Hong Kong is an eclectic city with lots to do! From our recent experience in Hong Kong, here are 5 things that everybody must do when visiting this lovely city.
1. Take the Peak Tram up to Victoria Peak
The view of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak is stunning, and the easiest way to get there is via the funicular railway called the Peak Tram. Originally operated only for residents, it opened in 1888. It is a public tram so has a number of stops before reaching Victoria Peak.
Our best advice is to wait for the next tram if the current tram is full because standing would be extremely uncomfortable due to the steepness of the ride. As well, sit on the right side for views of Hong Kong as the tram makes its way up. As you go up, you’ll find that your head gets messed with as it looks like the buildings are tilted at a 45 degree angle!
At the top, you can pay to go into the Sky Terrace 428 for 360 degree views of Hong Kong, but this is also unnecessary as there are stunning free views! Lion’s Pavilion is the classic spot of Hong Kong.
If you want to walk 20 minutes, Lugard Road Lookout is another amazing spot for views. Do make sure you stay until the lights on the buildings come on – it is truly magical!
2. Watch A Symphony of Lights show
A Symphony of Lights is an impressive light and sound show that holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s most prominent light and sound show and includes 42 participating buildings on Hong Kong Island.
The show runs daily at 20:00. The best viewpoint is from Kowloon Public Pier on Kowloon.
Be sure to also watch our YouTube video for a full A Symphony of Lights show!
3. Have dim sum at the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant, Tim Ho Wan
Tim Ho Wan is a restaurant chain that started in Hong Kong and now has 46 locations in 7 countries around the world. It’s known to be the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant with several locations in Hong Kong.
4. Take the Star Ferry from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island
Star Ferry is a ferry service operator with its main route going across Victoria Harbour. It offers great views are you cross the water.
Sit on the left side of the ferry to get the best views of Hong Kong Island’s skyscrapers.
5. Take a ride on a double-decker tram on Hong Kong Island
The double-decker trams on Hong Kong Island are unique in that this is the world’s largest operational fleet of double-decker trams.
These narrow electric trams run on Hong Kong Island between Kennedy Town and Shau Kei Wan. Sit at the top in the front for a relaxing way to view Hong Kong Island.
What would you like to do most in Hong Kong? Do you have any additional experiences to add? Let us know in the comments!