Looking for the best Hong Kong tourist attractions? Don’t know where to spend your time in town? Look no further. We’ve picked Hong Kong’s 10 best tourist attractions. This includes both Hong Kong's biggest and best sights, as well as some of the city's overlooked points of interest. Tick all of these attractions off your itinerary and you’ll have seen a whole lot of what this city has to offer.
See the Skyscraper Skyline
It’s what the tourists come for, and it never disappoints—smog allowing. Hong Kong has more skyscrapers than anywhere else in the world, and most of them are crammed onto the north shore of Hong Kong Island. The result is photography gold. This breathtaking gang of high rises is best viewed from the Avenue of Star in Tsim Sha Tsui. Come at night when you can see the buildings at their dazzling best.
Play the Ponies at Happy Valley Racecourse
You don’t need to a gambler to have fun at Happy Valley. This grand race course, bounded by a wall of skyscrapers in the heart of the city, makes for an exciting setting when lit up for the night time races. The horses are cheered on by a vocal crowd of thousands fuelled by cheap San Miguel and bad hotdogs. Unmissable.
Visit Ocean Park
Hong Kong’s premium theme park—which is quite some boast when your rival is Hong Kong Disneyland—Ocean Park has been offering thrills and spills to the people of Hong Kong for nearly forty years, and it has never been better. From the pandas and incredible jellyfish spectacular to the 4G inverted loops of the Hair Raiser rollercoaster, Ocean Park’s mix of animals and action-packed rides is a winning combination.
Admire the Historic LegCo Building
The Hong Kong government is dedicated to knocking down just about anything that’s more than 20 years old. LegCo has survived because it’s where the government sat for most of the last hundred years and is now the Court of Final Appeal. The building is in grand British colonial style with sturdy granite columns and gilded verandas; a powerful statement by the men in mustaches that once ran the city.
Follow the Ping Shan Heritage Trail
Few people venture outside of Hong Kong’s urban jungle, yet Hong Kong’s green lungs, the New Territories, are one of the few places you can find some local history. Home to Hong Kong’s walled villages, these fenced in settlements were founded by migrating family clans and many still celebrate their traditional heritage, both in their buildings and clothing and in lifestyle. Along the Ping Shan heritage trail, which winds through some centuries old villages, you’ll find examples of traditional Chinese architecture in the ancestral halls, temples, and pagodas.
Shop at the Mongkok Markets
While the Temple Street night market is probably Hong Kong’s best individual market, the combination of several markets all packed into one area makes Mongkok the place for bargain hunters. The flagship show is the Ladies Market, which mostly focuses on ladies clothes, souvenirs, and knock-offs from across the border in Shenzhen—Gucco handbags, anyone? Better is the Goldfish Market, effectively a street side zoo, and best of all is the Bird Market, where you can watch owners parade their birds around in gilded cages.
Eat at the Dai Pai Dongs
Dai Pai Dongs are street side food stalls—plus a couple of benches. Featuring basic, but delicious noodle and rice dishes, usually a great line in seafood and if you’re lucky, cold beers they’re the perfect place to fill up on a quick and tasty dinner. The government has clamped down on Dai Pai Dongs in recent years because it doesn’t chime in with their effort to make Hong Kong a squeaky clean city, but their scarcity has only added to the attraction.
Visit the 10,000 Buddha's Temple
It’s hard to pick a single Hong Kong temple. So many of them are impressive for their own reasons, but the nine-story pagoda and nearly 12,000 miniature Buddha statues make the 10,000 Buddha’s temple in the New Territories worth the trip.
Ride the Ngong Ping Cable Car
Hong Kong sometimes feels like the home of the jaw-dropping view, so it’s a confirmation of just how impressive the views are from the Ngong Ping Cable Car that it regularly makes lists such as this. Running between the town on Tung Chung and the themed village of Ngong Ping halfway up a Lantau mountain it affords beautiful views over the South China Sea and onto the lush greenery of Lantau Island.
Take a Quick Trip to Macau
Yes, technically speaking it's not in Hong Kong, but at just an hour away by ferry and with a visa-free visit for most tourists, anyone in Hong Kong for more than a few days should spend the time to see the Portuguese heritage and spinning roulette wheels of Macau.