1. Ocean Park
Hong Kong Ocean Park opened in 1977, is a marine-life theme park featuring animal exhibits, exciting rides, and interesting shows. It offers customers a world-class experience that includes entertainment with education and conservation was recognized when it became the first Asian winner of the biannual Applause Award, the most prestigious award in the amusement and theme park industry. For the locals or travelers who want to see animals and play roller-coaster, Ocean Park is definitely a very good theme park, especially for families.
2. Temple Street Night Market
When the sun goes down, the Temple Street Night Market starts to make music and becomes crowded. There are opera singers performing Canto old style singing, shop owners laying out things to sell and fortune tellers beginning to do their businesses. The Temple Street Night Market is a popular street bazaar, named after a Tin Hau temple located in the center of its main drag, and a place so steeped in local atmosphere that it has served as the backdrop to many memorable movies.
3. Ladies Market
Like many Asian cities, there must be a night market. Hong Kong has a whole day market called the Ladies’ Market, which is on Tung Choi Street providing over 200 stalls of clothing, accessories, and souvenirs. Unlike the others, this one also provides bags, furniture, technology goods, cosmetics, etc. Here, you can buy bags, sunglasses, watches no matter how old you are. This one-kilometer long street will need your haggling and bargaining skills, which are also one of the cultures of Hong Kong.
4. Victoria Harbor
Victoria Harbor is located in between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, separating the two regions. Most people will go to Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, which starts at the Clock Tower with colonial-era culture and extends all the way to Hung Hom on Kowloon side. There is a spectacular light and sound show every night at 8:00 pm called “A Symphony of Lights”, which incorporates a dazzling array of colorful lights synchronized to music with the background of skyscrapers. You can take amazing photographs here with Hong Kong’s famous night view.
5. The Peak
The Peak commonly known as Victoria Peak, ranks the Hong Kong Island in the west, 554 meters above sea level, is the highest mountain on Hong Kong Island. You can simply take a bus or hike to the Peak. However, most tourists prefer to choose the mountaineering peak tram, because it is a transportation of very reasonable value and a fast means of transport. Standing on Victoria Peak, you can look around Hong Kong Island and Kowloon like inlaid in the Victoria Harbor, two pearls embraced each other. Victoria Peak has also become the best place to watch Hong Kong’s wonderful night view of the “Pearl of the Orient”.
6. Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong Disneyland opened in 2005, making Disney history as the first Disney theme park to open in China. It’s located on Lantau Island with 2 Disney hotels. The park consists of seven areas: Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, and Toy Story Land. The theme park’s cast members can speak Cantonese, English, and Mandarin. Also, guide maps are printed in 7 languages. Hong Kong Disneyland offers special and unforgettable experiences that cannot be missed, ranging from Disney Parks’ first Marvel-themed ride, the new ‘Iron Man Experience’ to ‘Star Wars: Tomorrowland Takeover’.
7. The Big Buddha
The Big Buddha is the biggest sitting Buddha statue built outdoor; it is located on Lantau Island. This majestic statue sits atop the peak of Mount Muk Yue. Opposite to the Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery has taken 12 years to plan and build this bronze Buddha statue that symbolizes the stability of Hong Kong, the prosperity of China and peace on earth. The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery are not only an extraordinary work project but also an outstanding art as a Buddhist sculpture in recent history. It is a valuable heritage of mankind.
8. Lan Kwai Fong
Lan Kwai Fong is one of Hong Kong’s most famous and popular nightlife hot spots. There are over 90 restaurants and bars with very wide diversity. The atmosphere ranges from stylish wine pairings to jelly shots and the food on offer is as diverse as the clientele. Every night after 9 pm, the area is crowded with people just off work and with many travelers. During festivals, Lan Kwai Fong usually organizes carnivals and other celebrations, such as beer festival, New Year, Christmas and Halloween.
9. Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple is located in Central Kowloon-Wong Tai Sin, also known as “Sik Sik Yuen,” built in 1945, was listed as Hong Kong historical monuments. It is said that the Wong Tai Sin Temple is a place where Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism are three Confucian classics. At the same time, the Wong Tai Sin Temple is a place where Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism can be read and written, also for the Goddess of Mercy Bodhisattva, Guan Shengdi, and other gods. Many believers, including all the way from abroad to Hong Kong tourists, are attracted to Wong Tai Sin Temple for worshiping and finding fortune teller for a blessing.
The unique and stylish trams have been operated since 1904 in Hong Kong, but trams are only on HK Island from Chai Wan to Kennedy Town. Take a time travel journey and explore one of the city’s historic trams, which only exists here within the whole China. These double-decker streetcars remain an affordable, inexpensive and fun way to get around. Grabbing a seat next to a window on the upper deck, you will pass through Hong Kong’s most colorful and heritage district with the best street views.
Each tram ride costs a flat fare of $2.30 no matter how far you travel. The only change from 1904 is that you can pay by not only cash but also with the local transportation card-Octopus.
Updated: January 17, 2017