There is simply so much to see and do in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, you don’t have all the time in the world. Let’s say you’re only spending a week in the city. How do you make the best use of your time? Let us show you in this list of the 5 BEST things to do in Hong Kong!
1. Admire the city skyline at Victoria Harbour
A trip to Hong Kong cannot be complete without a picture against the iconic skyscrapers at Victoria Harbour. Perhaps there is no better representation of Hong Kong than this view. Make the trip in the day and come back at night for completely different yet equally dazzling views.
One of the best ways to truly appreciate this is to take a harbour cruise. There are various options available based on timing and budget, but we’d recommend taking a cruise in the evening so you can appreciate the skyline along with a beautiful sunset.
Another way you can spend your time at Victoria Harbour is by taking the Hong Kong Observation Wheel. If you like taking the Singapore Flyer, it’s basically the same concept. Whether you visit in the day or at night doesn’t matter, the view is always spectacular.
Hang around for the evening and watch A Symphony of Lights, the world’s largest permanent lights and sounds show. You won’t want to miss this! It involves 42 buildings and is absolutely breathtaking to watch.
Duration: About 15 minutes
2. Take a cable car to Ngong Ping Village
Ngong Ping Village located on Lantau Island is home to many famous tourist attractions such as the Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, Tai O fishing village and more. The best way to get there is via the Ngong Ping 360 cable car. While you’re up in the sky, you have plenty of time to admire the scenery of Lantau Island.
I’m sure you have seen this statue before somewhere. It’s called the Tian Tan Buddha, but it’s better known as simply the Big Buddha and is almost always brought up when talking about Hong Kong. So what exactly is this statue supposed to represent? Well, the buddha’s eyes and lips, as well as its incline of the head and right hand, is designed to deliver a blessing to all.
If you visit the Big Buddha, you’ll have to visit the Po Lin Monastery too. It’s one of Hong Kong’s most important Buddhist sanctums and has been dubbed ‘the Buddhist World in the South’. Also, don’t forget to eat at the famous vegetarian restaurant located here.
Located a mere 20-minute bus ride away from Ngong Ping is a fishing village named Tai O. This village is home to the Tanka people, a community of fisherfolk who’ve built their houses on stilts above the tidal flats of Lantau Island for generations. It’s certainly a rare sight to find a place like this in a developed city like Hong Kong, but to us Singaporeans, it’s an amazing opportunity to learn about life outside the city.
3. Go to the beach at Repulse Bay
Did you know that Hong Kong has a beach resort too? That’s right, Repulse Bay is about as close to an island getaway as you can get in this city. But it’s actually pretty impressive. In fact, it’s impressive enough for many luxurious apartments to be built along the beach.
But clearly, you’re not looking to buy an apartment, so what else can you do at Repulse Beach? Simple. Swimming. It is a beach after all and who doesn’t love relaxing on the sand and taking a dip into the water?
But of course, we can’t forget our other favourite pastime – shopping. Thankfully, Repulse Bay has got you covered there as well. The Pulse is an all-in-one beachside complex that’s filled with award-winning restaurants with a panoramic sea view, lifestyle stores and entertainment.
4. Spend a day at Hong Kong Disneyland with your kids
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Hong Kong Disneyland is a must-visit for anyone travelling with children. It’s a classic theme park that promises a whole day of fun for the entire family. Besides, it’s the closest Disneyland to Singapore, and Disneyland never disappoints!
Every thrill seeker who has been to Disneyland would have heard of Space Mountain, and this is a ride you definitely do not want to miss. But did you know that this ride is actually a special Space Mountain? Instead of the regular rides you’ll find at other Disneylands, Hong Kong Disneyland is home to the Hyperspace Mountain, a Star Wars-themed reimagination of the original Space Mountain.
Every Disneyland has its parades, but none are as eye-catching as Hong Kong Disneyland’s Paint the Night parade. Marvel in delight as your favourite Disney characters parade down the street dressed in neon lights. You can even buy your own Mickey Glow Mitt or Minnie Glow Bow, which lights up in time to the music and the light effects on the performers!
What you see above is one of the many themed rides that you can find at Hong Kong Disneyland. Relive your childhood memories by wandering through Hundred Acre Wood in an oversized Hunny Pot and immerse yourself in the stories of Winnie the Pooh.
If you’re a fan of superheroes, you’ll find some here in Disneyland too. The first-ever Marvel-themed experience at any Disneyland in the world cannot be missed! Whizz over the Hong Kong skyline with Iron Man in 3D.
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5. See the city from above at Victoria Peak
And finally, what better way is there to conclude your Hong Kong trip than to enjoy a view of the entire city in all its glory from up above? Visit Sky Terrace 428, the highest viewing platform in Hong Kong at 428 metres above sea level. Here is where you can find a true 360-degree view of Hong Kong.
Perhaps you’ll find the journey up even more fascinating than the view from the top. The Peak Tram is one of the world’s oldest and most famous funicular railways and these days, it’s pretty hard to find any of them around anymore, especially not near us.
You’ll realise why this tram ride is so special the minute you start to go uphill. Looking out the window, you’ll notice that the high rise buildings on the right side of the tram appear to fall toward The Peak. Scientifically, this is caused by a change of the subjective vertical caused by the tilted visual environment and reclining body position of observers inside the tram. But you’ll have to experience it for yourself to understand how unique and mind-blowing it is.