100 Reasons to Visit Hong Kong
Vibrant and densely populated, Hong Kong is a major port and global financial center famed for its tower-studded skyline. It’s also known for its lively food scene – from Cantonese dim sum to extravagant high tea – and its shopping, with options spanning chaotic Temple Street Night Market to the city’s innumerable bespoke tailors. Here are 100 reasons to visit Hong Kong.
At 554 metres above sea level, The Peak offers spectacular views of the high-rise jungle below and Victoria Harbour beyond and getting there is the fun part.
“You can leave Hong Kong, but it will never leave you.”
― Nury Vittachi
Sham Shui Po is every geek’s heaven
Sham Shui Po, or Shamshuipo, is an area of Sham Shui Po District, Hong Kong, situated in the northwestern part of the Kowloon Peninsula, north of Tai Kok Tsui, east of Cheung Sha Wan and south of Shek Kip Mei.
The Ritz-Carlton, at the top of the International Commerce Centre, claimed the title of world’s highest hotel when it opened last year. As you might expect from a hotel slotted between floors 102nd – 118th floors, the views are spectacular but it’s a dazzler in every sense
Every possible meat, on a stick.
Hong Kong is known both for its fast-paced lifestyle, and its incredible variety of street food. Nothing better represents those two things than these ubiquitous and scrumptious meat sticks: Grab one and go.
Adrenaline rushes come cheap
The late-night red minibus from Central to Mongkok is the fastest way to cross the harbor at night. The HK$11 ride is notoriously thrilling, nicknamed 'the deathwish minibus' for its limit-pushing speeds.
Bumper stickers for any occasion.
Man Mo Temple
Man Mo Temple or Man Mo Miu is a Cantonese transliteration of Wen Wu temple, a temple for the worship of the civil or literature god Man Tai / Man Cheong and the martial god Mo Tai / Kwan Tai.
The Peak Tram
The Peak Tram has been operating, trouble-free, since 1888. Once above Hong Kong Island's crowded, residential Mid-Levels, the track is skirted by greenery all the way to its final destination, below Victoria Peak which stands 552 meters above sea level.
Party like a Pirate
You can even rent this junk boat if you’re already with a group, or book a tour to sail around the harbor on a full-day or half-day trip. Then party like a pirate.
The Star ferry will broaden your perspective about commute options
The charming Star Ferry boats have been faithfully carrying passengers from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and back since 1888.
The Victoria Harbor
Situated between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula, Victoria Bay is the largest harbour in China and the third largest in the world, after San Francisco in the United States and Re de Janeiro in Brazil. It is home to most of the ports of Hong Kong, making the city one of the world's busiest ports.
200 Smaller islands
Hong Kong is, of course, an island itself, but it's also surrounded by over 200 smaller islands that all contribute to the culture and experience of the main island.
Duty free shopping
Hong Kong is a free port, and what this means for those who love to shop is that there are no import taxes or sales taxes on the items that they purchase. Even with this tremendous advantage, there are wonderful bargains to be found in Hong Kong on some amazing brands.
Modern city with Rich History
Even with its rich history, Hong Kong stands today as one of the most modern cities on the planet. But it's the way that Hong Kong is still in touch with its past that makes the city so fascinating and stimulating.
It bears the reputation as having one of the best transportation systems in the world. Buy yourselves an Octopus card, charge it up, and you will have access to all the city's public transport, including the classic Star Ferry that chugs across the harbour between Central and Kowloon, the extremely efficient MTR system, and the old trams that trundle around Happy Valley and Causeway Bay.
Gateway for Exploring the Rest of Asia
Hong Kong's location made it the main gateway to China as well as much of East Asia. Therefore, its international air service is excellent and competition keeps the fares relatively low compared to neighboring countries.
The Mongkok neighborhood
Mong Kok is one of Hong Kong's liveliest districts and includes popular markets, shopping streets, stalls and malls.
The fashion is staggering
Say “hi” to the big Buddha and contemplate the surrounding beautiful mountains
Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street is a street located in the areas of Jordan and Yau Ma Tei in Kowloon, Hong Kong. It is known for its night market and one of the busiest flea markets at night in the territory.
