What to do in Hong Kong besides Eating and Shopping? Hong Kong alternative attractions!
Updated: Mar 20, 2019
Most people think of Hong Kong as a foodie and shopper paradise, but it is a lot more than just that! Concrete jungle aside, there are still a lot to do in Hong Kong!
This post is a collation of all our travels to Hong Kong for the past 4 trips, it is definitely still a work in progress as we venture to the outskirts and discover more of Hong Kong aside from the usual Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.
1. Victoria Harbour
Each time I visit Hong Kong, I will definitely make it a point to visit the Victoria Harbour. On a clear day, the view of the lighted skyscrapers at the edge of the river is a magnificent sight. Whether or not you are at the Kowloon side, or the Hong Kong island side, you'll be able to catch the light show - A Symphony of Lights - every night at 8pm (unless there's bad weather). The light show is a medley of lights, lasers, LED screens, with music performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
Besides positioning yourselves at the harbour, you may also want to take a retro chinese-style boat cruise or a luxury boat cruise to get views of both sides. Since these are prime time slots, it would be better if you reserve your tickets online in advance. Should you be wanting to save a few bucks, you may also wish to take the day-time cruise to enjoy the cityscape.
Otherwise, book yourselves a room in hotels that have a view of the harbour. That way, you won't have to squeeze with the rest of the crowd, and enjoy the Symphony of Lights in your comfy pyjamas!
Some of these harbour view hotels include:
These hotels are indeed costly but if you are in Hong Kong for a special occasion - anniversary or honeymoon, it may be worth it for a once-in-a-while splurge!
2. Avenue of Stars
The Avenue of Stars is located along Victoria Harbour. Here, you'll find handprints and plagues to honour Hong Kong's famous celebrities. You'll also see a Bruce Lee statue. While you are strolling to Victoria Harbour to catch the lightshow, make it a point to get through the Avenue of Stars!
Do note that the Avenue of Stars is currently undergoing upgrading works that are expected to be ready by 2019.
3. Central-Mid-level escalators
The mid-level escalators found in Central, Hong Kong is the world's longest outdoor covered escalator system. It was built to help locals to get from the street-level (Queen's Road Central) to the mid-levels (Conduit Road). The escalator is not just one long escalator, it is in fact, a series of 20 escalators with 3 travellators that are connected by foot bridges. To get from start to end, you'll take around 20 to 25 minutes!
Do also note that the escalator is up-riding after 10am. To get down, you'll have to head down by foot, and it is a long way down... Should you not want to walk down, you may also choose to take Minibus Number 3 on Conduit Road (about 20 metres from the end of the escalator) that will take you down to IFC mall.
The building of the escalator was a huge controversy in the beginning as many people initially thought of it as an unnecessary construction and happened to also fail to realise its objective to ease traffic congestion between the Central and the Mid-Levels. However, it has now been widely used both by the locals and tourists. Because of the fact that it is the world's longest outdoor covered escalator, it has helped to revitalise surrounding neighbours with more cafes and shops opening close to the entrances and exits of these escalators. The Central-Mid-Level escalators also provide a way to transit from the bustling Central region, to the more relaxed and serene Mid-Levels.
Besides riding the escalators, one should definitely pop by the many interesting stores and cafes found near these escalators. It would be a great way to explore the less crowded regions of Hong Kong when you're at the Mid-Levels!
Do also note that the escalators are currently undergoing some refurbishment works. These works started in March 2018 and is estimated to complete in four years time. As such, some portions of the escalators will be closed at various times.
4. Victoria Peak
Victoria Peak is the highest point in Hong Kong where you'll get to admire the skyline of Hong Kong! The Madam Tussads Musuem is also located here. The best time to visit is actually during sunset or in the evening. There are also some restaurants like Bubba Gump Shrimp that offer a good view of the skyline while you have your meals!
To find out more about Victoria Peak and how to get there, read also our blog post on: A Trip to Victoria Peak, Hong Kong.
5. Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong Disneyland is the nearest Disneyland to Singapore and families who visit Hong Kong with their children should definitely consider heading to the theme park for a day! I'm sure that your kids will thank you for that!
You may also be interested in our blog posts on: All you need to know about Hong Kong Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland Hotels: Should I stay at the hotels in Disneyland Hong Kong?
Save time and avoiding waiting in the queues by purchasing your tickets online, you'll get a further discount if you book them on Klook!
6. Hong Kong Ocean Park
Hong Kong Ocean Park is really for the more adventurous teenagers and adults. Unlike Disneyland Hong Kong, where most of the rides and characters are suited for the children, Hong Kong Ocean Park has more thrilling rides. Furthermore, pay just one price and you'll get to see the pandas and head to an aquarium!
You may also be interested in our blog post on: Hong Kong Ocean Park Guide and Travel Tips
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7. Lantau Island: Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery
A great day trip to Lantau Island, Ngong Ping 360 is a cable car that gets your to the Ngong Ping Region where you'll get to see the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery. It is a yearly pilgrimage for devout Buddhists to climb up the stairs to get a close look of the Big Buddha. Even if you are not a Buddhist, it is still worth the trip to get up close and view the Ngong Ping region as a cultural site!
For more information on how to get there and information about the tickets, read also our blog post on Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery.
8. Tai-O Fishing Village
While you are at Ngong Ping, you could also try to squeeze in a trip to Tai-O Fishing Village. Here, you'll be able to see Houses on Stilts (very much like Kelongs in other Southeast Asian countries). For those who like seafood, you'll be in for a treat. Everywhere you go at Tai-O, there will bound to be a street food stall. Be it selling grilled shellfish, or the famous dried salted fish, it is not that difficult to find them!
From Ngong Ping, take either a taxi (10-minute ride) or New Lantao Bus 21 (20 minutes).
9. Lan Kwai Fong
**For adults only**
Lan Kwai Fong is the area that comes alive at night! It is full of bars and clubs that is popular amongst the locals and especially the tourists. When you first visit Hong Kong, you should definitely explore this area at night!
10. Ladies Market
Alright, this is actually an attraction that involves eating and shopping. But I can't mention Hong Kong's attractions without naming the Ladies Market! This is a shopping haven for the ladies! But do be warned, it can be pretty crowded!
Besides the Ladies Market, there's also the flower market, a market where they sell fishes and birds, all in the Mongkok area.
11. Temple Street Night Market
Another place that is a must-visit will be the Temple Street Night Market. The night market scene in Hong Kong may not necessarily be as extensive as the Night Markets in Taiwan, but you'll find lots of interesting souvenirs and street food at this Night Market.