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Essential Hong Kong

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Hong Kong is a city of endless possibilities but if you only have a few days to spare, these are the things you absolutely must see and experience.

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  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover

22 Places

5 City Tips

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22 Places

Day 1

Cordis, Hong Kong

Hotels

Causeway Bay

Neighbourhoods

Sogo Mall (Causeway Bay)

Shopping Malls,

Hysan Place

Shopping Malls,

Cafe Corridor

Restaurants

Times Square

Shopping Malls, Points of Interest & Landmarks,

Peak Tram

Tramways

Victoria Peak (The Peak)

Observation Decks & Towers

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Restaurants

Day 2

Ngong Ping 360

Observation Decks & Towers, Tramways, Lookouts

Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)

Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery

Sacred & Religious Sites, Islands, Monuments & Statues

Mongkok

Neighbourhoods

Ladies Market

Flea & Street Markets,

Fa Yuen Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Day 3

Stanley, Hong Kong

Historic Walking Areas, Flea & Street Markets

Stanley Market

Flea & Street Markets,

Stanley Plaza

Shopping Malls

Star Ferry

Ferries

Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade

Piers & Boardwalks, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Victoria Harbour

Marinas

Symphony of Lights

Performances

Amy B's City Tips

  • The most affordable and convenient transport into the city from Hong Kong International Airport is via taxi.
  • Public restrooms are not as abundant in Hong Kong as they are in other countries. You will find restrooms in restaurants, fast food stores and malls, but not in transit stations.
  • When using escalators in Hong Kong, keep to the right.
  • The MTR is the quickest and easiest way to get around Hong Kong. There are maps in every station to help you find your way to the major tourist attractions in the area.
  • Pick up an Octopus Card at any MTR (Mass Transit Railway) station. These can be used to tap on and off trains, buses, trams and ferries in Hong Kong making it easy to get around.
    Day 1
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    Cordis, Hong Kong
    Hotels
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    Amy B Says:

    Langham Place Mong Kok sets itself apart from other hotels in Hong Kong with its superior service and modern styling. Located in one of the busiest areas in the city, it is a perfect base from which to explore.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The hotel is connected to the Langham Place Mall via footbridge. The mall has many food options as well as an MTR station entrance.
    • Families of three who often struggle to find suitable bedding arrangements will like the 'Trio Place' room category here.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 727 Hotels in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Comfortable, convenient, great service 16/01/2018
    • Incredible hotel! 16/01/2018
    • Cordis, Hong Kong
    Address:
    No.555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    011 852 3552 3388
    Other:
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    Causeway Bay
    Neighbourhoods
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    Amy B Says:

    Causeway Bay, while not as busy as Mong Kok, is still a thriving, lively area of Hong Kong. The best shopping district in the city, it is home to some must-see malls such as SOGO Department Store and Times Square.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Use Exit D from Causeway Bay MTR Station, start at SOGO and work your way around to Times Square.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 851 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Shoppers paradise 15/01/2018
    • Shop till you drop 13/01/2018
    • Causeway Bay
    Address:
    East to Wanchai, West to Pak Kok
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    85224343033
    Other:
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    Sogo Mall (Causeway Bay)
    Shopping Malls,
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    Amy B Says:

    SOGO is a 13-storey, Japanese department store where you can find anything and everything. Here you will find what seems like a never-ending array of brands from mid-range to luxury. Each floor is categorised by product type; wind your way up each floor and catch the lift back down.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Exit D from the Causeway Bay MTR Station.
    • SOGO's 'Thankful Week' sales in May and November provide the best discounts.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #96 of 851 things to do in Hong Kong
    • Department Store with gorgeous food hall. 16/01/2018
    • Sports equipment 15/01/2018
    • Sogo Mall (Causeway Bay)
    Address:
    555 Hennessy Road
    Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-28338338
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Hysan Place
    Shopping Malls,
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    Amy B Says:

    Hysan Place shopping centre provides mid-range to luxury brands in an easy layout and is much less crowded than other malls in the area.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Opposite SOGO Department store.
    • Exit F1 from Causeway Bay MTR Station.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #110 of 851 things to do in Hong Kong
    • Great food court 21/09/2017
    • Happy Hysan 11/09/2017
    • Hysan Place
    Address:
    500 Hennessy Road
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2886 7222
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 - 22:00
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Cafe Corridor
    Restaurants (Cafe, Italian)
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    Amy B Says:

    This little hole in the wall café is not easily found, however it will provide the best flat white in Hong Kong. If you need your daily coffee fix, make it a point to stop here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • This is literally a 'hole in the wall' - blink and you might miss it. Opposite Times Square, the entrance to Cafe Corridor is located in between Blancpain and Kiehl's.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1,812 of 7,855 restaurants in Hong Kong
    • A little jewel 30/12/2017
    • Over-priced lukewarm coffee n desserts 24/12/2017
    • Cafe Corridor
    Address:
    G/F, 26A Russel Street, Causeway Bay
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-60965013,852-28922927
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 23:00
    Mon - Thu
    08:30 - 23:00
    Fri
    08:30 - 00:00
    Sat
    12:00 - 00:00
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    Times Square
    Shopping Malls, Points of Interest & Landmarks,
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    Amy B Says:

    Times Square is a large, 9-storey shopping mall mainly catering to luxury brands.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Exit A from Causeway Bay MTR Station
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 851 things to do in Hong Kong
    • Busy but a good shopping place 06/01/2018
    • Best shopping centre in Causeway Bay 27/12/2017
    • Times Square
    Address:
    1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-21188900
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Peak Tram
    Tramways
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    Amy B Says:

    The Peak Tram is one of the most popular ways to reach Victoria Peak. The cable railway ascends for around five minutes and offers a unique view of the city.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The wait for the Peak Tram can often be long and the area cramped. If you are claustrophobic, this is not the option for you. The Peak can also be reached via bus (number 15).
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 851 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Crazy queues 15/01/2018
    • Worth doing 15/01/2018
    • Peak Tram
    Address:
    No.1 Lugard Road
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-28497654
    Other:
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    Victoria Peak (The Peak)
    Observation Decks & Towers
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    Amy B Says:

    Victoria Peak provides the most spectacular view of Hong Kong. The lights of Hong Kong are beautiful at night and there is nowhere better to see them than here.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you don't want to use the Peak Tram, catch bus number 15 from the Exchange Square bus terminal opposite Central MTR Station. The bus trip takes longer, but is more scenic.
    • If you don't want to pay to ascend the Peak Tower, there is a nice lookout a short walk to the left as you exit the Peak tram terminus.
    • Have dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. The views from a window seat are something you won't get anywhere else.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 851 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great view 15/01/2018
    • Well worth a visit 15/01/2018
    • Victoria Peak (The Peak)
    Address:
    1 Lugard Rd
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-28497654
    Other:
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    Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Seafood)
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    Amy B Says:

    The perfect place for dinner with a view. Grab yourself a window seat and tuck into some coconut shrimp, it will be a meal you won't forget!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Bookings aren't necessary but be prepared to wait a little while for a window seat.
    • The coconut shrimp is the best. Seriously.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #84 of 7,855 restaurants in Hong Kong
    • Definitely must visit 14/01/2018
    • Pleasant surprise 14/01/2018
    • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
    Address:
    Shop 304 & 305, Level 3, The Peak Tower, 128 Peak Road
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2849 2867
    Price range:
    US$32 - US$45
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Ngong Ping 360
    Observation Decks & Towers, Tramways, Lookouts
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    Amy B Says:

    Ngong Ping Village, while by no means quiet, is a nice escape from the city. Here you will find the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery. The best way to reach Ngong Ping village is by cable car - the scenic ride takes around 20 minutes and offers 360 degree views.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Catch the MTR to Tung Chung and then buy a ticket for the Ngong Ping Cable Car.
    • For those not fond of heights, there are buses which will also take you to Ngong Ping Village.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 851 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice place but too tourisy... 15/01/2018
    • Good day attraction 15/01/2018
    • Ngong Ping 360
    Address:
    11 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau Island
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-36660606
    Price range:
    US$3 - US$3
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)
    Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Amy B Says:

    The Tian Tan Buddha (or Big Buddha) took over a decade to plan and construct. It is a beautiful feat of architecture which draws pilgrims from across Asia. Ascend around 260 steps for a closer look - you won't be disappointed.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Visit the Po Lin Monastery also while in the Ngong Ping Village.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 851 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful Tranquil & Outstanding View 16/01/2018
    • Greatest attraction of Lantau. 15/01/2018
    • Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)
    Address:
    Lantau Island
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    85236660606
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:30
    Other:
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    Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Islands, Monuments & Statues
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    Amy B Says:

    Po Lin Monastery has been around for more than a century and is still active today. Visit to immerse yourself in buddhist culture and see very important piece of Lantau's history.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Climb to the Tian Tan Buddha first and the monastery will be a nice reprieve after.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 851 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Largest Buddha in S E Asia 15/01/2018
    • A whole day trip from Kawloon to Po Lin. 15/01/2018
    • Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery
    Address:
    Lantau Island
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +86 903 509 4316
    Price range:
    US$2 - US$2
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Mongkok
    Neighbourhoods
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    Amy B Says:

    Mong Kok is everything you imagine Hong Kong to be. It's cute, kitschy shops, night markets and food stalls all rolled into one eclectic area.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • It's easy to get lost in Mong Kok so take note of street names and try and remember where you came from.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 851 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lots of people shops and city vibes 16/01/2018
    • Would not rush back. 14/01/2018
    • Mongkok
    Address:
    Kowloon
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    52391006
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Ladies Market
    Flea & Street Markets,
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    Amy B Says:

