Our Guide to Top Hong Kong Attractions | Hong Kong Pass

From markets and historic landmarks to temples and more, there's so much to see when visiting HK. Discover top Hong Kong attractions that should be on your bucket list with our guide.

Hong Kong is a beautifully diverse place, filled with sky high buildings and bustling beaches, and it makes it one of the best global escapes to do a bit of everything. With so many things to do and no end of Hong Kong attractions to see, figuring out what to do can be a daunting task and so we’ve put together a guide to Hong Kong sightseeing highlights. Read on for more...

Big Buddha / Po Lin Monastery

Spare a day for a visit out to Ngong Ping Village, a remote village located on Lantau Island. Hidden amongst Hong Kong’s lush green mountains, this peaceful spot is home to a number of the biggest Hong Kong tourist attractions including Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery. Easily accessible by a Hong Kong cable car system called Ngong Ping 360, slowly travelling over the mountains and the South China Sea as the Big Buddha comes into view is one of the most magical experiences you’ll have in the city. Take the bus from the terminal there down to Tai O Fishing Village, a totally unique experience in which you’ll be able to get a taste of old Hong Kong and see the traditional homes built on stilts.

Victoria Peak

Given that Hong Kong’s a pretty tall city, it’s worth going to one of the highest vantage points on the main island to take it all in. The Victoria Peak is a stunning place to be on a sunny day, especially if you fork out a little extra and head to the Sky Terrace 428 at the Peak Tower. With a number of restaurants and even Madame Tussauds, it’s a beautiful place to unwind and drink in the iconic Hong Kong skyline and Victoria Harbour from above. If you’ve got a pair of great walking shoes with you, we’d highly recommend hiking up from Central as it’s not too difficult and features breathtaking vistas over the city. The Victoria Peak Tram is unmissable as it’ll take you up or down a steep incline from the comfort of a vintage mahogany tram.

Star Ferry

If you’re thinking about visiting Tsim Sha Tsui to walk the promenade and see the postcard perfect Hong Kong skyline, you should consider taking the Star Ferry. The deep green and white ferry dates all the way back to 1888 and remains a charming way to get across the water, plus it’s one of the best ways to take a photo of Hong Kong island with the IFC and Bank of China dominating the skyline. You’ll be able to take the ferry from either Central ferry terminal or the Tsim Sha Tsui terminal, though we’d recommend taking it from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui as the port opens up onto Harbour City, the main promenade and the Hong Kong Convention Centre.

Mid-Levels Escalator

Easily the most budget-friendly on the list, the Mid-Levels escalator is one of the best ways to get from downtown Central to IFC or Soho. Spanning 800 metres and a 135 metre climb, it’s one of the longest covered escalator systems in the world and includes over 20 escalators and travelators. If you’re thinking of heading up to PMQ, Soho’s many bars and restaurants or the newly opened Tai Kwun space, it’s a great way to get up Hong Kong’s hills without breaking too much of a sweat. Fun fact: scenes from Batman’s The Dark Knight film were set here.

Man Mo Temple

Situated on Hollywood Road in Sheung Wan, walking distance from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong's Central business district, in the midst of the city's dining hub, Man Mo Temple should be on your must-visit list of top Hong Kong attractions. Built in 1847, it's the largest temple dedicated to the God of Literature (Man) and the God of War (Mo), in Hong Kong. Take a break from the city streets, wander under the giant hanging incense coils and explore this Grade I historic building and Declared Monument. If you want to learn more, join a Hong Kong Walking Tour of Central and Sheung Wan and discover the city's history and hidden gems with an expert tour guide. 

Ocean Park

Travelling with children or just want to jump on a rollercoaster? Hong Kong may be small, but it’s home to two fantastic theme parks which both offer a very different experience. Most locals tend to be Ocean Park loyalists, the city’s oldest running theme park with an eco-education focus, thoughtful cultural touches and better thrill seeking rides - however if you’re keen on taking things slow it’s also home to a breathtaking aquarium, panda sanctuary and penguin exhibit. 

sky100 Observation

Get a birds-eye view of Hong Kong and the harbour at the sky100 Observation Deck. Located 393 metres above ground on the 100th floor of Hong Kong's tallest building, the International Commerce Center (ICC) in West Kowloon, it's the tallest photo spot in the city, offering sweeping 360° views across Victoria Harbour and out across the Kowloon peninsula. 

Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

Why limit yourself to just one or two of Hong Kong's hotspots when you can take them all in while learning about the city with a Hop On Hop Off bus tour with Big Bus Hong Kong! With over 20 stops across Hong Kong island and Kowloon on three different tour routes, visitors can discover Sheung Wan, Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Kowloon and Island Southside.