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51 incredible things to do in Hong Kong

Discover the top things to do with this ultimate guide to the finest restaurants, bars, attractions, museums and more

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By Olivia Lai and Time Out editors |

Whether you’re a first-time traveller looking for the best Hong Kong hotels or a seasoned vet of Lamma Island and LKF, these are the essential things to see, do, eat and drink while you’re in town. From the most picturesque hiking trails in Hong Kong to the city’s best museums, here’s a comprehensive guide to the very best experiences in our city.

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The best things to do in Hong Kong

Star Ferry
Attractions, Ships and boats

Hop on the iconic Star Ferry

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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 ($2.70 on weekdays, $3.70 on weekends) and most pleasant modes of transport in the city.

Don’t miss:
 The views from the upper deck. While the lower deck is closer to the water, the fumes can be a bit off-putting.

The Peak Tram
Things to do

Climb up The Peak via the Peak Tram

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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 runs continuously from 7am until midnight and gives passengers plenty of time to gape at the views of the city that fall away below as the trolley heaves itself up the steep incline of Hong Kong's famous mountain. 

Don’t miss: The bird’s eye view of our incredible metropolis from the Peak Circle Walk once you’ve reached the summit. 

Tian Tan Buddha on Ngong Ping against blue sky far shot

Meet the Big Buddha

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What is it? Tian Tan Buddha (more commonly referred to as just the Big Buddha) is the largest outdoor seated Buddha in the world. Visitors must climb a calf-aching 268 steps before reaching to the statue.

Why go? It’s easily Hong Kong’s most recognisable and iconic attraction (not counting the city skyline). Also, the Buddha sits at Po Lin Monastery, one of the world’s most important Buddist sanctums.

Don’t miss: The Ngong Ping 360 Skyrail cable car. Not only a provider of stunning views of Lantau Island’s natural beauty but the cable car also helps you skip all those steps. Opt for the crystal cabin ($215), which comes equipped with a glass bottom, allowing you a unique bird’s eye view of the countryside.

tim ho wan cha siu bao

Chow down on Michelin-starred dim sum without breaking the bank

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What is it? A local neighbourhood gem offering some of the best dim sums in Hong Kong.

Why go? This is your chance to dine at one of the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurants in the world. Make sure you pop into the Sham Shui Po one and not the other branches. 

Don’t miss: Their most famous dish: the barbecue pork baked bun, otherwise known as char siu bao. They’re mouthwatering and addictive. 

Temple Street Night Market

Rummage for hidden gems at the Temple Street Night Market

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What is it? A nightly street bazaar where hundreds of stalls pop up after the sun goes down offering a dizzying array of knick-knacks. 

Why go? Rummage through the nightly street bazaar for colourful bric-a-brac, watches, fans, electronic gadgets, clothes, sex toys and knock-off paintings – all for brilliant prices after some earnest haggling.

Don’t miss: The street-side karaoke or the various fortune-tellers there for a cheeky face and palm reading. though take everything with a grain a salt. Prices vary but some stalls can charge up to $500 for a session.

Lan Kwai Fong
Things to do

Party with the best in Lan Kwai Fong

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What is it? The city’s ground zero for debauchery. Tourists, expats and locals alike party hard in Hong Kong’s most popular nightlife spot and the steep street.

Why go? Lan Kwai Fong – or as locals like to call it, LKF –comes alive every evening, packed with after-work drinkers and general revellers. With more than 90 restaurants and bars to pick from, there are tons of great happy hour deals to ensure the best time.

Don’t miss: The celebrations come Halloween and New Year’s Eve for the craziest outdoor festivities. 

Happy Valley Racecourse
Things to do

Try your luck at the Happy Valley Racecourse

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What is it? The city’s one of two racecourses for horseracing and the only sport on which Hongkongers can legally bet.

Why go? The hottest ticket in town on a Wednesday night. If it’s just socialising you’re after, you’ll enjoy hanging out in the beer garden, but if you fancy a flutter, there’s ample opportunity at this famous Hong Kong institution – each Wednesday evening hosts eight races.

Don’t miss: The different themes for these Wednesday events, which include Bollywood, Oktoberfest and Rio Carnivale. Dress accordingly and you might even win freebies. 

10,000 Buddhas Monastery
Attractions, Historic buildings and sites

Marvel at incredible gilded statues at 10,000 Buddhas Monastery

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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 itself, known as Man Fat Sze, you’ll be dazzled by 12,000 more gilded statues.

