Hong Kong’s top 10 attractions are popular for good reason. Those who came here before you voted with their feet and this was their verdict.
1. The Peak
If there is only one thing you can do in Hong Kong, go to The Peak. If you have many things to do here, still go to The Peak. The highest point on Hong Kong Island, this has been the city’s most exclusive neighbourhood since colonial times — back then it was the cooler air that attracted the rich and famous; in the post air-conditioning era, the views of one of the world’s most spectacular cityscapes keep them coming.
That view is also what makes The Peak one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong. By day your eyes stretch across sparkling skyscrapers and Victoria Harbour all the way to the green hills of the New Territories. In early evening this panorama melts into pink and orange before reincarnating as a dazzling galaxy of light, shimmering beneath you. And if you listen carefully enough, you can hear Asia’s world city humming below.
The anvil-shaped The Peak Tower has a large viewing platform called Sky Terrace 428, in addition to dining and retail outlets. Nearby, The Peak Galleriahas a free-entry observation deck, as well as shopping and dining options. More Head to Lugard Road Lookout and Lions Point View Pavilion for more stunning views. For leisurely unfolding vistas, take the 3.5-kilometre Peak Circle Walk.
The Peak Tram
Riding the Peak Tram is a visual experience in its own right — Hong Kong Island’s skyscrapers slide past your window at what appear to be impossible angles as you make the ascent to The Peak on the city’s historic, funicular railway.
Located at Lower Terminus, The Peak Tram Historical Gallery is a way of paying tribute to The Peak Tram, its heritage and the history of Hong Kong. Since 1888, The Peak Tram has served Hong Kong, quietly witnessing 120 years of the city’s changes. The gallery brings back many memories for local visitors and gives overseas visitors a glimpse of how the Pearl of the Orient has come to shine.
Address: Mid-Levels, Hong Kong
2. Hong Kong Disneyland
Get ready for non-stop Disney fun with all your favourite rides and characters! Extend the magic with a hotel stay to enjoy world-class hospitality and indulge in incredible meals by award-winning chefs. Don’t forget to pick up cool gifts for your loved ones to share the magic of Hong Kong Disneyland!
Iron Man Experience — Presented by AIA
See Stark Industries’ latest offerings here! Check out the Hall of Protection for the Iron Man MARK III suit, the Hall of Energy for the arc reactor, and the Hall of Mobility for the gravity-defying Iron Wing.
Iron Man Experience
Pick up a pair of StarkVision Glasses and prepare for a thrilling aerial tour of the latest and tallest addition to the Hong Kong skyline — Hong Kong Stark Tower.
Iron Man Tech Showcase — Presented by Stark Industries
This is your chance to meet Iron Man in person, at the Iron Man Tech Showcase — Presented by Stark Industries.
Star Wars™: Tomorrowland Takeover
See a gigantic X-wing starfighter, flight suits and pilot helmets before trying your hand as a rebel pilot at the Hyperspace Mountain and meeting Chewbacca and R2-D2 at Star Wars: Command Post. At Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, adapted exclusively for Hong Kong Disneyland, aspiring younglings will be recruited to don Jedi robes and join a secret training session with Jedi masters!
Royal Princess Garden
Meet up with Disney Princesses at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, a magical beauty salon where children are transformed into princesses complete with hairstyling, makeup and a Disney princess costume of their choice before taking home a souvenir photo. Families can also opt for their very own Enchanted Storybook, a truly unique keepsake featuring their precious moments.
Mickey and the Wondrous Book
Go on an epic journey through an enchanted storybook. As the pages turn, you will be immersed in seven beloved Disney tales, including The Jungle Book; The Little Mermaid; Tangled; Brave; Aladdin; The Princess and the Frog and, of course, Frozen.
Disney Explorers Lodge
Take a break from your exciting adventures at this exotic accommodation, with rooms furnished according to the four unique geographical areas of Asia, Oceania, South America and Africa. Enjoy international cuisines from the five continents and a large outdoor pool.
Guests staying at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort are invited to join fun activities throughout the day at the recreational facilities of the hotels. Young guests can participate in arts and crafts to create their own handmade Disney artwork, while families can meet Disney Friends.
Address: Hong Kong Disneyland, Lantau Island, Outlying Islands
3. Ladies’ Market
With over 100 stalls of bargain clothing, accessories and souvenirs, the Ladies’ Market on Tung Choi Street provides a one-kilometre stretch on which to practise your haggling skills. It gets its name from the huge amount of clothing and accessories on sale for women of all ages; however, with watches, cosmetics, bags, home furnishings, CDs and trinkets also up for grabs, you don’t need to be just in the market for a pair of nylon stockings to find something within its crowded aisles.
Address: Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
4. Ocean Park Hong Kong
Opened in 1977, Ocean Park Hong Kong is a marine-life theme park featuring animals, thrill rides and shows. It is located on the southern side of Hong Kong Island, with an area of more than 915,000 square metres. The two major attractions areas, the Waterfront and the Summit, are connected by the Cable Car and Ocean Express funicular train.
