Do This! Not That! : What to do in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is full of things to do. Too many things! How do you decide what to do in Hong Kong and what to skip? We’re here to help. So if you’re going to Hong Kong for a short trip, here is a list of what to do that will you make most of your time in this exciting city.


Do this in Hong Kong | 10,000 Buddhas Monastery

What to do in Hong Kong Go to 10,000 Buddhas Monastery
10,000 Buddhas Monastery is simply amazing. It was almost entirely empty when we visited. Skip the crowds at Big Buddha and go for a unique, intimate experience!

Not That! | Big Buddha.

10,000 Buddhas is cheaper, more unique to Hong Kong, and an incredible cultural experience. With almost no crowds, 10,000 Buddhas is the perfect place for exploring. The monastery is built up high on a hill, and the only way to get there is by climbing the many stairs.

Luckily, unique statues of monks line the stairs to the monastery. Some are in crazy poses so it makes for an entertaining trip up. The monastery houses a monk mummified in gold leaf (actually the founder of the monastery). Make sure to explore the whole grounds, there are more stairs to climb and even a giant Buddha riding on a dragon in front of a waterfall!

Quick tip: Quite a few stairs and tricky to get to, wear slip resistant shoes and find your directions here: 10,000 Buddhas Monastery; Must See in Hong Kong.


Do this in Hong Kong | Star Ferry

What to do in Hong Kong - Star Ferry Night Tour Symphony of Kights
Don’t miss the Star Ferry night tour. It’s at the top of our list of what to do in Hong Kong. Well worth the money!

Not That! | Junk Boat Ride

The Star Ferry is a comfortable ride with indoor seating should you want to relax and take in the view from a window. You may even order some wine and snacks (free drink included with your ticket). Junk boats are very cool to look at but they can be choppy. The views of the skyline are what you’re paying for so make sure you have stability on the boat to get that great shot of the Hong Kong skyline at night!

Tickets are first come, first served the day of departure. The ticket counter opens at 11:45 a.m. Star Ferry is located at Pier 7. Tickets are HK$205 for the Symphony of Lights Night Cruise, and it departs at 7:05 p.m.

Star Ferry’s Website with ticketing info and times of departure.


Do this in Hong Kong | Hong Kong Heritage Museum

Hong Kong Heritage Museum - Bruce Lee Statue
Bruce Lee fan looking for what to do? There is a whole exhibit on his life at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum!

Not That! | Hong Kong History Museum

Hong Kong Heritage Museum is the perfect place to go if you want to learn about Hong Kong and still have time in your day to do other activities. Not only that, it has a huge Bruce Lee statue outside of the museum which saves you from visiting the statue on the other side of the island.

The Bruce Lee exhibit is an incredibly well done exhibit, that follows his life. You’ll also learn about the history of Hong Kong fishing villages, opera and art. It is expertly curated, giving you a well-rounded experience of the heritage to this distinctive country.

Address: 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, Hong Kong

Free Admission for the permanent exhibits. You only pay for the special exhibits, and it’s very reasonably priced. Closed on Tuesdays.

Nearby Sha Tin Area:

10,000 Buddhas Monastery

New Town Plaza Shopping Mall – Tons of restaurants including very famous Taiwanese Dumpling restaurant Din Tai Fung

Sha Tin Central Park – Really pretty park along the river


Do this in Hong Kong | Ladies Market

Not That! | Temple Street Market

Depending on what you’re looking for Ladies Market wins in shopping and Temple Street wins in food. Ladies Market had much more variety in merchandise while Temple Street was lined with restaurants.

Be warned: Temple Street has some sketchy areas and the food is shockingly expensive.


Do this in Hong Kong | Bus up Victoria Peak and viewing from Victoria Peak Galleria

Victoria Peak - What to do in Hong Kong
Take the bus to the top of Victoria Peak to skip the lines of the train. It’s really cheap and convenient.

Not That! | Trolley to Victoria Peak and views on The Peak

Both of these options will give you a great experience. But to save time and money, ride the bus to the top of Victoria Peak. Skip the lines and fees of the trolley. There is a bus station at Exchange Square below the towers. If you take the MTR to Hong Kong Station, look for Exit D. Look for bus 15.

  • Bus 15 (not 15C) to the Peak HK $9.80 vs. Trolley to the Peak HK$45

For all the information you need, including the sights you will see on your 40 minute to 1 hour bus ride, check out this guide.

On top of Victoria Peak – Victoria Peak Galleria viewing platform

Once you make it to the top, you will see the Victoria Peak Galleria. Victoria Peak Galleria has a free viewing platform on its top level. There are two sides, one for viewing the Reservoir, and one for viewing the Harbor. It’s usually less crowded and free. So why pay for the Sky Terrace? Save the HK$30! Make sure, whichever you choose, you go on a clear day as the fog can get so intense all of the harbor is hidden.


Do this in Hong Kong | Ride the Trolley (Ding Ding)

Not that! | Take a taxi

Looking for a fun, unique way to get around town for cheap? Take a ride on the trolley, or ding ding as it is better known.They’ve been operating in the city since 1904, and it’s one of the greenest ways to get around in Hong Kong.  Single rides are HK$2.30, and you pay when you get off. We had a lot of fun riding and you get a great view of the city from up high on the 2nd floor. A taxi will just be expensive and boring.

Check out the Hong Kong Tramways website for more information. New in 01/2016 they added a new TramOramic Sightseeing Tour! Sounds really cool!

Going to Hong Kong? Check out Free Things to See in Hong Kong.

If you’re looking for a sample budget itinerary, check out this Hong Kong Solo Budget Trip.


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6 thoughts on “Do This! Not That! : What to do in Hong Kong

    • Hong Kong is so cool. 10,000 Buddhas was really worth it to us. You go up all these stairs but the view from the top, and all the different monks along the way will keep you entertained! Don’t miss the very tip top where there is a Buddha riding a dragon in front of a waterfall. Very pretty.

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