There are endless activities and events in Hong Kong that will keep you entertained and amused. Some thoughts and suggestions are as follows:
Have an interest ? Join a club or association and meet like-minded individuals. It's a quick way to get into the social scene. Click here for Clubs & Associations.
Go Hiking. Trails criss-cross the country parks. The scenery is beautiful and the air clean. The hills of Lantau are especially scenic. Gather some friends and take a picnic. Other good walks are the Maclehose Trail and the Dragon's Back trail in the New Territories.
The Country Parks Association publishes a book of country park trails. 'Exploring Hong Kong's Countryside' is an excellent reference and the website provides sample walks on Hong Kong Island, Lantau and in the New Territories.
More information about country parks can be found in the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department website.
Charter a junk for the day. Ask the skipper or boat boy to take you out to Lamma or the Po Toi Islands for lunch. Lamma has a large selection of great seafood restaurants to choose from, whilst Po Toi has only one, although the food is excellent (we recommend the Calamari). When you have eaten all you can, hop back on your junk and head out to a quiet, sandy bay where you can anchor the boat, swim off lunch and have a nap in the sun.
Alternatively, you can take a picnic lunch with you and eat aboard. If you prefer not to be involved in the food preparations, there are several caterers in the city who can prepare you a sumptuous spread to take with you. See “Shopping” section for a list of caterers.
Go golfing. There are more then thirty courses up in south China. Some courses even have shuttle buses that run up there from Central on Friday afternoons. Click here for golf info.
Go to Macau for the weekend. Just a short ferry ride away, Macau is an excellent escape from Hong Kong. Book into one of the hotels, and relax by the pool, on the golf course or in the spa. Click here to visit the official Macau Tourism site. Click here for Weekend Getaways to Macau.
Have brunch at the Peak Lookout. Sitting high above the city on Victoria’s Peak, this restaurant has an extensive menu and wine list, an oyster bar and great cocktails. On a sunny day, sit outside on the spacious terrace and enjoy the view through the trees of the South China Sea glittering below. Follow brunch, lunch or dinner with a leisurely stroll around Lugard Road, a loop around one of the hillocks. If you live in Mid Levels, follow the Morning Trail back down to Conduit Road or Bonham Road. If you live in Pok Fu Lam, follow the signs for Pok Fu Lam reservoir. This offers a beautiful and exhilarating hike back down to the western edge of the city.
Go water skiing or wake boarding. There are water skiing facilities in Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay. Call the Deepwater Bay Speedboat Company on 2812 0391.
Water Skiing Association
Go to the beach. Hong Kong has numerous wonderful beaches, which are easily accessible from all parts of the territory. The most popular beaches are Repulse Bay, Stanley Main, Shek O, Deep Water Bay and Clear Water Bay beaches. Repulse Bay beach is the largest, with a wide stretch of glittering white sands, showers and changing rooms and nearby restaurants. Stanley is popular due to its proximity to the market and the good selection of restaurants and bars. Shek O is a favourite among those seeking a more secluded and low-key outing and is one of the nicest beaches on Hong Kong Island.
There are frequent bus services running to all the seaside locations on the island and taxis are plentiful and cheap. Click here for Citybus schedule and fare information.
Explore Hong Kong’s many markets. The Jade, Flower, Bird, Ladies’ and Temple Street Markets are fun, fascinating and absolutely overflowing with produce. Local colour abounds.
Stanley Market is always a favorite among the shoppers with its extensive range of shoes, clothing, gifts and household items. The Bird Market (pictured left) is a sight and sound sensation with its row upon row of chirping birds, whilst the Flower Market is a must for anyone with even a passing interest in flowers. Flowers are much cheaper here than in any flower shop on the Island. The Jade Market is great for jade and fresh water pearls at very reasonable prices and the Ladies and Temple Street markets are guaranteed to provide a fun (and fruitful) shopping experience, with a wealth of bags, shoes, purses and other accessories on offer. Don’t forget to haggle over prices at all these places; it is an integral part of Chinese culture and they expect it.
Location details and opening times are listed in the “Shopping” section.
Go to Ocean Park. One of Asia’s premiere theme parks, Ocean Park in Aberdeen is a great day out for the family. This sprawling park, dramatically situated on the bluffs overlooking Repulse Bay, features a gondola ride over the rocky coastline, amusement park rides, Marine Land, Adventure Land and the Middle Kingdom, a reproduction of old China. There is also a Kid’s World and Bird’s Paradise and, when you have exhausted yourself (and your kids), there are a number of restaurants in which to relax and have a bite to eat.
Visit the Ocean Park website for more information.
Visit an Outlying Island. The largest of Hong Kong’s 200-plus islands, Lantau, is a popular day-trip destination among hikers and explorers keen to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The beaches and coastline are beautiful, but Lantau’s number one attraction remains the famous Po Lin Monastery with its 34m-high Buddha statue.
The island is easy to access by bus or by ferry from Central. The ferries arrive at Silvermine Bay (Mui Wo), which offers several great restaurants at which to have lunch or dinner. Explore the little town of Silvermine and then take a taxi or bus to the Po Lin Monastery.
Another popular island destination is Cheung Chau, a tiny island only 10.5 kilometers west of Hong Kong (one hour by ferry from Central), where motor vehicles are prohibited. See how the fisher folk live and visit boat-building yards, fish-processing factories and the island's famous Pak Tai Temple, which was built in 1783. There is a good swimming beach within easy reach of the ferry pier. One of Hong Kong's most famous festivals, the Bun Festival, is celebrated here each year, usually in April or May.
Lamma Island is easily accessible from Central by ferry. Hike the island and then sit down to a well deserved meal at one of the numerous restaurant and bars that have sprung up to cater to the large expat community living on the island.
Suk Kuk Wan offers predominantly Chinese restaurants with a heavy emphasis on seafood, all of which are excellent. On the other side of Lamma Island, Yung Shue Wan has a more westernized selection of eateries, with café’s and bars although it is still possible to get a good seafood meal here.
Ferries for both Suk Kuk Wan and Yung Shue Wan leave from Pier 5 at the Outlying Island Piers in Central. Unless you plan to do the cross-island hike, make sure you board the appropriate boat, depending on which side of the island you wish to visit.
Go to the races at Happy Valley. Horse racing is Hong Kong’s number one past time and this is evidenced by the vast numbers of people flocking to Happy Valley every Wednesday night and Shatin at the weekends. The take on just one night at Happy Valley is equivalent to the amount taken by most race tracks in the West in one year!Certainly not to be missed.
Admission is very cheap (HK$10) and once inside there are various food stalls at which to purchase snacks and drinks to keep your energy levels up whilst parting with your hard-earned cash!
A nice alternative is to book a table at one of the restaurants at the racetrack. Enjoy your meal whilst betting and overseeing the races.
Moon Koon Restaurant (indoor, Chinese food).
Stable Bend Terrace (outdoor, barbeque style with unlimited house wine, beer and soft drinks included in the price).
Call 2966 7111 for information and reservations.
If you are a horseracing veteran you may wish to rent a box for the season. This gives you access to additional eateries at the racetracks and also offers added prestige.
Call Ammie Ching on 2966 8210 for information and reservations.
The Hong Kong Tourist Board offer package tours to the racetrack, making your first time outing hassle-free and fun. A normal package (HK$120) includes pick up and drop off from/to Causeway Bay or Tsimshatsui and entrance to the racetrack.
A Class A package (HK$490) includes all of the above plus dinner for one person.
Tel: 2366 3995 for bookings and enquiries.
Last Updated: 12 November, 2004