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This city-state will tantalize, astound and challenge you with its chaotic sights, sounds and smells.
Every crowded marketplace, neon sign and glass tower in Hong Kong tells its own story – so why not write your own? This bustling metropolis brims with possibilities: comb shopping malls, taste delectable seafood or reel at the millions of people scrambling about town day and night.
There’s no other way to cut it – Hong Kong is BIG with a capital B. On the Kowloon side, propel yourself into space at the Hong Kong Space Museum, ponder two thousand years of Chinese imperial art in the Hong Kong Museum of Art, or brush shoulders with Bruce Lee’s statue on the Avenue of Stars. At 8 pm every night, the Symphony of Lights ignites the sky.Accommodations near Victoria Harbour
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Happy Valley pulsates with excitement. Once you’ve made a bet (minimum 1 dollar, no maximum), head to the edge of the stadium closest to the tracks and cheer on your chosen horse. This five-tiered stadium has been drawing crowds since 1846, when the area was known as "Valley of Yellow Mud." Today, it’s one of the most fun ways to mingle with the locals.Accommodations near Happy Valley Racecourse
Up, down, side to side... No, this isn't an obscure dance craze you missed out on. Necessity gave rise to a network of elevators spanning nearly 2,600 feet of hilly landscape. Escalators are broken into sections (rather than one continuous stretch) with 14 entrances and exits. Grab your camera and drift past busy streets, apartments and the verdant cityscape.Accommodations near Mid-levels Escalator and Walkway System
Temple Street overloads the senses. Bump shoulders with salesmen hawking electronics, men’s clothing, shoes, watches – and the occasional designer knock-off. Before you realize you’ve bought a "Guggi" handbag, you’ll notice opera singers perfecting their pitch, street vendors frying up unidentified crustaceans, and even fortune-tellers working their magic.Accommodations near Temple Street Night Market
Hong Kong’s highest peak deserves a peek. Visitors flock to the Peak Tram, which scales the side of Victoria Mountain. The observation deck at the Peak Galleria rewards them with awesome views. (Bonus when the Symphony of Lights is blanketing the night sky.) Go ahead and take a picture! Your friends will be so jealous.Accommodations near Victoria Peak
Modern ladies have modern needs. Whether it’s an armory of accessories, lipstick in shades of blush and bashful, or "unmentionables," this market will have you covered – literally! Along this half-mile stretch, you’ll find clothes, shoes and accessories galore. The best part? The street closes to traffic from 4 pm to midnight every day except Sunday.Accommodations near Ladies' Market
Who doesn’t love swimming with dolphins? Enroll in a Dolphin Encounter then swim into the blue with a trained instructor. If you prefer your marine encounters at a safe distance, rally your troops and make a beeline for the Grand Aquarium. Stand beneath the world’s largest dome and watch a happy Pacific Walrus float on by with 4,000 of his fishy friends.Accommodations near Ocean Park
After days of dumpling indulgence and general enjoyment, a bit of fresh air helps to clear the mind – and work off a few calories. This scenic hiking route connects Wan Cham Shan and Shek O Peak, running all the way along D'Aguilar Peninsula. Start your trek at Shek O Road and walk the 4-mile stretch to Tai Long Wan (Big Wave Bay) for awesome views of the city.Accommodations near Dragon's Back
Did you know Hong Kong has its own magic kingdom? See all your childhood friends at the world’s most famous theme park chain on Lantau Island. Romp around in Tarzan’s tree house at Adventureland, hunt for bears in Grizzly Gulch, or learn the enchanting art of waving with the help of Cinderella and Snow White at the Princess Academy.Accommodations near Hong Kong Disneyland
Abandon the mainland and make for Lantau Island. Once your boat is docked, 268 steps lead you to the remote Po Lin Monastery, home of a spectacular sight: the 111-foot Tian Tan Giant Buddha. The area is blessedly spiritual, so nourish yourself with delicious vegetarian food at the monastery’s restaurant, or find a quiet place to sit and contemplate.Accommodations near The Giant Buddha of Lantau Island (Tian Tan Buddha)
