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82 Best Hong Kong Attractions Every Tourist Must See

One of the Asia’s most cosmopolitan city, Hong Kong makes an unforgettable first impression. Relatively small in size and very densely populated, Hong Kong is a territory of contrasts, merging its rich English and Chinese heritages.

From futuristic skyscrapers, high-tech transportation, countless restaurants and shopping malls to colonial relics and Buddhist temples, Hong Kong welcomes visitors with an iconic skyline, colourful traditions and some of the best attractions travellers will ever witness.

Take a trip to Lantau Island to visit the Po Lin Monastery, and the Big Buddha, or visit the Tai O Fishing Village. The entire village is built on stilts above the tidal mudflats of the area. Or take a tour into Mainland China to see the highlights of the city of Guangzhou. If you’re having trouble planning your trip, check our 5 Day Hong Kong Itinerary.

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Hong Kong Attraction FAQs

Is there public transport in Hong Kong?

A well-developed public transport system in Hong Kong makes traveling convenient and inexpensive. You can easily get around Hong Kong by using public buses and MRT trains. Ferries serve routes to outlying islands, and for history fuelled travel, there is the popular 110-year old retro double tram transport option. Public transport rides can be paid with a simple tap of the Octopus Card, which can be topped up at metro stations and convenience stores.

Public Bus

The bus system in Hong Kong is very easy to use and routes cover almost all of Hong  Kong, except some outlying islands. Final destinations are shown on the front of the buses in both English and Chinese languages.

Please note that buses in Hong Kong have self-service ticketing and change is not given, so travellers should make sure they are carrying the correct change before getting on a bus or using the Octopus Card to pay the ticket fare.

Hong Kong MTR

Hong Kong Subway MTR (Mass Transit Railway) is the rapid transit railway system in Hong Kong. It is efficient and affordable public transport option in the city. The railway network consists of ten urban lines, one Airport Express line that connects the airport and downtown, one light rail system with routes serving the northwest New Territories, and one tourist cable car system.

If you’re using the Octopus Card, you can enjoy a discounted fare on MRT. The trains run from early morning until late night, seven days a week, all 365 days of the year.

Taxis

Taxis in Hong Kong are also relatively affordable. You will notice taxis in three colours according to their operating areas, however all taxis serve Hong Kong airport.

  • Red taxis cover most destinations within the city (except Tung Chung Road and roads in south Lantau Island);
  • Green taxis operate in the north-eastern part (i.e. north of Sha Tin) and north-western part (i.e. north of Tsuen Wan) of the New Territories;
  • Blue taxis serve on Lantau Island and Chek Lap Kok.

 

How far is from the airport to the city?

There are plenty of choices to get to and from the airport in Hong Kong. Traffic permitting, you can reach the city in approximately half an hour.

The Airport Express Train

It takes only 24 minutes to reach central Hong Kong by the Airport Express. This railway links Hong Kong airport directly to Hong Kong’s central business district. Trains depart at about 10-minute intervals from 05:54 to 23:28 and approximately 12-minute intervals from 23:28 to 00:48 daily. From Kowloon or Hong Kong stations, there is a free shuttle bus service, taking passengers to most major hotels and transport interchanges. There are five Airport Express stations in Hong Kong with convenient In-town check-in desk.

Hong Kong One Way Luxe Airport Shuttles Ticket

Public Buses are slower (45 minutes to 1 hour), but comfortable and relatively inexpensive option to get from the Hong Kong airport to the city. Main Routes to Central (including Kowloon) are A11, E11, N11 (night bus). For schedules, check Citybus website or Long Win Bus website. Make sure that you have plenty of change for exact fare or buy Octopus Card prior to boarding a bus. Alternatively, for a more direct and stress free trip, you can book a shuttle bus.

Taxis

Taxis offer a fast and flexible way to and from Hong Kong airport. There is a taxi station at the airport, located by the left-hand ramp outside the Arrivals Hall. Taxis in Hong Kong are colour-coded according to their operating areas and it takes around 30 minutes to get to the centre.

Urban taxis (Red) serve all destinations throughout Hong Kong including the airport except Tung Chung Road and roads in south Lantau. New Territories (N.T.) taxis (Green) serve only the New Territories and specific roads in Lantau. Lantau taxis (Blue) serve all destinations in Lantau and the airport.

