Whenever you feel an appetite for roast pork belly or boiled chicken with ginger scallion sauce, this classic Hong Kong restaurant should be at the top of your list. Open all day at an affordable price point.
Repulse Bay is one of the city’s most beloved beaches, boasting soft sand and easy public transit access. Each night a Symphony of Lights illuminates its waters to add an unforgettable ambiance. Hanoi to Hong Kong flights are now available through Cathay Pacific flights.
Tai O, known historically as Tanka, is home to an intimate community that has mostly managed to avoid commercialization and exploitation from outside forces. Furthermore, this hidden corner of Hong Kong stands apart from modern life as a haven of tranquillity and serenity.
Village is known for its stilt houses (known as pang uks) and bustling street markets selling dried fish, shrimp paste and xo sauce. It’s also an excellent spot to see Chinese white dolphins which are fast disappearing due to pollution and overfishing of Hong Kong waters.
For Tai O, take either the MTR to Tung Chun station or ferry from Central Pier No. 6. When in Tai O, consider taking a sampan tour around its villages for an exclusive glimpse of daily life here – it costs only $20HK per person! Attractions here include the Xoong Feng Temple, Kwan Tai Temple and Yeung Hau Temples as well.
Ocean Park is Hong Kong’s premier theme park, featuring world-class animal attractions, thrilling rides and fun activities for everyone to enjoy. Additionally, as part of its corporate social responsibility initiatives it donates a portion of ticket prices towards wildlife conservation programmes around the globe.
Visitors can explore nature by following the Expedition Trail and spotting exotic tropical species like toco toucans and red-eyed tree frogs. At the Grand Aquarium, they can witness up close 5,000 marine creatures including scalloped hammerhead sharks and reef manta rays.
An exploration of Old Hong Kong gives visitors an intimate experience of Hong Kong culture and cuisine, featuring replicas of Edinburgh Place Ferry Pier’s clock tower, heritage tramcars, and rows of Tong Laau-style apartment buildings. Here you can sample local street foods as well as classic booth games. Old Hong Kong also serves as the backdrop for festive park events!
Happy Valley Racecourse
Horseracing is the main draw, typically held from September through early July. When not hosting racing nights, the inner field serves as football, rugby and hockey pitches for public use.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Archive and Museum (also referred to as the Hong Kong Racing Museum) was established in 1995 and officially inaugurated on 18 October 1996 at Happy Valley Stand on the second floor. Comprised of four galleries: Origin of Our Horses depicts how horses traveled early migration routes from northern China; Shaping Sha Tin is dedicated to chronicling construction of Hong Kong’s first hippodrome; while Understanding Horses displays Silver Lining’s skeleton.
Happy Valley can be easily reached via tram from Causeway Bay and minibus 30 along Lan Fong Road. Uber taxi is also an option; Time Out readers can get 20% off by entering code TIMEOUTHK22 into their Wallet section of their app.
Lamma Island is one of Hong Kong’s coolest outlying islands, featuring no cars, old-fashioned buildings, beautiful hiking trails and picturesque coastal scenery. Lamma is popular with seafood restaurants, families and hikers who appreciate its relaxed hippie atmosphere.
Start your day right by starting it right at Hung Shing Yeh Beach’s palm-tree beachside cafe, known for serving hot beverages under palm trees. Locals love visiting here in the morning for breakfast – enjoy dim sum and toast while watching life go by!
For an outdoor adventure that will stretch your legs, join the Family Walk Pathway – a six-kilometre loop starting in either Yung Shue Wan or Sok Kwu Wan and ending at Fisherfolks Village at Yung Shue Wan where local fishermen showcase their expertise, then seek blessings at Tin Hau Temple (Goddess of the Sea) in the nearby hamlet.
Hong Kong Space Museum
Hong Kong Space Museum, situated on Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, is one of the top tourist spots. Renowned for its distinctive egg-shaped hemispherical structure and opened in 1980, this landmark attraction draws both children and adults.
