Things to do in Hong Kong


While the city is best remembered for its arresting cityscape, there's plenty of things to do in Hong Kong beyond bar hopping in Central or shopping ... Read More

While the city is best remembered for its arresting cityscape, there's plenty of things to do in Hong Kong beyond bar hopping in Central or shopping in Mongkok. Hiding in plain sight is Dragon's Back, one of the best urban hiking trails in Asia. The outlying islands are fantastic time capsules that transport visitors back to Hong Kong's rural past, whether through sampling old school snacks in Cheung Chau or squid fishing in Sai Kung. A trek to the Giant Buddha and getting a fortune telling at Wong Tai Sin Temple are recommended for a taste of the traditional beliefs that have shaped Chinese culture for centuries. Head to Chungking Mansions, a residential complex with a notorious past, to uncover a secret side of Hong Kong and experience some of the most authentic Southeast Asian cuisines in the city.

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    Cattle Depot Artist Village

    The Cattle Depot is a thriving artistic community based in a group of redeveloped slaughterhouses. Creativity flows freely within the spacious... Read More

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    Central To Mid-Levels Escalator

    Arguably the most famous escalator in Asia (it made an appearance in The Dark Knight), this outdoor walkway system is also the world's longest.... Read More

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    Cheung Chau

    Just a forty minute ferry ride from Hong Kong Island, Cheung Chau is an ideal destination for day trips. The small island has gained a surge in... Read More

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    Chungking Mansions

    This gargantuan building located on Nathan Road—one of the busiest strips in Hong Kong—feels a world removed from the department stores and luxury... Read More

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    Happy Valley Racecourse

    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... Read More

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    Lily & Bloom

    Lan Kwai Fong, the city's nightlife epicenter, is where you'll find this speakeasy-like lounge, a moodily lit, wood-paneled brasserie and bar. Start... Read More

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    Repulse Bay Beach

    The frantic intensity of Hong Kong's downtown business area contrasts sharply with this peaceful stretch of pale golden sand on the south side of Hong... Read More

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    Sai Kung Town

    With postcard-ready views of the coast and a national geopark, Sai Kung is often referred to as the "backyard garden" of Hong Kong. Adrenaline seekers... Read More

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    Snap! Selfie Store

    We are living in the age of the selfie—whether we want to admit it or not. This photo studio embraces the phenomenon with both arms, offering customers... Read More

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    The Tram

    You wouldn't want to spend too long on these swaying, rattling conveyances—especially during peak times, when tough-as-boots old ladies use their elbows... Read More

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    Tian Tan Buddha

    It may come as a surprise that the Big Buddha was erected only 23 years ago—the site radiates an imposing aura that typically belongs to a more time... Read More

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    Victoria Park

    On an ordinary day, this green is a great place for people-watching: Elderly citizens practice Tai Chi in the mornings; droves of Southeast Asian... Read More

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    Victoria Peak

    This 1,800-foot mountain, whose looming peak is visible from almost all of Central district, doubles as the address for Hong Kong's wealthiest residents... Read More

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    Wong Tai Sin Temple

    Rub elbows with local worshipers at the prayer halls of this historic Taoist temple for a $13 entrance fee. Religion meets technology at the refurbished... Read More

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