Chi Lin Nunnery
Chi Lin Nunnery is a large Buddhist temple complex located in Diamond Hill, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Covering a space of more than 33,000 square metres, the temple complex includes a nunnery, temple halls.
Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences
Periodic plague epidemics afflicted southern China in the 19th century, killing more than 100,000 and causing the Hong Kong authorities to demand that the bodies of victims be surrendered to prevent the spread of the infection.
360 Ngong Ping cable car
The 360 Ngong Ping cable car will give you a remarkable panoramic look and a memorable experience, so don’t be afraid to hang in the air to take it all in.
Feel your adrenaline rising on the crazy roller coasters. Hong Kong Disneyland is located on reclaimed land in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island. It is the first theme park located inside the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and is owned and managed by the Hong Kong International Theme Parks.
The red district
“Wanchai”, the red district of Hong Kong is where girls grab and chase guys.
Lion and dragon dances, fireworks, festive feasting, carnivals and parades come together to create the festive atmosphere.
Hong Kong is a world of exquisite, mouth-watering international dining options. Apart from trying the regional Cantonese food, tourists can also enjoy a full choice of authentic Asian and western cuisines.
Tung Choi Street is a street situated between South of Sai Yueng Choi St and Fa Yuen Street in Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong. It's one of the most well-known street markets in Hong Kong.
Dai pai dongs
Dai pai dongs, family-run open-air street food stalls, are a true taste of Hong Kong's history.
Hong Kong Park
Hong Kong Park is a surprisingly tranquil oasis in the heart of this hectic metropolis, with a children's playground, ponds full of turtles and well-fed carp, a greenhouse and an aviary with 80 species of birds.
Hong Kong is a perfect destination for family tours, with parks, temples, museums, and natural reserves.
Fly Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong. "Life Well Travelled". Established in 1946, Cathay Pacific Airways is Hong Kong's flagship carrier and a founding member of the oneworld® alliance. The airline serves more than 90 destinations in some 35 countries across Asia, the Pacific, Europe, North America, the Middle East and Africa.
Yin Yang Kitchen
In a simple 1930s terrace in the hip Wan Chai district. Margaret Xu, a former advertising design director, has a unique cooking style that embraces a back-to-basics approach using the finest organic produce she can get her hands on while exploring Hong Kong's culinary history and the multiple influences on the region's food from Cantonese to Chiu Chow and Hakka.
The Hiking trails
There’s a beautifully rural world within a hiking boot’s throw of Hong Kong’s downtown. A dragon’s back, deserted beaches, volcanic landscapes, feng shui woods and remote temples await your discovery. Take a diversion from those urban excursions and hike Asia’s world city!
The Chungking mansions in “Tsim Sha Tsui“
Chungking Mansions is a building located at 36–44 Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The building is well known to tourists as nearly the cheapest accommodation in Hong Kong.
Lan Kwai Fong
Go out to “Lan Kwai Fong” and experience one of the best night life scenes in the world.
From trendy boutiques to traditional Chinese product stores, from luxurious shopping malls to the bustling street markets, you can find everything from the latest designer fashions and electric products to best-value collectibles and antiques.
Hong Kong History Museum
The Hong Kong Museum of History is a museum which preserves Hong Kong's historical and cultural heritage. It is located next to the Hong Kong Science Museum, in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong,
Tai Long Wan bay
Located within Sai Kung East Country Park, the rolling vistas, crystal blue waters, and mountain trails make the bay irresistible.
Peninsula Hotel Helicopter Ride
For a bird's eye view of one of the world's greatest cities, soar aloft from the twin helicopter pads of Hong Kong's oldest and still most gracious hotel, The Peninsula.
Hong Kong Reserves 40 per cent of its total land area for country parks
Hong Kong Maritime Museum
The world's longest covered escalator ride conveys commuters from downtown Des Voeux Road Central to Mid-Levels, on the lower slopes of Victorian Peak.
The Repulse Bay
Repulse Bay is a bay in the southern part of Hong Kong Island, located in the Southern District, Hong Kong.
