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Hong Kong for Amateurs

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Want to avoid the crowds, not spend a fortune and see things from the eyes of a local? Here are some tips on how to avoid crowds which are pretty much a constant in Hong Kong. Where are the "cheap eats" and where are the cool but off the beaten path places to see?

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  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

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21 Places

Happy Valley Racecourse

Horse Tracks

Victoria Harbour

Marinas

EXpresso at The Excelsior

Restaurants

Cheung Chau Island

Islands

Ted's Lookout

Restaurants

Victoria Peak (The Peak)

Observation Decks & Towers

Tsui Hang Village(Causeway Bay)

Restaurants

Aladin Mess

Restaurants

The Mixing Bowl

Lessons & Workshops

Lanson Place Hotel

Hotels

Hutong

Restaurants

Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery

Sacred & Religious Sites, Monuments & Statues, Islands

Hong Kong Skyline

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze)

Sacred & Religious Sites

Dragon's Back

Hiking Trails

Jade Market

Flea & Street Markets

Ngong Ping 360

Tramways, Lookouts, Observation Decks & Towers

Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)

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

Hong Kong Disneyland

Theme Parks

The Dining Room(Hysan Place)

Restaurants

Hysan Place

Shopping Malls,

Calidiva50's City Tips

  • No tipping is required. Most all restaurants add a 10% service fee. For the taxi driver, they apprciate a top up. I usually go to the next 5 or 10 ie if tab is 23.40, I pay 25.
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    Happy Valley Racecourse
    Horse Tracks
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    Calidiva50 Says:

    Want a fun night out that can be easy on the pocket book? HKD10 to enter and minimum bets at HKD10 as well. Can't help you if you decide to bet more!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 878 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very nice to eat and enjoy 18/06/2018
    • YOU MUST GO 18/06/2018
    • Happy Valley Racecourse
    Address:
    Happy Valley Racecourse, Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    1817
    Hours:
    Wed
    18:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Victoria Harbour
    Marinas
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    Calidiva50 Says:

    To get the full effect of the Harbour, go at sunset

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    Tips
    • View the city from the Intercontinental Hotel lobby in Kowloon
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 878 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Sunset on the Harbour 22/06/2018
    • Nice harbour 22/06/2018
    • Victoria Harbour
    Address:
    Central and Western District, Hong Kong Island
    Hong Kong 999077
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2807 6543
    Other:
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    EXpresso at The Excelsior
    Restaurants (Cafe)
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    Calidiva50 Says:

    No time to go to Macau for the famous "po tat"? Come get them here hot out of the oven. It's like eating creme brulee in a buttery flakey crust. To die for. Plan your trip for the AM or midday tea because they go fast.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #62 of 8,818 restaurants in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A hidden gem! 30/05/2018
    • Great coffee, friendly staff 08/04/2018
    • EXpresso at The Excelsior
    Address:
    Excelsior Hotel, 281 Gloucester Road,Causeway Bay
    Causeway Bay
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-28376777
    Other:
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    Cheung Chau Island
    Islands
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    Calidiva50 Says:

    A 30-40 minute ferry ride escape from the noise and hecticness of Hong Kong. No cars other than emergency vehicles. Walk past the pier and the crowds lessen. Be sure to explore the streets behind the main street. Love the local shops. You will be nicely surprised to be able to cross from one end to the other very quickly due to the small width in the middle. Nice hiking also

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Check the ferry times to avoid waiting
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 878 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great day out 22/06/2018
    • Great holiday escape and a glimpse of another Hong Kong... and Chiba 21/06/2018
    • Cheung Chau Island
    Address:
    Southwest of Hongkong Island
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    29810606
    Other:
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    Ted's Lookout
    Restaurants (Bar, Pub)
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    Calidiva50 Says:

    Fun evening hangout in an outdoor environment. Nice snacks but a bit pricey. Bartenders are friendly and entertaining.