Catch a sea breeze in coastal Kowloon. As morning breaks, sport and Tai Chi enthusiasts head to Kowloon Park. Inside, the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre exhibits the roots of British colonial rule. Strike it rich in one of the 400 shops at the Jade Market in Yau Ma Tei, or haggle with shrewd vendors at the Temple Street Night Market.Accommodations in Kowloon
The city’s busy tourist area mixes shopping and culture. Buy luxury clothing on Canton Road, or grab a bargain at Park Lane Shopper’s Boulevard’s factory outlets. The city’s past comes to life at the interactive Hong Kong Museum of History, and kids can take a whirlwind tour of the galaxy at the Hong Kong Space Museum.Accommodations in Tsim Sha Tsui
Endure a few light-headed minutes and take a tram up Victoria Peak for views of the Hong Kong skyline. Sun-soaked Repulse Bay and Deep Water Bay beckon you to a lazy day by the sea. Set sail for Aberdeen Island aboard a sampan (traditional boat) and lose yourself in the life of a traditional fishing community.Accommodations in Hong Kong Island
Mong Kok means "busy corner" in Cantonese. Ladies’ Market on Tung Choi Street sells everything for the modern girl. See Sai Yeung Choi Street for electronics and cosmetics, and the fruit, flower and goldfish markets need no explanation. On a hot day, find air-conditioned comfort at the Sino Centre’s multimedia shops.Accommodations in Mongkok
A cacophony of colour, this district is famed for Temple Street Night Market’s tacky tat and traditional tucker. Browse the bunting-clad stalls for “I <3 HK” tees and neon wristbands, then gorge on glazed rib-and-rice dishes amid Mido Café’s old-time charm. At historic Yaumati Theatre, round off the night in the dayglo daze of a Cantonese opera.Accommodations in Yau Ma Tei
Wan Chai is a friendly assault on the senses. Walk up Stone Nullah Lane for striking pre-war architecture, or slurp up noodles and congee at the local "Dai Pai Dong" (open-air restaurants). Hong Kong Arts Centre hosts provocative exhibitions year-round. Wan Chai's theaters stage popular musicals with a dash of Broadway panache.Accommodations in Wan Chai
Causeway Bay is organized chaos. Shopping centers erupt with shoppers day and night, especially in Hysan Place with its 17 floors of shopping. If elbowing your way to a bargain doesn't appeal, head to Jardine Crescent, a local shopping area with bargains to boot. Exhausted? Reenergize in Victoria Park's open spaces, or listen to the Noonday Gun blast.Accommodations in Causeway Bay
The bells still toll in St. John’s Cathedral and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Hit Hollywood Road for galleries, look for critters at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, or chill out at the eateries along Victoria Harbour. At night, try out your moves at the clubs in expat-filled Lan Kwai Fong.Accommodations in Central District
Kristin moved to Hong Kong from New York and quickly fell in love with the city.
If you are looking to have a cheap drink with great views of Hong Kong Harbour, this place is for you! Located across from the Discovery Bay ferry pier (just a short walk from the Star Ferry in Central), Beer Bay is as low-key as it comes. It's also the most affordable spot in town!Accommodations near Beer Bay
Tech-savvy Calvert loves new electronic innovations and can easily spend a day searching for them!
Here is a shopping tip: Don't negotiate unless you have a few items from the same store! Most of the IT professionals in Golden Computer Centre speak English and are happy to give you advice. If you can, also check out Wanchai Computer City and the Mongkok Computer Centre.Accommodations near Golden Computer Centre
Ivy loves movies – and watching them in public areas with friends is a special experience!
I recommend going here to enjoy both the latest blockbusters and special screenings. Before the movie, enjoy a coffee inside the bookstore before heading in to your screening. There are annual themed film festivals, in which films from all over the world are screened.Accommodations near Broadway Cinematheque
Sally is the queen of shopping and loves finding a fashion, beauty or cosmetics bargain!
