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Top Hong Kong Tips - Your Insider Tips for Hong Kong

  • If you are visiting the amazing city of Hong Kong you will find a whole range of things to see and do for all tastes. For your visit you can book hostels in Hong Kong from our great selection.


    Over on our Facebook page we asked you for your top Hong Kong tips and here’s what you told us.

  • Visit the Tian Tan Buddha

    Ver Bo says:

    Visit Lantau. Just amazing - Tian Tan Buddha

    Herodes Gonzales says:

    Giant Buddha, Hong-Kong

    Humberto Alvarez says:

    Giant Buddha in Lantau Island

    Hostelworld.com says:

    The Tian Tan Buddha is also known as the Big Buddha and you will find it on Lantau Island. This is a large bronze statue and as well as being a major tourist attraction in Hong Kong, it is a centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong. It dominates the skyline and is a beautiful monument.

    Location: Ngong Ping, Lantau Island

  • Visit the Hopewell Centre

    Dorota P?gowska says:

    Visit Hopewell Centre and its restaurant on the sixty second floor - it completes a 360-degree rotation each hour! And the longest escalators system that goes through Soho District. Beautiful view is from The Peak (where you can get with tram).

    Hostelworld.com says:

    The Hopewell Centre is the first circular skyscraper in Hong Kong and is 64 storeys high. On the 62nd floor you will find the ‘Revolving 66’ restaurant that does a complete 360 degree turn every hour. You can also take one of the scenic elevators to see some great views.

    Location: 183 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai

  • Ride the Star Ferry

    Megan Eaves Writing says:

    Take the Star Ferry across the harbour in the evening - it's the best and cheapest tour of the city skyline you'll ever get!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    The Star Ferry is a boat tour that offers some amazing views of the Hong Kong skyline. These boat tours are based on the old passenger ferries that once connected Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula. The re-created boats today offer a stunning setting for taking in some breathtaking views.

  • Chungking Mansions

    Chantelle Wallace says:

    Don’t be afraid of the Chungking mansions!

    Stephanie Wells says:

    Stay in Kowloon in the Chungking Mansions if you want an inexpensive hostel experience that's so close to all that Hong Kong has to offer!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    The Chungking Mansions is a complex of five 17-storey towers that are home to guesthouses, apartments, money changers, restaurants and shops. It is home to some of the cheapest accommodation in the city and even if you are not staying there it is worth a visit for a look around.

    Location: 36-44 Nathan Road, Kowloon

  • Make use of Hong Kong’s public transport

    Weerawat Thepthaweepitak says:

    Ferry transfer and tram.

    Helen Carter says:

    Don't forget to get the MTR Tourist Day Pass or the Travel Pass at the airport before heading to the city. It will save you $$$.

    Leelian Tan says:

    Buy the airport express card and get 3 days of unlimited rides on the MTR.

    Chi Lee says:

    Metro system is outstanding!

  • Hong Kong Disneyland

    Tea Tenco says:

    HK Disney!!!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Hong Kong has it’s very own Disneyland where you can experience the magical kingdom of Disney.

  • Hong Kong shopping

    Wilda Wong says:

    Ladies market, late night food stalls, late night shopping, breakfast in noisy indoor markets, high tea at the Peninsula Hotel... after all, HK is best for shopping and eating!

    Mimi Nanta says:

    Shopping at the big outlet nearby, the way back down from the Giant Buddha.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Whatever your taste or style you will find a wealth of shops and markets on offer around Hong Kong. From big brand names to smaller crafts, Hong Kong has some great shopping on offer and at reasonable prices too.

  • Use Hong Kong’s Octopus Card

    Steve Adams says:

    Buy an Octopus Card! It comes in handy for so much!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    In Hong Kong you can use an Octopus Card as a cash free way of paying for all public transport as well as in stores, restaurants, parking and vending machines. You recharge it as you go and is a great way of paying for things in Hong Kong.

  • Explore areas outside of the city

    Niels Dekker says:

    Go of the beaten path and explore something new! Take the metro and go out the centre, exit the metro and see where you are! There is always something cool around, and food is more local, cheaper and better as in the busy areas! Best mall in HK - try the one at Sha Tin!

  • Get walking

    Rob Roy says:

    Walk! The length of Nathan Road from the Star Ferry to the Bird Market area. Start early and soak up the atmosphere.

    Anem Unreal says:

    Walk! Don't try to take a taxi, most of things are in walking distance.

  • Pick a good viewing spot for the Victoria Harbour Light Show

    Lynsey McAlpine says:

    Don't view the Victoria Harbour light show on the crowded waterfront viewing area, go on top of the adjacent shopping centre (and beforehand go to the amazing Vietnamese restaurant in the childrens-wear section of the mall).