    Good for
    • Friends
    Tips
    • A hideway from hectic downtown
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2,382 of 8,818 restaurants in Hong Kong
    • Wouln't go back there... 15/06/2018
    • The worst service ever 14/06/2018
    • Ted's Lookout
    Address:
    G/F, Moonful Court, 17A Moon Street, Wan Chai
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-25200076
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 22:30
    Other:
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    Victoria Peak (The Peak)
    Observation Decks & Towers
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    Calidiva50 Says:

    Visiting The Peak is a must do at sunset. Skip the line for the Tram and take a taxi up and down. Trust me, the view if not that great on the tram and the waiing time can be insane. Take the bus down, sit up top and on the left side. Great views. Good place to sit is at the Pacfic Caffe. Only downside is that all outdoor space is filled with smokers. If you like walking, there is the Garden Trail which goes all the way down to Central. Fully paved and shaded in most sections. Take your time to enjoy the greenery. There is also a trail from the Peak down to Pok Fu Lam Reservior. Long walk down steep stairs. Take water.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Love the sunsets here
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 878 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Birthday at ‘The Peak’ 23/06/2018
    • Lots of construction going on but views are still good 23/06/2018
    • Victoria Peak (The Peak)
    Address:
    1 Lugard Rd
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-28497654
    Other:
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    Tsui Hang Village(Causeway Bay)
    Restaurants (Chinese, Asian)
    Calidiva50 Says:

    Nice dim sum and dinner menu. Get the Peking Duck and make sure you have it prepared two ways. My fav on the second way is lettuce cups.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • You should pre-order the cuk
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,256 of 8,818 restaurants in Hong Kong
    • Great Xiao Long Bao 08/06/2018
    • Limited dim sum 15/10/2017
    • Tsui Hang Village(Causeway Bay)
    Address:
    22/F, Lee Theatre Plaza, No.99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2409 4822
    Other:
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    Aladin Mess
    Restaurants (Indian, Asian, Pakistani, Middle Eastern)
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    Calidiva50 Says:

    Nice Indian food in the heart of Causeway Bay. Mango lassi is especially nice. Very bus place with many Indians so the food has to be authentic!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #358 of 8,818 restaurants in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Delicious Food 22/06/2018
    • Average 19/05/2018
    • Aladin Mess
    Address:
    2/F, 60 Russell Street
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-28080250
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$10
    Hours:
    Thu
    11:30 - 15:00
    18:00 - 23:00
    Fri - Wed
    11:45 - 15:00
    18:00 - 22:45
    Other:
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    The Mixing Bowl
    Lessons & Workshops
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    Calidiva50 Says:

    Great place to pick up some new baking skills. The team is very patient. Only gripe is that the place is small but this is Hong Kong. I took the macaron class. Very happy with the outcome.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 37 Classes & Workshops in Hong Kong
    • Learn so much :D 03/06/2018
    • Fantastic Hong Kong Baking Class 05/05/2018
    • The Mixing Bowl
    Address:
    #22-26, Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan
    23/F, The Pemberton
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2524 0001
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    09:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Lanson Place Hotel
    Hotels
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    Calidiva50 Says:

    Very spacious and modern accommodations in the heart of Causeway Bay. Nice and quiet in the evenings. While the place does not have a restaurant, there are plenty of places to eat nearby. Staff is exceptional.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Enjoy the open pour during the evening. All you can drink for one price!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 731 Hotels in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great service 21/06/2018
    • Recommend 21/06/2018
    • Lanson Place Hotel
    Address:
    No.133 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    011 852 3477 6888
    Other:
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    Hutong
    Restaurants (Chinese, Asian)
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    Calidiva50 Says:

    Great place for a special occasion dinner. Must have is the spicy chili crab. Arrange to have dinner cross over 8pm so that you can see the light show.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • There is a minimum spend of HKD400.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #109 of 8,818 restaurants in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Delicious food and good view 22/06/2018
    • Spectacular 18/06/2018
    • Hutong
    Address:
    28/F, One Peking Road,Tsim ShaTsui, Kowloon
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-34288342
    Price range:
    US$32 - US$90
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 14:30
    18:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Monuments & Statues, Islands
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    Calidiva50 Says:

    The biggest Buddha I have seen so far. Much bigger than the Giant Buddha in Kamakura. Be sure to purchase the vegetarian meal outside the monastery. To see the Buddha, you have to hike up a lot of steps so be prepared. On the first visit, we took the crystal cabin. It's not that big of a deal honestly. But it is faster than taking the bus which can be up to an hour. The "village" is nothing more than shops with overpriced trinkets for the tourists. Sorry but if there is a Starbucks, it is not a real village.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Take the regular cabin up and crystal back to avoid the lines. Go early. Too many tourists.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 878 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good 22/06/2018
    • Get early ...! 22/06/2018
    • 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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    Hong Kong Skyline
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Calidiva50 Says:

    If you are fortunate to be here on a clear day then head up to the peak during the daytime. Otherwise, go out at night and across to Kowloon. Hang out along the Avenue of stars and then pop into the Intercontinental Hotel lobby for drink.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Must see at night
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 878 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Spectacular 22/06/2018
    • Lovely city view 22/06/2018
    • Hong Kong Skyline
    Address:
    Hong Kong Island, along Victoria Harbor
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    85261317558
    Other:
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    Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze)
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Calidiva50 Says:

    What a surprise in a hidden place like Shatin. We took the walk up which is rigorous. Along the way, wild monkeys are hanging out. Really cool to see the variety of statues and it was all free. No charge to enter.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Do not carry food. The monkeys will accost you.
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 878 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Serene 19/06/2018
    • amazing 18/06/2018
    • Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze)
    Address:
    Lots 358-359,IN D D 185, Shatin
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852 2691 1067
    Other:
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    Dragon's Back
    Hiking Trails
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    Calidiva50 Says:

    The views of the island are amazing! While the walk is long and moderately difficult, stopping at Big Wave Beach was totally worth it. How fun to see people surfing in Hong Kong. You have to be in fair shape to to this hike. Take water and sun protection. And take some snacks. No where to stop for food along the way. I would do this hike again.

    Good for
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Start early to avoid the heat of the day.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 878 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • ONLY ONCE 18/06/2018
    • Very nice Hike! Awesome views 18/06/2018
    • Dragon's Back
    Phone:
    85231050767
    Other:
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    Jade Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Calidiva50 Says:

    A great place to buy trinkets that are cheap jade as well as other baubles. Yes, you have to haggle but don't insult them as they will turn you away. You will see stalls and stalls all with the same stuff so don't buy from the first place you see. There are a few stalls with unique items like cow bone tea scoops and jewelry boxes.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • The market is not open during most of Chinese New Year.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #339 of 878 things to do in Hong Kong
    • Not a nice experience 20/06/2018
    • My suggestion go with a Cantonese speaker 06/06/2018
    • Jade Market
    Address:
    Kansu Street
    Hong Kong
    China
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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    Ngong Ping 360
    Tramways, Lookouts, Observation Decks & Towers
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    Calidiva50 Says:

    The village is just stores selling overpriced items. You can walk through this section pretty quickly on the way to the Buddha.

    Good for
    • Solo
    Tips
    • Skip the village. Nothing special to see.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 878 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome Crystal Cabins and Charming Tai O Village 23/06/2018
    • Magnificent View especially in the Morning 23/06/2018
    • 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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    Calidiva50 Says:

    A must see. Be sure to also visit the 10,000 buddha monastery.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Check the weather forecast. Can't see buddha if it is foggy
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 878 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • not to be missed 23/06/2018
    • Wonderful experience 23/06/2018
    • 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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    Hong Kong Disneyland
    Theme Parks
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    Calidiva50 Says:

    If you love Disney, you have to visit here. The connector tram is very cute. Themed handles and windows shaped like Mickey's head. It will disappoint as the park is small compared to the US. But, it is the perfect size for one day. No Dole whip but there is mango whip in the Toy Story section. Look for it because it is the only tasty food in the park. Not much variety. A hot dog would have been great. No such thing. Stay for the night parade and hangout to avoid the crowd on the train. And go on their version of Thunder Mountain. It goes forwards and backwards!

    Good for
    • Family
    Tips
    • Go during the week and early to avoid the crowds.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 878 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Smaller than expected but still full of fun 23/06/2018
    • Just another attraction 22/06/2018
    • Hong Kong Disneyland
    Address:
    Lantau Island
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 3550 3388
    Price range:
    US$350 - US$350
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:30 - 20:30
    Other:
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    The Dining Room(Hysan Place)
    Restaurants (Chinese, Asian)
    Calidiva50 Says:

    Small plates of tasty foods I especially like the buns with the toasted bottom. Service could be better, especially when busy. Regularly have to ask the status of our food.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Be patient.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1,050 of 8,818 restaurants in Hong Kong
    • Horrible experience 23/05/2018
    • Fast Shanghai Style Dim Sum 01/04/2018
    • The Dining Room(Hysan Place)
    Address:
    Shop 1201, 12/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-26482299
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    Hysan Place
    Shopping Malls,
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    Calidiva50 Says:

    Skip the shopping and get to the 11 and 12 floors for food choices. Kitchen's 11 has 11 food choices. The stone pot kitchen is nice. Also, 10th floor feature Ten Ren tea counter. The most delicious teas I have had due to the freshly brewed teas used.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Nice food options at reasonable prices
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #132 of 878 things to do in Hong Kong
    • Nice mall 19/06/2018
    • Bookshop lovers!! 07/06/2018
    • 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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