Allied Plaza is near the Prince Edward MTR Station B2 exit. This mall covers two levels of the latest fashion, beauty, and cosmetics from South Korea and Japan. The price-to-quality ratio is very good! Make sure you bring cash or an EPS/Union Pay card – not many places accept Visa or Mastercard.Accommodations near Allied Plaza (Prince Edward MTR Station Exit B2)
Michael loves classical music and often goes to live concerts on weekends.
This concert hall has an 8,000-pipe Austrian organ, one of the largest mechanical tracker action organs in the world. Pay a visit to enjoy performances of concerts, dramas, operas and plays by local artists. There is also an annual music festival with world-class performances.Accommodations near Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Backpacker Sarah has traveled to 25 countries and loves different cultures – and hiking!
Cheung Chau and Lamma Islands were once fishing villages. Today, they maintain part of their traditional customs. No vehicles are allowed on both islands, so when you land, it feels like you've arrived in wonderland! The islands are only 25 to 35 minutes on a fast ferry ride from Hong Kong Station (IFC).Accommodations near Cheung Chau Island and Lamma Island
Rita loves being in nature and learning about a city's history and culture.
Lei Yue Mun is an ideal place for relaxation. You'll also find some ruins of stone loading ramps for the former quarries next to the shore. To learn more about the history of Hong Kong's coastal defenses, visit the nearby Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defense, located inside a former fort.Accommodations near Lei Yue Mun
Karaoke or Mahjong appealed to Kyle as a student, but now he loves cycling – a much healthier choice!
The New Territories will show you the real Hong Kong. Rent a bike in Tai Wai near the MTR station. The most common route is from Tai Wai to Tai Mei Tuk, passing by Sha Tin along the Shing Mun River and Science Park on Tolo Harbour. The scenery along the river and harbor on this 13-mile stretch is beautiful.Accommodations near Cycling in the New Territories
Karen is a shopaholic – for everything from luxury brands to groceries!
The Horizon Plaza is a 28-floor building filled with furniture shops, fashion factory outlets and department stores like Lane Crawford and Joyce Warehouse. I highly recommend heading to the top floor and walking down the stairs. There are many cafes in the building that are perfect for snacking!Accommodations near Horizon Plaza
Elaine loves to pick up souvenirs for friends, especially at the Ladies Market.
"Ladies Market" has a lot to offer. Even though it's called Ladies Markets, you'll find items for both genders, like clothing, accessories, handbags, watches, cosmetics and more! The market covers a half-mile stretch and some vendors don't have listed prices – so put your haggling skills to the test!Accommodations near Ladies Markets in Mong Kok
Booking.com asked travelers...Is there more to shopping in Hong Kong than just brand-name stores?
Yes. In fact, the brand name stores are expensive in comparison with local retailers, like Fortress. The reason? Brand names appeal to the Mainland Chinese who flock to Hong Kong to find goods that will demonstrate their wealth. It is a case of conspicuous consumption and that is what keeps the Gucci, YSL, Dior, Armani, Louis Vuitton stores and their like in business. It is certainly not local HK buyers who are too canny.See all 116 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Why do you recommend Hong Kong for food?
United States of America
Many delicious Asian foods that I would have never known about, and ingredients fresh from the markets all over Hong Kong. I learned new ways to accent my American foods by tasting different things. Very happy.See all 114 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Hong Kong.
electronics, ladies stuff and jade jewellerySee all 106 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...How can you enjoy the sights in Hong Kong while avoiding the crowds?
Got to take lovely pictures at the Avenue of Stars by going there at 7am. After taking lots of pix, took the Star Ferry and went to HK Island. Walked to the Peak Tram station and before 9am there are no queues to purchase the tickets and boarding the Tram. Went down from the Peak at 9.50am and was the queues were already long as the many tour buses arriving at the station. Enjoyed Disneyland by going before noon and buying tickets in town instead of at the ticket counter.See all 71 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Was it cheap, fast, or easy to use? What made it so simple to get around in Hong Kong?
I like the convenience of public transportation more and more though the pollution and smoking all around is always a shortfall.See all 52 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What's the secret to sampling all the diverse food Hong Kong has to offer?
