Man Mo Temple is one of the popular places in Hong Kong. The old Hong Kong residents prayed for the God of Literature "Man" and the God of War "Mo" and this tradition has been retained until now. You can go to the altar to collect a box of prophecy stick. Shake the box until one of the sticks falls out – then go to one of the fortune-teller stalls and get to know your future.
This museum narrates the history of Hong Kong. Go through the eight rooms that range from prehistoric times to the hand-over to China in 1997. Here you can see everything from traditional Chinese clothes and an old reconstructed street from 1881 to toys from the 1970s.
Victoria Peak is an absolute must for visitors to Hong Kong – ascend 522 metres by tram and look out over the entire city, but do make sure that it is not a foggy day. Victoria Peak has always been an area for the propertied classes, and nowadays this also means that Hong Kong’s best promenade is to be found in the leafy, quiet area around the peak station. It is also here you will find one of the most iconic landmarks of Hong Kong, The Peak Tower that features Hong Kong's highest observation tower (the Sky Terrace 428), including the wax museum Madame Tussauds and the Peak Market.
Here you will find hundreds of species of birds and exotic plants in a beautiful setting filled with fountains and sculptures. On the West of Garden Road, which runs straight through the gardens, you will find a zoo with an impressive collection of endangered species.
Ocean Park is the largest theme park in Hong Kong and should not be missed. At this park they truly know how to entertain people of all ages and offer a wide range of different amusements. Have a closer look at the adorable animals, take a dizzy ride on the roller coaster or visit the magnificent aquarium and watch an animal show or see a variety of animal exhibits. Don't miss the cable car, this will be an extraordinary experience!
Since 1888, this oval, double-decker ferry has transported the residents of Hong Kong between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. Star Ferries does not only provide an insight into the day-to-day life of Hong Kong but also offers the cheapest and best views of the Victoria Harbour. There are four different trips, but the most popular is between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui.
If you go to Hong Kong you must go to Disneyland. A perfect place to enjoy a full day with family and friends. Here, dreams are brought to life for both the young and the ones young at heart. Meet your favourite Disney characters and spice up your day with parades and fireworks and try out all the different rides. The park is divided into seven main areas: Adventureland - into the heart of uncharted jungles Fantasyland - the "happiest kingdom of them all" Grizzly Gulch - look for gold and glitters in an abandoned mining town Main Street, USA - the picturesque boulevard of dreams Mystic Point - an mysterious rain forest Tomorrowland - like our dreams - is timeless Toy Story Land - a chance for you to become a toy
For great views over Hong Kong you should visit this 490 metre tall building, also called ICC. This is the tallest building with the highest indoor observation deck in town with four restaurants on the 101st floor. You will find the observation deck on the 100th floor, Sky 100, which offers magical panoramic views over the city.
At 20:00 every night, you can admire a dazzling multimedia show outdoors with laser lights in a multitude of colours; the show involves more than 40 buildings by the harbour. This is a beautiful and unforgettable experience that should not be missed when vising Hong Kong. The best views are along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront between the Avenue of Stars and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the promenade at Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai.
You will find the Big Buddha on Lantau Island which is the largest island in Hong Kong. Big Buddha is the world's largest seated outdoor bronze Buddha statue, which is more than 34 metres high. After the visit, head to the monastery nearby where you can eat a vegetarian lunch with the monks.
Hong Kong Science Museum opened its doors in 1991 and is truly a place where you can learn science in a fun way. The museum houses over 500 exhibits including the Energy Machine - the largest device of its kind in the world - and the DC-3 airplane (the first local airliner). There are also many games and activities suitable for visitors of all ages.
Ngong Ping 360 is the longest bi-cable ropeway in Asia and one of the top 10 cable car rides in the world that allow you to explore scenic Lantau Island and Tung Chung. Along the 25-minute ride, you will see Hong Kong Airport, the Tian Tan Buddha, seas and grassland from a new angle. Try the Crystal Cabin with a glass bottom to obtain a spectacular view. Don't miss out on the Ngong Ping Village to look for some Hong Kong souvenirs.
The street named after the first Governor of Hong Kong Henry Pottinger in 1854 is also known as "Stone Slabs Street" for its unevenly paved granite stone steps. Here, you can take ideal photos in the most iconic and attractive oldest street in the district. Besides, it takes around 10 minutes to walk from here to Hollywood Rood where the Central Police Station and Victoria Prison are located (these highlight the architecture of Hong Kong during the colonial period).
Let's travel back in time. Tai O once was one of the major fishing ports in Hong Kong. Because of its traditional stilt houses above the water, many have called it the "Venice of Hong Kong", though the smell of shrimp paste and dried seafood everywhere might break your fantasy of a romantic seaside village. The market, fishing boats, and age-old dwellings make Tai O a great place for photographers. Don't eat too much lunch, make some room for local snacks: egg waffles, big fish balls, tofu pudding, and grilled seafood.
