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20 Must-Visit Attractions in Hong Kong

Take a trip to Wong Tai Sin Temple for a strike of good luck
Take a trip to Wong Tai Sin Temple for a strike of good luck | © Marginon / Alamy Stock Photo
Home to seven million people, 260 islands and more super-tall skyscrapers than any other city on the planet, Hong Kong is an immense destination in every sense of the world. Overwhelmed? Start with these 20 Hong Kong attractions.

Star Ferry

Historical Landmark
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Star Ferry, Hong Kong | © Prisma by Dukas Presseagentur GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo
These humble vessels have been chugging their way across Victoria Harbour since way back in 1880, giving visitors an unrivalled view of the water, skyscrapers and mountains beyond. Plenty of tourist cruises zoom around the harbour, but the Star Ferry costs relatively little for the same mesmerising vistas.
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Temple Street Night Market

Market
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Temple Street Night Market does swift trade after dark | © Kim Lo / Culture Trip
When the sun slinks below the horizon, the stall holders in the Jordan area begin their haggling. Night markets aren’t as common in Hong Kong as they are in other parts of Southeast Asia, which is what makes Temple Street so popular, selling traditional Chinese street food alongside all the typical trinkets and souvenirs.
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Family Friendly

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Outdoors

Victoria Peak

Park
Hong Kong, China - 6 April 2015: Tourists looking at Hong Kong Skyline from Victoria Peak
Tourists snap souvenir pictures of the skyline from Victoria Peak | © Marc Bruxelle / Alamy Stock Photo
Among the first things you need to add to your Hong Kong to-do list is the Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island. The cool mountain air made Victoria Peak the city’s most exclusive area during the old colonial days, but the uninterrupted view of the spellbinding skyline is the main attraction today. The historic tram is the most scenic – and exertion-free – path to the top.
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Symphony of Lights

Architectural Landmark
A Symphony of Lights show in Hong Kong
The Symphony of Lights show illuminates Hong Kong | © Ivan Nesterov / Alamy Stock Photo
Every visitor needs to get themselves to Victoria Harbour at 8pm of an evening, when this dazzling light show illuminates 40 buildings on either side of the water. With the Guinness World Records recognising the Symphony of Lights as the world’s largest permanent light and sound show, it’s easy to understand why a visit to watch the Symphony of Lights is consistently among the most popular things to do in Hong Kong.
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Atmosphere:

Touristy, Outdoors, Instagrammable
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8:00 pm - 8:10 pm
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8:00 pm - 8:10 pm
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8:00 pm - 8:10 pm
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8:00 pm - 8:10 pm
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8:00 pm - 8:10 pm
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8:00 pm - 8:10 pm
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8:00 pm - 8:10 pm

Man Mo Temple

Architectural Landmark
Mo Man Temple, Hong Kong
Mo Man Temple in Hong Kong | © Jose Vilchez / Alamy Stock Photo
Sitting on Sheung Wan’s Hollywood Road, this incense-scented temple is a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle outside. Dedicated to Man Cheong, god of literature, and Mo Tai, the god of war, the elegant Man Mo Temple is always well populated by students cramming for their exams.
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Ladies Market

Market
Ladies market in Hong Kong
Ladies market in Hong Kong | © Carlo Bollo / Alamy Stock Photo
Mong Kok is renowned as the busiest district on the planet, and you won’t disagree when you’re trying to navigate your way through this busy market. Tung Choi Street, or the Ladies Market, is a one-kilometre span of markets peddling everything from cosmetics to clothing. Prices are negotiable for talented hagglers, of course.
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Atmosphere:

Crowded, Touristy

Tian Tian Buddha

Buddhist Temple
The Tian Tan Big Buddha statue on Lantau Island in Hong Kong, China
The Tian Tan Big Buddha statue on Lantau Island in Hong Kong, China | © Paul Brown / Alamy Stock Photo
Tian Tian Buddha – better known simply as the Big Buddha – is one of Hong Kong’s biggest drawcards… literally. Standing 34 metres (112 feet) high above the Po Lin monastery, the enormous statue brings a stream of visitors to this quiet corner of Lantau Island. Catch the Ngong Ping cable car over forest, water and mountains to the summit.
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Wan Chai Heritage Trail

Market, Museum
HONG KONG - MAY 30, 2018: Blue house building in Wan Chai Hong Kong
Blue House building in Wan Chai Hong Kong | © Thomas Eversley / Alamy Stock Photo
Wan Chai may be infamous for its red light district, but there’s more to this part of Hong Kong Island than its reputation suggests. This two-hour walk through the Wan Chai neighbourhood – formerly an R&R port for British sailors – takes in historic sites like the Blue House, Pak Tai Temple, the old post office and the Wan Chai Market.
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Tsim Sha Tsui

Architectural Landmark
People at Tsim Sha Tsui at sunset.
Visit Tsim Sha Tsui at sunset for beautiful views across Hong Kong | © Ivan Nesterov / Alamy Stock Photo
The southern point of Kowloon offers more than just a great vantage point of Victoria Harbour. Stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade to check out the A-list statues along the Avenue of Stars, the imposing Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the colonial-era Clock Tower.
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Repulse Bay

Natural Feature
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Repulse Bay Beach is one of the prettiest sandy stretches in the area | © Kevpix / Alamy Stock Photo
The name isn’t exactly appealing, but just wait until you lay your eyes on this golden stretch of sand. Named after a 19th-century battle where the British army repelled invading pirates, Repulse Bay is now one of the city’s most exclusive areas thanks to its gorgeous beach on the southern edge of Hong Kong Island.
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Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