Don’t miss: The gorgeous pavilions and the crimson pagoda with more statues, as well as Instagram-worthy panorama of Sha Tin and its mountainous surrounds.

Dragon's Back
Things to do

Burn calories with a view at Dragon’s Back

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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, as well as easily accessible, in the city but incredibly rewarding with panoramic views of the sun, sea, mountains and outlying islands. Cool off at Big Wave Bay or Shek O beach after the hike and enjoy a well-deserved meal from the many eateries there. 

Don’t miss: The paragliding opportunities. Companies like X-Fly Hong Kong offers tandem flight experiences and beginner’s training courses that take off from Dragon’s Back. 

The old man interior
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Savour a drink or two at The Old Man

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What is it? This Ernest Hemingway-themed bar is an intimate yet lively venue and was recently ranked as one of the top ten World’s Best Bars. 

Why go? Accolades aside, The Old Man is an establishment that’s prepared to do things its own way rather than rely on imported ideas or talent. You can rely on the team to mix innovative drinks with appreciably attentive service.

Don’t miss: The unusually capital I-shaped bar top has a gold cooling strip to help keep drinks chilled.

Tai Kwun

Get your culture on at Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Art

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What is it? A massive independent art space repurposed from a 150-year-old police station. The art hub consists of 16 heritage buildings, art galleries and various quality bars and restaurants.

Why go?  For the history buffs, you can marvel at the conservation efforts and walk into century-old prison cells. The art lovers can revel at the world-class exhibitions and theatre performances showcasing local talents and international artists, while foodies can get satisfied with the range of themed eateries that incorporates local culture, history of the site and innovative cooking. There's literally something for everyone. 

Don’t miss: Behind Bars, a hidden bar in the very corner of Tai Kwun revamped from the former prison cells boasting IG-worthy neon lighting and pre-made cocktails. 

Hong Kong tram

Experience riding the ding-dings via Hong Kong Trams

What is it? Hong Kong’s 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? Affectionately known as the ding-ding (because rather than having a car horn they have bells that ring), trams are basically a super affordable way ($2.60) to tour Hong Kong Island, catching all the city sights between Shau Kei Wan and Kennedy Town. 

Don’t miss: The new air-conditioned fleet, which makes all the difference on a summer’s hot day. And the TramOramic Tour, a sight-seeing tram featuring audio guides of the city’s history ($95). 

Wong Tai Sin Temple
Things to do

Get spiritual at Wong Tai Sin Temple

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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 the incense and prayers. It’s also the go-to place for worship for big celebrations such as Buddha’s birthday if you don’t mind the crowds. 

Don’t miss: The supposedly accurate fortune telling aka kau cim. So swing by, shake a bamboo cylinder containing various fortune sticks until one falls out and see what the future holds. 

Tai O Fishing Village

Mosey around Tai O Fishing Village

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What is it? Known as the ‘Venice of Hong Kong’, Tai O is one of the few places left in the world to find traditional bamboo houses supported by stone columns in water or stilt houses. 

Why go? A quaint little village inhabited by the Tanka 'boat-people' for more than 200 years. Stroll through the semi-floating market for a plethora of dried seafood and traditional snacks like the sugar-dusted Chinese-style donuts. Hop on a boat tour and view one of Hong Kong’s last standing stilt settlements up close. 

Don’t miss: Mr Lei, the awesome, sunglasses-wearing egg waffle uncle, and buy one of his crisp charcoal-grilled gai dan zai.

Mine Train Ocean Park
Things to do

Meet adorable pandas at Hong Kong Ocean Park

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What is it? The city’s original and popular marine theme park, Ocean Park is home to many adrenaline-inducing amusement rides and animal habitats of both the aquatic and land-based variety. 

Why go? See two adorable giant panda bears named Ying Ying and Le Le in their natural habitat and grab a selfie as they munch on bamboo. You can also meet and interact with adorable penguins, seals and dolphins up close. Dine on sustainably sourced seafood next to 5,000 fishes in the Grand Aquarium.

Don’t miss: The rollercoaster Mine Train. The ride stands at 69 ft high offering dramatic views of the sea and mountainside in between crazy dips and turns. 

Central to Mid-Levels escalator
Things to do

Ride the famous Central to Mid-Levels Escalator

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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 system? 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-wei’s movies, recreate the scenes from Chungking Express

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

CNY Fireworks
Things to do

Be dazzled by the Chinese New Year fireworks

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What is it? The annual pyrotechnic display that takes place over the iconic Victoria Harbour with the city skyline as backdrop. 

