Hong Kong Points of Interest: Things To Do, Where To Stay & What to Eat!

Hong Kong is the perfect destination for a short break. Whether you’re looking to pack everything in to one jam packed weekend break, or pick your highlights from Hong Kong’s’ Top Things To Do, we’ve got options and ideas to suit every budget and every style of traveler. From Temples to the iconic Victoria Harbour,  an awesome variety of Asian food and a couple of hikes thrown in, you can build your own itinerary to make sure you get the best from your short trip to Hong Kong. And with recommendations for where to stay and what to eat – we’ll have your long weekend break to Hong Kong organized before you know it! Hong Kong Points of Interest

Hong Kong Points of Interest Things To Do

Hong Kong Points of Interest – Things To Do, Where To Stay & Where To Eat!

A Guest Post by Aaron Radcliffe from Nomads Nation

I’ve been living and teaching English in Hong Kong for a year now, and I gotta say – it’s one hell of a city! It’s got it all. Skyline, food, hikes, beaches, shopping – whatever it is that you like, Hong Kong’s got you.

It doesn’t matter if you have 48 hours or a lifetime, Hong Kong has so much to offer you’ll never get to experience it all. As someone who has lived in this city for a year, I’m going to give some obvious recommendations and some that are a bit less conventional. Here’s my top ten things for you to do in Hong Kong.

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HONG KONG POINTS OF INTEREST & THINGS TO DO

  1. Get lost

Hong Kong Points of Interest Things To DoNo, I mean, stay here on this site reading this article, but when you are in Hong Kong, do yourself a favor and just walk around get completely lost.

Statistically speaking Hong Kong is one of the safest cities on the planet. Crime really just isn’t a thing here. It’s also incredibly compact and navigable. Add the two together, and you have a formula for the greatest walking experience ever!

Really though, my number one recommendation for Hong Kong is to start walking, and start following the vibes. Wherever you are attracted to – go there! Feelin’ like pulling a left? Do it. Curious what’s around the corner? Check it out. What are all those people doing? Find out! What’s in that cool looking building? Investigate!

Hong Kong is so safe and so freaking interesting that I truly believe this is the greatest way to experience it. This is my favorite thing to do in any city, but not all cities are as safe as Hong Kong. There’s no dodgy neighborhoods. There’s no areas to avoid. You can be an oblivious, lost tourist, and not have to worry about a thing. And with the amazing train system, you’re only ever a five minute walk away from getting your bearings again.

How often do you get that opportunity? This is why it’s one of the best countries to visit.

And once you walk around enough you’ll spark up an appetite which brings me to my number two recommendation…

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  1. Eat

Hong Kong Points of Interest Things To DoHong Kong is an absolute monster when it comes to food, and not just Cantonese cuisine. Being a world city you can find restaurants from all around the world and all at a very high standard of quality. Chungking Mansion has got you covered on Indian/Pakistani food. Kowloon City for world class Thai. If you want traditional Cantonese, check out Wellington Street, Tsim Sha Tsui (especially the night market), and Sham Shui Po for great consolidation of local street food and restaurants.

If you love street food, don’t miss the Kowloon Street Food Tour – its 3 hours of Foodie heaven!

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  1. Horse Races

Hong Kong Points of Interest Things To DoSo much fun. Horse racing is the most popular sport in HK, and every Wednesday the city goes mental. There are two enormous venues – Happy Valley and Sha Tin. Happy Valley is on Hong Kong island. It’s much more western, with more tourists, and an amazing view of the city. Sha Tin is almost 100% local, but gives you a much more authentic experience. Both venues are equally as impressive, so flip a coin and check it out.

While booze is a bit pricey, the entrance fee is pennies. Gambling can be cheap, just throw down a couple bucks on the horses you think look awesome and let the games begin! Highly recommended.

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  1. Victoria Harbor

Hong Kong Points of Interest Things To Do This is the easiest Hong Kong point of interest to recommend and it is the one thing to do that you simply cannot afford to miss! It’s one of the most impressive views of the single most impressive skyline in the world. And it’s free!