One of the most famous temples in the city, as well as home to Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. The temple features colourful decor and is believed to help make wishes come true upon request, which partly explains its popularity. Also, don't miss out on the structures of the temple which represent the five Chinese elements, along with other areas of the complex, like Three Saints Hall and Good Wish Garden that are elaborately decorated.
Jumbo Floating Restaurant may look like a glorious mixture of Forbidden City and Las Vegas, but it is the right choice if you want to try out the floating restaurants of Aberdeen Harbor and the seafood cuisine of Hong Kong. The menu comprises a mixture of traditional Chinese food, with dim sum every Sunday morning.
Enjoy Hong Kong’s best view while dining at Café Deco, which offers an array of international specialties. Here, you can admire the view of Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour and, at the same time, eat superb seafood and grilled food dishes. From Thursday to Saturday there is a live jazz band playing here.
Located on the floor 56 at Island Shangri-La Hotel, Petrus is without a doubt one of Hong Kong’s best French restaurants with a magnificent view of the Victoria harbour. In a fine setting, you can enjoy contemporary French cuisine with an Asian twist, accompanied by wines from one of the most extensive assortments in Asia.
This little restaurant serves exquisite Cantonese home cooking such as dim sum, crispy chicken and crispy pork buns. Ask for the special menu of the season which has a dozen special dishes depending on the time of year. A popular restaurant among local businessmen.
Hong Kong’s cosiest restaurant was given a lift when it was refurbished by the designer Philippe Starck. At this fantastic, Art Deco-inspired restaurant with a spectacular skyline view, you can have modern European cuisine (anything from barbecued spareribs to lobster nachos) and it is all cooked with the freshest seasonal ingredients under the direction of Chef Yoshiharu Kaji. Dress Code: Smart Casual
This beautiful restaurant is located in a 3-storey village house nestled in the bay of Three Fathoms Cove outside Hong Kong. It has no fixed menu, as the chef decides on the day's menu depending on ingredient availability. They offer a 4-course lunch and a 6-course dinner. There are not a lot of tables, so make sure to book well in advance.
This is a vegetarian restaurant located within the Chi Lin Nunnery. It is open for the public and is situated behind a man-made waterfall within a garden connected to the nunnery. The restaurant offers great Chinese vegetarian meals. It is often very busy over the weekend, but no reservations are accepted - it is better to be there early. The nunnery itself is also a fantastic place to visit as it was built in the Tang Dynasty architectural style.
If you love dim sum, this is the place to visit. At restaurant Din Tai Fung you can indulge in various traditional Chinese dishes for a reasonable price. The restaurant is well hidden in a shopping centre, but worth searching for. The friendly staff serves quality food in a vibrant atmosphere.
Here you can enjoy an amazing view over the harbour while dining at this elegant restaurant located inside Sheraton Hotel. The restaurant offers fine dining, impeccable service and an award-winning wine menu. Also a great restaurant for family with children - there is a children's menu with tasty options.
Roast goose is one of Hing Kong's signature specialties, and Yat Lok Restaurant has been awarded Michelin One Star for cooking premium roast goose, which is served with Lai fun (a kind of Chinese noodle), or rice. The restaurant may have a higher price compared to others, but it is definitely worth to try their flavorful roast goose that will tickle your taste buds.
If you would like to experience the warm hospitality of old Hong Kong, Lin Heung Tea House is the place to be - it is one of the most famous traditional Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong since 1918. It stands as a local Cantonese tea house with good – and inexpensive – dim sum. Select the dishes you would like from the trolleys, which the waiters bring to the table.
This Cantonese restaurant is a local favorite where you can enjoy an inexpensive meal in a friendly atmosphere. There is a large variety of choices, some of which include dishes like noodles, congee and dumplings. The dumplings come especially highly recommended.
The most luxurious dim sum to be found in Hong Kong. The cream of Hong Kong society gathers in Heichinrou of Kwun Tong and Diamond Hill on public holidays to eat the exquisite, fancy dishes in elegant surroundings. The most typical cuisine is dim sum, or “yum cha” as it is also called (literally: “drink tea”). Dim sum is eaten as a kind of brunch and consists of a large number of fancy dishes, including, among other things: dumplings, fried vegetables, spring rolls and meatballs.
This hipster bookshop café lies next to Broadway Cinematheque and has a wide range of film-related books and magazines. It is embellished with posters, quotes, paintings, and CD covers. Surrounded by books and old wooden shelves, this comfy and quiet place allows you to enjoy your pasta, coffee, or sandwich in a relaxed atmosphere.
