17 August, 2020
Free things to do in Hong Kong
Free things to do in Hong Kong
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50 Free Things To Do In Hong Kong

17 August, 2020
Free things to do in Hong Kong

Introducing our favourite free things to do in Hong Kong…

Oh Hong Kong, why must you insist on being so expensive? By the time we’ve sorted out rent, bills and groceries, it’s not unusual for our wallets to be looking a little thin (save for those receipts that we daren’t think about!). Fortunately, there are many ways to enjoy the city without spending a cent. Ahead, discover our favourite 50 free things to do in Hong Kong.

Read more: 10 Unique Things To Do In Hong Kong

Editor’s Note: Social distancing regulations are in place in Hong Kong, so please make sure you follow the latest government advice if going out. Given the current coronavirus outbreak in the city and with many annual events being cancelled this year, we recommend saving this handy guide for when the situation improves.

Free Things Hong Kong: Choi Hung Estate

  1. Head to the rainbow-coloured Choi Hung Estate or famed “Instagram Pier” for a photoshoot with friends. If you’re looking to avoid crowds, don’t miss these lesser-known IG-worthy spots we love.
  2. Chill out at the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade and feast your eyes on our beloved skyline.
  3. Get down to the Lions Nature Education Centre in Sai Kung. This country park visitor centre is a real gem for eco-lovers.
  4. If you happen to be on Lantau Island, it’s worth checking out the old, serene Lung Tsai Ng Garden.
  5. 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!
  6. Escape the masses and head up to Victoria Peak Garden for a breath of fresh air.
  7. Visit the Governor’s Residence on Upper Albert Road – once an archaeological site, we love touring its impressive exterior. You may even find the building open to the public on certain days of the year!
  8. Laze away on Shek O’s beautiful beach.
  9. 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.
  10. Stop and smell the flowers at Mong Kok’s beloved Flower Market.

Free Things Hong Kong: Goldfish Market

  1. If flowers aren’t your thing, check out the Goldfish Market to spot some colourful fishes instead.
  2. Roam around Lamma Island. There’s a temple, a market and a beach… need we say more?
  3. Picnic in Sun Yat Sen Park – bring along sun cream and pray for sunshine.
  4. If you’re interested in art, whet your appetite for the scene and go gallery hopping on Hollywood Road.
  5. Walk a pooch at Hong Kong Dog Rescue. The team at HKDR are always looking for dog walkers!
  6. Potter about in Stanley: there’s a street market to browse and a promenade to stroll down.
  7. Kam Shan Country Park is for war history buffs and nature lovers. Bunkers and wildlife, what could be better? We’ve got to remind you though – DON’T feed the monkeys! You have been warned.
  8. A Hong Kong classic, we couldn’t leave off the Edward Youde Aviary. The colourful, exotic birds there never fail to delight.
  9. Lace up your hiking shoes and head over to Dragon’s Back for beautiful scenic views and a great workout! See more of our favourite Hong Kong hikes here.
  10. 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. Alternatively, head here for more beach options.

Nan Lian Gardens

  1. Lose yourself in the peaceful and picturesque Nan Lian Gardens.
  2. Feeling the need for speed? Cycling along the promenade on Shing Mun River up towards Sha Tin should give you a good run up!
  3. If you’re 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.
  4. Go grilling at Tai Mei Tuk in Tai Po – it’s one of our favourite spots! Check out more of our go-to BBQ spots here.
  5. Round up a gang of friends and go for a stroll along Bowen Road. It’s great for dog walking too!
  6. Make a note to catch The Hungry Ghost Festival next summer – sounds a bit scary but it’s actually huge amounts of fun in local parks and playgrounds.
  7. Tamar Park is up there on our park hot spot list – it’s another great place for a laid-back picnic!
  8. Ride the tram system – okay, so we know this isn’t free, but it is very, very cheap and fun for ride around town!
  9. Dig a little deeper into Hong Kong’s rich heritage at Kat Hing Wai Walled Village in Yuen Long.
  10. The Kowloon Walled City Park has to be our ultimate favourite park in Hong Kong. It’s also rich in history.

Symphony of Lights

  1. Get down to the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront and ogle over the Symphony of Lights, which is on every night at 8pm. Magic!
  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. Listen to buskers play down at the Central Ferry Piers.
  5. 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!
  6. Go and enjoy the quirky Yuen Po Bird Garden in Mong Kok.
  7. 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.
  8. Visit Hong Kong Central Library in Causeway Bay and browse its extensive collection. Being the city’s largest public library, you’re bound to find a book you’ll enjoy.
  9. Get your culture fix at the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts, Hong Kong’s former Central Police Station – book your free pass here.
  10. Cascade along with the Ng Tung Chai Waterfalls.

Free things Hong Kong: Street Art

  1. Plan your own street art tour around the city. Here are some of our favourite pieces around town to help you get started.
  2. Stroll down Tsim Sha Tsui’s famed Avenue of the Stars which pays tribute to the biggest names in Hong Kong’s film industry.
  3. Why not spend your birthday at Ocean Park? Your mates will have to shell out $498 to enter but with a valid HKID, you’ll get in for free on the day!
  4. Looking for a free workout? Climb 268 steps to reach Hong Kong’s iconic Big Buddha.
  5. While you’re in Ngong Ping Village, experience a traditional Chinese tea ceremony at the Li-Nong Tea House.
  6. Find yourself surrounded by more than 1,000 different plant species at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens.
  7. Make a wish by the famous banyan trees in Lam Tsuen.
  8. Spend a day at the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Sha Tin which, for the record, actually contains closer to 13,000 buddha statues.
  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.
  10. 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.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on 30 October, 2014 and was most recently updated on 17 August, 2020.

Featured image courtesy of  Tin Iglesias for Sassy Media Group, image 1 courtesy of Aleksandar Passaic via Pexels, image 2 courtesy of CHUNYIP WONG via Getty, image 3 courtesy of Santa Park via Getty, image 4 courtesy of EarnestTse via Getty, image 5 courtesy of Tiff Ng via Pexels.

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