Welcome to Asia’s New York and “The Pearl of the Orient” – welcome to Hong Kong! Throughout history this city has been one of the most important trading centers of the world, mostly because of its location, and reflecting its historical role as a harbor, city’s culture and image also represent a golden link between Asia and Europe. Nowadays it is a top business destination, trading financial center and shopping paradise, offering its visitors a unique experience of exploring the city in various ways, and enjoying plethora for each of their senses.
Cost of Living:
When to Visit
January – March Cool temperatures and high hotel prices around the two New Year’s celebrations.
April – May Manageable room rates. Chinese Festivals take place during this period and represent the most vibrant expressions of the city’s Chinese heritage.
June – September Hot temperatures and typhoon-prone. Best times for bargains and attractive discounts. Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival involves three days of boat racing accompanied by beers and water games.
October – December The best time to visit. Hong Kong Winterfest is held in December and involves spectacular light shows as well as seasonal events at top attractions.
One of the most popular ways to explore Hong Kong from above is to take a tram ride to Victoria Peak. This exciting ride will enable you to enjoy magnificent view of the steely-glass modern city skyline, so make sure to visit Sky Terrace 428 which is the most famous spot for capturing Hong Kong panorama in 360 o. The view is equally breathtaking whether you visit in the morning, during the day, or in the evening. You can buy souvenirs or have a meal in one of the many restaurants at the Peak Tower, combining the view and the taste of Hong Kong in one place.
Peak Tram Operating Hours: daily 07:00AM-12:00PM (Departs every 10 to 15 minutes)
Sky Terrace 428 Opening Hours: 10:00AM-11:00PM on weekdays; 08:00AM-11:00pm on weekend and holidays
Peak Tram Tickets: Adults HK$45 (return) HK$32 (single) / Senior and Children HK$20 (return) HK$12 (single)
Sky Terrace 428 Tickets: Adults HK$50 / Senior and Children HK$25
Peak tram Sky Pass (Peak Tram and Sky Terrace 428): Adults HK$90 (return) HK$77 (single) / Senior and Children HK$43 (return) HK$35 (single)
For more information please check the website http://www.thepeak.com.hk/en
A ride on this huge luxurious Observation Wheel offers the best view on the Victoria Harbour – a place for which Hong Kong became the city we know today, as well as the best spectator’s spot for Symphony of Lights. You can enjoy the spectacular view from 60m height with high speed Wi-Fi that enables you to share your experience via social networks in real time. All information regarding timetable and tickets you can find on official website http://www.hkow.hk/en/
Observation Wheel is closed until further notice.
Another birds eye perspective on the city is offered on Sky100 Observation Deck, a location nested on top of the International Commerce Centre (ICC), precisely on the 100 th floor which was an inspiration for its name. You can climb there on a super-speed elevator in just one minute, and enjoy another fantastic view on the Harbour, accompanied with extravagant multimedia exhibition about history and culture of the city, enhanced by 3D effects and augmented reality features, or enjoy café and dining above the city.
Open: Sunday-Thursday 10:00AM-09:00PM; Friday-Saturday 10:00AM-10:30PM
Price: Adults HK$168 / Senior and Children HK$118
For more information on ticket prices, ticket packages and café reservations check the website http://www.sky100.com.hk/
Hong Kong Disneyland is a theme park located inside the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, at Lantau Island. It opened in 2005 and it consists of seven themed areas: Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, and Toy Story Land. Guide maps are printed both in Chinese and English.
For more information about the theme park visit
Together with Hong Kong Disneyland, Ocean Park is one of the two largest theme parks in Hong Kong. It is a marine-life theme park featuring animals, thrill rides and shows. It is located in the Southern District of Hong Kong and it is famous for its panda, dolphin, jellyfish in aquarium as well as its rollercoaster and rides.
Price: general admission for adult (aged 12+) HK480, child HK240, seniors (aged 65+) free entrance
For information about the visiting hours and the park experiences visit the official website https://www.oceanpark.com.hk/en.
This famous park carries its name as homage to cities colonial days, and it is a home to the statue of Queen Victoria. As a reflection to its British heritage, this park has numerous tennis courts, as well as many other sports courts and stadiums, and it is a host to several international tennis competitions like Hong Kong Open and Hong Kong Classic. But it also represents Asian heritage in all its beauty, so visitors can enjoy celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year with shimmering lanterns, or Hong Kong Flower Show. It is the best place to enjoy some peace and quiet away from busy and noisy streets of the city, breathing some fresh air and enjoying green sceneries.
Open: 24 hours daily
When you get tired of colorful and noisy streets of Tsim Sha Tsui and your feet get sour from endless shopping tour, you can take a break and walk through Kowloon Park. It is an ideal place for rest and meditation, where you can enjoy dreamy sights of lotus ponds with exotic birds in Chinese Garden, or hypnotically watch Dragon/Lion Dance or display of other martial arts in a Kung Fu Corner at the Sculpture Walk of the Park.
