A world-famous city where East meets West, Hong Kong and its surrounding area is packed with things to do, ranging from theme parks to museums to cultural experiences. There is something for everyone to enjoy and regardless of what sort of family holiday experience people are looking for, they will find it in the Pearl of the Orient.
1. Hong Kong Disneyland
One of the most famous theme parks in the world has a presence in Hong Kong, offering the Disney experience on Lantau Island. With a variety of themed areas including Main Street USA, Adventureland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Toy Story land, there is a host of entertainment here to appeal to every single member of the family.
2. Ocean Park Hong Kong
Part theme park, part oceanarium, Ocean Park has been a favourite destination for Hong Kong residents since its opening in 1977. Visitors can expect rollercoasters, rides, marine creatures, animals, plenty of entertainment and live shows across the park’s 91.5ha area, which includes a mountain, a cable car system and a funicular railway.
3. Victoria Peak
Home of one of the best views on Hong Kong Island, Victoria Peak has been a destination for tourists and the well-to-do since the early Colonial era. Popularly reached by The Peak tramway, visitors can enjoy spectacular views of Hong Kong, Victoria Harbour and Lamma Island, alongside world-class shopping at The Peak Galleria and The Peak Tower shopping malls.
4. Hong Kong Tramways
One of the many legacies of British rule in Hong Kong are the double-decker trams running along the tramline connecting Kennedy Town with Shau Kei Wan. Reasonably priced and offering a popular journey that’s unlike anything elsewhere, it’s one of the quintessential Hong King experiences.
5. Hong Kong Museum of History
Hong Kong has a long and varied history, from its earliest Chinese inhabitants to its years as a British Colony. Located in Kowloon, the Hong Kong Museum of History is a popular museum covering the territory’s story, with an array of exhibits, artefacts and displays adding to the experience.
6. Aberdeen Harbour
Location of Hong Kong’s famous Floating Village, Aberdeen Harbour is a popular tourist destination with its restaurants, harbour views and waterfront appeal. One of the popular attractions here is the Jumbo Kingdom floating restaurants, along with the chance to experience some of the local cuisine.
7. Avenue of Stars
Hong Kong has a rich cinematic history and many of its stars, including Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Chow Yun-Fat have become famous to Western audiences as well. The Avenue of Stars, modelled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, pays homage to the greats of Hong Kong Cinema as well as offering impressive views of Victoria Harbour.
8. A Symphony of Lights
Every night from 8pm the skyline of Hong Kong comes alive in a multimedia light, sound, laser and fireworks show celebrating the spirit of the territory. The show is free and spans both sides of Victoria Harbour, with the Avenue of Stars being a popular vantage point to enjoy the proceedings from.
9. Ngong Ping 360
A cable-car ride highlighting the spectacular scenery of Lantau Island and surrounds is the first part of this popular attraction which brings visitors to Ngong Ping Village. A traditional Chinese-themed retail, dining and entertainment area, Ngong Ping Village is located close to the Lo Pin Monastery and the majestic, 34m high Big Buddha statue.
10. Wong Tai Sin Temple
One of Hong Kong’s most popular attractions, the Wong Tai Sin Temple in Kowloon is a place of worship for followers of the Taoist, Buddhist and Confucian religions. Set among impressive and tranquil gardens, the temple is also famous for its claim that it will make every wish come true upon request, as well as its beautiful buildings constructed in line with the principles of Feng Shui.