From Victoria Peak to Man Mo Temple – The best tourist attractions in Hong Kong
So you’ve finally booked your bucket list trip to Hong Kong. Your dream route is pages long but you can’t decide what to do first!. The list of the best tourist attractions in Hong Kong could go on forever, but if you want to make the most of your time in this vibrant city, we’ve rounded up 10 experiences not to be missed.
The most important place that should be on every Hong Kong itinerary is Victoria Peak. As the highest point on Hong Kong Island, Victoria Peak offers breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views of the cityscape.
At dusk, the blue sky blends with pink and orange, and as night falls, the cityscape transforms into a dazzling galaxy of light. During the day your view can stretch across the skyscrapers to Victoria Harbor and beyond to the New Territories.
The best way to reach Victoria Peak is on the aptly named Peak Tram. The tram is one of the most famous and oldest funicular railways in the world, opened in 1888.
Nowhere else in Hong Kong will you find such spectacular views, making Victoria Peak one of Hong Kong’s top tourist attractions.
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Lantau Island is Hong Kong’s largest island and is home to a number of must-see tourist attractions. For nature lovers there are scenic sea views, phenomenal hiking trails and pristine beaches.
If you still crave breathtaking views after visiting Victoria Peak, the Ngong Ping Cable Car is a must-do.
You can explore the traditional fishing village of Tai O, the earliest developed fishing village on the island. The canals between the traditional stilt houses have dubbed this little oasis the “Venice of Hong Kong”.
You cannot leave Lantau Island without visiting the Tian Tan Buddha. Perched on 268 steps, this 26.4 meter high bronze statue represents Buddha Shakyamuni, who symbolizes the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and faith.
Hong Kong Disneyland
While visiting Lantau Island it is also worth visiting Hong Kong Disneyland.
The Happiest Place on Earth is a popular tourist attraction around the world, and Hong Kong Disneyland has to be one of the happiest.
Some might think that Disneyland is only for families with kids, but we argue that even the young at heart will enjoy exploring Tomorrowland, Fantasyland and Adventureland.
Get your heart pumping on Hyperspace Mountain or soak up the lights and colors at the Paint the Night parade.
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Avenue of Stars & Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
When all the excitement of Hong Kong is overwhelming, the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade is a must-see tourist attraction in Hong Kong. Beautiful views of Victoria Harbor and the Hong Kong skyline make this relaxing walking tour one of the top things to do in Hong Kong.
To start your walking tour, we recommend starting at the old clock tower of the Kowloon-Canton Railway, a landmark of old Hong Kong. You will pass the Hong Kong Cultural Center and the Museum of Art, which are worth a visit alone.
You’ll soon arrive at the Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong’s answer to the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a tribute to Hong Kong’s brilliant film industry. For kung fu film fans, the 2.5 meter high statue of kung fu legend Bruce Lee is worth seeing.
After 8:00 PM, if you’re still sightseeing along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, you can catch the Symphony of Lights – the world’s largest permanent laser light show – which projects lights from 42 skyscrapers.
Wong Tai Sin Temple
This bustling Taoist temple is a destination for all walks of life in Hong Kong, from students, retirees and business people to parents and young professionals.
Built in 1973, this temple is dedicated to a healer named Wong Tai Sin, who is said to have turned rubble into sheep. Locals visit the temple to pray for good health and some to use chim (bamboo sticks) to prophesy the future.
If you have time, take a stroll in the nearby Good Wish Gardens with their gazebos, traditional zigzag bridges and carp ponds.
Hong Kong History Museum
The many museums scattered throughout the city are must-sees for Hong Kong tourists.
However, if you only have time to visit one, make it the Hong Kong Museum of History. Hong Kong has a long and fascinating history, since the last Song Dynasty emperor fled there 700 years ago.
The Hong Kong Museum of History houses more than 4,000 exhibits spanning over 400 million years, from fossils and ancient carvings to folk costumes and cannons.
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The second largest amusement park in Hong Kong, Ocean Park is a worthy entry on our list of amazing Hong Kong tourist attractions.
Ocean Park has a lot to offer its visitors as the park is an oceanarium, aquarium, animal theme park and amusement park all in one. This attraction features a giant aquarium dome that is home to thousands of fish from over 400 different species. There are also orcas and dolphins. For those whose interests lie above the waves, the park’s resident giant pandas, Ying Ying and Le Le are major draws.
If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, you’ll find it here too. The Hair Raiser roller coaster will get your heart pumping and give you incredible views – although you’re probably traveling too fast to enjoy them.
Temple Street Night Market
As night falls, the neon lights of Temple Street Market come alive and the street quickly fills with locals and fellow travellers. Stretching from Man Ming Lane in the north to Nanking Road in the south, Temple Street is a fantastic place to immerse yourself in Hong Kong’s daily life.
Here at the night market you can find almost anything you can imagine. Sample the delicious street food offered by the Dai Pai Dongs and go shopping. Follow the example of the locals and haggle with the vendors for everything from clothes, watches, shoes, cookware and just about anything else you can think of.
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You might not think of “beaches” when you think of Hong Kong, but maybe you should. Some of Hong Kong’s best tourist attractions are its incredible stretches of soft, golden sand and cool waters.
The beach at Repulse Bay is particularly popular with locals. With the beautiful views and excellent swimming conditions, it can get crowded at times, but if you time your visit properly, it can also be relaxing.
With all the exciting things to do in Hong Kong, you might not think much about relaxation. However, the coast is also lined with trendy restaurants and shops. The hills surrounding Repulse Bay are home to luxury apartment blocks, making this small area home to some of Hong Kong’s wealthiest residents.
Man Mo Temple
The oldest temple in Hong Kong, built in 1847, you’ll likely smell the incense emanating from Man Mo Temple long before you see it. Located on the famous Hollywood Road, worshipers at this temple honor Man, the god of literature, and Mo, the god of war.
An odd pairing perhaps, but you’ll often find the temple full of students cramming for exams. While there are many Man Mo temples in Hong Kong, the one on Hollywood Road is the largest and most famous.
It’s easy to see why the temple’s peaceful and atmospheric atmosphere is a pleasant escape from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong’s streets. Man Mo Temple is one of the top tourist attractions in Hong Kong, making it a must-see on any traveler’s itinerary.
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