First Time in Hong Kong - What To Do

Hong Kong Survival Guide

Everyone's first time in Hong Kong can be a bit bewildering. The endless rows of skyscrapers, the bustling streets, the Chinese symbols - it can take some getting used to. If you’re only there for a short time, though, you won’t really have the time to get used to it all.

To help you get up to speed when you first touch down in Hong Kong, this survival guide will help figure things out. From the best attractions, to the finest dining experiences and where to pick up the best designer gear - follow this guide and you’ll feel at home among the HK masses in no time. This is one of the world's most exciting metropolises so it really pays to push yourself to see the best of what Hong Kong has to offer.

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Hong Kong at a Glance

Here's a summary of what we like about this area, and also what we don’t like. We have tried to give a balanced view, so you can decide in seconds if this is the right place for you. This is genuine, first-hand advice.

  • A mix of Big City convenience and stunning nature
  • Incredibly vibrant and full of life
  • Excellent public transport
  • Unbeatable shopping
  • Expensive
  • Places are packed close together, so it can be hard to navigate
  • Steep streets make it tiring to walk in some areas

The Best Things to Do in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has a great mix of Chinese mysticism and world-class modern attractions. Some of the standout sites include the huge Buddha in Lantau, the family-favourite attraction, Disneyland HK, and one of the world’s greatest viewpoints just a few hundred metres in land from Central.

  • 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 – Read More»

  • Hong Kong Disneyland

    Hong Kong Disneyland

    Hong Kong Disneyland is based on the original Disneyland in California. The resort includes a theme park with four Read More»

  • Giant Buddha - the Tian Tan Buddha Statue

    Big Buddha

    Opened to the public in 1970, Po Lin Monastery is the home of three big golden Buddha statues as well as a 34-metre Read More»

The Best Places to Shop in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the world’s premier shopping destinations. From haute couture at flagship boutiques to kooky market fashion and the latest techno gadgets, you will find a wealth of items to browse and buy. If your time is limited, here’s a small sample of where to start.

  • Ladies’ Market Hong Kong

    Ladies’ Market is an intense shopping street with stall after stall of clothes, shoes, fashion jewellery and tourist Read More»

  • IFC Mall

    IFC Mall

    The IFC mall is neatly located above Hong Kong station and packs in over 200 stores, a cinema, fitness gym and Read More»

  • Harbour City Hong Kong Shopping Mall

    Harbour City

    Harbour City at Tsim Sha Tsui, is a vast retail destination featuring more than 700 stores, 50 food and beverage outlets Read More»

The Best Dining Experiences in Hong Kong

Cantonese cuisine should be your first dining experience in Hong Kong. It’s simply a rite of passage to sample some dim sum, roast goose, and – for the truly adventurous – steamed chicken feet. The restaurants below are on the pricier side but each of them offer an unforgettable meal.

  • One Harbour Road at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

    One Harbour Road at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong takes Cantonese classic dishes and presents them in a ‘home-cooked’ style. Read More»

  • Jumbo Kingdom Restaurant

    Jumbo Kingdom Restaurant

    A huge floating restaurant based in Aberdeen, the famous pier of Hong Kong Island, Jumbo Kingdom has hosted royalty, Read More»

  • Yan Toh Heen at Intercontinental Hong Kong

    Yan Toh Heen at Intercontinental Hong Kong

    Yan Toh Heen has a pedigree that few restaurants in Hong Kong possess. Serving intricate Cantonese cuisine deftly Read More»

The Best Things to Do at Night in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is even more vibrant at night. From the bustling night markets in Kowloon, to the boozy, bar hopping culture found in Lan Kwai Fong, you will find something to suit. Another classic night activity in Hong Kong is to have a few cocktails on top of one of the many rooftop bars found throughout the city.

  • Temple Street Night Market

    Temple Street Night Market

    This is one of the liveliest night markets in Kowloon and is the place to go for cheap clothes, delicious open-air Read More»

  • Lan Kwai Fong & SoHo

    Lan Kwai Fong & Soho are two of Hong Kong’s most noted night-spots, buzzing with fashionable locals and trendy Read More»

  • Sevva Rooftop Bar Hong Kong

    Sevva Rooftop Bar Hong Kong

    Sevva Rooftop Bar Hong Kong has the full package for an evening of sky-high sophistication: stunning views of the Read More»

The Best Places to Stay in Hong Kong

Finding a place to stay in Hong Kong is tough. Space is at a premium and hotel rates are high. To help you out, we've selected some of our favourite budget and mid-range hotels in Hong Kong, spread out in three different areas: Kowloon, Causeway Bay and Sheung Wan. 

Hotel Stage

Hotel Stage is centrally located in Kowloon, a 4-minute walk from Jade Market and 8 minutes by foot from Queen Elizabeth Read More...

Metropark Hotel Causeway Bay HK

Metropark Hotel Causeway Bay offers a modern four-star stay in one of the most famous areas in Hong Kong.The hotel offers a Read More...

ibis Hong Kong Central And Sheung Wan

Located in the heart of Sheung Wan, the hotel has the Queen Street tram stop right outside the door, and only a 5 mins walk to the Read More...


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