Top 10 Things to See and Do on Hong Kong Island

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What to do in Hong Kong after shopping till you drop at the city’s shopping malls. There are many things to do in Hong Kong other than shop. Here is a list of the top 10 tourist attractions on Hong Kong Island.

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Fleet of Rolls-Royces crossing the Tsing-Ma Bridge with the Hong Kong skyline in the background.Photo Credit: Peninsula Hotels..

Forget shopping! Hong Kong has spectacular natural scenery, exciting amusement parks, and more than 250 outlying islands to explore.

Hong Kong is a city of more than 7.2 million people. It can be divided into four zones: Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories, and the Outlying Islands.

Each zone has its own personality.

Hong Kong Island is the seat of government. It is also home to some of the city’s most important commercial districts, toniest residential districts, best beaches, and trendiest neighborhoods.

Here’s a short list of things to see and do on Hong Kong Island.

1. The Peak – ride the Peak Tram from Admiralty to the Peak (just when you think it can’t get any steeper, it getss steeper), take stroll around the summit along the Hong Kong Trail (40 to 60 minutes). Check out the view of Victoria Harbour from the The Sky Terrace 428 viewing platform at the Peak Tower (try to go on a clear day – winter is best), have lunch or dinner at The Peak Lookout, shop at …, and return to the city by bus – try to get seat at the front of the second deck.

2. The Repulse Bay – have afternoon tea on The Verandah at The Repulse Bay, which is dripping with colonial elegance. Take a walk along the beach at sunset. Return to The Repulse Bay for a mouth-watering dinner at Spices, which serves pan-Asian cuisine, with a focus on South and Southeast Asian dishes.

3. Hollywood Road  – shop for antiques and art at the shops and galleries that line Hollywood Road from Wyndham Street in Central to Queen’s Road West in Western. Make a stop at the Man Mo Temple Compound along the way.

4. Hong Kong Tramways – Explore Hong Kong Island from Kennedy Town in the West to Shau Kei Wan in the East, but try to avoid rush hours. The Tramsways offers 7 thematic journeys: art, colonial, family, foodies, heritage, nature, and shopping. Pick up the maps, but – if you want to save money – don’t buy the vastly overpriced passes targeted at tourists. Fares are dirt cheap. Just make sure you have lots of small change.

5. Stanley Market – hunt for bargains and souvenirs at Stanley Market, have lunch or dinner at one of many food and beverage outlets at Murray House and along Stanley Main Street, and check out the old police station, Tin Hau Temple, Kwun Yum Temple, and Tai Wong Ye Temple.

6. PMQ – check out the design studios, boutiques, food and beverage outlets at the former Police Married Quarters, which has been transformed into hub for creative industries. Events and exhibitions are frequently held there. Check out the website to see if anything interesting is taking place.

7. Ocean Park – take the rides, explore the exhibits, watch the shows, and be awestruck by the breathtaking scenery at this massive marine theme park. Try to avoid weekends and public holidays.

8. Lan Kwai Fong – go clubbing in Lan Kwai Fong and nearby SoHo, a.k.a. South of Hollywood Road. Patronize the upscale clubs or – if you want to save money – buy drinks at the 7-Eleven at the top of D’Aguilar Street and boogie in the street. Drinking in the streets is legal in Hong Kong, and there are no time restrictions on the sale of alcohol. Club owners frown on the practice, but there’s not much they can about it.

9. Hong Kong Maritme Museum – check out the exhibitions that tell the story of trade and maritime activities in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta. It’s right next to the Star Ferry Terminal and the Central Ferry Piers – why not take the ferry to Kowloon or one of the outlying islands?

10. Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware – check out the exquisite collection of tea ware at the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, which is located in the heart of Hong Kong Park, which is worthy of a visit in its own right. Don’t miss the aviary with its exotic birds and plants!

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