Are you thinking of taking an exotic trip to see some of the top attractions Hong Kong? If so, have you decided upon which places you hope to see? This fascinating city whose name is translated as Fragrant Harbor, is often cited as one of the best places to visit in Asia and possesses a unique cultural fusion of Chinese and Western influences.
And with it, comes a wide spectrum of sightseeing options, from exploring ancient Buddhist temples to visiting neighborhoods filled with historic buildings designed in British colonial architecture.
While there’s something for everyone who visits Hong Kong, here are just a seven of the city’s best attractions to help you get started on your trip planning to the World’s Most Vertical City, with skyscrapers than any other.
Hong Kong Disneyland
Located on Lantau island, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is by far the largest theme park in Hong Kong. First opened in 2005, Hong Kong Disneyland is slightly smaller in size in comparison to Disneyland in Anaheim, California. However, there are seven themed areas that are nearly identical or quite similar to the original. For instance, there is Main Street U.S.A. , with its train station at the entrance to the park and novelty shops, as well as Adventureland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, with attractions like Jungle River Cruise, Sleeping Beauty Castle, It’s a Small World, Hyperspace Mountain and Star Wars: Command Post. Other popular attractions include Grizzly Gulch, similar to Disney’s Frontierland, Mystic Point with its haunted mansion Mystic Manor and Toy Story Land, featuring themed rides and characters like Woody and Jessie from the animated series Toy Story. Disneyland also features live entertainment daily and spectacular parades like “Disney Paint the Night” and “Flights of Fantasy Parade”.
Hong Kong Disneyland also features an array of dining options and world-class accommodations, particularly the 5-star Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel that looks remarkably like the historic Omni Mount Washington Hotel in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Hong Kong Disneyland can easily be reached from Hong Kong via the MTR subway/light rail system. Both the MTR Green Line and Orange Line serve Hong Kong to the Sunny Bay Station. From Sunny Bay Station, visitors then take the special Disneyland Resort Line to Hong Kong Disneyland.
One of the two most popular street markets in Hong Kong, the Ladies’ Market is a must see for anyone visiting the city for the very first time. Located along Tung Choi Street in the Mongkok section of the city , the Ladies’ Market is not only a great place for bargain shopping, it’s also one of the last remaining spots to see the city’s famous neon lights. Although this lively street market runs along a 1km stretch along Tung Choi, dazzling neon lights can be viewed all around the perimeter of the street market, making it one of the most Instagram-friendly spots in Hong Kong. Still the Ladies Market takes center stage, with more than 100 stalls that sell all sorts of items besides discounted products just for women. Indeed, the majority of items appeared to be souvenirs of Hong Kong, like t-shirts, handbags, shopping bags and traditional Chinese clothing, as well as backpacks, fanny packs, low cost watches and electronics like chargers and adapters, cell phone cases.
Like other street markets in the city, Ladies’ Market is a spot where visitors should bargain with their vendors in order to get the best price. Vendors generally start with a high asking price, then may negotiate the price two or more times before settling with a prospective buyer.
Visitors can reach the street market via the MTR Red Line, with the closest stop at Mong Kok Station, just a few minutes walk away.
Madame Tussauds Hong Kong
First opened nearly 20 years ago, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong is a important part of the world-famous collection of wax museums that was founded in 19th century London. Madame Tussauds Hong Kong is the first of its kind to open in Asia and can be found inside Peak Tower, an entertainment and shopping complex located near the summit of Victoria Peak, the highest point in Hong Kong.
Madame Tussauds Hong Kong features more than 100 wax figures representing famous personalities from all over the world, but with a special emphasis on Asian celebrities. The wax figures are presented across multiple sections of the fascinating museum and among the most notable are Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Madonna, Lady Gaga, The Beatles, Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II. Other well-known figures from Asia include Pia Wurtzbach, the first ever Filipino with a wax figure, Korean actor Kim Woo-Bin, fashion model Angelababy (Yeung Wing), pop singer Suzy Bae, actress Michelle Yeoh, and Donnie Yen, one of Hong Kong’s leading action stars and one of the highest paid actors in Asia.
Discounted tickets from three categories may be purchased online and includes the Online Saver with a free shuttle bus ticket, the Superstar Ticket and VIP Ticket. Special packages like a 2-in-1 Combo and 3-in-1 Combo may be purchased online after August 1.
The popular Peak Tram to Peak Tower and Victoria Peak remains under construction, with completion expected sometime in July. Because Peak Tram was temporarily suspended for two or three months since April, visitors must take a taxi, ride share service or the special bus route X15 from the Admiralty bus terminal near the Admiralty MTR Station. The Admiralty MTR Station is served by three subway lines: Red, Blue and Light Green (South Island) lines.
Temple Street Night Market
Often considered Hong Kong’s best street market, Temple Street Night Market is also the largest market in the city. Like the Ladies’ Market, this night market is located in the Kowloon section on the mainland part of Hong Kong. But this market offers a much larger selection of merchandise vendors, as well as a larger selection of street food vendor. Temple Street Market dates back to the 1920s and generally opens around 5 pm daily. However, it gets much livelier by 6 pm as more visitors arrive and the pathway between both sides of the market gets more crowded. Just as with the Ladies’ Market and other popular markets in Asia, Temple Street vendors sell all sorts of souvenirs, electronics, shoes and clothing, jewelry and what’s certain to be fake designer items like watches, purses and other leather goods.