Eat with a big group! It's essential for enjoying Chinese dining. That will make it possible to order a lot of dishes at once, and it's all made for sharing.See all 30 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Where's the best place to view the skyline in Hong Kong?
The Avenue of Stars and the top floor bar of the ICC Building. Go for the Sky100 bar if you want a nice setting or for Ozone if you want a hip, trendy bar.See all 29 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Which foodie haven did you discover on your recent trip to Hong Kong?
Check out the new area in Sai Yin Pung up the Hill... 2nd street (its the name of the Street!)See all 26 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What makes the perfect trip to Disneyland in Hong Kong?
For those first timer disneyland visitor, I would suggest to go for Hong Kong first as they are consider one of the smaller ones and a more reasonable priced.See all 26 answers
Hong Kong's two-terminal airport is one of the busiest in Asia. The easiest way to get to Central Station is by train. Once you clear customs, follow the signs marked "Train." The Airport Express departs every 10 minutes from 5:54 am to 11:28 pm daily. You can buy tickets online or at counters or machines in the station.
Hong Kong's MTR metro system covers most of the city. Trains run from 5 am to 1 am daily and connect Hong Kong Island and Kowloon with Lantau, right up to the border with China. If you plan to travel extensively, invest in a reloadable Octopus Card, which can be used for both buses and trains. The lines are clean and easy to navigate, with clear English instructions and signs.
Citybus is the main bus operator for Hong Kong Island. To catch a bus, go to the main terminal at Exchange Square or get on at a bus stop. Destinations are displayed on the front of the bus in Chinese and English. Once you board, deposit the correct change into a fare box (no change given!). For convenience, buy an Octopus Card from a kiosk at the station. This allows you to check in and out on buses. Stick to the MTR trains for travel on the Kowloon side; they cover a wider area.
Taxis are easy to find – just stop at a taxi stand or hail one from the street. Fares are relatively low compared to western cities, and must be paid in Hong Kong Dollars. Taxis are color-coded according to their areas of operation. The red Urban Taxis are the most common, serving most destinations in Hong Kong. Keep the name of your hotel in Chinese on hand to show to the driver. It’s customary to round the fare up to the dollar, but tipping isn’t expected.
Rental cars can be arranged at the airport or in the city. Road conditions are excellent and signs are in English and Chinese. Road safety is a priority for the authorities, so there are harsh penalties for breaking the rules. Due to heavy congestion, driving in the center can be stressful, even when it's not rush hour. Parking and gas prices are also extremely high. Remember to keep your international driving license on you at all times.
Enjoy harbour views while dining on traditional Cantonese food at Dynasty. Located in Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel, this elegant restaurant offersbarbecue pork, fresh crab claws deep fried in spicy salt and sautéed clam with asparagus in chilli sauce. Best for business meals or family gatherings.
Offering a cosy ambience, this place serves tasty Turkishcuisines with mouth-watering desserts. The Istanbul Beef or Chicken Plate ispiled on a wonderful mixture of yoghurt, cubes of bread and covered in adelicious tomato based sauce. Be sure to sample their Baklava and you’lldefinitely be back for more!
Enjoy a good cut of steak, good wine and views from its floor-to-ceiling windows and its rooftop restaurant, which offers expansive views of Wan Chai. It's also a perfect place for a date.
Celebrity chef Jason Atherton's HK restaurant serves up an imaginative menu of tapas dishes that are sure to impress your date.
Sherry & Port wine bar with authentic Portugese food. This place is a hidden gems in the alley way, where the prices are very reasonal. They offer a wide range of Sherry and Port selection and the staff are very knowledgeable to explain and pick one for you. (especially for beginner) They offer seasonal main dish menu of seafood and meats. The meat boards (6 types of meats) are heavenly.
Helmed by chef Alvin Leung, this Michelin-rated restaurant specialises in what Chef Leung calls “X-treme” Chinese cuisine where traditional Chinese food gets a creative, modern makeover. Signature dishes include Molecular Xiao Long Bao, Foie Gras Mui Choy and Black Truffle Har Ga.
