10 cool things to do in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is an amazing city! I’ll write a detailed travel guide later. First, I’ll dedicate a post to 10 cool things to do in Hong Kong.

1. Star Ferry

Star Ferry crosses Victoria Harbor, from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon, and is the coolest way to get from one side to the other. It’s a short trip, but I loved everything about it. It was so fun to enjoy the view over Victoria Harbor with wind in my hair!

20170305_125213How to get there?

From Central MTR exit A, walk along Man Jiy Street to central Ferry Pier 7.

Or from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR exit L6, walk to the Clock Tower along Salisbury Road.

 

2. Big Bus Tour

I just love these bus sightseeing tours. It’s a great way to get to know the city before you’re out on your own. It’s also great to have tickets to a few attractions included in the ticket. We bought a 2-day pass and didn’t regret it one bit. The Big Bus Tour Hong Kong includes 3 different routes.

  1. Red route – Hong Kong Island
  2. Blue route – Kowloon
  3. Green route – Stanley/Aberdeen

Included tickets:

  • Sampan-ride in Aberdeen (boat trip)
  • Star Ferry
  • The Peak Tram or Sky 100 Observation Deck

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3. The Peak and The Peak Tram

This is a tourist trap, but the best tourist trap ever. It’s so fun to sit in a crowded little tram up the hill with a worry or two. Will the breaks hold? Is this really safe? Of course, everything was perfectly safe. We stood in line for a short while (we had access to a faster line due to the ticket that was included in the Big Bus Tour. We still had to book a ticket to the observation deck though). We were lucky and got there just before the biggest crowds did. We had room to walk around and take a few photos. The view was a bit smoggy, but it was still a nice view! We expected it to be windy, but it really wasn’t.

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How to get there?

Use the Big Bus to get there (you can use both the red and green route).

Or take the MTR to Central (walk to ground level, take a right and walk up Garden Road. This is an excellent PDF explanation of how to get there.

You can also jump on bus 15C from Central Pier 8.

 

4. Central to Mid-levels Escalator

This collection of escalators up the hill from Central to Mid-levels was made to get workers faster and easier to and from work. That means that the escalator goes downwards in the morning and upwards in the afternoon. Quite clever actually.

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How to get there?

Either see the explanation in this link, or choose exit C on Central MTR Station and follow the signs.

 

5. Disneyland

We had never been to Disneyland before and were so excited! And the park didn’t disappoint!  We were there during low season, and didn’t need to stand in line for long. The park is so cool, but some attractions were cooler than others.

My favorites:

  • Jungle River Cruise – a very energetic lady told a story while the boat lead us into the “jungle”. It was so fun! I laughed from start to finish.
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic – a cool 3D concert movie.
  • Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars – a roller coaster that suddenly started to go backwards. Really cool!
  • Festival of The Lion King – from the musical. Really worth seeing!
  • A fun attraction (which I don’t remember the name of) was a magnet car ride through an art history.

How to get there? 

MTR to Sunny Bay Station and transfer to the Disneyland Resort Line.

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6. From bar to bar in Lan Kwai Fong

We had a late flight home and decided to enjoy some last day drinks at Lan Kwai Fong, the popular nightlife hot spot not far from Central. I’m sure everyone will find something they like, as the area has over 90 restaurants and bars. I really recommend this area, for an evening drink after a long day of sightseeing or as a relaxing break in the middle of the day as well. And of course, if you’re up for a party you’ll have loads of cool bars to choose from!

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How to get there?

MTR to Central, exit D2 and up D’Aguilar Street.

 

7. Big Buddha

Walk up 268 steps to get to the Big Buddha. A relaxing and nice break from the city life.

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8. Tai O Fishing Village

A fisher village famous for its fisher culture, house on stilts, sea food and atmosphere. Read this post to get more info about Tai O.

How to get to Big Buddha and Tai O?

If you’re feeling adventurous and are not afraid of heights, take the Ngong Ping Cable Cars to Ngong Ping Village.

Our trip:

We took the MTR to Tung Chung Station, exit B, and jumped on the local bus number 23 from Tung Chung Town Center to Ngong Ping Village. It took about 45 minutes and you can pay by using your Octopus Card.

After the Big Buddha visit, we took a walk through the cozy Ngong Ping Village. We jumped on bus number 21 down the mountains again and to Tai O, and bus number 11 back to Tung Chung Town Center again.

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Read more about Tai O Fishing Village here

 

9. Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade

Take a walk along the promenade and enjoy the view of Hong Kong skyline.

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How to get there?

The easiest is to take the Star Ferry to Kowloon. The promenade starts at the Star Ferry Pier.

Or you can take the MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui Station, exit E. Walk towards Salisbury Road, take a right, walk through the tunnel beside the YWCA to Hong Kong Cultural Center, and walk to the Star Ferry Pier.

 

10. Sampan boat trip in Aberdeen

A fisher village with a lovely harbor. The contrast of the skyscrapers skyline to the fisher boats is just amazing. We only traveled here because it was a Big Bus green line stop. If you have the time you can visit the floating restaurant, Jumbo Kingdom. You actually need to take a boat to get there. We didn’t go, and enjoyed the Sampan boat trip instead. The boat took us through the many rows of fisher boats, and also around the Jumbo Kingdom. It was so fun!

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How to get there?

Either the Big Bus green line or MTR to Wong Chuk Hang Station. Exit B, and walk 5-6 minutes to Shum Wan Pier.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my list of 10 cool things to do in Hong Kong. Please leave a comment if you disagree or want to add something to the list. 

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