Vibrant. Restless. Dynamic. Hong Kong at night is full of glittering lights, its streets and roads pulsing with traffic and people. The sight of the city’s skyscrapers at night was what it gave it its nickname ‘The Pearl of The Orient’.
Whether you’re a fledging night owl who starts yawning at 10 or a die-hard party animal who won’t stop till you drop, Hong Kong’s night scene has something to offer. Once you’ve found a hotel to maximize your Hong Kong stopover, it’s time to check out what’s in store for you! We’ve gathered a list of 20 things to do at night in Hong Kong. Stock up on some coffee. You’re going to need it!
5 pm - 8 pm
The sun is just starting to crest the horizon and all around you Hong Kong is starting to come alive. Office workers stream out of buildings and schoolchildren celebrate their freedom. It’s also about dinnertime, so it’s time to look for some good food and some fun things to do at night in Hong Kong.
1. Watch the sun go down and the lights turn on from Victoria Peak (6.30 pm - 7 pm)
When you think of Hong Kong, chances are you think of the panoramic, glittering skyline with boats bobbing in the harbour. Well, the place to get that iconic view is from the top of Victoria Peak. It’s a famous vantage point, and to enjoy the best of day and night views you should get there around 6 30 pm, before sunset. Then, find a good spot on one of the walking trails, or on The Sky Terrace, and wait for the sun to set. You’ll be treated to the amazing sight of Hong Kong’s skyscrapers lighting up.
Victoria Peak (太平山) is the best place to feel the restless hum and vibrancy of Hong Kong, and to take in the beautiful city from afar. To get there, you can take the Peak Tram. For the past 120 years, the Peak Tram has careened up and down the steep mountainside,ferrying passengers about. The Peak Tram terminus is located on Garden Road, which is a short stroll from the Central MTR Station.
2. Enjoy an evening date at the Zoological and Botanical Gardens (5 pm - 7 pm)
Hong Kong’s Zoological and Botanical Gardens was founded in 1864, and it is one of the oldest in the world. You might think bringing your sweetheart to the zoo is a bit of a cliché, but the Zoological and Botanical Gardens has long been a popular date location, even in the olden days. With so many couples spending romantic evenings there together, why not join in the fun?
The garden is beautifully maintained, featuring both flora and fauna. The greenhouse closes early, but the Fountain Terrace Garden is open till 10 pm. As the name might suggest, the landscape is punctuated with beautiful fountains. This is a great place for a calming evening stroll, hand in hand with your significant other.
Zoological and Botanical Gardens
Address: Albany Road, Central, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Station: Admiralty or Central
Opening Hours: Fountain Terrace Garden: 5 am to 10 pm, Green House/ Education and Exhibition Centre: 9 am to 4.30 pm, Other Areas: 6 am to 7 pm
Planning to stay and explore the whole island? Why not check out the Big Bus Tour with their Night Tour Upgrade?
It’s an open-top bus tour that takes you past the most spectacular night sights of the city. Starting at Tsim Sha Tsui, its route goes by bustling Nathan Road, Temple Street Night Market, the Clock Tower, and the Hong Kong Coliseum. The night tour takes approximately one hour, and it takes you through the heart of Hong Kong when it is at its most vibrant.
The tour gives you the option of getting off at Ladies Market or Temple Street Night Market so you can explore. If not, the route ends back at the Avenue of Stars. If you take the bus at the 7 pm slot, you’ll end up at the harbour just in time to catch the Symphony of Lights.
The 48-hour ticket lets you hop on and off any time, letting you explore the city at your own pace. In the day, there are three different routes, Hong Kong Island (Red Route), Stanley (Green Route) or Kowloon neighborhood (Blue Route), to choose from.
The tour includes commentary in 10 different languages. The ticket includes a one-way Star Ferry ticket, letting you take a historic boat, an unique experience, as well as the option between a Peak Tram Sky Pass or admission to the Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck, either one giving you a spectacular view of Hong Kong from up high.
Check out the link for more information!
