdoor tables and chairs, alongside food kiosks and booths.


55. Ride the famous Central to Mid-Levels Escalator

What is it? The world’s longest outdoor covered escalator system, linking Central to Mid-Levels. 

Why go? How often can you say you’ve travelled on the world’s longest outdoor covered escalator? It’s the easiest way to get to the area’s many great bars and restaurants, and if you’re a fan of Wong Kar-wai’s movies, recreate the scenes from Chungking Express

Don’t miss: Feel the casual vibes that Soho offers. Crowds usually spill onto the streets and the steep pedestrian steps during happy hours. Hop off at any point to join in the fun.

  • Attractions
  • Historic buildings and sites
  • Sha Tin

What is it? Arguably Hong Kong’s most colourful and amusing Buddhist temples, the monastery is home to life-sized, gold-painted Buddha statues, each entertainingly unique.

Why go? There are 431 steps leading up to 10,000 Buddhas Monastery and the climb is lined with hundreds of statues in various and quirky positions and poses. Once you reach the complex, known as Man Fat Sze, you’ll be in awe by 12,000 more gilded statues.

Don’t miss: The beautiful pavilions and the crimson pagoda with more statues, as well as an Insta-worthy panorama of Sha Tin and its mountainous surroundings.


57. Boogie down at Bun's 2020

What is it? Bun's 2020 is a huge indoor roller skating rink spanning 20,000sq ft with a mini training area for newbies and a full-sized rink for the pros.

Why go? Roller skates, neon lights, disco tunes, and an 80s diner – what's not to like?

Don't miss: The cute neon-lit photo spots!

58. Take a hike to Hong Kong's mini 'Grand Canyon'

What is it? Por Lo Shan (Pineapple Mountain), also referred to as Hong Kong's mini grand canyon, is a unique rock formation in Hong Kong that resembles the famous landmark in Arizona.

Why go? Located to the northwest of Tuen Mun city centre, the 'canyon' has been shaped by nature over many years, creating lots of interesting ridges and dips, so it's no surprise that it's an Instagram hotspot.

Don't miss: Keep your eye out for the sharp and slippery edges! Por Lo Shan is a beautiful place so it's easy to get carried away taking in the views. Some slopes are steep and the rocks are sharp, so be careful.


59. Get inspired at The Mills

What is it? Originally a cotton mill, this 1960s Tsuen Wan factory building was transformed into a design hub that celebrates the city’s industrial history while nurturing its creative community.

Why go? At The Mills, you can discover a wide variety of established and upcoming local businesses, relax at The Mills’ spacious rooftop parks, and see remnants of the complex’s past that have been lovingly preserved.

Don't miss: The six different murals located along Pak Tin Par Lane outside The Mills. Created in collaboration with the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation and six local artists, the murals calls on the revitalised hub's past, present, and future

60. Break a sweat at AME Stadium

What is it? The AME Stadium is a fitness funhouse that combines video games with physical sports.

Why go? You can play and experience all kinds of sports at this place, from rowing and skiing to basketball, horse riding, boxing, and more.

Don't miss: The giant e-skiing game, where you can experience being part of the US national skiing team.

Plan a day trip around Lamma Island
  • Attractions
  • Lamma Island

What is it? Hong Kong’s third-largest island and a popular weekend destination. 

Why go? The waterfront restaurants at Lamma Island offer some of the freshest and most affordable seafood in Hong Kong. The scenic hike along the island is also tops. 

Don’t miss: Rent a bike and cycle around to enjoy the gorgeous views of the surrounding waters. 

62. Take on the obstacles at Ninja Force

What is it? Ninja Force is Hong Kong’s first outdoor extreme fitness arena.

Why go? You'll get to have a fun (and exhausting) workout as the venue offers three courses with varying levels of difficulty, each with up to 20 challenges that will test your agility, balance, and strength.

Don't miss: Adult and children classes taught by certified instructors who will demonstrate the proper techniques for you to complete the obstacle courses safely.

  • Things to do
  • Yuen Long

What is it? Located on the northwestern corner of Hong Kong, the Mai Po and Inner Deep Bay wetlands are one of the most important areas for biodiversity in Hong Kong.

Why go? Mai Po is home to a diverse array of birds and other wildlife you might not be able to see in other parts of Hong Kong – plus, the landscape and scenery there are jaw-dropping, making it perfect for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts.

Don't miss: Sign up for guided tours and experiences organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), including the 'Mai Po Day & Night' programme, a one-night accommodation experience that includes catching the sunset in the Mai Po Nature Reserve, staying overnight at the revamped Peter Scott Visitor Centre, and observing various types of wildlife in Mai Po from the new bird-watching tower hide as well as a one-kilometre-long barrier-free wooden footpath.

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