Planning a family vacation? Then we think Hong Kong should be on that list of yours! One of the most vibrant cities in the world, Hong Kong has a lot to offer in terms of attractions and activities for kids and grown-ups alike. From Disneyland to the Ocean Park and a wax museum, there’s something for everyone in this cool city!
Best time to visit
Blessed with a subtropical location, Hong Kong is welcoming all the year around. You can pick the time which suits you best depending on the weather in which you’re most comfortable.
- March to April and October – November: Spring and Autumn are the most pleasant with gentle sunshine and cool evenings. These months are considered the peak season in Hong Kong.
- May to September: Known as the Typhoon season, these months are marked by hot wet and Humid temperature. While one may visit to avail of off-season discounts, these months are not conducive to outdoor activities
- December to February: The period when the Chinese New Year is celebrated, this marks cold weather in Hong Kong with temperatures dropping below 10 degrees occasionally. Many shops remain closed, and the traveler may be deprived of the bargains Hong Kong is so well known for.
Attractions for kids
No trip to Hong Kong is complete without a trip to Disneyland on Lantau Island! A dream for most children, Disneyland Hong Kong promises a day well-spent for kids and adults! Although it is a comparatively smaller Disneyland, the fun factor remains the same!
Here is what the kids and the kid and heart will be treated to:
• Meeting your favorite Disney characters
• Watching musical shows
• Eating delectable food
• Souvenir shopping
• Stay in a Disney-themed hotel!
-> Adult (12- 64 years): HK$ 350
->Child (3-11 years): HK$ 285
->Senior (over 65 years): HK$ 100
Also, there is also a 2-day ticket, prices for which range from $739 HKD for adults and $525 for kids. Avoid long queues, by booking your tickets in advance at the Central MTR local train station or a Disney Ticket booth at the park.
Timings: Open daily from 10 AM to 8:30 PM.
2. Ocean Park
A marine theme park which will interest the whole family!! The park is divided into two parts, an upper and a lower level, which are connected by a sky tram which has a beautiful view of Hong Kong island.
Here are a few attractions that await you here:
– Animal exhibits
– Rides and Shows
– A gigantic Aquarium
– Fresh Seafood
– Dolphin Encounter Programme, which offers the opportunity to get into the water and play with the Dolphins!
->Adult (12 onwards): HK$ 208
->Child (3-11 years): HK$ 103
Timings: Open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM
3. Zoological Park & Botanical Gardens
Ranked among the oldest botanical and zoological gardens the world over, this park is spread over 5.6 hectares! The Zoological Park and Botanical Gardens are perfect for those who love flora and fauna and you can educate your kids about the different types here.
Highlights: The Gardens have over:
• 100 plant species
• 300 types of birds
• 70 species of mammals
• 20 different reptile varieties
Tariff: Free entry for all.
Timings: Open daily from 5 AM to 10 PM (Terrace Gardens)
And 9 AM to 4:30 PM (Greenhouse)
1. A Symphony of Lights
A beautiful display of lights every evening across Hong Kong’s pretty skyline, A Symphony of Lights is a must-see activity while you’re there. Featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest permanent light show, it’s an orchestrated sound and light show involving over 40 buildings, which is breath-taking to say the least.
Where: The show is visible from the Victoria Harbour.
When: Every day at 8 PM
Tariff: Free entry for all
2. Temple Street Night Market
The magic of a South East Asian night market is something else- it’s so fun to see something so lively in the middle of the night! This is a bustling market that comes to life in the evening and continues till night, and you can shop for everything from antiques to electronics here! Bargain as much as you can, and you can really pick up some interesting items for very cheap! Not just the shoppers, but there’s a lot here for the foodies too! The food stalls here also offer some authentic South East Asian cuisine, so don’t forget to try some tasty seafood! The market is a daily affair.
Where: Temple Street in Kowloon.
When: Open daily from 2 PM to 11 PM. Recommended to go after 8 PM when there is maximum hustle-bustle!
Tariff: Free entry for all
3. The Peak
If you want to see a truly spectacular panoramic view of the city, then a visit to The Peak is highly recommended! The viewing deck on the top of The Peak Tower gives a view of Hong Kong like no other! Inside, there is a dazzling array of restaurants and shops! Take the Peak tram to your destination for a unique experience.
A Funicular railway, the peak tram traverses the distance of 1.4 kilometres between lower Hong Kong and upper Hong Kong, taking tourists and locals to their destination, while offering panoramic views of the harbour and the city. The single track loops its way to 1312 ft., and offers an adventure you must not miss!
Where: The Peak Tower is located at Victoria Gap, directly connected to the city centre by The Peak Tram.
When: Open daily from 7 AM to midnight.
For return passes for peak tram and sky terrace:
->Adult: HK$ 90
->Kids and Seniors: HK$ 43
4. Madame Tussauds wax museum
Over a hundred celebrity statues and interactive exhibition sets make the museum a must-see, click pictures with your favourite icons and step into specially designed sets to pit yourself against Jackie Chan, enjoy breakfast with Audrey Hepburn and much more.
Where: Shop P101, The Peak Tower, 128 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong, China
When: 10 am to 10 pm
5. Tian Tan Buddha
Located near Po Lin Monastery, this bronze Buddha was completed in 1993 and represents the harmony between man and nature. One of the five largest Buddha statues in China, the 34 meter statue is perched on a Lotus and surrounded by six smaller statues. A prominent Buddhist Centre, the Statue exudes peace and tranquility.
Where: Ngong Ping, Lantau Island Hong Kong
When: 10 am – 5:30 pm
Tariff: Depends on the package chosen
6. Lantau island
The largest island in Hong Kong, Lantau island is a picturesque location with it mountainous terrain. Home to the Lantau Peak it offers numerous trekking options, primarily the Lantau Trail from Mui Wo. Alluring coastlines, spiritual destinations and cable cars are among the many attractions the island holds.
7. Hong Kong Star Ferry
This short ferry ride is sure to be among your most memorable experiences in the City. Cross the Victoria Harbour between Hong Kong Island and Tsim Sha Tsui on the star ferry and soak in the view of the city from across the sparkling waters with the cool ocean breeze in your hair. To make the most of the trip, plan to take the ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui, preferably at around 8 pm, which is when the skyscrapers in Central and Wanchai light up. 8 pm is also when the ‘Symphony of Lights’ a daily music and light show, is put up by the skyscrapers.
Where: Star Ferry Tsim Sha Tsui Pier
When: While you may take the ferry anytime between 7:20 am to 10:30 pm, the time most preferred by tourists is 8:00 pm.
Tariff: HKD $2 during weekdays and HKD $3.40 for weekends and holidays