Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Glittering white high-rises crowned with green hilltop parks, surrounded by waters reflecting neon signs and marquee brands: Hong Kong is China's urban-jungle island getaway, with luxury hotels and discount designer shopping, nonstop bars and morning-after dim sum.
Getting Around Hong Kong
The best way to get around Hong Kong is using their world-class public transportation system. Light rail, subway, taxis, buses, ferries, trams and the Peak Tram are clean and efficient. Buy a Tourist Octopus Card for about $6 US at 7-Eleven in Tsim Sha Tsui, Mongkok, Central, Sheung Wan, Wanchai, Causeway Bay, Lantau Island and MTR stations.
Nearby Airports
  • Hong Kong International Airport-HKG
Airport Taxis
  • $30 [US] (Kowloon Bay)' $16 [US] (Hong Kong Disneyland)
Things to Do and See in Hong Kong
Causeway BayAdmiraltyDeep Water BayLamma IslandSheung WanMong KokAberdeenWan ChaiStanleyLantauThe Mid-LevelsCentral
Among the most expensive retail districts in the world, Hong Kong's Causeway Bay neighborhood is always bustling. The area is home to several shopping haunts like the towering Times Square mall, the sleek Hysan Place Mall, the Sogo department store, a flagship Forever 21, and the fashion-forward Island Beverly Centre. The neighborhood also boasts outdoor shopping areas like Fashion Walk and the busy Jardine's Bazaar. Aside from shopping, Causeway Bay has dozens of foreigner-friendly restaurants like Red Almond, Manzo Din Tai Fung and Under the Bridge Spicy Crab. In the midst of all this urban hustle, Causeway Bay offers an oasis of serenity: the verdant Victoria Park.
Sandwiched between Central and Wan Chai, Admiralty is home to Hong Kong Park, a patch of green in a concrete jungle of office towers. Located in Admiralty are Hong Kong's judiciary and some of the most luxurious hotels on Hong Kong Island, like the Island Shangri-La, the J.W. Marriott, the Conrad and effortlessly chic Upper House boutique hotel. Other attractions in the neighborhood include the Pacific Place Mall, a temple of luxury retail; the Hong Kong outpost of the Asia Society; the British Council; and the Star Street dining enclave featuring Cepage, Chez Patrick, the Principal and Classified.
Deep Water Bay is a sea-facing neighborhood located on the south side of Hong Kong Island, easily accessible by public bus from Central's Exchange Square. The neighborhood overlooks a tranquil bay, bordered by a scenic beach with facilities for swimming, walking, jogging, barbecues and picnics. Besides the members-only Hong Kong Golf Club, the neighborhood has a few beachside restaurants like the popular CocoThai eatery.
Lamma Island is one of the larger outlying islands of Hong Kong, located southwest of Hong Kong Island and accessible by ferry from Central and Aberdeen. The island is home to several fishing villages and a resident expatriate population. Once the abode of hippies, Lamma maintains a laid-back, bohemian vibe. Popular attractions on Lamma include seafood restaurants clustered around the So Ku Wan ferry pier and Sham Wan, an ancient Bronze Age archeological site that serves as a breeding ground for endangered green sea turtles. Hiking trails extend from Yung Shue Wan to So Ku Wan, offering stunning views of the island's lush surroundings.
Once known mostly for dried seafood and Chinese medicine, this rapidly gentrifying district now has a major shopping and dining scene, with popular restaurants like 208 Duecento Otto, Heirloom and the Press Room. One of the oldest structures in Sheung Wan is its Western Market, a grand Edwardian building that once housed a produce and poultry market. Today the Market is a popular shopping destination for textiles and bric-a-brac. Other attractions in Sheung Wan include historic Man Mo Temple and the many art galleries and antique stores dotting Upper Lascar Row, Ladder Street and Hollywood Road.
Mong Kok is one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in Hong Kong, renowned for its vibrant street markets. At the famed Ladies' Market, the Goldfish Market and the Fa Yeung Street sneaker marketâ Mong Kong offers bargains galore. Reserve ahead for a coveted spot at the legendary Tim Ho Wan, one of the smallest Michelin-starred restaurants in the world. Other area attractions include the Mong Kok Computer Centre, an electronic wonderland with some of the city's best deals on computers, peripherals and mobile phones.
Aberdeen is a densely populated neighborhood located on the south side of Hong Kong Island. Once a thriving industrial district, Aberdeen today is known for its many floating seafood restaurants. The best known is Jumbo Kingdom, which resembles a grand Chinese palace on the water. Other area attractions include sight-seeing tours of Aberdeen harbor aboard "sampans," or traditional Chinese fishing boats, and trips to Horizon Plaza mall in neighboring Ap Lei Chau (Duck's Tongue Island).
Wan Chai is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Hong Kong, and possibly its most notorious. Besides its shops and restaurants, Wan Chai lures tourists and locals alike with thumping nightclubs and some rather raunchy bars. Legendary Wan Chai establishments like Amazonia, Dusk Till Dawn, Joe Bananas, Spicy Fingers and the Chili Club pack in the crowds with live music. The gargantuan Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre is located in Wan Chai, as are well-priced business hotels like the Fleming, the Empire and the Cosmopolitan.
Located at the southern tip of Hong Kong Island, Stanley is a prominent tourist attraction. Known for its low-rise colonial dwellings and historic Murray House, Stanley also houses an animated market along Stanley New Street. This market is a favorite with tourists and the city's expats for apparel, art and handcrafted jewelry. Local favorite Stanley getaways are St. Stephen's Beach and Stanley Beach, the site of Hong Kong's famed dragon boat races each June.
Lantau Island is the largest island in Hong Kong. This hilly island hosts prominent attractions like the Hong Kong outpost of Disneyland and the Ngong Ping 360, a cable car system that transports visitors to the Po Lin Monastery and the 34-meter tall Big Buddha, the center of Buddhism in Hong Kong. Other Lantau attractions include Citygate Outlets at Tung Chung, an outlet mall with major brands like Coach, Burberry and Kate Spade. One of Lantau's newest attractions is the Tai O heritage hotel, housed in a former colonial police station that dates back to 1902 and located near the Tai O ferry pier.
Located half-way up Victoria Peak, the Mid-Levels are divided into three sections: the Central Mid-Levels overlook Central and Admiralty; the Western Mid-Levels jut over the Sai Ying Pun district; and the Eastern Mid-Levels rise above Wan Chai. These popular residential districts contain Hong Kong's thriving nightlife and dining district, including popular Soho. The Mid-Levels also offer outdoor recreation, including challenging hiking like the Morning trail, the Hong Kong trail, the Wan Chai Gap Road and leafy Bowen Road. The Central Mid-Levels escalator is the world's longest outdoor covered escalator system, extending over 800 meters and serving as an essential mode of transport for residents.
Central is the main finance and business district of the city, and a hub of constant activity. Major landmarks located in Central include Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong's premier nightlife enclave, and the base station of the quaint Peak Tram. This funicular tramway transports tourists to the summit of Victoria Peak, Hong Kong's highest point, with panoramic vistas over Hong Kong Island and beyond. Central also hosts some of Hong Kong's most renowned Cantonese restaurants, including Yung Kee and Luk Yu Teahouse, both famous for their authentic dim sum. Central's iconic buildings include the Norman Foster-designed HSBC building, the jagged-edged Bank of China Tower and sky-touching edifices of the International Finance Centre.