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Hong Kong - Top Attractions

13 Mar 2011  The Best of the Best - For those with limited time in HK
4.5 of 5 bubbles based on 67 votes

Last Updated - January 2014

Having lived in Hong Kong for a while we decided to come up with a list of attractions that represented a best of the best for each of the main areas of Hong Kong.

We specifically designed this list for those only able to visit and explore Hong Kong for a few days. For longer visits, there is much more to Hong Kong that is worth seeing. Because this is a personal list, it will be different from others. These are simply the places we have enjoyed the most and wanted to share with visitors.

Inclusions are arranged by their proximity to other nearby attractions, they are not listed in a favourite-to-least favourite or chronological order.

Top Attractions in Hong Kong

1.) Hong Kong Island
a. Victoria Peak (visited by the Peak Tram)
b. Hong Kong Park (several nice attractions here)
c. Ding Ding Tram
d. Causeway Bay (HK's shopping mecca)
e. Happy Valley (HK's premiere race track)
f. Stanley (relaxing seaside community)
g. Ocean Park (Hong Kong's local Theme Park)

2. Kowloon Peninsula
a. Victoria Harbor (riding the famous Star Ferry)
b. Avenue of Stars (views of Hong Kong Skyline)
c. Peninsula Hotel Lobby (Afternoon Tea)
d. Tsim Sha Tsui (great shopping scene in Kowloon)
e. Hong Kong Museum of History and Science Museum
f. Mongkok Markets (The Fab Five - HK's best street market scene)
g. Chi Lin Nunnery and the Nan Lian Garden

3. N.T., Lantau Island and further beyond
a. Man Fat Sze - 10,000 Buddha Monastery (Sha Tin)
b. Hong Kong Heritage Museum (Sha Tin)
c. Disneyland (Lantau Island)
d. Ngong Ping 360 and the Big Buddha (Lantau Island)
e. Sai Kung (relaxing seaside community)
f. Macau Day Trip

4. How about Chinese Food?
a. Peking Garden (TST) - Family fun Chinese dining experience
b. Springdeer (TST) - our favorite for Pekinese food
c. Crystal Jade Xiao Long Bao - favorite Shanghainese dim sum

5. Other Useful Resources
a. Discover Hong Kong Website (HK Tourism Board)
b. Hong Kong Observatory

We have written reviews for each of the attractions listed above. These reviews (w/pictures) can be viewed below if useful.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Hong Kong
  • Category: Perfect day
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Never been before, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Students, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Victoria Peak (The Peak)
    Victoria Peak (The Peak), Hong Kong, China

    Click the above link to read one of our reviews for Victoria Peak

    Victoria Peak is a classic Hong Kong attraction, offering one of the most recognizable views in the world of Victoria Harbour, the Hong Kong Skyline and Kowloon Skyline.

    This is the spot of many postcard image photographs of Hong Kong. However, the value of your visit is highly dependent on air quality and sky conditions. Being flexible with your itinerary while in Hong Kong can afford you better opportunities to see the outstanding views from Victoria Peak.

    Victoria Peak is best visited by riding the famous Peak Tram but can also visited by using bus number 15 which services The Peak from the lower Central District.

  • 2. Peak Tram to Victoria Peak
    Peak Tram, Hong Kong, China

    Click the above link to read our review of the Peak Tram.

    The historic Peak Tram is an iconic Hong Kong attraction and a downright fun way to make your way to Victoria Peak. You start your journey from the Peak Terminus but do be aware of the crowds, which can be very long (easily 1+ hours) so best to start early if you want a more leisurely visit.

  • 3. Ding Ding Tram (One of the ten best trolley rides in the world)
    Hong Kong Tramways (Ding Ding), Hong Kong, China

    Click the above link to read our review of the 'Ding Ding' street tram.

    National Geographic calls the Hong Kong 'Ding Ding' one of the ten best trolley rides in the world, and its easy to see why. This is a great way to travel between Central and Causeway Bay, riding a slow 'Ding Ding', like passengers have done here for over 100 years.

