Hong Kong Island Attractions

What to See in Hong Kong Island

Hong Kong Island is for many people the essence of what Hong Kong is all about. There are a few cultural attractions that you might want to try and there are certainly a lot of fun destinations for the family. It takes about two days to get through Hong Kong Island's attractions.

A simply must-do is to visit Victoria Peak; the highest point of the island (though not of Hong Kong), where you'll have a spectacular view and at night, it gets even better as the cityscape of Kowloon twinkles and tempts across the deep-water harbour. 


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Cat Street Cat Street

Cat Street is a thoroughfare in Sheung Wan, the Central and Western Districts of Hong Kong Island. It was one of the first few roads built after the British colonised Hong Kong in 1842.  Read More...

 
Dragon Boat Festival Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival is an extremely popular event in Hong Kong. Colourful, dramatic, exciting and unforgettable, Dragon Boat Racing is celebrated annually. Read More...

Happy Valley Racecourse Happy Valley Racecourse

Dazzling Happy Valley Racecourse has long been Hong Kong’s premier horseracing track. It’s a great place to go and enjoy superb horseracing and some genuine Chinese culture.  Read More...

 
Madame Tussauds Hong Kong Madame Tussauds

The Hong Kong branch of Madame Tussauds is located at The Peak. It is part of the international wax museum chain founded by Marie Tussaud and was the first branch to open in Asia.  Read More...

Ocean Park Hong Kong Ocean Park Hong Kong

Ocean Park is Hong Kong’s biggest amusement and animal theme park. With more than 35 attractions and rides inside the park, it attracts more than five million visitors annually. Read More...

 
Repulse Bay Repulse Bay

Repulse Bay is a public beach area located in Southern District, Hong Kong. It is one of the most popular beaches in Hong Kong because it is easy to access and it offers great attractions.  Read More...

Stanley Market and Murray House Stanley Market & Murray House

Stanley Market and Murray House rank high on the tourist trail with the former selling arts and crafts including paintings, furniture, curios and plenty of souvenirs. Read More...

 
The Peak in Hong Kong The Peak

The view from the Peak will take your breath away… The Peak – Hong Kong's premier tourist spot, about 500-metres high – is an ideal place to spend some quality time with family and friends. Read More...

 

Other Attractions in Hong Kong Island

Bank of China (BOC) Tower

The soaring 70-storey BOC Tower is one of Hong Kong Island's most stunning landmarks.

Designed by acclaimed architect I M Pei and completed in 1990, the design was inspired by the elegance of bamboo, and symbolizes vitality, strength and growth. The 367-metre (1,205 feet) building's geometric glass façade also makes it one of the most photographed buildings in the city.

Cat Street

Cat Street is a thoroughfare in Sheung Wan, the Central and Western Districts of Hong Kong Island. Its official name is Lascar Street and locals call it Mo Lo Street. It was one of the first few roads built after the British colonised Hong Kong in 1842. Now it is a shopping area with many bars, restaurants and art boutiques. Read More...

How to get there: By Tram – get off at Western Market Terminal, walk up on Morrison Street
By MTR – get off at Exit A2, walk up on Hillier Street
By Bus – take #26 and get off at Man Mo temple

Dragon Boats Racing

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

 

Exchange Square and the International Finance Centre (IFC)

Exchange Square, home to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, is formed by three adjacent blocks: One, Two and Three Exchange Square. This spectacular building complex has been recognised as an important achievement in architecture.

With its three towers of rose-coloured granite and silver glass, it is an aesthetic forum wherein some of the most important financial transactions take place.

Exchange Square is connected to the ifc – and the Airport Express Line's Hong Kong Station directly underneath – by a network of walkways. The ifc mall features trendy restaurants, fashion, beauty, and jewellery shops, and a cinema.

The ifc itself comprises two buildings, the first of which opened to the public in 1999. The second one (2ifc), with 88 floors, opened in 2003. The top floor is slightly higher than the viewing gallery at the Peak, making it the sixth tallest office building in the world.

As Hong Kong's tallest building (so far), 2ifc is expected to be usurped by the International Commerce Centre in Kowloon's Union Square, already under construction. Union Square is being constructed around the Airport Express Line's Kowloon Station.

The proposed International Commerce Centre also will house a seven-star Ritz-Carlton hotel with 300 rooms near the top of the tower. It will be the highest elevated hotel in the world!

Location: Hong Kong Island

Happy Valley Racecourse

Dazzling Happy Valley Racecourse has long been Hong Kong’s premier horseracing track. It’s a great place to go and enjoy superb horseracing whilst also soaking up some genuine Hong Kong Chinese culture at the same time. The atmosphere in this Roman amphitheatre style stadium is adrenalin charged with betting stakes on a single night extortionately high. It’s rumoured that one season’s racing sees over HK$100 billion, with horse race gambling being one of Hong Kong’s most popular leisure pursuits. Read More...

