Hong Kong Island Activities
What to Do in Hong Kong Island
Space is a bit less of an issue on Hong Kong Island than it is in Kowloon. However, the island has less easy access to the New Territories and for many, the only way to go is up (to Victoria Peak) or west to Repulse Bay.
It's not a case of 'anything you can do I can do better' – it's just that life on Hong Kong Island is different to Kowloon, where the crowing factor has to be penciled into each and every activity.
All Activities in Hong Kong Island
Central Mid-Levels Escalator
This is the world's longest outdoor escalator and it is quite an experience to ride it. Officially opened to the public on 15 October 1993, it has played a very important role in transport in Western District. It links Des Voeux Road in Central with Conduit Road in the Mid-levels, passing through narrow streets.
The daily traffic exceeds 55,000 people, although it was originally forecasted at about 27,000. The escalators are 800 metres long with a vertical climb of 135 metres. The total travel time is about 20 minutes but you can alight at many places to take in the sights.
The Dragon Boat Festival (aka the Tuen Ng Festival) is an extremely popular event in Hong Kong. Colourful, dramatic, exciting and unforgettable, Dragon Boat Racing is celebrated annually on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month – sometimes referred to as ‘the double fifth’. It was actually westerners who dubbed the competition ‘Dragon Boat Races’ because of the way the 10-metre-long teakwood crafts are rigged out with a dragon’s head and tail. Typically a crew will consist of 20 rowers plus one drummer at the helm and a ‘steerer’ at the rear end of the boat. Read More...
- Location: Stanley is the most important venue but in the month of June you will find races in the greater region of Hong Kong
- Remarks: The Hong Kong Dragon Boats Festival is held yearly on the fifth day of the fifth month
Dragon’s Back Hike takes you up to Shek O Peak and then back down the other side and is widely considered the best hike for people who want a convenient one day walk on Hong Kong Island. Located in Shek O Country Park the south of the island, this is about as far away from the busy downtown area of Hong Kong as possible, yet it takes less than one hour from Central to reach the start of the trail.
The 8.5km track takes between two and five hours to complete and it can get quite steep in parts so a sturdy and comfortable pair of trainers or walking boots are advised. It’s best to stock up with some drinks and snacks before you begin as there are no shops or restaurants on Dragon’s Back Trail. As Section 8 of the Hong Kong Trail, it is well signposted throughout and you can easily get your bearings because you are surrounded by water on three sides. Read More...
- Location: Shek O Country Park
Hong Kong Sevens is by far the biggest sporting event in the calendar and a weekend of rowdy celebrations that brings visitors from all corners of the globe. More beer is drunk over Rugby Sevens weekend than in any other weekend in Hong Kong, which should tell its own story.
Here you will find everything you need to know about the 2016 Hong Kong Rugby Sevens tournament: where to watch the action, where to party, the best hotels to book and how to get around. Dress up in costumes, sing and chant with new found friends, drink until you can’t see straight…and maybe even watch some international rugby games. Read More...
- Address: Hong Kong Stadium, 55 Eastern Hospital Road So Kon Po, Hong Kong
Postal address: Hong Kong Rugby Football Union Room 2001 Olympic House 1 Stadium Path So Kon Po Causeway Bay Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2504 8311
This is Hong Kong’s largest sporting venue, located in So Kon Po just behind Causeway Bay’s main shopping area. Events held at Hong Kong Stadium include international football, rugby and music concerts from some of the world’s biggest stars. However, the 40,000 seater stadium is at its most lively during the annual Rugby 7s in March, when fanatical sports fans from around the world head to Hong Kong to watch the tournament. Check for tickets online. Read More...
- Address: 55 Eastern Hospital Rd, So Kon Po
- Tel: +852 2895 7926
Horseracing is Hong Kong's favourite sport. From September to June/July, on most Wednesday evenings and during the day at weekends, hooves pound down the stretch at Happy Valley on Hong Kong Island and Sha Tin in the New Territories. Happy Valley is surrounded by Wong Nai Chung Road and Morrison Hill Road.
The track was rebuilt in 1995, and became a world-class horse racing facility. Several football, hockey and rugby fields are encircled by the horseracing track. Aside from the excitement of the races, the track also has four distinct horse-related exhibitions, a cinema and a souvenir shop.
Island Golf Club
This is Hong Kong Island's first-ever driving range, providing golf enthusiasts with a convenient location, five-star services and spectacular harbour view. The 220,000sqft Club's four-level 112 practice bays are coupled with 180-degrees view of Victoria Harbour. The Club is a two-minute walk from the Sai Wan Ho MTR Station.
- Opening Hours: Mon (except public holidays) 12:00 – 23:00, Tue – Sun 07:00 – 23:00
- Tel: +852 2886 8980
Live puzzle escape games are all weather activities that also get the grey matter between your ears working. The premise is simple: work out a series of puzzles to gain your freedom within the 45-minute time limit. However, in reality, it's anything but simple. Working in a group of between two to six players, you have to piece together the clues against the clock. Games are designed for anyone aged seven and over. Don’t worry if you get stuck as each game is assigned a 'Game Master' to offer assistance if needed. There are live escape games dotted all over Hong Kong but we especially like Lost HK, close to Times Square Shopping Mall in Causeway Bay. They have different games to play so you can play multiple times if there’s a particularly heavy storm overhead.