Kung Fu performances: Sunday 02:30PM-04:30PM
Located at Diamond Hill, Nan Lian Garden is a Tang-style landscaped Chinese garden with hills, water features, trees, rocks and wooden structures. Despite the fact that it is located in urban Kowloon, it is a scenic place with tranquil and calm atmosphere. Noise barriers protect the garden from the sound of traffic and trees filter the dust from the surrounding area. It is the perfect place for those who want to escape from the chaotic streets of Hong Kong. For more information visit the website.
A hike at the Dragon’s Back is something that you should definitely do if you ever visit Hong Kong! With beautiful coastal scenery and easy accessibility from the city, the Dragon’s Back hike will reward you. It offers breathtaking panoramic views of offshore islands and incredible forests. After hiking for around 20 minutes, you will arrive at a scenic spot over the stunning scenery of Shek O Beach. Dragon’s Back is a popular escape which you should certainly experience!
The starting point of the Dragon’s Back is at Shek O Road, near To Tei Wan Village, where you can arrive by first taking the Island Line MTR to Shau Kei Wan Station. Then, you need to take Exit A2 and look for Bus No. 9 at the Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus. Hop onto the bus and wait for your stop To Tai Wan.
Tsim Sha Tsui is a quarter in Kowloon, on Victoria Harbour, where you can find literally everything you need to fully experience Hong Kong. You can enjoy art and history exhibitions in Museum of History and Science Museum, as well as concerts and musicals at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. There are luxurious hotels and restaurants as well, shopping malls and street sellers, and Promenade where you can admire the city on foot, or you can embark on the ferry or experience a cruise to remember in one of the last iconic hand-made sailing junks called Aqua Luna.
You can choose from a rich offer of cruises, such as Evening Harbour Cruise, Symphony of Lights Dinner and Cruise etc. For more precise information about the offer, timetable and tickets check the official website http://aqualuna.com.hk/
Walking through Avenue of Stars is like walking through Hollywood Boulevard in L.A. You can see statues or handprints of various Asian movie stars, especially the ones that brought the title “Hollywood of East” to Hong Kong, such as Bruce Lee, Jacky Chan or Anita Mui. You can also visit Art Museum, or pay tribute to history of Hong Kong movie scene. Avenue of Stars is closed till late 2018. due to reparation and improvement, so some of its most famous features, such as the Bruce Lee statue, are displayed in the Garden of Stars.
The Statue of Bruce Lee is a life-size bronze statue of the popular martial artist and action hero, Bruce Lee. It is situated at the Avenue of Stars, at the Victoria Harbour Waterfront. It is a memorial that was built in honor of the actor who died at an early young age.
Waterfront is the place with the best view on the Harbour and it is a host to Symphony of Lights andObservation Wheel. It is also the place where you can gather some of the most unusual exotic food experiences, such as a visit to large fish market, or you can enjoy picnic lunch, brunch at the various national restaurants on your way to or from the Peak on foot, or even a live band gig in some of the bars. It is crowded with walkers, dog walkers or cyclists and especially busy on Sunday afternoon.
This is the most famous attraction in Hong Kong and it is listed in Guinness World Records as the world’s largest laser lights and music show besides the ones in Hakodate, Japan, and in Naples, Italy. You can enjoy this unique feast for eyes from Observation Wheel, Harbour Cruise ship or anywhere from the Waterfront. It is a laser and music show in which the city itself participates by illumination of the skyscrapers, and it is followed by narration in several languages (English, Mandarin and Cantonese). There are five different themes (Awakening, Energy, Heritage, Partnership and Celebration), and they are sometimes accompanied by fireworks (on some holidays).
Show schedule: Daily at 08:00PM (Duration: 13 minutes)
If you wish to experience a tiny time travel into history of trade in Hong Kong, make sure to visit the frenzy of Temple Street Night Market. This is the most famous shopping place where you can buy anything from food to antiques, and it is displayed many times through popular movies as one of the recognizable landmarks and a typical Chinese street bazaar. You can see street sellers, fortune tellers, visit the Tin Hau temple which inspired the name of the market, and buy anything you wish in bargain prices.
Open: Daily 04:00PM-12:00PM (The busiest hours are after 07:00PM)
This is the old name for a few streets where you can buy mostly women’s, but also men’s clothes and accessories (Tung Choi Street, former Ladies’ Market), sports and trainers products (Fa Yuen Street) as well as various electronic devices (Sa Yeung Choi Street). These streets are best known for cheap prices, fake designer’s clothes but also some decent quality clothes, especially jeans. But, because of its large offer of goods and kilometer long streets, these markets are often extremely crowded.
Sham Shui Po orGolden Computer Arcade is a place where you can find computers and other electronics equipment in bargain prices. It is a four floors shopping mall, stocked with shops, offering everything from custom build computers, supplies, phone accessories, books, video games, repair shops and many other things. But, be advised to be careful because some of those products can be really good fakes.
