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Must see attractions in Hong Kong?

What can't I miss during my trip to Hong Kong?  This will be my first time there, so I want to see everything that is considered a bucket list spot, plus any other places that you love!

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Peak Tram-great views and some nice walking paths round there/ bus ride to Stanley and Stanley Market- nice views of the island en route- cafes round the bay, and some interesting temples to visit/ Hollywood Rd, (off Ladder Street) visit Man Mo Temple-can take photos but be sure to leave a donation for the hospital/Cat Street (Upper Lascar Row)- antiques and quirky old stuff- interesting herbalist shops and shops selling paper money, etc for funerals/Victoria Harbour light show-you can take a boat ride for it, but cheaper and you see as much on shore at the Avenue of Stars/Ride a Star ferry/Kowloon-shopping from markets (Ladies and Temple Street) to high end. Beware the tailor's touts/ cheap watch sellers/Macau-Portugese influence interesting-many ferries- get from Macau harbour to old part of city by taking one of the free casino buses-you don't need to be going to the casino to use them. Wander through a casino, though-mind blowing!/ Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island- can do this from airport-take S1 bus to Tung Chung and take Ngong Ping Cable Car Ngong Ping Station/ Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck-100th floor of International Commerce Centre-views amazing/ Ride a junk in Victoria Harbour/Jumbo floating restaurant in Aberdeen and ride in a sampan/take free tai chi lesson at Avenue of Stars or roof of Peak tower 8-9am Mon, Weds, Thurs (book 0n ph 85225081234/Times Square Hong Kong Causeway Bay for shopping/ride Mid Levels escalators/Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple in Kowloon/artist commune in Cattle Depot Artist Village 63 Ma Tau Kok Road/Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery near Sha Tin station

Buy an Octopus card at airport when you arrive-there's a desk there-use on MTR, buses, trams and ferries- wave it over terminal and it calculates fare and tells you what's left on card-great when a tourist unfamiliar with currency. Note: if you use the train from airport, it only has 2 drop off points-Kowloon and HK island so, unless your hotel has a free shuttle bus, you'll need to find your way from there. Airport buses are cheaper-A21 goes to Kowloon and A11 to HK island and more drop off points. Ask your hotel which stop to get off, can use your octopus card and have good luggage storage

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Peak Tram (attraction)
  2. Stanley (attraction)
  3. Stanley Market (attraction)
  4. Hollywood Rd (attraction)
  5. Man Mo Temple (attraction)
  6. Upper Lascar Row (attraction)
  7. Victoria Harbour (attraction)
  8. Avenue of Stars (attraction)
  9. Kowloon (region)
  10. Po Lin Monastery (attraction)
  11. Lantau Island (attraction)
  12. Tung Chung (attraction)
  13. Ngong Ping Cable Car Ngong Ping Station (attraction)
  14. Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck (attraction)
  15. International Commerce Centre (attraction)
  16. Aberdeen (attraction)
  17. Times Square Hong Kong (attraction)
  18. Causeway Bay (attraction)
  19. Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple (attraction)
  20. Cattle Depot Artist Village (attraction)
  21. Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (attraction)
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answered by
Elizabeth from Dallas

Visit the open air bar at night at the top of The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong on Hong Kong island. It's 118 floors up. Amazing! Our tour guide told us to only use the Shanghai tailors and we did. My husband had two beautiful dress shirts made and they were ready in 24 hours.

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  1. The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong (hotel)
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answered by
Jinny from Los Angeles

Hi Tandy, 

Here's my list of things you MUST do in Hong Kong. More in detail and pictures at my blog on 10 Must See and Do in Hong Kong.