Marine Police Headquarters
For 112 years, until it was decommissioned in 1996, the Marine Police Headquarters observed and policed nautical activity across the entire vista of Victoria Harbour from its hilltop prominence at the toe of the Kowloon peninsula.
You can pay tribute to your favorite Asian movie stars.
Meet the Bruce Lee statue at the avenue of stars, along with more Asian stars that made it to Hollywood.
Sunday brunch is so immensely popular in Hong Kong, as are traditional tea sets. The Top Deck Restaurant is particularly popular amongst weekend travelers and businessmen enjoying a much-deserved day off.
The view of a city’s skyscrapers never looked this epic, let it be day or night time, and it never gets old.
The granddaddy of dim sum
Lin Heung Tea House has been around since 1928 and is the granddaddy of Hong Kong's dim sum joints.
You probably don’t associate squid with the skyscrapers of Hong Kong but this city has always had its spirit with the sea. Increasingly popular are overnight boat trips to far flung islands around the city where you’ll hook a few squid and BBQ them on the nearest beach as the sun rises.
Home of the Milk Tea King
Hong Kong is home to 'pantyhose milk tea,' a black tea and milk drink strained, appropriately, through pantyhose. This results in a silken texture incomparable in the universe of caffeine drinks.
Hong Kong’s street food scene is really exciting
Free Tai Chi
The Hong Kong Tourism Board runs free Tai Chi classes for beginners, four days a week, with a trained Tai Chi practitioner. Benefits of this ancient Chinese art of slow meditative exercises include relaxation and improved balance, plus there are claims that it boosts the immune system.
Cha Siu Baau
These steamed buns filled with sweet and savory cha siu pork is like barbecued heaven.
Hong Kong Airport
In-town check in service, a fast, clean and convenient express train, mini TV screens, on board uniformed baggage carriers, seasonal cool architecture, thumb print scanning immigration counters, almost unlimited places to eat and shop. Hong Kong airport rocks.
Hong Kong has got Silly Boo
A small town that sits in New Territories, Sai Kung is an alternative to Hong Kong’s city skyline. Surrounded by villages and fishing ports, the town is every bit picturesque with blue waters and distant mountains.
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Hong Kong was presented with two pandas by China after 1997.
Full mobile phone reception
There is no dropping out simply because you walk into a car park or go through a tunnel.
See buildings featuring Feng Shui in its design
115 countries have consulates in Hong Kong, more than any other city in the world
For your visa needs and much more!
Hong Kong is a food lover’s paradise
It is the only gourmet restaurant to overlook both the lights of Kowloon across the harbour and Victoria Park just below.
Lamma Island, also known as Pok Liu Chau or simply Pok Liu, is the third largest island in Hong Kong. Administratively, it is part of the Islands District.
Lover’s Rock or Destiny’s Rock (Yan Yuen Sek) is a, well, phallus-shaped, boulder on a bluff at the end of a track above Bowen Rd. It’s a favourite pilgrimage site for women with relationship or fertility problems. It’s busy during the Maidens’ Festival , held on the seventh day of the seventh moon (mid-August).
Butterfly beach is one of popular beach in Hong Kong. It located in south of Tuen Mun New Town, west of Tuen Mun Ferry Pier. It is the second largest beach in Tuen Mun
The M Bar
Located on the 25th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, with stunning views of the Hong Kong skyline, the M bar is one of the city's favourite late-night destinations.
Tang Ancestral Hall, Ping Shan
Visit the Museum of Teaware in Hong Kong Park
At Flagstaff House Tea Museum you can buy, drink, and experience fine Chinese teas and receive free instruction on China's tea culture.
Hong Kong has wide variety of of accommodation options, from budget to 5 star.
Fireworks – Hong Kong Style
Hong Kong sure knows how to celebrate – Chinese New Year, Hong Kong Establishment Day and Chinese National Day are all occasions for fireworks.
One of the best value rides in Hong Kong – costing a total of $2. The trams trundle along Hong Kong Island, from Western district, all the way to North Point. It’s not a fast ride, but it’s cheap and atmospheric.
