Are you in Hong Kong? That’s half the battle. If you are not in Hong Kong, why are you not in Hong Kong? It is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations all over the world, and not merely for the scenery. There is so much to see and do and explore that just visiting once is not enough.
Nevertheless, if you are determined to visit only once (and I understand the pocket crunch factor!), here is a list of places you simply cannot miss. There is something for every type of tourist in this list, including the tourist who wants to feel like they’re right at home.
- Victoria Peak
The Peak is one of the highest points of Hong Kong. Victoria Peak is located at Mount Austin. If you want to feel like a king (or queen), then make this trip. This view is dizzyingly different from the busy Hong Kong you will see anywhere else. Hong Kong has made up The Peak Tram (working since 1888), and The Peak Walk so that people can really enjoy themselves, seeing Hong Kong from over five hundred meters above sea level.
There are plenty of good eating places nearby, so take a leisurely stroll, have a nice lunch and come back impressed.
- Hong Kong Disneyland
Who could forget Hong Kong’s ultimate amusement park destination—Disneyland? It is located at Penny’s Bay in Lantau Island and easy to get to. There are plenty of thrills to try if you want to be an adult and just go there for the amazing rides, but the real charm of Disneyland, as every kid knows, is the characters roaming around the park waiting to have pictures taken and play with.
- You could go on rides like Toy Story’s car, or the Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars
- You could wander around and find your favorite Disney character
- You could wait until the evening and watch the Disney Paint the Night where some of the stories will be painted out with hand.
- Symphony of Lights
This is even in the Guinness World Records. It is the world’s largest permanent sound and light show, at Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront at Victoria Harbor. It is a gorgeous show with music and a story. It starts at 8 pm every night, and lasts for a brief fifteen minutes or so.
It has five themes, with a stunning end with ‘Celebration.’ The other themes are Energy, Partnership, Heritage and the gorgeous Awakening. There is no ticket, it is a public show.
- Lan Kwai Fong
Lan Kwai Fong is the fun district of Hong Kong. There is always somewhere to be and something (fun) to do at Lan Kwai Fong. The nightclubs and bars are the obvious attractions, but Lan Kwai Fong also boasts an excellent variety of restaurants. A lot of the places around here are for tourists, so it’s a different sort of fun than wandering around the rest of Hong Kong.
- Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and Golden Bauhinia Square
The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is a gorgeous spectacle even without going in. It has a roof shaped like a bird in flight in aluminum and a dazzling expanse of glass. Its innovative architecture has won several awards. There are several international trade fairs every year for everything from jewelry to toys.
It is of historical importance as it signifies the site of handover from British rule.
Golden Bauhinia Square
The bauhinia flower is part of the flag of Hong Kong. The Golden Bauhinia Square is named for the sculpture in the middle of the square.
- Clock Tower
This used to be a part of a railway station (from Kowloon to Canton.) While the station is now gone, this elegant tower or granite and red brick built in 1915 is now a popular landmark over forty meters tall. This is also at Tsim Sha Tsui, so visit this in the morning and wander over to watch the Symphony of Light Show at 8!
- Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street is for the dedicated tourist who wants to take a bit of Hong Kong back with them at not too high a price. It is in the area of Yau Ma Tei and Jordan (in Kowloon.) It is a gorgeous sight to see the wares set out in stalls after stalls in the light of the evening. Take lots of photos, because this site is not something you will see anywhere else. Rub shoulders with the locals and find out how bargaining is really done!
- Tsing Ma Bridge
This is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world and the longest that is able to support a train. Tourists go to look at it just for the ingenious engineering but also for how beautiful it is. It has two decks and the top deck has a highway and six lanes, and the bottom deck has the capacity to carry two trains at once!
Lantau Island not only has Disneyland but also the Lantau North Country Park, four museums, and several hiking areas for more sporty visitors.
- Cheung Chau Island
Cheung Chau is an island 10 kilometers off the southwest coast of Hong Kong mainland. It is a fishing village that now also functions as a tourist village. It offers a view into the past of Hong Kong’s fishing culture. There are plenty of beaches and hiking areas. It is a more relaxing destination than Hong Kong island itself. The food is brilliant, and there are lots of nice hotels and guest houses to stay in.
You can also hire one of the local boats and see the caves and local sites of interest. Ferry service from Hong Kong to Cheung Chau is available throughout the day.
- Hong Kong Cultural Center
For visitors who really want to see a different side of Hong Kong, you can get a taste of the high culture of Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Cultural Center at Salisbury Street. World class music with orchestral performances and all sorts of theatrical and other shows can be seen here. There are over 1700 seats available. There is also a souvenir shop inside the Center.
While you are there, take a look at Asia’s largest organ with 8000 pipes, built by Rieger Orgelbau.