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Things to do in Hong Kong

Victoria Peak offers breathtaking views of Hong Kong's skyline. In financial hub Central, the iconic HSBC Building gleams at night. A Star Ferry Cruise sails to busy Tsim Sha Tsui and the Hong Kong Museum of Art. Sail to peaceful Lantau Island for the Ngong Ping 360 cable car, and Po Lin Monastery & Big Buddha. Kowloon has incense-filled Wong Tai Sin Temple. Most attractions open daily 10am-6pm. Museums have free entry Wednesdays.

Star Ferry Cruise, Hong Kong. Photo by Emma Levine 2008

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Hong Kong Heritage Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong. © Hong Kong Tourism Board

    The well laid-out Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Sha Tin has exhibitions on local history, clan culture, and Tibetan Buddhism. A popular highlight includes applying computer-generated virtual make-up for Cantonese opera. Recent temporary exhibitions included the enigma of Cantopop.Show this on map

    Cost

    HK$10; concessions HK$5; Wed free

    Opening hours

    Wed-Mon 10am-6pm (until 7pm Sun)

    Address

    1, Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, Hong Kong

    Telephone

    +852 2180 8188

    Transport

    MTR to Sha Tin or Che Kung Temple

    Website

    Hong Kong Heritage Museum Website

  2. 2. Hong Kong Museum of Art - Museums and Galleries

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    Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. Photo by Emma Levine 2008

    The vast brick Hong Kong Museum of Art on Tsim Sha Tsui's waterfront is a serene collection of Chinese calligraphy and delicate landscapes. Highlights include 17th-century flowing calligraphic poems, huge Qing dynasty statues and temporary collections by local artists.Show this on map

    Cost

    HK$10; concessions HK$5; Wed free

    Opening hours

    Fri-Wed 10am-6pm (until 8pm Sat)

    Address

    10, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

    Telephone

    +852 2721 0116

    Transport

    MTR or Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui

    Website

    Hong Kong Museum Of Art Website

Attractions

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  1. 3. Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery - Attractions

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    Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, Hong Kong. Photo by Emma Levine 2008

    The uphill hike to Sha Tin's Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is lined with golden Buddha statues, with different postures and expressions. At the summit is another huge Buddha atop an elephant, several temples, and the corpse of the monastery's founder.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily 9am-5pm

    Address

    221, Pai Tau Village, Sha Tin, New Territories Hong Kong

    Telephone

    +852 2691 1067

    Transport

    MTR to Sha Tin, then a 45-minute walk

    Website

    Ten Thousand Buddhas Website

  2. 4. Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple - Attractions

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    Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple, Hong Kong. Photo by Emma Levine 2008

    In Kowloon, the red-and-gold Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple demonstrates spiritual Hong Kong, albeit crowded. A noisy gathering of incense smoke, prayers and offerings, hoards of locals come to learn their future by shaking the fortune sticks.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free; some areas charge a small fee

    Opening hours

    Daily 7am-5.30pm

    Address

    2, Chuk Yuen Village, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon Hong Kong

    Telephone

    +852 2327 8141

    Transport

    MTR to Wong Tai Sin

    Website

    Sik Sik Yuen Website

  3. 5. Victoria Peak - Attractions

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    Victoria Peak, Hong Kong. Photo by Emma Levine 2008

    Victoria Peak on Hong Kong Island is perennially popular for leafy walks and 360-degree views. Ascend steeply by the Peak Tram, operating since 1888, or the winding bus. At the summit, the Sky Terrace has dazzling wow-factor harbour views.Show this on map

    Cost

    Sky Terrace HK$20; concessions HK$10 (combined ticket with Peak Tram single journey HK$37; concessions HK$16)

    Opening hours

    Peak Tram daily 7am-12am; Sky Terrace Mon-Fri 10am-11pm; Sat & Sun 8am-11pm

    Address

    Victoria Peak, Lugard Road, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

    Telephone

    +852 2522 0922 (The Peak Tram)

    Transport

    Peak Tram from Garden Road or bus 15 from Central Pier 5

    Website

    The Peak Website

  4. 6. Chi Lin Nunnery - Attractions

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    Chi Lin Nunnery, Hong Kong. Photo by Emma Levine 2008

    The wooden Chi Lin Nunnery in Diamond Hill, built in Tang Dynasty style, has lotus-covered pools in the courtyard and golden statues in the four halls of Celestial Kings. The adjacent Nan Lian Garden, also Tang-inspired, opened in 2006.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily 9am-4.30pm

    Address

    5, Chi Lin Drive, Diamond Hill, Kowloon Hong Kong

    Telephone

    +852 2354 1888

    Transport

    MTR to Diamond Hill

    Website

    Chilin Nunnery Website

  5. 7. HSBC Building - Attractions

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    HSBC Buildling, Hong Kong. © Hong Kong Tourism Board

    In skyscraper-filled Hong Kong, Central's HSBC Building is iconic. Costing billions of dollars, with Feng Shui consultation, the criss-cross steel and glass is guarded by lions Stitt and Stephens. Ride the escalator to the tiny exhibition of the building's history.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 9am-5.30pm (until 1pm Sat)