Because of its popularity amongst tourists, Temple Street Night Market vendors are known to offer slightly higher costs for their merchandise. Additionally, visitors must know that there is evidence of prostitution here.
Temple Street Night Market is easily accessible via MTR’s Red Line, with the closest stop at the Jordan Station. From the Jordan Station, it’s just a few minutes walk to the market.
Tian Tan Buddha
Also known as the Big Buddha, Tian Tan Buddha is second largest statue that depicts Buddha in a seated position. Located in the small village of Ngong Ping on Lantau Island, the Giant Buddha was completed in 1993 and rises to a height of 112 feet (34 meters) and weighs more than 250 metric tons. Open daily beginning at 10 am, visitors must climb 268 steps to reach of the base of the pedestal.
Also close by is the Po Lin Monastery, whose Buddhist monks helped create the Giant Buddha. Although the monastery is an attraction in itself, visitors must be mindful of photography restrictions throughout the property.
In order to reach Ngong Ping and the Giant Buddha via public transportation, visitors must take the MTR Orange line towards Hong Kong Disneyland. The final stop just beyond Sunny Bay is Tung Chung Station. From Tung Chung Station, visitors must then take an extended gondola ride on the Ngong Ping 360 but not recommended for people with a fear of heights. The gondola ride is 3.5 miles long (5.7km) and takes 25 minutes in either direction. Tickets for the Ngong Ping 360 gondola may be purchased online or at the ticket counter. Visitors have the option to purchase a standard ticket or a crystal cabin ticket, with glass bottoms floors for more spectacular views of Lantau Island.
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
Situated along Hong Kong’s famed Victoria Harbor, Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade is arguably the most popular visitor attraction in the city. Extending 1.6 km along the waterfront, Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade offers the most spectacular views of the Hong Kong’s towering skyscrapers. A number of top attractions can be found along the promenade, such as Hong Kong Cultural Center, Hong Kong Space Museum, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Star Ferry Pier, Tsim Sha Tsui Public Pier, the location for the Chinese junk-styled Aqua Luna tour boat, and the Avenue of Stars, which features an impressive statue of Bruce Lee. The historic Star Ferry, operating since the 19th century, is also regarded as one of the most popular attractions in the city, transporting passengers to and from Hong Kong Island while offering breathtaking views of Victoria Harbor at a very inexpensive rate.
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade is also the best spot to enjoy the spectacular light display “A Symphony of Lights” over Victoria Harbor. Held nightly at 8 pm, “A Symphony of Lights” is described by the Guinness Book of Records as world’s largest permanent light and sound show and showcases several of the city’s most famous buildings, including Central Plaza, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Bank of China Tower and Two International Finance Center, the city’s second tallest building.
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade is easily accessible via MTR’s Red Line at Tsim Sha Tsui Station. or even closer, via the Purple Line at East Tsim Sha Tsui Station.
One attraction that always appears on a list of recommendations to see in Hong Kong is Victoria Peak. Located on Hong Kong Island, Victoria Peak rises to a height of 1818 feet or 552 meters, making it the tallest “hill” in the city. Sweeping views of Hong Kong’s many skyscrapers can be observed at Sky Terrace 428 the city’s highest observation platform, located inside the Peak Tower entertainment and dining complex. Tickets to the platform may be purchased for less than $7 for adults and less than $4 for seniors or children aged 3-11.
Like Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, Victoria Peak can currently be reached the special bus route X15 from the Admiralty bus terminal near the Admiralty MTR Station. As noted previously, service on the popular Peak Tram has been temporarily suspended and is expected to resume in late July.
Additional Suggested Attractions
Currently the world’s most expensive shopping street, outpacing New York’s Fifth Avenue, Tokyo’s Ginza and the Champs Elysees in Paris. May be the top attraction for visitors on a weeklong shopping spree.
The longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world, featuring 20 escalators and three moving walkways.
One of the world’s most famous horse racing tracks, with a seating capacity of 55,000. Horse racing is regarded as the most popular sport in Hong Kong.
197 foot tall (60m) observation wheel with 42 gondolas at Central Harbor. Also features AIA Vitality Park with free fitness classes, a carousel and dining options.
One of several public spaces in Hong Kong. A tranquil setting surrounded by skyscrapers in the heart of the city.
One of the leading spots for Hong Kong nightlife featuring nearly 100 restaurants and bars.
3.5-hectacre garden associated with the Chi Lin Nunnery, founded in 1934.
Hong Kong’s second largest theme park, with water rides and roller coasters.
360-degree observation tower in Tsim Sha Tsui, situated on the 100th floor of the International Commerce Center. The building also houses the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong.
One of the last remaining fishing villages on Lantau Island. Well known for its stilt houses.
Located in the New Territories in Sha Tin, a bit of a trek from the rest of Hong Kong. Built during the mid-20th century, the monastery actually holds 13,000 statues of Buddha.
One of the largest temples in Hong Kong, measuring 190,000 square feet (18,000 m2) in Diamond Hill north of Kowloon City, New Territories.