    This is something visitors can do very quickly and easily and is an activity that children can enjoy as well. Just board the ding-ding at one of the many hop-on, hop-off stops with HK$2.30 (adult) or HK$1.20 (children) in hand or tap your Octupus Card and off you go!

    We much prefer to ride on the top level, in the front is the very best but those seats are very frequently taken. Best to have your camera ready as there always seems to be something to take a picture of when looking out the Ding Ding windows.

  • 4. Causeway Bay (HK's Shopping Mecca)
    Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, China

    Click the above link to read our review of Causeway Bay as a shopping hotspot in Hong Kong.

    There is no better place in Hong Kong to spend your time, effort and money shopping than in Causeway where you encounter and endless collection of shopping malls, centers, street markets and literally thousands of shops, all within a short walking distance. This is one of the two best shopping areas in HK, along with Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon.

    While most come to this area of Hong Kong to shop, the dining in Causeway Bay is also recommendable.

  • 5. Happy Valley Racecourse (HK's Premiere Horse Racing Track)
    Happy Valley Racecourse, Hong Kong, China

    Horse racing is the unofficial sport of Hong Kong and the historic Happy Valley Racecourse can make a great day out for those interested in this sport.
    Located in Wan Chai District, Happy Valley is easily accessible from most parts of Hong Kong with race days usually taking place here on Wednesdays. Sunday races are held at the Sha Tin Racecourse in the New Territories.

  • 6. Stanley (Relaxing Seaside Community)
    Stanley, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

    Click the above link to read our review for the seaside community of Stanley, a great place to spend time away from the chaos of Hong Kong.

    While many come here simply for the famous Stanley (day) Markets there is actually quite a lot to see and do in Stanley making it a great place to spend 1/2 a day or longer.

    1. Stanley Markets
    2. Stanley Promenade (row of restaurants and bars)
    3. Historic Murray House
    4. Blake Pier
    5. Stanley Plaza (more nice dining and mall shopping)
    6. Tin Hau Temple
    7. Stanley Military Cemetery

    Stanley is well connected the the Central and Admiralty districts in Hong Kong and is best reached by taking buses #6, 6A, 6A , 65, 66 or 260 which each make there way to or have drop offs at Stanley.

    Stanley can also be visited part of a combined day trip with Ocean Park. In this case, visit Ocean Park early and try to visit by early afternoon. Bus transportation onward to Stanley is another 30 minutes and the Stanley Markets begin to close up around 6 to 6.30pm.

  • 7. Ocean Park Theme Park
    Ocean Park, Hong Kong, China

    Click the link above to rear our review for Ocean Park, one of the best ways for a family to spend a day in Hong Kong.

    Located near Aberdeen, Ocean Park is our locally owned and managed Theme Park that is the most popular individual attraction in Hong Kong in terms of visitor numbers received. After several years of renovations and a massive upgrade of the theme park, you can ow enjoy some very good wildlife experiences alongside fun and exciting rides and games.

    Like our other major attractions, its best to start early before the crowds swarm into the park.

    See the Ocean Park website for information about animal feeding and performance schedules, maps and opening times.

  • 8. Victoria Harbour (One of the Finest Harbours in the World)
    Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong, China

    Click the above link to read our review of for Victoria Harbor

    Victoria Harbour separates Hong Kong Island from the Kowloon Peninsula. Its deep waters were instrumental in the establishment of a British colony in the early 19th century and its presence has served to greatly shape the evolution of modern day Hong Kong.

    Today, vast numbers of skyscrapers line its shores while traditional junks, ferries, cruise ships and even tankers ply its waters, day and night.

    During Chinese New Year
    Victoria Harbour also hosts world-class fireworks displays, the most famous being the annual 23-minute display held during Chinese New Year. It is illuminates the skyline at night, allowing lasting memories and excellent photos to be made of one of the world's finest harbours.

  • 9. Star Ferry ride from TST (Kowloon) to Hong Kong island
    Star Ferry, Hong Kong, China

    Click the above link to read our review of the historic Star Ferry.

    The Star Ferry, which National Geographic has called it one of the 50 visits that should be made in one's lifetime. It is considered a heritage and cultural treasure for Hong Kong, a symbol of the island nation's history and rise to prominence during the 20th and early 21st centuries.