    Address

    1, Queen's Road, Central, Hong Kong Island Hong Kong

    Transport

    MTR or Star Ferry to Central

  6. 8. Po Lin Monastery & Big Buddha - Attractions

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    Po Lin Monastery & Big Buddha, Hong Kong. Photo by Emma Levine 2008

    On a Lantau Island hilltop sits Po Lin Monastery & Big Buddha in serene lotus position, 26 metres high and weighing 202 tonnes. Walk up the long staircase and around the base, then inside the small museum. Avoid overcrowded Sundays.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily 9am-6pm (Big Buddha from 10am)

    Address

    Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

    Telephone

    +852 2985 5669

    Transport

    Bus 2 from Mui Wo (Lantau) to Ngong Ping

    Website

    Po Lin Monastery Website

  7. 9. Tai O - Attractions

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    Tai O, Hong Kong. Photo by Emma Levine 2008

    Tai O's aluminium stilt houses on Lantau seem an antitheses to Hong Kong's innovation. Most residents of this traditional fishing village prefer these tiny boxes perched above the water, boats moored outside. Take a motorboat to look for pink dolphins.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    24 hours daily

    Address

    Tai O, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

    Transport

    Bus 1 from Mui Wo (Lantau)

  8. 10. Hong Kong Park & Aviary - Attractions

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    Hong Kong Park & Aviary, Hong Kong. Photo by Emma Levine 2008

    A serene oasis in noisy Central, Hong Kong Park & Aviary is spectacularly surrounded by skyscrapers. Inside its gardens is an artificial lake inhabited by turtles and fish, a tai chi garden and walk-through aviary with 150 species of bird life.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily 6am-11pm (Aviary 9am-5pm)

    Address

    19, Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong Island Hong Kong

    Telephone

    +852 2521 5041

    Transport

    MTR to Admiralty

    Website

    Hong Kong Park Website

Special things to do

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  1. 11. Star Ferry Cruise - Special things to do

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    Star Ferry Cruise, Hong Kong. Photo by Emma Levine 2008

    The famous Star Ferry shuttles between Tsim Sha Tsui and Central across Victoria Harbour. The nine-minute journey is most spectacular at night, especially arriving into Central during the laser show at 8pm. Take a Star Ferry cruise around the harbour too.Show this on map

    Cost

    HK$2.30-HK$6children HK$1.40-HK$3Varies depending on route

    Opening hours

    Please see Star Ferry website for full timetable

    Address

    Star Ferry Pier, Salisbury Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Hong Kong

    Telephone

    +852 2367 7065

    Transport

    MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui

    Website

    Star Ferry Website

  2. 12. Tai Chi Class - Special things to do

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    Tai Chi Class, Hong Kong. © Hong Kong Tourism Board

    Novices can learn the ancient Chinese art at a Tai Chi class in Tsim Sha Tsui. The fluid motions help develop ying and yang, healing mind and body, a popular exercise for older Hong Kong residents. Loose clothing is recommended.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Mon & Wed-Fri 8am-9am

    Address

    Sculpture Court in front of Hong Kong Museum of Arts, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Hong Kong

    Telephone

    +852 2508 1234 (HKTB Visitor Hotline)

    Transport

    Star Ferry or MRT to Tsim Sha Tsui

    Website

    Tai Chi Class Website

  3. 13. Ngong Ping 360 - Special things to do

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    Ngong Ping 360, Hong Kong. Photo by Emma Levine 2008

    Perfect for reaching Lantau's Big Buddha, the Ngong Ping 360 cable car travels between urban Tung Chung and rural Ngong Ping, and reopened in 2008. A smooth journey of almost 6km, it is worth waiting for a clear day.Show this on map

    Cost

    HK$63 (return HK$96)

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat & Sun 9am-6.30pm

    Address

    Ngong Ping Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal, Tung Chung MTR station, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

    Telephone

    +852 3666 0606

    Transport

    MTR to Tung Chung; bus 2 from Mui Wo (Lantau)

    Website

    Ngong Ping 360 Website

  4. 14. Reflexology at Happy Foot - Special things to do

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    Happy Foot, Hong Kong. Photo by Janie Ho

    For rejuvenating weary feet, plus all-encompassing health benefits, try traditional Chinese reflexology at Happy Foot in Central. Lie back on the reclining chairs and let the professionals pummel and prod your feet for a relaxing hour.Show this on map

    Cost

    HK$198 for 50 mins

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-12am

    Address

    11/F Jade Centre, 98-102, Wellington Street, Hong Kong Island Hong Kong

    Telephone

    +852 2544 1010

    Transport

    MTR to Central

    Website

    Happy Foot Website

  5. 15. Hong Kong Tram Ride - Special things to do

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    Hong Kong Tram Ride, Hong Kong. © Hong Kong Tourism Board

    One of the oldest, cheapest and most charming journeys, the Hong Kong Tram Ride runs the length of the island from traditional Kennedy Town to Shau Kei Wan. For the best view of crowded streets, take a top deck seat.Show this on map

    Cost

    HK$2; concessions HK$1

    Opening hours

    Daily 6am-12am

    Address

    Kennedy Town, Hong Kong Island Hong Kong

    Telephone

    +852 2548 7102

    Transport

    Bus to Kennedy Town

    Website

    Hong Kong Tramways Website

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