Buddhist Temple, Monastery
Golden Buddha statues along the stairs leading to the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery and landscape with green trees in the background in Hong Kong. Ho
Golden Buddha statues line the stairs up to the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery | © Oleg Upalyuk / Alamy Stock Photo
Although the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is one of Hong Kong’s must-visit attractions, the name is misleading. One, it’s not a real monastery – no monks live here. And two, it contains way more than just 10,000 Buddhas. Sitting on a hilltop high in the Sha Tin countryside, this is one of the most eye-catching religious sites you’ll ever see – the 400-step stairway to the top is flanked by countless golden Buddha statues, each with their own unique pose and expression.
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Nathan Road

Architectural Landmark
Looking down on a busy Nathan Road from Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong
Looking down on a busy Nathan Road from Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong | © Paul Rushton / Alamy Stock Photo
Nathan Road – nicknamed the Golden Mile – is the spine of Kowloon, linking the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront to Sham Shui Po in the north via 3.6 kilometres (2.2 miles) of malls, temples, eateries and jostling crowds. High-end shoppers will find Hong Kong’s glitziest boutiques on nearby Canton Road.
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Lan Kwai Fong

Architectural Landmark
Walkway and buildings at Lan Kwai Fong, in Hong Kong.
Lan Kwai Fong is the place for a night out in Hong Kong | © Jon Bilous / Alamy Stock Photo
No trip to Hong Kong would be complete without a boozy night in Lan Kwai Fong. This small square of streets in the Central district contains almost 100 bars and restaurants, including everything from Hong Kong’s trendiest restaurants to the city’s most raucous nightclubs. SoHo, Wan Chai and Knutsford Terrace are other top spots for a night out.
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Golden Bauhinia Square

Park
Hong Kong. 25th June, 2017. People visit golden bauhinia square on Sunday June 25, 2017. Various celebration events are planned for the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong hand over from Britain to China. Credit: Sun Yeung/Pacific Press/Alamy Live News
Golden Bauhinia Square | © PACIFIC PRESS / Alamy Stock Photo
On the other side of the harbour, this golden sculpture is one of Hong Kong’s most recognisable landmarks. Sitting outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on the Wan Chai waterfront, this perpetually blooming flower marks the site where this territory was handed over to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 1997.
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Hong Kong Disneyland

Amusement Park
Hong Kong China 18 January 2007 The Disneyland parade travels down Main Street to the delight of all visitors to the theme park
The Disneyland parade travels down Main Street to the delight of visitors to the theme park | © Sean Heatley / Alamy Stock Photo
The Magic Kingdom has made its way to Hong Kong, bringing Mickey and his gang to Lantau Island. Unleash your inner child at all the old Disneyland favourites like Space Mountain and It’s A Small World After All, as well as new thrill rides like the Iron Man Experience and Star Wars: Tomorrowland Takeover.
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Tai O Fishing Village

Market, Park
Tai O fishing village, Lantau island, Hong Kong China Chinese
Tai O fishing village, Lantau island, Hong Kong | © Peter Horree / Alamy Stock Photo
This part of Lantau Island is about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the soaring skyscrapers of Victoria Harbour, but it feels like it’s on a different planet. The locals in Tai O have built their homes on stilts above tidal flats, best seen on a boat tour of this traditional fishing village, where you might even spot a rare pink dolphin if you’re lucky.
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Happy Valley Racecourse

Stadium
Happy Valley Racecourse in Hong Kong
Happy Valley Racecourse in Hong Kong | © DBURKE / Alamy Stock Photo
Since the British converted some Hong Kong Island swampland into a racecourse in 1845, Happy Valley has been one of the world’s most legendary horse-racing venues. Punters from every corner of the globe converge on Hong Kong for a flutter during race season, which runs from July to September.
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Hong Kong Park

Park
Small beautiful pond at Hong Kong Park with turtles on the rocks. Hong Kong, January 2018
Hong Kong Park is full of wildlife including turtles | © Francesco Bonino / Alamy Stock Photo
This man-made landscape is a natural oasis in the midst of Hong Kong Island’s concrete jungle. Built in Central in 1991, Hong Hong Park is home to water features, an aviary housing 80 species of birds, a green house, the Hong Kong Visual Art Centre and the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware.
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6:00 am - 11:00 pm
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6:00 am - 11:00 pm
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6:00 am - 11:00 pm
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6:00 am - 11:00 pm
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6:00 am - 11:00 pm
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6:00 am - 11:00 pm
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6:00 am - 11:00 pm

Ocean Park

Aquarium, Park
Panda and monkey statue at Hong Kong Ocean Park
Hong Kong Ocean Park has attractions for all ages | © Hoi Tung Wong / Alamy Stock Photo
Three decades before Disneyland came to town, Ocean Park was Hong Kong’s original amusement park. Sitting on the south side of Hong Kong Island, Ocean Park combines rollercoasters with exotic wildlife – marvel at the aquarium and meet the resident pandas Ying Ying and Le Le before testing the laws of physics on the Whirly Bird and the Hair Raiser.
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Wong Tai Sin Temple

Buddhist Temple
Good Wish Garden, within Wong Tai Sin Temple Hong Kong, China
Visit the Good Wish Garden within Wong Tai Sin Temple | © Peter Horree / Alamy Stock Photo
This large temple complex was rebuilt as recently as 1968, but you wouldn’t know it when you’re gazing at ornate structures like the Hall of Three Saints, the Good Wish Garden and Confucius Hall. This Kowloon temple is dedicated to the Taoist god Wong Tai Sin, who is believed to bring good luck in the horse racing – so maybe pop in before you visit the Happy Valley Racecourse.
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This article is an updated version of a story created by Matthew Keegan.

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