Places of Interest and Things to Do in Hong Kong
Information on the main tourist attractions, places of interest and sights to see in and around Hong Kong...
Hong Kong is made up of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories and a great number of smaller outlying islands. However, Hong Kong Island is the heart of the city and the centre of commercial, political and cultural activities.
Hong Kong Island
The Peak: At the summit of Hong Kong Island, the Peak is a popular destination for panoramic views of the city's skyline and Victoria Harbour. The top can be reached via the Peak Tram, a mountain climbing cable car.
Man Mo Temple: One of the oldest temples in Hong Kong, Man Mo Temple was built during the beginning of British rule in 1848. The temple was constructed for the worship of two gods, the God of Literature, Man Tai, and the God of War, Mo Tai. The temple emits the heady smell of incense, with large coils hanging from its ceiling.
- At: Hollywood Road and Ladder Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: 2803 2916
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Down a short flight of steps from Man Mo Temple is Upper Lascar Row. Dubbed Cat Street, the pedestrian pathway is home to a wealth of cultural curios, from authentic antiques to trinkets and souvenirs.
Aberdeen: Traditional boat-dwellers and sampans are still visible in the Aberdeen harbour on Hong Kong Island. Tin Hau Temple, where fishermen and their families go to worship the goddess of the sea, is located near the bay. In the harbour, the famous Jumbo Floating Restaurant also accessible by sampan.
Stanley Market: Located in a former fishing port, Stanley Market is an open shopping district filled with merchants selling everything from T-shirts, silk, purses, shoes, artwork, linen, Chinese stamps and collectables. Restaurants and bars are abundant along the Stanley Market waterfront.
- At: Stanley, Hong Kong
For more information on Hong Kong island's sights and sounds, visit our Days Out: Trips & Tours guide.
Sky 100 Observation Deck: Hong Kong's highest indoor observation deck boasts panoramic views over Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong's skyline. In addition, there are interactive multimedia exhibits and a guest centre with insights on local culture and history. Open from 10:00-21:00. It can be accessed from MTR Kowloon station exits C1 or D1.
- At: 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
Tel: 2613 3888
Symphony of Lights: This light and sound multimedia show is considered the largest of its kind in the world and takes place each evening at 20:00 on the dot. It covers over 40 buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour, and is best seen from the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront in Kowloon.
Yuen Po Street Bird Garden: Public park where bird owners congregate with their birds. The Mong Kok market sells bird-related accessories including bird food, grasshoppers and custom-made bird cages.
- At: Yuen Po Street, Mongkok, Kowloon
Temple Street: Open bazaar selling clothing, pens, CDs, electronic goods, luggage and watches. Traditional Chinese opera can be heard in the evenings and fortune-tellers set up their stalls after dark.
- At: Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
For more information on Kowloon's sights and sounds, visit our Days Out: Trips & Tours guide.
New territories and outlying islands
Sha Tin Racecourse: Horse racing is one of Hong Kong's most popular activities. During racing season from September to July, the venue has the capacity to seat over 83,000 people.
Ching Chung Koon: Translated from Chinese, Ching Chung Koon means evergreen pine tree Taoist temple. The grounds house a Taoist Temple for worshipping, pavilions, lotus ponds and gardens. During springtime, a bonsai show is open to the public.
Po Lin Monastery & the Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha): The monastery is on the plateau of Ngong Ping on Lantau Island. The world's tallest (34m high), outdoor, seated bronze Buddha sits atop 268 steps on the hillside. Weighing approximately 250 tonnes, the Big Buddha is the biggest tourist attraction on the island.
The Pink Dolphins (Chinese White Dolphin): Unique to Hong Kong, this extremely endangered species (one of the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin species) can be seen from the western end of Lantau. There are companies that organise boat tours, however, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) argues that these are dangerous, and pose a threat to the animals. The WWF estimates that only 120 pink dolphins remain in the world.
- Find out more from the WWF in Hong Kong