In celebration of its 40th anniversary this year, the park is offering classic Hong Kong street food from the 70s with a modern twist, available throughout the year. Come indulge in contemporary fusion cuisine with the ‘Rediscovering Classics’ 40th Anniversary Set Menu as well as scrumptious a la carte items at selected park restaurants.
And here are some of the major attractions:
Adventures in Australia
Adventures in Australia brings you on a quest to meet vibrant and captivating Australian animals in Hong Kong! Watch the furry koalas perched on branches and red-necked wallabies springing about, and don’t miss the sweet serenade of the laughing kookaburras! Discover the rich history of Australia while discovering how you too can adopt a Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS).
A journey deep underwater to meet over a hundred sharks and rays that shatters the myths surrounding them, including the sawfish with a saw-like rostrum, and the zebra shark with leopard-like spots! Discover their beauty from 360 degrees at this exciting exhibit.
Polar Adventure — Explore the North and South poles in one day
Polar Adventure lets you explore the North and South poles, from the exhilaration of a bobsled ride to the wonders of meeting king penguins up close. You’ll also see long-tusked Pacific walruses, spotted seals, arctic foxes, snowy owls and other extraordinary animals. And when you need a break, Tuxedos Restaurant serves refreshments with a view of more than 70 penguins frolicking on the ice.
Old Hong Kong — Relive fond memories of times gone by!
Old Hong Kong brings the unique culture of Hong Kong in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s back to life. Savour the sights and sounds of yesteryear aboard the Heritage Tram! Be mesmerised by the colour and buzz of life in accurate recreations of old streets and scenes. Take a trip into nostalgia and take home some antique souvenirs to keep the memories alive!
In this zone, guests can dangle off a cliff on the floorless roller coaster, Hair Raiser, or hang upside down while swinging on The Flash. Soar with The Aviator to feel the sensation of flight, before knocking around on bumper cars. Don’t leave without a ride on Rev Rooster, a high-speed and energetic classic.
Hop aboard a raft and become immersed in the exotic sounds of a tropical rainforest. On this journey, you’ll encounter some of the most fascinating animals in the world! Catch the antics of the world’s smallest monkey, the pygmy marmoset; or see weirdly wonderful critters, including the capybara, the world’s largest rodent, and kinkajou, as well as the green aracari, the world’s smallest toucan.
In this world-class marine-themed area, you can watch Symbio, a multi-sensory show featuring the world’s first 360-degree water screen, embark on a journey of exploration into the Grand Aquarium, or view marine life from the world’s largest aquarium dome or through a giant viewing panel eight by 13 metres large. Make sure you drop by Neptune’s Restaurant for Hong Kong’s first aquarium dining experience!
Amazing Asian Animals
At the Amazing Asian Animals exhibit you can visit some of Asia’s rarest animals. Take an interactive journey of discovery at the Giant Panda Adventure where you’ll get to know some of Asia’s most precious native animals, including giant pandas, red pandas, Chinese giant salamanders and Chinese alligators. Admire the spectacular display of goldfish at the Goldfish Treasures exhibit, or visit the colourful birds and playful Asian small-clawed otters at Panda Village.
Other popular attractions include the Sea Jelly Spectacular, The Abyss turbo drop, the Mine Train roller coaster and the show at Ocean Theatre.
During festive seasons, Ocean Park Hong Kong will organise special events such as Halloween Bash, Asia’s biggest Halloween party, and Summer Splash water play activities.
Ocean Park Hong Kong is committed to promoting and supporting animal conservation in Hong Kong and throughout Asia. Part of the proceeds from admission tickets and some retail items will go towards the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong to support wildlife conservation projects.
Address: Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong Island
5. Temple Street Night Market
When the sun goes down, the traders have already laid out their wares and the opera singers and fortune tellers begin to emerge. Welcome to the Temple Street Night Market, a popular street bazaar, named after a Tin Hau temple located in the centre of its main drag, and a place so steeped in local atmosphere that it has served as the backdrop to many a memorable movie.
Trinkets, tea ware, electronics, watches, menswear, jade and antiques are scrutinised and haggled over, while claypot rice, seafood, noodles and other treats are consumed with gusto.
Temple Street Night Market is an enduring example of the theatre and festivity of a Chinese market. And it’s on show nightly.
