The top 10 Hong Kong’s attractions are popular for good reason. Past visitors have voted with their feet to make the below the city’s top 10 attractions. If you only have a short time in HK – make sure these are on your list!
1. The Peak
You just can’t go to Hong Kong without visiting The Peak. Nestled on the highest point in Hong Kong Island, The Peak offers spectacular views of the city and Victoria Harbour sparkling below. To get there, make sure you take the Peak Tram – the historic railway that has been carrying Hong Kongers to The Peak since 1888. You can make the journey any time of the day from 7am to midnight, for crisp morning views or an evening show of city lights.
2. The Star Ferry
The charming Star Ferry boats have been faithfully carrying passengers from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and back since 1888. It’s still the cheapest way of crossing the harbour, starting at about 20p per journey!
3. Temple Street Night Market
Come to this traditional Chinese market after sundown to shop for trinkets, souvenirs, electronics and lots of scrumptious street food! You can also get your fortune told or listen to traditional Chinese opera.
4. Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
Take an evening stroll along the promenade, starting at the colonial-era Clock Tower, past some of Hong Kong’s best museums and onto the district of Hung Hum. It is also here where you can catch the nightly Pulse 3D Light Show or simply gaze at the city lightsof Hong Kong Island.
5. Symphony of Lights
The world’s largest permanent light and sound show, according to Guinness World Records, this spectacle involves more than 40 buildings performing a synchronised dance of lights, including lasers and search lights. The show is free for the public to enjoy and best seen from Tsim Sha Tsui promenade in Kowloon, or from a boat on the harbour.
6. Stanley Market
This market in the quaint village of Stanley on Hong Kong Island’s south coast is a huge hit with locals, expats and tourists for good reason. The market offers an enormous selection of brand-name clothes and accessories, jewellery, home furnishings, souvenirs and ornaments are sold at reasonable prices in a picturesque warren of lanes. And once you’ve done your shopping you can enjoy the village’s selection of seaside eateries!
7. Lan Kwai Fong
One of Hong Kong’s most popular nightlife hot spots and home to over 90 restaurants and bars. The atmosphere ranges from stylish wine pairings to raucous jelly shots and the food on offer is as diverse as the clientele.
8. Lantau Island
Take a cable car ride over hills, forests and coast to reach the top of Lantau Island, where you’ll find the iconic Big Buddha (the world’s largest outdoor seated bronze Buddha) as well as long sandy beaches and lovely fishing villages.
9. Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple
The Wong Tai Sin temple is home to 3 religions – Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. The temple’s traditional Chinese architecture is a marvel, and its claims to “make every wish come true” draw in crowds of all faiths. Go on, make a wish!
10. Sky100 Observation Deck
Take a 60-second high-speed lift to the 100th floor of Hong Kong’s tallest building, the ICC, to feast your eyes on incredible 360 degree views of Victoria Harbour from the city’s highest indoor observation deck.