Why go? The fireworks burn the biggest and brightest in celebration of Chinese New Year. Held on the second day of the Lunar calendar, the CNY extravaganza features a 20-30-minute long blast of spellbinding fireworks, attracting hoards of tourist every year. 

Don’t miss: The front-row seats from Tamar Park or make a dinner reservation at one of TST’s hotels in advance to enjoy the best possible view.

australian dairy company exterior
Restaurants, Cafés

Fuel up at Australian Dairy Company

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What is it? Regarded as one of the best cha chaang tengs in town – essentially the Hong Kong equivalent of a greasy spoon.

Why go? A quintessential Hong Kong food experience, where you can find all manner of delicious local delights from fried instant noodles to a fluffy egg sandwich.

Don’t miss: Their Hong Kong-style milk tea or coffee. Can’t decide? Order a ‘yuen yeung’, a mix of the two and a hugely popular local beverage.

Yuen Po Street Bird Market
Attractions, Parks and gardens

Listen to the songbirds at Yuen Po Street Bird Garden

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What is it? A modestly-sized market home to a wide variety of birds from delicate canaries to colourful parrots, hand-crafted bamboo bird cages, as well as various live crickets and grasshoppers. 

Why go? Songbirds are popular pets in Hong Kong and owners like nothing better than to take them for walks every day. On a busy day, Yuen Po Street Bird Garden is a sight to behold. Head to Prince Edward to experience this fading aspect of traditional culture and shop around for eclectic accessories that work great as souvenirs.

Don’t miss: Chan Lok-choi, Hong Kong’s last remaining birdcage maker, is a constant figure at the market as he repairs bamboo birdcages at his shop Choi Kee. 

Ozone Hong Kong
Bars and pubs

Enjoy cocktails up in the clouds at Ozone

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What is it? Touted as the highest bar in the world, Ozone is perched on the 118th floor of the ICC as part of the Hong Kong Ritz-Carlton. 

Why go? With avant-garde seating and one of the best wine lists in town, not to mention a great cocktail programme, the biggest draw here is its completely unobstructed view of western Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.

Don’t miss: The Sunday brunches. It’s one of the fanciest affairs in the city, where $1,348 gives you fine treats such as oysters, foie gras terrine, Boston lobsters, wagyu beef and free-flow Dom Pérignon champagne.

Tung Ping Chau

Explore incredible rock formations on Tung Ping Chau

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

Why go? Hong Kong’s version of the Great Causeway, visit Tung Ping Chau for its multi-layered and 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: The jaw-dropping sunrise views and the unpolluted starry skies if you go camp overnight.

More Eggettes
Restaurants, Snack bars

Nom on Instagramable eggettes from More Eggettes

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What is it? A legendary local neighbourhood street food stall that specialises in Instagram-worthy eggettes or egg waffles.

Why go? Eggettes are a Hong Kong street food staple and a must-have if you’re visiting the city. The popular local snack is similar to a pancake and is cooked between two plates of semi-spherical cells. More’s signature star-patterned servings are not only photogenic it’s also super fluffy on the inside and crisp on the outside and don’t get any better.

Don’t miss: An order of the purple sweet potato ($30) eggettes.

Stanley Dragon Boat Championships
Things to do

Catch the exhilarating action at Dragon Boat Festival

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What is it? A traditional Chinese festival taking place on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Lunar calendar (which usually falls around May or June) that sees local and overseas teams compete and battle it out in colourful dragon boats as part of the annual celebrations.

Why go? The festival has evolved into a giant outdoor party in recent years and is held across several beaches simultaneously including Victoria Harbour and Stanley beach. Catch the exciting racing action on the waters, knock back a couple of beers and enjoy the sunshine with friends and families after the races.

Don’t miss: The costume contest at the Stanley championships promising great prizes and tons of black mailing materials. 

The Peninsula afternoon tea

Enjoy some posh nosh at The Peninsula

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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 authentic 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 ($95). 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

Wooloomooloo rooftop
Restaurants, Steakhouse

Wine and dine with jaw-dropping views at Wooloomooloo

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What is it? A popular Australian steakhouse offers a none-too-shabby view of Wan Chai, Victoria Harbour and Tsim Sha Tsui without feeling removed from the city. 

Why go? Not only can you get juicy steaks and a hearty meal at Wooloomooloo, you can also find stunning panoramic views of the city on their open-air rooftop terrace.

