Hong Kong is an autonomous territory, and former British colony, in southeastern China. Its vibrant, densely populated urban centre is a major port and global financial hub with a skyscraper-studded skyline. Central (the business district) features architectural landmarks like I.M. Pei’s Bank of China Tower. Hong Kong is also a major shopping destination, famed for bespoke tailors and Temple Street Night Market.
Visit the Outlying Islands
If you have a free day in Hong Kong, a visit to one of the 260-some outlying islands is a great way to spend it. These traditional fishing villages feel a world away from Central’s sparkly skyscrapers and luxury fashion malls. Some larger than others, each island has its own personality and local culture. Having trouble choosing? We’d recommend a stroll around tiny Peng Chau, a seafood dinner on Cheung Chau, or a hike along the eastern coast of Lantau for green views and fresh air.
- Float on a Traditional Junk Boat
Hong Kong is packed with many wonderful attractions – so it’s easy for visitors to the city to feel overwhelmed. Luckily for you, if you’re thinking about what to do in Hong Kong, our ultimate guide to our city’s top attractions will help you make the most of your trip. From hiking up Victoria Peak to admire Hong Kong’s breathtaking sceneries, to exploring the city’s best museums and historical landmarks, to some of the best free things to do, here’s our one-stop guide for any travelling tourist – or locals looking for more reasons to fall in love with Hong Kong all over again.
- Hang out at the Beach
Navigating the dense city streets, it’s easy to forget that Hong Kong is surrounded by water. Dozens of beaches line the island’s southern side, where charming villages such as Shek O and Stanley transport travelers to a more laid-back lifestyle. The outlying islands offer their own sandy spots and beaches, such as Pui O Beach on Landau Island, as does the northeastern district of Sai Kung. Up in this protected country park, the city’s most beautiful stretches, along Tai Long Way Bay via the MacLehose Trail, are only accessible by boat or hiking. If visiting the beautiful beaches around Tai Long Wan, be sure to pack extra water and snacks—there’s very little out this way, aside from camping sites and a few feral cows.
- Take a Walk Through a Chinese Park
When the British settled Hong Kong in 1841, they planted a flag along Possession Street, near Hollywood Road. At that time, the harbor nearly reached Queen’s Road and this would have been prime waterfront property. Today, after many rounds of reclamation, Hollywood Road is landlocked. But there’s still a commemorative Chinese Park, aptly named Hollywood Park, with beautiful pavilions, and a turtle pond. Elsewhere, Hong Kong Park draws nature lovers for its (manmade) waterfalls, ponds, aviary and nature trails. Or, to truly get away from it all, head across the water to Diamond Hill’s Chi Lin Nunnery. It’s a surprisingly peaceful experience, featuring bonsai trees, a series of wooden temple halls, and total silence.
- Eat Freshly Baked Egg Tarts
The egg tart is a curious amalgamation of cultures—it’s a little bit British, a little Portuguese, and a little Chinese for good measure. The Hong Kong version, unlike a flaky pastel de nata, is usually made with a shortbread crust and an egg custard that’s a little wobbly when freshly baked. Famous egg tart specialist Tai Cheong Bakery, in Central, is easy enough to find thanks to a line out the door. But if you’re craving a second round, make your way to Honolulu Coffee Shop in Wan Chai where a flaky, buttery pastry and jiggly egg yolk custard will brighten your day.