15 Popular Hong Kong Tours & Activities

16 August 2015
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The famous Hong Kong skyline of towering skyscrapers against lush green mountains is unmistakably beautiful. It’s vibrant cultural mix of rich tradition and international class is as varied as it is striking.

From the city’s famous heritage sites to modern, super-sized shopping malls and entertainment centres showcasing international stage shows, Hong Kong is an international hub of business, media, creativity and leisure tourism.

If your ideal holiday spot is a fast-paced, urban destination with luxury tours, family fun parks and cultural experiences galore, then Hong Kong is the right choice.

 See the best of Hong Kong with the city's unforgettable tours and activities (image: Getty)

Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland is a magical place of seven fairy-tale lands, including Adventureland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, Toy Story Land, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Main Street USA.

Unique and mysterious attractions can be found at each of the fairy-tale lands, including Disney character appearances, stage shows, rides and interactive entertainment. After a day of Disney adventures, you can relax at one of the many (20 in fact!) dining venues dotted around the park.

Macau Tour With Lunch

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and once Portuguese overseas territory, Macau is today known as the Las Vegas of Asia. This juxtaposition of history, heritage and modern glamour is all only an hour away from the heart of bustling Hong Kong.

This day tour takes you on a catamaran across the South China Sea to see ruins of ancient European architecture in St Paul’s Cathedral, the A-Ma Temple, and Macau Tower, which is the eleventh-highest building in the world.

You’ll take a drive along the route of the Macau Grand Prix and before the day’s out, try your hand at gambling in the Macau Casino.

 Macau Tower is quite a sight from below and above (image: Getty)

Lantau Explorer Tour

With unspoilt rolling valleys, Buddhist architecture, hidden monasteries and glass-bottom cable car rides, a visit to Lantau, Hong Kong’s largest island, is a must.

If this is your first visit to Lantau, a Lantau Explorer Tour is the best way to fit in the island’s best views and best-kept secrets in one day. Ngong Ping Cable Car, Po Lin Monastery, The Stilts House and Museum Beneath the Buddha are just some of the highlights you’ll visit on this day tour.

Ocean Park Tour

What better way to learn about the wonders of the ocean than through interactive, up-close marine life exhibits and entertainment? This is exactly what Ocean Park Tours offer families visiting Hong Kong.

Hop aboard a half- or full-day tour and get ready to explore a colourful underwater world of fish life, including dolphins, penguins, seals and arctic foxes. Other highlights on your Ocean Park itinerary include a North Pole Encounter and live educational shows about ocean creatures and conservation.

For the more adventurous, there is a range of hair-raising, themed rides and exciting stage shows to get the whole family singing and dancing.

 A North Pole encounter (image: Ocean Park)

Hong Kong Island Tour

Hong Kong may be known as a modern, international city, but its cultural heritage and history remains strong. Get an inside look at Hong Kong’s past and present with a full-day Hong Kong Island Tour. Enjoy the best views across the city skyline atop Hong Kong Island’s highest point, The Peak before jumping aboard a traditional sampan boat bound for Aberdeen Harbour.

Here you’ll spot local fishermen living and working in much the same way as they did a century ago, barely touched by modern technology. Breathe in the beauty at Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay before finishing the tour at Stanley on the island’s south coast. Here you can explore the rabbit warren market or enjoy fresh seafood at one of the many waterfront eateries.

Symphony of Lights Cruise

Experiencing the vivid Hong Kong skyline at night is just as important as experiencing it in the day. Jump on board a Symphony of Lights Cruise around the harbour and watch in awe as a magical multimedia and light show illuminates the sky with a rainbow of colours above the city skyscrapers.

Named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest permanent light show in the world, the Symphony of Lights is choreographed to music and changes with the seasons.

 The Symphony of Lights (image: Getty)

City & Harbour by Night Tour

Hong Kong is spectacular during the day, but at night, the city sparkles as the sun sets over the sea. The City and Harbour by Night Tour starts with a leisurely cruise around Victoria Harbour so you can take in the magical skyline and lush green mountains beyond while enjoying a complimentary beverage.

