In Hong Kong, you can truly find everything. From the first sight, you’ll see a bustling city heated with busy and stressful lives of the locals, not to mention the dazzling skyline crafted by towering skyscrapers. However, if you scratch beneath the surface, you’ll find traditional and historical scenes from both East and West; heavenly delicacies (albeit served by grumpy waiters), and lush hiking trails not far from the modern hub.
To make sure you won’t miss the best part of this urban jungle of a city, we offer you the top 10 attractions you must visit in Hong Kong! Note these spots down and you will be able to admire its beauty from near and far, experience tranquility and blood-pumping excitement, and eventually realize that there’s much more this city can offer.
Without further ado, here is our top 10 list for your first trip to Hong Kong!
1. Sky 100
If you wanna take in the glamorous cityscape at a glance, why not climb on the highest observation deck in Hong Kong? Sky 100 is located on the 100th floor of International Commerce Center, the tallest building in Hong Kong. Standing at the highest point by Victoria Harbour, you’ll be granted with 360-degree panoramic view of the harbour and the whole Kowloon, even Macao!
Besides offering the breathtaking bird-eye view, Sky100 has multimedia exhibitions about culture and history of Hong Kong, broadening the horizon for both your eyes and mind. Another feature worth mentioning is that through the high-tech telescope, you can apply different visual effects to enjoy the view with sunset, at night, or with fireworks!
- Opening time: Sunday-Thursday 10:00am – 9:00pm, Friday and Saturday 10:00am – 10:30pm
- Closing date: Please see here
- Entrance fee: Adult HKD 169 (Online booking), HKD 188 (Walk in). Child (3-11) and Senior (65+) HKD 115 (Online booking), HKD 128 (Walk in). Or click here for a discount offer!
- Address: 100/F, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
- How to get there: Take MTR to Kowloon station, exit C, 5 minutes walk
- Contact no.: +852 2613 3888
- Official website
2. Wong Tai Sin Temple
A temple famed for “making every wish come true upon request.” Sounds too good to be true? You’d better believe it! Teeming with people from local and worldwide every day, Wong Tai Sin Temple is no doubt the most important religious center of Hong Kong, and that’s why it deserves a place on our list.
Wong Tai Sin Temple, also called Sik Sik Yuen Temple, houses three religions (Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism). Its spectacular ornamented building represents Chinese traditional architecture style and geomantic elements deeply rooted in the religious culture. Be awed by the extravagant and colorful architecture and humbly ask for a good fortune. Good luck awaits you!
- Opening time: Everyday 8:00am to 5:00pm
- Entrance fee: General HKD 100, Senior (65+) & the disabled HKD 50
- Address: 2 Chuk Yuen Village, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon
- How to get there: Take MTR to Wong Tai Sin Station, Exit B2, 3 minutes walk
- Contact no.: +852 2327 8141
3. Lan Kwai Fong
Whether you are a reveler or not, come to Lan Kwai Fong for a glimpse of Hong Kong’s vibrant nightlife. This used to be a place dedicated to hawkers, and now, it’s become the favorite haunt for expats. Here, you’ll be dazzled by the neon signs strewn at random above your head, and embrace a selection of bars, clubs, exotic restaurants.
A little secret for you— when it’s Halloween, Christmas, or New Year, this charming square of streets will be enchanted with festive decorations and lights. The annual LKF Beer and Music Festival is also an event not to be missed! Go party hard like no one’s watching!
- Opening time: Depends on the individual business
- Address: D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
- How to get there: Take the MTR to Central station. Get out from exit D2, and walk along Theatre Lane than to D’Aguilar Street
4. Victoria Peak
With the stunning view of lush green mountain hugging the illuminated sea of skyscrapers and harbour, the Victoria Peak has been elected one of the top 3 night views in THE WHOLE WORLD! Simply this reason is enough to make the Victoria Peak a must-visit place in Hong Kong.
The landmark is located west north of Hong Kong Island, 552 meters above sea level. The best time to visit, of course, would be from dusk to night, and you can take a tram ticket to the Peak Tower and Sky Terrace for an eye-opening view.
If you’d like to go up from the hiking trail instead, check out our latest article “Forget Shopping — Conquer The Best Hiking Trails in Hong Kong Instead!” for more details!
- Opening time: Tram 7:00am-12:00am. Peak Tower Weekdays 10:00am- 11pm, Weekends 8:00am- 11:00pm.
- Entrance fee: Peak Tram Sky Pass Return Adult 99 HKD, Child & Senior 47 HKD. Booking tickets in advance is strongly recommended! You’ll be very happy to skip the long queue at the ticket point.
