Are you looking for places to visit in Hong Kong? It’s truly a diverse destination famous for its many skyscrapers, shopping, and delicious food.
I’ve been to Hong Kong many times, and I always find something new and interesting. However, to make your travel planning a bit easier, I have made this list of 25 Amazing Places to Visit in Hong Kong.
This will ensure that you get a diverse and exciting itinerary that includes popular attractions as well as off-the-beaten-path attractions.
One of the lesser known areas in Hong Kong, but well worth a visit, and not only for this iconic shot where the tram simmer on through the wet market.
North Point is a very genuine experience, and it’s also home to several Michelin-recommended restaurants (that are very cheap).
One of the world’s most densely populated areas. Mong Kok is fascinating in many ways, and I first experienced this crowded area as a backpacker.
Mong Kok is one of the cheaper places to stay in the city, but the standard is very low, and the rooms will be a maximum of 7 square meters. However, it’s a unique experience since you get crammed into skyscrapers that are home to thousands of people.
Strolling around at night is when the area really comes to life. When the neon signs are lit up, street food and restaurants are available in plenty and lots of shopping.
Mong Kok is definitely one of the most unique places to visit in Hong Kong, so don’t miss this place. You don’t have to stay here if you want a higher standard for your accommodation since it’s very easy to go there by metro or bus.
If you want to experience a slower paced Hong Kong, without the hustle and bustle and Skyscrapers, then you should go to Lamma Island.
The island is located just 20 minutes from Central, and it’s perfect for sunbathing, hiking, authentic food and to get the feeling of traveling back in time.
From the beginning, it was a traditional Chinese fishing village, and it’s still the same today, but it has also become a popular destination for a day trip or a relaxing weekend.
Not all visitors know that there is a Disneyland in Hong Kong. I have been there, and I must say that it was much less crowded than I expected, and everything was written in both English and Chinese.
The staff speaks English as well, so you won’t have a hard time understanding the shows and attractions. The entrance fee and ride pass is also cheaper here than in other Disneyland parks around the world.
Man Mo Temple
This centrally located temple pays tribute to the God of Literature (Man) and the God of War (Mo).
These were both worshipped by students wanting success in the civil examinations of Imperial China. For me, it was fascinating to see all the decorations and different kinds of incense.
Tai O Fishing Village
If you go to Lantau Island, you shouldn’t miss a visit to the Tai O Fishing Village, which is located on the western side of the island.
Tai O Fishing village is often nicknamed “The Venice of Hong Kong”, and here, you can feel the old vibes and indulge in some freshly cooked seafood dishes.
Nan Lian Garden & Chu Lin Nunnery
If you enjoy strolling around beautiful gardens, then Nan Lian Garden is one of the best places to visit in Hong Kong. Not only is it home to great gardens, but also to the Golden Pagoda and Chu Lin Nunnery.
Sham Shui Po
Another residential area where you get the authentic HK vibes is the colorful Sham Shui Po. The area is also well-known for its street food and electronic goods.
Don’t expect the fancy side of Hong Kong though, Sham Shui Po is a real working class neighborhood. However, you can expect friendly locals and Michelin-recommended noodles for less than 5 USD.
Temple Street Night Market
One of the most famous night markets in Hong Kong. It’s a great place to end your day of sightseeing.
This complex of high-rise buildings became famous after a scene in Transformers was filmed here. Since then it has become quite a famous and iconic attraction in Hong Kong.
I’ve been to this place several times, and there are 3 different complexes with a similar view and inner courtyard. I really recommend that you make a stop at some of the local restaurants located here, or why not go for a haircut at the local barber?
Do remember that this is a residential area, and people live here, or in fact, a lot of people live here, so please show respect and be mindful while visiting Montane Mansion.
Hong Kong is famous for many things, but paradise beaches are probably not what comes to mind at first among international tourists. However, there are in fact lots of beautiful beaches that offer a haven from the busy city life.
Repulse Bay is one such beach, which is also why it has become an upmarket residential area as well.
Lok Ke Wan beach
Another stunning beach in Hong Kong that is more remote than Repulse Bay. This beach is located in the Sai Kung Peninsula, at the end of stage 1 on the MacLehose Trail.
Tian Tian Buddha & Po Lin Monastery
One of the most famous attractions in Hong Kong, located on Lantau Island. The massive Tian Tian Buddha and Po Lin Monastery are some of the best places to visit in Hong Kong if you want to experience Buddhism.
The giant statue was finished in 1993 and has since drawn pilgrims from all over Asia. The Po Lin Monastery is home to many devout monks and is regarded as one of the most important sanctums in HK.
