Top Attractions in Hong Kong
When in Hong Kong, you’ll often hear people saying “a New York minute is a Hong Kong second.” This vibrant city simply teems with life, and with so many unique and exciting things to do, the fun never stops.
Delicious Dim Sum, bustling markets, world class hiking trails, stunning historical temples and jaw dropping views, there’s definitely something for everyone to do in Hong Kong.
Admire the view at Victoria Peak
If there’s one thing you have to do while in Hong Kong, it’s to take in the breathtaking view from the city’s most famous attraction, Victoria Peak. The summit rises an impressive 1,805 feet above sea level, and at the top, you’ll be rewarded with the most spectacular views in all of Hong Kong. Gaze out over Hong Kong Island, Victoria Harbor, Kowloon, and on clear days, you may even be greeted with views of Kowloon’s eight mountains.
There are a few ways to reach the top of Victoria Peak, but arguably the most fun and traditional way is to take the Peak Tram. This impressive piece of machinery is the world’s steepest funicular railway and runs from 7am until midnight every day.
Visit an Historic Temple
Despite Hong Kong’s reputation for being a fast paced, big city, it has some of the world’s most beautiful historic and religious sites. Most of the temples in Hong Kong actually pre-date the British occupation, which has shaped the city as we know it today, so it’s a great way to explore the original culture and lifestyle.
Man Mo Temple is the oldest in Hong Kong and is dedicated to the Taoist gods Man (the god of literature and arts) and Mo (the god of war). This temple is open to the public, however, believers still enter the temple to leave offerings and burn incense for the gods.
Probably the most impressive temple in the city is Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery. As you climb the 400 steps to the temple, you’ll pass 500 life-sized gold Buddhas, which sit on either side of the staircase. Once at the top, you are greeted with a dazzling temple filled with almost 13,000 ceramic statues and carvings.
Eat your weight in Dim Sum
What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Chinese cuisine? If it’s not Dim Sum, it should be! These warm, squishy, flavorful balls are the most common type of food in Hong Kong, and you can find them anywhere from fine restaurants to street cart vendors.
Although there are always the staple Dim Sum on the menu, like har gow (steamed shrimp dumplings) and char siu baau (barbecued pork buns), some restaurants have exciting variations. Head to Tim Ho Wan, known for its Michelin-Star worthy Dim Sum, or for a more old-school Dim Sum experience, visit Luk Yu Tea House.
Get Lost in the Street Markets
No matter what you want to buy, you’ll find it in one of Hong Kong’s lively and vibrant street markets. Even if you don’t want to shop, just walking through the bustling streets filled with excited people and twinkling lights is an experience in itself.
Temple Street Night Market is one of the most famous in Hong Kong, and you can find everything there from cheap noodles and spices to expensive jewellery and watches. Ladies’ Market is another popular market that has over 100 clothing and accessories stalls. If antiques are your thing, pay a visit to Cat Street, where you can pick up a vintage bargain.
Hike the Dragon’s Back
Hong Kong isn’t all skyscrapers, shopping malls and the daily grind. This magical city also has some fantastic natural places which are perfect for hiking. One of the most popular natural attractions in Hong Kong is the Dragon’s Back trail.
This 31-mile trail stretches its way through five different country parks and offers some of the most stunning views on Hong Kong Island. Probably the highlight of the hike is reaching the infamous Shek O Peak, where you are rewarded with panoramic views of golden sand beaches, glistening bays, lush countryside and cute little waterfront communities.
If you choose just to hike the Dragon’s Back section of the trail, it can be completed in less than 2-hours, but if you want a more vigorous hike, it can be extended to 6-hours.