Opening Hours: Races take place from September to June on Wednesdays and weekends with the first race starting at 19:30
Location: The race track is located in Happy Valley surrounded by Morrison Hill Road and Wong Nai Chung Road

 

Hong Kong Cyberport

Located on the southwest coast of Hong Kong Island, this award-winning high-tech facility supports the IT, multimedia and telecommunications industries. In addition to providing grade-A offices, Cyberport is home to providing a luxury residences, Cyberport is home to the five-star Le Meridien hotel.

Cyberport is a US$2 billion (HK$15.8 billion) project managed by Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited.

Designed to establish Hong Kong as the digital content and IT hub of the Asia-Pacific region, Cyberport is owned Company of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR).

Cyberport regularly hosts international forums on such cutting-edge themes as global digital content and digital media research and development.

No trip to Hong Kong would be complete without a special visit to this futuristic IT flagship.

Location: Located on the southwest coast of Hong Kong Island

 

Hong Kong Maritime Museum

One of Hong Kong's most frequented sites, the museum shows how China, Asia and the West have contributed together through the ages to the development of boats, ships, maritime exploration and trade, as well as naval warfare.

While concentrating on the South China coast and its adjacent seas, it also features global trends and provides an easy-to-grasp account of Hong Kong's growth and development as a major world port and trading post. The museum includes semi-permanent and special exhibitions, dynamic displays, educational events and a museum shop.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, Public Holidays: 10:00 – 18:00, Closed on Mondays, 1st and 2nd days of Lunar Chinese New Year
Location: Stanley, Hong Kong Island

Hong Kong Park

Hong Kong Park is a public park by Cotton Tree Drive in Central. The park offers a natural, relaxing environment in the midst of Hong Kong's hectic business centre. Its main feature is Hong Kong's largest aviary.

The vantage point is another great place from which to see the birds. Inside Hong Kong Park there is a greenhouse which holds plant exhibitions on occasion. And for athletes, the park also sports a squash court.

Location: Central, Hong Kong Island

 

Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank (HSBC) Building

Completed in 1985 and said to be the most expensive building ever built, the 179-metres (587 feet) HSBC Building epitomizes the mix of an ancient practice with high-tech wizardry. Its design is based on the art of feng shui, in which the harmony of elements, shapes, sizes and colours is considered to be essential for producing and maintaining the proper balance of energy to generate prosperity.

When standing in the building's public plaza, you can see right into the heart of the building through a ten-storey glass atrium.

Location: Hong Kong Island

Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

The Hong Kong branch of Madame Tussauds is located at the Peak, Hong Kong. It is part of the well-known international wax museum chain founded by Marie Tussaud and was the first branch to open in Asia. With a mixture of local and international celebrities wax figures, it attracts tourists from all over the world. Read More...

Opening Hours: From 10:00 - 22:00 Monday to Sunday and public holidays
Address: Shop P101, The Peak Tower No. 128 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong

 

Man Mo Temple

Hong Kong's oldest and most important temple was built in 1840 and is named after its two principal deities: Man, the god of literature, who is dressed in red and holds a calligraphy brush; and Mo, the god of war, wearing a green robe and holding a sword.

Funnily enough, Mo finds patronage from both the police force and triad secret societies. Two ornately carved sedan chairs in the temple were once used during festivals to carry the statues of the gods. There are giant incense coils hanging from the ceiling, purchased by temple-goers and these burn as long as three weeks.

Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 18:00
Location: Hong Kong Island
Tour Available: Half Day Hong Kong Island Tour

Ocean Park Hong Kong

Ocean Park is Hong Kong’s biggest amusement park and animal theme park. It is located at Wong Chuk Hang in the Southern District of Hong Kong. With more than 35 attractions and rides inside the park, it attracts more than five million visitors annually and is the seventh most popular amusement park in the world. Covering eighty thousand square metres of land, it is bigger and has more attractions than the Hong Kong Disneyland, the newest being a world-class marine themed area opened in the summer of 2011. Read More...

Opening Hours: From 10:30 - 19:00 varies during seasons.
How to get there: You can get there by bus. There is a special route (#629) running daily from Admiralty MTR station and Central Pier to the park entrance. Parking is available for cars and coaches outside the main entrance.
Tour Available: Ocean Park Tour

Repulse Bay

Repulse Bay is a public beach area located in Southern District, Hong Kong. It is one of the most popular beaches in Hong Kong because it is easy to access and its attractions around the beach. Located just 20 minutes away from Central, this Mediterranean-villa-style beach is a perfect break from busy Hong Kong Island. It is also has expensive housing areas in which many residents are foreigners. Read More...

