The best of Hong Kong
From skyscraper skylines to traditional temples.
Experience an eclectic fusion of new and old in Hong Kong. Explore the labyrinths of markets, stroll through futuristic shopping malls, chow down on street food and try Michelin-star dining. Wander past embellished temples and alongside soaring skyscrapers. Whether you want to hike Victoria Peak or unwind on a beach – uncover the best of this city.
Begin with soaking up the views of Victoria Harbour and hop on a Star Ferry, between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. You will have to travel to Lantau Island to see the Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha). Other interesting attractions include Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road and the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui. Discover the vibrant Temple Street Night Market in Jordan, make time for a day trip to play in Macau (the Vegas of the East) and stroll though the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Sha Tin. Working up an appetite? There’s a sensational collection of food stalls and restaurants that serve soup, noodles and dumplings.
Venture up to Victoria Peak on a hike or by tram and soak up the views of Hong Kong’s famous skyline, away from the bustle of this diverse metropolis. Wander along the Tsim Sha Tsui’s waterfront promenade, step back in time at the traditional fishing village of Tai O and see the striking Kowloon Walled City – then ride the Ngong Ping 360 cable car to Lantau Island to see Big Buddha and the Po Lin Monastery.
Hong Kong is home to a sensational scene of galleries, museums, theatre spaces and contemporary art studios. From the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, with its variety of concerts and exhibitions, to the Chinese Opera House at Yau Ma Tei Theatre – there is plenty to experience. Stroll around the Hong Kong Museum of Art to discover a treasure trove of contemporary works and historic relics. Alternatively, make tracks to the Hong Kong Film Archive for screenings of Hong Kong classics, as well as a range of cinematic exhibitions.
Explore the assortment of shopping districts, from the neighbourhoods of Central, SoHo, Causeway Bay, Sheung Wan on Hong Kong Island – and Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok in Kowloon. There’s a variety of shopping, from malls to markets. Visit the Landmark for fashionista finds, discover shopping and entertainment at the City Plaza, then savour big brands and harbour views at the IFC Plaza. See another side to the city and make a trip to the Temple Street Night Market. When dusk falls, the market comes alive with fortune tellers, aromas of fried noodles and hawkers selling trinkets. Or head to the Ladies’ Market for bargain accessories, clothes and souvenirs along Tung Choi Street.
Whether you’re looking for authentic street food bites, or Michelin-star Hong Kong restaurant delights, there is an array of delicious dishes to try in Hong Kong. Relish sweet and sour dishes at the Luk Yu Teahouse in Central and try one of their brilliantly brewed teas. If you’d rather have dim-sum, Mott 32 is also located in Central; or you can try Tim Ho Wan at North Point. Head to the dai pai dongs (open-air food stalls) to try something new. From bite-size curry fish balls, stinky tofu and siu mai to eggettes – they serve plenty of Cantonese specialties. If you prefer, there are over 60 Michelin-starred restaurants in Hong Kong to choose from.
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.
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.
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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