10,000 Buddhas Monastery
Another famous Buddhist place is the 10,000 Buddhas Monastery, famous for its many statues. It’s located in Sha Tin, and visitors must walk 430 steps up to the hill to get there.
However, if you’re interested in culture and religious sites, then the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is worth the steps.
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Another famous temple in Hong Kong is the one known as Wong Tai Sin, located in the Chuk Yuen Village, Kowloon.
The promise that “every wish come true upon request” might be a reason for its popularity, but it’s also beautiful with impressive ornamented buildings.
Tsim Sha Tsui
One of the most famous tourist districts in the city, which is also home to the infamous Chunking Mansions. While many are fascinated by the hustle and bustle of this area, and of course the upscale shopping, my favorite part of Tsim Sha Tsui is along the water.
From here, you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the skyline on the other side. Another famous attraction here is the historical clock tower.
Lan Kwai Fong
Lan Kwai Fong is one of the most popular nightlife districts, and it’s without a doubt one of the best places to visit in Hong Kong if you like to party and go to bars.
An old historical neighborhood located in Hong Kong Island. Wan Chai is famous for its cultural heritage trail, street art, party, and its many dim sum restaurants.
Hike up the trail and conquer Lion Rock where you get this impressive view. This is one of the best places to visit in Hong Kong, if you’re looking for scenic views over the skyline.
Go here on a clear day, so that you’re sure that the view is not obstructed by clouds or fog.
Big waves beach
Yet another stunning beach in Hong Kong. This one is particularly known to be a good spot for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Big Waves Beach is located at the Eastern end of Hong Kong Island, near the Dragon’s back trail.
Nearby, you also have another beach, which is called Shek O beach.
Hong Kong Wetland Park
Wildlife might not be the first thing that comes to mind since HK is a very big city, but the Wetland Park is one of the best places to visit in Hong Kong if you like to birdwatch.
It’s an important place for migratory birds during the winter months. More than 240 species of birds have been recorded in the area.
In addition to birds, it’s also home to butterflies, dragonflies, amphibians, reptiles, and fish.
Ham Tin Wan
If you’re looking for a paradise beach, untouched by civilization, I suggest visiting Ham Tin Wan on the East Coast of Kowloon.
There are several beaches nearby that are equally stunning. You have to hike to get here though, and the total length from Sai Wan Pavilion is about 3.5 kilometers, which takes about 1 hour to finish.
Also known as the Floating Village. Aberdeen is a picturesque harbor where you can see plenty of old-fashioned junks and sampans.
This is actually where the Brits first came, and still today it’s home to the boat-dwelling Tanka people. It’s a great place to visit in order to get a unique experience in Hong Kong.
The mix of high-rise buildings and colorful old boats is also a dream for photographers. And visitors can even go for a Sampan ride, for less than 10 USD.
Choi Hung Estate
Choi Hung Estate has quickly become a popular stop among tourists, just like Montane Mansion, this place has become famous via Social Media.
What many people don’t know, however, is that Choi Hung Estate is one of the oldest public housing projects in Hong Kong. There are 11 blocks here, and the high-rise buildings accommodate around 43.000 people.
I want to urge visitors to be mindful and show respect to the locals living here. Show interest in their community, and take the time to learn more about the locals. Stop for lunch or dinner somewhere, visit the local shops or see if you can join the elderly practicing Tai Chi in the morning.
The name in the local language means “Rainbow Estate”.
Last but not least, the iconic Victoria Peak and the famous view of the skyline. Every day, thousands of tourists come here to enjoy the scenic views from the top.
The most popular way to get here is via the historical Peak tram, but it’s also possible to walk up to the top. I recommend getting the tram as it’s quite a steep walk, and your time is better spent elsewhere.
My Favorite Places to Visit in Hong Kong
As a first-time visitor, you will most likely only have time to visit a few places. And for that reason, I recommend that you choose 2 or 3 off-the-beaten-path destinations along with the main tourist attractions in Hong Kong.
However, if you’re interested and have more time to explore, these are my personal favorite places to visit in Hong Kong.
- Mong Kok/Jordan
- Lantau Island/Tai O Fishing Village
- North Point
- Lamma Island
- Wan Chai
- Lok Ke Wan
- Ham Tin Wan
- Montane Mansion
- Choi Hung Estate
- Sham Shui Po
Book Your Trip
So, now that you know about all these beautiful places to visit in Hong Kong, it’s time to book your trip!
Hong Kong is an incredible destination where you can spend weeks or even months. If you know some more beautiful places to visit in Hong Kong, feel free to share your recommendations in the comment section!