How to get there: You can take bus 6, 66 or 260 from Exchange Square Bus Terminal (MTR Hong Kong Station Exit D)
Tour Available: Half Day Hong Kong Island Tour

Shek O Country Park

The Shek O Country Park is home to the Dragon's Back - a ridgetop trail between Wan Cham Shan and Shek O Peak and the steepest section of the Hong Kong Trail. There are plenty of barbecue and picnic areas in the park. Generally, Shek O is a very relaxing and enjoyable place from which to view Big Wave Bay.

Location: Hong Kong Island

Stanley Market & Murray House

Stanley Market and Murray House rank high on the tourist trail with the former selling arts and crafts including paintings, furniture, curios and plenty of souvenirs. The market is made up of winding lanes stocking a mind-boggling assortment of gifts, clothes, ‘antiques’, watches and bric-a-bracs, making it a perfect place for tourists to explore before departing Hong Kong. There is also a smattering of restaurants woven into the market offering authentic Hong Kong delicacies plus a range of waterfront bars and restaurants close by on Stanley Main Street. Read More...

 

Stanley Military Cemetery

The Stanley Military Cemetery is is a place of historical interest near St Stephen Bay on Hong Kong Island. Between 1841 and 1866, this triangular plot of land was used to bury deceased British soldiers and their families. Further burials took place there during the two World Wars.

Hong Kong Cemetery, in Happy Valley, is one of Hong Kong's early Christian cemeteries from the colonial period. It has both military and civilian graves and a special Japanese section has been designated for Shinto burials. Located not far from the racecourse, it rests alongside the Jewish, Parsee and Muslim Cemeteries, as well as the Roman Catholic St Michael Cemetery.

Location: Near St. Stephen Bay on Hong Kong Island

 

Statue Square, The Cenotaph and City Hall

On weekdays in Central's Statue Square, people quietly sit alongside the fountains during lunch breaks or after work, but on Sundays the venue puts on its party hat as thousands of Filipinas who work in Hong Kong rendezvous with friends for picnics in and around the Square on their day off.

In the middle of the square proudly stands a statue of Sir Thomas Jackson, former chief manager (1876 to 1902) of the Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation.

Not far away, across Chater Road, is the Cenotaph: a memorial to Hong Kong residents who died in World Wars I and II.

Facing Victoria Harbour, just steps away from Statue Square, is City Hall, which contains a concert hall, a theatre and, on the second floor, the ever-popular Maxim's restaurant, where dim sum is all the rage.

Location: Hong Kong Island

 

The Fringe Club & The Foreign Correspondents' Club

Central's Fringe Club, in a brick and stucco colonial-style low-rise structure built in 1913, originally was used as a cold-storage warehouse for ice and dairy products. The building is a historical site and, in 1984, it was taken over by the Fringe Club.

Since then, it has become a popular venue for art and crafts exhibitions, live theatre and music – such as the big band sound of the Saturday Night Jazz Orchestra – and the annual Fringe Festival. The building also features a rooftop beer garden and a cosy restaurant for romantic fine dining: M at the Fringe.

Next door to The Fringe is The Foreign Correspondents' Club (FCC), a popular social and intellectual melting pot, where journalists and photographers rendez-vous with businessmen, bankers, authors and artists. The FCC facilities host a number of popular events, including Women in Publishing Society (WiPS) seminars.

Address: 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong

The Peak

The view from the Peak will take your breath away… On a clear day, a simply stunning panorama can be viewed from the pinnacle of this landmark on Hong Kong Island. The Peak – Hong Kong's premier tourist spot, about 500-metres high (1,085 feet above sea level) – is an ideal place to spend some quality time with family and friends.

Enjoy a picnic on the Peak, where you will be serenaded by chirping birds and the gentle rustling of leaves. The vista is enhanced by nature trails under the canopy of trees and the colonial ambiance of Victoria Peak Garden. Read More...

 

Victoria Park & the Hong Kong Central Library

The majestic statue of Queen Victoria on her throne was placed in Causeway Bay's Victoria Park after being was restored in 1952. The park includes a central lawn, a swimming pool, and children's play areas. The Park's tennis court even hosts international tennis tournaments on occasion.

This is one of downtown Hong Kong's cherished green areas where one can sit and enjoy a good book after visiting the grand Hong Kong Central Library just across the road.

The 12-storey Hong Kong Central Library facing Victoria Park opened in 2002. Its arch-shaped entrance symbolizes a gate to knowledge. It is a top-notch public library, housing a Multimedia Information System and a 24-hour book drop. Stop by for a little respite from the heat and noise of the city!

Location: Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island

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