    Like the Historic Ding Ding, rides are very cheap as well at HK$2.50 per adult and HK$1.50 for children. Where else can you cross one of the world's finest harbors, admiring the finest skyline in the world for the price of loose pocket change?

    A ride on the Star Ferry should be on everyone's To Do list when visiting HK.

  • 10. Hong Kong Skyline (World's Best Skyline)
    Hong Kong Skyline, Hong Kong, China

    Click the above link to read our review of the Hong Kong Skyline, which is best viewed from the Avenue of Stars area of the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

    CNN, calls the Hong Kong Skyline the world's greatest with only one true rival, being the Manhattan Skyline in New York City. While daytime views are most impressive, it is what you see at night that can take your breath away, especially when the air conditions are ripe.

    The Hong Kong Skyline is a real source of pride for our city.

  • 11. Avenue of Stars along the TST Promenade
    Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Hong Kong, China

    Click the above link to read one of our reviews for the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade where you will find the Avenue of Stars

    This is the best spot in Hong Kong to view the world class Hong Kong Skyline and there are three times of the day when we most enjoy views from the location. Read the above review for details.

    Overall, the TST Promenade is one of the few places that we recommend to all visitors that plan to visit Hong Kong, regardless of their intended length of stay, and we usually suggest visiting at least twice during your trip, once during the day and again at night.

  • 12. Afternoon High Tea at the Peninsula Lobby
    The Lobby at the Peninsula Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

    Click the above link to read our review of the Lobby at the Penninsula.
    Not for everyone but for others, no visit to Hong Kong would be complete without a sitting for afternoon tea the Lobby in the iconic and historic Peninsula Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui.

    While regulars complain the the experience is not what it used to be, the environment is elegant, refined and the tea remains superb.

  • 13. Hong Kong Museum of History (Best Museum in Hong Kong)
    Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong, China

    Click the above link to read our review of the Hong Kong Museum of History, our overall best museum experience in Hong Kong.

    The Hong Kong Museum features eight galleries of reconstructed homes, sampan boats and what seems like an entire small village of early 20th century Hong Kong style shops makes for a very fun and interactive way to learn about Hong Kong. There are often some wonderful special exhibitions like the recent Terra Cotta Exhibition.

    The HK Museum of History is best visited early in your trip, helping to build context for what you will experience in Hong Kong.

    Cost: HK$10, free Wednesdays.
    Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm (M-F), 10am to 7pm (Sat and Sun), closed Tuesdays
    Location: Tsim Sha Tsui (TST or Hung Hom MTR)

  • 14. Hong Kong Science Museum
    Hong Kong Science Museum, Hong Kong, China

    Click the above link to read our review of the Hong Kong Science Museum, which we consider to be the best overall, family-friendly attraction in Hong Kong.

    Here over 650 exhibitions are presently on display, with over 500 of them being interactive, meaning the children (and curious adults) have hours of different things to try in this museum. Many exhibits are simple while others are more engaging and interactive. They can easily occupy your time for several hours. This is an excellent attraction on rainy days

    Cost: HK$25, free Wednesdays, closed on Thursdays
    Opening Hours: 1pm to 9pm (M-F), 10am to 9pm (Sat and Sun)
    Location: Tsim Sha Tsui (TST or Hung Hom MTR)

  • 15. Mongkok Markets (HK's best street market scene)

    Click the above link to read our trip list for how to best visit the Mongkok (Fab Five) Markets.

    Where other areas of Hong Kong have long grown tiring and less interesting to us, Mongkok always has something new and different up its sleeve, never failing to surprise - even as local residents to Hong Kong. This is why on free evenings, we still find ourselves frequently heading into Mongkok to take in the endless stream of sights, smells and tastes.

    A fantastic way to spend some time in Mongkok as a visitor is to following the walking trail that takes between 2-4 hours and hits all of the major street markets:

    1. Fa Yuen Str. Mkt. (30-45 min) 2-2.45pm
    2. Flower Market (30 min) 3:00-3.30pm
    3. Bird Market (30 min) 3.30-4:30pm
    4. Goldfish Market (45 min) 4.45-5.30pm
    5. Dinner in one of the 100s of good local restaurants in Mongkok
    6. Ladies Market (60-90 min) 6:30-8:00pm

    There are plenty of open walking streets in the Mongkok area jammed between Nathan Road and the Mongkok East MTR area, you can spend countless hours wandering these busy streets and will be glad to have done so as a visitor to Hong Kong.