Alternatively, you could opt for a more private and luxury experience with an MVP transfer.

 

Is there a Hop on Hop off Bus in Hong Kong?

Hop-on Hop-off bus tours are popular and convenient way to explore Hong Kong attractions. There are three sightseeing routes that carefully designed to show as many of the must-see sights as possible. All three routes are available on a one-day or two-day passes. Check Big Bus Hong Kong Hop On Hop Off Tour.

Another interesting option is Hong Kong TramOramic Sightseeing Tour plus 2-Day Tramways Ticket.

 

Can you see any Hong Kong Attractions on long Airport Stopovers?

If you have a short one-day airport stopover or few days layover in Hong Kong, you have time to explore some of most popular attractions in the city and choose from various layover tours. One day is enough to get a little taste of this thriving cosmopolitan city. If you have at least five to seven hours to spare, check Private Hong Kong Layover City Tour: City Sightseeing with Round-Trip Airport Transport or Hong Kong Layover Tour to Lantau Giant Buddha with Cable Car and Boat Ride.

 

When is the Best time to visit Hong Kong?

Hong Kong has a monsoon-influenced subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid with frequent monsoons and typhoons during this time of the year. Winters are mild and relatively dry. The best time to visit Hong Kong is from October to late December when temperatures are mild and pleasant.

Chinese New Year celebrations, which normally falls in January and February, make this period another great time to visit Hong Kong, purely to enjoy some of the lively and colourful celebrations in the city.

 

What happens in Hong Kong on New Year’s Eve?

New Year’s Eve is widely celebrated in Hong Kong and there are many parties to choose from according to your taste and budget. The main public celebration happens at the beautiful Victoria Harbour. Every New Year’s Eve there is a spectacular countdown that can be observed together with the happy crowds gathered along the shoreline, or more privately from the boat or one of the towering skyscrapers.

 

What happens in Hong Kong on Chinese New Year?

Even more celebrated is Chinese New Year (also known as Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival), which normally falls in January and February. This is generally a bigger celebration so expect to see dragon dances on the streets and firecrackers at various markets, shops and popular public areas.

Chinese New Year Tours

Watch a traditional parade or see the Chinese New Year fireworks on Victoria Harbour, this annual event is a once in a lifetime experience. Join a guided tour and book your seats for the best views of colourful celebrations as Hong Kong celebrates one of the biggest events each year.

 

Are there popular annual events in Hong Kong for Tourists?

  • Hong Kong Chinese New Year: normally falls in January/February and is the most popular 15-day celebration in Hong Kong.
  • Hong Kong Arts Month is a popular annual event that happens every March. Both local and overseas artists bring inspiring exhibitions, dance, music and many more events to the city.
  • Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival happens in June annually under the modern skyline of Victoria Harbour.
  • the CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival  highlights word-class food, drinks and entertainment at the end of October.
  • Hong Kong Great November Feast is held over full month of November. During this time visitors can enjoy everything from special tastings and gourmet carnivals to special local gastronomy tours.
  • Hong Kong Winterfest happens every December, when Hong Kong celebrates with spectacular light shows, seasonal events and special shopping offers.
  • Every New Year’s Eve there is a spectacular countdown public show that happens at the beautiful Victoria Harbour.

 

What is weather like in Hong Kong?

  • Winters are mild and relatively dry making this season one of the best times to visit Hong Kong. January is the coldest month with an average temperature of 61°F (16°C).
  • Spring brings warmer weather together with rain and humidity. Temperatures start at around 68 °F (20°C) and increase to around 86°F (mid-30°C) towards the summer months.
  • Summers are hot and humid with frequent monsoons and typhoons during this time of the year. July is the hottest month, with an average high of 84°F (29°C).
  • Autumn weather (September to December) is the most unpredictable, but offers less humidity and temperatures are cooling from the crushing heat of summer. The average temperature during fall is 24C (75F) with very few rainy days, especially towards the end of the year.

 

Where are the Best Areas to Stay in Hong Kong?

Some of the most popular areas to stay in Hong Kong are Central area, Sheung Wan, Tsim Sha Tsui and Wan Chai.

