Hong Kong is a vibrant city with a mix of modernity and tradition, offering a wide range of attractions for visitors. It is one of the most popular destinations among those who are traveling outside the country for the first time. I’ve been able to visit Hong Kong twice and I can say that my overall experience exploring the country was great – always leaving me wanting to go back again.
Here are the top 10 places to visit in Hong Kong, along with brief descriptions of each:
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1. HONG KONG DISNEYLAND
This is a theme park that anyone of all ages can enjoy. As a matter of fact, it’s so funny to remember how my parents enjoyed almost all the attractions we went to from Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Adventureland, Grizzly Gulch, and Mystic Point. I’m happy we are able to watch the Parade of Stars and the Disney Paint the Night parade. We also lined up to have a photo with Mickey Mouse, Mini Mouse, Winnie The Pooh, Goofy, Chip, and Dale. My personal favorite is the Mystic Manor and the Iron Man experience.
Cost: Consider purchasing your tickets in advance to save time and avoid long lines at the entrance. Below are the Klook deals we purchased a week before our trip.
|BOOK VIA KLOOK -> Hong Kong Disneyland Park Tickets|
|BOOK VIA KLOOK -> Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel|
|BOOK VIA KLOOK -> Klook Pass Hong Kong|
How to go to Disneyland?
Getting to Hong Kong Disneyland is relatively easy, as it’s well-connected to the city’s transportation network. Here’s how to get to Hong Kong Disneyland.
|By MTR (Mass Transit Railway):|
1. Take the MTR (subway) to the Disneyland Resort Station. You can catch the MTR from various locations in Hong Kong.
2. Alight at Sunny Bay Station: At Sunny Bay Station, you will need to change to the dedicated Disneyland Resort Line, which is distinctively themed with Disney characters.
3. Take the Disneyland Resort Line: Board the Disneyland Resort Line train, which will take you directly to the Disneyland Resort Station. The journey from Sunny Bay Station to Disneyland Resort Station is short, and you’ll be immersed in a Disney atmosphere during the ride.
You can also reach Hong Kong Disneyland by bus. You’ll need to find a bus route that goes to the Disneyland Resort.
|By Taxi or Car:|
If you prefer a taxi or have a rental car, you can simply drive to Hong Kong Disneyland. It’s located on Lantau Island, and you can follow the signs to the park. Taxis are readily available in Hong Kong, and there are designated taxi drop-off points at the park.
|By Hotel Shuttle:|
Some hotels in Hong Kong offer shuttle services to Hong Kong Disneyland for their guests. If you’re staying at a hotel that provides this service, you can inquire about the shuttle schedule and availability.
2. HONG KONG OCEAN PARK
This is the largest theme park in Asia – a marine mammal, amusement park that offers different attractions. It’s both educational and entertaining, suitable for visitors of all ages. And if you are looking for extreme rides like me, this is the perfect place for you. I will never forget the Arctic Blast, The Abyss, The Hair Raiser, and the Raging River. And of course, my father’s favorite – The Flash.
Also what I enjoyed in Ocean Park was the cable car ride going to the other side of the park and the sub-train going back. We also enjoyed the Dolphin Show and the Panda viewing – coz they were so cute.😂
Cost: HKD 480 (estimated Php 3,360) but purchased our ticket through KLOOK for Php 2,700. Below is the link if you are interested.
|BOOK VIA KLOOK -> Ocean Park Hong Kong Ticket|
How to go to Ocean Park Hong Kong?
|By MTR (Mass Transit Railway) and Bus:|
Take the MTR to Admiralty Station. You can catch the MTR from various locations in Hong Kong.
Exit Admiralty Station and look for the bus terminus located outside Pacific Place Mall. You’ll see signs directing you to the Ocean Park bus.
Take Bus 629 or 629A from the Admiralty bus terminus. These buses are dedicated to transporting visitors to Ocean Park.
The bus ride takes about 15-20 minutes and will drop you off directly at Ocean Park’s main entrance.
You can also take a taxi directly to Ocean Park. Taxis are readily available throughout Hong Kong.
Simply tell the driver you want to go to Ocean Park, and they will take you to the main entrance.
|By Hotel Shuttle:|
If you’re staying at certain hotels in Hong Kong, check whether they offer shuttle services to Ocean Park for their guests. Some hotels provide convenient transportation to popular attractions.