  • 16. Chi Lin Nunnery (Excellent Surprise)
    Chi Lin Nunnery, Hong Kong, China

    Click the above link to read one of our reviews for the Chi Lin Nunnery, which is one of our very best monastery visits available in Hong Kong.

    The Chi Lin Nunnery, along with the accompanying Nan Lian Gardens is now regularly considered a top ten attraction in the city, a place where one can find beautiful courtyard lotus ponds and numerous shrubs, plants, trees and bonsai,which are very well-manicured and maintained.

    Location Diamond Hill MTR, just follow the signs for a short 2-3 minute walk.
    Cost - Free Entrance into the Chi Lin Nunnery.

  • 17. Nan Lian Garden (Most beautiful spot in Hong Kong)
    Nan Lian Garden, Hong Kong, China

    Click the above link to read one of our reviews of the Nan Lian Gardens

    No longer a hidden gem, the Nan Lian Garden is now regularly considered a top ten attraction in Hong Kong and is often called the most beautiful spot in all of Hong Kong.

    Location Diamond Hill MTR, just follow the signs for a short 2-3 minute walk.
    Cost - Free Entrance into the Nan Lian Garden.

  • 18. Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze)
    Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze), Hong Kong, China

    Click the above link to read one of our review of the 10,000 Buddha Monastery in Sha Tin, which is locally known as Man Fat Sze.

    Man Fat Sze is one of our very best temple visits in Hong Kong. It is one of the genuinely unique places to visit in Hong Kong, beautifully featuring over 13,000 buddha statues.

    The walk up the hill to the monastery is steep so its often best to start early if you intend to visit in the hotter months. Make sure to bring your camera, fully charged batteries and extra memory space. You can take a lot of pictures of the thousands of interesting and often beautiful Buddha statues.

    Location: Sha Tin (Sha Tin MTR), follow the trail behind the IKEA building.
    Cost: Free Entrance into Man Fat Sze

  • 19. Hong Kong Heritage Museum
    Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong, China

    Click the above link to read one of our reviews for the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Sha Tin.

    The Heritage Museum is actually the largest museum in Hong Kong and the very best outside the main city area. This museum is similar to the Hong Kong Museum of History but with more concentration upon the New Territories instead of general Hong Kong.

    Cost: HK$10, free Wednesdays
    Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm (M-F), 10am to 7pm (Sat and Sun), closed Tuesdays
    Location: Sha Tin (Che Kung MTR station)

  • 20. Hong Kong Disneyland
    Hong Kong Disneyland, Hong Kong, China

    Hong Kong Disneyland is the smallest of the Disney parks around the world. This has left some disappointed with their visits but most still find reason to enjoy their visit to Disneyland, one of our truly good family friendly attractions in Hong Kong.

    Since 2011, Disney has opened the The Toy Story Land and Grizzly Gulch attraction areas and they will continue to expand in upcoming years making it much larger and enjoyable for visitors.

    Ticket information is available on the Hong Kong Disneyland Website.

  • 21. Ngong Ping 360 (Cable Car to see the Giant Buddha)
    Ngong Ping 360, Hong Kong, China

    Click the above link to read our review of the Ngong Ping 360 attraction on Lantau Island.

    Ngong Ping 360 has had a bit of a troubled past, having been shut down on more than one occasion after major technical failures. However, when it is in operation, this is one of the genuinely unique attractions in Hong Kong. The cable car ride is Ngong Ping Cable Car is a 5.7 kilometres long can be an enjoyable way to visit the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery.

    The village at the top of the hill is very touristy but seeing the Giant Buddha makes up for that. The long return cable car ride helps remind that this is a unique experience to spend so much time in a cable car traveling slowing up and around hilltops. The glass floor makes the viewing quite good.

    Ticket Information is available on the Nong Ping 360 Website for details.