Back on dry land, you’ll head to The Peak to enjoy a delicious dinner at Bubba Gump followed by a stop at the bustling Temple Street Night Market, where traders, fortune tellers and opera singers are ready to amaze you at this popular street bazaar.

Shen Zhen Luohu City Shopping

No trip to Hong Kong would be complete without a day of shopping.  The Luohu Shopping Mall in Shen Zhen is the place to shop in Hong Kong.

The sprawling, 5-storey shopping destination is located right on the border of China and Hong Kong and is easily reached by train from the city centre.

 Shen Zhen is the place to shop

Shen Zhen City & Shopping Tour

Shenzen is known as Hong Kong’s backyard – just across the border in China. On a full day tour you’ll discover historical relics such as the some of the terracotta warriors, and a host of other cultural highlights at the Shenzen Folk Centre, Modern Shenzen Exhibition and Shenzen Museum of History.

After a delicious lunch in a local restaurant, you’ll have the afternoon for some retail therapy in the renowned Lo Wu City Shopping Centre before jumping on a train back to Hong Kong in the evening.

Shop non-stop in this retail heartland. Smorgasbord Of Shopping In Hong Kong

History amid the skyscrapers. Finding Old Hong Kong

First Ferry Weekday Ticket

With world-class Macau Grand Prix, Macau Casino and abundance of luxury hotels dotted along its coastline, it’s easy to see why Macau is considered Asia’s Las Vegas.

From Hong Kong, the fast ferry takes under an hour to cross the South China Sea, so visitors can enjoy a full day before returning to Hong Kong. Most nationalities can enter for up to 30 days without a visa, meaning you won’t need to worry about formalities – just don’t forget your passport.

 Asia's Las Vegas (image: Getty)

Seafood Village Dinner Cruise

Hong Kong is a city that was built around its harbour and fishing trade – so as you’d expect you’ll find plenty of delicious seafood here. Enjoy a night of wining and dining on a Seafood Village Dinner Cruise that will take you through Victoria Harbour on your way to Lei Yue Mun.

An evening feast of fresh fish, molluscs and crustaceans of your choosing will be served as you sit back and take in the evening sights.

Big Bus Tour

Hong Kong is jam-packed with things to do and exciting places to see, and not surprisingly one of the best ways to see it all is on a 24-hour unlimited hop-on hop-off Big Bus Tour.

There are 3 individual bus routes that take in unique areas of the city. The Hong Kong Island tour loops around the north of the island starting at Causeway Bay; the Kowloon tour takes in the centre of Kowloon, Hong Kong’s mainland city, and the Stanley tour covers the south coast of the island, including Aberdeen Harbour, Ocean Park and Stanley market.

 This tour takes in The Peak (image: Big Bus Tours)

Shekou & Guangzhou Tour

Shekou and Guangzhou attract thousands of tourists year after year, who travel across the border of Mainland China to witness the historical relics, picture-perfect scenery and delicious cuisine these regions are known for.

Take to the streets in Shekou to experience bargaining at one of the local fresh food markets, or wander around the Mineral Museum, where some of the world famous terracotta warriors are on show. In nearby Guangzhou, the largest city in Southern China, visit the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, the Western Han Tomb of the Nanyue King, and taste the delicious local cuisine. 

Foodie Tour Central and Sheung Wan

The cultural heart of a city is often found through its food – and in Hong Kong, a local food tour will show you exactly what the city is all about.

On this 3.5-hour tour your guide will take you to 6 unique family-run tasting locations, each chosen for their individual flavours and rich family traditions. Learn about the local architecture and history along the way, and experience Hong Kong’s oldest open-air market.

 Sheung Wan - famous for its food (image: Getty)

Around Kowloon in 8 Markets

Hong Kong is a city built on community living, open-air trading and markets. The Around Kowloon in 8 Markets is a 3-hour walking tour that takes you around 8 of the city’s most iconic markets.

Experience the century-old wholesale market, bag a bargain at a street-side market, enjoy the bird songs at the bird market and the pretty blooms and aromas at the flower market. Wind your way through one of the world’s most densely populated neighbourhoods, learning about its history and changing landscape with an experienced local guide.

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