Hong Kong Big Bus 24- or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Duration: 45 to 135 minutes
The Symphony of Lights is fifteen minutes of lights piercing the night sky above the Hong Kong skyline, making it look even more dazzling. Recognized by the Guinness World Records as the “World’s Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show”, Symphony of Lights is created by synchronizing the lights of key buildings along the harbor. It includes decoration lights, laser lights, and digital fireworks that shoot out from 45 buildings along the harbor.
The lights are synced to music and narration, and all the elements came together to celebrate the energy, diversity and spirit of Hong Kong. The show is divided into five main themes – Awakening, Energy, Heritage, Partnership and Celebration. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, narrations are in English. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays are in Mandarin Chinese, and Sundays are in Cantonese.
Symphony of Lights
Every night at 8 pm, if the weather permits
Best spots: Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, between the Avenue of Stars and Hong Kong Cultural Centre, or at Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai
Admission: Free, do go early to get a good spot
Website: A Symphony of Lights
Symphony of Lights Hong Kong Harbor Night Cruise with Unlimited Drinks
Duration: 1 hour
Horse-racing is a popular pastime in Hong Kong, and on race nights as many as 40,000 people can flood the Happy Valley Racecourse. Dating back to 1844 and surrounded by high-rise buildings, the Happy Valley Racecourse isn’t what you’d expect from a typical modern racecourse. A lot of people, though, agree that that’s what makes it more fun. It’s one of the best places to visit in Hong Kong at night and enjoy an adrenaline-pumping, sweaty, and exciting horserace.
From September to June, races take place almost every Saturday and Wednesday. Cheering and yelling is tough work, so after that you can grab a bite at one of the seven restaurants in the complex. Otherwise, you can head up to the Hong Kong Racing Museum on the second floor and learn more about Hong Kong’s enduring pastime.
Happy Valley Racecourse (跑馬地馬場)
Address: 2 Sports Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island
Admission: Public spectator seats: 10 HKD (1.30 USD), Members-only zone:100 to 150 HKD (13 to 19 USD), Ages 18 and above only
Website: Happy Valley Racecourse
Hong Kong Horse Racing Tour
Duration: 5 to 7 hours
Why not experience the city from the waters of Victoria Harbour? The harbour is one of the world’s busiest, and it is awesome to watch the various boats along the waterway, ranging from huge freighters to tiny sampans and junks.
There are many options that you can explore for a Victoria Harbour Cruise. Vessels leave from piers on both the Hong Kong and Kowloon side. It can be as simple as showing up at the docks and buying a ticket for one of the evening cruises. The Star Ferry Harbour Cruise is one such example. It’s one of the most well-known cruises, and it’s great value for money.
If you’re looking for something a little more special, then trying booking one of the cruise packages. A lot of these will include dinner at places like the Jumbo Floating Restaurant or one of the seafood villages. For something truly traditional, you can opt to cruise Victoria Harbour on a traditional sampan or junk. There aren’t many sampans in operation any more, so these will have to be booked ahead of time.
Generally, cruise tickets can range between 205 HKD (26 USD) to 1,047 HKD (135 USD). Tickets can be booked online in advance.
Aqua Luna: Evening Cruise at Victoria Harbour Hong Kong
Duration: 45 minutes
Price: 25.46 USD
Hong Kong Harbor Night Cruise and Dinner at Victoria Peak
Duration: 5 hours
The Jumbo Kingdom is an internationally-renowned tourist attraction, combining dining, sightseeing, and cultural attractions. It really lives up to its name. The Jumbo Kingdom is a great, shining icon on the Aberdeen Harbour, with fluorescent lights reflecting on the water, the inside bustling as dish after dish of seafood and Chinese cuisine is served. To be completely honest, eating at Jumbo is pretty pricey and you’d probably get a better deal at one of the restaurants along Mongkok, but this is one of those must-do things.