  • 22. Big Buddha
    Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), Hong Kong, China

    Click the above link to read our review of the Big Buddha on Lantau Island

    This 34 meter tall statue of Buddha is a very nice attraction on its own. Combined with a visit the attractive Po Lin Monastery and a ride on the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, makes this a genuinely good day trip and one of the best temple visit experiences in Hong Kong.

    Location - Lantau Island (Tung Chung MTR), take Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car
    Cost - No fee to visit the Big Buddha. However, there is a fee for riding the Ngong Ping 360 cable car. See Ngong Ping 360 Website for details.

  • 23. Sai Kung (Relaxing Seaside Community)
    Sai Kung, Hong Kong, China

    Click the above link to read one of our reviews for Sai Kung.

    This seaside fishing village is a great way to get away from the speed and chaos of the city. The feature attraction in Sai Kung is the promenade area where you can find traditional Chinese seafood restaurants, bars and watch local fisherman selling their live fish, shellfish and other exotic things from the sea to local buyers. This is very interesting to watch and photograph. Junk boats and trips to the area Geo Park.

    Sai Kung is also a hot spot for good 'Western' restaurants, Thai and there is even a good Sri Lankan restaurant to be found. Alfresco style dining is quite a norm in this area as well, making it very pleasant for evening meals, especially when the weather is nice.

    For hikers, Sai Kung has some nice opportunities for spending a day out in the bush.

  • 24. Day Trip to Macau

    Click the above link to read our trip list for Macau's Top Attractions.

    Being regular visitors to Macau, we have written up this travel list, which features what we believe to be the most important and interesting attractions available to visit. This is something we hope will prove useful to others researching and planning their visit to Macau, especially those intending on make a short visit.

    While we prefer overnight and multiple night stays in Macau, the day trip from Hong Kong is very popular and potentially worth considering when visiting this part of the world.

  • 25. Peking Garden - (Family Friendly Chinese Dining in TST)
    Peking Garden (Tsim Sha Tsui), Hong Kong, China

    Click the above link to read our review of Peking Garden in TST. This

    What we like about Peking Garden is not only the traditional Peking Duck carving that visitors enjoy watching but also the noodle making demonstration that takes place throughout the restaurant seating area at various times during the meal.

    Lastly, if you order the beggars chicken (HK$360), a member of your party will be asked to break over the clay shell in which the dish is prepared and cooked. This is always very fun for kids as they nervously whack the huge shell. The restaurant takes a few photos and sends you home with a souvenir to remember your dish beating experience, this is always a winner for the kiddies, making this a very good restaurant and dining experience in Hong Kong.

  • 26. Spring Deer (Our Favorite for Pekinese Food)
    Spring Deer, Hong Kong, China

    Click the above link to read our review for Spring Deer Restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui (TST).

    Everyone has their favorites. Spring Deer is one of ours, a place we always look forward to dining at here in the city. Spring Deer is famous for its Peking Duck but there are other dishes here that make this restaurant well worth trying when visiting Hong Kong, just make sure you reserve in advance if you want a decent seating time.

    Just be warned, this is a traditional, classic restaurant and its dish-banging loud inside. You don't come here for the ambience, you come here for the food. If you prefer a more relaxed dining experience, the nearby Peking Garden might be a better choice.

  • 27. Crystal Jade Xiao Long Bao (Our Favorite for Shanghainese Dim Sum)
    Crystal Jade La Man Sino Bao (Shatin), Hong Kong, China

    Click the above link to read one of our reviews for the Crystal Jade Xiao Long Bao restaurants.

    Crystal Jade is our favorite Shanghainese dim sum restaurant. While they are most famous for their Xiao Long Bao, it is the Wonton in Chili Oil that keeps us returning to these restaurants frequently. Other Shanghainese dim sum varieties are well worth trying here as well.

  • 28. Discover Hong Kong Website (Hong Kong Tourism Board)

    Click the above link to access the Discovery Hong Kong Website, the greatest source of information regarding visits to Hong Kong.

  • 29. Hong Kong Observatory

    Click the above link to access the Hong Kong Observatory for local weather conditions.