Hong Kong is an amazing city with a lot of things to do and see. In this post I have summed up some of my favourite activities in Hong Kong. Furthermore I’ll give you a hotel recommendation at the end of the article.
#5 Strolling along Mongkok’s street markets
They are colourful, noisy, crowded and offer lots of different goods. Walking through Mongkok’s street markets is a great way to experience vibrant Asian culture in the middle of the city.
Don’t forget to grab something to eat while you’re there. With lots of food options, Kowloon is the perfect place to taste authentic food.
I especially like visiting the markets after sunset. The lights and neon signs add a special atmosphere when it’s dark.
#4 Riding the Star Ferry from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island
Watching any city from the water is usually a good idea. With Hong Kong’s amazing skyline that’s clearly something you shouldn’t miss!
The ferry cruise from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island is good opportunity to admire the huge amount of skyscrapers on both shores. As it only takes a few minutes in total, the ferry crossing easily fits in between other sightseeing activities.
#3 Sightseeing by tram
Hong Kong is also known for its double decker trams. These vehicles are not only a nice photo attraction but they are also a comfortable and easy way to do some sightseeing without walking all the way.
Watching the streets passing by from the tram’s upper deck gives you the opportunity to see the city from a whole new perspective.
If you’re looking for something more adventurous, I recommend taking bus no 6 to Stanley. The bus ride offers nice views on the surrounding hills and skyscrapers. But beware: The bus drivers steer the buses along the narrow roads in high-speed!
#2 Watch the light show at the harbour at night
While the harbour is already stunning during the day, it’s really beautiful by night when all the lights in the surrounding skyscrapers come on.
Each night at 8 p.m. there’s a multimedia light show at the harbour called “A Symphony of Lights”. During the show, the skyscrapers on both sides of the harbour are highlighted with laser effects. It also includes background music and explanations about the participating buildings.
#1 Enjoy the view from Victoria Peak
My favourite activity by far is watching Hong Kong’s Skyline from Victoria Peak. The view from up there is simply stunning:
I recommend taking the Peak Tram at least once. It’s a cable car that climbs very steep up the hill and offers great views during the ride.
#Aviation Special: Visitor Terrace in Terminal 2
If I have some spare time at Hong Kong Airport, I like visiting the viewing deck on the roof of terminal 2.
Hong Kong Airport is served by a variety of airlines from North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and even Africa. It’s always a pleasure to watch all the different heavies come in!
Finding a suitable hotel in Hong Kong is a difficult task. There are of course many options – but similar to Singapore, most of the better hotels are super-expensive.
During our last holiday in Southeast Asia, we stayed at the Cordis Hong Kong. The hotel is located next to the Langham place shopping centre and close to the MRT Station “Mong Kok”.
From there you can easily reach a few local street markets, as well as the famous Ladies’ Market at Tung Choi Street. Nathan Road is just around the corner and if you’re willing to walk for about 30 minutes you can stroll along the window fronts all the way to the water.
The rooms at Cordis Hong Kong come with floor to ceiling windows and offer a nice view from the upper levels. We paid about 200 Euros per night for a club room, which included breakfast, priority check-in and unlimited access to the club lounge on the 36th floor.
As most hotel rooms in Hong Kong, our room was rather small. But there was still enough space to store our luggage and clothes. Our room was in good shape and offered all the amenities you would expect from a hotel in that category.
The hotel lounge was a real highlight and definitely worth the extra money. It consisted of several different rooms, all of which had a beautiful view over the city. The perfect place to relax after exploring Hong Kong!
To sum it up
The hotel staff was friendly and attentive, the room was in a good shape and offered a beautiful view, breakfast was superb and the club lounge was excellent. We had a very pleasant stay at Cordis Hong Kong and can recommend this hotel to other travellers. Of course the room rates might be a bit more expensive than the most economic options, but especially with the lounge access, you get a lot in return for your money.
What are your favourite activities in Hong Kong? Do you have any favourite hotels?