Vacations to the Orient
Hong Kong

Hong Kong Adventure from $429*
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Rosedale Hotel Kowloon

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Benito Hotel Hong Kong

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Welcome to the most spectacular harbor city of Asia. Washed by the jade green waters of the South China Sea, Hong Kong's vital port welcomes ships from around the world. Hong Kong means "fragrant harbor" and is a shoppers paradise. On Kowloon a good place to start shopping is Nathan Road, a tree lined neon strip so packed with shops that itâs been named the Golden Mile. Step off the Star Ferry and you have arrived on Hong Kong Island which offers botanical gardens, trendy nightlife, and some of the world's most striking modern architecture. Victoria Peak offers a dazzling view. Visit the floating community of Aberdeen, shop at Stanley Market, and walk the waterfront promenade as lights blink on at sunset.

Hong Kong has a reputation for being one of the most expensive cities in the world, but rest assured there are plenty of budget-friendly sights and experiences. Whether you’re traveling on a shoestring or simply love a great freebie, you can enjoy the best the city has to offer without spending a fortune—as long as you know where to look. Here are a few free things to do in Hong Kong.

Symphony of Lights: Hong Kong skyscrapers flash a wide array of neon-colored lights, all happening at 8 pm. Right beforehand, the iconic International Commerce Center puts on its own ICC Light & Music Show at 7:45 pm, and again at 9 pm, every night. The ICC show has won a Guinness World Record for “the largest light and sound show on a single building". Insider Tip: You can see the Symphony of Lights from the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront or from Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai—both locations play the accompanying music. You can also call 35-665-665 to hear the music and narration on your phone.

Explore Kowloon's Colorful Markets: You’re never far from a market in Hong Kong. Kitschy souvenirs abound, of course, but there’s also no shortage of sensory delights that are free to enjoy. Starting in Prince Edward, there’s the ever-fascinating Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, where people gather to walk their pet birds, while others sell the colorful creatures and beautiful bamboo cages. Just a few blocks west is a vibrant flower market that brims with exotic blooms, colorful cut flowers, succulents, and houseplants year-round.

Head South on Tung Choi Street and you’ll find the Ladies’ Market, an all-day affair with merchants hawking bargain clothes and accessories. A short MTR ride to Yau Mai Tei will take you through the Temple Street Night Market (starts around 4 pm), where knick-knacks and alfresco dai pai dong cafés reign supreme. Venture farther south and you’ll discover the Jade Market (closes around 6 pm), an indoor market jam-packed with gorgeous jade jewelry, statues, and more.

Go Gallery Hopping: You can cover a lot of ground with an afternoon saunter down Hollywood Road. On this busy street there’s no shortage of classic and contemporary art, antiques, photography, and calligraphy. Walking west, look for big names like Connoisseur Contemporary, Gallery EXIT, Karin Weber Gallery, Blindspot Gallery, The Cat Street Gallery, Para/Site Art Space, Puerta Roja, Sin Sin Fine Art, and Contemporary by Angela Li. If you have time to meander up to Sai Ying Pun, just a few more blocks west, don’t miss Above Second, which is devoted to urban murals, illustration, comic books and street art. Insider Tip: Visit in the afternoon when many galleries offer guests a complimentary glass of wine or champagne while they browse.

Watch a Free Film: Film has a long and rich history in Hong Kong, where stars such as Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Maggie Cheung made their names. The best place to experience it all is tucked away in the unlikely neighborhood of Sai Wan Ho:the Hong Kong Film Archive boasts a rich collection that will delight movie buffs. The five-story building regularly hosts exhibitions and screenings, which are usually free, ranging from new director spotlights to morning matinees, retrospective series, seminars, and anniversary exhibitions. Check the website for the current screenings schedule ahead of your visit.

Lounge in Victoria Peak Gardens: It might seem like nothing but skyscrapers, but there’s actually an impressive amount of parkland in Hong Kong—over 60 percent of the territory is natural terrain, still untouched by development. To enjoy some of the greenery without trekking out to the New Territories, head up to Victoria Peak Gardens in the center of town. To get there, take the short hike up the Morning Trail, starting at Hatton Road. After about 30 minutes, you’ll come to the intersection of Hatton, Lugard, and Harlech roads. Head left at the junction and up the small stone steps into the hillside, following the trail until you come upon a beautiful Victorian-style garden. Once the summer home of the Governor of Hong Kong, Victoria Peak Gardens is now a public park with an inviting lawn and a unique vantage point overlooking the western side of the city.
Insider Tip: If you prefer not to hike, take a taxi or Bus 15 to The Peak and walk from there.

