Top ten things to do in Hong Kong

Events, Nightlife, Things to Do — By Shirley Yau on April 5, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Hong Kong tourism experiences give you the opportunity to share in and learn about the world’s oldest living culture meeting the newest Western cultures. Here are the top ten things to do in Hong Kong that provide you with a different way of gaining a perspective into the amazing world of Chinese culture.

Take part in the Round the Peak walk.
One of the major tourist attractions of Hong Kong. With some 7 million visitors every year, it offers amazing views of the city and Victoria Harbour. It has two shopping malls, the Peak Tower and the Peak Galleria. The Peak Tram is the best experience to get there, a 45 degree steep climb from Garden Road Central.

Lan Kwai Fong and Soho
Hong Kong’s most popular area for a night out. Boasting numerous bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants, it is a popular choice for well-off Chinese yuppies, expats and tourists for night to remember. The Soho area consists of restaurants of different cultures and backgrounds, bars, nightclubs, art galleries. The area attracts a huge crowd during big occasions such as Halloween and New Year’s Eve.

Happy Valley Racecourse
The home of horse racing since the first race ran in 1846. Offering huge computerised betting and broadcasts live on big screens. Night racing with an instant success when introduced in 1973. The Hong Kong Racing Museum at the racecourse provides stunning facts and history of the sport.

Cheung Sha Wan Road Fashion Street and Ap Liu Street
A definite local flea market to pick up not just reasonable export sample clothing at wholesale prices, but also to experience true old Hong Kong street markets. All knock off fashion clothing for people with a lower budget.

Temple Street Night Market
The second most popular market to Ladies Market Tung Choi Street selling various items such as clothing, electronics, luggage and hardware, all for men and women. Hawkers don’t start to assemble their stalls until 12pm and don’t start to pack up till midnight. Well next to the market are food stalls, selling noodles, seafood and other snacks.

Symphony of Lights
A spectacular show across 40 buildings on Kowloon and Hong Kong side, with laser beams, colour light and live music played from the Cultural Centre celebrating Hong Kong’s energy and spirit. The show starts every night at 8pm. Best viewed from the Star Ferry pier.

Wong Tai Sin Temple
It is one of the smokiest temples located in the heart of Kowloon, over 18,000 square metres. Wong Tai Sin temple is known to fulfill all your dreams and wishes. It is surrounded by traditional buildings and decorated beautifully making it a visit to remember.

The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery
Big Buddha was flown over to Hong Kong and opened in 1993, seated at 34 m high and weighing over 250 tons, making it one of the biggest attractions. Po Lin Monastery in contrary represents the Buddha’s past as well as countless other scriptures. Both are located on Lantau Island.

Cheung Chau Island and Lamma Island
The second and third biggest respectively in Hong Kong with a population altogether of about 36,000 people. Temples, monuments, hiking trails and alfresco seafood dining are located there as a perfect break from urban Hong Kong. Bikes are just about the only form of transport around Cheung Chau and Lamma.

Bowen Road
Here’s a local pick and an off the beaten path end to the top ten things to do in Hong Kong apart from the standard fare. The beautifully paved path in the mid-levels area with rare and alternative views of the Victoria harbour and of Hong Kong skyline. Perfect for jogging and for a walking through lush tropical foliage that not many know about.

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