The city of Hong Kong is truly astounding. As you look over the skyline you’ll see an incredible contrast of old world style and modern architectural anomalies. Unlike most other modernized metropolitan cities, Hong Kong seems to have sprung up over night. Surrounded by mountains and islands, the city of Hong Kong has much to offer visitors from all walks of life. Here are a few attractions you won’t want to miss.
10. Hong Kong Art Museum
The Hong Kong Art Museum is in the Kowloon section of Hong Kong and is packed with a collection of Chinese art rivaled by no other collection. Much of the collection is dedicated to ceramics, and works chronicling the Ming dynasty. You’ll also find extensive collections of artwork ranging from the Neolithic era through the Qing dynasty.
9. Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Travelers who love theater will certainly want to make a stop at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Some of the most talented performers in the city study here. With 5 distinct theaters and a large gallery, the academy is the backdrop for several musical, dance, and drama performances, teaching television and film as well.
8. Hong Kong Heritage Museum
The Hong Kong Heritage Museum is one of the largest museums in the city and, startlingly, is one of the least visited. Despite the lack of foot traffic, the inside of the museum features 10 galleries with artifacts and artwork covering more than 6,000 years of history. You’ll learn about life in traditional villages as well as about old religious and cultural customs.
7. Edward Youde Aviary
The Edward Youde Aviary is located in the central section of Hong Kong and is home to more than 150 species of birds. The 600 winged creatures that call the aviary home live in a gorgeous rain-forest environment under a stunning canopy with a gently flowing stream. The aviary is one site you don’t want to miss.
6. Victoria Peak
Victoria Peak, known as Ia Ping Shan in Chinese, is an amazing place to visit. When you step off the Peak Tram you’ll be amazed at the incredible sites beneath you. The entire city of Hong Kong, the harbor, and the Kowloon mountains beyond – all merged into one incredible natural backdrop – will captivate you for hours.
5. Deep Water Bay
Deep Water Bay is located in the Southside section of Hong Kong and is a great place to visit for a day of relaxation. In between sunbathing adventures on the beach you’ll enjoy a round of golf at the Deep Water Bay Golf Course or renting water equipment for water-skiing, boating, or diving.
4. Hong Kong University Chinese Medicine Clinic and Pharmacy
Alright, so you might not think of visiting a pharmacy as fun but if you know anything about traditional Chinese medicine you know exactly how captivating its theories can be. At the Hong Kong University Chinese Medicine Clinic and Pharmacy you can have a general health consultation or experience an acupuncture treatment.
3. Kansu Street Jade Market
There are more than 450 unique stalls at the Kansu Street Jade Market, all glistening with green jade. Some sell real jade and others sell fake and there is really no way to tell the difference. Your best bet is to find something you like and haggle to get the best price. What you get will be pretty and look like jade. Just don’t buy anything expensive while thinking it’s real.
2. Bank of China Tower
The Bank of China Tower in the central section of the city is one of the most astounding architectural feats in Hong Kong. The building was the first skyscraper built in Hong Kong after World War II and at the time stood 20 feet higher than the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank (HSBC). If you’re lucky enough to get to the 43rd floor observation deck you’ll be greeted with some astounding views of the city below.
1. Tian Tan Buddha
The Tian Tan Buddha is one of the largest seated Buddha statues in the world. Standing 110 feet tall, the bronze statue has a strong steel interior that was covered with more than 200 individual pieces of bronze. Situated outside the Po Lin Monastery, the Tian Tan Buddha is one of the most visited religious sites in Hong Kong.
Book a hotel room in Hong Kong, pack your bags, and prepare to be amazed. There’s so much to see and do in Hong Kong you’ll wish you could stay an extra week.