Guide to the Best Things to Do in Hong Kong | Hong Kong Pass

One of the busiest cities in the world, there's plenty to see and do on your visit - discover things to do in Hong Kong with our travel guide.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned local, there’s rarely a shortage of things to do in Hong Kong. From markets and tourist attractions to the best views of the city, can’t-miss tours and more, we’ve rounded up some of the best things to do in Hong Kong to give you a taste of this unique world city.

The Peak
A must-visit for any Hong Kong visitor, the Peak Tram is an icon of old-meets-new Hong Kong. Opened in 1888, the Peak Tram has remained largely unchanged for over a century – ferrying people up and down the mountainside from Central up to the Peak on the electric funicular. Once at the top, don’t miss the unobstructed panoramic views of Hong Kong, the harbour and Kowloon from the Peak Sky Terrace. As the highest point on Hong Kong island, the Peak has long been considered one of the city’s most exclusive (and expensive) neighbourhoods; attracting wealthy European residents in the early 19th century looking to escape the hot and humid climate at sea-level. There are also plenty of walking trails around the Peak where visitors will come across historic structures such as the Gate Lodge as well as viewpoints such as the Lions Point View Pavilion and Lugard Road Lookout.

A short walk across the road from the Peak Tram Central terminal is the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens. Built in 1860, it’s the oldest park in Hong Kong and one of the oldest botanical centres in the world. Home to a vast range of monkeys, reptiles, birds, flowers and plants, this tranquil oasis is tucked in the middle of one of Hong Kong’s busiest districts and entry is free, which makes for a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle.

Stroll along Caine Road and you’ll find the mid-levels escalator; the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world, it covers over 800m and ascends over 135m from bottom to top. Providing a link between the residential Mid-Levels area with Central’s business district, it’s a comfortable and convenient way to get around Central without having to step foot on the busy city streets. Lined with restaurants, bars and shops as it traverses from the top of Mid-Levels down through Soho, across Hollywood Road, through the old Central market and straight into IFC and the Central piers, it’s a must-visit when in Hong Kong.

At first glance, Central may appear to be a modern business district, however there are still traditional pockets to be found all over the neighbourhood. Graham Street Market is one of the oldest operating street markets in Hong Kong. From fresh fruits and traditional butchers to flower stalls, dried seafood and more, the market stalls stretch uphill and are always buzzing with people.  Looking for a traditional bite to eat in the area? Head to one of the many traditional dai pai dongs on Stanley Street, Mee Lun Street, Elgin Street or Staveley Street. Quintessentially “Hong Kong”, these open-air food stalls serve a range of dishes from congee, noodles and rice to Hong Kong-style sandwiches, milk tea and more.

Hop-on Hop-off bus tour
Hong Kong is a unique city; home to modern skyscrapers, traditional temples, busy markets, relaxing beaches and bustling city streets. One of the best ways to discover Hong Kong is with on a Hop-on Hop-off bus tour. Scenic and stress-free, Big Bus Hong Kong offers three sightseeing routes around Hong Kong Island and Kowloon’s main neighbourhoods, stopping along top attractions and landmarks including Man Mo Temple, the Peak Tram terminal, Ocean Park, Tsim Sha Tsui clock tower and waterfront promenade, ICC, Central Pier, Stanley Market, Repulse Bay beach and many more – it’s a fantastic introduction to a bustling city unlike any other and one of the best things to do in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Southside
Many visitors are surprised to find out that Hong Kong Island is home to a number of beautiful beaches, located less than 30 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong’s Central District is Hong Kong’s Southside beaches including Repulse Bay, Deep Water Bay and Stanley. Walk along Repulse Bay beach, grab a bite to eat at one of the many fantastic beachfront restaurants along The Pulse and be sure to explore the Tin Hau temple and beautiful Kwun Yam statue at the end of the beach.

Stanley is traditionally known for its bustling market where visitors can pick up keepsakes, souvenirs, textiles and more, as well as the beautiful waterfront promenade, which is filled with restaurants, bars and cafés looking out into the South China Sea. One of the best ways to get to and from Stanley is on an Aqua Luna cruise. Board the traditional wooden junk boat from either Central or Tsim Sha Tsui and relax as you hug the coastline down to Hong Kong’s southern tip.

Star Ferry harbour cruise
When you imagine Hong Kong, you invariably picture that iconic harbour front skyline. Stunning skyscrapers and high-rises set against a beautiful green backdrop of rolling and rugged hills, it’s one of the most recognised and best-loved skylines in the world. Since 1888, Hong Kong’s iconic double-decker Star Ferry has shuttled passengers across Victoria harbour from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon, and to this day it’s still one of the best ways to take in the harbour views.

Located across the harbour from Hong Kong Island is Kowloon peninsula and the Star Ferry will bring you into Tsim Sha Tsui pier. A popular metropolitan hub, Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) is home to shops, hotels, restaurants, bars and public museums including the Space Museum, Cultural Centre, Science Museum, Museum of Art and Museum of History. Located next to the pier is the historic Clock Tower, which is all that remains of the former Kowloon-Canton Railway terminus. Stroll along the waterfront promenade, take in stunning views of Hong Kong island across the harbour and explore the popular Avenue of Stars – Hong Kong’s Hollywood Walk of Fame (currently being renovated, expected to reopen in February 2019).

For a more traditional taste of Hong Kong, head up to Mong Kok and Prince Edward. Here you’ll discover some of Hong Kong’s most popular markets. Shop for gifts, souvenirs, traditional trinkets and more at Mong Kok’s Fa Yuen Street (also known as Ladies Market); stroll through the traditional Bird Market in Prince Edward and discover beautifully crafted bird cages as well as amazing birds for sale; next door you can take in the scents at Hong Kong’s flower market where you can walk through streets after streets of florists and flower stalls; and finally Goldfish Street Market cannot be missed – discover a whole street of tropical fish and goldfish vendors.

Wherever you go in Hong Kong, you’ll find mixes of old and new; traditional and modern; city and greenery, so use this as a starting point to discover some of the best things to do in Hong Kong.