    Hostelworld.com says:

    The Victoria Harbour Light and Sound Show is one of the world’s largest and permanent spectacles of its kind and can viewed nightly from 8pm. As it is such a popular show it gathers large crowds so look for alternative viewing areas.

  • Check out Shek O

    Dazz Woodmansey says:

    A visit to Shek O reveals a slower pace of living.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Shek O is a beachside village that you will find to the South of Hong Kong. It is a peninsula and its name translates to ‘rocky bay’. It is a beautiful and scenic part of Hong Kong and makes for a great escape from the city.

  • Visit Lamma Island

    Magdalena Ziolkowska says:

    Going to Lamma Island, just to chill and relax.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Lamma Island is the third largest island in Hong Kong. It is a beautiful island with some stunning scenery. Automobiles are not allowed on Lamma Island meaning bicycles and walking is the only way of seeing the island.

  • Enjoy Hong Kong’s nightlife

    Janice Aimii AuYeung says:

    Top tip is never come back to your hotel or hostel before mid night. Enjoy the night life here ;) PS : I live in Hong Kong!

    Joy Chow says:

    The night scene at The Peak is awesome. ? it!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Hong Kong is a vibrant city that becomes even more electric after dark. There is a wide range of nightlife on offer to suit all tastes so make sure you explore the city at night too.

  • Stay in Wan Chai

    Claire Herbert says:

    Stay in the Wan Chai area of Hong Kong island - it's much more interesting than Kowloon!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    You will find Wan Chai on the Northern shore of Hong Kong Island and it is one of the busiest commercial areas in the city. It was also one of the first developed areas in Hong Kong.

  • Try out some of the following suggestions...

    Lavare Wong says:

    Apart from standard sights in Hong Kong I would recommend getting traditional Chinese lunch in Yuan Long, walking around in Nam Shan Wai at afternoon, seeing sunset in Pat Lai and getting wonderful seafood in Lau Fau Shan for one day.

    Ooi Wen Jie says:

    Hop on a tram, shopping in Citygate mall, night view at the Peak, pray in Wong Tai Sin temple.

    Monorail Orlinger says:

    Take a ferry to Yung Shue Wan on Lamma Island, walk to Sok Kwue Wan (about 1,5 hours, on the way there go to a beach), eat delicious Seafood in Sok Kwue Wan in the sunset, then take a ferry back to HK Island/Kowloon once it is dark.

    Dee Savjani says:

    Temple St Night Market, especially a trip to one of the Chinese Astrologers there, and finish up at the restaurants (pick one that has lots of locals for the most authentic experience).

    Andrea Epifani says:

    The most classic view and shopping mall at the peak, the electronic store at Mongkok Computer Centre and Sham Shui Po street markets.

    Rico Hauck says:

    Victoria Peak Tram and Ngong Ping with the Giant Buddha, Temple Street and Nathan Road...

    Aek Chaiyut says:

    Having dim sum for a breakfast, trying some street food, as locals do and walking around Portland Street at night.

    Joline Deen says:

    Of course the lightshow from a boat or from avenue of stars, get an octopus card and the cow stomach noodle soup is very nice! Also the Jade Market is good to get some cheap jade and Victoria Park is nice to go to early in the morning to see people doing their work out!

    Stella Koo says:

    It's good to do hiking in Sai Kung and visit the island!! Sure, it's good try the seafood too!!

    Tin Zablan says:

    Ride the Star Ferry, open top bus and tram on your way to The Peak!

    Stephen Kian Onn Ho says:

    Waxed duck, Roast Duck, Peking Duck, Soya (Teochew) Duck, Roast and Soya (Teochew) Goose... All so yummy... and "die-die" must eat/try when in Hong Kong.

    Ronda Duong says:

    Nothing like going to the 'Aussie pub' called Ned Kelly in Hong Kong where a Filipino band plays American jazz :)

    Tea Tenco says:

    Beside Giant Budhha in Lantau island, don't forgot Heart Sutra Wood.

    Amelie Hk says:

    Yeah Dim Sum is a must try food in HK! Best Dim Sum in the world! Watch WKW's Chungking Express before you visit Chungking Mansions! lol

    Anthony Chau says:

    Enjoy the food in Mong Kok!

    Dorota P?gowska says:

    And the longest escalators system from centre through Soho.

  • Hopefully these top Hong Kong tips will help you make to most of your visit to Hong Kong.

