10 of the Best Free Things to do in Hong Kong

by Travelbag on 06 August 2015, 12:08PM

Hong Kong is a truly one-of-a-kind holiday destination, with its interesting blend of the traditional Chinese culture seasoned with a little British flavour. The city towers above the sea level, offering incredible, awe-inspiring views of one of the World’s most iconic skylines.

Hong Kong’s large number of exciting attractions, award winning restaurants and around the clock nightlife mean that it is easy for visitors to spend a fortune here. However, people who are on a tight budget will also be able to take advantage of some excellent free activities. Indulge in some of these fun (and free!) activities and you’ll have money left over for shopping, dining out and gifts!

Here is a selection of things you can do in Hong Kong that are completely free.

Take a Stroll Along the Avenue of Stars

This is the most popular attraction in the whole of Hong Kong and can be found on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront at Kowloon. The Avenue of Stars stretches for 440 metres and is studded with the handprints of Hong Kong’s leading stars including legends such as Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. This area also offers stunning views of Victoria Bay and is a great place to gather after dark to fully appreciate the sights and glitz and glamour of Hong Kong.

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Soak up the Symphony of Lights

According to the Guinness Book of Records, the Symphony of Lights is the ‘World’s Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show’. The epic performance starts at 20:00 every night and lasts for a full fifteen minutes…. Completely free! During the show forty prominent buildings in Hong Kong burst to life with laser beams and coloured lights that flicker and dance in time to specially synchronised music. There is also an English narration to accompany the show, which allows visitors the opportunity to get the most out of this moving performance. Although many people go on a boat trip to watch this magnificent light and sound display, the Symphony of Lights can be enjoyed for free at the Avenue of Stars, and the view is just as spectacular.

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Temple Hopping

Most of the temples in Hong Kong are open to the public free of charge and there are dozens that are just waiting to be explored. One of the best places to start a temple hopping tour is on Lantau Island, where visitors will have the chance to admire the magnificent Tian Tan Buddha. This seated bronze Buddha image measures a colossal 34 metres high and is one of the tallest Buddha images in the world. The statue is so large that it can be admired from most places on Lantau Island. The Tian Tan Buddha can be found at Po Lin Monastery and a series of hiking trails lead the way around the monastery, offering stunning views along the way.

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Hiking in Hong Kong

There are also plenty of other great hiking spots in Hong Kong where visitors can soak up the scenery of this magnificent part of the world while getting fit and having fun. A good place to start is the hiking trail that is known as the dragon’s back. This trail is ideal for novice hikers and joins two hills that run along the south-eastern seaboard, providing enchanting views of the Sai Kung beaches, the South China Sea and several small settlements along the way. People who are ready to take on a challenge can follow the Eastern Hong Kong trek, which runs for eleven kilometres over mountains, past beaches and through a number of traditional Hakka villages.

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Walking the Golden Mile

A good way to get an inside into the more commerce driven side of Hong Kong is by walking along the Golden Mile. This section of Nathan Road on Kowloon is lined with shopping malls, hotels, bars and clubs and the atmosphere is absolutely electric. This is the perfect place to indulge in a spot of people watching, while the Golden Mile is also home to a number of interesting attractions such as St. Andrews Church, Kowloon Park and the Kowloon Masjid. The church in particular is beautifully decorated inside and visitors are permitted to venture inside during the daytime.

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Unwind in the Botanical Gardens

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong while getting back to nature in the Botanical Gardens. This impressive attraction can be found just below Victoria Peak and is home to a collection of more than 25 different species of animals, a thousand species of plants and eight species of reptiles. Some of the creatures that are just waiting to be discovered here include orang-utans and golden lions. Animal lovers will have the chance to get up close and personal with a wide range of birds and beasts, while there is also plenty of space here to simply relax for an hour or two.

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Discover Hong Kong’s Western Heritage

Hong Kong was ruled by the British for many years, and the British influence can still be seen to this day in the form of magnificent buildings, monuments and a wide range of other aspects. The Central and Western Heritage Trail boasts a collection of more than a hundred buildings and places of interest to discover and grabbing a free map and following this trail is a must for anyone who has a love for architecture

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Soak up the Scene at Temple Street Night Market

This vibrant night market offers much more than simply merchandise and you can spend several hours here without reaching into your wallet once. Just about everything imaginable is sold here, from ancient trinkets to counterfeit watches, handbags and shoes. One of the things that make the Temple Street Night Market a great place to explore is the free street entertainment. Everyone from opera singers to fortune tellers gather to entice passers by and you never know what you will see or hear next.

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Visit Hong Kong’s Leading Museums

Most of the museums are open to the public free of charge on Wednesdays, making this the perfect time to get an inside into local history and culture. Take a trip back in time to the days when Hong Kong was an imperial fishing village by strolling through the time tunnels at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum before admiring the hundreds of interactive exhibits at the Hong Kong Science Museum. Culture vultures will also want to dedicate an hour or two to checking out the Hong Kong Museum of Art, which is simply packed with artistic treasures.

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Take a Feng Shui Class

A special free feng shui class is offered each Friday at 10:30 as part of the Cultural Kaleidoscope programme that is run by the Hong Kong Tourism Board. Taking this hour-long introductory class to feng shui is a great way to learn a little more about unique Chinese cultural beliefs and practices.

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