Traveling Hong Kong on a Budget

Traveling Hong Kong on a Budget

Your bags are packed for Hong Kong, your hotel is booked and you’ve got all your documents together. There’s only one problem…flights to this wonderful city are expensive, and now you’re running seriously low on cash. No problem!

Although Hong Kong has a reputation for being expensive, there are tons of things to do, see and eat on a budget. Evening shows, stunning views, Hong Kong cinema and delicious food, travelling to Hong Kong on a budget is easy.

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Best cheap things to do in Hong Kong

See the world’s best light show

If you’re looking for a thrilling way to spend an evening in Hong Kong on a budget, look no further than the unbelievable skyline light show! Shooting lasers and swooping spotlights erupt from the 40 plus skyscrapers, filling the night sky with a dazzling display of color and light. The symphony of lights takes place every night at 8pm, and it’s absolutely free. So, find your spot on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront and prepare to be amazed.

light show hong kong

See the view from Victoria Peak

Who said you have to pay for beauty? The famous Victoria Peak stands an impressive 1,805 feet above sea level, and boasts some of the most jaw-dropping views in Hong Kong.

As mentioned in our Things to do in Hong Kong blog post, the most popular way to reach the top is by taking the Peak Tram, however, this does have a cost. If you’re travelling Hong Kong on a very tight budget, then consider hiking to the top instead. Not only is this a great way to spend an afternoon, but at the top, you’ll be rewarded with views of Hong Kong Island, Victoria Harbor, Kowloon, and if it’s a clear day, Kowloon’s majestic eight mountains. Definitely worth it.

Eat at a Dai Pai Dong

Hong Kong has a very strong reputation of emptying your wallet in return for a happy and full belly, but it doesn’t have to be like that. If you’re looking to eat in Hong Kong on a budget, then Dai Pai Dong will be your new best friend. These street-side kitchens cook up some of the most delicious food in the city, including everyone’s favourites, Dim Sum.

Although the food in a Dai Pai Dong is a little more basic than some of the restaurants, you’ll leave with more than a little change in your pocket.

hong kong dim sum

Unwind in the park

When you think of Hong Kong, you imagine great big skyscrapers, people rushing around doing their daily chores, and never-ending traffic. However, there is another side to this bustling city. Hong Kong has some of the most beautiful islands and countryside surrounding it, but reaching these places can cost a pretty penny.

Instead, stay in the city and enjoy the tranquil oasis of the parks. With its beautiful green walkways and rock gardens, Hong Kong Park is popular amongst tai chi enthusiasts, and people simply looking to escape the city. Victoria is the largest urban-green space on Hong Kong Island and offers some amazing recreational facilities such as swimming, basketball and tennis.

Finally, we have Nan Lian Garden, which is arguably the most beautiful of all the parks in Hong Kong. Designed in the style of Tang Dynasty, this space is filled with traditional Chinese architecture and breathtaking landscaping, perfect to enjoy a quiet afternoon stroll.

Watch a free Chinese movie

Hong Kong has one of the most famous and richest movie histories in the world. With world-class stars such as Bruce Lee, John Woo and Wong Kar Wai, there’s no wonder why Chinese cinema has become so popular.

Make your way to the Hong Kong Film Archive and enjoy the magical world of Hong Kong cinema. With regular talks from prominent directors, exhibitions and ‘making of’ shows and, of course, free film screenings, this is one of the best budget activities in Hong Kong for film buffs.