Set in a restored pawn shop, this charming restaurant serves British gastro-pub food at the dining room. Spread over 3 floors, it features an open air rooftop terraceand “living room” lounge area. Try the Angus prime rib, fish and chips and suckling pig with apple sauce.
Touristy and crowded with good reason, this Hong Kong-style café serves freshly baked egg tarts, bo lo (pineapple) bun with butter and their signature chicken pie. Wash it all down with chilled milk tea.
Snaking crowds throng this Michelin starred eatery known for its traditional dim sum at affordable prices. Must try items include baked bun withbarbecued pork, pan fried turnip cake, vermicelli roll stuffed with pig’s liver and steamed egg cake
The traditional hotpot is given a hip spin at Megan's Kitchen with innovative soups like tomato crab, lobster borsch, tomyum cappucino and many more. As if that's not enough, the ingredients are also out of this world, including beef truffle dumplings, salted egg yolk duck balls and beef cheese balls etc.
Like all Cha chaan tengs (tea restaurant), Capitol Café serves comfort food but in aretro setting. Expect booth style seating in this nostalgic café, whichfeatures signed posters of Canto pop stars from yesteryear. Order their signature truffle cheese toast, scrambledegg toast and crispy bun with sweet condensed milk.
A Halal local eatery located on the 1st floor of BowringtonMarket. Enjoy a sinful plate of Roasted Duck Rice. The rice is fragrant and theduck is warm and tasty. This neighbourhood gem is also famed for its slow-cookedPomelo Peels.
Small dessert shop in the crowd area serves both hot and cold dessert. Enjoy Special dessert here like Longan Ice Sorbet with Nata de Coco or Durian Thai Black Glutinous after lunch or diner that make you have a nice day in HK.
Spot the cow on this dessert restaurant’s logo and you know you are at the right place. Focusing on milk based deserts, be sure to order thestewed milk with ginger and double stewed milk at this locals' favourite.
Get your coffee fix made from locally roasted coffee beans at at this small yet cosy café which also offers home made desserts and breakfast.
After a day of shopping, head up to this contemporary Italian-style cafe and bar! It's also a great place for brunch.
Tai Cheong is reknown for its egg custard tarts among its other popular baked goodies. Have some as a snack and buy some to take back with you!
Located inside the historical hotel The Peninsula Hong Kong, this is a hidden gem outside the Michelin guide and my all time 3-star restaurant. With its cosy environment and live band show, this is definitely the best place for the finest French dinning experience. Ask the professional sommilier for the best wine-pairing option associated with each course. Advanced reservation is recommended.
Located on the Peninsula’s top floor, the chic and Philippe Starck-designed Felix features an European menu with modern dishes and bar. Order the smoked beef fillett, pan-fried goose liver with pear, pinkpepper and vanilla. End your meal with a cocktail.
Congee & Noodle Wantun were one of the most traditional local food for Hong Kong. It started in 50s on the food cart and being served on the street with stools. Tasty would bring you back the memories of old Hong Kong with clean environment, full varieties of traditional Hong Kong food in English menu and you won't find any better taste elsewhere.
Set in the former Marine Police Headquarters of Hullet House, St. George pair French food with a fine dining experience. Crystalchandeliers, velvet curtains and leather sofa add to the colonial setting. Musttries include the lobster salad, foie gras and lamb saddle.
This Michelin-star restaurant serves classic Chinese dishes, and a more affordable set lunch for those who want a luxe experience. I had the best egg tart dessert here as part of the lunch menu, and have not forgotten it till this day.
A rustic eatery home to a variety of traditional Indiancurries including my personal favourite – Lamb Masala. The meat is juicy andvery flavourful. Pair it with freshly baked Garlic Naan and of course – a tallglass of Mango Lassi.
Fancy and modern restaurant is located in JIA boutique hotel and features a seasonalmenu. Specialising in Italian cuisine, it is known for Wagyu Short Rib, Wagyu Beef Tenderloin and Ox Tongue. Romanticcouples, be sure to make reservations.
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