Five Must See Attractions in Hong Kong
While Hong Kong might not be part of the British Empire any longer, it’s still a popular destination for British travelers who want to experience Asian culture in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. A lot of travelers who booked a trip to Shanghai through Expedia make sure it is a part of their itinerary to see this side of China.
The trouble is, there is so much to see in Hong Kong that it can be hard to plan an itinerary and make sure that you see all of the highlights of the city. Use this handy guide to the top five must-see attractions in Hong Kong, though, and you’ll leave knowing that you saw the absolute best Hong Kong has to offer.
Victoria Peak. Take a tram to the top of this mountain, which is the highest in Hong Kong proper. While the ride will cost you about Hong Kong (HK) $36, the view at the top is well worth the expense. Victoria peak offers stunning views of the harbours and city of Hong Kong, but you can also shop in the adjacent shopping plazas, have a meal at one of the several restaurants, and visit Victoria Gardens, the former summer residence of Hong Kong’s governor.
Star Ferry. For spectacular views of the city from another vantage point, buy a ticket on the Star Ferry, which travels from the Central terminal to Tsim Sha Tsui, where most of the museums are located. At just about HK $2 per ticket, the ferry ride is an inexpensive, but memorable excursion in Hong Kong.
Ocean Park. Part zoo, part aquarium, Ocean Park is the place to bring the kids when you visit Hong Kong. With an amusement park—and roller coasters—on one side of the mountain, and an aquarium with sharks, exotic fish and more on the other, this amusement park is sure to delight the whole family. It’s also one of the only places to see pandas in Hong Kong.
Po Lin Monastery. Located on nearby Lantau Island, a popular day trip site, the Po Lin Monsatery is the home of the world’s largest seated Buddha statue. Weighing in at more than 250 tons, this Buddha can be seen from miles around, and attracts more than a million visitors each year.
Symphony of Lights. Combining lights, lasers, and music, this nightly spectacle in Victoria Harbour is the world’s largest light show. The best views are from Tsim Shaw Tsui, and best of all, the show is free.
Of course, before you see everything that Hong Kong has to offer, you need to get there. Air New Zealand offers cheap flights to Hong Kong from a number of major cities; for example, check out the London to Hong Kong deals here. Once you arrive though, you’ll be enthralled with all there is to do and see – and wonder why it took you so long to finally get there.
Sharon Slattery is a travel blogger who was raised in Hong Kong, but now calls southern California home. She encourages everyone to visit her home city and hopes to retire there as soon as possible.