4 January, 2018
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Sassy’s Top 40 Free Things To Do In Hong Kong!

4 January, 2018

The best things in life are free…

 

Oh Hong Kong, must you insist on being so expensive? After rent has drained our pockets, we have to pay for a stocked fridge as well as mark-ups on our favourite imported treats. Then we’re expected to shell out a small fortune for any sort of entertainment, and by this point, our wallets are looking a little thin, save for receipts that we daren’t think about. Fortunately, the team here at Sassy has come up with a list of the top 40 free things to do in Hong Kong! (You’re welcome.)

40 free things to do in hong kong

  1. Browse stall after stall of clothes, watches, electronics, paintings, keychains, toys, jewellery and antiques at the Temple Street Night Market. You don’t have to buy a thing (we rarely do), but it’s plenty of fun to have a look-see!
  2. Escape the masses and head on up to Victoria Peak Garden.
  3. Visit the Governor’s Residence on Upper Albert Road – once an archaeological site, it’s now open to the public on certain days or just have a quick tour around the impressive exterior!
  4. Feel floral at the Flower Market in Mong Kok.
  5. Flowers aren’t your thing? Check out the Goldfish Market to spot some Nemos and Dories.
  6. Roam around on Lamma Island. A temple, a market and a beach… need we say more?
  7. Picnic in Sun Yat Sen Park– bring along sun cream and pray for sunshine.
  8. Laze away on chilled out Shek O’s beautiful beach.
  9. Bid farewell to the city and head to the oyster villages of Lau Fau Shan and Pak Ni – the little oyster market is great fun to visit and the perfect spot to catch the sunset

40 free things to d in hong kong

  1. If you’re interested in art, whet your appetite for the scene and go gallery hopping on Hollywood Road.
  2. Walk a pooch at Hong Kong Dog Rescue. The team at HKDR are always looking for dog walkers!
  3. Potter about in Stanley: there’s a street market to browse and a promenade to stroll around.
  4. Kam Shan Country Park is for war history buffs and nature lovers. Bunkers and monkeys, what could be better? We’ve got to remind you though – DON’T FEED THE MONKEYS! You have been warned!
  5. It’s a Hong Kong classic and we couldn’t leave off the Edward Youde Aviary. The exotic birds there never fail to delight.

40 free things to do in hong kong

  1. Lace up your hiking shoes and head over to the Dragon’s Back for beautiful scenic views and a great workout! See our Top 5 Hikes here.
  2. It’s a bit of a trek but if you can make it up to Trio Beach in Sai Kung it will be totally worth it – more beach options here
  3. Feeling the need for speed? Cycling along the promenade on Shing Mun River up towards Sha Tin should give you a good run up!
  4. If you are en route to Lantau Island for a day trip, don’t miss Pui O beach– it’s the perfect spot for a refreshing dip in the water.
  5. Go grilling at Tai Mei Tuk in Tai Po – it’s one of our favourite spots! Check out more of our favourite BBQ spots here.
  6. Round up a gang of friends and go for a stroll along Bowen Road. It’s great for dog walking too!
  7. Make a note to catch The Hungry Ghost Festival next summer – sounds a bit scary but it’s actually huge amounts of colourful fun in local parks and playgrounds.
  8. Tamar Park is up there on our park hot spot list – it’s another spot for a laid-back picnic!

40 free things to do in hong kong

  1. Ride the tram system – okay, so we know this isn’t free but it is very, very cheap and fun for ride around town!
  2. Dig a little deeper into Hong Kong’s rich heritage at Kat Hing Wai Walled Village in Yuen Long. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this ancient site is calm and serene.
  3. The Kowloon Walled City Park has to be our favourite park in Hong Kong. It’s also rich in history.
  4. Lose yourself in the gorgeous Nan Lian Gardens … stunning.
  5. Cascade along with the Ng Tung Chai Waterfalls.
  6. Whatever you do, don’t miss the Dragon Boat Festival in June. It’s a treat for the eyes and everyone will be raving about it for weeks.
  7. September means the return of the Mid-Autumn Festival. It’s a perfect, lantern-lit occasion for everyone to celebrate. Check out the impressive Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance featuring over 300 performers and a 67-metre long dragon. Or pay a visit to Victoria Park’s month-long Lantern Carnival.

40 free things to do in hong kong

  1. Get down to the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront and ogle over the Symphony of Lights, which is on every night at 8pm. Magic every time.
  2. Unleash your inner geek and play around with interactive exhibitions at the Science Museum – did we mention it’s free admission every Wednesday?
  3. Continue your museum adventure next door at the Hong Kong Museum of History and discover the rich cultural heritage of the city.
  4. Chill out at the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade and feast your eyes on our beloved skyline.
  5. Get down to the Lions Nature Education Centre in Sai Kung. This country park visitor centre is a real gem for eco-lovers.
  6. It’s a bit out of the way, but check out the rickety old Lung Tsai Ng Garden if you happen to be on Lantau Island. Even though it’s off the beaten track, it’s a breath of fresh air.
  7. If you’ve taken a little trip to Macau, hop on the Guia Cable Car up to the Guia Fortress for incredible city views that will please even the fussiest adventurers in your circle. If you’re dead set on doing it for free you can always walk up!
  8. Whilst you’re in Macau, check out the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial House – it’s free and will keep everybody busy for half an hour or so.

40 free things to do in hong kong

  1. The beaches of Repulse Bay definitely deserve a mention, and it’s always fun to cross the Longevity Bridge to add three days to your life!
  2. Go and enjoy the quirky Yuen Po Bird Garden in Mong Kok.
  3. For a hike down colonial Hong Kong memory lane, meander down the 1km Ping Shan Heritage Trail in Yuen Long, and spot treasures such as the Hung Shing Temple on your way round.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on 30 October, 2014, and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness on 4 January, 2018.

Featured image courtesy of getty images, image #1 by Marim68821 via Wikimedia Commons, image #2 by Rememoancu via Wikimedia Commons, image #3 by kallerna via Wikimedia Commons, image #4 by Andy Leung via Pixabay, image #5 by Tama Leaver via Flickr.

 

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