Things to do in Hong Kong
For an authentic Chinese experience, plan to visit Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple, which commemorates the life of the famed monk Wong Tai Sin who went on to became a deity. This temple is unique in that it pays homage to three different religions: Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Your visit will afford you a glimpse into the daily life of the traditional Chinese people.
For a dose of something a little more outdoorsy, Ocean Park in Hong Kong is a marine life theme park that covers more than 870,000 square meters on the southern side of the island.
If you're visiting with children and looking for fun things to do in Hong Kong, Disney Land Hong Kong is an obvious choice. From Toy Story Land to Space Mountain, you're bound to find something the whole gang will enjoy.
Finally, Hong Kong is known as the "Hollywood of the East," and pays tribute to the stars that helped the city earn that title. Also consider visiting the Avenue of the Stars, set in front of the Peak.
A New York speakeasy vibe, custom and classic cocktails, and more than 100 vodka varieties are the hallmark of this SoHo spot. The young and hip crowd may hit this lounge bar before heading to one of Hong Kong’s many clubs.
Fiona Kotur Marin—a former New Yorker—showcases her snakeskin, shell, and silk brocade clutches, which have earned a following by the likes of Renée Zellweger and Tory Burch.
Ancient China gets a 21st-century twist in the clothing, accessories, and housewares lines of this Hong Kong–born brand. Bold shades of magenta, lime, and aqua spice up traditional cheongsam dresses, while ancient scholar’s robes are reinterpreted in leather.
Even if you have zero interest in horse racing or gambling, you must—must—attend a horse race if you really want to understand Hong Kong culture. Locals are simply nuts about gambling, and the Wednesday-night races at Happy Valley give them the chance to pull out all the stops.
Vivian Mak, the founder of MingCha tea shop, is a walking encyclopedia of tea. We recommend the jasmine blossom ($13).