If you have a rental car, you can drive to Ocean Park. Follow the road signs to Aberdeen on Hong Kong Island, and you’ll find directions to Ocean Park along the way. There’s ample parking available at the park.
3. NGONG PING 360 | BIG BUDDHA
Located on Lantau Island, this enormous bronze statue of Buddha is a symbol of peace and serenity. Visitors can climb the 268 steps to the massive bronze statue, and take in the serene surroundings. We did enjoy the panoramic views of Lantau Island.
Cost: We booked via Klook to avoid the long line at the Ngong Ping 360 cable car station and we chose the Crystal Cabin. Here are the links to deals to choose from.
|BOOK VIA KLOOK ->【Klook Designated VIP Lane】Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Ticket in Hong Kong|
|BOOK VIA KLOOK -> Lantau Island Discovery Tour|
|BOOK VIA KLOOK -> Ngong Ping 360 + Lantau Cultural and Heritage Insight Tour|
|BOOK VIA KLOOK -> Ngong Ping 360 Tai O Pass (Include Bus and snack coupon)|
|BOOK VIA KLOOK -> [Klook Designated Lane] Ngong Ping 360 Meal Coupon/Snack Coupon|
How to go to Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)?
To reach Tian Tan Buddha, commonly known as the Big Buddha, in Hong Kong, you can follow these steps:
|By MTR (Mass Transit Railway) and Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car: |
1. Take the MTR to Tung Chung Station on Lantau Island. You can catch the MTR from various locations in Hong Kong.
2. Exit Tung Chung Station at Exit B and follow the signs to the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Terminal. It’s a short walk from the station.
3. Purchase a ticket for the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car. There are standard cabins and crystal cabins with glass floors for those seeking an extra thrill.
4. Enjoy the scenic cable car ride as it takes you over Tung Chung Bay and Lantau Island’s lush green hills.
5. The cable car will drop you off at Ngong Ping Village. From there, follow the signs to Tian Tan Buddha. It’s a short walk, and you’ll pass by the Po Lin Monastery on your way to the Buddha statue.
You can also take a bus to Tian Tan Buddha. From Tung Chung, take bus 23 from the Tung Chung Bus Terminus to Ngong Ping Bus Terminus. Buses are a more budget-friendly option, but the cable car provides a unique experience and better views.
|By Taxi or Car:|
If you prefer a taxi or have a rental car, you can drive to Tian Tan Buddha. The roads are well-marked, and you can follow the signs to Ngong Ping or the Big Buddha.
For the adventurous, there are hiking trails that lead to Tian Tan Buddha. One popular route is the Lantau Trail Section 3, which starts at Tung Chung and takes you to Ngong Ping. This is a challenging hike and can take several hours, so be sure to be prepared with proper gear, plenty of water, and a map.
4. VICTORIA PEAK
This iconic spot offers panoramic views of the Hong Kong skyline, Victoria Harbour, and the surrounding islands. You can take a tram to the top and enjoy breathtaking vistas, especially at sunset.
Cost: We purchased our discounted ticket from Klook. Here’s the link – Victoria Peak Tram and Sky Terrace 428 Ticket in Hong Kong.
How to go to Victoria Peak?
|Peak Tram: The most iconic and traditional way to reach Victoria Peak is by taking the Peak Tram. Here’s how to do it:|
1. Head to the Peak Tram Lower Terminus, which is located at 33 Garden Road, in the Central District of Hong Kong Island.
2. You can easily reach this location by taking the MTR (subway) to the Central Station. Go to Exit J2 and then walk to the Peak Tram Terminus. It’s a short walk from there.
3. The tram ride is a fun experience in itself as it climbs a steep incline to reach the Peak. You’ll enjoy fantastic views during the ascent.
|Bus or Taxi: You can also take a public bus or taxi to the Peak. While it’s not as iconic as the tram, it’s a convenient option. Here’s how:|
1. Take a bus or taxi to the Peak Galleria, located at 118 Peak Road. You can easily find taxis all over Hong Kong, or you can check the bus routes and schedules at the Hong Kong Transport Department’s website.
2. At the Peak Galleria, you can access the Sky Terrace 428 for panoramic views, similar to what you’d get from the Peak Tower.
|Hiking: If you’re feeling adventurous, you can hike up to Victoria Peak. The most popular trail is the Peak Circle Walk, which starts at the Old Peak Road. It’s a scenic route through lush greenery but can be quite challenging, so make sure you’re prepared with appropriate footwear, water, and a map.|
Once at the top, you can explore the Peak Tower, which has various attractions, shops, and restaurants. Don’t forget to take in the breathtaking views from the viewing platform.
