What to See and Do in Hong Kong?
10 Iconic Attractions in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a vibrant, diverse and fast-paced city that offers a unique travel experience for visitors from all over the world. Facing the South China Sea and located on the southeast coast of China, Hong Kong has over 250 islands and over 7 million people. For visitors looking to make a trip to Hong Kong, the best time to visit is from October to early December, when the weather is temperate and comfortable.
Even though it is a bustling city, getting around Hong Kong is very easy, especially with a rental car. Transportation is very efficient and Hong Kong is very well connected to its neighbouring cities. For example, the city of Macau, home to a vibrant nightlife and famous for its casinos, is just a 40-minute drive away thanks to the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, a very recent construction that is actually among the longest bridges in the world.
While there is a lot to see and do here, there are a number of things that first-time visitors will want to make a point to see and experience, and it will most likely have them wanting to plan their next trips back here.
Here are 10 Iconic places to visit in Hong Kong, that should be there on your Hong Kong Travel Bucket List:
Victoria Peak gives you incredible panoramic views over Hong Kong. You can take a taxi, bus, or Peak Tram to the top. Or, you can opt to hike your way up to be rewarded with the incredible views.
The Star Ferry is a scenic ferry that takes you on a 10-minute journey to cross Victoria Harbor. While you’re walking and exploring the streets of Hong Kong, it is an intense and bustling experience, though it is an entirely different experience getting to see the beauty of the city from the water. You can still pick up on the energy of the city, but you get to see its lights from afar. Catch a ferry from sunset on for the most incredible views and ferry ride.
Tian Tan Buddha
Known as the Big Buddha, Tian Tan Buddha stands above the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island at over 112 feet high. It is one of the most popular and instagrammable attractions in Hong Kong.
Sky100 Observation Deck
Sky100 Observation Deck is another place to go for views of Hong Kong. This observation deck sits on the hundredth floor of a skyscraper, where you are rewarded with 360-degree views of the city.
Man Mo Temple
Man Mo Temple is a historical landmark in Hong Kong worth seeing. The interior is incredible, dedicated to the god war, Mo Tai, and the god of literature, Man Cheong.
Ocean Park is an amusement park with roller coasters and an aquarium. If you want an adventure to escape the city, head here and don’t forget to go up on the Hair Raiser, a roller coaster, for some incredible views.
Temple Street Night Market
The markets in Hong Kong are known all around the world, and the Temple Street Night Market is a must visit. While many markets close at sundown, this is Temple Street Night Market’s time to shine. You can get a drink out, tuck into a small restaurant outside dining spot, and indulge in the incredible food here. Be prepared with loose cash – to pay the street food vendors, and to grab a chair when you see one.
Repulse Bay is one of the popular beaches in Hong Kong. While you may forget that you are near the water while exploring the city, spending some time near the water while you’re here is essential.
Avenue of Stars
The Avenue of Stars pays tribute to the stars of the city’s film industry, such as Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Bruce Lee, and more. You’ll see handprints, sculptures of the actors and actresses, and beloved tributes along the Avenue of Stars.
Hong Kong Observation Wheel
Similar to the London Eye, the Hong Kong Observation Wheel is situated well in the city where you can get beautiful views of Central and Victoria Harbor from up on the Ferris wheel. It is well worth setting aside 30 minutes one evening to go on this Ferris wheel ride, just be sure to leave enough time to wait in line!
With so much to see and do during your days, keep in mind that the vibrant nightlife here is worth experiencing at least once! The two most popular districts for this scene are Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo.
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