- Address: 33 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong
- How to get there: Take the MTR to Central station. Exit J2, 15 minutes walk
- Contact no.: +852 2522 0922
- Official Website
- Fast Track Victoria Peak Tram and Combo Ticket
5. 1881 Heritage
Luxury shopping and fine dining in a historic site? This is the place! 1881 Heritage is the former Marine Police Headquarters constructed in 1884. The beautiful Victorian style building has now been converted into a new landmark of culture and leisure in Hong Kong.On top of that, it has won the “Best International Redevelopment Award” in 2010!
Lose yourself in the relaxing atmosphere, do some shopping (or window shopping if you’re on budget), and take a look at the exhibitions taking place at the outdoor square.
- Opening time: 7:00am – 12:00am
- Entrance fee: None
- Address: 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
- How to get there: Take the MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui Station. Exit E.
- Contact no.: +852 2926 8000
- Official website
6. Oil Street Art Space
It is another perfect example of giving new energy in heritage building! The Oil Street Art Space (Or Oi!) is originally the clubhouse of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club built in 1908. Since 2013, it has become the collaborative hub for well-known artists and the local community.
The eye-catching red brick wall is a perfect spot for photos. If you are taking a break from modern concrete jungle, come and see another side of Hong Kong through art!
- Opening time: Monday: 2:00pm – 8:00pm, Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
- Closing dates: 1st and 2nd day of Chinese New Year. Closed at 5:00pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve
- Entrance fee: Free
- Address: 12 Oil Street, North Point, Hong Kong
- How to get there: Take the MTR to Fortress Hill Station. Exit A, 5 minutes walk
- Phone: +852 2512 3000
7. Monster Building (Yik Cheong Building)
In this small but densely populated city, almost every local would complain to you how suffocating their tiny apartment is. The monster building is the epitome of the density of population at its extreme! Stand at the patio of the building and look up— you’ll see three tall walls of stacked residential complexes towering around you. Don’t blink, it will devour you before you even notice!
Due to its photogenic appearance, it was chosen by Hollywood blockbuster directors as a scene set of their movies, namely Transformers 4 and Ghost in the Shell. It had been the most Instagrammed spot in Hong Kong, until the photography ban has been put to practice since February 2018. Nonetheless, this unconventional building is still worth a visit!
- Address: 1046 Kings’s Road, Quarry Bay
- How to get there: Take the MTR to Quarry Bay station. Exit B
8. Hong Kong Observation Wheel and AIA Vitality Park
The Hong Kong observation wheel is the new landmark of Hong Kong! Hope on a gondola that fits 8 people and take your time to appreciate the vista at 60 meter height, within 20 minutes.
The AIA Vitality Park beside the observation wheel is filled with dynamic people and events— from sports classes, corporate events, to film shoots and concerts… You can definitely sense a healthy and energetic vibe when you pass by.
- Opening Time: 10:00am – 11:00pm
- Entry Fee: Adult 20 HKD, Child (3-11) and Senior (65+) 10 HKD
- Address: 33 Man Kwong Street, Central
- How to get there: Take the MTR to Central Station, exit A; or to Hong Kong Station, exit A2. Take a 10-15 minute walk to the park
- Official Website
9. Hong Kong Disneyland
The magic of Disney lives on inside everyone’s heart, no matter you’re an adult or a child. Escape the daily dullness and relive your childhood dream to the fullest during your stay in Hong Kong! Explore the 7 lands of the magical kingdom— Adventureland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, Toy Story Land, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and Main Street, U.
Besides the attractions, don’t miss the spectacular performances and fireworks. “Mickey and the Wondrous Book” and “Festival of the Lion King” is highly recommended!
- Opening Time: Usually 10:30am to 8:00pm, some days closed at 7:30pm
- Entrance Fee: Adult 699 HKD, Child (3-11) 515 HKD
- Address: Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island
- How to get there: Take the MTR to Hong Kong Disneyland Resort Station
- Contact no.: +852 3550-3388
- Official Website
- Hong Kong Disneyland Day Ticket
10. Ocean Park
Last but definitely not the least, Ocean Park! Divided into two sections “Waterfront” and “Summit”, Ocean Park is the world-class sea creature theme park that earned the golden title of “World’s Best Theme Park” in 2012!
Try a variety of exhilarating rides, swings and wheels to get your adrenaline fix, and have a close encounter with the precious animals—you can be a panda keeper, swim with the dolphins, play with penguins and sea lions, a perfect chance to fulfill your dream as a zoo keeper!
- Opening Time: Weekdays 10:00am – 6:00pm, weekend 10:00am – 7:00pm
- Entry fee: Adult 480 HKD, Child (3-11) 240 HKD
- Address:180 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen
- How to get there: Take the MTR to Ocean Park Station. Exit B
- Phone: +852 3923 2323
And all, that’s the 10 places you have to visit in Hong Kong. We also provide you a visualization of where the spots are located on google maps:
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