  • Book hostels in Hong Kong | Hong Kong videos, podcasts, free pocket guide and more

  • If you are visiting the amazing city of Hong Kong you will find a whole range of things to see and do for all tastes. For your visit you can book hostels in Hong Kong from our great selection.


    Over on our Facebook page we asked you for your top Hong Kong tips and here’s what you told us.

  • Visit the Tian Tan Buddha

    Ver Bo says:

    Visit Lantau. Just amazing - Tian Tan Buddha

    Herodes Gonzales says:

    Giant Buddha, Hong-Kong

    Humberto Alvarez says:

    Giant Buddha in Lantau Island

    Hostelworld.com says:

    The Tian Tan Buddha is also known as the Big Buddha and you will find it on Lantau Island. This is a large bronze statue and as well as being a major tourist attraction in Hong Kong, it is a centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong. It dominates the skyline and is a beautiful monument.

    Location: Ngong Ping, Lantau Island

  • Visit the Hopewell Centre

    Dorota P?gowska says:

    Visit Hopewell Centre and its restaurant on the sixty second floor - it completes a 360-degree rotation each hour! And the longest escalators system that goes through Soho District. Beautiful view is from The Peak (where you can get with tram).

    Hostelworld.com says:

    The Hopewell Centre is the first circular skyscraper in Hong Kong and is 64 storeys high. On the 62nd floor you will find the ‘Revolving 66’ restaurant that does a complete 360 degree turn every hour. You can also take one of the scenic elevators to see some great views.

    Location: 183 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai

  • Ride the Star Ferry

    Megan Eaves Writing says:

    Take the Star Ferry across the harbour in the evening - it's the best and cheapest tour of the city skyline you'll ever get!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    The Star Ferry is a boat tour that offers some amazing views of the Hong Kong skyline. These boat tours are based on the old passenger ferries that once connected Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula. The re-created boats today offer a stunning setting for taking in some breathtaking views.

  • Chungking Mansions

    Chantelle Wallace says:

    Don’t be afraid of the Chungking mansions!

    Stephanie Wells says:

    Stay in Kowloon in the Chungking Mansions if you want an inexpensive hostel experience that's so close to all that Hong Kong has to offer!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    The Chungking Mansions is a complex of five 17-storey towers that are home to guesthouses, apartments, money changers, restaurants and shops. It is home to some of the cheapest accommodation in the city and even if you are not staying there it is worth a visit for a look around.

    Location: 36-44 Nathan Road, Kowloon

  • Make use of Hong Kong’s public transport

    Weerawat Thepthaweepitak says:

    Ferry transfer and tram.

    Helen Carter says:

    Don't forget to get the MTR Tourist Day Pass or the Travel Pass at the airport before heading to the city. It will save you $$$.

    Leelian Tan says:

    Buy the airport express card and get 3 days of unlimited rides on the MTR.

    Chi Lee says:

    Metro system is outstanding!

  • Hong Kong Disneyland

    Tea Tenco says:

    HK Disney!!!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Hong Kong has it’s very own Disneyland where you can experience the magical kingdom of Disney.

  • Hong Kong shopping

    Wilda Wong says:

    Ladies market, late night food stalls, late night shopping, breakfast in noisy indoor markets, high tea at the Peninsula Hotel... after all, HK is best for shopping and eating!

    Mimi Nanta says:

    Shopping at the big outlet nearby, the way back down from the Giant Buddha.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Whatever your taste or style you will find a wealth of shops and markets on offer around Hong Kong. From big brand names to smaller crafts, Hong Kong has some great shopping on offer and at reasonable prices too.

  • Use Hong Kong’s Octopus Card

    Steve Adams says:

    Buy an Octopus Card! It comes in handy for so much!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    In Hong Kong you can use an Octopus Card as a cash free way of paying for all public transport as well as in stores, restaurants, parking and vending machines. You recharge it as you go and is a great way of paying for things in Hong Kong.

  • Explore areas outside of the city

    Niels Dekker says:

    Go of the beaten path and explore something new! Take the metro and go out the centre, exit the metro and see where you are! There is always something cool around, and food is more local, cheaper and better as in the busy areas! Best mall in HK - try the one at Sha Tin!

  • Get walking

    Rob Roy says:

    Walk! The length of Nathan Road from the Star Ferry to the Bird Market area. Start early and soak up the atmosphere.

    Anem Unreal says:

    Walk! Don't try to take a taxi, most of things are in walking distance.

  • Pick a good viewing spot for the Victoria Harbour Light Show

    Lynsey McAlpine says:

    Don't view the Victoria Harbour light show on the crowded waterfront viewing area, go on top of the adjacent shopping centre (and beforehand go to the amazing Vietnamese restaurant in the childrens-wear section of the mall).

