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10 things every visitor must experience in Hong Kong

In a city as vibrant as Hong Kong, all the best experiences are here — from cultures ancient and modern, to vistas natural and urban, and flavours local and international. With such diverse choices, we know that you might need some help. So, here’s a list of the top experiences not to miss when you’re in Hong Kong.

Gazing across stunning Hong Kong from The Peak

The Peak is Hong Kong Island’s highest point, with stunning panoramic views of the city below, best seen at night. Ride the century-old Peak Tram to reach it, or go for a green approach following the stunning Morning Trail.

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Devouring dim sum your way, any time of day

Dim sum: not only Hong Kong’s breakfast staple, but a peek at our many societal rungs. Join the crack-of-dawn crowd and eat alongside the working classes at Lin Heung Tea Room, rub shoulders with the all-day crowds at Luk Yu Teahouse or enjoy these delicious bites dished up tycoon-style at Lung King Heen.

Haggling at the city’s street markets

Hit the streets and shop at our many Outdoor markets. Cat Street (Antiques) and Temple Street Night Market are antique and vintage favourites, while Ladies’ MarketStanley Market and the Central lanes all sell everything from branded clothing to bric-a-brac.

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Hiking Hong Kong’s great outdoors

Over 70 per cent of Hong Kong is green space, so strap on your boots and hit the trails. See stunning views on the Dragon’s Back Hike, catch Lantau Island’s greatest hits at the Shek Pik Country Trail, and experience everything from monkeys to war tunnels on the MacLehose Trail.

Climbing the steps up to the base of Big Buddha

Watching over Hong Kong like a god incarnate, the Tian Tan Buddha is a stunning statue that stands 34 metres high. Ride the cable car to reach it, and stop for lunch at nearby Po Lin Monastery.

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Staying out late in the bar districts

Party the night away at one of Hong Kong’s many bar districts. From Hong Kong Island’s party scene in Lan Kwai Fong & SoHo, and Wan Chai’s rowdy crowds, to Kowloon’s chilled lounges on Knutsford Terrace and local favourite Tung Choi Street, there’s something for everyone.

Taking in the skyline from all angles

Our picture-postcard panorama, a striking mix of towering structures and shimmering lights. Catch dual-harbour views on the Star Ferry, soak it in strolling on the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, and then gaze out drink-in-hand from rooftop bar.

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Playing at our theme parks

Hong Kong’s theme parks are all-age playgrounds, fit for the whole clan. Ocean Park Hong Kong is proudly home-grown, balancing hair-raising rides with animal enclosures, while Hong Kong Disneyland is the ideal weekend family getaway.

Getting caught up in the atmosphere at the horse races

Go casual at the Wednesday evening races in Happy Valley Racecourse, or don an Ascot cap for the weekend races in Sha Tin Racecourse. Horseracing is an essential part of Hong Kong culture, a pastime dating back 150 years.

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Venturing on self-guided walks

A number of fascinating self-guided walks have been mapped out in Hong Kong to help bring the city to life for curious visitors. Old Town Central is the perfect starting point. Alternatively, explore one of Hong Kong’s traditional working-class neighbourhoods, Sham Shui Po.

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