Victoria Peak Tram, © Can Stock / leungchopan
Visit Hong Kong – Victoria Peak
Victoria Peak is the most popular attraction among those who visit Hong Kong. You can catch the Peak Tram funicular on Garden Road beside Hong Kong Park. You will either need to join an organized tour or use local transportation, because it’s a half hour walk to the gondola from Central Pier. Enjoy views of the skylines of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon across the bay.
Watch the sunset and the nightly Symphony of Lights, but the views of the Symphony of Lights are better from Kowloon on the opposite side of Victoria Harbour. Visit several tourist attractions at the Victoria Peak Tower as well. Get to the Peak Tram early to avoid the crowds. Wait times can easily exceed one hour for the tram.
Central District , © Can Stock / leungchopan
Visit Hong Kong – Central District
In addition to Victoria Peak, there are a number of other attractions to see in the Central District:
IFC Mall – enjoy roof top views and dining. Buy food and drink anywhere in the mall and take it to the roof top. The complex includes “One ifc” and “Two ifc” towers as well as the Four Seasons Hotel and Four Seasons Place. Catch the express to the airport from the IFC Mall too.
Mid-Level Escalators – the longest series of outdoor escalators in the world. The mid-level escalators help pedestrians climb through the Central district of Hong Kong. The Lan Kwai Fong & SoHo restaurant areas are located here.
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). For political historians, the HKCEC is the site of the 1997 Handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China. For movie buffs, it’s a Jackie Chan film site. The Golden Bauhinia sculpture here is the symbol of Hong Kong. Take a walk along the water on the Expo Promenade.
Chinese Junk, © Can Stock / bedo
Cruise Hong Kong Victoria Harbour
Cruise Hong Kong Victoria Harbour from Central Pier 9 or Kowloon Pier with Star Ferry or Watertours of Hong Kong. Both offer a large variety of cruising options. Cruise the islands on a Chinese junk, such as the Duk Ling or Aqua Luna which is owned by Aqua Restaurant Group. To cross between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, you can use a credit card at the ferry terminal if you don’t have an Octopus card or cash.
Star Ferry, © Can Stock / strippedpixel
Visit Hong Kong – Kowloon Pier
Kowloon Pier has a lot of attractions near the ferry pier and cruise ship terminal. Catch a Star Ferry for a Victoria Harbour tour or a quick crossing to Hong Kong Island Central District. Passengers pay less than $1 to ride the Star Ferry. Visit the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower, the very popular Kowloon Park, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Space Museum and Salisbury Garden.
Kowloon, © Can Stock / kawing921
Symphony of Lights from Kowloon
Watch the Symphony of Lights each night at 8 pm from the Avenue of Stars on the waterfront promenade in Kowloon. The Symphony of Lights depends on lighting from more than 40 skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island every night. The building light show is best seen from Kowloon, but can also be seen from Victoria Peak.
Hong Kong , Victoria Harbour, © Can Stock / rabbit75can
Chungking Mansions – Kowloon
Just a couple blocks inland from the waterfront is Chungking Mansions, which is the heart of non financial trade and cultural diversity in Hong Kong. Low cost guest housing, inexpensive restaurants, currency traders, computers and cell phone stores make Chungking Mansions an exotic adventure.
Two ifc Building, © Can Stock / bedo
More Kowloon Sights
- Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck – on the 100th floor of the International Commerce Centre (ICC) with great views of Victoria Harbour and the Symphony of Lights.
- Temple Street Night Market – anything and everything, in Kowloon. Kowloon is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Fortune telling is very popular here at night.
- Ladies’ Market on Tung Choi Street in the busy Mong Kok area.
- Hong Kong Museum of History
Temple St Night Market, © Can Stock. / kawing921
Get to Hong Kong – Airport Express
Your adventure in Hong Kong starts at by landing at the Hong Kong International Airport on the man-made island of Chek Lap Kok. From the airport your best option is to take the Airport Express train to the city. You can buy individual Airport Express fares or add on 3 day travel passes for unlimited use of MTR subways, buses and trams.
The Airport Express 3 Day Travel Pass may be a better option than an Octopus Card for short term visitors, because you don’t have to track down a refund from a Customer Service kiosk at the end of your trip. The 5 stops on the Airport Express are Asia-World Expo, the Airport, Tsing-Yi Station, Kowloon Station and Hong Kong Station.
Visit Hong Kong – Hotels
- Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers
- InterContinental Hong Kong – in Kowloon in the best position to view Hong Kong Island and the nightly Symphony of Lights.
- Island Shangri-La on Hong Kong Island or the Kowloon Shangri-La on the opposite side of the harbor.