Top attractions in Hong Kong
Top 10 things to do in Hong Kong
With its enticing cocktail of Chinese and Western cultures, Hong Kong is unique. Crowded but exciting, the city's vibrant streetlife drives a culture of good food, good shopping, and good living! Here's just a taste of the city's great attractions.
1. Victoria Peak
Take the Victorian funicular to Hong Kong Island's highest point. The spectacular views are just a short journey from the city center!
2. Ocean Park Hong Kong
Entertainment and education collide at Ocean Park! Rides include the Hair Raiser floorless rollercoaster and the Shark Mystique underwater safari.
3. Lamma Island
Hong Kong's third-largest island offers day-trippers scenic hiking trails and clean beaches, as well as traditional architecture, modern art, and sophisticated restaurants.
4. HSBC Building
Hong Kong's history is reflected in the changing face of its skyline stalwart. The building's nighttime light display provides the perfect conclusion to a long day of sightseeing!
5. International Finance Centre (IFC)
If the views from Victoria Peak didn't knock you out, the ones from Hong Kong's tallest building will! Its observation deck offers a breathtaking panorama from the 100th floor.
6. Man Mo Temple
As one of Hong Kong's oldest temples, Man Mo was at the center of the colonial city's spiritual life. The sightseeing favorite continues to offer refuge from the Hollywood Road.
7. Hong Kong Disneyland
Disney brings its magic to Asia, with seven themed areas providing world-class family entertainment with an East Asian twist. Its grounds even adhere to feng shui!
8. Po Lin Monastery
Visit the Po Lin Monastery to see the Tian Tan statue. Located on Lantau Island, it's 200 scenic steps to the top of the hill with the world's largest outdoor sitting buddha!
9. Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
This monastery in Sha Tin is famous for its numerous miniature buddhas. Despite its name, there are actually closer to 13,000!
10. Nan Lian Garden
Landscaped in the style of the Tang dynasty, this peaceful public garden lets visitors roam classic wooden architecture, buddhist relics, and tranquil lotus ponds.
Planning Your Visit
Best time to visit?
Hong Kong attracts visitors all year round, so be sure to book your hotel well in advance. If you're travelling on a budget, keep in mind that many hotels offer cheaper rates during the winter and summer months, though the latter can be mercilessly humid.
While the official language of China is Mandarin, most Hong Kongers speak Cantonese and English.
Despite its size, Hong Kong uses its own currency called the Hong Kong Dollar. Exchange rates within the country are very good, so wait until you arrive to change your money, and don't forget to change it back before you leave!
Good to know
- Chinese (Cantonese) and English
- HKD ($ or HK$)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+08:00)
- Country Code
- Best time to visit
- Visit in spring or fall to avoid less desirable weather, but remember that Hong Kong is a popular destination year-round!