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  1. Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha)

Hong Kong Points of Interest Things To DoTouristy but worth it. Big Buddha is the largest outdoor bronze statue in the world (quite the title isn’t it?) but it’s not just the statue that makes it a top attraction. The experience as a whole is what makes it a must do. If you get the chance try and take the Skyrail – which is actually a cable car – and is also known as Ngong Ping 360, and check out the Big Buddha and the surrounding areas. (NOTE: Renovation works are being carried out on the Skyrail for the first half of 2017)

*Pro tip – if you have the time, try and stop by Tai Po (an amazing fisherman village) on the way back. You shan’t regret.*

Hong Kong Points of Interest Things To Do

The Skyrail

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  1. Chi Lin Nunnery

Hong Kong Points of Interest Things To DoAmidst the concrete jungle and constant madness that is Hong, lies the beautiful, serene gem known as Chi Lin Nunnery. It’s gorgeous, tranquil, and a great way to get some peace as you are literally transported from the madness of Hong Kong.

Also, Chi Lin has a world renowned vegetarian restaurant that is spectacular. A bit pricey ($15-$20 per person) but totally worth it if you can swing it.

Once you’ve visited a Nunnery – how about a visit to a Monastery? If you’re out Lantau Island you could drop in on Po Lin Monastary, or on the mainland – Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery.

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  1. Victoria Peak

Hong Kong Points of Interest Things To DoAgain, touristy – and definitely one of Hong Kong’s top things to do, but if you can fit it in it’s highly recommended. The view is unreal.

But! Do yourself a favor – don’t just take in the view and bail. There are series of hikes and trails at the top of the peak, all of which are well maintained and show a different perspective to Hong Kong Points of Interest. Hong Kong Things to do. Hong Hong Sightseeing.

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  1. HK History Museum

Hong Kong Points of Interest Things To DoWarning – if you aren’t particularly interested in history or culture, than pass. But if you are then PLEASE go to the history museum. It’s a gorgeous venue that takes you through the chronological history of HK. I’ve been five times. As far as history museums go, this one is particularly impressive and it will really give you a cultural insight into what Hong Kong is really about. Plus you can’t really go wrong with a $1.29 USD entrance fee.

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  1. Hike

Hong Kong Points of Interest Things To DoThe biggest reason I love HK (aside from the food) is the ability to escape the city, and quickly. In mere minutes you can start walking, and be in the midst of epic mountains and completely forget that you were in one of the most condensed cities on the planet.

If you quite enjoy hikes, there are too many to mention, but my personal favorite is Dragon’s Back. On the difficulty scale it’s about a 6/10, and the views are spectacular.

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10. Visit Temples Hong Kong points of interest

Hong Kong Points of Interest Things To DoWith over 600 temples in Hong Kong, you’d need a lifetime to visit them all, but if you’re short on time I recommend visiting Man Mo Temple (dedicated to the gods of literature) and Wong Tai Sin Temple  which is built with Feng Shui elements and is considered a source of luck.

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11. Get Lost (again) – one of Hong Kong points of interest

Hong Kong Points of Interest Things To DoI can’t emphasize enough, the best way to really get to know a city is to walk it, and given Hong Kong’s safety, you should really take advantage and walk til you drop. Doing so will give you a deeper and more authentic understanding of HK, and will challenge you and put you in more interesting situations. You won’t regret it.

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Where to Stay in Hong Kong points of interest

Hong Kong Points of Interest Things To Do

Madera Hollywood - Luxury Stay ($250+ per night)


Madera Hollywood offers comfortable accommodation and is within a 10-minute walk of Sheung Wan Station. This property is ideally located in Central.
The hotel has 38 well-appointed rooms that are accompanied by a variety of essential amenities to ensure guests have an enjoyable stay.
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Ovolo Noho - Mid-Range Stay ($150-$250 per night)


Set in lively Central, just five minutes from Sheung Wan Station, Ovolo Noho offers a coffee bar, a concierge and a 24-hour reception. It is situated a brief stroll from Lan Kwai Fong, The Center and Soho
For those arriving by public transport or wanting to discover the local area, Ovolo Noho is conveniently minutes on foot from Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal. For guests wishing to dine out, the hotel is near a variety of local cafés and restaurants.
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Hong Kong Points of Interets

