Travel Tips Hong Kong

Hong Kong Sightseeing


Central district
Central is Hong Kong’s frenetic business and retail heart, crammed with skyscrapers, swanky malls and luxury hotels. Iconic Victoria Harbor is filled with ferries and traditional boats. The neighbourhood is known for nightlife, with raucous pubs and nightclubs in Lan Kwai Fong, and wine bars and trendy restaurants in nearby SoHo. Away from the bustle, are Hong Kong Park and the Zoological and Botanical Gardens.

Lan Kwai Fong
Historic district of narrow streets & alleys lined with restaurants, nightclubs & bars.

Central-Mid-Levels Escalators
Hillside transportation system with 20 escalators & 3 inclined moving walkways.

Graham Street Market
Weaving in and out of Central’s skyscrapers, the 160-year-old Graham Street Market is Hong Kong’s last functioning open-air wet market. Stalls are clustered around Graham Street, but also extend to Peel, Gage and Stanley Streets. The lively sights, sounds and smells of the hawkers selling their fresh produce to their loyal customers, a market frozen in time among the ever-changing, fast-paced Central Business District, is a sight to behold in downtown Hong Kong.

Tai Kwun
Tai Kwun is a massive independent art space in the heart of Central and one of our city’s biggest creative hubs. Large complex comprised of new & landmark buildings with art shows, antique stores & bars/eateries.

The transformation of the former Police Married Quarters into a centre for all things creative and design-based is one of the largest, most ambitious conservation projects in Hong Kong. An exciting mix of creative enterprises can be found at PMQ. Local artists & designers showcase their wares in this cool, historic venue with shops & eateries.

Man Mo temple
1800s temple featuring a lavish, traditional interior with dozens of incense spirals overhead.

Hong Kong Tramways (Ding Ding)
The Hong Kong tram, affectionately known by locals as the ‘Ding Ding’, is a unique form of transportation found on the bustling streets of Hong Kong Island. A ride on the beloved tram ― also an iconic symbol of Hong Kong ― is a journey through the city’s rich history, culture and everyday life. In this guide, find everything you need to know about the tram, including fun facts and three popular tram routes for the ultimate local adventure.

Chater Garden
This small urban park features a variety of species of trees, along with a unique fountain.

Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens
An actual oasis within Hong Kong’s urban jungle.

Victoria Peak
Mountain on Hong Kong island (elevation 1,181 feet) known for its skyline & waterfront views. The Peak is accessible by the historic Peak Tram or by bus / taxi.

Wan Chai district
Wan Chai is a busy commercial area filled with office workers and shoppers. Specialty spots include Tai Yuen Street for toy stores, Queen’s Road East for antiques and Wan Chai Computer Centre for tech. At lunchtime, noodles shops and casual eateries do brisk business and, after work, a lively crowd descends on Lockhart Road’s bars and nightclubs. A daily flag-raising ceremony takes place in Golden Bauhinia Square.

Central Plaza
374m-tall skyscraper with 78 floors and a colored facade lighting sequence telling the time. Sweeping views over the city from the top floors.

Wan Chai Market
Market hall packed with stalls selling regional specialties like dim sum buns, dried herbs & tea.

Causeway Bay district
Causeway Bay is Hong Kong’s energetic retail heart. Luxury malls, department stores and boutiques pack its western end, while bargain hunters roam the Jardine’s Crescent street market. Numerous dining options, from upscale restaurants to street-food stalls, dot the area. Local meeting points include Hong Kong Central Library, with its historic collections, and tranquil Victoria Park, popular for Tai chai sessions.

Victoria Park
Large park with areas for soccer, volleyball, roller skating & basketball, plus a pool & play area.

Monster Building
Also known as the ‘Monster Building’ for its conglomeration of five incredibly dense and stacked residential complexes, Yik Cheong Building and Montane Mansion are possibly the most well-known locations in Quarry Bay and definitely one of the most Instagrammed spots in Hong Kong. A perfect reflection of city’s famed urban density, the photogenic architecture has been featured Hollywood blockbusters like Ghost in the Shell and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Although a banner now tells visitors to ask permission before taking photos, many tourists choose to ignore this.

Dragon’s Back
Trails overlook Tai Long Wan, Stanley, Tai Tam, & the South China Sea from this mountain ridge.

Shek O beach
Intimate ocean retreat providing calm waters, beach chair & umbrella rentals & a restaurant.

Big Wave Bay Beach
Put yourself at nature’s mercy at Big Wave Beach in Shek O, and join locals for a spot of windsurfing. Prehistoric rock carvings by early Hong Kong inhabitants will amuse the less adventurous.

Repulse Bay
For a change of pace, head to Repulse Bay — one of Hong Kong’s most exclusive residential areas — on the southern coast of Hong Kong Island, to enjoy a relaxing day out at the beautiful beach with attractions for the whole family. This stunning beachfront location, offering a wide range of al fresco dining options, is the perfect place to unwind — and just a short trip from the city centre. It was purportedly named after a British Royal Navy ship, HMS Repulse, while its apt Chinese name, Tsin Shui Wan means ‘shallow water bay’.

