1. Ride a ferry/boat
The public transport in Hong Kong is so convenient and so cheap! Although you can catch the subway across from Kowloon to Hong Kong island and vice versa you gotta experience the ferry across! It’s only a 5-10minute boat ride but you’ve got Victoria Harbour to look at as well as Hong Kong Island skyline.
2. Escape to the beach – or an island
The city is great but if you want to see a totally different side to Hong Kong, head to one of the seaside towns such as Stanley, Repulse Bay, Sai Kung Peninsula or Shrek O. For a cultural experience, the islands Lamma and Lantau are great.
They both make ideal day trips given they have so much to offer. Lantau has got: the a giant Buddha one of the largest seated Buddha statues in the world!), temples, traditional fishing villages, Nyong cable car, sandy beaches and plus plenty of shops and restaurants. Oh, and this is also where Disneyland is located.
Lamma is very picturesque, laid-back and peaceful with temples, caves and coves, beaches, hiking trails and an abundance of seafood restaurants on offer. Another great and completely different side to Hong Kong to be explored that I recommend!
3. Have a drink on a rooftop bar.
There are an abundance of bars across the city, all which vary in location and price. Pick one or a few and really enjoy the experience and take in the vibe and atmosphere. Ones to check out can include: Tapagria (my favourite), Ozone, 270 Degrees, Brick Lane and Sugar. I personally preferred the views from Kowloon looking over Hong Kong Island.
4. Go Shopping
If you enjoy shopping, Hong Kong have some great shopping spots. Try Causeway Bay, Central and Tsim Sha Tsui.
5. Visit The Peak
Yes touristy but honestly, the view is so spectacular! The Peak is about 428 meters above sea, and offers stunning panoramic views across Hong Kong and probably some of the best you will get from this high. We went to Victoria Peak in the late afternoon which was perfect as we saw the view turn from daylight to night-time. Just incredible!
6. Head to adventure parks for fun
Hong Kong is home to Disneyland and Ocean Park. Despite Disneyland being one of the smallest, it still holds a whole lotta’ fun! Same goes for Ocean park, you’ll be sure to have a fun day out. Tip: Avoid school holidays for the worst crowds and weekends if you can.
7. Taste Hong Kong’s culinary delights
All self confessed foodies will have a big grin on their face when I say there is so many great food experiences in Hong Kong! Walk through the street food markets, head to Mongkok for local specialities (dim sums included), experience a high tea in a fancy hotel in the city, check out Soho for food diversity and wine bars, drink to much milk tea and seriously, the list goes on!
8.Relax in a park
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and visit Nan Lian Garden. The classical Chinese gardens are stunning and although a little out of the way, it’s definitely worth a visit if time allows.
9. See Hong Kong’s creative and historic side
Check out the Museum of Art, Osage Kwun Tong and for music lovers, Hidden Agenda. There’s also the Hong Kong Museum of History which is steeped with Hong Kong’s fascinating past and present.
10.Visit street markets
Head to Mongkok for the famous Ladies Markets and nearby the Flower Market (there is also Stanley market on HK Island). Mongkok alone is a district to explore and spend time walking through. Come here hungry and you will find a ton of street style food that is cheap. If you do head to the markets, they sell all your typical touristy trinkets and souvenir stuff, and expect to bargain for anything you want to buy. I personally didn’t find anything to buy, but I still enjoyed wandering through and looking at everything.
11. Hike Dragons Back
For keen fitness goers, Dragons Back is a moderate level hike that offers spectacular ocean views. The views up Dragon’s Back are best on a sunny day and you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the coastal areas bordering the South China Sea and Shek O beach. To get there, catch the metro from Central to Shau Kei Wan MTR station and from there hop on bus 9, which takes you to the beginning of the hike!
12. Walk along Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
It’s quite a relaxing and leisurely stroll walking along the promenade and it’s from the promenade that you get some of the best uninterrupted views looking over the busy Victoria Harbour sea and Hong Kong island skyline. Any time of day is nice, but if you go for a walk around dusk you can catch the sun as it sets over the skyline!
13. Watch the Symphony of Lights show
Every night at 8pm watch from Kowloon for the best views of the light show that illuminates over the big skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island. The lights are so impressive and the show lasts for about 15 minutes.
14. Walk until your feet hurt
Walk everywhere you possibly can. Walk and explore the different districts in the city and just walk, walk, walk! Your feet might hurt by the end of the day but just think of all the exercise you’ve just done and food you’ve burnt off.
15. Take a daytrip to Macau
If you don’t fancy to stay on Macau for a night or two, you could consider taking a day trip over instead. Macau’s got rich traditional Chinese culture and Portuguese colonial architecture which dates back many years (the Portuguese settled in Macau in the 16th century on the island but there is still a heavy Chinese influence nowadays). Macau is also better known as the ‘gambling capital of the world’ with it’s abundance of casinos that puts Vegas to shame and nightlife that attracts many to visit but despite the vibrant nightlife, the captivating history of Macau is bound to interest many who aren’t into the nightlife.