Simultaneously 21st century and ancient, Hong Kong is one of Asia’s most bustling, frenetic cities—though its not without its tranquil temples and laidback afternoon tea breaks. In many ways, Hong Kong is its own country. So what to do in Hong Kong? These attractions should be at the top of your list.
First, take a ferry or cruise along Victoria Harbor. From the red-sail junk boat, you can watch sunsets over the city skyline or admire the twinkling skyscrapers aglow against the evening sky. It’s also the best way to enjoy the famous light show, A Symphony of Lights.
The next day, have a traditional dim sum feast for breakfast. Don’t mind the long lines at Luk Yu Tea House.
Set out to explore Hong Kong’s religious culture. You can have your fortune told at Che Kung Temple (remember to beat the drum three times for good luck) and take a photo with Tian Tan Buddha, the 34-foot-tall bronze statue on Lantau Island.
Get a new perspective by hiking up Victoria Peak (locals call it The Peak) or Dragon’s Back—more nature, less metropolis.
Sheung Wan is an old neighborhood that any shopaholic will want to visit. Local crafts and antiques can be found here en masse. Vintage shopping is also prime along Hollywood Road and Upper Lascar Row. For designer fashions, head to PMQ, and for second-hand electronics, stop by Apliu Street Market. You can eve shop Hong Kong’s fish markets.
Before completing your tour of Hong Kong, you should visit at least a few of the city’s more than 260 outlying islands. Easily accessible by ferry are the fishing villages of Lamma Island (one of the city’s most underrated attractions) and Cheung Chau, which has incredible street snacks.
Want more fun things to do in Hong Kong? Check out our Insider’s Guide.