    Night markets are a must-visit for anyone who wants to discover Hong Kong and the Ladies Market is a brilliant place to start. These markets showcase some of Hong Kong's most famous vibrant culture. Explore the wares on offer and try your hand at haggling!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Don't be afraid to try your hand at haggling. The stall owners will probably find your attempts humorous and you will only get better with practice!
    • Always know what you want to pay before you pick up an item.
    • Remember you are in a flea market and expect that level of quality from the products you purchase.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #67 of 851 things to do in Hong Kong
    • Bargain shopping 15/01/2018
    • Great open air market 15/01/2018
    • Ladies Market
    Address:
    Tung Choi Street
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    91737786
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Fa Yuen Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Amy B Says:

    Fa Yuen Street is also known as 'Sneaker Street' and is the best place in Hong Kong to buy (as the name suggests) sneakers of any kind. Store after store showcases an enormous selection of sneakers and sportswear at affordable prices.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • While the stores with different ranges seem endless, the prices won't differ so don't worry about shopping around once you've found what you want.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #127 of 851 things to do in Hong Kong
    • Gearing up for CNY 15/01/2018
    • The place for T-shirt 24/11/2017
    • Fa Yuen Street
    Address:
    Near the centre of Kowloon
    Hong Kong
    China
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Stanley, Hong Kong
    Historic Walking Areas, Flea & Street Markets
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    Amy B Says:

    Stanley is a scenic, seaside area with a relaxed, easygoing vibe. From beaches, to markets, to restaurants Stanley has it all.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Spend the morning at the markets, then grab some lunch at Stanley Plaza.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 851 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Different feel from the rest of hong kong 16/01/2018
    • Fabulous day trip, bus ride included. 15/01/2018
    • Stanley, Hong Kong
    Address:
    South District, Hong Kong Island
    Hong Kong
    China
    Other:
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    Stanley Market
    Flea & Street Markets,
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    Amy B Says:

    Stanley Market is quieter and more relaxed than its Mong Kok counterparts. Here you won't be haggling but you will find a greater and higher quality selection of goods.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Most stall owners within Stanley Market won't haggle with you. There are signs up in most stalls identifying 'set prices'.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 851 things to do in Hong Kong
    • Got myself a souvenir 15/01/2018
    • Small shops in Stanley 15/01/2018
    • Stanley Market
    Address:
    Stanley Beach
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    85221780093
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Stanley Plaza
    Shopping Malls
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    Amy B Says:

    Stanley Plaza houses many great places to eat while in the Stanley area. Visit Classified to try some great Italian food or if you're just after a coffee The Cupping Room has you covered.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There's also a New York Fries and a McDonalds if you need somewhere easy to take the kids.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #149 of 851 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great view from the deck! 02/11/2017
    • A cut above... 06/05/2017
    • Stanley Plaza
    Address:
    Chi Zhu JiaMei Dao 7Hao
    Hong Kong
    China
    Other:
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    Star Ferry
    Ferries
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    Amy B Says:

    The Star Ferry is a fun way to cross Victoria Harbour and see the Hong Kong skyline in all directions.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you would like to see the Symphony of Lights show from on the harbour, make sure to board the ferry at 8pm.
    • If you have an Octopus Card you can tap on and off, no need to buy a ticket.
    • The Star Ferry travels between Central (Pier no. 7) and Tsim Sha Tsui (Star Ferry Pier).
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 851 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice affordable ride 16/01/2018
    • Nice place to spend evening 16/01/2018
    • Star Ferry
    Address:
    Kowloon Point, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-23677065
    Other:
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    Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
    Piers & Boardwalks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Amy B Says:

    The Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade offers spectacular panoramic views of the famed Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong skyline.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Walk the Avenue of Stars down towards East Tsim Sha Tsui for a less crowded viewing spot.
    • This is a great vantage point from which to watch the Symphony of Lights show at 8pm.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 851 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Place of happening 16/01/2018
    • Hustle bustle, Lights and Money 16/01/2018
    • Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
    Address:
    Tsim Sha Tsui
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2807 6543
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Victoria Harbour
    Marinas
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    Amy B Says:

    Victoria Harbour is famous for its panoramic views of Hong Kong's towering skyscrapers. A significant historical landmark, the harbour is best taken in from either the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade or from on board the Star Ferry.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • For a quieter vantage point walk the Avenue of Stars down toward East Tsim Sha Tsui.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 851 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Place with tranquility and crowd 16/01/2018
    • Great views 14/01/2018
    • Victoria Harbour
    Address:
    Central and Western District, Hong Kong Island
    Hong Kong 999077
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2807 6543
    Other:
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    Symphony of Lights
    Performances
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    Amy B Says:

    The Symphony of Lights is a large, permanent light and sound show that takes place on Victoria Harbour daily at 8pm.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The show is best viewed from either the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade or on board the Star Ferry.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 19 Concerts & Shows in Hong Kong
    • Light show overrated but view stunning 27/12/2017
    • Light Show 26/12/2017
    • Symphony of Lights
    Address:
    Tsim Sha Tsui, Yau Tsim Mong Distict
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +86 10 8718 4576
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    20:00 - 20:30
    Other:
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