Don’t miss: The impressive wine list where their offerings are vast and worldly. 

Harbour Flap Stage
Photo: Chris Lusher
Things to do

Rock out at Clockenflap

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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 on one side with Victoria Harbour on the other, catch a whole host of international acts and bands on two different stages, silent disco and tons of market stalls for a banger of a weekend. Past headliners have included Franz Ferdinand, Stormzy and Massive Attack.  

Don’t miss: The various workshops on-site to kill time in between acts. Vans usually does something new every year. 

Chinese opera
Photo by Calvin Sit

Enjoy a night out at the opera at Yau Ma Tei Theatre

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What is it? The only surviving pre-war cinema in Hong Kong, this revamped space is now home to Cantonese opera shows exclusively.

Why go? It’s the go-to spot to experience the traditional form of Chinese entertainment. Easily recognisable thanks to its ornate costumes, over-the-top headdresses, signature red, white and black face paint, expect a night of falsettos, gongs, dazzling theatricals and Cantonese culture, all with English surtitles.

Don’t miss: The century-old fruit market that flanks the historic theatre, offering the cheapest and freshest fruits. A healthy snack before a show, anyone? 

Jumbo Floating Restaurant

Taste amazing seafood on Jumbo Kingdom

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What is it? A floating restaurant at the Aberdeen Promenade that serves up an array of quality seafood dishes, dim sum and splendid Cantonese cuisine.

Why go? One of Hong Kong’s iconic landmarks, Jumbo took over four years and millions of dollars to build. With the look of an ancient Chinese palace, the restaurant draws in tourists and locals alike, including celebrities like Tom Cruise and Chow Yun Fat and even Queen Elizabeth II. 

Don’t miss: The flamed drunken shrimp is wonderfully flavourful dish packed with chilli and hints of wine. 

Stinky Tofu Chopsticks Wok

Get adventurous with stinky tofu from Cheung Cheong Foods

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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.

Dim Sum Icon
Restaurants, Chinese

Play with your food at Dim Sum Icon

icon-location-pin Tsim Sha Tsui

What is it? A dim sum joint that offers dim sum that resembles adorable Japanese cartoon characters like Gudetama and Crayon Shin-chan. 

Why go? For anyone seeking a bit of variation from the usual char siu bao and siu mai, Dim Sum Icon encourages diners to squeeze and poke holes of the dim sum – in the mouth or the rear – for hilarious Instagram photos.

Don’t miss: Any dim sum dish with lava egg yolk promises good fun. 

Upper Lascar Row in Sheung Wan
Things to do

Go antique shopping in Upper Lascar Row

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What is it? A quaint outdoor street market, aka Cat Street, best known for its enticing antique shopping. 

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.  

Shot of Ladies' Market with Kaila Imada in the foreground

Hunt for the best bargains at Mong Kok Ladies’ Market

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What is it? Hongkongers’ go-to place for the best knock-offs and bargain hunts. 

Why go? You can find anything here from a fake Gucci watch and Beat headphones to a potato peeler. It’s impossible to leave empty handed! The Ladies Market is also the best place for cheap smartphone cases and to pick up your requisite ‘I Love Hong Kong’ T-shirt.

Don’t miss: Mong Kok Sneaker Street, which you’ll find located right next to the market. Hunt down the newest Nike kicks or Converse wedged sneakers at this stretch of sneaker shops.

Disney Paint the Night Nighttime Spectacular

Be dazzled by the magic of Hong Kong Disneyland

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

Why go? The first Disneyland to open in China, you can hit all the popular rides like Hyperspace Mountain and the world’s first Marvel-themed ride Iron Man Experience. Catch amazing 30-minute stage shows, greet your favourite Disney characters and stay for the dazzling parade in the evening. 

Don’t miss: The cartoon-themed dim sum served at Crystal Lotus housed inside Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel. Dig into scrumptious dim sum resembling popular Disney and Pixar characters. 

Chungking Mansions

Sample authentic curries in Chungking Mansions

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What is it? An infamous building complex in the heart of bustling Tsim Sha Tsui home to many ethnic minorities, asylum seekers and visiting backpackers. 

Why go? Dirt cheap (and cramped) hostels aside, the building is also the place to go for authentic South Asian cuisine. Fun fact: it’s only a few blocks away from where Edward Snowden was hiding in Hong Kong during his brief stay. 

Don’t miss: The beef kebabs at Khyber Pass Club Restaurant or go one step further and try a Swahili dish at one of the secret African restaurants hidden inside the complex.

