For a first trip, we would like to know the things to do in Hong Kong so as not to miss anything but above all to get an idea of Hong Kong.
In this list, I have listed only ten things that I find interesting to see and visit during a first stay in Hong Kong. This is a list that I have built according to my affinities in travel, there may be some things that will interest you and others not or less…
This list is obviously not exhaustive because there are really a lot of things to discover in Hong Kong I can assure you. I list below the main tourist attractions to see in Hong Kong, to discover other activities I will tell you about them in other articles .
1. Avenue of Stars
In Tsim Sha Tsui , at the water’s edge, there is an alley that has been laid out to pay tribute to the great names of local cinema . I find it amusing to have your fingers photographed in the footprints of stars like Stephen Chow or Maggie Cheung and many others unfortunately during my stay, this avenue was under construction and inaccessible.
2. Hong Kong Jockey Club
I love horses and horse racing. If like me you are a fan of this, then go for a ride in a racecourse is worth it. Hong Kongers are big fans of games and especially horse racing. We go there for the atmosphere and why not bet? Don’t make the same mistake as me, to attend the horse races you have to go there on Wednesdays at the Happy Valley only otherwise you won’t see anything. I had already planned something else!
3. Lan Kwai Fong
Lan Kawai Fong is one of the trendiest places in Hong Kong. There is a lot of entertainment with a dozen bars and clubs. During my stay I went there during the day when it was calm and in the evening it is another universe crowded with people.
Every evening at 8 p.m., the panorama of Hong Kong Island seen from Kowloon lights up. On the agenda: resounding music and play of light that underline the elegance of this seafront.
4. International Finance Center (IFC)
In Hong Kong, we do a lot of shopping. There are two towers, one of which is 88 floors with more than 200 brands represented and direct access to the airport. I find it very convenient if you want to do your shopping and then go straight to the airport.
5. Lady’s Market
Tung Choi Street is an open-air market. You can really find everything there for cheap. Products for tourists such as “I love HK” t-shirts, sunglasses, Disney suitcases… It can be fun to take a look around out of curiosity and even do some shopping for your loved ones. Everything is for sale in the alleys of this corner of Mongkok.
6. The Symphony of Light
Every evening at 8 p.m., the island of Hong Kong seen from Kowloon lights up. There is a beautiful nighttime light show that should not be missed as it illuminates over 40 skyscrapers located over the bays of Hong Kong and Kowloon. To enjoy the music you have to go in front of the Hong Kong Cultural Center in Tsim Sha Tsui and on the promenade of Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai every evening at 8:00 p.m.
7. Repulse Bay
Repulse Bay is a big beach, bold architecture, lots of restaurants and cafes etc. This allows you to take a short break during your stay in Hong Kong away from the noise and hectic streets. I couldn’t go there because December is not the ideal time, if you go, let me know.
8. Star Ferries
Star Ferries are age-old ferries that have operated between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon since 1888 . We prefer to take it during the day to avoid the noise of Hong Kong. I preferred to take the metro to save time but know that it is an alternative to the metro between these two stations
9. Tian Tan Buddha
There is a 34-meter-tall large Buddha in a seated position that is worth going to see. It is located on Lantau Island. This Buddha is a bronze construction which is only accessible by a staircase. Go visit it and you can also enjoy a visit to the Buddhist monastery of Po Lin as well as a visit to the Wisdom Path by following the hiking trails a few kilometers away.
10. Victoria Peak
This place is also called Mount Austin, but it is better known as Victoria Peak or “The Peak” . By going there, you have a panoramic point of view on the island of Hong Kong. To get there, it’s not very complicated, on the other hand to have an apartment well oriented on the heights in this area the price per square meter is a little high!
I have been to the Peak twice. The first time I took the famous tourist tram to go up and down on foot and I went back the second time this time in the evening by taking a bus to go up and down.