Address: Shum Wan Pier Drive, Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen, Hong Kong. Nearest MTR: Wong Chuk Hang Station Exit B
Opening Hours : Jumbo Kingdom (Main and Second Deck): Monday to Saturday: 11 am to 11.30 pm, Sunday and Public Holidays: 9 am to 11.30 pm
Dragon Court (First Deck): Monday to Friday: 11 am to 3 pm, 5.30 pm to 11.30 pm, Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holidays: 11.30 am to 4.30 pm, 5.30 pm to 11.30 pm
Website: Jumbo Kingdom
Victoria Harbour Dinner Cruise
Duration: 4 hours
8. Feast on seafood and culture at Lei Yuen Mun (鯉魚門) (6 pm - 11.30 pm)
As you might expect from a port city, Hong Kong is well-known for having great seafood. One place in particular that is associated with seafood is the little village of Lei Yuen Mun on the Kowloon side. The village first got its reputation in 1992, when a Seafood Festival was held there. Since then, it has been well-known as a seafood paradise. It offers a dining experience unlike any other.
At Lei Yuen Mun, you can be certain your seafood is fresh – it’s alive and staring at you from a tank! You can choose which fish, prawns, crabs, or seashells you want from a live fish shop. After that, your seafood is brought to a restaurant. It’s up to you to tell the waiter how you want your seafood done (don’t worry, they’re full of recommendations and advice) and then it’s time to eat up!
Lei Yuen Mun has retained Old Hong Kong’s architecture and charm, and is ideal for experiencing what Hong Kong must have been like in the past, as well as enjoying amazing seafood.
To get to the village, you can take a taxi or ferry, or you can take the MTR to Yau Tong Station. From there, take green minibus no. 24 from opposite Yau Tong Centre.
8 pm - 10 pm
Dinner is done, and Hong Kong’s night scene is starting to kick into full gear. The night markets have just reached their peak and happy hour is well underway. This is shopping prime time, if you’re ready to jostle your way through the crowds. If not, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered too.
Aside from some great shopping deals, Temple Street Night Market gives you a chance to experience Hong Kong up close and personal. It’s a cross-section of Hong Kong’s society condensed into one street. Found at the junction of Temple Street and Jordan Road, it has more than a hundred stalls crammed into five blocks.
You can find everything from counterfeit goods to herbal medicines, all being aggressively sold under the glare of bare light bulbs. You can get your fortunes read, or watch an impromptu Chinese opera performance. Remember, all the prices on items here are recommendations. You’re expected to bargain.
Visitors are advised to hunt for shops hidden in streets behind stalls, away from the main lane of tourists. If it’s food you’re looking for, the outdoor food stalls sell a wide variety of street food. Be sure to try favourites like curry fishballs.
The market is officially open in the afternoon, but to get the full experience, go between 7 and 10 pm.
Hong Kong Night Walking Tour
Duration: 3 hours\n>\n> Price: 57 USD
Temple St. Night Market Tour, Victoria Harbour Dinner Cruise
Duration: 6 hours
10. Send chills down your spine with a Wan Chai Ghost Hunt (8 pm - 10 pm)
In the dark corners of Hong Kong lurk untold stories, and there is no place that illustrates this better than Wan Chai. It’s known as one of the most haunted places in Hong Kong, in part due to the horrors that happened there during the Japanese Occupation in the 1940s. What’s different about Wan Chai’s ghost tour though, is that it’s infused with the history of Wan Chai and Hong Kong.
The tour winds its way through different heritage hotspots in Wan Chai, and the stories told are deeply entrenched in their historical contexts. You’ll leave with both goosebumps and a deeper knowledge of Hong Kong’s history.
This is not recommended for young children or those who are easily scared. The tour also involves climbing steep steps and walking in dark places, so pregnant woman and people with back, neck, and heart problems are also not advised to join.
One spot on the tour costs 200 HKD (26 USD). Tickets have to be booked online for this tour, which is one of the best things to do at night in Hong Kong.
11. Go squid fishing (8 pm - 12 midnight)
Squid and cuttlefish only come out at night, so this is an activity that can only be done after it gets dark. This isn’t an activity that is exclusive to Hong Kong; you can do it wherever there is squid. But, it is a great way to spend an evening with friends or family, enjoying the peacefulness of being out at sea late at night. For the best catch, head over during summer.