Go to a Tea Ceremony: An integral part of traditional Chinese culture, tea has a long and storied history in Hong Kong and Guangdong province. Even today, there are many old-school tea houses around town, some of which offer complimentary Chinese tea ceremonies to potential customers.
One of the best experiences can be found at stalwart LockCha Tea Shop, which has a tea and ceramics shop inside the Jao Tsung-I Academy in Lai Chi Kok (800 Castle Peak Road). Usually guests are invited to sit on stools around a wooden table as a shopkeeper brews the tea leaves and explains the tasting process. Insider Tip: LockCha also has a tea house in Hong Kong Park, next to the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, where you can sample some of the city's best vegetarian dim sum.

Take in the View: If you’re after some incredible panoramas, you don’t have to pay a pretty penny to ride a crowded tram to The Peak or buy an overpriced cocktail at Ozone bar. Several skyscrapers have observation decks or public spaces, including the Bank of China Tower’s viewing platform. From the 43rd floor of the I.M. Pei–designed architectural marvel, you’ll enjoy uninterrupted views across the glittering harbor and beyond. Another hot spot is the IFC Mall, where you’ll find a public rooftop with sweeping views. To make the most of it, buy some craft beers or a bottle of wine at the grocery store inside the mall beforehand. Insider Tip: If you have your heart set on visiting The Peak, don’t bother paying for the Sky Terrace. Instead, follow the escalators to the rooftop of The Peak Galleria mall for free panoramic views of of Hong Kong Island.

Tour Hong Kong's Historic Temples: A trip to Hong Kong isn’t complete without a visit to at least one of the ancient temples, most of which are devoted to Confucian, Buddhist, and Taoist gods. On Kowloon side, don’t miss the Hau Wong Temple in Kowloon City. Built during the Qing dynasty, around 1730, the temple is one of the oldest in Hong Kong. It’s also one of the few places where you’ll see a rare roofing style of triangular stepped gables, a symbolic tribute to heaven.

Also in Kowloon, but nowhere near as old, the Chi Lin Nunnery offers a different take on Chinese temples. Built in 1934—and rebuilt in 1998 without using a single nail—the exquisite temple complex mimics Tang Dynasty style by incorporating interlocked wooden beams, high ceilings, and gold details. The neighboring Nan Lian Garden offers a rare sense of tranquility thanks to waterfalls, greenery, rock formations, and meticulous landscaping.

Across the water in Sheung Wan, the quaint but historic Man Mo Temple has vibrant green roof tiles and mesmerizing incense coils. Devoted to the god of literature (Man) and war (Mo), this temple was built in 1847 and has been declared a monument and Grade I historic building.

Insider Tip: If you happen to visit the Chi Lin Nunnery around lunch time, stop into the vegetarian dim sum restaurant located right behind the waterfall in Nan Lian Garden for one of the best Cantonese meals in town.

Stroll Along Bowen Road: One of the city’s best views is actually not atop a skyscraper, but rather hidden away in Mid-Levels. Bowen Road, which runs from Magazine Gap Road in Central to Stubbs Road in Happy Valley, is a peaceful way to spend an afternoon. The shady 2.5-mile-long path is a favorite among joggers and dog owners looking to escape the city buzz, get some fresh air, and enjoy the incredible views. It’s also a popular place for older Hongkongers to get together for a bout of Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art. Insider Tip: As you walk along Bowen Road, keep an eye out for Lover’s Rock—a famous phallic sculpture that’s said to grant women luck in marriage and fertility.

Visit Museums: There’s a museum every few blocks in Hong Kong, devoted to everything from art to science, history, coastal defense, and even Dr. Sun Yat-sen. For free access to the major museums, visit on Wednesdays, when most offer complimentary entry to the general exhibitions, and some even provide free guided tours. Can’t make it on a Wednesday? Not to worry: Hong Kong museums are extremely reasonable, starting at just HK$10 for standard entry. In addition, some of the smaller, more niche museums are always free—like the Hong Kong Railway Museum and the Hong Kong Racing Museum.

**Information on free things to do in Hong Kong was obtained through Fodors:

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