  • Central area is a business hub (great location for business as well as leisure travellers). It is located near Victoria Peak and Lan Kwai Fong, two of the most popular spots in Hong Kong. This area is great for eating out and famous for beautiful views.
  • Sheung Wan is a great alternative to the Central area as there are more budget friendly hotels for money conscious travellers.
  • Tsim Sha Tsui is a popular area for tourist located at the base of Kowloon. Close proximity to Victoria Harbour, with its stunning views of the famous Hong Kong’s skyline, makes it a huge selling point for this area. Tsim Sha Tsui has both luxury options and budget accommodation.
  • Wan Chai is a commercial area also very popular with travellers because it has many cheaper accommodation options than its nearby districts.

 

What are the Must See Attractions in Hong Kong?

Many of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong can be done both independently and on guided sightseeing tours. Here are some of the top must see attractions in Hong Kong.

The Peak

The Peak is the highest point in Hong Kong island and a must see spot for beautiful panoramic views of the city. You can reach it via the Peak Tram, which offers superb views of the city as visitors climb the steep mountainside, reaching nearly 400 meters.

Big Buddha

The Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha) is one of the most recognizable and iconic Hong Kong attraction, worth climbing all those steps to the top to reach the giant bronze statue and Po Lin Monastery. Man Mo Temple is one of the Hong Kong’s oldest temples dedicated to the gods of literature.

Temple Street Night Market

Temple Street Night Market is a colourful attraction for the night-time in Hong Kong. Here you can find souvenirs and shop for bargains, find different local dishes and even consult a fortune-teller.

Ocean Park

Ocean Park Hong Kong is a beloved theme park located on the Southside of Hong Kong Island with many animals and exotic birds as well as adrenaline inducing rollercoasters.

Hong Kong Disneyland

One of the most famous themeparks in the world, Disneyland, will be a must visit for all families with kids. Enjoy thrill rides, meet Mickey Mouse, and watch the traditional princess castle light up with fireworks at night.

Tai O Fishing Village

The Tai O Fishing Village is a completely different experience from the crowded bustle of the city. Do not miss exploring quieter, more traditional way of life with a boat ride around the village.

 

Which Attractions are a Day trip from Hong Kong?

There are some great day trip options from Hong Kong.

 

Is there an Attractions pass?

Iventure Card

You can save a tonne of money if you’re planning on seeing many attractions in Hong Kong and Macau with the iVenture Attractions Pass. This pass allows you to visit 14 of the island’s most popular attractions, including must see attractions in the city. You have a choice of three or five consecutive days for this sightseeing depending on the option you choose. With this attractions pass you will also get a 25% discount for purchasing the round-trip the Airport Express tickets.

 

What Attractions can you visit in Hong Kong at night?

There are plenty of attractions and places to visit in Hong Kong in the evening. Have a look at this assorted list of popular night tours in Hong Kong.

Some popular attractions for evening sightseeing include walking tours, such as Hong Kong Night Walking Tour; evening cruises, like Aqua Luna Evening Cruise At Victoria Harbour Hong Kong or combination tours including both sightseeing and a cruise, like Hong Kong Night Tour The Illuminated City and Harbour.

For nature lovers, there are more adventurous sightseeing options, such as the Ultimate Adventure Night Hiking Tour: Lantau Peak For Sunrise or Hong Kong Wildlife Night Walking Tour: Fireflies and Bats.

 

Are there any Shore Excursions for Travellers on Cruises?

There are some great shore excursions that include must-see attractions and are perfect choice for cruise travellers stopping in Hong Kong. Have a look at Hong Kong Shore Excursion: Full-Day City Sightseeing and Hong Kong Shore Excursion: Central District Tour.

 

What are the Best Hong Kong Attractions or Activities for couples?

Dinner for Two

What can be more romantic than enjoying stunning views over a lovely meal with your loved one? The Hong Kong Harbor Night Cruise and Dinner at Victoria Peak and the Hong Kong Sunset Cruise plus Dinner at the Jumbo Floating Restaurant are no doubt one of the best Hong Kong attractions for couples.

Helicopter Ride

If you are looking for once in a lifetime unforgettable adventure, check Helicopter Sightseeing Tour in Hong Kong and enjoy stunning birds-eye view of the Hong Kong Island. If you want to make it even more special, choose private Hong Kong Helicopter Flight and Full Day Sightseeing Trip just for the two of you.