Lamma Island

Cycle around scenic Lamma Island

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What is it? Hong Kong’s third largest island and a popular weekend destination, you’ll find the perfect blend of a traditional Chinese fishing village and a multicultural community on this laid-back island.

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

Don’t miss: Rent a bike and cycle around to enjoy the gorgeous views of surrounding waters. Bikes are available for hire on Back Street in Yung Shue Wan, the main village.

Kam Shan Country Park, macaques
Things to do

Monkey around in Kam Shan Country Park

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What is it? Also known as Monkey Hill, this country park is one of the earliest to open in Hong Kong and is particularly for famous for its monkey (macaques).

Why go? The place is crawling with families of monkeys where there are approximately 1,800 monkeys living in Kam Shan Country Park. You can find them in the trees, at nearby beaches or simply hanging out by the road. Though try not to feed the monkeys as they can get quite aggressive when they see plastic bags.

Don’t miss: The large number of wartime ruins that remain well preserved in the area. And the fantastic views of New Territories when you go for a hike. 

Red Mr,  Wan Chai
Things to do

Sing your heart out at Red Mr

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What is it? A karaoke joint and a favourite nocturnal stomping ground for many Hongkongers where they go to de-stress and raise their spirits. 

Why go? Show off your musical skills blasting out one of the latest hits or get plastic with an ABBA number. Karaoke joints offer everything from affordable happy hour deals to all-night packages. You can order in food delivered straight to your private room. Red Mr is also known for their large collection English (and Chinese of course) tunes. 

Don’t miss: Learn local dice games – there’s a set in each room – and change it up with the darts and beer pong machine in the common area if you need to rest your voice. 

Rugby Sevens Costumes
Sport and fitness

Put on your best costumes for the Hong Kong Sevens

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What is it? The Rugby Sevens is the premier tournament on the World Rugby Sevens Series competition that takes place every year over a weekend in late March or early April. But really, it’s the biggest outdoor party of the year. 

Why go? It’s when school kids, middle-aged guys with beer bellies and fans actually there for the rugger gather together at Causeway Bay’s Hong Kong Stadium, complete with Pimm’s, face paint and ridiculous costumes. Party with the folks in the infamous South Stand as you cheer on the teams.

Don’t miss: The streaker – there’s at least one every year.

Handover Hallelujah at The Wanch

Headbang to rocking tunes at The Wanch

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What is it?  Self-proclaimed as Hong Kong’s longest running live music venue, this popular local music club has been playing host to bands of all shapes and sizes, from across genres and origins, without fail every night since 1987. 

Why go? There’s a performer or band on every night and it’s always free. With fantastic vibes and cheap beers, you’ll have a great time headbanging to classic rock tunes. 

Don’t miss: Their Acoustic Happy Hour during every weekday at 5pm delivers delightful covers and crowd-pleasers.

Festival Walk
Things to do

Shop ’till you drop at Festival Walk

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What is it? With more than 200 retail shops and restaurants, a skating rink on the top floor and a cinema, this shopping mall is a monster in Hong Kong

Why go? From high-end brands to local favourites, the sheer amount of choices available here makes Festival Walk a mecca for shopaholics.

Don’t miss: The ice skating rink that comes with large glass windows offering views of Lion Rock. 


Make new furry friends in Rabbitland Café

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What is it? Hong Kong’s first and only rabbit café.

Why go? Rabbitland offers a new kind of dining experience where diners can enjoy stroking and petting bunnies in between sips of tea and coffee as they roam around. Situated in an upstairs space in Causeway Bay, there are up to six rabbits for diners to makes friends with. Remember to wear/bring socks as well! 

Don’t miss: There are board games available at the café. You can easily make it a full day affair with the cute buns.  

Happy Foot
Things to do

Recharge with a foot massage at Happy Foot

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What is it? Chain massage parlour that offers everything from quick 25-minute foot massage to a 100 minute-long full body massage, costing under $500. 

Why go? It’s certainly not a day at the spa, affordability is the biggest draw here. Whether you need a break from a shopping spree or the stresses of travelling, pop in the massage joint and you’ll be feeling refreshed in no time.

Don’t miss: Go for a foot massage and full-body massage combo to really get the most out of the experience. 

Art Basel Interior
Things to do

Be amazed by stunning artworks during Hong Kong Arts Month

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What is it? Every March, the city becomes flooded with art buyers, collectors and all-round enthusiasts as major art fairs like Art Basel Hong Kong and Art Central roll into town.