5. AVENUE OF STARS
This waterfront promenade celebrates Hong Kong’s film industry. It’s adorned with statues, and handprints of movie stars, and offers stunning views of the city’s skyline, modeled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This is the first place that we went to right after we checked in to our hotel. It is located along Victoria Harbor.
How to go to Avenue of Stars?
The Avenue of Stars is located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, along the Victoria Harbour waterfront. It’s an easy-to-reach attraction in Hong Kong, and you can get there by various means:
|By MTR (Mass Transit Railway):|
Take the MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui Station. You can catch the MTR from various locations in Hong Kong.
Once you exit Tsim Sha Tsui Station, follow the signs for “Avenue of Stars” or “Victoria Harbour.” It’s just a short walk from the station.
You can take a bus to Tsim Sha Tsui, depending on your location. Look for buses that have routes stopping near the Tsim Sha Tsui area.
Once you reach Tsim Sha Tsui, walk towards the waterfront, and you’ll easily find the Avenue of Stars.
|By Star Ferry:|
If you’re coming from Hong Kong Island or Kowloon, you can take the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour.
The Star Ferry pier in Tsim Sha Tsui is located very close to the Avenue of Stars. After disembarking, simply walk towards the waterfront, and you’ll be there in no time
If you’re already in the Tsim Sha Tsui area, you can walk to the Avenue of Stars easily.
Head towards the waterfront, and you’ll find the Avenue of Stars promenade, which is lined with plaques, statues, and handprints of famous Hong Kong movie stars.
6. CLOCK TOWER
The Clock Tower is one of the few remaining structures from the colonial era in Hong Kong. It’s a historical landmark that dates back to the late 19th century, serving as a symbol of the city’s rich history. It eatures elegant and intricate architectural details, blending both Victorian and Edwardian styles. Its design is reminiscent of a bygone era, making it a captivating sight for architecture enthusiasts and history buffs.
How to go there: This is near Avenue of Stars and Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Terminal. Go there in the afternoon so you can also watch the Symphony of Lights.
7. SYMPHONY OF STARS
This is a 15-minute daily light and sound multi-media show that involves the skyscrapers in Victoria Harbor. It starts at 8 PM so right after Avenue of Stars we head to Victoria Harbor so we could get a good spot for the show. This is also just in front of the Clock Tower.
How to get there: Ride MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit L6. This is near Avenue of Stars and Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Terminal.
8. 10,000 BUDDHA
There are a lot of temples in Hong Kong and I’m glad we were able to visit Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Sha Tin, New Territories. It’s a bit of a challenge for my parents because of the steep concrete path uphill. We walked for more than 400 steps before heading to the temple. There are different life-sized golden buddhas on our way up.
How to go there: Take East Railline MTR to Sha Tin Station and go to Exit B.
9. SNOOPY WORLD
Right after visiting Ten Thousands Buddhas we head to Snoopy World – a small “theme park” located in the New Territories near the New Town Plaza shopping mall in Sha Tin. What we enjoyed here is that the place is a family-friendly place.
How to get there: Ride East Railway MTR to Sha Tin station and take Exit A. Walk through the New Town Plaza shopping mall and you will reach Snoopy’s World within 5 5-minute walk.
10. PO LIN MONASTERY
Po Lin Monastery is a Buddhist monastery located in Ngong Ping Plateau on Lantau Island Hong Kong. This is also a 5-minute walk from the Big Buddha. We didn’t get the chance to go inside the temple because we were already hungry. Good thing there are restaurants beside it.
If you get the chance to visit this place, I recommend you try this “Mixed Vegetables”. Just look for the restaurant ( I forgot the name of the restaurant) beside the temple. This will be the best food trip experience you’ll ever have. 😁
11. LADIES MARKET
This is where you can find various low-priced products. This is also where I bought “pasalubongs”. Always remember not to buy on the first stall you’ll be in. Based on experience, we found much lower-priced goods as we went along the street. You also need to practice your bargaining skills here. 🤣
How to go: Take the MTR to Mongkok Station and take Exit E2.
These are just a few of the many attractions that Hong Kong has to offer. Whether you’re interested in culture, nature, food, or entertainment, Hong Kong has something for everyone. I really enjoyed my Hong Kong trips! What are your favorite places in Hong Kong?
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