Things to Do in Hong Kong

Planning a vacation to Hong Kong soon? Thinking of where to go, what to do and eat? Read on to discover the city’s must-visit attractions and sights, best things to do and places to eat to fully immerse yourself in the one and only Hong Kong.

Located on China’s South coast, this cosmopolitan city covers around 2,800km2, and its area includes Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, New Territories, and more than 200 offshore islands. Hong Kong is one of the most visited cities in the World, with visitors thronging its streets because of its idiosyncratic culture and incredible attractions. From the moment you arrive in Hong Kong, the vibrant city teems with breathtaking skyline and landmarks, exciting attractions, restaurants and so much more.

Unless you’re staying Hong Kong long-term, it’s nearly impossible explore this densely inhabited territory fully and to do everything you wish to do. So, to help you a bit, here are our wacky travels guide (Hong Kong edition) to let you know what are the best things to do in Hong Kong to ensure you make the best out of your buck and have the ultimate experience!

Note: Hong Kong edition will be split into different segments for easy reading. Today’s post will mainly cover Hong Kong’s Attractions.


Getting Around Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s transportation network is extremely comprehensive and far-reaching with roughly 90% of the daily travels on public transport. The widely-accepted payment method throughout the public transport platforms would be the use of Octopus Card. Octopus card (similar to CharlieCard for those in Massachusetts) was initiated by the Hong Kong MTR and is now used on for other public transportations (e.g. Buses and ferries, etc.) as well. Despite the abundance of public transport options, I feel that the easiest way to get around Hong Kong would be using the MTR, which covers most of the tourist attractions we are about the mention next. That said, you may consider booking a hotel within a stone’s throw away from a MTR station, to save money on transportation around Hong Kong. As a guide, you may refer to the Hong Kong’s MTR system map below.

Getting Around Hong Kong: Hong Kong MTR System MapPhoto Credits: Mappery


TramOramic Tour: Hong Kong Tramways / “Ding Ding”

Hong Kong Tramways is one of the earliest forms of public transportation in Hong Kong and is the cheapest mode of public transport on the island. The trams are sometimes called “Ding Ding” being the onomatopoeia of the iconic double bell ring trams use to warn pedestrians of their approach. I don’t encourage you to take the tram to get around as the stops are limited and it can get pretty confusing. However, you may consider booking a TramOramic Tour to discover Hong Kong’s living history.

TramOramic Tour: Hong Kong Tramways / "Ding Ding"Photo Credits: My Wacky Reviews

We’ve tried the TramOramic Tour and give it five out of five stars! You’ll be able to experience being aboard a 1920s-style open top sightseeing tram and tour along Hong Kong’s outstanding landmarks. Audio guide about authentic tales of local life and tram history is also available in eight different languages. Another bonus would be that you’ll be able to keep your family and friends updated and post your enriching journey on social media with the presence of free WiFi available on the tram. So here’s a picture taken during our fulfilling TramOramic Tour.

TramOramic Tour: Hong Kong Tramways / "Ding Ding"Photo Credits: My Wacky Reviews


Hong Kong Skyline from Tsim Sha Tsui & A Symphony of Lights Show

The first must-do thing in Hong Kong would be to experience its spectacular cityscape from the many compact and dramatic skyscrapers that crop up in the city. The emergence of the dense, towering buildings in Hong Kong’s urban region is due to lack of available space in the busy city. Unlike New York City that boasts numerous skylines, Hong Kong possesses only two skylines; Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula. My favourite would be the panoramic view of the Hong Kong Island skyline from Tsim Sha Tsui (Nearest MTR station: East Tsim Sha Tsui).

Hong Kong Skyline from Tsim Sha TsuiPhoto Credits: My Wacky Reviews

The skyline of Hong Kong is really impressive during the daylight hours. But when all the skyscrapers are lit in the evening, Hong Kong’s skyline will surely knock your socks off. Also, if time permits, you may view A Symphony of Lights – a free nightly multimedia show at 8pm involving more than 40 buildings on both sides of the harbor. This show was also named the “World’s Largest permanent Light and Sound Show” by Guinness World Records. The show lasts for around 15 minutes and live narration is available in three languages: English on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Mandarin Chinese on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; and Cantonese on Sundays.


The Peak (Victoria Peak)

Another vantage point to admire Hong Kong’s scenery would be to go up The Peak (also known as Victoria Peak) – the highest point on Hong Kong Island.

The Peak (Victoria Peak)Photo Credits: My Wacky Reviews

The Peak is Hong Kong’s most exclusive neighbourhood because it possesses the views of one of the World’s most spectacular cityscapes. It is one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong with a large viewing platform called Sky Terrace 428. We went to The Peak before noon. But should you wish to go at night, the panorama will be as, or even more, stunning with plentiful glittering galaxy of lights, shimmering beneath you. To get to the Peak, simply take the Peak Tram from the Peak Tram Lower Terminus on Garden Road (Nearest MTR station: Central).


Hong Kong Disneyland

Escape the busy streets, countrysides, and beaches to unwind at the happiest place in Hong Kong – Hong Kong Disneyland, which was opened to visitors in 2005. Hong Kong Disneyland is located in Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island and is one of the two large theme parks in Hong Kong, the other being Ocean Park Hong Kong (Nearest MTR station: Disneyland Resort).

Hong Kong DisneylandPhoto Credits: My Wacky Reviews

Create unforgettable memories at Disneyland when you immerse yourself in the sprawling mix of rock gardens and leafy pathways of the theme park. Indulge yourself in the magical kingdom inspired by fairytale dreams and explore all seven-themed areas including Adventureland; Grizzly Gulch; Mystic Point; Toy Story Land; Fantasyland; Tomorrowland; and Main Street, USA. Do remember to snap pictures with your favourite Disney characters stationed around the park as well!


Ocean Park Hong Kong

Ocean Park Hong Kong is a multi-purpose park which, like the name suggests, focuses mainly on the marine animals. Ocean Park’s main mascot is a waving sailor sea lion also known as Whiskers. Ocean Park was opened in the 1970s and was very popular amongst tourists but its popularity has since declined after the introduction of Hong Kong Disneyland in 2005. Despite that, with an amusement park, animal theme park, marine mammal park, and oceanarium all under one roof, you should totally explore this gem in Hong Kong (Nearest MTR station: Ocean Park).

Ocean Park Hong KongPhoto Credits: My Wacky Reviews

At Ocean Park Hong Kong, enjoy and enrich yourself with the various shows available; give yourself an adrenaline pump with the thrilling rides; go wild with the wet rides; and lastly, adore all the cute animals.


That’s the end of Hong Kong Attractions folks! Do keep an eye on this space for the next few posts on Hong Kong. 

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♥ PJs