My Top 5 Free Things to Do in Hong Kong

My Top 5 Free Things to Do in Hong Kong

Hong Kong can be an expensive city to visit. But Hong Kong can also be a relatively inexpensive experience if you do it right. Good, delicious and affordable foods can be found everywhere. Even accommodation can be affordable when you look for vacation rentals or dorm hostels vs. the traditional hotels. Activities can run the range of being extremely expensive to absolutely free.

So during my second visit to Hong Kong, I tried to look for free and if not free cheap things that I can do while in the city. Here, I listed my top five or favorite free things to do in Hong Kong that I took advantage of while in the city.

 

MY TOP 5 PICKS

Garden of Stars Hong Kong

1. Avenue of Stars (Hong Kong’s Number 1 Free Tourist Spot!)

Located in Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront in Kowloon, Avenue of Stars is the most visited attraction in Hong Kong. Avenue of Stars is the Hollywood version of Walk of Fame that is 400 meters long and celebrates many Chinese film notorieties.

Note: Currently, Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui is closed for repair and improvement works, which are expected to be completed by the end of 2018. A selection of the Avenue of Stars exhibits is displayed at Garden of Stars and Starry Gallery in the meantime. Please refer to their official website for details.

How to get there:

  • From MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station, take the lift next to Exit P1 and choose the ‘Pd’ floor.  Alternatively, use the staircase or the escalator adjacent to Tsim Sha Tsui East (Mody Road) Bus Terminus.
  • From MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit J directly connects to Starry Gallery.

 

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2. Be Entertained by the Symphony of Lights (“World’s Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show” Guinness Book of Records)

Get back to the Avenue of Stars at 8PM or go there late and wait until 8PM for Symphony of Lights show where 40 buildings in the Hong Kong skyline come alive in a flourish of colored lights and laser beams to synchronized music. No worries, English narration accompanies the show.

Time: The show starts at 8PM daily and lasts for about 13 minutes.

How to get there (vantage point):

  • Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade outside the Hong Kong Cultural Centre: MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit L6. Follow the signs and walk for around five minutes.
  • Golden Bauhinia Square: MTR Wan Chai Station, Exit A5. Follow the signs, take the sky bridge to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and head for the Golden Bauhinia Square.
  • A favourite vantage point for viewing the show is from a boat on the harbour. Check out these harbour cruises for ideas.

 

nan lian garden hong kong

3. Visit a Temple and/or a Garden

The Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery are located in Lantau Island and are great free attractions. The outdoor seated bronze Buddha at 34 meters in height is reputedly the tallest of its kind in the world.

You can also visit Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden.

How to get there (Big Buddha):

  • MTR Tung Chung Station Exit B, then take Ngong Ping Cable Car, which takes around 25 minutes. Then walk for around 10 minutes to the monastery; or,
  • MTR Tung Chung Station Exit B, then take New Lantao Bus 23 from Tung Chung Town Centre, which takes around 45 minutes. Then walk for eight minutes; or,
  • Catch a ferry from Central Pier 6 to Mui Wo, then take New Lantao Bus 2 to Ngong Ping Village, which takes around 40 minutes.

How to get there (Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden):

  • MTR Diamond Hill Station Exit C2, follow the signs and walk for around five minutes.

 

Ladies Market

4. Visit Ladies Market in Mongkok

Ladies market is one of my most visited placed on my 11 days in Hong Kong because it was just 5 minutes walk from my hostel.

How to get there:

  • MTR Mong Kok Station, Exit E2. Walk along Nelson Street for two blocks;
  • Take bus 1, 1A, 2, 6 or 9 from Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier and get off at Nelson Street

 

Hong Kong Museum

5. Visit the Museums (Free Pass on Wednesday!)

During Wednesday, you can visit most museum in Hong Kong for free. My top four must visit museum would be:

Hong Kong Heritage Museum’s time tunnel displays chart the development of Hong Kong from its days as an imperial era fishing village.

How to get there:

  • MTR Che Kung Temple Station Exit A. Walk for approximately five minutes along the footbridge until you reach the museum.

 

Hong Kong Science Museum has equal amounts of fun and education covered in nearly 500 exhibits. Sure fire fun and excitement for kids.

How to get there:

  • MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit B2 and walk along Cameron Road towards Tsim Sha Tsui East for 18 minutes; or,
  • MTR Jordan Station Exit D and walk along Austin Road towards Tsim Sha Tsui East for 20 minutes; or,
  • MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit P2 and walk along Chatham Road South for approximately 10 minutes.

 

Hong Kong Museum of History has proved it’s possible to squeeze 400 million years of history into one 7,000 square metre space. A list-topper for history buffs, the museum has made enormous efforts in studying, collecting, processing and exhibiting countless objects which are related to the archaeology, history, ethnography and natural histories of Hong Kong and South China. Thematic exhibitions are also regularly held at different times.

How to get there:

  • MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit B2. Walk along Cameron Road towards Tsim Sha Tsui East for approximately 20 minutes.
  • MTR Jordan Station Exit D. Walk along Austin Road towards Tsim Sha Tsui East for approximately 20 minutes.
  • MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit P2. Walk along the Chatham Road South for 10 minutes.

 

Hong Kong Museum of Art is possibly Hong Kong’s most prestigious museum — a must see for art and history buffs.

How to get there:

  • MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit L6 or J;
  • MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit E; or
  • you can also take the Star Ferry from Central or Wan Chai to Tsim Sha Tsui and walk to the museum. It’s about 10 minutes.

Note: Hong Kong Museum of Art is now closed for a major renovation and expansion project, and is expected to reopen in 2018 or 2019.

 

ding ding tram hong kong

BONUS: Take an Old Tram Ride or Ding Ding Tram (almost free!)
Hong Kong Tram Ride is the tram for sightseeing in Central, Hong Kong. Walk through Wanchai and Causeway Bay on Hennessey Road, Hong Kong Island, and experience the neon there. Better yet, though not quite free at US$0.25 is a double-decker tram ride down the same street after dark. Hong Kong trams have been running since 1904.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

5 free things to do in hongkong

Have you been to Hong Kong? What Kind of free activities did you do?

I would love to hear your experiences! Leave your tips, suggestions, insights, violent reactions on the comment box below!

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