1. See the beautiful scenery between the airport going into the city.

2. Hike Up Victoria Peak.

3. Bargain at the Night Markets. 

4. Take a Walk through the Avenue of Stars.

5. Have a Bird’s Eye View from the International Finance Center.  

6. Party at Lan Kwai Fong.

7. Go hiking on Dragon's Back

8. Eat dim sum.

9. Take a Mini Paradise Vacation on Lamma Island.

10. Go on the Ngong Ping 360.

Hope this helps!!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Hong Kong (city)
  2. Victoria Peak (attraction)
  3. Avenue of Stars (attraction)
  4. International Finance Center (attraction)
  5. Lan Kwai Fong (attraction)
  6. Dragon's Back (attraction)
  7. Lamma Island (island)
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answered by
Sofia from Vasteras

It was a long time ago since I went to Hong Kong but I remeber a light-show, it was by the harbor. I also went up to a mountain with a train, called The Peak it was pretty cool! 
Back then they had the longest escalator on earth (don't know if it's still the longest), it was pretty fun to go up the hill with that one but it took a little while :P. I think in the morning (when everyone goes to work) it goes down the hill and in the afternoon/evening (when they go home) it goes up the hill. 
We went to a market called "Ladies market" a couple of times, it's a market right on the street in the evening/night, I think it is every day. They sell everything from t-shirts to tea pots. 

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  1. The Peak (attraction)
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answered by
Richelle from Ningbo

Hi Tandy!

There's so much to do and see in Hong Kong. I'd definitely go up the Peak Tram to see the city from above. Also spend some time wandering around Kowloon. There are tons of markets there, most notably the Ladies' Market. The markets start running in the afternoon and go till about 10pm. Be sure to watch the light show on the Avenue of Stars. It's touristy and not the best light show, but it's fun and a good way to see the city at night. 

You can also take a trip to see the giant Tian Tan Buddha on the outskirts of the city. I'd also suggest heading to the Stanley Market during the day. It takes a while to get up there, but it's well worth it! 

Be sure to also enjoy some dim sum!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Peak Tram (attraction)
  2. Kowloon (region)
  3. Ladies' Market (attraction)
  4. Avenue of Stars (attraction)
  5. Tian Tan Buddha (attraction)
  6. Stanley Market (attraction)
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answered first by
Alejandro from Singapore

Hi Tandy, Hong Kong is a fantastic place with something for everyone. Here are some recommendations for a bit of tourist attractions starting in Mongkok and Kowloon:

Walk around the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade and watch the show: A Symphony of Lights from Kowloon at 8 pm daily.

Cross the straight from Kowloon to Hong Kong (or HK to KL) at the Star Ferry Pier

Go to The Peak to get great views from the city.

Take the cable car to Lantau island and see the Tian Tan Buddha or explore at least one of the new territories

Take a night junk cruise, The Aqua luna (+852 2116 8821) is my favorite

Eat here: Kau Kee Restaurant,

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. A Symphony of Lights (attraction)
  2. Star Ferry Pier (attraction)
  3. The Peak (attraction)
  4. Tian Tan Buddha (attraction)
  5. Kau Kee Restaurant (attraction)
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answered by
Jason from Gold Coast, Queensland

Most of the main stuff has been covered by other members. But my Honk Kongese friend took me to this quaint little fishing village on Lantau Island named Tai O. Its a great step back in time and get you away from the crowds and hustle of the main city. Take a train to the airport and bus to the town.

The most special thing visiting Tai O was seeing the pink dolphins, take a boat trip out to see the old houses on the water and into the bay, theres hundreds of them.

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  1. Lantau Island (attraction)
  2. Tai O (attraction)
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answered by
Craig from Jing'an

A visit up to the Victoria Peak is a must. It's one of the best vantage points in Hong Kong to see the city in all its glory. If you can, go in the later afternoon and stay until after sunset then you get to see all the city lights come on. It can get busy up there so plan ahead.

There are a couple of ways to get to The Peak, but the way you want to go is via the tram. This route is very popular so expect to wait for 15/20 minutes. They usually have a sign saying how long you can expect to wait too.

