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.
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.
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
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.
- Tour Available: Half Day Hong Kong Island Tour
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...
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
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