Ovolo Aberdeen Harbour - Budget Stay (<$150 per night)


Situated in Tin Wan, this modern hotel offers a 24-hour reception, an express check-in and check-out feature and a coffee bar. It features panoramic harbour and mountain views and 4-star rooms.
After a day of discovering the area, guests can unwind in the comfort of their air conditioned rooms. They feature an in-room safe and slippers.
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EXTRA Hong Kong ADVENTURES

IF YOU CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF HONG KONG, TAKE A LOOK AT THESE GREAT TOURS TO EXPLORE THE SURROUNDING AREA:

  • Why not combine you’re trip to Hong Kong with a quick visit to Macau? This day trip will see you sail across on the ferry to the island peninsula where you can wander taking in the architecture or have a little flutter in one of the many casinos!
  • Take an organsied tour of the Aberdeen Area – where modern meets traditional. Watch local fisherman that live on traditional junk boats before heading via Repulse Bay to Stanley Market before finishing the tour at the top of Victoria Peak!
  • Visit Disneyland! Everyone is a big kid at heart!
  • Check out these tours and activities that start at a super low $10!

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45 thoughts on “Hong Kong Points of Interest: Things To Do, Where To Stay & What to Eat!

  1. Debra Schroeder says:

    Hong Kong is such a great city. But in all the times I’ve visited I’ve yet to hike, except to the top of the Big Buddha. The Kowloon Street Food Tour sounds amazing. I had no idea they had horse racing. I’ll have to remember to check out a race the next time I’m in Hong Kong. Your shot of the cable car for the Skysail came out amazing – great detail and composition.

  2. Noemi of Pinay Flying High says:

    I’ve been to Hong Kong only once and I’m not such a huge fan of it. It’s not because of Hong Kong though, I’m just not really a big fan of crazy cities and Hong Kong is the epitome of it. :p I didn’t know about the Chi Lin Nunnery though. It looks so different from the hustle and bustle of the city, it seems like it’s not in Hong Kong anymore.

    The food, I have to agree, is superb! I’d take that Kowloon Food Tour definitely. :p

  3. Efthimis K. says:

    I loved HK! Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to watch horseracing but I checked everything else on the list! Reaching Lantau island was such a pain though because of the huge line for the cable car (and yes we have prebooked online!). My favorite thing in HK was definitely the food!

    • Vicki says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! Shame about how many people were waiting for the cable car, but I suppose it is only to be expected in such a crowded city tho!

  4. Paulina says:

    I’ve never been in Hong Kong. But these tips seem to be really practical and I will bookmark for when I travel there. And thumbs up for your quality photos.

  5. Sia says:

    I am sure it won’t be very hard to get lost in these busy streets. Everything looks so colorful! The first thing I would love to try is the food for sure and then start the adventure. Would love to visit the Victoria harbor and Victoria peak.

    • Vicki says:

      Have a great time Lyn! Hiking really isn’t something I consider when visiting cities, so I can totally appreciate that you haven’t planned any!

  6. Only By Land says:

    I have been to Hong Kong numerous times and I agree with your list. Getting lost gives you so many opportunities to take some rare and beautiful photos of the city. Getting lost twice doubles this! You have to accept that wherever you stay will be expensive compared to other cities, like the options you gave!

    • Vicki says:

      I think the cost is relative to the destination and your travel style – but you can find accommodation at both ends of the spectrum, you just have to decide what comforts you are willing to negotiate on!

  7. jo says:

    I love Hong Kong but I haven’t been to the temples or the sky rail so they are on my list for next time. This is such a great round up of the things to do !

  8. Tom says:

    Yes, the hikes. I’ve been to Honkers five times and almost every time I pick a new island or spot for a hike. It’s a near-mountonous area, and the views are amazing. Plus you always run into small villages.

