Hong Kong is filled with countless attractions the whole family can enjoy. From theme parks, museums and adventure activities, to harbour cruises, beaches, and the great outdoors, there is no shortage of things to see and do.
It’s a city of world class sophistication but Hong Kong also knows how to have a good time. There’s options for kids, parents and grandparents making it the ideal multi-generational getaway spot.
Like any cosmopolitan city, Hong Kong’s reputation as a premier travel destination is due to its many accessible and easy to use transport links.
And ferries of course are a favourite offering stunning views of the glittering skyline between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. Ferries also connect the outer islands.
On land, city trams travel the northern edge of Hong Kong Island, while the historic Peak Tram takes visitors on a memorable 1.7km ride up the steep mountain to Victoria Peak.
The fastest, and easiest way to get around Hong Kong is the Mass Transit Railway (MTR).
The five underground lines traverse the city and surrounding region, with direct connections from the city to Disneyland, and the international airport.
There’s no better way to experience Hong Kong however, than on foot. Simply exploring the vibrant city streets on a walk brings all kind of sensory pleasures to the adventurous traveller. Take in the sights and sounds at a food market, linger in an art gallery, or savour the delicious local foods in a neighbourhood restaurant.
Above all, Hong Kong is a safe place to travel. Like any city, common sense rules apply, but for a metropolis of its size, it’s an exceptionally safe place.
It’s no wonder that Hong Kong is one of the top family tourist destinations in the world, and these family friendly attractions make it all the more entertaining.
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Ngong Ping 360
This unique cable-car ride starts from Tung Chung, just a few minutes from Chek Lap Kok airport. The 25-minute ride takes you over blue sea and lush-green mountainside to the 1.5-hectare Ngong Ping Village.
Enjoy a variety of shops and eateries in the village, before the five-minute walk to the Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery and Wisdom Path. For a spectacular view, try the Crystal Cabin with its glass floor.
How to get there: MTR Tung Chung Station, Exit B. Walk for approximately five minutes to the Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal.
Avenue of the Stars
Move over Hollywood, there is a new star in town. The streets of Hong Kong are certainly no stranger to the big screen, with everything from action to comedy and traditional Chinese cinema filmed in Hong Kong and its surrounding islands.
In Garden of the Stars, sculptures of Bruce Lee, Anita Mui, McDull and the Hong Kong Film Awards statuette pay homage to the industry. Twenty celebrity handprint plaques, film exhibits, and murals of several classic movies are there to be enjoyed.
How to get there: Waterfront Podium Garden is in Tsim Sha Tsui East. From MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station, take the lift next to Exit P1 and choose the ‘Pd’ floor. Alternatively, use the staircase or the escalator adjacent to Tsim Sha Tsui East (Mody Road) Bus Terminus.
Note: Avenue of the Stars is under repair during select dates in 2018. Check the website for latest updates.
Hong Kong Observation Wheel
For some spectacular views of Victoria Harbour and beyond, the Hong Kong Observation Wheel is a must. Souring 60-metres into the sky, the 42 capsules provide an unforgettable journey. Located on the banks of Central, the surrounding plaza often hosts events, with plenty of food and drink on hand.
How to get there: 33 Man Kwong Street, Central, is on Hong Kong Island. Take the MTR to Hong Kong Station, Exit A2 or MTR Central Station, Exit A. Walk to the site along Man Yiu Street
Harbour Cruises & Symphony of Lights
At the heart of Hong Kong, Victoria Harbour is the picturesque waterway that divides Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. Climb aboard a harbour cruise to see the city from its symbolic centre as you tour the natural landmark which has connected Hong Kong to the world for over 160 years.
There are many harbour cruise choices, including hop-on-and-off tours throughout the day, as well as sunset cruises, and even a sail on a traditional Chinese Junk.
Each evening at 8pm, the Symphony of Lights show lights up the skyline. Set to a rousing performance by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the show puts Hong Kong in a whole new light. The sensational multimedia extravaganza includes searchlights, lasers, LED screens and lighting, making for an unforgettable nighttime spectacle.
Take a ride on the historic Peak Tram, to Hong Kong’s highest lookout, Victoria Peak. Home to the city’s most exclusive neighbourhood since colonial times, the views of one of the world’s most spectacular cityscapes is the star attraction.
Glide past city skyscrapers and parks as you make your ascent on the charming funicular, at what often seems like impossible angles.
How to get there: Take bus 15C from Central Pier 8, or walk from MTR Central Station Exit J2 to take the Peak Tram from the Peak Tram Lower Terminus on Garden Road.
sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck
Take a journey to the top of Hong Kong’s tallest building, the International Commerce Centre (ICC), where on the 100th floor you will find the sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck, the highest indoor observation deck in the city.
Marvel at the incredible 360-degree views of Hong Kong and its harbour, or discover the beauty of Hong Kong through the interactive sky100 mobile app and the Sky-High Tech Zone, which make use of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies.
How to get there: MTR Kowloon Station, Exits C1 and D1. Enter via the Elements shopping mall, in the Metal Zone on the second floor.
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
One of the newest and hottest neighbourhoods of Hong Kong is Tsim Sha Tsui. Starting at the colonial-era Clock Tower, and stretching to Hung Hom, the promenade takes you past the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong Space Museum, Avenue of the Stars, Salisbury Gardens, and a popular viewing spot for Symphony of Lights.
How to get there: MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit E. Walk towards Salisbury Road then turn right, take subway (pedestrian tunnel) next to YWCA to Hong Kong Cultural Centre, then walk to the Star Ferry Pier.
Hong Kong Disneyland
It’s one of the most popular attractions on the planet, but there is no need to travel to America to enjoy all the Disney fun and magic. With all your favourite Disney rides, characters and attractions, Hong Kong Disneyland is a must-do for everyone.
Stay at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and join the fun activities throughout the day.
Don’t miss the latest attractions, Star Wars™: Tomorrowland Takeover, where you will find a gigantic X-wing starfighter, flight suits and pilot helmets to don, before trying your hand at becoming a rebel pilot yourself at Hyperspace Mountain.
How to get there: MTR Disneyland Resort Station
Ocean Park Hong Kong
Located on the southern side of Hong Kong island, Ocean Park Hong Kong is a marine-park featuring animals, thrill rides and exciting shows. Spread across 915,000 square metres, the two major attractions are the Waterfront and the Summit, which are connected by the Cable Car and Ocean Express funicular train.
How to get there: MTR Ocean Park Station Exit B.
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