20 Must-Visit Attractions in Hong Kong

TOP CHOICE DAM IN SAI KUNG PENINSULA

High Island Reservoir East Dam

Handsome architecture, the South China Sea, and 14 million-year-old volcanic rocks make this one of Hong Kong’s most breathtaking places. High Island Reservoir East Dam is the most easily accessible part of Hong Kon…
TOP CHOICE VIEWPOINT IN THE PEAK & NORTHWEST HONG KONG ISLAND

Victoria Peak

Standing at 552m, Victoria Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island. It is also one of the most visited spots by tourists, and it’s not hard to see why. Sweeping views of the metropolis, verdant woods, easy but…
TOP CHOICE TAOIST TEMPLE IN THE PEAK & NORTHWEST HONG KONG ISLAND

Man Mo Temple

One of Hong Kong’s oldest temples and a declared monument, atmospheric Man Mo Temple is dedicated to the gods of literature (‘Man’), holding a writing brush, and of war (‘Mo’), wielding a sword. Built in 1847 during…

Happy Valley Racecourse

An outing at the races is one of the quintessential Hong Kong things to do, especially if you’re around during the weekly Wednesday-evening races. Punters pack into the stands and trackside, with branded beer stalls…
TOP CHOICE FUNICULAR IN CENTRAL DISTRICT

Peak Tram

This cable-hauled funicular railway has been scaling the 396m ascent to the highest point on Hong Kong Island since 1888. A ride on this clanking tram is a classic Hong Kong experience, with vertiginous views over t…
TOP CHOICE BUDDHIST MONASTERY IN LANTAU

Po Lin Monastery & Big Buddha

Po Lin is a huge Buddhist monastery and temple complex that was built in 1924. Today it seems more of a tourist honeypot than a religious retreat, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors a year and still being …
TOP CHOICE MUSEUM IN KOWLOON

Hong Kong Museum of History

Prepare to be whisked through millennia of Hong Kong history at this extraordinary museum, starting with prehistory (don’t linger, the best is yet to come) and ending with the territory’s return to China in 1997. Hi…
TOP CHOICE CANTONESE IN TSUEN WAN

Yue Kee Roasted Goose Restaurant

In an alley lined with roast-goose restaurants, 60-year-old Yue Kee is the king. Order gorgeous plates of coppery-skinned charcoal-roasted goose (half is plenty for four people) and sample house specialities includi…
TOP CHOICE CRAFT BEER IN WAN CHAI & NORTHEAST HONG KONG ISLAND

Second Draft

Tall windows wrap around a magisterial sweep of wooden bar at this Tai Hang neighbourhood gastropub, the sort of civilised joint where everybody knows everybody. A curated line-up of local beers favours the faultles…
TOP CHOICE COCKTAIL BAR IN CENTRAL DISTRICT

Quinary

Consistently voted one of the world’s top 50 bars, Quinary is a sleek, moodily lit cocktail bar that attracts a well-dressed crowd. Its gifted mixologists create homemade infusions of spirits and the Asian-inspired …
TOP CHOICE VILLAGE IN SHA TAU KOK

Lai Chi Wo

Part of Hong Kong Global Geopark, 400-year-old Lai Chi Wo is Hong Kong’s best-preserved Hakka walled village and has an intact woodland. With 200 houses, ancestral halls, temples, and a breezy square fringed by old …
TOP CHOICE TAOIST TEMPLE IN KOWLOON

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

A devout ensemble of halls, shrines, pavilions, and altars, this busy temple is a destination for all walks of Hong Kong society, from pensioners and business people to parents and young professionals. Some come to …
TOP CHOICE MARKET IN KOWLOON

Temple Street Night Market

When night falls and neon buzzes, Hong Kong’s liveliest market rattles into life. Covering multiple city blocks from Man Ming Lane in the north to Nanking St in the south, Temple St is cleaved in two by the Tin Hau …

Chi Lin Nunnery

One of Hong Kong’s most arresting and tranquil escapes, this Buddhist complex, originally dating from the 1930s, was rebuilt completely of wood (and not a single nail) in the style of the Tang dynasty in 1998. Amid …
TOP CHOICE NOTABLE BUILDING IN CENTRAL DISTRICT

HSBC Building

This unique building, designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster in 1985, has stood the test of time – more than 30 years on, its magnetism can still be felt in Central. On completion it was the world’s most ex…
TOP CHOICE ARCHITECTURE IN WAN CHAI & NORTHEAST HONG KONG ISLAND

Blue House Cluster

A rare heritage protection success story, the 1920s Blue House is one of Hong Kong’s last surviving wooden tenement buildings. The graceful, four-storey structure, featuring cast-iron balconies reminiscent of New Or…
TOP CHOICE HARBOUR IN KOWLOON

Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade

One of the finest city skylines in the world has to be that of Hong Kong Island, and the promenade here is one of the best ways to get an uninterrupted view. It’s a lovely place to stroll around during the day, but …
TOP CHOICE MUSEUM IN CENTRAL DISTRICT

Tai Kwun

The long-awaited reinvention of Hong Kong’s Central Police Station as a heritage and arts complex opened in May 2018. It’s impressive and vast, with two courtyards and more than a dozen blocks that were formally dor…
TOP CHOICE LIVE MUSIC IN KOWLOON

This Town Needs

This Town Needs…more underground music venues like this, staging 10 to 15 gigs monthly in a hip warehouse space in the coastal Kowloon burb of Yau Tong. Formerly known as Hidden Agenda, TTN is a much expanded rebran…
TOP CHOICE MALL IN ABERDEEN & SOUTH HONG KONG ISLAND

Horizon Plaza

Tucked away on the southern coast of Ap Lei Chau, this enormous outlet housed in a converted factory building contains 100 shops over 25 storeys. Most locals come here to buy furniture, but you’ll also find Alexande…
TOP CHOICE WATERFRONT IN ABERDEEN & SOUTH HONG KONG ISLAND

Aberdeen Promenade

Tree-lined Aberdeen Promenade runs from west to east on Aberdeen Praya Rd across the water from Ap Lei Chau. On its western end is sprawling Aberdeen Wholesale Fish Market with its industrial-strength water tanks te…
TOP CHOICE CANTONESE IN ABERDEEN & SOUTH HONG KONG ISLAND

Aberdeen Fish Market Yee Hope Seafood Restaurant

Hidden in Hong Kong’s only wholesale fish market, this understated eatery run by fishers is truly an in-the-know place for ultrafresh seafood. There’s no menu, but tell them your budget and they’ll source the best s…
TOP CHOICE ARTS CENTRE IN THE PEAK & NORTHWEST HONG KONG ISLAND

PMQ

This arts and lifestyle hub occupies the multistorey modernist building complex of the old married police quarters (c 1951). Dozens of small galleries and shops, including a branch of G.O.D, hawk local design in the…

Hong Kong Heritage Museum

Southwest of Sha Tin town centre, this spacious, high-quality museum inside an ugly building gives a peek into local history and culture. Highlights include a children’s area with interactive play zones, the New Ter…
TOP CHOICE MARKET IN WAN CHAI & NORTHEAST HONG KONG ISLAND

Chun Yeung Street Market

Hop on a tram bound for North Point, and past Fortress Hill you’ll turn into a narrow street teeming with market stalls and old tenement buildings. This is the famous Chun Yeung Street Market, and at 5pm it’s so bus…

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