Why go? Immerse in the wealth of amazing creativity and get your culture on as hundreds of galleries and institutions showcase incredible artworks from Hong Kong and around the world. Art Basel alone hosts than 3,000 artists and 242 galleries from across the globe. Even Leonardo DiCaprio flew into the city for the day just to see the action in 2016.

Don’t miss: While Art Central is at a smaller scale, the range of urban and contemporary artworks, and the fact there’s also an outdoor food hall, makes it a worthy visit. 

stanley bay, stanley market

Enjoy seaside shopping at Stanley Market

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What is it? A beautiful seaside shopping market where you can find great deals and souvenirs. 

Why go? Aside from the postcard-worthy views and amazing bargains, Stanley is also home to the historic Murray House – one of the oldest buildings in the city. Sit down for a candlelit seafood dinner at the Boathouse overlooking the harbour or get some Mediterranean grub at Lucy’s. 

Don’t miss: Just 10 minutes walk away from the market: St Stephen’s Beach is one of the quietest and picturesque beaches on Hong Kong Island. 

Island Junks
Things to do

Party at sea with Island Junks

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What is it? One of many junk boat companies in Hong Kong that offers customers to rent a boat and sail out to sea for the day with a small group of mates.

Why go? Junk trips is a popular summer activity in Hong Kong. You basically rent a boat for the day, sail out to a beach or outlying island and keep yourselves entertained with wakeboarding, banana boats and karaoke. Island Junks offers packages that range from the all-inclusive to more budget-friendly ones. 

Don’t miss: Make Sai Kung the final destination for the best beaches and restaurant options – instead of catered junk food.  

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Start a mosh pit at This Town Needs

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What is it? Arguably Hong Kong’s most venerable live music institution, This Town Needs has suffered several forced closure and relocations yet still manages to provide the best underground scene in the city. 

Why go? This Town Needs is the place to catch punk and metal bands from Hong Kong and overseas, as well as everything else beyond the mainstream.

Don’t miss: The ample space that the venue offers for all your moshing needs. 

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Bars and pubs

Go clubbing without judgement at Petticoat Lane

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What is it? One of the few LGBTI-friendly bars in Hong Kong, Petticoat Lane shines not only as an inclusive space but as a great party venue to let loose.

Why go? Aside from getting familiar with the local LGBT scene, Wednesday nights – or Wednes-gay – as Petticoat calls it – are the best time to show up as there’s free-flow vodka after 10pm.

Don’t miss: The occasional drag performances by the fabulous members of the local (and growing) drag queen community too. 

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Museums, Science and technology

Head to the stars at Hong Kong Space Museum

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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 at the two exhibition halls including the virtual space station. 

Don’t miss: Catch documentary (and the occasional movie) screenings on reclining seats under the curved ceiling of the planetarium.

Senado Square

Make a day of it in Macau

What is it? Hong Kong’s neighbouring Special Administrative Region (SAR) Macau is home to world-class casinos and historic buildings.

Why go? Essentially Asia’s Las Vegas, Macau is a one-hour ferry ride away, making it the ideal day trip or weekend getaway.Famous of their local delicacies like egg tarts and pork chop buns, shop at the extensive malls inside The Venetian and The Parisian, and take in the historic sights including the Ruins of St Paul’s. 

Don’t miss: Rua dos Ervanarios has a real old-world charm to it where rows of coloured shutters behind which lie trade stands selling everything from mahjong tiles to fireworks.

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Shopping, Lifestyle

Take a snap in front of the Alex Croft x GOD graffiti wall

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What is it? A hugely popular and Instagrammable street art mural by local graffiti artist Alex Croft depicting old Hong Kong townhouses located on Hollywood Road. 

Why go? Without a doubt the most recognisable and photographed example of street art in Hong Kong, snap a shot of yourself walking past the mural and the slope for a memorable photograph. 

Don’t miss: There’s no shortage of awesome and beautiful graffiti in the surrounding area. Check this guide for other worthy backdrops. 

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Pack a picnic at Tamar Park

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What is it? A sprawling green space sandwiched in-between Admiralty’s concrete jungle and the iconic Victoria Harbour.

Why go? Boasting 17,000 sq m of lawn space, Tamar Park is the perfect spot to roll out a picnic blanket or a yoga mat to chill and relax. It’s also plenty of photo-ops with the Kowloon skyline in the background.

Don’t miss: The park often plays host to festivals like Udderbelly and community yoga classes.

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