Hong Kong things to do

By Ed Peters, your Hong Kong expert

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Statue Square

Price guide: Free
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expert-rated things to do in Hong Kong
Best for First-time visitors -
Expert overall rating:4.9 (out of 5)

Statue Square's only statue is of a banker: go figure.

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Best for Fun -
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

It's Hong Kong's unofficial national sport - and they're off!

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Victoria Peak

Price guide: Free
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expert-rated things to do in Hong Kong
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

The must-see that's on everybody's list - and with good reason.

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Ocean Park

Price guide: Mid-range
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expert-rated things to do in Hong Kong
Best for Families -
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

No Mickey Mouse - no worries. This theme park's the best.

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Big Buddha

Price guide: Free
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Best for Chilling out -
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

One of Hong Kong's greatest attractions - getting there is half the fun.

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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

If Hong Kong was a symphony, this would be the overture.

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Best for Escapists -
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Concrete jungle? Ha! Think again - and don't forget the factor 15.

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expert-rated things to do in Hong Kong
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

For Asia's avian population, this is as important a hub as Chek Lap Kok.

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expert-rated things to do in Hong Kong
Best for History -
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

Brilliantly interpreted - and an admission fee that's paltry.

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Lovers' Rock

Price guide: Free
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expert-rated things to do in Hong Kong
Best for Romance -
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

Love is a many splendoured thing - and how!

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expert-rated things to do in Hong Kong
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

A living and working harbour - and a lot more.

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Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

Walk the walk and talk the talk: this is Hong Kong laid bare.

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MacLehose Trail

Price guide: Free
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Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

A mere 100 kilometres from end to end - it's Hong Kong's top hiking trail.

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expert-rated things to do in Hong Kong
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

Fun and folklore at this magical Hong Kong spot.

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expert-rated things to do in Hong Kong
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

Great for military buffs (and non buffs for that matter).

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expert-rated things to do in Hong Kong
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

A corner of a foreign field that was forever China.

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#18/20
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Best for Culture -
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

"Something Strange in the Neighbourhood? Who Ya Gonna Call?" Wong Tai Sin!

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Avenue of Stars

Price guide: Free
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expert-rated things to do in Hong Kong
Best for Posing -
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

There's more to Hong Kong flicks than kung fu.

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Hong Kong Space Museum

Price guide: Mid-range
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expert-rated things to do in Hong Kong
Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

Quite the best (and only) planetarium in Hong Kong.

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Despite the (fairly) widespread use of English in Hong Kong, the city can overwhelm to start off with. A couple of companies run double decker bus tours around the island and the Tsim Sha Tsui peninsular - hopping aboard will allow you to get your bearings rather than wrestling with the public bus and train systems on day one. And you can hop off the double decker if you fancy exploring a particular area.

It's well worth getting out to the islands - ferries run all day, and a little-used shuttle service connects Peng Chau, Lantau and Cheung Chau; by the same token, Hong Kong's Country Parks provide an alternative view of what is popularly perceived as wall-to-wall concrete and glass. 

One of the best aspects of Hong Kong is that you are rarely more than 60 minutes' travel from anywhere. An hour or less by road, train or sea from downtown Central lie the border with China, nigh deserted beaches, mushrooming new towns, and island communities that have changed little over the past few decades.

The stored-value Octopus card acts like a second passport as far as transport is concerned, and the searchable (by street number or building name) Yellow Pages map (www.hkcitymap.com) is the A-Z of Hong Kong, with additional information on ferry times, MTR locations and even the weather.

NB Much of what is listed here is free, or tickets cost about ten bucks. I'll say no more about the cost of living (or holidaying) in Hong Kong.

How I’ve picked my things to do: 

Purely and simply, these are places I enjoy visiting, and find something new to enjoy each time I go there. I've also tried to add something extra - everyone is urged to visit The Peak, but many are unaware of the easy walk around the mountain, or the park at the very top. Likewise, it's fun to ride the cable car to the Big Buddha, but you can walk on to Lantau Peak, the territory's second highest. 

Set focus

Purely and simply, these are places I enjoy visiting, and find something new to enjoy each time I go there. I've also tried to add something extra - everyone is urged to visit The Peak, but many are unaware of the easy walk around the mountain, or the park at the very top. Likewise, it's fun to ride the cable car to the Big Buddha, but you can walk on to Lantau Peak, the territory's second highest.