If you’re looking for the best things to do and places to visit in Hong Kong, look no further – the top spots to hit in town will exceed all your vacation expectations. There’s an insatiable energy to the city that you can feel from the temples to the mountains. You’ll have ample opportunity for play and pleasure at its numerous theme parks. And it’s easy to explore nature here, too, with the island and mountain hot spots in the area. To get started planning a trip to the best places to visit in Hong Kong, check out the below list of top things to do nearby, and you’re bound to have a trip you’re not soon to forget.
Also known as Big Buddha, the Tian Tan Buddha, a bronze statue, is the center of Buddhist belief for the people of Hong Kong. It’s a symbol of peace and gently sits upon a lotus for tourists and locals alike to visit.
Lamma Island is a quiet oasis compared to the rest of Hong Kong. No cars are on the island, but the jungle greenery and abundant seafood might offer the respite you need from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. It’s cool, quiet, and artsy. And you’ll have the beaches all to yourself.
Join 20 million travelers each year and hop on Star Ferry to cross between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, easily among the best things to do and places to visit in Hong Kong. It’s delightfully scenic and one of the most fun ways to get around between the cities. Travel at night for an even more scenic ride.
The fastest way to get to the city’s best view is by the Peak Tram. This scenic cityscape is one of the Hong Kong’s most iconic sights. It’s over 1800 feet above sea level and affords views of Hong Kong and Kowloon and the blue water in between.
Make a wager at Happy Valley, a weekly event that attracts people who want to see and be scene. Sure, people race horses here, but the action serves more as a backdrop for the party that happens in the stands.
Hong Kong is home to countless temples, but Man Mo Temple is the oldest. All are welcome here, but this is a sacred space to those leaving offerings to the Taoist gods. You’ll find fortune tellers at the door and people burning incense inside.
This is nothing like the California version. Hong Kong Disneyland sits in Penny’s Bay and boasts stellar seascapes in addition to the normal offerings of Cinderella’s castle and It’s a Small World After All. Spend a day or a week here, and you’ll find yourself suitably enchanted.
These gardens will take you back in time with their classical Chinese style right out of the Tang Dynasty. Flowing water, beautiful trees, and rock arrangements emit serenity and relaxation as you stroll down the paths, free of charge.
Hong Kong features some remarkable markets, but the Temple Street Night Market is the ultimate culmination of antiques, crafts, arts, and just about any other kind of fair that you could desire. Fortune tellers are waiting here to tell you your fate and vendors eagerly await to sell you their wares.
Ocean Park competes with Disneyland as Hong Kong’s top theme park. But Ocean Park is set apart by its variety of sea life and exhibits that attract visitors of all ages. It’s not every day that you can find roller coasters and jellyfish in one place.
Heading to the best things to do and places to visit in Hong Kong isn’t a trip, it’s an adventure. Plan your journey here:
Assistant Editor Ciara is a DC native and East Coast roamer with degrees in both English Professional Writing and Drama & Theatre Studies from Elon University. She's written for a variety of publications including Highway 64, Travel Writing at Elon, and Odyssey. More of her work can be found at ciaracorcoran.com.