There are many iconic attractions to tick off your list in Hong Kong. An absolute must though is the rickety tram ride to the top of Victoria Peak, where you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views back over the urban sprawl from the lush and lofty heights of the tallest lookout.
Off the main island, the fun continues. Across the water in Kowloon, don’t miss the Avenue of Stars along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront – the city’s own version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Visit at night and you’ll catch the Symphony of Lights sound and lights show, or by day drop into the nearby historical and science museums.
Take a ride on the iconic Peak Tram to view Hong Kong’s natural wonders from the heights of Victoria Peak. The highest point on Hong Kong Island, the Peak offers spectacular views of the city, the harbour and beyond. At the top you will find the Peak Tower, complete with a large viewing platform called Sky Terrace 428 and a stack of dining and retail outlets. Those truly taken with the lush surrounds can embark on the 3.5 kilometre Peak Circle Walk. Madame Tussauds Hong Kong is also here, showcasing over 100 incredibly life-like wax figures.
It’s hard to go past a visit to the happiest place on earth when visiting Hong Kong. Situated on Lantau Island, Disneyland has seven exciting lands to explore. Get dizzy on the spinning Mad Hatter Tea Cups or float away on the famous “it’s a small world” ride in Fantasyland. For the thrills of Space Mountain, visit Tomorrowland or head over to Toy Story Land and spend time with Woody and Jessie. In the afternoons, you can enjoy the entertaining Flights of Fantasy Parade complete with acrobats and aerialists. Stick around in the evening for a magical Fireworks display.
Situated in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Park is one of the city’s premier open spaces covering over 33 acres. The tranquil surrounds are a welcomed change from the city’s hectic pace. Wander through the well-manicured Chinese Garden which features a two-tier lotus pond or stretch the legs with a stroll along the Fitness Trail. Those with a little extra energy to burn can explore Kowloon Park’s Sports Center or the giant swimming pool. The Bird Lake and Aviary houses around 100 wild bird species and every Sunday, there are kung fu and lion dances in the park.
The Hong Kong Heritage Museum features 12 exhibition galleries, each filled with unique treasures and relics that showcase the city’s rich history and culture. You will find a collection of Chinese paintings by acclaimed artist Zhao Shao’ang and a special Bruce Lee exhibit with a host of priceless memorabilia. The Children’s Discovery Gallery has eight play areas where kids can learn about the wonders of nature, archaeology and the city itself. There is also a cafe and shop onsite.
A must for all first-time visitors, Lantau Island has a bounty of attractions to explore, from shopping outlets to beautiful beaches. Perched on the mountainside, the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery is one of the island’s primary attractions. Sitting 34 metres high, the majestic bronze statue attracts many admirers throughout the year. To truly appreciate the picturesque scenery, ride the Ngong Ping 360 glass bottom cable car up the lush mountainside. You’ll find a number of shops and eateries to explore at the 1.5 hectare Ngong Ping Village and don’t miss the multimedia Walking with Buddha experience.