- Opening Hours: 13:00 – 22:00
- Address: 15 Matheson St, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2892 2393
Oriental Health Chinese Medicine Clinic
Sure, you could just go to the hotel spa and be pampered with a body scrub and oil massage, but you are in Hong Kong so why not take the opportunity to get a traditional Chinese acupuncture massage? While certainly not for everyone, the practice of acupuncture dates back thousands of years and is revered by many as a way to increase vitality, boost the immune system, and cure persistent aches and pains. There are many acupuncture clinics around Hong Kong but we advise researching carefully before choosing. Oriental Health in Central is often recommended.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 18:00
- Address: 27/F, Universal Trade Centre, 3-5 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 3904 3369
Both an attraction and a good location for activities, no one can deny the draw of Repulse Bay. Besides aquatic activities, there are extensive facilities for visitors and barbecue racks are available under the shade near the beach. Once off the beach, the area is liberally sprinkled with hotels, supermarkets, and cafes.
A lighthouse near the beach is a popular place to take photos. Watching the sunset is another popular pastime for visitors. Because it is an up-market residential area, there are plenty of quality shopping opportunities here. Read More...
- How to get there: At Exchange Square, there are buses to go to Repulse Bay. Go for 6, 6A, 6X and 260.
The Star Ferry is a popular public transport vehicle and a tourist attraction as well as being a symbol of Hong Kong. The Star Ferry Company came into existence around 1898 and since then its ferries have been shuttling busily between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.
There are 12 double-deck ferries and each ferry has a cabin on the upper deck that is equipped with air conditioning, but many prefer the lower deck for better views. There is a specially designed tour ferry that features a coffee house and a sunbathing deck. It has proved to be popular with tourists who can enjoy a cup of coffee or just relax while watching the many sights of Victoria Harbour. Read More...
On the harbour-front beside Central Government Complex there is a popular picnic spot called Tamar Park. Opened in 2011, this is a great place to chill out under the shade of a tree and take a break, and it’s the only expanse of green space that has clear views of Victoria Harbour and Kowloon on the other side of the water. As you walk down to the park from Harcourt Road, there are some modern sculptures and a landscaped garden. Located close to Admiralty MTR Station, it is roughly halfway between the Wan Chai and Central districts. There is also a running track along the water which links the two.
- Opening Hours: 24 hours a day
- Location: Tamar Park, Harcourt Road, Admiralty
- Tel: +852 2520 2321
Trekking in Hong Kong Island
A trip to the hills is a good way to get some relief from the constant hustle of life in this economic tiger. To truly appreciate how developed the island is, you need only to climb to the top of Tai Mo Shan – at 958 metres, it's Hong Kong's tallest peak.
With a gentle mountain breeze you'll see some amazing sights. Apart from the breathtaking scenery, trekking in Hong Kong can be a great fitness activity, as well as a way of making friends.
- Tour Available: Trail to the Hidden Oasis
Towngas Cooking Centre
If you enjoyed the dim sum so much, you could even decide to take a cooking class to learn how to make them for yourself. One respected cooking school focusing on Cantonese cuisine is Town Gas Cooking in Causeway Bay which has a range of different lessons. If you don’t know your then the introductory class will start with the basics, but there are more advanced classes focusing on dim sum, vegetarian recipes, Cantonese roast duck, western cuisine and desserts. Classes cost from HK$400 for a two and a half hour course. Best of all, you get to enjoy your creations afterwards.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 09:00 - 21:00, Sat - Sun 09:00 - 18:00 (Public Holidays Closed)
- MRT: Causeway Bay
- Address: Shop 9A, Lee Theatre Plaza, 99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2576 1535
Yes, Karaoke. You're on home turf here, where people find it absolutely normal to get tipsy and sing schmaltzy songs. Go for it and blend right in.
Big Echo Karaoke Box
10/F., Causeway Bay Plaza Phase II, Causeway Bay. Tel:2591 1288
California Red Green Box Karaoke
2/F, Elizabeth House, Percival Street, Causeway Bay. Tel: 2893 3103
10/F, Causeway Bay Plaza 1, Wan Chai. Tel: 2838 2277
Mini Concert Karaoke
Box 23/F, Island Centre, Causeway Bay. Tel: 2881 1166
2-8 Sugar Street, Causeway Bay
Red Box Karaoke
Century Hong Kong Hotel, 238 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai. Tel: 2827 9229
Top One Karaoke Box
2/F, CNT Tower, 338 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai. Tel: 2831 0066
Central has a competitive list of bowling venues, just like Kowloon over the water.
Podium 2/F Amoy Plaza, Phase 3 Jordan Valley North Road Ngau Tau Kok. Tel: 2755 3595
Shop 4, Level 2, Phase 1, Belair Garden Shopping Archade 52 Tai Chung Kiu Road Sha tin.Tel: 2649 9022
Dragon Bowling U.S. Dacos Bowling Centre
1/F Tuen Wan garden 15-23 Castle Peak Road Tsuen Wan. Tel: 2494 7383