Top Kid-Friendly Attractions in Hong Kong



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Guide written by Diana.

Hong Kong has long been a favorite stop-over for fashionistas on a shopping binge, but great airport infrastructure and location have also made it a popular stop-off point for travel from Europe or America to Asia, and a great place to bring families on business trips.

With several years of road-tested experience of my own toddlers and hordes of visitors with kids of all ages, here are a few of the highlights, assuming a fairly short stay of a few days to a week.

After several requests from families on 6-24 hour layovers in Hong Kong, we’ve developed a few short Hong Kong visits you can do in a day.

Note: Be sure to read the Day Notes for the kid-friendly details on recommended attractions.

Ciao Bambino provides tips and advice around all things related to traveling with kids and is a guide to the best kid friendly hotels.

Author: Ciao Bambino!


Day 1 - Hong Kong


Dim Sum/Ocean Park

Dim Sum

Hong Kong’s most globally recognized cuisine. At City Hall kids can also try lots of new items which they can pick out from the passing carts plus old stand-bys like fried rice for fussy palates. My kids love steamed meatballs and hargow (shrimp dumplings). Rainbow jelly squares and mini egg tarts for dessert. Big kids in need of a culinary adventure can order jellyfish and chicken feet.

Follow this with a short bus ride out to the local theme park. Ocean Park is the preferred theme park of choice for Hong Kong cognoscenti, either out of national pride or a general relief that the rides there won't incur three years of investment in related merchandise. They have dolphin shows, a great Panda, a gondola over the mountain and plenty of rides from the baby choo-choo train to train ride of death roller coasters.


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Hong Kong City Hall

Location:

Edinburgh Place
Central
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: +852 2921 2840
fax: +852 2921 2821


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Ocean Park

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Location:

Ocean Park Road
Aberdeen, Hong Kong Island
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: 852/2552 0291
fax: +852 2554 2089


Day 2 - Hong Kong


Tram/Hong Kong Park/Victoria Peak

Locally referred to as the “ding ding”, the double-decker electric tram runs from one end of Hong Kong Island’s waterfront to another at the speed of a snail so you can see most of Hong Kong as you go. Hop on and take the tram to the stop in front of Pacific Place mall and follow the signs up in to the Hong Kong park, which sits on the hilltop above.

Hong Kong Park is where most of us locals take their children when the weather is nice and we have to get out of our tiny apartments. They have walks along and under waterfalls with turtles basking on the rocks, an aviary and children’s playground. Just up the road is the Zoological and Botanical Gardens, a small gem with exotic birds and monkeys. In the early morning there are free classes in tai chi offered through the Hong Kong visitors association.

Across an overpass from the Hong Kong Park is the Peak Tram station at the St. John’s Building. This fabulous old tram is one of the first modes of transportation in Hong Kong and is still one of the steepest trams in the world.


Victoria’s Peak has lovely views and restaurants and cafes to restore yourself and your family. Entertainment includes Madame Tussards, where you can take a picture with Bruce Lee, and an Electronic Arts game zone for bigger kids. There is a paved, stroller-friendly walk around the Peak Loop (~2hrs) with views around the entire island on a clear day.


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Peak Tram

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Location:

Garden Road
Peak Tram Terminus
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: +852 2849 7654
fax: +852 2849 6237


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Hong Kong Park

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Location:

Admiralty
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: +852 2521 5041
fax: +852 2537 1236


3

Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens

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Location:

Albany Road,
Central
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: +852 2530 0154
fax: +852 2537 1207


4

Victoria Peak

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Location:

No. 1 Lugard Road
The Peak
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: +852 2849 7654
fax: +852 2849 6237


Day 3 - Hong Kong


Ngong Ping/Big Buddha

The Big Buddha is just a stone's throw from the airport, making it a fun excursion on a layover or an all day adventure in to the hills of the New Territories. You can take the airport express train to Tung Chung and ride the cable car up 25 minutes to Ngong Ping village where you can also have lunch at either the temple or several alternate options. After, climb the many steps up the Big Buddha for spectacular views of the countryside. For the very adventurous, Ngong Ping just introduced the Crystal Cabin with a glass bottom.


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Big Buddha

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Location:

Ngong Ping Plateau
Lantau Island
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: +852 2805 1234


Day 4 - Hong Kong


Hong Kong Disney

Few of us consider going to Paris solely to see Euro Disney until we have children. The nice thing about Hong Kong Disney is that there is a bit of Asian magic to the place to make it unique – a Chinese restaurant near Mickey Mouse House that serves steamed custard buns with Mickey silhouettes, a large Asia section on the It’s a Small World Ride and a nod to the Great Wall and Mulan during the fireworks. The park is smaller than its international counterparts, so good for younger kids but a potential disappointment for older kids who have seen the other parks. They are scheduled to expand the park in 2010/11.


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Hong Kong Disneyland

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Location:

Disneyland, Sunny Bay
Lantau Island
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: 852/1 830 830


Day 5 - Hong Kong


Kowloon and Museums

I often think the museums for kids in Hong Kong pale in comparison to those I’ve visited in New York or London but on a hot or rainy day, they are a godsend and some are great teachers of Hong Kong history for older kids. Most of them are in Kowloon so add on a ferry ride across the harbour and you have a nice day.

The Star Ferry has been an institution since 1880 and brings you between Central on Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon side, where most of Hong Kong’s museums are.

The Space Museum is always fun for kids, with buttons to push, telescopes to look through, and computer quizzes to test what they've learned, not to mention the films featured in the Stanley Ho Space Theatre. In the Science Museum, more than half of its displays are hands-on, and there's also a special play area for children between the ages of 3 and 7. Don’t miss the second floor with the big airplanes hanging from the ceiling.

Across the Plaza is the Hong Kong Museum of History, with life-size replicas and models that bring the history of Hong Kong to life.

At night, Kowloon features a magnificent view of the harbour and a light show at 8pm every night.


1

Star Ferry

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Location:

Star Ferry Pier, Edinburgh Place
Edinburgh Place
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: +852 2367 7065
fax: +852 2118 6028


2

Hong Kong Space Museum

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Location:

10 Salisbury Rd
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Complex; Tsim Sha Tsui
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: 852/2721 0226
fax: +852 2311 5804


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Hong Kong Science Museum

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Location:

2 Science Museum Rd
Tsim Sha Tsui East
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: 852/2732 3232
fax: +852 2311 2248


4

Hong Kong Museum of History

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Location:

100 Chatham Rd. S
Tsim Sha Tsui East
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: 852/2724 9042
fax: +852 2724 9090


Day 6 - Hong Kong


Hong Kong’s Great Outdoors

Most families don’t think of the great outdoors when they think of Hong Kong but it is a series of lush, tropical islands where kids can see many new flora and fauna they might not get back in their home country. If you'd like to sample the 80% of Hong Kong that hasn’t been developed, go to the New Territories. Great options for kids include the Hong Kong Wetland Park with a comprehensive visitor center and boardwalks through wetland habitats. The Kadoorie Farm is a local farm where children can see what kind of plants (bok choy, anyone?) are grown in the local environment. They have a café there and are well versed in tours for children. It’s a very popular day trip for school children.


1

Mai Po Marsh

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Location:

Near Yuen Long, Deep Bay
Deep Bay
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: +852 2652 0285
fax: +852 2651 0276


2

Kadoorie Farm and Botanical Gardens

Location:

Lam Kam Road
Pak Ngau Shek
Hong Kong, China

Contact:

tel: +852 2488 1317
fax: + 852 2488 6702


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