Apr 25, 2018 Top Hong Kong Attractions
We sold our house to travel the world with our three kids ages 6, 4, and 1. We spent 7 days in Hong Kong and I personally think you could explore this city in 4 days. You can watch our Vlog HERE You won’t need a car to get around Hong Kong because their metro system is great and very inexpensive! For the Metro they use something called an Octopus Card. This is great for tourists and easy to use on all public transportation! They are largely a cash society if you are a foreigner who doesn’t have one of their credit cards the metro Octopus Card can be used in several shops, restaurants, and activities as a debit card! So make sure you put some extra cash on it because it is a very convenient method of payment all over Hong Kong.
I just have to add that Hong Kong is an incredible place to go shopping! I am talking really cheap and fun clothes that average $3-$7 dollars! Expect H&M quality. The catch? The majority of stored DON’T let you try anything on! Why? No clue. I’ll just say it’s cultural. So it feels like a double win when I spend $3 on a grey shirt that fits like a glove when I get it home!
Top Things to do in Hong Kong
Temple Street Night Market
This is just good fun shopping for souvenirs! When the sun goes down the street comes alive with thousands of stalls selling all and everything. Don’t be afraid to bargain and enjoy the atmosphere. It is worth seeing and experiencing!
Lantua Peak and Tian Tan Buddha Statue
This large bronze statue is a must see if you’re in Hong Kong. This 35 meter high statue is hidden away in the lush mountains and is accessible by a bus route or the much more scenic way by cable car. We took the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Cars up and the bus down. For the cable car you have the option of taking a regular car or a glass bottom car. We did the glass bottom and really enjoyed it. BIG TIP is to buy your cable car tickets online! It saves you a lot of time because the line for this can be long! At the top explore the Buddha statue and the Temple and Po Lin Monastery. Take your time, buy incense and offer prayers at the temple, look for the koi pond and other beautiful elements that are tucked away in the area.
Tai O Fishing Village
Is one of the oldest fishing villages in Hong Kong. The stilt houses and winding streets are full of culture and fish! It is straight down the mountain about 15 minutes from the Tian Tan Buddha Statue. We just hired a blue taxi that was sitting at the Buddha for around $5 USD. Once in the village there are a variety of water tours that take you to different parts of the village. We just meandered the city and the boardwalk for an hour or so then took the #11 bus straight back to where we first started at the cable car station.
The Peak Tram is a funicular railway that carriers you to the upper levels of Hong Kong Island. This offers great views of Hong Kong’s skyscrapers and harbors. There are plenty of restaurants at the top as well as great views to enjoy. *NOTE if you use your Octopus card you can skip the ticket line and purchase your ride up quicker!
This public park is great for kids and adults! It is the largest park in Hong Kong and full of activities. There are ponds full of flamingoes, a bird aviary, play grounds, garden mazes to run through. A unique attraction is a 100 meter long street with famous Hong Kong comic character figures that are larger than life! They are fascinating to see and read about for a little culture insight.
Wong Tai Sin Temple
You can’t go to Hong Kong without going into at least one temple! We did a few but if you only have time for one I recommend this one! It is home to three religions, Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. The building is beautiful and colorful. Buy some incense and say a little prayer for yourself and then head out from where the worshippers pray to the Fortuneteller booths. Make sure you find someone who can speak English and get your palm read! This is very insightful into their culture and possibly yourself as well.