Seven Unmissable Things To Do In Hong Kong In 2015

9 February 2015

Hong Kong seems to have won over famous American chef, Anthony Bourdain who called it "a wonderful, mixed-up town where you've got great food and adventure." Turns out he was spot on. However, he forgot to mention a few other areas where Hong Kong delights travellers from all walks.

China's famous city has added to its diverse array of attractions in 2015. Here are the top seven things to do in Hong Kong this year.

1. Take In A Festival ... Or Two

The Chinese love their festivals and there is no place that showcases them better than Hong Kong.

For the romantics the Spring Lantern Festival (March 5 -20) is a must; Victoria Harbour comes alive for the International Dragon Boat Festival (June 20-25); The Hungry Ghost Festival (August 15- 25) sees the streets buzz with chattering locals out to appease mischievous ghosts with offerings of money and rice; The Cheung Chau Bun Festival was voted one of the Top 10 Quirkiest Festivals in the world by Time.com.

 The Lantern Festival (Getty)

 

Catch a ferry to the island of Cheung Chau (May 22 -26) and join the parade of papier-mâché effigies, sample the delicious buns and sway to beat of haunting drums.

2. Shop, Shop, Shop Til You Drop

Hong Kong is THE place to shop, but be prepared, there are a lot of shopping districts to choose from. Hong Kong Island is the place for high-end fashion. Try the Admiral, Central and SoHo buildings in the financial district and the IFC mall is well worth a visit. Your senses will be overwhelmed at Causeway Bay with affordable fashion at its best.

 Hong Kong is heaven for shoppers (Getty)

 

For designer homewares and chic boutiques head to Gough Street and if you are an antiques buff Cat Street is for you.

Shoppers on the hunt for electronic items should head to the Apliu Street Markets in Mong Kok on the mainland. Here you will also find the Ladies Market on Tung Choi Street and if it’s sportswear try Fa Yuen Street.


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3. Everything For The Sports Nuts

Rugby enthusiasts should time their visit to Hong Kong to coincide with Rugby Sevens in March when the world’s top rugby nations descend on this gem of a city for three days from March 27.

If punting is your vice, visit the world class Happy Valley race course - the racing season runs from September to July.

Golf fanatics can take to the greens with their favourite golfer at the Hong Kong Open in October (October 22-25).

4. A Feast For All Foodies

To experience real Hong Kong dining you must try the locals' favourite pastime of enjoying dim sum (yum cha).

William Mark, one of Hong Kong’s top food critics recommends West Villa Restaurant and the Forum Restaurant both at Causeway Bay.

 The smell of roast duck wafting from a store window is the best form of advertising (Getty)

 

Another popular dining experience is siu mei, Chinese BBQ.

You will see it and smell it everywhere - succulent roasted duck, pork and chicken hanging in shop and restaurant windows.

A visit to Hong Kong wouldn’t be complete without tasting freshly baked egg tarts - if you are in the Central district try one from the Tai Cheung Bakery on Lyndhurst Street and you won’t be disappointed.

5. See Some New Attractions

The Observation Wheel is the latest attraction on Victoria Harbour.

This modern glass Ferris wheel has 42 modern glass gondolas that pay homage to the harbour views. Open daily from 11am - 11pm.

 Hong Kong continues to beef up its array of fascinating attractions (Getty)

 

The Grand Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas on Lantau Island. As yet there is no public access to the inside of the temple but the public can view the stunning vista of the Hall and its tranquil Seven Treasures Lotus Pond.

The Kai Tak Runway Park. This peaceful green space with an aviation flavour was previously the tip of the old Kai Tak International Airport.

The Volcano Discovery Centre is the latest exhibit to open at the Hong Kong Global Geopark of China at Sai Kung waterfront park.

The exhibit showcases hexagonal rock columns that erupted from a volcano 140 million years ago. Open daily from 9.30am - 4.30pm.

Hong Kong 3D Museum at Tsim Sha Tsui takes you on a 3D journey of Chinese culture and Hong Kong wonders. Open daily from 10am -10pm.

6. Tai Chi on the Harbour As Ferries Go By

Join a morning tai chi class on Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade in front of the Hong Kong Museum of Art. Class costs $50HK (approx. AU$9) and run Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am - 9am (weather permitting).

 Reflections of Victoria harbour (Getty)

 

Take a ride on one of the Star Ferries that have been ferrying locals and tourist for over 120 years between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon - there is no better way to taking in the delights of Victoria Harbour.

And, if you really want to see Victoria Harbour and its skyscraper fringed skyline at its best take an evening cruise and behold the spectacular nightly light-show.

7. Take In The View From The Peak

Head to The Peak to see one of the world’s most impressive cityscapes. The view across glittering glass skyscrapers to the waters of Victoria Harbour and beyond to the green hills of the New Territories is spectacular.

Alison Crisp

Alison Crisp is a freelance travel writer and publicist. She has worked in communications, marketing, publishing and print media for the past 20 years.