This Chinese bakery opened its doors in 1954 and now they operate more than 20 stores around Hong Kong. Loved by the last British Governor of Hong Kong, this is a place famous for its egg tart, which is a kind of custard tart pastry with a filling of egg custard. The freshly baked egg tarts are served differently depending on if the recipe is Chinese, Portuguese or English.
Tucked away in a quiet corner of Hung Hom, One Little Room is a little gem where you can have a cup of coffee surrounded by words; the wall literally is covered with book pages, torn from old books. While you are here, try the signature dish frittata or waffles together with cold drip coffee, which can all be enjoyed in a warm ambiance.
Amber Coffee Brewery is a simple but modern coffee shop located in the heart of the city where you certainly will get some good coffee. One of their baristas (Dawn Chan) is a 2-time winner of the Hong Kong Barista Championship and he came in 4th place at the World Barista Championship.
With the open kitchen on the first floor, you will find yourself staying in a warm and unrestrained place. There is no designated menu, but along with the savory Japanese dishes and homemade desserts, the food here will definitely "feed your nerves". On the second floor, you can buy postcards, handicrafts and accessories with simple and neat designs.
A café designed on around the concept of travel, The Alchemist Cafe Bistro is the perfect place for travellers, where all guests are free to read from their collections of travel books in a warm and relaxed environment. While you get inspired for your next trip, enjoy high-quality western cuisine or just a cup of coffee.
Conveniently located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, Delaney's Kowloon has brought a piece of Ireland into Hong Kong's nightlife since 1995. Choose from the ground floor’s very popular Irish pub in black and white, or the restaurant and sports bar on the floor above, with its rustic quality Irish pub food.
Dragon-I serves Japanese and Chinese fusion cuisine during the day but in the evenings, it turns into a nightclub. Have a drink with Hong Kong’s film and pop stars in this small but cosy designer club in Soho. It may be difficult to get into Dragon-I, but it is well worth the effort. For those who don’t manage to squeeze in, an alternative is happy hour from 5pm to 9pm on Wednesdays to Fridays.
Take the elevator up and prepare yourself for a wow-moment! The city skyline view from up here is just amazing and the bar is decorated in contemporary chinoiserie with beautiful turquoise and gold patterned floors. The Eyebar is a perfect place to have an evening drink (try their signature cocktail the ‘Suzie Wrong’).
All-day dinning and fancy cocktails in a sophisticated ambiance - this is what you can expect at MO Bar. The interior designer for this bar, Adam Tihany, specialises in luxury spaces and it is easy to tell by the way this unique bar is designed. The clientele is largely bankers and celebrities who know what they want and where to get it.
Tai Lung Fung does not really follow the style of the other bars, but has its own unique flair. Do you want to have a taste of the good old days in Hong Kong of the 60-70s? It is located just by the historic Blue House cultural centre, and the decoration is all made up of post-war items.
Looking for a world-class experience? Then head over to Quinary - no 41 in World's 50 Best Bars and no 6 in Asia's 50 Best Bars in 2016. Sip on award-winning cocktails that offer multi-sensory enjoyment - it is playful, innovative, somber, soothing and exotic at the same time. Allow this chic bar to put a perfect end to your day with their excellent service and magical drinks.
Boba Bear is a hookah lounge in Soho with bubble tea inspired cocktails. Shisha comes with fancy glowing light with various choices of flavours; if you are not sure which one works best for you? Ask the staff for a popular mix. Remember to arrive early, or expected to stay in line for a while. Another Boba Bear Shisha bar is in Causeway Bay.
Tired of colourful cocktails in this vibrant city? If you are in the mood for beer, TAP is the place for you. TAP gets their menu updated seasonally, always keeping visits feeling fresh. Their craft beer, either brewed in Hong Kong or imported from around the world, is well worth your effort to get into this busy place.
This bar lives up to its name: a good place to hang out with friends all night long. Eight in-house rock bands, their live music after happy hour with a dance floor is undoubtedly a highlight. Yet, if you would like to have a heart-to-heart over beer, wine, or cocktails till dawn, the sound-proof door prevents you getting distracted from the conversation.
This centre has three floors and seventy retailers with nothing but computer products which are frequently cheaper if you look in the Tsim Sha Tsui district. MCC provides up-to-standard service and professional advice. Have an eye on their events and promotions, you may find some related special offer, such as movie tickets redemption.
A half an hour bus-ride from the city is the sandy beach at Stanley with its famous market. Here you will find some Chinese style souvenirs, such as key rings of Chinese food bowl, embroidery shoes, and calligraphy, and it is an easy way to get a a little grain of sand between your toes into the bargain.
Another well-known market is Temple Street Night Market, which got its name from Tin Hau Temple on the same street. This is the perfect place for anyone looking for clothes and watches. In the northern part of the street you can eat anything from simple noodle soup to fancy Chinese dishes.
