Updated: Mar 12, 2019
There’s no doubt about it -- Hong Kong will surprise you! The vibrant city of lights and colors is blessed with endless things to see and do whether it is day or night, and no matter what you may have read or heard, there’s no way to prepare for the awe-inspiring views of the places and sights that give Hong Kong its highlights and unique local color.
If you are visiting Hong Kong for the first time, then here are the top 10 things you must see and do. Just make sure you plan a trip back as these 10 incredible sights only scratch the surface of what it has to offer.
1. The Famous Symphony of Lights Show
This is a mixture of light showcasing, fireworks, lasers, and music that show off the glorious skyline of Hong Kong. In 2005, this spectacular event was announced by the Guinness Book of Records as the “Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show” in the world. The best seats in the city are at the Victoria Harbor where 33 participating buildings light up the night sky in a dazzling display of visual effects.
2. Victoria Peak and Madame Tussauds
Towering at a staggering elevation of 552 meters, Victoria’s Peak is the highest hill on Hong Kong island and offers a bird’s eye view of the city. A combo pass usually includes an exciting ride on the funicular tram as well as cover your entry to the internationally renowned Madame Tussaud’s wax museum.
3. Temple Street Night Market
Experience the local life in Hong Kong by visiting the street markets. Here, you can catch a glimpse of the culture as well as find a great variety of items and souvenirs, including electronics, clothes, jade, and antiques. There are also fortune tellers and singers along the street to make the experience even more colorful and unforgettable.
4. Tian Tian Buddha
Standing at over 34 meters, this majestic bronze statue of Buddha is located in Ngong Ping Village. A scenic ride on a cable car and 268 stairs are all that stand between you and this magnificent figure.
5. Man Mo Temple
Get immersed in history with this colorful structure. Built in 1847 by wealthy Chinese merchants, it is one of the oldest Taoist temples in Hong Kong and is dedicated to the Man, the writing-brush-wielding god of literature and Mo, the sword-wielding god of war.
6. Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade
Located along the southern tip of Kowloon, this scenic walkway runs along the waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui and is an excellent place to view Victoria Harbour, as well as the Chinese New Year fireworks show, if you come in late Jan/early Feb. Notable sights along the way include the Cultural Centre, Museum of Art, and Avenue of Stars where you can spot the bronze statue of Bruce Lee.
7. Repulse Bay and the Beaches
The most popular soft-sand beach in Hong Kong offers spectacular views and is also a great place for swimming.
8. Lan Kwai Fong
Another popular district frequented by tourists and yuppies, Lan Kwai Fong is a famous L-shaped lane in the heart of downtown Hong Kong full of trendy restaurants, bars and nightclubs. There is never a dull moment in Lan Kwai Fong.
9. Dragon's Back Hike
Had enough of the city sights? Escape to Hong Kong’s most popular hike trail, the Dragon's Back Hike, and enjoy breathtaking views over the ocean, while the sounds of small waterfalls and singing birds keep your company.
10. Hong Kong Park
This stunning 8-hectare park is home to several amazing sights, including a teaware museum, an aviary full of tropical birds, an artificial lake, and a 15,000 sq ft conservatory. There’s also a Vantage Point tower with 105 steps that offers a panoramic view of the park. Hong Kong is a great destination for everyone. The vibrant city has a great mix of the traditional and the modern, and definitely a worthy inclusion in your travel bucket list for the year.