Top 10 All-Time Best Destinations in Hong Kong

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Victoria Peak is definitely a classic tourist attraction in Hong Kong. As the visitors climb onto the top of the mountain, they can enjoy the breathtaking view of Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula. Located in the middle of Hong Kong Island, Victoria Peak is 552 meters above sea level and is one of the highest peaks in Hong Kong. On sunny days, you will be greeted by spectacular views of the entire Hong Kong Island, the city skyline, the bustling Victoria Harbor, and the surrounding mountains. You can even look over Lion Rock and Tsing Ma Bridge. The wonderful view therefore attracts many photography lovers and tourists alike for sightseeing and to take pictures.

The Peak is also rich in outdoor activities and natural environment. There are hiking trails near the Peak. Visitors can walk along the trails to explore Hong Kong’s natural beauty. One of the most popular trails is the Mountain Walk, which encircles the Peak and offers spectacular views and fresh air. There is also a viewing deck on the Peak, which is the perfect spot to take in Hong Kong’s night view. As the night falls, the scenery of illuminated buildings occupied by the many Hong Kong citizens gives you a glimpse into Hong Kong’s reputation as “the Pearl of the Orient Seas”. Visitors can also choose to take a century-old cable car ride from the foot of Victoria Peak to the top. During the ride, visitors get to enjoy the views of Victoria Harbor and Hong Kong Island on the cable car, which is also a unique way to visit that attracts many visitors.

Situated on the peak of the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island, the Big Buddha is one of the world’s largest statues of Sitting Buddha and one of Hong Kong’s famous tourist attractions. The Buddha is 26.4 meters tall. The Lotus Altar and Base are about 34 meters in total height. The Big Buddha is cast with 250 tons of bronze for over 12 years. Inside the Buddha, there is a relic of Gautama Buddha from Sri Lanka. Visitors can get up close to this giant Buddha and take a stroll through the squares around it to feel its peaceful atmosphere.

Once you are done, take a tour of the Po Lin Monastery, which houses exquisite Buddhist art pieces and artifacts, including ancient Buddhist figures, classic literature, and Mandala paintings. Visitors can visit these exhibits to learn about the history and culture of Buddhism. In addition, the surroundings of Po Lin Monastery are enchanting. The monastery is surrounded by mountains and woods. The air is fresh and the natural environment is beautiful. You can take a walk in the nearby walking trails to enjoy the natural landscape and the tranquil surroundings.

A popular tourist attraction near Po Lin Monastery is the Ngong Ping 360 cable car on Lantau Island. Visitors can take the cable car for more spectacular views and access Ngong Ping Village for more cultural and recreational facilities.

In the central areas of Hong Kong, skyscrapers are densely packed and together form a spectacular and unique view of the city skyline. Skyscrapers stand on this small land, echoing with the mountains and the ocean. At sunset, the city’s contours are intertwined with natural landscapes under the magical sunlight, creating a beautiful scene that sticks to your mind.

Where is the perfect spot to enjoy Hong Kong’s world-famous spectacular city skyline? The Avenue of Stars may be a good option. Here, you can make the Hong Kong skyline your backdrop and shoot as many photos as you want. At night, the daily light show “A Symphony of Lights” is displayed on two sides of Victoria Harbor. The modern touch on Victoria Harbor could make her even more breathtaking. Since you are at the Harbor, do not miss the century-old Star Ferry ride from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central. The night ferry ride against the illuminated city skyline could be quite a romantic experience. The Hong Kong skyline also provides photography enthusiasts with great shooting opportunities. At different times and angles, the skyline presents different looks and shadows, creating unique and captivating photographs.

The Temple Street Night Market in Yaumatei is a great place to experience Hong Kong’s unique character. Visitors can experience the street culture, local traditions, and lifestyle of Hong Kong. There is a variety of stalls in Temple Street Night Market. Vendors sell local things from traditional Chinese handicrafts, antiques, herbal medicines, and books, to Hong Kong specialties. It provides visitors with a glimpse into Hong Kong’s unique culture.

The market bustles every day after dusk. At night, Temple Street is filled with the locals, curious tourists, and shouting vendors. Visitors can enjoy authentic Hong Kong cuisine such as roasted meat, stir-fried noodles, clay pot rice, fish balls, Chinese desserts, and all kinds of snacks. Temple Street Night Market offers a wide variety of merchandise options, from trendy clothing, handbags, and shoes to electronics, toys, groceries, and so on. Temple Street also showcases many unique activities and street performances such as magic shows, feng shui fortune tellers, and Cantonese opera performances.

There are many pedestrian walks in Mongkok, such as the Ladies’ Market and Sneakers Street, which are two of Hong Kong’s specialty shopping locations. Ladies’ Market is located on Tung Choi Street. Legend has it that the street mainly sold women’s goods in the early days, and hence was named “Ladies’ Market”. It is Hong Kong’s most famous outdoor market, selling t-shirts, toys, handbags, accessories, and cell phone accessories. Ladies’ Market offers a wide range of options to meet the needs of visitors. Ladies’ Market is known for its affordable products. There are plenty of stalls where you can bargain the price. Don’t forget to ask for a lower price during shopping, and do enjoy the fun of negotiation with vendors.