This plaza is adjacent to Kwai Fong Plaza and Metroplaza. It is a favourite haunt of teenagers and young adults in search of cheap clothing, beauty products, fusion snacks and special drinks at the best price. If you are a budget traveller, you must bookmark this amazing place.
As the largest shopping center in Causeway Bay district, Times Square features more than 230 shops selling mid-priced to luxury brands, accessories, fashion, toys and electronics, as well as a supermarket, along with more than 20 restaurants serving Chinese, Western, Japanese, Korean cuisine.
The largest outlet shopping mall in Hong Kong, Citygate Outlets is located next to the Hong Kong Airport and near The Ngong Ping 360. Here you will find more than 80 international brands with discounts of30%-70%. Check-in with one of the largest outdoor kinetic fountains in Asia at the gate.
The biggest shopping mall in Mong Kok features more than 200 shops and tends towards young fashion trend mostly . It is a Hong Kong shopping hot spot for locals and tourists. You can find stores of cosmetics, skin care, boutique, fashions, etc here and enjoy live shop on the 12th floor of the mall.
Are you a big fan of shopping? You may consider having an empty luggage with you. Here's the largest shopping centre in Hong Kong featuring 450+ shops and stores, located along the Victoria Habour. This vast plaza is not a maze but you would definitely forget your way out. There are five sections: Gateway Arcade and Ocean Centre: Luxury brands. Ocean Terminal: Kids & Toys, Sportswear, Cosmetics. Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel Arcade: Lane Crawford, Cinema. Star Annex: the bookshop Eslite
Dragon Centre is where the locals would always love to go and shop , searching their favorite items in reasonable price in this shoppers' paradise of Sham Shui Po. The vibrant shopping mall has the largest number of sales kiosk in Hong Kong, wide collections of chic knick knacks and accessories especially for ladies. It also featured an indoor ice skating rink and an arcade centre.
As designed with the five Chinese elements of water, fire, earth, wood and metal by world-renowned Benoy, Elements provides brands from middle price to luxury of accessories and cosmetics products, as well as large variety of fashion brands. The mall also has the largest organic food supermarket in Hong Kong. The mall is linked with the city's tallest building- International Commerce Centre. Here you can get to sky100 and explore the impressive view of Hong Kong Island and Victoria Habour.
Upper Lascar Road is known as Cat Street, was named during the open trade of Hong Kong in the beginning stage. As a street featured antiques, it is a fantastic place to find treasures for different ancient stuffs and gifts. Here, you can also discover and bargain in traditional art crafts, like silk products, embroideries and jade.
Hong Kong’s airport was previously in the city centre and it was an experience to fly in among the skyscrapers. But the new airport is still a major sight. Feted as one of the most ambitious engineering projects ever, this large airport really is proof that the construction of an airport is a prestige project and a work of art, too. The British architect, Sir Norman Foster, has described the building as homage to travellers in modern times. The new high-tech airport lies a little way outside Hong Kong, but the Airport Express leaves every twelve minutes from 5.50 - 24.48 and takes you downtown in 24 minutes. A number of public buses also take you into the city. At the airport there is also an Airport Ambassador Programme and a Costumer Service Centre you can turn to for more information and help.
The clean and modern MTR, the tube, is often the quickest way to get around. A smart way is to buy an Octopus Card which can be used on most of the local buses, trains, trams, and ferries. You can buy the Octopus Card at any MTR Customer Service Centre and Airport Express Customer Service Centre. You can reload the card at any convenience store, supermarket, or Add Value Machine at the station. If you do not want it as a souvenir, return it to the centre and get the refundable deposit. You can also buy a one-day card on MTR, or a Airport Express Travel Pass for any 3 consecutive days of unlimited rides on the MTR with Airport Express. The bus fare depends on how far you travel, but remember that you need the exact amount or an Octopus Card to pay. There is also a small minibus which is a mix of taxi and bus and takes slightly longer but might take you closer to where you want to go. Trams are also a pleasant way to get around.
It is cheap and simple to travel by taxi in Hong Kong – just flag down the first taxi that comes down the street. The colour of the taxi indicates its geographical area. Red taxis are for most of Hong Kong, except Tung Chung Road and Lantau Island South. Green taxis are for the New Territories. Blue taxis are available on Lantau Island. All taxis provide service to the Hong Kong International Airport.
There are around 600 pharmacies in Hong Kong. If you want to see a pharmacist, look for the "Rx" sign with a red cross outside the pharmacy. You can also get medicine at Mannings, Watsons, or any convenience store. SOS International Alarm +852 2528 9900 For general enquiries and advice, call +852 2300 6555 or go to Hong Kong Central Hospital, 1b Lower Albert Road, Central, Tel +852 2537 8441.