Hong Kong is one of the most densely-populated places on earth. Composed of three different islands (Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and the New Territories), there are more than enough sights and sensations to soak up during any type of trip you have planned. From traditional street markets and beautiful temples to the fast-moving, skyscraper-dotted streets, to the endless food and drink options, there is so much to do here. This is one of my favorite cities in the world and I always fly into it when I visit Asia to take in the sights, eat dumpling and dim sum, and have a fun night out.I can’t get enough of the city, and if you are a foodie like me, it is heaven. It’s hard not to walk away a few pounds heavier. Hong Kong is one of the most exciting places on earth and, even after countless places, the city remains in my top five. Please don’t rush your visit.
Top 5 Things to See and Do in Hong Kong
1. Visit the temples
2. Take the Star Ferry
3. Ride 360 Ngong Ping
4. Visit the street markets
5. Ride the Peak Tram
Other Things to See and Do
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1. Sheung Wan District
Famous for its bird’s nest and shark fin soup (which you should not eat), this area reflects the old Hong Kong. High end apartment and office blocks tower over small stores and traditional markets and it’s less developed with modern buildings than other parts of the city.
2. Jungle trekking
Outside the congested area of the city you’ll find lots of places to explore nature. You can explore or trek along one or more of the eight different “geo-areas” distributed across the Sai Kung Volcanic Rock Region and Northeast New Territories Sedimentary Rock Region. Both areas provide a great place to experience a side of the city few people ever see because they can’t escape the hustle and bustle of the area!
3. Disneyland and Ocean Park
If you’re on a family trip, or even if you’re a backpacker in touch with your inner child, head to Disneyland or Ocean Park for a fun-filled day. Hang out with Mickey Mouse and shake hands with sea creatures. Moreover, you can see Giant Pandas at Ocean Park, which in itself justifies the whole visit. Tickets are not cheap and a day in either park will put a dent in your wallet…but somethings are worth it!
4. Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront
Stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront, and take in the breathtaking skyline view of Hong Kong island. While you’re here, make sure to visit the Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong’s answer to the Hollywood “Walk of Fame.”
5. Mai Po Natural Area
This endless stretch of mangrove forest and muddy swampland is a paradise for birds and invertebrates. Overs 430 kinds of birds have been documented here. From October to April you can even watch the annual migrations. It’s another option to see more than just the buildings of HK.
6. Visit the Po Lin Monastery
Built in 1924, this temple is situated on Lantau Island. It is commonly known as the ‘Buddhist Kingdom in the South,” and ranks as the most magnificent structure among the four Buddhist temples in Hong Kong.
7. Explore Tung Shoi Street
Also known as Ladies Street, this open-air bazaar is situated in the central area of Mong Kok. It is one of the busiest places in Hong Kong and is filled with shops and cheap goods. Remember to bargain!
8. Experience the nightlife at Lan Kwai Fong
LKF is the main nightlife and party area in Hong Kong and is filled with tons of bars, clubs, sheesha, and cheap drinks. Nights out here are wild and crazy and the place is packed any night of the week. If you’re looking to get wild, you can’t go wrong here.
9. Hike the Dragon’s Back
This trail is easily accessible from the city and is a nice way to spend a day outside the hustle and bustle of the city. The trail will take a few hours, so be sure to bring lots of water. There are also plenty of other trails in and around the city, too!
10. Rent a junk boat
If you can round up a group of 15 or so people you can rent an entire junk boat for the day (or half-day). Sail around the harbor in traditional style. Expect to pay around 200 HKD per person.