The Space Museum features two main exhibition halls, Cosmic Hall and Space Exploration Hall, which house interactive exhibits that teach about astronomy and space exploration programs, along with cutting-edge materials, stunning lighting effects, and environmental decorations. These halls can also host remarkable special exhibitions.
Hong Kong Space Museum stands out with a planetarium equipped with an OMNIMAX film projector – making it the first planetarium in Hong Kong to do so! – and featuring two multi-media shows per year at Space Theatre situated beneath its dome. Additionally, east wing contains Hall of Space Science workshops offices while west wing holds Astronomy Lecture Halls as well as gift shop.
Kowloon Walled City Park
Once one of the world’s densest areas, Kowloon Walled City Park is now an open park that welcomes all. Visitors can walk amongst reconstructed ruins for an insight into what life was like during its peak population period and find restored Qing Dynasty buildings.
Designated as a Hong Kong monument, the 31,000-square-meter park resembles Jiangnan gardens of the Qing Dynasty in design and layout. With eight landscape components to represent different aspects of Walled City history such as Yamen building remnants and remnants from South Gate restoration projects, its 8 landscape components will continue to tell its incredible tale.
Visit the outdoor display area and six exhibition rooms within Yamen to gain more insight into its history. A shadow wall and model of the Walled City can also be seen here.
Hong Kong Railway Museum
At Tai Po Market railway station lies this museum that chronicles Hong Kong’s rich train history. Featuring an exhibition gallery, old ticket office and signal cabin as well as antique artifacts and train models to illustrate their development, this facility showcases Hong Kong railways from their inception until today.
Tian Tan Buddha is one of the city’s premier attractions, featuring an enormous bronze statue that stands as one of the largest statues ever seen anywhere. Due to its size and spiritual significance, this monument must be visited.
Man Mo Temple
Location: Hollywood Road This atmospheric temple with its golden hues and red coils of incense is a visually arresting treat and offers a peaceful space to connect to spirituality in Hong Kong’s bustling Central district.
Built between 1847 and 1862, this Grade 1 historic building stands as a breathtaking tribute to both Man, God of Literature (Man), and Mo, God of War (Mo). A popular spot among students to pray for good grades during exams as well as writers to ask the gods for literary success, this picturesque shrine serves as an oasis of peaceful devotion that offers students and writers respite from everyday worries.
Wander through the halls and marvel at carved wooden panels, ornate ceramic figurines, plaster moldings, murals and murals adorning each hall. As you stroll, stop to smell the pungent incense hanging overhead as well as enjoy its tranquil ambiance – the temple is open daily from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple is one of Hong Kong’s most visited shrines and represents three major religions in China – Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. Boasting an elegant architectural design of red pillars, paper lanterns and monumental arches.
Temple worshipers gather around its main altar to light jossticks and pray for miracles or good fortune, with its most bustling day being Lunar New Year Eve when there is an incredible melee of people, smoke, and fortune tellers at the temple.
Other places of interest at the temple include DaxiongBaodian (Grand Hall), Sansheng Hall, Nine Dragon Wall (similar to that seen at Beijing Summer Palace) and Good Wish Garden. To reach it by MTR take Wong Tai Sin station and exit B2. From there it is just a three minute walk; entrance is free. And the temple is open 24/7!
Chi Lin Nunnery
Are you in search of some peace and serenity amid this hectic city? Look no further than this incredible complex of temples, gardens and singing nuns designed by Tang Dynasty architectural techniques and made entirely from wood–no nails required!
Once inside, you’ll discover an idyllic lotus garden replete with geologically fascinating rocks, as well as tranquil ponds dotted with lotuses and meditative spots featuring statues of Sakyamuni Buddha and other bodhisattvas. This tranquil place also serves as home to temple halls housing these statues – providing the ideal opportunity for reflection!
Arrive early and beat the crowds for optimal viewing at this stunning temple complex, so that you can explore at your own pace. If you wish to avoid skyscrapers in the background, position your camera accordingly or head across to Nan Lian Garden for more picturesque scenes.