    Hostelworld.com says:

    The Victoria Harbour Light and Sound Show is one of the world’s largest and permanent spectacles of its kind and can viewed nightly from 8pm. As it is such a popular show it gathers large crowds so look for alternative viewing areas.

  • Check out Shek O

    Dazz Woodmansey says:

    A visit to Shek O reveals a slower pace of living.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Shek O is a beachside village that you will find to the South of Hong Kong. It is a peninsula and its name translates to ‘rocky bay’. It is a beautiful and scenic part of Hong Kong and makes for a great escape from the city.

  • Visit Lamma Island

    Magdalena Ziolkowska says:

    Going to Lamma Island, just to chill and relax.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Lamma Island is the third largest island in Hong Kong. It is a beautiful island with some stunning scenery. Automobiles are not allowed on Lamma Island meaning bicycles and walking is the only way of seeing the island.

  • Enjoy Hong Kong’s nightlife

    Janice Aimii AuYeung says:

    Top tip is never come back to your hotel or hostel before mid night. Enjoy the night life here ;) PS : I live in Hong Kong!

    Joy Chow says:

    The night scene at The Peak is awesome. ? it!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Hong Kong is a vibrant city that becomes even more electric after dark. There is a wide range of nightlife on offer to suit all tastes so make sure you explore the city at night too.

  • Stay in Wan Chai

    Claire Herbert says:

    Stay in the Wan Chai area of Hong Kong island - it's much more interesting than Kowloon!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    You will find Wan Chai on the Northern shore of Hong Kong Island and it is one of the busiest commercial areas in the city. It was also one of the first developed areas in Hong Kong.

  • Try out some of the following suggestions...

    Lavare Wong says:

    Apart from standard sights in Hong Kong I would recommend getting traditional Chinese lunch in Yuan Long, walking around in Nam Shan Wai at afternoon, seeing sunset in Pat Lai and getting wonderful seafood in Lau Fau Shan for one day.

    Ooi Wen Jie says:

    Hop on a tram, shopping in Citygate mall, night view at the Peak, pray in Wong Tai Sin temple.

    Monorail Orlinger says:

    Take a ferry to Yung Shue Wan on Lamma Island, walk to Sok Kwue Wan (about 1,5 hours, on the way there go to a beach), eat delicious Seafood in Sok Kwue Wan in the sunset, then take a ferry back to HK Island/Kowloon once it is dark.

    Dee Savjani says:

    Temple St Night Market, especially a trip to one of the Chinese Astrologers there, and finish up at the restaurants (pick one that has lots of locals for the most authentic experience).

    Andrea Epifani says:

    The most classic view and shopping mall at the peak, the electronic store at Mongkok Computer Centre and Sham Shui Po street markets.

    Rico Hauck says:

    Victoria Peak Tram and Ngong Ping with the Giant Buddha, Temple Street and Nathan Road...

    Aek Chaiyut says:

    Having dim sum for a breakfast, trying some street food, as locals do and walking around Portland Street at night.

    Joline Deen says:

    Of course the lightshow from a boat or from avenue of stars, get an octopus card and the cow stomach noodle soup is very nice! Also the Jade Market is good to get some cheap jade and Victoria Park is nice to go to early in the morning to see people doing their work out!

    Stella Koo says:

    It's good to do hiking in Sai Kung and visit the island!! Sure, it's good try the seafood too!!

    Tin Zablan says:

    Ride the Star Ferry, open top bus and tram on your way to The Peak!

    Stephen Kian Onn Ho says:

    Waxed duck, Roast Duck, Peking Duck, Soya (Teochew) Duck, Roast and Soya (Teochew) Goose... All so yummy... and "die-die" must eat/try when in Hong Kong.

    Ronda Duong says:

    Nothing like going to the 'Aussie pub' called Ned Kelly in Hong Kong where a Filipino band plays American jazz :)

    Tea Tenco says:

    Beside Giant Budhha in Lantau island, don't forgot Heart Sutra Wood.

    Amelie Hk says:

    Yeah Dim Sum is a must try food in HK! Best Dim Sum in the world! Watch WKW's Chungking Express before you visit Chungking Mansions! lol

    Anthony Chau says:

    Enjoy the food in Mong Kok!

    Dorota P?gowska says:

    And the longest escalators system from centre through Soho.

  • Hopefully these top Hong Kong tips will help you make to most of your visit to Hong Kong.

  • Book hostels in Hong Kong | Hong Kong videos, podcasts, free pocket guide and more


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