Hong Kong Things to Do
• Ocean Park Hong Kong is a marine-life theme park offering rides, shows and live animals, combining entertainment with education. It’s located on the south coast of Hong Kong Island and has differing areas connected by Cable Car and a funicular train known as Ocean Express.
Special exhibits are Adventures in Australia displaying live Australian animals and history of the continent, Shark Mystique, an aquarium of sharks and rays, Polar Adventure including meeting king penguins walruses, seals, arctic foxes and snowy owls. Old Hong Kong looks at local culture in the British era while Thrill Mountain is all about wild rides. Rainforest takes you on a raft through a tropical rainforest complete with sounds and animal sightings and Aqua City runs a multi-sensory show and Grand Aquarium. And there’s plenty more. . .
• Go shopping in Stanley Market on HK island, another long standing HK attraction, prettily located in an affluent part of the Island next to a couple of beaches, the market operates daily but is best at the weekend when the main street is closed.
• For real Chinese markets head for Mongkok in Kowloon by MTR (metro) in search of just about everything at a knock-down price except serious food; to the Electric Road food market by tram for kicking and screaming eatables; to Causeway Bay by tram 7-9pm.
Ladies’ Market on Tung Choi Street is a lengthy stretch of 100 stalls of bargain clothing, accessories and souvenirs for women, and bargaining here is a must.
Temple Street Night Market is another bazaar for incredible knock-offs, named after the Tin Hau temple at its centre, and is a place for visitors to see a real Chinese market in colourful, haggling action as well as low cost eating and drinking scenes. It’s open nightly.
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple water garden. Photo by Arun.
• Wong Tai Sin Temple is a popular Taoist shrine (with elements of Buddhism and Confucianism) for the simple reason that, apparently, ‘What you ask for is what you get’; that being said, for a tourist it is beautifully constructed and adorned with many spectacular statues and ornaments so makes a brilliant diversion from the modern high-rise madness of most of Hong Kong. Wong Tai Sin is on the south side of Lion Rock in the north of Kowloon.
• Hong Kong Disneyland encompasses seven themed lands and is open both day and night with the Disney Paint the Night spectacular, Flights of Fantasy Parade, Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Mystic Point, Grizzly Gulch Runaway Mine Cars, Toy Story Land and more. Disneyland’s FASTPASS is time-saving and available in this theme park.
Get there via MTR Disneyland Resort Station.