Address: Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
6. Clock Tower
Standing 44-metres tall, the old Clock Tower was erected in 1915 as part of the Kowloon–Canton Railway terminus. The once-bustling station is long gone, but this red brick and granite tower, now preserved as a Declared Monument, survives as an elegant reminder of the Age of Steam. It has also been a memorable landmark for the millions of Chinese immigrants who passed through the terminus to begin new lives not just in Hong Kong, but in other parts of the world via the city’s harbour.
|A history of the Clock Tower|
|1910||The Kowloon–Canton Railway line is opened.|
|1913||Foundations are laid for the terminus in Tsim Sha Tsui.|
|1915||The station and its clock tower are almost complete but the delivery of fittings and fixtures from Britain are delayed because of the First World War.|
|1916||Terminus station is completed and officially opened. However, the clock was not installed in the tower because of concerns about costs. Photographs from this era show the tower without a clock face.|
|1919||Funds to complete the clock tower were eventually raised. The bell and electric clock arrive in Hong Kong but installation was further postponed until necessary drawings and instructions from the manufacturer were obtained.|
|1921||After years of delays, the clock begins operating.|
|1970s||A new terminus station is opened in Hung Hom and the old station is demolished with the exception of the Clock Tower.|
|1990s||The Clock Tower is listed as a Declared Monument.|
Address: Star Ferry Pier, Kowloon Point, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
7. Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
Starting at the colonial-era Clock Tower and stretching all the way to Hung Hom, a stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade takes one past the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the Hong Kong Space Museum. But like most of the love birds and shutterbugs on the promenade, your gaze will be drawn south to the dramatic topographical and architectural spectacle that is the Hong Kong Island skyline towering over the busy waters of Victoria Harbour.
Address: Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
8. Golden Bauhinia Square (and HKCEC)
The bauhinia is the emblem of Hong Kong. The Forever Blooming Bauhinia Sculpture that gives the Expo Promenade the commonly used name, Golden Bauhinia Square, was a gift from the Central Government to mark the 1997 Handover — an occasion that held tremendous significance for the world’s largest nation and that stands out as a landmark event in 20th century history.
Today the site is hugely popular with Chinese visitors who come to take photos of the Reunification Monument, which bears inscriptions of the calligraphy of President Jiang Zemin who represented China at the Handover Ceremony and to enjoy the pomp and symbolism of the daily Flag-raising Ceremony with beautiful Victoria Harbour as a backdrop.
|Daily Flag-raising Ceremony||Every day except the first of each month|
|This ceremony is performed by Hong Kong police officers in ceremonial uniform and includes the playing of the national anthem. The ceremony will be conducted by different uniformed youth groups on the second Sunday of each month.|
|Enhanced Flag-raising Ceremony||On the first day of every month|
|This ceremony includes a flag-raising party of Hong Kong police officers accompanied by a rifle unit, both wearing full uniform. The ceremony will include the playing of the national anthem by the Police Band followed by a 10-minute musical performance by the Police Pipe Band.|
Please be aware that the flag-raising ceremony may be cancelled at any time due to bad weather conditions. In the case of a cancellation, an announcement will be made through local media channels between 7am and 8am.
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC)
With its vast curtain of glass and 40,000-square-metre aluminium roof sculpted to echo a seabird soaring in flight, the striking Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is a major landmark on the Hong Kong Island skyline. Known worldwide as HKCEC, this harbourfront expansion used top-down construction techniques to meet a challenge of limited land supply; its highly innovative methods winning many industry accolades.
While Jackie Chan fans may remember the building as the setting for the dramatic grand finale of New Police Story, it was also the backdrop for a spectacle of far more significance — the Handover Ceremony on 30 June 1997. This is when the former British Crown Colony was returned to the People’s Republic of China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region was established.
Internationally, the HKCEC is known as a world-class convention and exhibition centre and was voted Best Convention and Exhibition Centre in Asia for the 13 times by industry awards in 2016.
While you’re in the area, check out the nearby Ani-Com Park@Harbour”FUN” for a glimpse of local comic culture.
Address: 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island
9. Lan Kwai Fong
Lan Kwai Fong is one of Hong Kong’s most popular nightlife hot spots and home to over 90 restaurants and bars. The atmosphere ranges from stylish wine pairings to raucous jelly shots and the food on offer is as diverse as the clientele.
Thanks to Hong Kong’s dominance in Asian cinema, this centre of late-night revelry is so renowned that its official street sign is more photographed than many of the celebrities who haunt its clubs. Mostly, the area is crowded with people from the surrounding offices of Central, eager to shake off the working day or week. Get in the thick of it with a street side perch, or watch the antics on the road below from one of the upper floors.
Lan Kwai Fong usually hosts carnivals and other celebrations during major festivals, such as Halloween, Christmas and New Year and has its own beer festival.
Address: Central, Hong Kong Island
10. Avenue of Stars
Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui is closed for repair and improvement works, which are expected to be completed around the end of 2018. A selection of the Avenue of Stars exhibits is displayed at Garden of Stars in the meantime. Please refer to their official website for details.
Thanks to the efforts of Hong Kong’s movie industry over the past century, many in Asia and farther afield are familiar with the city’s sights before they’ve even set foot here. The Avenue of Stars pays tribute to the names that helped make Hong Kong the ‘Hollywood of the East’.
See movie-related exhibits at Garden of Stars, including:
- Sculptures of Bruce Lee, Anita Mui, McDull and the Hong Kong Film Awards statuette
- 20 star handprint plaques
- A mural depicting classic movie scenes
Address: Waterfront Podium Garden, Tsim Sha Tsui East
Source : discoverhongkong.com
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