Whether you’re visiting Hong Kong for business or for pleasure, there is plenty to see and do. For those on a budget, here are some tips for experiencing Hong Kong on the cheap.
Take in the Views from Victoria Peak
Without a doubt, one of the most popular activities in Hong Kong is witnessing the stellar views of the Hong Kong skyline from Victoria Peak. While there is a historical tram that makes the return trip for 80 HKD, you could save half the price and get some exercise by hiking to the top and taking the tram back down.
Sail Across the Harbor on the Star Ferry
Another popular attraction in Hong Kong is the Star Ferry, which takes passengers across the Victoria Harbor. Surrounded by bright neon lights on both sides and the odd illuminated junk boat, the experience is much more than just a common mode of transportation. From the upper deck, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the city skyline and harbor. If you time the trip right, you’ll also enjoy the famous Symphony of Lights, which are displayed every night at 8 p.m. The cost of this unique experience is a mere 4 HKD.
Visit Tin Hau Temple
While there are many Buddhist monasteries and Taoist temples to visit if you have the time, the Tin Hau Temple located near the MTR line is small and calm, offering an insight into Hong Kong’s rich history as well as providing a respite from the city hustle for no charge.
Find Tranquility on Lantau Island
There’s perhaps no better option for escaping the hustle and bustle of busy Hong Kong than exploring Lantau Island and the beautiful mountainous scenery. Located next to the airport, Lantau Island is accessible by the MRT line and a scenic gondola ride. Once there, you can explore many different hiking trails as well as the giant Tian Tan Buddha sculpture. If you want to get back into the hustle and bustle and don’t mind the splurge, then Hong Kong’s Disneyland is also nearby.
Stroll Through Kowloon Walled City Park
If you’re looking for an interesting place to walk without leaving the city, Kowloon Walled City Park is the place to go. With many past lives, including serving as a sanctuary for Chinese refugees after World War II, the park is full of history. Today, the park is a beautiful garden built in classical Jiangnan style with many striking pavilions and walking trails such as the incredible Wong Nai Chung Gap Trail, which offers beautiful vistas and historical insight.
While fancy restaurants may provide a luxurious atmosphere, it’s hard to say who offers the most delicious food. Skip the white tablecloth and head to one of the many food stalls available throughout the city. Keep your eye out for buildings and malls with signs that read “food stalls” or ask locals where to go, and you’ll find a full set menus for as low as $5 USD.
This article is written as part of the hipmunk #citylove project. As a paid writer creating travel guides for hipmunk.com, I have written about many must do activities in Vancouver as well as cheap hotels in Hong Kong, Osaka and France.