10 Free Things to Do in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of my favourite places on this planet. This big cosmopolitan city is where east meets west. It’s a forever changing kaleidoscope of sounds, smells and sights.
There is the high end to cater for those with money to spend but also lower end to cater for those on a budget. If you are on a budget you have come to the right place.
Check out my top 10 things to do in Hong Kong to find activities that won’t cost anything.
1. Take a Dip in a Natural Infinity Pool
Tai O Infinity Pool - Photo courtesy of Hin-Hey Chung
You’ve heard about them before, you’ve seen the pictures, mainly of infinity pools in high priced hotels. How many natural infinity pools are there in the world? - probably not many so this is definitely a must do in Hong Kong and it’s completely free. It’s situated on Lantau Island in a secluded area. You can experience the natural scenery and surroundings, have a soak, go skinny-dipping or swimming. If you need to get away from the hustle and bustle, this is it.
2. Immerse Yourself with History at a Museum
Hong Kong Science Museum
There is a plethora of museums to visit in HK to suit everyone’s interest. Most of them are located in Tsim Sha Tsui. Visit on a Wednesday to get the free admission pass although there are some that are free all day every week:
- The Museum of Art, Tsim Sha Tsui
- Museum of History, Tsim Sha Tsui
- Heritage Museum, Sha Tin
- Science Museum, Tsim Sha Tsui East
- Space Museum, Tsim Sha Tsui
- Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, Central
- Museum of Coastal Defence, Shau Kei Wan
- Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, Tsim Sha Tsui
- Railway Museum,Tai Po
- Heritage Discovery Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui
- Law Uk Folk Museum, Chai Wan
3. Go Hiking
Twin Peaks and 1000 Steps Hiking Trail
I climbed the Twin Peaks and 1000 steps trail last time I went to Hong Kong. It was really tough and challenging. Yes I’m 24, but I struggled with the high heat and humidity. There were elderly men just strolling right past me! This is definitely a local favourite activity.
At the top I could see the harbour and the skyscrapers dotted all over the Island. However all that pain was worth it in the end. There is the option to do these hikes independently with a map, or you might want to search Hong Kong tours for more options.
4. Visit a Wet Market
This is a must do since there are no wet markets near where I live. You will see the locals pick up their fresh meat, fish and fruit. You will see them bargaining with the shop owner. It’s a good insight into how the locals go about their daily routines. Have a look around, as there are lots of things in Hong Kong that will not have come across before.
5. A Symphony of Lights
Every person who has gone to Hong Kong has seen the Symphony of Lights. It occurs everyday at 8pm at Victoria Harbour. The light and laserbeams show how spectacular the city really is. I normally go for a stroll after dinner to take in the fresh air. This is an essential thing to see if you have a short Hong Kong stop over.
6. Experience a Festival or Event
Cheung Chau Bun Festival
There are plenty of festivals in Hong Kong. Some of them are cultural, some sports, some religious but there will be thousands of Chinese who enjoy themselves during the holiday period. It’s fun to see how the locals embrace it.
7. Visit the Beach
Although Hong Kong is renowned for its skyscrapers you can escape away from the city life. There are accessible beaches (Golden Beach or Repulse Bay) where you could go for a swim, sunbathe and relax after a long day of sightseeing.
8. Go Island Hopping
Cheng Chau Island
Take a trip and go and explore Hong Kong’s outlying islands. There are a few to choose from like Lamma Island, Cheung Chau and Lantau Island. These sleepy laid back fishing villages are great to roam around on a bike. Go hiking and see the wildlife or get down to the local beach to try out some kitesurfing, there are lots of free activities around.
9. See Big Buddha
Big Buddha, Lantau Island
This is one of the largest outdoor statues in the world. It took 12 years to build and sits 34 metres high. This Big Buddha can be seen even before you hit Lantau Island. After climbing the 268 steps to reach to the top, take in the spectacular surrounding views.
10. Flea Markets
Temple Street Market
There are lots of flea markets and night markets dotted around Hong Kong. They sell a variety of things from electricals to household goods, clothing and souvenirs.
Hong Kong really is an incredible destination, I hope you enjoy your visit!
By Serena Wong