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Things to Do in Hong Kong

Twelve Experiences in Hong Kong


A set table with tea and dim sum
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Hong Kong is a city of experiences. From Dim Sum dining to taking a spin around the harbour on a junk, the things to do in Hong Kong are endless. Below, you’ll find twelve things to do in Hong Kong, all in different sections, so whether you’re a shopper or a culture vulture, there is something for everyone.

Traditional Hong Kong

Hong Kong remains a city deeply rooted in tradition. While the Chinese mainland was engulfed by Mao’s cultural revolution, the refuges flooded into Hong Kong, and the city became the keeper of Chinese culture’s longest traditions. From the riotous festivals to the Tai Chi classes that fill local parks, Hong Kongers are deeply traditional and it’s a side of the city well worth exploring.

Take a Free Tai Chi Lesson
A local passion, relax and refresh yourself with a Tai Chi class at dawn.
Let Loose at a Chinese Festival
Bubbling with noise and color, there are fantastic festivals nearly every month of the year.
Take a Ride on a Junk
These fantastically crafted boats once clogged the harbour, sail down memory lane with the last one left.

Futuristic Hong Kong

Despite the city’s tradition’s, most people’s picture of the city is as something from Blade Runner. The iconic skyscrapers and the magnificent skyline help, but Hong Kong’ fixation on the future is deeper than its skyscrapers. Just take a look at the longest outdoor escalator system in the world, which ferryies commuters from their beds to their desks.

See Central’s Soaring Skyscrapers
More skyscrapers than New York, or anywhere else for that matter, this is the business end of Hong Kong
Take a Trip on the Central-Mid-Levels Escalator
An amazing feat of engineering that climbs halfway up a mountain.
Snap the Famous Hong Kong Cityscape from the Peak
The iconic skyline, as snapped a million times, but never better than when seen up close.

Shop Till You Drop

Hong Kong lives up to its billing as a shopping mecca. The city is obsessed with shopping, and there are malls and markets, boutiques and bargains crammed into every available corner. Whatever you want, it’s here and usually at a very decent price.

Hong Kong’s Best Malls
The swankiest boutiques can be found inside the swankiest malls.
The Top Five Tailors in Hong Kong
Get suited and booted by the world’s finest tailors.
Pick up a Bargain at the Mongkok Market
Hong Kong is no longer the bargain basement of the world, but you can still pick up a steal at the local market.

Feast on Classic Cantonese and Chinese Food

Perhaps the best thing about Hong Kong is the food. Imitated from London to Lima, the Cantonese food here is the inspiration and is never beaten. From the feast that is a lunchtime Dim Sum to the pick and point snacks on offer at Dai Pai Dong, Cantonese fans will be spoilt for choice. As if that wasn’t enough, the Michelin Guide has just thrown a few stars around the city.

Dig in to Dim Sum
A feast on wheels, enjoy spring rolls, shrimp buns and barbequed pork.
Grab some Fast Food at a Dai Pai Dong
Pick up a pot full of spicy noodles for just a pocktful of change.
Treat Yourself to a Michelin Star Meal
The city’s best restaurants have showered with stars

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