Open: Daily 11:00AM-07:00PM, except during Chinese New Year holiday (time varies from store to store)
This is another shopping mall specialized in electronics, but the prices are not as good as the ones in Golden Computer Arcade. Nevertheless, the offer is indescribable, because in these stores you can find literary everything regarding computer hardware and software, mobile phones and digital electronics. Shops seem to be crowded all the time, especially during after-work hours.
Open: Time varies from store to store, but most of them are open until 09:00PM
The wonderful Star Ferry Boats have been carrying passengers from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and back since 1898. They are well known as one of the world’s worth-visiting attractions. They offer sightseeing journeys for visitor from the one side of the Victoria Harbour to the other. Enjoy a cruise at one of the most photographed harbours in the world and admire the riveting views of skyscrapers and hills. For more information about the itineraries and the ticket fees please visit the official website http://www.starferry.com.hk/en/home.
Tian Tan Buddha, also known as Big Buddha, is one of the top sightseeing attractions in Hong Kong. Completed in 1993, it is a 34-meter-tall majestic bronze statue of Buddha that symbolizes the harmonious relationship between man and nature as well as people and faith. Buddha’s right hand is raised and it represents the removal of affliction, whereas the left rests in a gesture of generosity. It is said that the statue can be seen across the bay on a clear day. In order to reach this major center of Buddhism in Hong Kong, visitors have to climb 268 steps.
Open: Monday – Sunday: 10:00AM – 05:30PM (including public holidays)
Hidden away by lush mountains, this Buddhist monastery was founded in 1906 by three monks and is located on Ngong Ping, Lantau Island. The main temple houses three bronze statues of the Buddha which represent his past, present and future lives. It is also home to architectural structures as well as many Buddhist scriptures. Po Lin Monastery became a famous attraction when the stunning Tian Tan Buddha statue was erected in 1993 as an extension of the monastery. There is also a vegetarian restaurant located in the covered arcade of the main monastery building where you can enjoy an inexpensive meal.
Po Lin Monastery
Open: Monday – Sunday: 08:00AM – 06:00PM (including public holidays)
Open: Monday – Friday: 11:30AM – 04:30PM (except public holidays)
Saturday, Sunday & public holidays 11:30AM – 07:00PM
For more information about the monastery visit http://www.plm.org.hk/eng/home.php or call at (852) 2985 5248.
Ngong Ping 360 is the best way to explore Lantau Island. It is a gondola lift that offers breathtaking views and is definitely a must-see attraction. The journey begins with a 25-minute cable car ride from Tung Chung. Ngong Ping 360 connects the north coast of Lantau with the Ngong Ping area in the hills above. This is home to the Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha, two of the most significant attractions in Hong Kong. Before Ngong Ping 360, the only access was via a mountain road and bus service. Now you can reach Tian Tan Buddha with Ngong Ping Cable Car that offers a breathtaking panorama of Ngong Ping Plateau. You can select a Standard, a Crystal or a Private Cabin for your Hong Kong tour.
Price: single trip: adult HK$145, child HK$70, senior (aged 65+) HK$95 /round trip: adult HK$210, children HK$100, senior (aged 65+) HK$140
Price: single trip: adult HK$200, child HK$130, senior (aged 65+) HK$150/round trip: adults HK$290, child HK$180, seniors (aged 65+) HK$220
Price: HK$3,800 per Standard Cabin/HK$4,500 per Crystal Cabin
Do not miss the Walking with Buddha multimedia attraction that allows visitors to follow the life of Buddha and his path to enlightenment.
Walking with Buddha
Open: Monday – Friday: 11:00AM – 05:00PM
Saturday, Sunday & public holidays 10:00AM – 05:40PM
The show takes place every 20 minutes and lasts for approximately 20 minutes. For more information visit the website.
Keep in mind that you might wait in the queue for tickets up to 4 hours. However, you could choose the round-trip cable car ride in a Private Cabin that offers a queue-free ticketing service and priority boarding. It is more expensive than the other cabins but you also have free admission to Ngong Ping Village’s “Walking with Buddha” attractions.
Lamma Island, or else Pok Liu Chau, is the third largest island in Hong Kong from which it is separated by the East Lamma Channel. The majority of the island’s population lives in the two main villages, Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan. Lamma is peaceful and tranquil with an abundance of natural scenery. The community’s only means of transport is either by foot or bicycle; automobiles are not allowed here. It has a free-spiritive, multicultural vibe and this is the reason why it is very popular among young people and artists. Visit Lamma island and explore its turquoise coves and traditional fishing villages!
Located in Sha Tin, the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is a mid-20th century Buddhist temple. It is actually not only one temple but consists of 5 temples, 4 pavilions and one pagoda. This famous tourist attraction was completed in 1957 and it is managed solely by laypersons. Get ready to walk more than 430 steps and a concrete path uphill, accompanied by dozens of golden painted Buddha statues.
Open: daily 08:00AM – 06:00PM
There is also a restaurant here which is open every day except Tuesday (11:30AM – 03:00PM). For more information visit http://www.cttbusa.org/.