Hong Kong can induce an information overload in even the most seasoned traveller – with so much to see and do, it’s hard to know where to start. To help you make the most of this magnificent metropolis, we’ve compiled our top ten things to do while in the city.
1. Eat out
Whether you fancy Cantonese cuisine or European fare, the thousands of restaurants here will be able to meet your needs. Lung King Heen at the Four Seasons is the world’s first Chinese restaurant to receive three Michelin stars.
Hong Kong’s nightlife can’t be missed. Live it up quite literally at the Ritz-Carlton hotel’s Ozone bar, 118 floors up and the highest nightclub in the world, or head to Red Bar for signature cocktails.
3. Comedy clubs
The TakeOut Comedy Club is the first of its kind in Asia, and offers stand-up and improv in Cantonese, Mandarin and English.
4. Learn more about Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Museum of History provides an insightful look at almost every aspect of the region, from its geography to recent history – the recreated Central street from 1881 is a highlight.
This twelve-floor department store in Causeway Bay is a haven for shoppers. The area is also home to similarly massive shopping centres like Times Square and the recently opened Hysan Place, all of which stock western designers along with emerging eastern talents.
6. Temple Street
If you’re interested in a different kind of shopping experience, head for the Temple Street Night Market. This street bazaar is bustling with shoppers haggling over tea ware, trinkets, watches and much more.
7. Stanley Beach
Also known for its market, the real attractions here are the slower pace of life and open sandy beaches. Whether you soak up the sun or stroll through the streets, Stanley is a welcome escape from the urban bustle.
8. Tai O
Situated on Lantau Island, this relaxed fishing village provides stunning views of the mainland, and the surrounding waters are home to the famed pink dolphins.
9. Wong Tai Sin Temple
A shrine for Confucian, Taoist, and Buddhist religions, this ornate temple is well worth a visit, particularly at Chinese New Year when believers rush to place incense before the altar. The temple claims to fulfil any and all requests made, so it’s easy to see why it’s so popular.
10. The Peak
This is the highest point of Hong Kong island and offers an unbeatable view of the city below. The Peak Tower has observation decks as well as several stories of dining and shopping, while the nearby Madame Tussauds lets you get up close and personal with Asian and international celebrities – including Hong Kong’s celebrated export, Jackie Chan. The best way to get up there is the Peak Tram, which weaves through the city and mountainside on an exciting and visually remarkable journey.
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