For something a little off the beaten path, visit some of the neighbouring islands. All easily accessible by a number ferries that run regularly. Lamma Island is a lovely little place. Lots of laid back bars and seafood restaurants. Plus it's very picturesque as it's still an active fishing village.My personal favourite island is Mui Wo (aka: Silvermine Bay). There's some amazing local style restaurants along the waterfront with some of the best food in town, in my opinion :)

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  1. Victoria Peak (attraction)
  2. Lamma Island (island)
  3. Mui Wo (attraction)
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answered by
Rachel from Boston

Hi there! Most people have already mentioned many of the wonderful places to see/things to do in Hong Kong but I would love to offer a few more: 

1. High Tea at The Peninsula Hong Kong

2. Lunch at the famous Jumbo Kingdom. It is a barge and you can pick out your fish on the bottom level, they will cook it, and voila your fresh lunch is served! 

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  1. The Peninsula Hong Kong (hotel)
  2. Jumbo Kingdom (attraction)
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answered by
terry from New York City

Get an overall picture of Hong Kong Hong Kong Museum of History  -- it's visitor friendly and fun. Then walk about 1/2 hour and Star Ferrycross to Central and climb Victoria via the Peak Tram. Take a double-decker bus to Repulse Bay for beautiful views of water and islands or go to Stanley Market

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Hong Kong Museum of History (attraction)
  2. Star Ferry (attraction)
  3. Peak Tram (attraction)
  4. Repulse Bay (attraction)
  5. Stanley Market (attraction)
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answered by
Chiara from San Francisco

Hi Tandy,

Po Hing Fongand Tai Ping Shanare two nice neighborhoods next to each other. You can take a stroll and look at vintage shops and art galleries. “Chachawan” is the perfect spot to grab a bite. It’s creative Thai kitchen with great flavors. If you sit at the counter you can admire the skills of the amazing cooks.

Hong Kong is famous for the beautiful skyline and you have different options to admire the panorama. You can take the Star Ferry and go to the other side of the bay (Tsim Sha Tsui). There is a promenade that offers a great view and takes you to the Hong Kong walk of fame and to the statue of Bruce Lee. The best panoramic point is The Peakon top of the hill that overlooks the city. The terrace opens at 10 AM and the best time to arrive is right before opening time. There is no line to purchase the ticket for the tram and once you get to the top of the hill, you can admire the view from the balcony just below the building where the panoramic terrace is located. If you want to avoid lines don’t go at night.

The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monasterywas completed in the 1950s and it’s located on top of a hill in the Sha Tin district. The surprising thing is that once you get to the temple on top of the hill, you will see more statues and more shrines. Go up until you find a peaceful and purifying waterfall with a white Buddha statue.


From central station take the red metro, change at Mong Kok and take the green line until Kowloon, then take the light blue line until Sha Tin. The metro is fast and it will take you around 30min. When you arrive at the Sha Tin stop, you won’t find any signs for the monastery because not many tourists make their way there. Look around and you will see its red shape coming out of the green forest on top of the hill. Cross the freeway, pass the mall on the left side and you will see a small path and a sign for the monastery. As soon as you turn the corner you’ll see the Buddha statues path.

The best way to top off your day is enjoying a cocktail at the Sugar (Bar Deck) where you can admire the night skyline without tourists. It’s a bit pricey, but because it’s not centrally located, it’s less expensive than others.

Visit my Travel Blog for more travel tips!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Po Hing Fong (attraction)
  2. Tai Ping Shan (attraction)
  3. The Peak (attraction)
  4. Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (attraction)

answered by
Duyen from Hội An

If you are in Hong Kong, you should visit some of these highlights: 

Ngong Ping 360

Po Lin Monastery

Avenue of Stars

Avenue of Stars is a sidewalk attraction where visitors will find plaques emblazoned with the names of famous Hong Kong celebrities.

Symphony of Lights:

Symphony of Lights is a daily spectacular and animated light performance in Honng Kong. This treasured community tradition is a "must-see" especially during the holiday season.

Golden Bauhinia Square

Golden Bauhinia Square is an open area in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. It was named after the giant statue of a golden Bauhinia blakeana at the centre of the area.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Ngong Ping 360 (attraction)
  2. Po Lin Monastery (attraction)
  3. Avenue of Stars (attraction)
  4. Golden Bauhinia Square (attraction)

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