Hong Kong Travel Tips



25 tips to make your holiday in Hong Kong more enjoyable!


Big Buddha in Lantau Island, Hong Kong 

Tip #11: Combine your visit to the Big Buddha with other sightseeing spots in Lantau Island.


Most visitors take the cable car from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping (the "Big Buddha") and then back, But the right thing to do is to purchase the combo ticket that gives you a one-way cable car ride + unlimited bus rides on Lantau Island, so after visiting Po Lin Monastery and the giant statue, you can enjoy a scenic bus ride to the fisherman's village of Tai-O ("the Venice of Hong Kong"), and onwards, to Mui Wo and other interesting places.


If you don't have the time to explore Lantau on your own, you can join the Lantau Island Monastery Tour with Ngong Ping Cable Car and explore the area with those who know it best.




 Hong Kong Attractions Pass can save you quite a few bucks on attractions and places of interest

Tip #12: Save money on attractions with discount-passes and combo-tickets!


Hong Kong has lots of great attractions to offer to its visitors, and they are all exciting and well worth visiting. The problem is that each of these tourist attractions applies an entry fee, which is sometimes quite high, and when you want to visit a few of them, those entry fees can top up to a pretty significant sum of money… (Click here for the full article).




 Lamma Island and Hong Kong's small outlying islands

Tip #13: Spend a day on one of Hong Kong's smaller islands.


Hong Kong's outlying islands stand in complete contrast to the hustle and bustle of the big city, and offer a very pleasant experience, with seaside villages, nice seafood restaurants, beaches and nice walking trails. The best ones to visit are Lamma, Peng Chau and Cheung Chau. Read here about Lamma Island, or here about Peng Chau and Cheung Chau.




Public transport in Hong Kong 

Tip #14: Use Hong Kong's excellent public transport.


Hong Kong's public transport is inexpensive, yet extremely comfortable and modern! The Tourist Day Pass costs HK$ 55 at the time of writing and gives you unlimited use of the MTR and the KCR for a period of 24 hours (from the moment you start your first journey), so getting one might be a good idea... Click here to read all about it, as well as about the Octopus card and the Airport Express.




 Hong Kong art museum in Tsim sha Tsui

Tip #15: Explore Hong Kong Art Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of History.


These two fantastic museums are both located in Tsim sha Tsui, not far from each other, and they are highly recommended, as they provide a glimpse into the history and culture of the region. 


Click here for the website of Hong Kong Art Museum, or here, for the site of Hong Kong Museum of History.




 Horse races in Hong Kong

Tip #16: Get a boost of adrenaline: An evening at the horse races.


The money that is involved in Hong Kong's horseracing industry is the biggest in the world in terms of per capita, and watching the mid-week racing is an unbeatable experience... The stands are packed with excited spectators and the atmosphere is electric!


Click here for details about horseracing tours, organized by the Hong Kong Jockey Club.




The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Sha Tin 

Tip #17: Spend some time in Sha Tin


The modern town of Sha-Tin, in Hong Kong's New Territories, is very easy to get to and has a lot to offer: From the marvelous Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery to the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, and from Che Kung Temple and the walled village of Tsang Tai Uk to New Town Plaza and Snoopy's World. Click here for a mini-guide to Sha Tin




An ancient ancestral hall within a walled village in Hong Kong new territories 

Tip #18: Make sure you visit the walled villages and heritage trails of the New Territories.


The new territories are where you can see and experience the "real" Hong Kong, including some remains of Hakka walled villages and ancient temples.


There are two "heritage trails" in the New Territories that pass through some of the most interesting sites: One is the Ping Shan Heritage Trail and the other one is Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail.  Another option is to join The Land Between Tour, which goes to some of the nicest sightseeing spots across the new territories and allows you to explore the area with someone who really knows it (Click here for more information).




Sai Kung Country Park 

 Tip #19: Enjoy a day on the wild side


Although Hong Kong is one of the world's most busy and congested metropolises, it also boasts some fabulous nature reserve, walking trails and beautiful beaches.


On Hong Kong Island: You should opt for the "Dragon's back" trail and combine it with a visit to Tai Long Wan (Big Wave Bay) and the quaint seaside town of Shek O, where you can unwind and enjoy a nice meal at one of the cafés.


On the Kowloon side of the harbour: You should visit Sai Kung Country Park and Long Ke Beach, or Tai Long Wan (Big Wave Bay), if you really have enough time (It is not the same "Tai Long Wan" of Hong Kong Island).




Discovery Bay, Hong Kong, is where the "D deck" is located

Discovery Bay

Tip #20: Enjoy an alfresco fireworks dinner at the "D deck".


Lauded as "Hong Kong's largest oceanfront alfresco dining destination" by its proprietors, the D deck is certainly one of the most pleasant spots in Hong Kong for dinner and a great vantage point to watch Disneyland's nightly fireworks from…




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