Once the boat reaches open water, lamps are lowered to attract the squid and then it’s open season. Even a novice can catch a few squid. You can use a line-and-hook device, or sometimes the boatmen will use nets. Afterwards, the boat staff will fry up your catch, which is delicious when seasoned with garlic and soy sauce. For the particularly adventurous, baby squid can also be eaten raw.
Remember to wear black unless you want ink stains on your clothes!
Duration: 7 pm to 11 pm
Price: Adult: Sunday to Thursday: 209 HKD (26.72 USD), Friday & Saturday: 219 HKD (28 USD), Child (Below 10 years old): Sunday to Thursday: 199 HKD (25.44 USD), Friday & Saturday: 209 HKD (26.72 USD)
Website: Jubilee International Tour
10 pm - 12 midnight
This is where that coffee comes in handy. If you’re starting to yawn, well, don’t! Hong Kong’s night has some hidden gems it has yet to reveal.
Lan Kwai Fong is synonymous with bars and drinking. It’s Hong Kong’s legendary nightlife zone, with over 90 restaurants and bars. You’ll be spoilt for choice. It’s popular with expatriates, and it’s the place to be if you’re looking to drink or dance in a club.
It’s located a short walk away from Central MTR Station – you’ll know it once you see it. Once it starts getting late, the street is packed with people searching for a suitable bar, with promoters vying for attention.
Go during happy hour, which is usually sometime around 7 pm - 10 pm. Remember to know your limits and stay safe!
Hong Kong: 3-Hour Lan Kwai Fong Pub Crawl
Duration: 6 hour
13. Grab supper on Cheung Chau (10 pm - 2 am)
Cheung Chau Island is a popular get-away during the daytime. Beach-goers and people who want to escape city life take the ferry over, and most head back once it starts to get dark. However, around 10 pm, mobile carts of food and stoves descend near to the ferry pier and within minutes Cheung Chau’s very own mini night-market is formed.
There you can find all kinds of food, ranging from sushi and dessert soups to traditional Hong Kong street food. Visitors and locals alike will queue for the food. If the night market isn’t enough to keep you entertained, you can take a stroll along Peak Road and enjoy the silence and picturesque views.
Ferries return to Central at 11.45 pm and 2.20 am, so be sure not to miss it or you’ll be spending the night on Cheung Chau! Then again, the market lasts all night so that might not be a bad thing.
14. Get a dose of art and culture at the Fringe Club (open till 3 am)
If you consider yourself to be of the creative and artsy type, or just want a different kind of drinking scene, then go to the Fringe Club. It’s located a few blocks away from Central MTR Station. It prides itself on providing up-scale avant-garde entertainment. Formerly a dairy warehouse, it’s been renovated to include a theatre, art gallery, photo gallery, rehearsal space, and studio. It has two bars that you can choose from, and one of them is on the building’s rooftop.
Throughout the week, the club hosts a variety of performances, ranging from theatre performances to live music and book readings. Do note that ticket prices will vary for performances, although the bars do not have a cover charge. This is the perfect place to enjoy an evening steeped in art and culture while sipping a cocktail or two.
12 midnight - 2 am
Hong Kong is a city that works hard, but it plays hard too. You will find no shortage of clubs and bars along Lan Kwai Fong and Mongkok. At the same time, outside of such places, the quiet stillness that midnight brings falls over everywhere else. It’s a surreal way to experience Hong Kong.
Do note that the MTR has stopped working by now, so you’ll have to depend on cabs to get around. Hong Kong’s taxis are clean, air-conditioned, and relatively cheap. Best of all, they’re easy to hail.
15. Dance till you drop at Club 97
Photo is only for illustrative purposes
Twenty-six years ago, Club 97 emerged on the Hong Kong nightlife scene. Today it’s one of the city’s top dance venues. Despite its age, the interior is sleek and modern, and a queue usually snakes outside on weekend nights. After a good dinner and maybe some drinks, this is a perfect place to party on the dance floor.
To keep things fresh, the theme varies from night-to-night and a different DJ spins different tunes. If you can, go on a Wednesday – it’s salsa night. The club has separate spaces, so it’s an ideal spot for chilling with friends or dancing the night away.
Up for more drinks and dancing? Join a pub crawl!
