Hong Kong is known the world over as a glamorous city and a top choice for luxury shopping. But this city-state is steeped in culture and history, and has a lot more to offer than mouth-watering dim sum and an impressive skyline.
Find out what to see and do and discover the best places to visit with our list of top attractions in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Skyline
Hong Kong has one of the most impressive and recognizable skylines in the world. The dense collection of skyscrapers, both on the island of Hong Kong and in Kowloon, combined with the surrounding mountains and harbor set this city apart. In the harbor, traditional red-sailed Chinese junk boats and the historic Star Ferry contrast sharply with the backdrop of modern high-rises.
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
You haven’t seen the best of Hong Kong until you’ve taken in the skyline from Victoria Peak, more commonly known as The Peak. Ride the tram to the top of this scenic viewpoint to see the skyscrapers, bustling city, harbor, and surrounding islands.
Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha Statue)
The 34-meter-high “Big Buddha” sits above Lantau Island’s Po Lin monastery, which was a fairly secluded place until the statue was built in 1993. This is one of the largest Buddha statues of its kind in the world and took 12 years to complete.
Wong Tai Sin Temple
The Wong Tai Sin Temple is one of the newest in Hong Kong and also one of the most interesting. Located in Kowloon, the original temple was a private structure built in 1920. It was later replaced with a newer building in 1968, which is what visitors see today.
Temple Street Night Market
A stroll through the Temple Street Night Market is another one of those all-important things to do while you’re in Hong Kong. Located in Kowloon, this is the place to go to taste eclectic foods and to shop for bargains on everything from clothing and trinkets to electronics and household goods.
Repulse Bay and the Beaches
The beach at Repulse Bay is the most popular in all of Hong Kong, with beautiful views and a great place for swimming, although it’s very non touristy. A day spent here is complemented with the luxury and style typical of Hong Kong itself.
Tai O Fishing Village
A visit to Tai O village offers an experience you won’t find anywhere else in Hong Kong. Although it is a popular place to visit for tourists, it is a far cry from the busy city, crowded markets, and theme parks.
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, located in Sha Tin, offers a beautiful and peaceful escape from the bustle of central Hong Kong and a look at the countryside. Set on a hilltop, the main access to the monastery is reached by walking up a long and curving set of stairs (approximately 400 steps), lined with hundreds of golden statues.
Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden
This Buddhist temple dates to the 1930s but was rebuilt in the 1990s in traditional Tang Dynasty style. The structures are all made of wood, and the large complex is incredibly impressive.
Man Mo Temple
As you stroll down Hollywood Road, you will smell the incense from the Man Mo Temple long before you see the building. The temple was built in 1847 and is often remembered for its smoke-filled interior, where incredible coils of burning incense hang from the ceiling. Here, worshipers pay tribute to Man, the god of Literature, and Mo, the god of War.
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