Hong Kong is full of things to do. Too many things! So if you’re going for a short trip, here is a list of what to do in Hong Kong that will you make most of your time in this exciting city.
10,000 Buddhas Monastery
10,000 Buddhas Monastery is simply amazing. It was almost entirely empty when we visited. Skip the crowds at Big Buddha and go for a unique, intimate experience!
10,000 Buddhas is cheaper, more unique to Hong Kong, and an incredible cultural experience. With almost no crowds, 10,000 Buddhas is the perfect place for exploring. Unique statues of Buddha line the stairs to a monastery that houses a monk mummified in gold leaf (actually the founder of the monastery). Make sure to explore the whole grounds, there are more stairs to climb and even a giant Buddha riding on a dragon in front of a waterfall!
Don’t miss the Star Ferry night tour. It’s at the top of our list of what to do in Hong Kong. Well worth the money!
Junk Boat Ride
The Star Ferry is a comfortable ride with indoor seating should you want to relax and take in the view from a window. You may even order some wine and snacks. Junk boats are very cool to look at but they can be choppy. The views of the skyline are what you’re paying for so make sure you have stability on the boat to get that great shot of the Hong Kong skyline at night!
Hong Kong Heritage Museum
This statue of Bruce Lee at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum is just the tip of the iceberg if you are a Bruce Lee fan. They have a whole exhibit on his life!
Hong Kong History Museum
Hong Kong Heritage Museum is the perfect place to go if you want to learn about Hong Kong and still have time in your day to do other activities. Not only that, it has a huge Bruce Lee statue outside of the museum which saves you from visiting the statue on the other side of the island. The Bruce Lee exhibit is an incredibly well done exhibit, that follows his life. You’ll also learn about the history of Hong Kong fishing villages, opera and art. It is expertly curated, giving you a well-rounded experience of the heritage to this distinctive country.
Temple Street Market & Ladies Market
Depending on what you’re looking for Ladies Market wins in shopping and Temple Street wins in food. Ladies Market had much more variety in merchandise while Temple Street was lined with restaurants. Be warned: Temple Street has some sketchy areas and the food is shockingly expensive.
Bus to Victoria Peak and views on Victoria Peak Galleria
Take the bus to the top of Victoria Peak to skip the lines of the train. It’s really cheap and convenient.
Trolley to Victoria Peak and views on The Peak
You have to consider that many peaks in Hong Kong will give you a beautiful view of the city because Hong Kong is that beautiful. Both of these options will give you a great experience but if you want to save time and money by skipping the lines and fees of the trolley and The Peak, you can take a bus to the Victoria Peak Galleria which has free views on top of the shopping mall. Make sure, whichever you choose, you go on a clear day as the fog can get so intense all of the harbor is hidden.
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