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For the first-time visitor to Hong Kong, this compact, densely populated vertical metropolis may seem intimidating. However, boasting one of the world's best urban transport systems, a wide range of accommodation options (ranging from hostels to five-star luxury hotels), an international (and regional) array of culinary delights to fit every budget and countless activities and sights designed with the tourist/traveler in mind, Hong Kong is perfect for both the novice traveler as well as the seasoned globetrotter.

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  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

14 Places

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14 Places

Victoria Harbour

Marinas

Victoria Peak (The Peak)

Observation Decks & Towers

Nathan Road

Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Hong Kong Park

Parks

Star Ferry

Ferries

Kowloon Park

Parks

Central

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Avenue of the Stars

Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Mid-levels Escalator

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Taxis & Shuttles

Lamma Island

Islands, Hiking Trails

Peng chau Island (Ping chau, Pingzhou)

Islands

Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens

Gardens, Zoos

Chung King Mansion

Gift & Speciality Shops

Old Peak Road

Hiking Trails

backpacker31's City Tips

  • Explore the numerous green spaces and hiking/walking trails - literally steps from some of the most densely packed areas on the planet.
  • Many 'local' restaurants offer menus in English. Ask if they have one before you sit down.
  • Hong Kong is a walking city. Wear comfortable shoes.
  • The humidity can be unbearable at times. Carry bottled water when out and about. Rain can occur at any time of the year, especially from April to October - carry an umbrella.
  • Numerous ferries ply Victoria Harbour and access many of Hong Kong's outer islands. Fares are very economical. A ride on the iconic Star Ferry is a must.
  • Make use of the efficient MTR (Mass Transit Railway) which connects virtually every corner of Hong Kong. Tourist Day Passes are available for around 55 HK$.
  • If arriving at Hong Kong International Airport, utilize the Airport Express train to get to the city center (Hong Kong Station or Kowloon Station) - about 25 minutes/90-100 HK$.
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    Victoria Harbour
    Marinas
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    backpacker31 Says:

    Quintessential Hong Kong. Surrounded by gleaming walls of glass and steel skyscrapers, busy with ferries and transport/cargo ships, this is in essence the heart of Hong Kong.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Nighttime is best for viewing the dramatic skyline which is lit up in a multitude of neon lights.
    • Crossing the harbor via Star Ferry is a must. Beware that rush-hour times can be exceptionally crowded.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 899 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of the best reasons to visit Hong Kong 16/08/2018
    • Must do in evening 14/08/2018
    • Victoria Harbour
    Address:
    Central and Western District, Hong Kong Island
    Hong Kong 999077
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2807 6543
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    Victoria Peak (The Peak)
    Observation Decks & Towers
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    backpacker31 Says:

    Locally known as The Peak, this mountain lies in the western half of Hong Kong Island surrounded by numerous parks and high-end real estate. Situated at 554m/1,817ft. above Victoria Harbour, this is the highest mountain on the island.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Walk along the peaceful pathway known as Lugard Road which follows the contours of the hillside, wrapping around Victoria Peak to form a circuit.
    • From Lugard Road, stop to admire (and photograph) the densely packed skyline below - from this vantage point, you will understand the true meaning of a 'vertical city.'
    • Walk up Mount Austin Road to Victoria Peak Gardens, the former site of Mountain Lodge (the Governor's summer residence), where a sprawling, multi-tiered park/garden awaits.
    • If you don't like crowds and are a strong walker, skip the overcrowded Peak Tram and walk up via Old Peak Road to the top of Victoria Peak. Allow at least an hour to walk up.
    • Enjoy 360-degree views of Hong Kong Island as well as the surrounding outer islands via the pathway known as Governor's Walk that forms a circuit around Victoria Peak Gardens.
    • Nighttime is a great time for viewing the illuminated skyline below.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 899 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • WOW! A "must-do"! 20/08/2018
    • Day trip 20/08/2018
    • Victoria Peak (The Peak)
    Address:
    No.1 Lugard Road
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    (852) 2522 0922
    Other:
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    Nathan Road
    Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    backpacker31 Says:

    You'll either love it or hate it. This major shopping and dining thoroughfare is located on Kowloon Island. Several iconic landmarks are located on/around Nathan Road. Very popular with tourists, the streets can become very crowded. Nathan Road is more of an experience than a destination.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • If you want to shop, this is the place - from custom made suits, watches to fit every budget, women's fashion and accessories, cosmetics, electronics/computers and jade.
    • Watch your wallet, purse, etc. as the streets can be quite crowded, making work that much easier for pickpockets.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #109 of 899 things to do in Hong Kong
    • Old town 17/08/2018
    • Something for everyone here. 13/08/2018
    • Nathan Road
    Address:
    Kowloon
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2723 0030
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
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    Hong Kong Park
    Parks
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    backpacker31 Says:

    Located in the heart of the financial center, along the lower slope of Victoria Peak is this 20 acre green lung. Once the site of Cantonment Hill (c. 1841) and Victoria Barracks (1867-1910), today, the newly created (1991) Hong Kong Park blends modern design and facilities within a natural environment. Ponds, lakes, meandering hillside pathways and man-made waterfalls help to create this tranquil environment. A massive aviary (Hong Kong's largest) houses an elevated series of boardwalks where you will be in the company of hundreds of exotic birds. There is a multi-level greenhouse which is home to numerous exotic plants from around the world. Here, a most unusual exhibit houses towering cacti in a simulated dry desert climate, while only steps away, accessed through a narrow passageway, is an exceedingly humid world of densely packed sub-tropical plants.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Combine with a visit to the neighboring Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens.
    • Visit the Museum of Teaware, located in the historic Flagstaff House.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 899 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Urban oasis 19/08/2018
    • Brilliant Park 18/08/2018
    • Hong Kong Park
    Address:
    19 Cotton Tree Dr, Central
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2521 5041
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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    Star Ferry
    Ferries
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    backpacker31 Says:

    Historic, iconic ferry service dating back to 1888. Best (and cheapest) way to see Victoria Harbour and its environs.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The short (3-4 minutes) trip from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon costs roughly 2.80HK$. Tickets are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis. Cash only.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 899 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fabulous! 20/08/2018
    • Quick, convenient, cheap 20/08/2018
    • Star Ferry
    Address:
    Kowloon Point, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2367 7065
    Other:
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    Kowloon Park
    Parks
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    backpacker31 Says:

    Formerly the site of the Whitfield Barracks of the British Army, this 33 acre park dates back to 1970. It contains numerous shaded walking trails, an aviary, gardens, museums, lakes and a huge public pool complex that can accommodate almost 2,000 bathers daily

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Great place to rest and escape the maddening crowds of nearby Nathan Road.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 899 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Relaxing walk in City! 19/08/2018
    • Children’s amusement 17/08/2018
    • Kowloon Park
    Address:
    22 Austin Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2724 3344
    Other:
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    Central
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    backpacker31 Says:

    Business center of Hong Kong. Countless hi-rise office towers sporting a multitude of international corporate logos. Numerous shopping arcades and streets lined with luxury retailers.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Combine with a walking tour of nearby Hong Kong Park and the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 899 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lights, shops, skyscrapers 10/08/2018
    • Best place to hang around 10/08/2018
    • Central
    Address:
    Central and Western District
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2521 8811
    Other:
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    Avenue of the Stars
    Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    backpacker31 Says:

    Hong Kong's answer to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Set along a promenade overlooking Victoria Harbour, Avenue of the Stars includes statues, handprints and signatures of numerous Hong Kong film professionals.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Don't forget to visit the iconic bronze statue of Bruce Lee. You can't miss it - there is always a crowd around it.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in Hong Kong
    • Missing in Action 10/08/2018
    • Bruce Lee and great Victoria Harbor Views 21/05/2018
    • Avenue of the Stars
    Address:
    No.20 Salisbury Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 3118 3000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
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    Mid-levels Escalator
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Taxis & Shuttles
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    backpacker31 Says:

    Ingenious walking system that links the city's Central and Western Districts. This is the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world. It covers over 800 meters/2,600 feet in distance and rises over 135 meters/443 feet. It consists of twenty escalators and three inclined moving walkways. It takes roughly 20 minutes to cover the entire length of the system. The escalators link several residential neighborhoods on the higher levels to the business and financial centers below. At one particular junction, the escalators even connect to an extensive elevated footbridge network - another way to traverse the city from a unique perspective. There are numerous places to stop and get off the moving walkways/escalators which is ideal as there are several places of interest along the route such as cafes, bars, restaurants, shops, markets, historical buildings and parks.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try to avoid taking the escalators during rush hour as it can get quite crowded.
    • Get off at various levels to explore the unique neighborhoods.
    • With lots of cafes, restaurants and bars running alongside the escalators, it is an ideal place to visit around lunchtime.
    • Look for the entrance gate to the Jamia Mosque (on Shelly Street), the oldest mosque in Hong Kong, dating back to 1890.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 17 Transportation in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fascinating way to head up to Mid Levels 10/08/2018
    • Difference on Top of Central 06/08/2018
    • Mid-levels Escalator
    Address:
    Connaught Road, Central and West Distict
    Hong Kong
    China
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
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    Lamma Island
    Islands, Hiking Trails
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    backpacker31 Says:

    A natural island paradise, worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The vast majority of the island is completely pristine with a diverse landscape that includes deserted beaches, protected coves, lush, sub-tropical forests and jagged mountains. With no vehicular traffic, travel is covered either on foot or by bicycle. There are dozens of walking/hiking trails that criss-cross the island passing through several traditional villages.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Enjoy fresh caught seafood on Sok Kwu Wan, a busy street consisting of numerous seafood restaurants.
    • A ferry from central Hong Kong takes roughly 25-30 minutes. Be aware of the return schedules and the last ferry off the island.
    • Hike from Yung Shue Wan to Sok Kwu Wan past small, primitive farming communities, banana plantations, pristine white sand beaches and up/over mountain slopes - approx. 2.5 hours.
    • From the port of Sok Kwu Wan, connect with the trail that loops around the southeast part of the island - approx. 3 hours.
    • If hiking, take the ferry to Yung Shue from central HK and depart Lamma Island from Sok Kwu Wan returning to central HK.
    • Bring plenty of water and comfortable walking shoes.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 899 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dengue Fever Alert 16/08/2018
    • Laid Back 13/08/2018
    • Lamma Island
    Address:
    Lamma Island, Islands Distict
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2982 8100
    Other:
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    Peng chau Island (Ping chau, Pingzhou)
    Islands
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    backpacker31 Says:

    Located just 30 minutes from Hong Kong Central, this small island is a step back in time with its old time, sleepy fishing port/village. With no vehicles on the island, walking or cycling are the only means of transportation. Walking trails bisect the island and wind their way along the rocky coastline. A series of narrow streets make their way from the coast up into the hillier interior where squatter communities survive on primitive farming and fishing methods. Dotting the island are several small Buddhist temples, some dating back to the 1700's.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Head up to Finger Hill which offers incredible panoramic views over the island, neighboring Lamma and Lantau Islands, Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula and Victoria Harbour.
    • Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch at one of the local restaurants located on Wing On Street (a two minute walk from the ferry pier).
    • Ferry service is frequent between Peng Chau and central Hong Kong. Travel time is approximately 30 minutes.
    • Bottled water and comfortable walking shoes are a must as many of the streets/trails are steep.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #101 of 899 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Old China Hand 26/04/2018
    • Peng Chau island hit my buttons. 10/03/2018
    • Peng chau Island (Ping chau, Pingzhou)
    Address:
    Within the Islands District, New Territories West
    Hong Kong
    China
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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    Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens
    Gardens, Zoos
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    backpacker31 Says:

    Dating back to 1864, this is one of the oldest zoological and botanical centers in the world. Located along the north slope of Victoria Peak, it occupies an area of roughly 14 acres. Inside, there are more than 1,000 species of plants, 600+ birds, 70 mammals and 40 reptiles. There are seven species-specific gardens, a massive greenhouse, animal enclosures as well as a series of interconnecting stone walking trails

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Combine with a visit to neighboring Hong Kong Park.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #119 of 899 things to do in Hong Kong
    • Worth a visit! 19/08/2018
    • Neat little place 14/08/2018
    • Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens
    Address:
    Albany Road
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2530 0154
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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    Chung King Mansion
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    backpacker31 Says:

    17-story series of interconnected buildings that date back to 1961. Tenants include low-budget hotels/guesthouses (almost 2,000 rooms under one roof), electronics shops, mobile phone shops, clothing shops, curry restaurants, halal restaurants, sari shops, CD/DVD shops (many pirated) and foreign currency exchange booths/offices. Many of Hong Kong's ethnic minorities live and work here, in particular, Indians, Nepalese, Pakistanis, Afghanis, Iraqis, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans, Sudanese and Nigerians. With more than 4,000 people living in the complex, it has become something of city within the city, a microcosm of society.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • The narrow corridors can get quite crowded. Be alert for pickpockets and watch your belongings.
    • Enjoy delicious Indian/Pakastani food at one of the numerous food vendors located on the main floor. At lunchtime you will find the freshest and largest selections.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #115 of 425 Shopping in Hong Kong
    • Cheap accomadation for travelers on a budget 15/08/2018
    • Central, but will give it a miss next time. 11/08/2018
    • Chung King Mansion
    Address:
    36-44 Nathan Road,Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 9316 8547
    Other:
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    Old Peak Road
    Hiking Trails
    backpacker31 Says:

    A strenuous (yet highly rewarding), uphill walk through 'old Hong Kong' where a dense canopy of foliage surrounds a narrow, winding road/path from Central to Victoria Peak.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • From the Central-Mid-Levels Escalators alight at Conduit Road. Head left along Conduit before turning right onto Hornsey Road which then connects with Old Peak Road.
    • Take plenty of water and sturdy walking shoes as the road is quite steep with high levels of heat and humidity throughout much of the year.
    • Upon reaching the road's zenith at Peak Tower/Galleria, head to the right and follow scenic Lugard Road around Victoria Peak.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #95 of 899 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Take a different route 01/08/2018
    • Bit of incline for fantastic views 29/07/2018
    • Old Peak Road
    Address:
    Victoria Gap
    Hong Kong
    China
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