What to do in Hong Kong? or best things to do in Hong Kong? the most popular questions people asked me when I was traveling.
Hong Kong, is one of the most internationalized cities in the world. This is the Asia financial center, crowded by skyscrapers and 8 millions populations. This city always suits your needs. If you like shopping, Hong Kong has plenty of shopping malls packed with international brands. If you prefer sightseeing, there are historical and natural sites to explore. And one great news for all visitors is, there are endless local and multicultural restaurants with delicious dishes you would relish coming back again.
So, what to do in Hong Kong? Among all attractions, here are 10 things a local thinks you must do!
1. Go to History Museum
Before exploring a city, it is always better to understand its history. The Hong Kong History Museum has preserved many valuable photos and cultural objects related to history of Hong Kong. It features a permanent exhibition named “The Hong Kong Story” , which occupy an area of 7000m², showing history and development of Hong Kong.
2. Take a ferry and see the night view of Victoria Harbour
I have seen many beautiful night views of some Asian cities, but Hong Kong is still the most fascinating one for me. There are 2 ferry routes between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, which are Tsim Sha Tsui <-> Wan Chai and Tsim Sha Tsui <-> Central. The price is just HK$2.5 on Monday to Friday (week day?) and HK$3.4 on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday.
3. Taking Hong Kong Tramways
The tramways was founded in 1904, it is still operating after more than 100 years. The Hong Kong tramways system covered the northern part of Hong Kong Island. Simply take a ride and feel the old Hong Kong.
4. Eating Dim Sum
Hong Kong dim Sum is one of my favorite traditional foods. It is the number one of your must eat food list. Siu mai, steamed barbecued pork bun, steamed rice-roll, deep-fried meat dumpling…..they are so delicious. Okay, I will go to a Chinese restaurant after finishing this post. So, where to eat dim sum? Actually, there are so many Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong, you don’t actually need to follow your travel guide-book to taste these common dishes in Hong Kong. However, if you want to taste it in a more traditional way, I would recommend you to go to Lin Heung Tea House, which is a restaurant has more than 100 years history.
Lin Heung Tea House Location: 160-164 Wellington Street, Central
5. Eat in a Cha Chan Teng (茶餐廳)
Cha Chan Teng is fast food restaurant in Hong Kong style. Customer service is actually very “ordinary” but you can taste marvelous Hong Kong food and enjoy a meal in very local lifestyle.
Famous and recommended dishes: instant noodle soup with satay beef, rice with BBQ pork, Fried rice, Yangzhou style, fried rice noodles with slice beef, Fried instant Noodle with chicken…etc
6. Visit Cheung Chau Island
There are many Islands worth a visit, if you can only squeeze out a day to visit it, I would suggest you to pick Cheung Chau. It is located at the southeast of Lantau Island, you can enjoy delicious local food and a walk of historical sites. You can arrive Cheung Chau in 35-60 minutes by taking a ferry from Central. The Pak Tai Temple on Cheung Chau has more than 200 years of history. Moreover, the Cheung Po Tsai Cave, which was one of the stash houses of Robin Hood pirate Cheung Po Tsai in Qing Dynasty, is also a famous site seeing spot.
7. Visit a local wet market
Hong Kong local wet market has its unique culture. How do you buy a piece of beef in your own country? From a refrigerator with well packed meat? The meat store is a signature of a Hong Kong wet market which looks like this:
Try to take a walk inside the wet market or buy some fruits to experience local living style.
8. Draw divination sticks at a temple
In Wong Tai Sin Temple, you can get a lots container with hundreds of sticks. Every stick has a number, which can exchange a piece of paper bearing the same number. The locals will take this paper to a soothsayer to interpret his fortune. However, not every soothsayer can speak English or you don’t want to take it too serious, you may visit the homepage of Wong Tai Sin Temple, input your number and get English explanation of your number.
9. The Peak
Want to get a beautiful view of Hong Kong from a higher altitude? Take a picture from the Peak would be a decent souvenir. You will be able to see the view of Kowloon Peninsula and the northern and southern Hong Kong Island. You can either choose to take a bus or the peak tram to get there. The Peak tram has operated for more than 120 years and it only take you about 5-10 minutes for one way, I would recommend you to take the peak tram at least once. However, you may see a very long queue during the peak hours. To avoid long queuing time, I suggest you can do a fast visit to the peak in early morning.
10. Visit Stanley
Stanely, located at the southern part of Hong Kong Island. It is a small town with plenty of site-seeing spots such as beach, market, historical site and beautiful sea view. You can either sit down in a bar at the seafront or grab a drink and take a break at the pier after visiting the Murray House (A historical architecture built in 1844). A mini bus from Causeway Bay will take you to Stanley in 20-30 minutes.