  9. Kevin's Travel Diary says:

    Wow your pictures and things to do have really made me want to visit, I’m gutted now as I was planning to add it in whilst I was in china (this April) but now I;m not, but I wish I did add it in. time to relook at visiting.

  10. Katie @ Zen Life and Travel says:

    First of all, your big budda pic is great! I had no idea that Horse racing is the most popular sport in HK – never would have guessed that! I would love to visit someday – I like the idea of just walking around and seeing where the streets take you.

  11. Mel I TravelingMel says:

    Hong Kong looks like such a cool place to visit. I wouldn’t have thought of it as a place to climb mountains and hike, but I would love to do that. The noodle bowl looks really yummy–perfect post-hike, I’d imagine. The temples would be high on my list, too. I love how they provide serenity in a city.

  12. Samantha Sparrow says:

    Hong Kong would be pretty long haul from the UK, but I would still love to go! I can absolutely see myself getting lost in those streets, but I wonder about all the noise and lights! I had no idea that HK had horse racing, that’s pretty cool and I’d definitely visit it!

  13. Barb says:

    Hong Kong is probably the best city in Asia. I should go back to visit the big Buddha. Here we can find everything and anything, great restaurant, nice hotels, fun nightlife.

  14. Punita Malhotra says:

    So much to do in Hongkong. If i had to pick my favourite three things to recommend an itinerary or for myself, I would choose the Big Buddha, the Victoria Peak and the food…in that order.

  15. Toni | 2 Aussie Travellers says:

    I love Hong Kong for a short break or even a longer stay. There is so much to do and eat, the trouble with a weekend is there is a limit to how many dim sum and restaurants I can fit in. Totally agree with the suggestions here, Victoria Peak and Big Buddha I recommend to everyone, also getting out on the harbor or over for a drink on the Kowloon side in the evening to see the city light show

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Toni – I’m hoping to get there soon to experience everything for myself. I think I’m gonna have to starve myself for a couple of days before arriving though to make sure I can fit in all the foodie treats!

  16. Gareth says:

    Really looking forward to my trip to Hong-Kong next week and while it is just a fleeting visit, a three-day trip from my home in mainland China, I’ll definitely be taking in as much as of your advice as possible. The Skyrail looking like a great spot from which to see the landscape while the food seems to be amongst the most off-the-wall in Asia. Great post and thanks not only for the tips, but getting me buzzed about my trip!

    • Vicki says:

      I hope you have a great time – although I think the SkyRail will be closed during your visit (its under renovation atm) – but I guest that just means you’ll have to schedule a repeat visit later in the year!

  17. Elisa says:

    I had so much fun when I visited HK that I would not mind to repeat the experience soon! I did all the things you mention except the horse races. I will try to see one next time, it looks hilarious! Pro tip: don’t forget your socks when visiting Museums or shopping malls: I could not finish my visit to the National History Museum because my feet were frozen!!!! They exaggerate a lot with AC

  18. Gokul Raj says:

    A well written guide. Being a foodie, I know what I will be doing if I am there. I would also like to go for the hike. The view of the city from the top is breathtaking.

  19. Maartje says:

    Great post Vicki! I love your photo of Victoria Harbor and would love to do the hike. I only had a quick stopover at HK airport once but your post definitely convinced me to stay for a few days next time!

  20. melody pittman says:

    Hong Kong and horse racing. Who would’ve known? I learned so many interesting things from your post. What an amazing place to visit. By the way, I had my first bowl of legit ramen this past week in Gainesville, Florida. 😉

  21. sophie says:

    Great post on things to do! I’m heading to hong kong next week hope this post will come in handy. thanks for sharing! I have already shared this with my many friends! Cheers.

  22. Chris says:

    This article is perfectly timed! I’m headed to Hong Kong next month for a visa run and have a blank slate of 48 hours to kill.

    Victoria Peak and eating all of the things are definitely at the top of my list.

  23. Brianna says:

    I flew through Hong Kong on my way to Australia last year. I was really hoping for a long layover so I could do some exploring in HK, but I felt like 6 hours probably wasn’t enough time. I would definitely spend most of my time eating though 😛

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