Adjacent to the Ladies’ Market, there is the first section of Fa Yuen Street, also known as Sneakers Street. It is a business district that mainly sells sneakers. Sneakers Street is a paradise for shoe lovers. There are plenty of sneaker shops and brand stores showcasing shoes of the latest style and popular sneakers. Shoe fans can find their favorite shoes here, and exchange and share footwear information with other fans. If you are lucky enough, you may be able to find sneakers of limited edition or even editions that are no longer being produced.

Lan Kwai Fong is one of Hong Kong’s most vibrant and lively nightlife districts. With a wide range of bars and nightclubs, it offers a variety of venues with different styles and themes. From stylish bars, classic bars to bars with live music performances, Lan Kwai Fong offers visitors unique entertainment experiences during the night. Lan Kwai Fong is conveniently located in the heart of Central District, Hong Kong Island. It is accessible by common transportation such as MTR, bus, and tram. Therefore, Lan Kwai Fong is one of the spots mostly visited by tourists.

Lan Kwai Fong also hosts regular events to attract the attention of visitors. For example, music festivals, art festivals, cultural shows, etc. are hosted to provide visitors with more entertainment opportunities and cultural experiences. Every year during Halloween, it is transformed into a big masquerade, where visitors carefully dress up in different costumes and walk around the streets. On New Year’s Eve, it also becomes a popular countdown spot for couples.

Located in the southern part of Hong Kong Island, Stanley is a scenic and distinctive seaside town with spectacular bays and beautiful beaches. Visitors can enjoy the sun, the beach, and the sea. In addition, Stanley Beach is one of Hong Kong’s famous surfing and water sports locations, attracting many water sports enthusiasts.

Stanley is also known for its exotic Stanley Market. The market is a bustling tourist attraction offering a wide range of goods including handicrafts, souvenirs, clothing, jewelry, antiques, and so on. Visitors can explore the alleyways for unique souvenirs and handicrafts, as well as delicious food and specialty snacks. Stanley is not short of restaurants and bars, so spend an afternoon enjoying the breeze and the booze!

Causeway Bay is a bustling business and shopping district. It is also the best shopping destination in the “Shopping Paradise”, as Hong Kong is long known for. There are a number of major shopping centers and department stores in Causeway Bay. For example, Hysan Square, Times Square, Lee Theatre Plaza, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay Plaza, and SOGO Department Store. These malls attract shoppers with world-renowned brands and trendy fashion items. Visitors can find fashion apparel, accessories, cosmetics, jewelry, electronics, and more from international brands in these places. In addition, Causeway Bay has many street markets and small boutiques, offering more special and exquisite goods.

Causeway Bay offers a wide range of dining options, from traditional Cantonese to international cuisines. Visitors can enjoy a variety of cuisines at the restaurants, Cha Chan Tang, and food stalls here, including gourmet Chinese food, seafood, hot pot, Japanese cuisine, Korean BBQ, Thai cuisine, Indian cuisine, and more. Apart from the above, Causeway Bay also features a number of renowned dessert shops and cafes, offering a variety of desserts, cakes, ice creams, and coffees to satisfy your taste buds.

One of the oldest transport systems in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Tramways operates double-decker trams currently only in existence in Hong Kong. It is also an ancient transport exclusively driven in Hong Kong Island. Operating since 1904, Hong Kong Tramways has a long history and rich cultural value. A ride by tram will evoke memories of the traditions and culture of old Hong Kong. Since a bell rings with the sound of “ding ding” when the tram is started and when it sends out a warning, Hong Kong Tramways is also affectionately known by Hong Kong people as the “Ding Ding”. It is one of the essential travel experiences when coming to Hong Kong.

Additionally, the windows of the trams are uniquely designed with open seating with an unhindered view. Passengers can enjoy the view of the city’s scenery in the comfort of a tram, traveling from the bustling business district to traditional streets, from the seaside to the mountains, and from modern architecture to historic architecture. Tram fares are much cheaper than other transportation, and yet the Tramway connects you with major areas and tourist attractions, such as Central, Causeway Bay, North Point, and Happy Valley, making it the preferred choice for daily commutes by the locals and for sightseeing in Hong Kong Island by tourists.

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple was founded in 1945 and is one of Hong Kong’s most famous temples. It honors Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism. It is believed that Wong Tai Sin worshipped in the temple always “answers prayers” and is very accurate in fortune telling. It is therefore abundantly served by believers with incense and candles burning. The elegant architecture of Wong Tai Sin has blended in both Chinese and Hong Kong traditional architectural elements. The temple’s main structures include the Grand Buddha Hall, the Three Sovereigns’ Hall, and the Five Seniors’ Hall, as well as the beautiful gardens and tranquil ponds. Visitors can enjoy the fine details and traditional décor of Chinese architecture. During traditional festivals and temple fairs, a large number of believers and tourists would also come and celebrate.

Wong Tai Sin Temple is famous for its blessings and stick-drawing for fortune telling. Believers and visitors can draw a fortune stick in the temple to obtain predictions and divine guidance for the future. It is a popular temple event that attracts many people to pray and seek guidance from Wong Tai Sin. On the Eve of the Lunar New Year, believers also bring candles, incense, and sacrifices to the Temple and fight to serve the first round of offerings. It is believed that being the first to offer can guarantee you the best of the best in the year ahead. Therefore, Wong Tai Sin is the most crowded and the offerings are the most abundant from the year-end to the 15th day of the first month under the Lunar Calendar. Many believers go to Wong Tai Sin to give gratitude to the deities for the blessings in the prior year, and to pray to the gods for more blessings in the year ahead.