Stanley Market
Bustling, old-school street market with vendors selling apparel, crafts & souvenirs.

Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter
There are many intangible cultural heritages in the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter. Traditional fishing boats and sampan boats, luxury yachts and high-rise buildings on the shore are a blend of old and new. At the same time, the typhoon shelter was once the home of fishermen and people on the water, who lived on their home boats and established a unique culture and customs of people on the water. Take a unique traditional [Sampan Boat], pass a series of Southern District landmarks along the way, and take photos among the fishing boats. During the journey, listen to the historical stories of the fishing village and Hong Kong from the audio track provided by the boat, which is vivid and interesting, and you can also hear the singing of the people on the water. You will also have the opportunity to see traditional dragon boat training and fresh seafood trading.


Avenue of Stars
Promenade with handprints & plaques honoring Hong Kong film stars, plus a Bruce Lee statue. At 8pm daily you can watch the harbourfront lightshow “A Symphony of Lights”.

Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier
The Star Ferry is the swiftest and cheapest way to travel between Tsim Sha Tsui and Central or Wan Chai. You will get some truly spectacular views of Hong Kong’s skyline.

Former Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower
Historic clock tower, built in 1915 and part of the sadly demolished Kowloon-Canton Railway terminus, is one of the most famous buildings in Hong Kong. Sweeping views over Victoria Harbour from the nearby Harbour Promenade.

Chungking Mansions
Chungking Mansions is a building located at 36–44 Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Though the building was supposed to be residential, it is made up of many independent low-budget hotels, shops and other services.

Kowloon Park
Slip away from Tsim Sha Tsui’s shopping mecca into the tranquil Kowloon Park.

Nan Lian Garden
Tang Dynasty-style Garden featuring tranquil walking paths, waterfalls, koi ponds & a cafe.

Mong Kok district
Mong Kok is a buzzing maze of narrow streets, known for shopping. Stalls with clothes and knick-knacks cram the vast Ladies’ Market, plants and colorful blooms fill the Flower Market, while Fa Yuen Street is full of sneaker and sports stores. Nearby, the Temple Street Night Market is a mix of curios, fortune tellers and food stands. Foodies explore the area’s street food stalls, tea houses and casual eateries.

Flower Market Road
Whether you are interested in cut flowers, potted plants, seeds and bulbs or orchids, you’ll find something to interest you at Flower Market Road in Mong Kok. Hong Kong’s premier destination for any type of horticultural interest.

Yuen Po Street Bird Garden
Yuen Po Bird Garden in Mong Kok offers a glimps of the traditional culture of songbird keeping in the surroundings of a traditional Chinese garden.

Sham Shui Po district
Sham Shui Po is a district of simple pleasures. As a historically blue-collar neighbourhood, this area just north of Boundary Street offers a lot of cheap but cheerful experiences that can’t be found anywhere else in the city. Instead of glitzy, glass-panelled skyscrapers, here you’ll find buildings that hide a rich history behind their humble façades. Don’t come here for a fancy gourmet meal. Instead, come here if you want to try Michelin-recommended noodles and snacks that only cost HK$50. And if you’re planning to do a bit of shopping, be prepared to spend several hours here, sifting through all the eclectic wares at the open-air street markets.

Garden hill
A short hike leads to the summit of this small hill offering skyline views, popular at sunset.


Cheung Chau island
Scenic isle with old temples, sandy beaches & a coastal walking trail, plus seafood restaurants.

Lantau island
Hong Kong’s largest outlying island includes Buddhist architecture, a sandy beach & shopping mall.

Ngong Ping 360
25-minute cable-car ride to ‘village’ of tourist attractions and activities, shops and restaurants.

Tian Tan Buddha
Over 260 steps lead to this immense bronze Buddha, with a carved bell, museum & relics beneath it. Accessible by bus or Ngong Ping 360 cable-car.

Tai O
Tai O is a fishing town, partly located on an island of the same name, on the western side of Lantau Island in Hong Kong. The village name means large inlet, referring to outlet for the waterways merges as it moves through Tai O. Tai O is home to the Tanka people, a community of fisher folk who’ve built their houses on stilts above the tidal flats of Lantau Island for generations. These unusual structures are interconnected, forming a tightly knit community that literally lives on the water. Their enchanting world is a photographer’s paradise and the manually operated drawbridge that spans the narrow creek dividing the town replaced a rope-drawn ‘ferry’ that operated for over 85 years.

Tai Long Wan Beach
Tai Long Wan in Sai Kung is home to Hong Kong’s most beautiful beaches! With its white-sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and surrounding lush mountains, Tai Long Wan is nothing short of paradise in a city synonymous with tall skyscrapers. Tai Long Wan is highly regarded as the most beautiful location in Hong Kong. At certain points, we couldn’t agree if the scenery reminded us more of Thailand or Hawaii. But the beach hopping reminded us of Menorca. Needless to say this place is gorgeous! Tai Long Wan can only be accessed by hiking (around 1h 30min to the beach) or by boat ride from Sai Kung town.

