Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China. It has one of the largest ports in the world, and is one of the leading financial centres of Asia and the world. It is a fusion of Eastern and European cultures. Sometimes this city is called the Asian New York.
Hong Kong has a population of over 7 million in an area of only 1104 square km (420 square miles). The name Hong Kong means ‘Fragrant Harbour’. Its weather is very warm in the summer and cool in winter with high humidity all the year. Yearly rainfall is about 240 cm (95 inches)
Here is a list of some fun things to do in Hong Kong we think will be of interest to anyone visiting this vibrant city.
1. Star Ferry
No visit to H.K is complete without a cruise on Victoria Harbour. You can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee sitting inside the air-conditioned vessel or you can sit outside as you take in the amazing skyline. Special harbour tours are also available day or night.
The highlight of things to do in Hong Kong at night is to see the ‘Symphony of Lights’, a wonderful display of laser lights that illuminate the buildings of the city. Ferry bookings can be made at Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier or at Central Pier 7.
2. Nan Lian Garden
This is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle for a while. The beautiful garden opened in 2006 and covers an area of 3.5 hectares (8.75 acres). The garden is beautifully landscaped and features wonderful ponds, bonsai trees, rock formations and even a waterfall. The address is 60 Fung Tak Road, Diamond Hill.
In the same area is the Chi Lin Nunnery, a Buddhist temple that is open to the public daily and well worth a visit among things to do in HK.
3. Ocean Park Hong Kong
Opened in 1977, this theme park is one of the most popular in the world. Covering about 90 hectares (225 acres) it boasts more than 40 rides including 4 roller coasters. This is not only a park for rides because it has many different things to see. There is an aquarium with over 5000 marine creatures.
An area with different Asian animals includes the Giant Panda. There is another area with animals such as penguins, walruses, seals, and more. So if you are pondering what to do in HK, go to this fantastic park, which can be located at Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong Island.
Located on the 100th floor of Hong Kong’s tallest building, The International Commerce Centre, this observation deck gives wonderful views of the city. The deck is 393 metres (1300 feet) above sea level. There is a gift shop and cafe too. This building is in the top 5 tallest buildings in the world.
It’s open from 10.00am to 9.00pm daily and located at 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon.
5. Big Bus Tours
If you still doubt what to do in HongKong, take a Big Bus Tours. Undeniably it’s a great way to see the sights there. Big Bus Tours operate three different routes. The Kowloon Tour (blue route) will take you through Kowloon and surrounding areas. The Hong Kong Island Tour (red route) will drive through the northern part of the island.
The Stanley Tour (green route) will take you to the south of the island to such places as Aberdeen and Repulse Bay. There are several pick up points on each route and the time taken for each route is about 90 minutes.
6. Lantau Island
Lantau Island is twice the area of Hong Kong Island. Despite civilization there are still tracts of virgin forest. Almost half of the island is made up of parks. There are beaches too, that were used for fishing in ancient times.
On Lantau Island you will find Hong Kong International Airport, which has been voted one of the worlds best. It is the 11th busiest airport in the world.
Tsing Ma Bridge was built to link the airport and Hong Kong. It’s one of the longest suspension bridges in the world and the longest suspension bridge capable of handling trains.
If you decide to visit Lantau Island things to do here are visiting Hong Kong Disneyland, the Po Lin Monastery and Tai O village.