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Things to do in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the most exciting cities in the world, with an incredible choice of things to do and see. Explore the islands, go shopping in thousands of stores and dine on amazing cuisine.

Hong Kong holidays can be traditional or ultra-modern, or a mixture of both – discover fishing villages and temples or admire massive skyscrapers, lit up in neon. Shop at mega malls or explore the night markets of Kowloon, eat at one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants or simply pick up some snacks at a street stall. See ancient art at a museum before dancing all night at a hip nightclub.

Sights and places.

Sights and places

Head up to Victoria Peak, to see awe-inspiring views of Hong Kong’s famous skyline away from the bustle of the city. Step back in time to the traditional fishing village of Tai O, or visit Tsim Sha Tsui’s wonderful traditional promenade. Why not take a boat trip to Macau, known as the ‘Vegas of the East’?

Arts and culture.

Arts and culture

Hong Kong’s status as an arts hub developed over the recent years, with many galleries and museums exhibiting traditional, colonial and contemporary arts. The Hong Kong Museum of Art is a treasure trove of over 15,000 pieces, including both historic antiques and modern works. Film buffs will love the Hong Kong Film Archive, whose walls hold the history of HK’s famous cinema in all its glory.

Shopping in Hong Kong.

Shopping in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a duty free hot spot for fashion, electronics and antiques – brimming with shops, department stores and malls. Explore the IFC Mall in Central or browse the stores at City Plaza. Don’t miss the experience of Causeway Bay, where every inch of space is covered by advertising. Or head over to Mong Kok for its bustling markets to pick up a few bargains.

Eating Out.

Eating Out

Cuisine in Hong Kong is some of the best in the world, especially Cantonese specialities like dim sum – small bitesize morsels. Unbelievably, there are 60 Michelin-starred restaurants in HK, including six with three stars – such as the T’ang Court at The Langham. But even the street food is incredible, so opt for either luxury or cheap – they will both be mouth-wateringly good.

Hong Kong nightlife.

Hong Kong nightlife

Recent years have seen an influx of wine bars and live music in Hong Kong. The lively bars around Wan Chai and SoHo are great, and the hip Lan Kwai Fong is the place to be seen. Over the water in Kowloon, visit Knutsford Terrace’s cocktail speakeasies or the karaoke scene of Minden Road. Those in the know head to the hipster haunts of Mong Kok East.

Family attractions.

Family attractions

Families are well catered for on holidays to Hong Kong, with kid-friendly attractions like Hong Kong Disneyland® leading the way. Take a plunge into the animal-themed Ocean Park, where you’ll find fantastic rides and fascinating oceanariums. Head up the hill to Victoria Peak on the historic tram system, or travel by glass-bottomed cable car to Ngong Ping to see the majestic Giant Buddha in Lantau.

Outdoor pursuits.

Outdoor pursuits

Hong Kong is not often thought of as a place to go hiking, yet the city is surrounded by beaches, parks and forests. There are almost 300km of walkable pathways inside the city limits, and the superb transportation system allows you to use it easily. Don’t miss out on an epic journey across the Dragon’s Back Ridge – voted the world’s best urban walk.

Islands and beaches.

Islands and beaches

Hong Kong is surrounded by beautiful islands with pristine beaches, unspoilt for miles around. Just a short ferry journey from Aberdeen on Hong Kong Island, the relaxed alternative-enclave of Lamma Island has some great beaches. Families should head to the bustling Shek O beach, or for surfers, Big Wave Beach on the east of HK Island will entertain for hours.

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