Address: G/F, No.9 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong China
16. Feast on dim sum until the wee morning hours
From the delicate rice rolls of cheung fun, the soft and fluffy paus, and the meats braised in soya sauce, Hong Kong’s dim sum is unparalleled. If it’s midnight and you find yourself with a sudden craving for a hot long of xiao long baos or a milk tea, you needn’t worry. Many dim sum stores will stay open till late, catering to insomniacs and party-goers alike.
One popular spot is Sun Hing Restaurant, which opens its doors at 3 am. Don’t expect it to be empty though – Sun Hing has a crowd of party-goers, students, and neighborhood regulars. Make sure to try their steamed custard bun.
Sun Hing Restaurant can be found near Kennedy Town MTR Station.
17. Wander Mongkok at night (past midnight)
Mongkok is bustling during the day, the streets and roads full of a seemingly never-ending stream of people and traffic. Past midnight, it winds down, but there’s still plenty to do. Street food is still readily found, and you can find snooker halls and DVD halls aplenty. If you consider yourself to be well-versed in the game of mahjong, some clubs also offer private mahjong rooms. Otherwise, you can sing your heart out in karaoke lounge, drink, or just wander the streets and admire the stark contrast from daytime.
18. Enjoy a moment of serenity while night cycling from Tai Po to Tai Mei Tuk (12 midnight - 3 am)
There are few better ways to enjoy cycling than doing it night. Everyone else has gone home, the streets are empty and yours for the taking. Grab a few friends and enjoy the cool night breeze. The route between Tai Po and Tai Meu Tek makes for a leisurely cycle, taking you across a huge dam with beautiful views of Tolo Harbour and Plover Clove. It’s a popular escape for urban dwellers, and the sense of isolation is further enhanced when you go at night.
The route is approximately 9 kilometres (5.6 miles), and will take you around 1.5 hours to finish. You can rent bikes in the town centre of Tai Po or at Tai Po Waterfront Park.
Simple food stores and eateries can be food at Tai Mei Tuk, but there isn’t anything along the way, so be sure to stock up on food and water beforehand. A bus terminus will be near the end point, which makes getting back after the ride easy.
2 am - 4 am
These hours are for the insomniacs, the restless, or for the ones whose hands are shaking from too much caffeine. Generally, Hong Kong is considered a safe city; generally, if trouble finds you, it’s because you were actively looking for it. All the same though, it never hurts to be cautious. Travel in groups and don’t try to attract too much attention.
19. Gawk at the action at the Yau Mai Tei Wholesale Fruit Market (10 pm - 5 am)
Informally known as gwo laan, the Yau Mai Tei Wholesale Fruit Market is a ramshackle collection of century-old buildings. At night, it’s a bustling mass of vendors and buyers bargaining and negotiating for the day’s fruits. Yau Mai Tei starts operating just as most of the other night markets in the area are packing up – around 10 pm. However, the action really gets going around 4 pm, when retail buyers haggle with vendors and workers haul crates about.
The market has a sketchy reputation, so don’t go alone! Otherwise, as long as you stay out of the way, it’s fine to wander around and drink in the fervent action set against the backdrop of the sleeping city.
20. Midnight craving No. 2? Settle it at an all-night Dai Pai Dong (24/7)
There’s no shame in having more than one midnight craving. Rather than finding a table at a coffeeshop somewhere though, you can grab a bite at an all-night dai pai dong. A dai pai dong is a type of open-air food stall, characterised by a big license and untidy atmosphere. They serve a variety of low-priced wok hei dishes like fishball noodles or congee. Dai pai dongs are quickly fading from existence. According to the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, there are only 25 remaining.
Of those still in existence, 14 can be found in Sham Shui Po, and several are open 24/7. You can grab a seat at one of the foldable tables and enjoy a hot and cheap meal.
Get ready for a long night
These are just some of the things to do at night in Hong Kong. It is a restless city, so for at least one night, you should have a restless night too. It’s only fitting. Whether you’re looking to eat, drink, and then eat some more, or wander the streets to see what they might yield, these night activities in Hong Kong are waiting for you!
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