The city moves at a million miles per hour. The energy is infectious. People work long hours in Hong Kong but that’s what people here expect.
Shatin & Temple of 10,000 Buddhas
Shatin used to be a tiny village along the Shing Mun river in the middle of the New Territories and has since developed to a metropolitan city with a population of more than 700,000.
The Intercontinental's Infinity Pools
Cha chaan teng
They are known for eclectic and affordable menus, which include dishes from Hong Kong cuisine and Hong Kong-style Western cuisine.
This city is probably one of the safest in the world. Violent crime against people on the street happens so rarely that it makes front pages news for days if it does occur.
Hong Kong French Toast
Hong Kong French toast is basically a peanut-butter sandwich fried and drizzled with golden maltose syrup and butter. If you aren’t drooling just from reading that, you have no soul.
It is under the cultural influences of Cantonese, Mandarin, British, and there are also substantial communities from Hakka, Fujian and Shanghainese people.
Head to Ocean Park, a marine-life theme park on the southern side of Hong Kong Island for animal exhibits and roller coasters.
Happy Valley Racecourse
Happy Valley Racecourse is one of the two racecourses for horse racing. It is located in Happy Valley on Hong Kong Island, surrounded by Wong Nai Chung Road and Morrison Hill Road.
The Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree
The Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees are a popular shrine in Hong Kong located near the Tin Hau Temple in Fong Ma Po Village, Lam Tsuen. The temple was built around 1768 or 1771, during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor in the Qing dynasty.
Hong Kong has the highest density of 7-Elevens
Having a wallet is so passe. Nowadays, all you need for a fun-filled day in Hong Kong is an Octopus card. You can pay for all public transportation, KFC meals, vending machine sodas, 7-Eleven impulse buys and a lot more!
The chocolate fountain at Café Kool
Café Kool, in the majestic Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel is an absolute mecca for chocoholics.
The best-fed people on earth
With one restaurant for every 600 people, Hong Kong surely boasts one of the highest per-capita concentrations of cafes and restaurants in the world.
A bridge that can't be topped
The 2.2km Tsing Ma Bridge is the world’s heaviest, longest road-and-rail suspension bridge in the world. It links commuters to Chek Lap Kok airport and also happens to be quite nice to look at.
When it comes to living in a place that has no democratically elected government, Hong Kong is one of the freest places on earth.
Victoria Park Flower Market
This Hong Kong delicacy is not only scrumptious and perfect for cool weather, it’s also known for its several health benefits.
Lounge around with rooftop views
Take your swimmers up to the 76th floor of the W Hong Kong hotel and plunge into one of the world’s highest rooftop pools.
Sky high summer cocktails
Take your cocktail sipping to the next level at the highest bar in the world, Ozone. On the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, step out of the lift into the trendy and modern surrounds and feel on top of the city with sweeping views.
Luk Yu Tea House
Mai Po Marshes
Mai Po Marshes is a nature reserve located near Yuen Long in Hong Kong. It is part of Deep Bay, an internationally significant wetland that is actually a shallow estuary, at the mouths of Sham Chun River, Shan Pui River and Tin Shui Wai Nullah.
Stroll Through the Goldfish Market
Hong Kong’s Goldfish Market is a quirky line of shops that cater to the locals and their Feng Shui lifestyle. Aquariums equal good luck in the Asian culture, fish symbolize good fortune and water attracts energy of wealth and abundance.
Get Your Fortune Told
Pay a visit to the late night fortune tellers
Nitrogen ice cream
In a city obsessed with dessert, it might tickle your fancy to know that Hong Kong plays host to Asia’s first liquid nitrogen ice cream factory. It is made fresh in front of you, tastes silky smooth, and makes you feel a little bit like a Bond villain.
Dine at a Floating Restaurant
The Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant is an ornamental restaurant that floats.
Make an Incense Wish at a Temple
In Hong Kong, as well as much of Asia, burning incense is done by worshippers as an offering with the belief that it attracts attention from the Gods or, in some cases, is food for the spirits that have passed prior.
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