Hong Kong is filled with amazing places from Victoria Peak with a stunning view of the harbor to the quiet sedate Big Buddha on Lantau Island. In addition to modern attractions, Hong Kong is brimming with a wealth of culture where East meets West and old temples can be found among the endless modern skyscrapers.
Deciding where to go and what to see will also depend on how long your Hong Kong trip is. In order to leisurely visit only the most popular attractions, it will take about 5-7 days. Seeing all the sights of Hong Kong in 2 or 3 days is not a good idea because you won’t be able to enjoy them as much as you should, and in the end you will be completely exhausted. If you only have 2 or 3 days to spend in Hong Kong, it’s best to choose a few attractions of significant interest to you and take your time to visit them. Hong Kong has so many bright, unusual and fascinating places that it can be called one big attraction. Below is a list of Hong Kong’s most popular tourist attractions. These places, in any order, can form the basis of your itinerary if you have a few days to enjoy the grandeur of Hong Kong.
1. Victoria Peak
At just over 550 meters above sea level, Victoria Peak offers breathtaking views of Hong Kong and its port day and night. You will have a unique opportunity to take a walk to the top of the peak on a special tram. At the peak there is a tower that houses multiple shops, restaurants, Madame Tussauds, and at the top there is an observation deck.
2. Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island
To see the large open bronze Buddha statue, you need to take the subway to Tung Chung Station on Lantau Island, and then take the cable car to the Ngong Ping Plateau. The 34-meter statue of the Big Buddha, having a colossal mass of more than 250 tons, is an amazing Buddhist landmark. The Buddha’s face is covered with a layer of gold. To get to the Buddha statue and see an unforgettable view of the surrounding landscape, you need to climb the 268 steps to the top. This place is one of the most visited places in Hong Kong and is always quite crowded.
Po Lin Monastery is also located on the Ngong Ping Plateau and is one of the most popular Buddhist temples in Hong Kong. Built in 1924, the Po Ling (Precious Lotus) Monastery is a colorful building with a large bell located in the monastery’s three-story exhibition hall. Visitors can stay overnight at the temple and also enjoy vegetarian options.
3. Temple Street
Shopaholics will benefit from visiting the Temple Street Market on the Kowloon Peninsula, which is named after the famous Tin Hau Temple. Temple Street comes alive at night when hordes of tourists and shoppers gather to shop for clothes, electronics and more. The market is just over half a kilometer long. Visitors can learn about the fortune teller from a fortune teller, listen to street singers, or simply sample Chinese food from local food stalls, cafes, and restaurants.
4. Ocean Park
Ocean Park is an integral part of the entertainment program for children. Hong Kong Ocean Park is one of the largest amusement parks and even more popular than the local Disneyland. The park is located in the southern region of Hong Kong Island and has almost five million visitors a year. Ocean Park offers a wide range of activities, from thrilling slides to shark and dolphin aquariums. You can get to it by taking bus number 629 at the Admiralty.
5. Avenue of stars
The Avenue of Stars is located on the north side of Victoria Harbor and only extends for 400 meters so far. The alley was opened on April 28, 2004. Currently, more than a hundred stars dedicated to the outstanding figures of the cinema of Hong Kong and China have been installed on the Alley. It offers a gorgeous view of the bay and the evening “Symphony of Lights” . To get from Hong Kong to its mainland Kowloon (Kowloon) you can use the ferry Star Ferry, not far from the pier is a local analogue Hollywood Avenue of Stars, which is a must-visit for celebrities from all over the world.
Disneyland is the main attraction for kids and families. The amusement park opened in September 2005 and is based on Lantau Island. You can get to Disneyland by bus, taxi or subway at Sunny Bay station. Hong Kong Disneyland is very similar to other Disneylands around the world with various entertainment shows and attractions for visitors of all ages.
7. Mong Kok
Mong Kok is located in downtown Kowloon and is the city’s largest shopping mall. Mong Kok sparkles with neon lights and has a very lively atmosphere. Huge crowds of teenagers and locals, heaps of shops, restaurants and markets, such as the famous flower market and the women’s market, are located here. The area has an unenviable reputation for triads roaming and gambling. This is a very common occurrence here, so do not be afraid of them.
8. Women’s market
The Women’s Market is located in Mong Kok on Tung Choi Street between Boundary and Dundas Streets. Women’s Market is probably the most famous market in Hong Kong with a variety of women’s clothing as well as a wide range of accessories, electronics and beauty products.
Hong Kong Central Park
The park, opened in 1991, is located in the central area of the city (The Central), near the Cotton Tree Drive road.
The magnificent natural park covers an area of approximately 80,000 square meters. The park was created on the site of one of the old districts of the city, a harmonious island of nature surrounded by giant ultra-modern skyscrapers.
one of the most famous shows of its kind in the world, is shown daily in the business part of the city, linking twenty high-rise buildings with bright light beams at the same time. The show is shown every day and starts at 20-00 local time.
Pacific Place 88, Queensway, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Harbor City 5-25, Kanton Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong IFC 1, Harbourview Street, Central, Hong Kong
The Landmark 15 Queens Road, Central, Hong Kong