Night Cruise

For inexpensive and romantic evening in Hong Kong, board a traditional Chinese sightseeing junk and marvel at the dazzling Symphony of Lights laser show at the Victoria Harbour. Have a look at reasonably priced Symphony of Lights Hong Kong Harbour Night Cruise. If sightseeing on a luxury yacht with a cold drink in hand is more your style, consider the Victoria Harbour Night tour.

Other popular activities for couples are leisurely evening strolls along the Tsim Tsa Tsui Waterfrong Promenade and sun-soaked picnics in one of the beautiful parks in Hong Kong.

 

What Hong Kong Attractions can you see on a Budget?

You can do plenty of sightseeing on a budget in Hong Kong. Good place to start are self-guided audio tours and Hop-on Hop-off bus tours. Both are inexpensive and convenient ways to explore Hong Kong attractions. Another good option for a short one-day overview of Hong Kong is Hong Kong Travel Pass Combo: MRT Pass, Ngong Ping Cable Car and Big Budha Tour.

City tours are also worth considering, especially reasonably priced walking tours around Hong Kong.

 

Are there any bike tours in Hong Kong?

It would take nerves of steel to cycle within Hong Kong’s downtown, but bike tours in the untouched New Territories and guided biking tours are an entirely different story. Plenty of choices include small group tours, such as popular Hong Kong City Historical Bike Tour or family friendly tours, like Tolo Harbour Biking Adventure in Hong Kong.  There is longer cycling group tour available for more dedicated cyclists and for a short activity there is a popular Half Day Hong Kong Cycling Tour Including Dim Sum Lunch.

 

Are there any extreme activities in Hong Kong?

Here are some extreme activities for travellers looking for some adventure:

If you prefer everything to be organised by an experienced guide, here are some recommendations:

 

Are there any photography tours in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is an absolute joy for any photographer who is looking for colourful mix of futuristic and colonial architecture, stunning skyline, panoramic views and interesting merge of rich English and Chinese heritage. For unique guided experience, have a look at the Hong Kong Vintage Photo Tour With a Polaroid Camera.

 

What are the best cruise tours in Hong Kong?

Cruise tours are very popular attraction in Hong Kong. The many types of available cruises include Day Cruises, Night Cruises, Dinner Cruises, Sunset Cruises and even Hong Kong Pink Dolphin Watching Cruise.

Cheap Cruises

The good budget friendly options are Aqua Luna Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour of Victoria Harbour and Victoria Harbour Night Cruise, for more different sightseeing itinerary check Sai Kung Cruise by Traditional Wooden Sampan.

Tours

By choosing Hong Kong Harbour and Temple 3 Hour Cruise you will have a unique combination of the cruise and the visit to the Hong Kong’s oldest temple, while Full Day Hong Kong Sightseeing and Beach Cruise will let you experience it like a local.

  Dinner Cruise

The Hong Kong Harbor Night Cruise and Dinner at Victoria Peak and Hong Kong Sunset Cruise plus Dinner at the Jumbo Floating Restaurant are more romantic and very popular options amongst all visitors.

 

Are self-guided audio tours available in Hong Kong?

Self-guided audio tours are available in Hong Kong. This tour is excellent value for money, so if you are on a tight budget and short on time, this downloadable and self-guided tour is a good sightseeing option in Hong Kong. Self-guided tours normally last 1 to 3 hours and there is no set start time or strict timing for the tour.

 

What are the best walking tours in Hong Kong?

The best walking tours in Hong Kong have great local guides and engaging itineraries. Choose one of the general introduction walking tours or try more specific tours with emphasis on Hong Kong’s culture, history, architecture, or local lifestyle. The best cultural and history tours give a good overview of the main attractions and city’s heritage. Here are some walking tour we recommend:

 

What are the best water activities in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong has many cruises, sailing and water tours as well as plenty of water activities. The best water activities we recommend in Hong Kong are kayaking adventures and snorkelling tours. For the lovely combination of both, check out Snorkelling and Kayaking at Hoi Ha Marine Park.

 

Are there any interesting classes or workshops in Hong Kong?

If you are looking to learn something new on your holiday in Hong Kong, there are some interesting local classes and workshops. Popular choice is the Small Group Tai Chi and Kung Fu Class in Hong Kong. For more delicate workshop, check the 2-Hour Private Chinese Porcelain Masterclass.

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