• Melissa Kartini

10 Tourist Attractions in Hong Kong to Check out This Summer

Updated: Jan 28, 2019

Hong Kong is known the world over as a glamorous, high-tech city that is Instagrammable from just about every corner (yes, in this day and age, that's a plus point!), with the added appeal of being a key destination for luxury shopping. There is more to Hong Kong than just being an ultra modern city with an impressive skyline, though. Hidden behind the skyscrapers that are squeezed into the space is a country that is steeped in rich culture and history, effectively making it a well-rounded tourist destination.

Want to experience some culture and history right after a day of shopping? You'd be able to do just that right down the corner. Or maybe you'd like to do some sightseeing, enjoy the scenery? Also possible!

With a multitude of things to do in Hong Kong, here is a quick rundown on the top attractions that every tourist should visit this summer:

Big Buddha on Lantau island

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Standing at 112 feet and weighing at 250 metric tons, Big Buddha of Lantau Island is believed to be the largest free-standing statue of its kind in the world. This majestic bronze statue is situated atop the Po Lin monastery, and the island that it is on is also home to Hong Kong's only tea plantation (it is found to the south of the monastery) and the beautiful Shek Pik reservoir. For those who wish to get more out of their stay here, they can climb Lantau Peak early in the morning with the guidance of a monk, and watch the sun rise over the monastery, sea, and islands surrounding Lantau Island.

All in all a well-packaged tourist spot for avid travelers.

Tsim Sha Tsui

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If you're keen for a real taste of what Hong Kong has to offer, then Tsim Sha Tsui is where it's at. Tsim Sha Tsui is a shopping and entertainment district, ready to titillate the senses of any city lover out there. At this particular district alone, you'll be able to find plenty of fantastic restaurants, boutiques, world-class luxury retailers (yes! One of the things that Hong Kong is known for) and unique vendors. Other tourist attractions available at Tsim Sha Tsui are the former Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower, Hong Kong Space Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

Victoria Peak

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Your trip to Hong Kong just isn't complete without taking a snapshot of its iconic skyline from Victoria Peak. Simply known as The Peak, Victoria Peak can be accessed via tram and is best visited at night, when you'd be able to see the city light up against the pitch black night sky. Capturing that one must-have shot of this skyline isn't all that Victoria Peak has to offer, though. You can also enjoy wandering around the park, and marvel at how the rich greenery provides a nice, calming contrast to the bustling hive of activity that is the city below.

Choi Hung Estate aka Rainbow Estate

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Want to take the perfect Instagram shot? Then these pastel-painted apartment buildings should be on your go-to list. "Choi Hung" literally means "rainbow" in Chinese which, you can tell is an incredibly apt name for this estate from even just a glance. It sports eight different colours, all of which are easy on the eyes. Fun fact: the unique design of Choi Hung Estate was awarded silver by the Hong Kong Association of Architects 1965.

For the best shot, take pictures from the basketball courts.

Cheung Chau Island

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Just a short ferry ride away is Cheung Chau Island, which is a very quaint harbour. Although it is a very small place, there is plenty for you to do here and you can easily spend an entire day at the island. For instance, there are cafes, souvenir and knick knack stands, food stalls, seafood restaurants, temples and beaches, just to name a few.

And to really complete the island atmosphere, there are also plenty of fishing vessels, trawlers and boats. Cheung Chau is, without a doubt, perfect for a chill day away from the usual hustle and bustle.

Ocean Park Hong Kong

If you have children with you, then this attraction simply cannot be missed. Ocean Park Hong Kong is Hong Kong's second largest theme park, which is home to numerous amusement rides, the Grand Aquarium and the giant panda exhibit. More than 140 million people have visited Ocean Park since its opening, and with its experiences that offer a unique blend of entertainment, education and conservation, it's hard not to see why.

Fun fact: Ocean Park Hong Kong is currently hosting Summer Carnimal, its biggest ever summer event from now until 2 September 2018. Expect grand animal-themed parades, and authentic Caribbean and Brazilian cultural performances at this carnival!

Victoria Harbour

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Home to Hong Kong's famous Star Ferry, Victoria Harbour is yet another tourist attraction that you cannot miss, and at a cost of only a few Hong Kong dollars per ride, it won't bust your wallet. In addition, there is no need to worry about its schedule either, because they leave every few minutes all day long and well into the evening, which makes it easy to get a seat whenever you'd like. And if you're able to time it just right, you'll be in for a treat, because you could be in for the nightly laser show. Watching the lasers striking the skyscrapers on either side of the harbour is definitely a sight to see.

The Ding Ding double-decker trams

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Affectionately called "ding ding" by the locals, thanks to the chime of its bell, Hong Kong's over a century-old tram is one of the city's icons. And in contrast to the fast-paced life that Hong Kong is known for, the Ding Ding moves at a leisurely pace. Which you'd think would earn it criticism for, but on the contrary. Fact of the matter is, because of this, tourists are able to sit back and relax whilst the Ding Ding offers them a fantastic view of some of Hong Kong's most recognizable landmarks. You don't have to be in a rush to drink in the sights and atmosphere of this city.

Mong Kok for the night market

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If there is one good way to experience local culture while getting a couple of decent souvenirs out of it, it is by going for a night market. Mong Kok is one of the most popular districts in Hong Kong, and while you won't find international brands at the night market (located at a 15-minute walk away from Mong Kok metro station), you'll get to buy lots of antiques, jade, clothing, electronic gadgets and tea ware. To really sweeten the pot, street performers and fortune tellers make an appearance at the market after the sun sets, giving you all the more reason to give this place a visit.

The Golden Pavilion Temple in Nan Lian Garden

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Proving once again that there is more to Hong Kong than its sleek urban landscape (and that you don't have to spend a lot of $$$ to enjoy Hong Kong), the Golden Pavilion Temple in Nan Lian Garden is an ideal break away from the fast-paced life of city-dwellers. This public park is designed in the style of the Tang dynasty, and shows off gorgeous gardens, pagodas, lotus ponds- and of course, pavilions. If you're hungry, there is also a popular vegetarian restaurant nearby!

Of course, these are just a few of the attractions available in Hong Kong. Rest assured that there will never be a dull moment whilst you're in this thriving city.

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Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini

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