Tai Mo Shan
Although Hong Kong is in the tropics, frost and icicles occasionally appear on the upper slopes of Tai Mo Shan, the city’s highest peak and an extinct volcano. This mighty mountain at the heart of the New Territories surpasses all other peaks in the city for its altitude and magnitude, and it’s noticeably cooler up there. Sometimes you’ll find yourself briefly surrounded by quick-moving clouds, or even see them filling valleys far below. Follow this trail for some of the most striking views Hong Kong has to offer. It is also one of the best places to catch the sunrise in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Wetland Park
This wetland reserve is home to a diverse range of wetland plants and animals, from mangroves to rare species of birds.

Mai Po Nature Reserve
Wetland sanctuary with 1000s of migratory birds & insects, plus tours of the marshes & shrimp ponds.

Kadoorie Farm and Botanical Garden
The farm was originally established to aid poor farmers in the New Territories but has since morphed into a nature conservation centre. Conservation area on 148 hectares with themed gardens & wildlife, plus walking paths & guided tours.

Hong Kong Restaurants


Madame Fu-Grand Cafe Chinois
Quality dim sum at the old prison (Tai Kwun). Unlimited dim sum for affordable prices.

Kam’s Roast Goose
Popular Cantonese restaurant drawing crowds for its signature roast goose & char siu (BBQ pork). There are frequently queues at this restaurant.

Yung Kee Restaurant
Dim sum & duck dishes are prepared at this classy Cantonese restaurant with an open kitchen. Quite touristy restaurant. You can eat the same dishes cheaper in many places in Hong Kong.

Din Tai Fung (Causeway Bay branch)
A good place to eat Xiaolongbao (steamed bun served in a small baboo steaming basked).

Fiata Pizza
Best Pizza in Hong KOng (Napoli style pizza, reservation highly recommended).

Popular local bakery selling sourdough breads, pastries & tarts, with a weekend brunch menu.

Well-known, casual restaurant serving classic Thai food & drinks in retro, warehouse-chic surrounds.

Northern Dumpling Yuan
Various types of Chinese dumplings.

Bing Kee Cha Dong
Typical Hong Kong style fast food restaurant.

Shun Hing Restaurant
Typical Hong Kong style fast food restaurant.

A Happy Pancake Causeway Bay
Dessert restaurant serving fluffy pancakes.

SHARI SHARI Kakigori House (Causeway Bay)
Japanese dessert (shaved ice)

Master Low-key Food Shop
Hong Kong style snack bar


Social Place (Tsim Sha Tsui branch)
Classic Cantonese food with a modern twist and nice presentation, various restaurants in the city.

Crystal Jade (Tsim Sha Tsui branch)
Famous Shanghainese restaurant, various restaurants in the city.

Semua Semua x So Bar
Probably the best Malaysian restaurant in town.

Good Day Bad Day Mama Day
A good example of Western restaurant that Hong Kong youth love.

Australia Dairy Company
A classic Cha chaan teng (Hong Kong-style cafe). Simple and quick, maybe rude service. To be experienced.

Fung Choi Restaurant
A classic Cha chaan teng (Hong Kong-style cafe). Simple and quick, maybe rude service. To be experienced.

Mido Café
A classic Cha chaan teng (Hong Kong-style cafe). Simple and quick, maybe rude service. To be experienced.

女人街食飯公司 Ladies Street Sik Faan Co.
Cantonese restaurant at the bustling Ladies Street Market.

星馬茶室 The Makan
Great for authentic Malaysian food and very affordable.

TamJai SamGor Mixian (Mong Kok branch)
Chongqing-style noodles, many restaurants across the city. Well-loved fast food restaurant in Hong Kong.

Sushiro (Mong Kok branch)
Conveyor belt sushi restaurant

Kai Kai Dessert
Hong Kong style dessert restaurant

Oi Man Sang
As unfussy and unpretentious as it gets, Oi Man Sang has been a Sham Shui Po staple since 1956 – making it one of the oldest dai pai dongs in all Hong Kong. The menu’s changed little over the years with the tiny resto still serving authentic local fare. Some of our favorites include the salt and pepper squid, garlic steamed razor clams, potato and beef stir fry, and the salted egg yolk prawns. Reservation is a must.

Kowloon City Market and Cooked Food Centre
Super local authentic food court. You are guaranteed to be the only tourist there.

Hong Kong style dessert restaurant

Hong Kong Bars


Airy & sophisticated restaurant and bar with city views, offering Italian & Japanese menus.

SìpSip Rooftop Shisha Bar
A hidden gem, entrance not easy to find. Casual bar, not fancy but with splendid views.


Wooloomooloo Steakhouse (Wan Chai branch)
Clubby restaurant known for steaks, cocktails & skyline views, as well as its open-air terrace.

Cruise Restaurant & Bar

Terrible Baby