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Ah, Hong Kong! That almost perfect distillation of East and West. All too often we hear people say that they don't wish to go to Hong Kong Disneyland, as there is little to do there. Say what you will about the Disney park, but comments like these completely ignore the vibrant island city that is just outside. As Hong Kong is so geographically compact, you can either stay at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and go exploring, or stay where you like and head out to Disneyland via the excellent public transport system. Either way, for such a compact nation, there is a lot to do.

 

Please note that the following is by no means a comprehensive list of things to do in Hong Kong, nor is it even a list of other things to do on Lantau Island. We are merely providing this page as a list of possible suggestions of other things you might want to check out during a short stay in Hong Kong.

 

Key Attractions

 

Po Lin Buddha

Po Lin Monastery

Located on Lantau Island, the Monastery also hosts the  Tien Tan Buddha Statue on Ngong Ping, which is the largest sitting bronze Buddha in the world. The Ngong Ping 360, a skyrail taking you to the nearby village, makes it even easier to explore. NB: On 12 June 2007, the skyrail was temporarily closed pending an accident investigation.

   
Nathan Rd

Nathan Road

Formerly known as the 'Golden Mile' following the Second World War, this major road runs from Tsim Sha Tsui through to Mong Kok in the Kowloon area, and is still one of the most visited shopping districts in the world. Aside from all the shopping, you'll also notice such famous landmarks as the Peninsula Hotel and the Chungking Mansions as you make your way along the busy street.

   
Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak

Over on Hong Kong Island, there is probably the one must-do thing while you are in Hong Kong - go to the top of Victoria Peak. While not the highest mountain in the territory, at an altitude of 552 m, it is the highest on the island. However, half the fun is getting up there. Take the Peak Tram to the top, and you'll feel as though you are literally clinging to the side of a mountain as you ascend and descend on this funicular railway. Once at the top, you can enjoy the Peak Tower and Galleria shops and markets, which also includes a Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. However, the main reason to go up there is to enjoy some spectacular views, and on a clear day you can almost all of Hong Kong!

   
Ocean Park

Ocean Park

Another theme park is probably not the first thing you think of when we say 'key attraction', but we know what kind of crowd we are pitching to. Besides, Ocean Park is much more than another theme park and Hong Kong Disneyland's biggest rival. Split into two main areas on Hong Kong Island, the famous cable cars offer one of the best views in the city between the two main parts of the park. Thrill seekers will find joy in The Abyss Turbo Drop; The Dragon rollercoaster; The Flying Swing; The Eagle; The Mine Train and the Raging River to name a few. A more leisurely pace can be found on one of the world's longest escalators, as well as the bird; panda and seal enclosures found within the park. Of course, it wouldn't be an 'Ocean Park' without an aquarium, and you could spend hours just looking at all the thousands of creatures that inhabit this realm, from the tiniest of fish through to the biggest of sharks, also found in a separate Shark Aquarium. Disney has a genuine rival here! Visit the Official Site for more details.

   

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Other Attractions

Museums

Museums and Galleries

There are a number of prominent museums and galleries in Hong Kong, many of which can be found in the Tsim Sha Tsiu area of Kowloon. Some of the more prominent includes the distinctively-shaped Hong Kong Space Museum, which is situated right next to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Hong Kong Museum of Art (pictured) on Salisbury Road.

   
Night

Hong Kong at Night

Hong Kong during the day and night are almost two completely different cities. While Hong Kong is always a bustling metropolis, there seems to be an intensity to the city at night that is as bright as the plethora of neon that illuminates the city when the sun goes down.  It is definitely worth taking at least one shopping excursion at night, as you are likely to find more street-side bargains during the evening. Another thing worth doing is taking a trip on one of the ferries at night, as viewing Hong Kong from the water at night is definitely a sight to behold.

   
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Getting Around

 

Octopus Card

Octopus Card

Before you do anything in Hong Kong, you are going to want to get yourself one of these little guys, the most valuable purchase you can make. Essentially a rechargable 'smart card', after an initial outlay and some cash top ups (HK$150 with an initial value of HK$100 for a standard adult card), you will have a contactless card that allows you to easily hop on and off almost every piece of transport in the city, as well as making purchases for smaller goods in most convenience stores.

   
Ferry

Ferries

Almost an attraction by themselves, these little workhorses known as the Star Ferry carry a whopping 70,000 passengers a day! It is the quickest way to get from Tsim Sha Tsui (Kowloon) to Central (Hong Kong Island), although there are other routes as well or you can simply enjoy the harbour views. The best part is that it only costs about HK$2.50 for the average trip (or approximately $US0.30)!

   
MTR

MTR

From virtually any MTR station in Hong Kong, you can connect to almost anywhere in Hong Kong through the network. Apart from the Airport Express Line, the current system comprises 6 lines, running over 83.7km through 51 stations. Don't forget your Octopus card! Check the official site for routes and timetables.

   
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Shopping & Dining

 

Shopping

Shopping Districts

Nathan Road is the most famous, but mythical Heart of Shopping is in Causeway Bay, which includes the 13-storey Japanese department store Sogo and the Times Square complex. Bargains galore are to found in Mong Kok markets. Streetside bargains include tailored suits and bootlegged handbags and watches.  Wherever you go, there are major shopping centres and malls (such as Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui). Excursions out to the New Territories are also worth a look for bargain hunters.

   
Food Eating & Drinking

If you are staying in the city or venture out, there is a wealth of choice. In Tsim Sha Shui, for example, the streets are all densely packed with eateries. This may be the better option if you are looking for an 'authentic Asian experience'.

   
 

Dim sum is a popular local delicacy, and the series of carts these can be found on is probably not to dissimilar to the Sushi train phenomenon that has caught on in the West.  Naturally, seafood is everywhere.  If you want to splurge you can always dine out in places such as Lan Kwai Fong, Soho or Knutsford Terrace.

   
  Western franchises such as McDonalds are also easy to find, as well as the odd 'up-market' franchise such as the Hard Rock Cafe (in Kowloon). If you want something with a more Western flavour, most of the major shopping malls have food courts with a variety of different options, both for the carnivores and vegetarians.
   
Ned Kellys Last Stand For a drink or four, we are all Australian and can't look past Ned Kelly's Last Stand on Austin Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. A popular local beer is called Tsing Tao, a light and fruity beer. There are plenty of places to drink yourself dry in Hong Kong.

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Things to Do

 

  • Buy an Octopus card!
  • Spend a relaxing morning at a free Tai Chi class
  • Shop until you drop...then pick yourself up and shop some more!
  • Take the tram up to the top of Victoria Peak
  • Catch a ferry or ride the MTR - even if you don't have to!

 

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