Hong Kong boasts of an east-meets-west atmosphere that puts you right in the middle of a cosmopolitan city. It’s fascinating to see how Hong Kong stayed true to its traditional Chinese roots despite all the international influence coming into the island. So, the next time you want to book your family trip, you ought to consider Hong Kong and visit its world-famous sites.
1. Hong Kong Disneyland
Visit the “happiest place in the world”, right from Hong Kong. While you’re at it, stay at the nearby Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel for an even more unforgettable experience for the kids. Don’t forget to check out the Flights of Fantasy parade, where Mickey and Friends Parade in magnificent Disney floats, and the magical Disney in the Stars fireworks display at Sleeping Beauty’s castle.
Hong Kong Disneyland is perfect for kids of all ages, especially for the kids at heart and a great experience to be shared with the entire family. Reminisce how would it be like to grow up in a world of fairy tales, as you enter from the Maine Street area to discover the rest of Disneyland’s magical world.
Hong Kong's MTR system offers a special train line dedicated to die-hard Disney fans who are set for Hong Kong Disneyland. Upon stopping at Sunny Bay station via the Tung Chung Line (represented by the orange color), walk a few steps until you reach the train line headed for the theme park.
Breaking away from regular MTR trains, the Disneyland train quips Mickey Mouse-shaped windows on the outside and enclosed figures of all-time classic Disney characters indoors. My relatives and I took this exact line going to Disneyland, so I appreciate how convenient and accessible Hong Kong's transportation station can be - even for first-timers!
2. Ocean Park
Another theme park your should definitely visit is Ocean Park. If Disneyland is perfect for the younger ones who grew up loving Disney characters, Ocean Park is an animal-themed park perfect for lovers of marine life and wildlife. It has plenty of attractions suitable for teens and older kids. With several amusement rides, Ocean Park hosts marine shows and a Grand Aquarium filled with beautiful marine life inside. Other of the main attractions of this Park are Ying Ying and Le Le - the adorable pandas who made Hong Kong their home. A great place to spend an entertaining day, Ocean Park also offers a unique view of Victoria Harbour via its own cable car ride which connects its Waterfront and Summit theme parks
3. Peak Tram Ride and Sky Terrace
The Victoria Peak Tram in Hong Kong is a world-famous funicular railway that has been in existence for over 100 years. Getting on this vintage tram gives you a glimpse of the old Hong Kong under British influence. The railway track opens to a spectacular mountain view of Hong Kong that cups the cityscape right in the middle of it all. The Peak Tram can get crowded with tourists, so it is best to tour it on a weekday. Try getting the express combo ticket which gives you access to other tourists spots within the Peak Tower.
As you get off the tram’s upper terminus, you will automatically enter the Peak Tower, a mall that hosts several souvenir shops, restaurants, Madame Tussauds’ museum, and the entrance to the Sky Terrace. Sky Terrace is a photographer’s paradise, giving you the highest full 360 view of Hong Kong.
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4. Sky 100
In contrast, Sky 100 is an indoor viewing area that also gives you a 360 view of the entire Hong Kong island. It’s located at the 100th floor of the ICC tower, the tallest building in Hong Kong. The great thing about Sky 100 is that, rain or shine, you can always have a beautiful panorama that opens up to skyscrapers peppering the harbour view. It’s highly recommend that you visit at night so you can watch the dancing Symphony of Lights happening at the Victoria Harbor.
5. Madame Tussauds
If you have enough time for a museum visit, make sure you drop by Hong Kong’s Madame Tussauds wax museum. With 11 themed zones to see, you’d have a grand time taking selfies and posing with your favorite wax figures. The figures are so accurate that you will be wondering if they are real or not. Hong Kong’s Madame Tussauds includes lots of Asian celebrities such as the kung fu masters Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. It also gathers some of the world’s influential political figures like Barack Obama, Xi Jinping, Princess Diana, and even Gandhi, all in one place! To save time, buy the 3-in-1 express combo ticket at the Lower Peak Tram Terminus that already includes entrance to Madame Tussauds. Museum hours are from 10 AM to 10 PM daily, including public holidays.
6. Romantic Harbour Evening
Enjoy a romantic getaway overlooking the Victoria Harbour Bay on a cruise ship. Check out Star Ferry’s Night Round trip for a tour around the Sheung Wan, Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui areas. See Hong Kong in its modern glory, as skyscrapers and city lights light up Victoria Harbour. This could be a perfect way for you to cap off an entire day of touring or to celebrate your better-half’s birthday or anniversary as you bask in the picturesque view of Hong Kong at night . The cruise takes you on a relaxed journey complete with an English tour guide.
Another reason to visit Hong Kong is the easy access to Macau. Right from the airport, Macau is just a ferry away and it is a perfect destination for a day trip or for a quick 2-day stay. Like Hong Kong, Macau is another city off mainland China that was once colonized by the Portuguese who left a lasting imprint on the small island through architectures like St. Paul’s church and Rua da Tercena. You will also find authentic Portuguese restaurants still present in Macau. And of course, it is also a gaming haven for those who fancy trying their luck and gambling at the casinos. You can reach Macau via the China Ferry Terminal at Tsim Sha Tsui or board a bus from Hong Kong straight to Macau.
8. Big Bus Hong Kong
Get a convenient, history-rich city tour while on the Big Bus in Hong Kong. The Big Bus allows you to hop on and hop off the double decker along the city. You can purchase either a 24-hour or a 48-hour ticket, which will give you the chance to travel the city of Hong Kong at your own pace. The Big Bus route covers the Stanley, Kowloon, and Hong Kong island areas. Each ticket also includes a free Star Ferry ride, Peak Tram and Sky Pass or Sky 100 pass, and Sampan ride. The Big Bus has 10 different commentary languages on board that will narrate historical features on popular tourist spots along the way, such as Victoria Peak and Man Mo Temple.
Experience the thrill of riding above the waters on a crystal cabin or regular cable car through the Ngong Ping 360. Accessible right from Tung Chung MTR station, this cable car ride takes you to the quaint little island of Lantau—home of the world-famous Tian Tan Buddha. The Ngong Ping 360 also takes you back in time, as touring the Ngong Ping Village gives you a glimpse of how old Hong Kong life must have been before modernity found its way in. It is worth a visit, and offers fresh perspective about Hong Kong - something you may not think you would find on the island known as the “world’s city”.
Duration: 25 Min Duration
10. Hong Kong for the entire family
Hong Kong remains as one of the most important cities in the world.Despite its fast-paced and busy lifestyle, there is lots of family-oriented activities fit for all ages that you can try there. So the next time you want a taste of the East, drop by Hong Kong with the whole family not just for a layover but a week-long unforgettable vacation.
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